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Sewickley Borough Hosting Wealth of Spring and Summer Events

Apr 30, 2019 11:36AM ● By Hilary Daninhirsch

The Sewickley Hotel

Sewickley Borough is one of Pittsburgh’s most charming neighborhoods any time of the year, but the spring and summer are ideal times to visit.

Sure, you can browse in any of the plentiful, one-of-a-kind stores along the borough’s main shopping district or check out the restaurants year ‘round, but the neighborhood comes alive in the warmer season as it is the site of a number of annual events.

As the weather warms up and the flowers start to (finally) bloom, it is a perfect time to attend the 54th annual May Mart, sponsored by the Sewickley Civic Garden Council. This year’s event is on May 11 and will be held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Broad Street. Vendors from local garden clubs and nurseries will be on hand, and visitors can purchase everything from gardening tools to flowers and annuals. For example, the Edgeworth Garden Club will be selling hibiscus and hanging geranium baskets as well as planting-ready jar kits, while the Grapevine Garden Club will offer heirloom tomatoes, herbs and an array of vegetable plants.

Memorial Day weekend is always a big deal in Sewickley, with many activities to honor and memorialize veterans. The weekend begins on Saturday, May 25 with a Memorial Service at the Coast Guard Station on McKown Lane. The following day, a Veterans Memorial Service will be held at the Sewickley United Methodist Church.

The weekend culminates with a Memorial Day parade through Sewickley beginning on Broad Street. Participants include veterans’ groups, high school marching bands, police and fire departments, Boy Scout troops, the Shriners and more. A program at Wolcott Park follows, including the Placing of the Wreath and a Salute to the Dead. It will conclude with a program at Sewickley Cemetery.

The Sewickley Civic Garden Council will host their annual garden tour on Friday, June 14 from 6-8:30 p.m., and on Saturday, June 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year, the tour features five private gardens, including two historical estate gardens, one private garden, and two ‘labors of love’ gardens. Friday’s event will include wine and hors d’oeuvres. There is a fee to attend, and tickets can be purchased at www.sewickleygardens.com.

Beginning in June, a Night Market will be held on the last Fridays of June, July and August. Festivities will include craft vendors, music, children’s activities, food trucks and more. Each Night Market runs from 6-9 p.m., rain or shine, on Beaver Street in the heart of Sewickley. The markets are free to attend.

Even if you don’t come to Sewickley on a specific event day this spring or summer, there is still plenty to keep you busy.

The 12,000 sq. ft. Tull Family Theater opened two years ago, and the nonprofit independent cinema plays a wide genre of films, from new releases to classics to documentaries to foreign films and more. For example, upcoming screenings include Breakfast at Tiffany’s and a film called Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf. There are even sensory-friendly screenings for children with autism or other sensory challenges. 

Within the past several years, the borough has undergone significant redevelopment, with the addition of many new restaurants, pop-up boutiques, office space, unique retail stores, and fitness studios. Anticipation is building for the opening of the Sewickley Tavern, owned by the former owners of the upscale French restaurant Cocothe, which closed earlier this year. The new restaurant will occupy the former space of Bruneaux restaurant.

Other unique eateries in Sewickley include Salud Juicery; the Slippery Mermaid; 424 Walnut; and Vivo Kitchen.

Even if you’ve had a delicious meal, there is no excuse for leaving Sewickley without eating something sweet. The psychedelic-colored Ultimate Pastry Shop is one option, as is Mediterra, which is a combination bakery, café and market. If you’re looking for old-fashioned sweets, Village Candy is another option, and its retro selection will transport you to bygone days.

No visit to Sewickley would be complete without a stop at the Penguin Book Store, one of the last remaining independently owned bookshops in the Pittsburgh area.

Rounding out the summer is the annual Sewickley Harvest Festival, held the second Saturday of September. The festival is cosponsored by the Quaker Valley Rotary Club and Kiwanis Club of Sewickley. This year’s date is September 7 and the event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Broad Street. More than 120 vendors have attended in previous years, and the live music, sidewalk sales, food, crafts and children’s activities will make you forget that summer is slipping away.