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Hilltop Next 3 Days features music, food in weekend showcase


The second installment of the NEXT 3 Days (N3D) event series will take place June 17 – 19 in the city's Hilltop neighborhoods of Mt. Washington and Allentown.

N3D is an initiative created by the Mayor's Office, the Urban Redevelopment Authority and NEXTPittsburgh designed to showcase emerging neighborhoods throughout Pittsburgh and promote affordable housing. The program consists of three days to celebrate and highlight neighborhood culture, businesses, and amenities in an effort to attract new residents and consumers to the neighborhood. The inaugural N3D took place in October 2015 and spotlighted the Troy Hill neighborhood.

"Pittsburgh has 90 amazing neighborhoods with wonderful cultural amenities, strong communities, centuries of history and good housing stock," said Mayor William Peduto. "Next 3 Days is a great way to showcase some of our lesser known local areas that are very deserving of the attention."

N3D will kick off with a Hilltop Block Party from 6-9:30 p.m. on Friday, June 17, on Manton Way at the RE360 "Industry on Industry" building. The 21 and over event will feature live local music, with headliner Beauty Slap, and will be emceed by Hilltop resident and famed Pittsburgh personality and musician, Phat Man Dee.

Guests will enjoy craft beer and cocktails and food from local restaurants: Kavsar, Leon's Caribbean, Alla Famiglia, and Sweet Peaches. The event will also feature local art with Pop Craft, neighborhood photography displays via Steel City Grammers and NEXTpittsburgh, and Hilltop games via City of Play.

Friday's N3D Hilltop Block Party is a ticketed, 21 and over event. Advance tickets are available at Tickets are $12.50 general admission tickets and $5 in advance for resident tickets - there is also a "pay what you can" option for residents at the door. Guests may also purchase tickets at the door. The $10 suggested donation or "pay-what-you-can at the door" for residents and $15 general admission, non-residents.

The N3D Hilltop Festival will take place from Noon-4 p.m. on Saturday, June 18, in Grandview Park and "Neighborhood Hotspot" locations of Baily and Boggs in Mt. Washington and Warrington Avenue in Allentown. Hilltop businesses, organizations, residents and artists will join together to showcase the best of the neighborhood.

In Grandview Park, guests will enjoy live local musical acts Phat Man Dee and members of the Cultural District, Christiane Delores, Palermo Stone, Bill Niels and Machete-Kisumontao while perusing local art and participating in family friendly activities. Local restaurants will be selling food and drink, including selections from the 21 and over bar area from The Summit.

Guests can also shop the pop up Farmers' Market from Farm to Table Pittsburgh and participate in unique Hilltop activities like naming the Steel City Grazers newest goat, crafting a patch in the Community Quilt headed up by Allentown business Spool or playing BINGO with Josh Verbanets and Gab Bonesso from The Josh & Gab Show.

N3D Hilltop Festival contests include a Community Bake-Off with Rick Sebak at 12:30 p.m. and the first ever Next 3 Fades: Hilltop Barbershop Throwdown, where local barbers will compete for a cash prize as well as provide free haircuts for children 10 and under.

Green Gears Pedicabs will be providing free rides and short tours throughout select Hilltop locations. Guests will also be directed to neighborhood hotspots, including an Artist Takeover, with more than 20 local artisans, on Baily and Boggs in Mt. Washington, and extensive programming on Warrington Avenue in Allentown.

Warrington Avenue programming will include open storefronts, sales and specials for the day, a story telling/recording program named "Story Burgh" at Work Hard PGH, and N3D Next Entrepreneurs start-up weekend activities, presented by MIT Enterprise Forum Pittsburgh at Academy PGH from Noon-5 p.m.

Both Friday and Saturday's events will be solar powered by N3D's official green energy partner, Zero Fossil.

On Sunday, the Next 3 Days will conclude with the N3D Hilltop Home Buyer Workshop and Home Tour, hosted at the Lofts of Mt. Washington from Noon-3 p.m. The home tour will include available homes for sale in Hilltop and adjacent neighborhoods as well as tours of select rehabbed homes and new construction in the area.

More information and complete details can be found at


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