The Shadyside neighborhood surrounding Winchester Thurston School is one of Pittsburgh's most beloved and scenic. The tree-lined streets are speckled with mansions, national retail shops, and locally owned eateries. For information on hotels and restaurants, please check out the accommodations or dining pages.
Still looking for more to do after the operas? Check to see if an opening night party or late night cabaret is scheduled! If not, or if the night is still young for you, check out the restaurants and bars on Walnut St and Ellsworth Ave. Located less than 1 mile away, these options are welcoming and vibrant for young and seasoned alike. See our restaurant partners for exclusive deals.
Walnut Street, located just blocks from Winchester Thurston, is the central business district in Shadyside. In addition to the dozens of restaurants and bars, Walnut St. offers upscale shopping and name brand stores, small boutiques, and multiple galleries.
Explore a Theme
Here at Pittsburgh Festival Opera, we strive to provide a holistic, intimate opera experience. Pittsburgh is filled with many cultural attractions, helping the city to receive accolades derived from food to liveability and everything in between. As we offer our diverse 40th season, we took the liberty of pairing each of our productions with local attractions, activities, and wonders for you to behold.
A Gathering of Sons
The August Wilson Center for African American Culture in downtown Pittsburgh offers many traveling exhibits and hosts a plethora of events to promote and celebrate African American culture. See a full list of upcoming events at culturaldistrict.org/pages/awc/
For a close shave without the murder, check out Mister Grooming and Goods on Butler St in Lawrenceville. No blood will be shed here, but the “Sweeney Todd” cut offers the closest shave in town and will leave you show-ready. mistergroomingandgoods.com/#home
Of course, who is Sweeney Todd without Mrs. Lovett? The Pub Chip Shop on E Carson Street in the South Side serves meat pies just like they make them in England, along with many other pub favorites. You might want to enjoy these before Mrs. Lovett makes you think twice. thepubchipshop.com
Hansel and Gretel
Rich with history, the Nationality Rooms in the University of Pittsburgh's Cathedral of Learning pay homage to nearly three dozen nationalities, including German. Tours are arranged in group or self-guided formats during select hours everyday in the summer. Find out more information at nationalityrooms.pitt.edu/content/touring-options-requesting-group-tours
On the Northside, the Children’s Museum offers a fun and interactive learning experience for children elementary aged and up. pittsburghkids.org
And who doesn’t love sweets? It’s what gets the title characters into trouble in the first place! Eureka! Chocolates & Gifts is only a few blocks away and can cure any child’s, or adult’s, sweet tooth. eurekagifts.com
The opera isn’t the only place you can see trees in Pittsburgh. Just a short walk from Winchester Thurston is the Rodef Shalom Biblical Botanical Garden. Open daily through the summer (closed on Mondays) or schedule a private tour at least two weeks in advance at biblicalgardenpittsburgh.org/photo-tour/
At over 120 years old, Phipps Conservatory is a Pittsburgh treasure, showcasing the vibrancy of nature with rotating exhibits year-round. Rain or shine, the glass of the greenhouse will be bursting with flowers that Elviro would love to sell. phipps.conservatory.org
The calendar might say July, but there is plenty of skating in Pittsburgh. Visit the Pittsburgh Ice Arena north on the Allegheny River in New Kensington, Pittsburgh. pittsburghicearena.com/calendar/
Some other treasured attractions short distances away from Winchester Thurston include:
Only slightly farther away are other well-loved western Pennsylvania treasures—please don't miss the chance to enjoy them.
Neighborhood guides, and other Pittsburgh trip planning resources, can be found on the website of VisitPittsburgh.