5 FREE Things to Experience in Downtown Pittsburgh During Connection 2017

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(Pictured above: the awesome view from Point State Park!)

So you are coming to Connection 2017 in Pittsburgh. Great! Downtown Pittsburgh is known for many things: champion sports teams, fantastic restaurants, biking accessibility, potholes, and Yinzers. (Don’t know what a Yinzer is? Check out my Insider’s Guide to Connection 2017 post!)

In addition to all of the wonder things mentioned above, Downtown Pittsburgh also offers many free opportunities for its growing number of residents and tourists to appreciate and experience!

 

  • Point State Park

One of the most beautiful things about the city of bridges are the views, especially of the rivers. A great place to view the rivers is from Point State Park. Since 1974, Pittsburghers have been visiting Point State Park to see the actual point where the majestic Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers combine to make the Ohio River. Point State Park also commemorates the historical heritage of the area during the French and Indian War. The original fort is displayed in the form of a concrete zig zagging outline in the grass.

I enjoy walking to Point State Park with my family and sitting near the beautiful fountain while people watching and enjoying the refreshing green space. The fountain is actually visible from many angles of the city. In fact, as you travel to downtown, you too will likely be able to view Point State Park and the fountain as you enter the Golden Triangle, or downtown, from one of the many bridges.

 

  • Three Rivers Heritage Trail

The Three RIvers Heritage Trail is a 37 mile long trail connecting The Great Allegheny Passage, the developing Erie to Pittsburgh Trail, and the Pittsburgh to Harrisburg Greenway. Downtown Pittsburgh is the connectivity hub of the Three Rivers Heritage Trail. Cyclists, runners, and those out for a casual walk along the river all find unique, beautiful views of the city from this vantage point.

I suggest entering the trail from the David L. Lawrence Convention Center 10th Street water feature that goes under the building and leads to the Riverfront Plaza. From here, you can turn right and walk to the Strip District, or turn left and walk to Point State Park.

 

  • Downtown Art Walking Tour

Pittsburgh boasts some incredible architecture and cultural objects. The Greater Pittsburgh Art Council and the City of Pittsburgh Department Planning combined forces and created the Office of Public Art. This office created the Art in Public Places Walking Tour to display Pittsburgh’s art in five separate guided walking tours.

I suggest taking the first tour: Cultural District. Contemporary art is integrated into public spaces including my personal favorite, the “eyeball park”. Officially known as the Agnes R. Katz Plaza, you can sit in one of the eyeball shaped benches and view the great heated fountain that flows year round in the heart of the Cultural District.

 

  • Market Square

A common downtown meeting place is Market Square. Located at the intersection of Forbes Avenue and Market Street, this historic area not only provides public benches to sit and people watch, but also a great variety of restaurants from fast and casual to fine dining. Market Square is the home of many Pittsburgh events including a weekly Farmer’s Market in the summer, holiday hot spot in the winter, and a common landing point for parades year round.

What I like most about the Square is the combination of historical and modern culture. For example, Pittsburgh’s oldest bar and restaurant, the Oyster House, has called Market Square home since 1871. Conversely, the interactive PPG fountain has been a family favorite since only 2003.

 

  • Bobby Mo’s Walking Tour

Robert Morris University, affectionately called “Bobby Mo” by locals, has a Walking Tour of Pittsburgh. This one-hour talking tour (available in .mp3 format here) goes beyond just the architecture and dives into the history of the city. The 15 stop walking tour starts at Sixth Avenue and Grant Street, circles around the city, through Market Square onto Penn Avenue, and then back to William Penn Place and Sixth Avenue.

I love that RMU offers this tour in 11 languages – it is truly designed for international tourists.

I hope you are able to take advantage of some of these free offerings in the City of Bridges during your stay.

 

About Connection 2017

Commonly referred to as the UN-conference, Connection is more than an event – it’s an experience. It’s an opportunity to explore new insights, the latest advances, and genius developments, all mixed with a sprinkle of grounded wisdom. More than that, it’s an opportunity to reflect in ways we often don’t have time for.

