During spring break, students get an opportunity to relax. While some travel to warmer weather, it may be better to save the money and enjoy some time in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh is the home of champion sports franchises, art, technology and shopping. Spring break is scheduled for most schools in the month of March and downtown Pittsburgh has many events to satisfy your interests during this time. Here are five reasons to visit Pittsburgh during spring break.

Andy Warhol Museum (Credit, Diane Straka)


Andy Warhol Museum
117 Sandusky St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
(412) 237-8300
www.warhol.org

The Andy Warhol Museum has seven floors of paintings, drawings, print, sculpture, film and video of the life and work of Andy Warhol. The Warhol showcases works by other artists, performance series, screenings, lectures, concerts and more. Currently “Someday is Now: The Art of Corita Kent” is on exhibit until April 2015. The live music sound series has four events scheduled in March. The featured film is “Exposed: Songs for Unseen Warhol Films” which is a compilation of 15 Warhol films digitized.

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Gateway Clipper Fleet Station Square (Credit, Diane Straka)


Station Square
125 W. Station Square Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
(800) 859-8959
www.stationsquare.com

At the heart of Station Square is Bessemer Court, which was designed to celebrate the Steel City. Throughout Station Square is shopping, dining, tours and the Riverhounds Highmark Stadium. The Riverhounds first home game is at the end of March. The Gateway Clipper Fleet offers dining and sight seeing tours of the three rivers. Check out restaurants like the Hard Rock Cafe or take a ride up to Mount Washington on the inclines.

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CONSOL Energy Center (Credit, Diane Straka)


CONSOL Energy Center
1001 Fifth Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
(412) 642-1800
www.consolenergycenter.com

CONSOL Energy Center is home of the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Penguins have seven home games in the month of March facing opponents the Columbus Blue Jackets, Edmonton Oilers, Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues, Phoenix Coyotes and San Jose Sharks. CONSOL Energy is a venue for five performances. Scheduled shows, concerts and events feature Disney on Ice, WWE Monday Night Raw, Maroon 5 2015 World Tour, Barry Manilow and NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Championship Second/Third Rounds. Disney on Ice is scheduled for five nights. NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Championship Second/Third Rounds are scheduled for two nights. WWE Monday Night Raw, Maroon 5 2015 World Tour and Barry Manilow are scheduled for one night only. With that lineup, you’re sure to find some entertainment over spring break.

Stage AE
400 N. Shore Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
(412) 229-5483
www.thestageae.com

Check out Stage AE on the North Shore. Stage AE is a concert venue, amphitheater and a night club. It opened in 2010 and has become a great venue for live music. Four concerts are scheduled for March: Sleater-Kinney on March 1, G. Love and Special Sauce & Matt Costa on March 6, Cold War Kids on March 17 and Steez Promo Presents Excision w/ Protohype & Minnesota on March 19.

Market Square
23 Market Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 566-4190
www.marketsquarepgh.com

Pittsburgh’s newly renovated Market Square has food, shops and events in the heart of downtown. Dine, shop, stay and play with Market Square’s merchants and associations. It’s conveniently located next to the Cabaret at Theatre Square which has Salsa Fridays every Friday night in March at 10 p.m. Enjoy Yoga in the Square sponsored by PPG the first Sunday of the month. Irish Fair in the Square will take place for St. Patrick’s Day before, after and during the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Diane Straka is a freelance writer whose work can be found on http://www.examiner.com/finance-in-pittsburgh/diane-straka
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