The Kelly-Strayhorn Theater
Named after legendary Pittsburghers Gene Kelly and Billy Strayhorn, this theater provides the community with original events and programming and culturally diverse performances. On any given day, there are dance, theater, live music and art shows at the theater. The theater just celebrated its 100th anniversary in its 2014-2015 season.
This BBQ joint is part of East Liberty’s renaissance. Come if you have a truly serious barbecue craving, as Union Pig and Chicken doesn’t disappoint. Their “love balls” are enough to make the trip to this restaurant—imagine homemade and slow-smoked pork and beef meatballs dubbed “not gluten, dairy, soy or egg free but tasty as hell.”
Open Saturdays from 5 a.m. until noon, this farmer’s market located at 344 North Sheridan Ave. is a welcome addition to the East Liberty neighborhood. You’ll want to make visiting the market part of your Saturday morning routine as soon as you see how fresh and crisp the produce is. Best of all, the market is one of the only sources for meat and fresh produce that is locally grown during Pittsburgh’s notoriously cold winter months.
Cookie butter anyone? One of only three Trader Joe’s in the Pittsburgh area is in East Liberty. With Trader Joe’s so scarce in the ‘burgh, the East Liberty location is one of the best. Head to this unique grocery store for items like that coveted cookie dough, a wide array of cheeses, delicious pumpkin flavored everything in the fall and plenty of seasonal items.
The mission of the organization Dress for Success is to give women the opportunity to succeed with support, professional clothing and other tools to thrive. The Dress for Success location in East Liberty accepts donations of new and gently worn women’s interview/work clothes, shoes, accessories and even makeup and personal items. All donations should be given ready to wear and not in bags.
These aren’t the only 5 reasons to visit East Liberty… there are many more. Check back often as we update this list!