Connection brings together inspiring speakers, influential leaders, innovative practitioners, and a passionate national audience for this immersive experience. This year’s event is being held on September 20th-21st in a city known for innovation: Pittsburgh, PA.

Tickets to Connection 2017 are now sold out! If you have questions, please contact us at emily@manynet.org.

The Insider’s Guide to Connection 2017 in Pittsburgh

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So you are coming to Pittsburgh for Connection 2017! Wonderful news!

The first 5 items on the list are logistical pieces that will help you navigate your week through all of our scheduled events. Each item includes insider tips from a Pittsburgher.

The last 5 items are a few things to help you plan your visit from a cultural perspective before you travel Dahntahn.


1. Getting from the airport to the hotel

The airport is 17 miles from Omni William Penn hotel. You may take an Uber, Lyft, or taxi from the airport. You could also take public transit. The 28X bus goes from the airport to downtown. The Liberty and Wood Street stop is the closest to the hotel. The bus comes every 30 minutes starting at 4:30 am and running until midnight every day of the week. Plan for 30-45 mins to get from airport to downtown.

Insider tip: If you are taking an Uber, Lyft or taxi, and don’t mind sitting in traffic, ask your driver to take the parkway. When you come through the Fort Pitt tunnel you will see a breathtaking city view.


2. Parking at the Omni

If you are driving to Connection, the Omni offers valet parking for guests at a cost of $36 per night and includes in-and-out privileges.

Insider Tip: If you do not need in and out access to your vehicle, you may park across the street in the Mellon Square garage. While there is no in-and-out privilege for this garage, the rates are more cost effective: $19 Monday – Friday, 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; $6 Monday – Friday, 4:00 p.m. to 5:59 a.m. (Day rates start at 6:00 a.m.) and all day Saturdays, Sundays, holidays and weekends.


3. Sign up for Omni’s Loyalty program

I know – another loyalty program. This is a really good one though! Members get immediate benefits such as free Wi-Fi, morning beverage delivery service, a complimentary bottle of water on the night of arrival, and complimentary pressing of 2 items.

Insider Tip: sign up here before you check in.

 

4. Getting to Pittsburgh Opera House from Omni

Pittsburgh Opera House is located 1 mile away from the Omni. There are multiple ways to get there.

Walking through downtown and the Strip District is a great way to see the city and truly experience the local culture. It will take about 30 minutes to walk from the Omni to Pittsburgh Opera House.

Insider tip: If you have a time for a longer walk, check out Three RIvers Heritage Trail. (see my post 5 FREE Things to Experience in Downtown Pittsburgh for more on this trail!)

 

Pittsburgh is a cycling friendly city. Penn Avenue is one way for vehicles in order to allow for a bike lane. Didn’t travel with your bike? No problem! Healthy Ride is a bike share service available in downtown Pittsburgh. Bikes are available 24/7. You may rent a bike using the keypad or app from one station and return it to another closer to your destination. The bikes cost $2 per 30 minutes.

Insider Tip: Healthy Ride is currently running a promotion. You may ride for free using voucher code: 436243. Note that they do not have helmets, so you will need to travel with your helmet.

 

Pittsburgh public transportation is also an option. The 87S has a stop close to the Omni at Grant Street and US Steel Building, and drops off 1 block away from the Pittsburgh Opera House entrance at Liberty Avenue and 25th street. This bus route will cost $2.75 and take about 10 minutes.

Insider tip: view their trip planner and schedule your own customized trip, complete with maps and route options.

 

If you are driving to the Pittsburgh Opera House, there is plenty of metered street parking. The meters are zoned and you will pay the meter in your zone. You may use the kiosks located on the street, or you can download the Go Mobile PGH Parking app. To use the app, enter the zone number marked on the kiosk nearest your car, choose the duration you wish to park, confirm information, and begin your session. The hourly costs vary by hour, but zone 5958 near the Opera House costs $1.50 per hour. The app also has an option for expiration alerts and the option to extend your session.

Insider tip: There is a 4 hour time limit.

 

If all else fails you can take an Uber, Lyft or taxi. Plan for about a 10 minute drive from the hotel to the Pittsburgh Opera House – perhaps a bit more if traffic is heavy.

 

5. Schedule

There is a lot happening during Connection week!

 

September 19:

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Informal Happy Hour – offsite

 

September 20: (all events at Omni William Penn)

8:00 am – 9:00 am: Strategy Session Registration

9:00 am – 5:00 pm: Strategy Session

4:30 pm – 6:30 pm: Connection Ticket Will Call

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm: Connection Opening Session

 

September 21: (all events at Pittsburgh Opera House unless otherwise noted)

8:30 am – 9:30 am: Progressive Welcome (breakfast provided)

9:30 am – 11:00 am: Session 2

11:00 am – 1:00 pm: Experiential Station I (lunch provided offsite)

1:00 pm – 2:15 pm: Session 3

2:15 pm – 3:15 pm: Experiential Station II

3:15 pm – 4:45 pm: Session 4

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Session 5 (heavy hors d’oeuvres provided, offsite)

 

6. Learn to Talk the Talk

Before traveling to Pittsburgh, it is beneficial to familiarize yourself with Pittsburghese. Pittsburghese is the language of the locals. It includes such phrases and words as: Raise the Jolly Roger, Stillers, Jagoff, N’at, Here we go, Yinz, Let’s go Pens, Nebby, and Dahntahn.

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7. Music with a Pittsburgh Connection

Pittsburgh is home to some great musical and performance artists. Some have a strong local following, while others have taken the national and international stage.

These songs may not be by Pittsburghers, but they are still hometown favorites to all Steelers fans!

 

8. City of Bridges

Pittsburgh boasts 446 bridges within the city limits, which is more than Venice, Italy. The bridges range in styles from arch, beam, to suspension. In fact, the David L. Lawrence Convention Center’s design is patterned after the suspension bridges the building’s architect Rafael Vinoly saw when visiting the city. More than 29 bridges cross the three rivers, including the famous Roberto Clemente Bridge, which is closed to Pirates games to allow pedestrians to walk from Downtown to PNC Park on the North Shore.

Want more info on bridges? Heinz History Center has a great article about The City of Bridges. .

 

9. Pierogies!

There are a ton of great restaurants in the ‘burgh. However, to really get a taste of old school Pittsburgh cuisine, have a homemade pierogi. Why? Because they are delicious n’at! One of the best places in the city to get a pierogi is at S&D Polish Deli in the Strip. As the website describes:

Pierogi we offer are made of the freshest and best quality ingredients. Polish flour that contains less gluten than the one available in American stores, causes the dough to be soft and stretchy. As a result the Pierogi have a thin and delicate shell of dough covering plenty of delicious filling in 15 different flavors. Once cooked and dressed they just melt in your mouth!

Watch a Pierogi Race and try a homemade pierogi. You will thank me.

 

10. City of Champions

This list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning that Pittsburgh truly is the City of Champions. So, wave your Terrible Towel, yell “Let’s go Pens,” and Raise the Jolly Roger as you read just how many championships the hometown sports teams have won.

  • The Pittsburgh Steelers won the Super Bowl in 1975, 1976, 1979, 1980, 2006, and 2009.
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins won the Stanley Cup in 1991, 1992, 2009, 2016, and 2017.
  • The Pittsburgh Pirates won the World Series in 1909, 1925, 1960, 1971, and 1979.

Think you are ready to visit Pittsburgh? Test your knowledge!

 

About Connection 2017

Commonly referred to as the UN-conference, Connection is more than an event – it’s an experience. It’s an opportunity to explore new insights, the latest advances, and genius developments, all mixed with a sprinkle of grounded wisdom. More than that, it’s an opportunity to reflect in ways we often don’t have time for.

Connection brings together inspiring speakers, influential leaders, innovative practitioners, and a passionate national audience for this immersive experience. This year’s event is being held on September 20th-21st in a city known for innovation: Pittsburgh, PA.

Tickets to Connection 2017 are now sold out! If you have questions, please contact us at emily@manynet.org.

Speaker Announcement: Jasiri X, Co-Founder of The Anti-Violence Group 1Hood

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We are very excited to announce that Jasiri X, co-founder of the anti-violence group 1Hood, will be joining us on the mainstage for Connection 2017!

To learn more about how you can attend Connection 2017, click here today!

Learn More About Jasiri X

Jasiri X is the first independent hip-hop artist to be awarded an Honorary Doctorate, which he received from Chicago Theological Seminary in 2016. This recognition grew out of the spiritual/political urgency and artistic vision he shared on songs like “Justice For Trayvon” and “Strange Fruit (Class of 2013),” which documented the unjust police killings of young Blacks in the Millennial Generation. Likewise, he has been deeply involved with the national Movement for Black Lives, working with organizations like The Gathering for Justice, Blackout for Human Rights, Justice or Else, BYP100 and Sankofa. Still, he remains rooted in the Pittsburgh-based organizations he co-founded, the anti-violence group One Hood as well as the New Media Academy, which teaches African-American boys how to analyze and create media for themselves.

Jasiri emerged on the national scene in 2007 with the powerful hit song “Free The Jena 6” and the groundbreaking Internet video series This Week With Jasiri X, a program that reached millions of Internet views. More recently, his critically acclaimed album Black Liberation Theology (2015) has been recognized as a soundtrack for today’s civil rights movement.

He has performed his music from the Smithsonian to the Apollo Theater and has discussed his views on hip-hop, race and politics at leading institutions across the nation, including Harvard University, the University of Chicago, NYU, Stanford, among others. Beyond his work nationally, Jasiri’s focus on social change has also touched the global arena.

In 2016, he was commissioned by The Open Society Foundation to travel to Columbia to create a film (War on Us with Grammy Award-winning hip-hop artist Rhymefest) that highlights the international effects of US drug policy in South America. One of the most important political voices of his generation, in 2015 he received the USA Cummings Fellowship in Music, a BMe Fellowship and a Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Artist as Activist Fellowship.

About Connection 2017

Commonly referred to as the UN-conference, Connection is more than an event – it’s an experience. It’s an opportunity to explore new insights, the latest advances, and genius developments, all mixed with a sprinkle of grounded wisdom. More than that, it’s an opportunity to reflect in ways we often don’t have time for.

Connection brings together inspiring speakers, influential leaders, innovative practitioners, and a passionate national audience for this immersive experience. This year’s event is being held on September 20th-21st in a city known for innovation: Pittsburgh, PA.

Tickets to Connection 2017 are now sold out! If you have questions, please contact us at emily@manynet.org.

4 Amazing Restaurants within Walking Distance of the Hotel

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Over the past five years, Pittsburgh has been recognized as one of the best “foodie” cities in America, and as someone who has had the privilege of trying all of the restaurants listed below, I tend to agree. Just take a look at some of the accolades the city has received in the past couple of years:

  • Zagat named Pittsburgh as their #1 food city for 2015.
  • Livability.com placed Pittsburgh 3rd among the Top 10 Best Foodie Cities.
  • Food & Wine magazine named Chef Justin Severino of Cure the Best New Chef of the Mid-Atlantic region (it’s not listed in this post because it isn’t within walking distance of the hotel, but Cure is absolutely worth the visit.)

So you may ask yourself: what are the coolest restaurants I can visit that are within walking distance of my hotel?

Luckily, we have you covered. Here are four very cool restaurants within a short stroll of the hotel (Tickets to Connection 2017 are now sold out! If you have questions, please contact us at emily@manynet.org.):

 

4) Täkō

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(Photo Credit: eater.com)

Hours:

Sunday 3–9PM
 Monday 11AM–2PM, 5–11PM
 Tuesday 11AM–2PM, 5–11PM
 Wednesday 11AM–2PM, 5–11PM
 Thursday 11AM–2PM, 5–11PM
 Friday 11AM–2PM, 5PM–12AM
 Saturday 5PM–12AM

Address: 214 6th St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Cuisine: “As the sign says out front, this Downtown street-fusion spot offers tacos, sandwiches, ceviche, cold beer and tequila.” – Thrillist

Menu: http://takopgh.com/

Distance from Hotel: 0.4 miles

What You Should Order There: The Täkō

About Täkō:

Being a big fan of tacos of all types, and specifically taco food trucks, I thought I had seen it all – that is, until I visited Täkō in downtown Pittsburgh. Täkō serves up modern street food with a global bent, fusing Mexican and Asian cuisine to create something truly unique and delicious. The namesake octopus taco (täkō is octopus in Japanese) is one of the most delicious items on the menu, and is an absolute must-order. The menu ranges from truly original combinations to more familiar items, with Korean-inspired tacos balanced by more safe Mexican choices like chorizo or carnitas. Whatever you do, try one of the eight margaritas, which can be spiked with lychee and pepper or sweetened with Thai coconut milk.

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3) Meat & Potatoes

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(Photo credit: goodfoodpittsburgh.com)

Hours:

Sunday 3–9PM
 Monday 11AM–2PM, 5–11PM
 Tuesday 11AM–2PM, 5–11PM
 Wednesday 11AM–2PM, 5–11PM
 Thursday 11AM–2PM, 5–11PM
 Friday 11AM–2PM, 5PM–12AM
 Saturday 5PM–12AM

Address: 649 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Cuisine: American staples with a twist

Menu: http://meatandpotatoespgh.com/menu.html

Distance from Hotel: 0.4 miles

What You Should Order There: All of the main courses are *excellent*, but I recommend the Bone Marrow from the Appetizers section of the menu.

About Meat & Potatoes:

This chic, modern gastropub features modern comfort food and a lively, spacious setting. The New American-inspired menu features “classic-with-a-twist” versions of its namesake items– Waygu beef and truffle tator tots, for example– and an inventive cocktail menu.

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2) Sienna Mercato

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(Photo credit: @siennamercato)

Hours:

Sunday 3–9PM
 Monday 11AM–2PM, 5–11PM
 Tuesday 11AM–2PM, 5–11PM
 Wednesday 11AM–2PM, 5–11PM
 Thursday 11AM–2PM, 5–11PM
 Friday 11AM–2PM, 5PM–12AM
 Saturday 5PM–12AM

Address: 942 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Cuisine: (It depends on which floor you’re on! See below.)

Menu: http://www.siennamercato.com/#emporio

What You Should Order There: The meatballs! They are magnificent.

Distance from Hotel: 0.4 miles

About Sienna Mercato:

“This space quickly established itself as downtown’s finest rooftop bar, offering 32 beers and cocktails on tap, plus a retractable roof and a view of the city’s tallest skyscrapers. There’s a variety of wine options from California, Italy, Germany, Spain and Argentina. It’s a great spot to hit if your friend group is split between brews and fine wine.” – Thrillist Review

This three-floor establishment features a spacious rooftop bar with an amazing view of the city and two additional levels underneath with differing cuisine on each.

The first floor, Emporio, features gourmet meatballs, salads, soups, and poutine — all made fresh daily in Emporio’s scratch kitchen. The first floor also features a full bar with 32 draft beers, wine, and classic cocktails.

The second floor, Mezzo, offers a showcase of gourmet Italian fare in a warm, farm-inspired space — featuring house made charcuterie, cheese plates, wood-fired pizzas, creative pastas and small dishes, and fine wines.

And finally, my personal favorite (mostly because of the amazing view) is Il Tetto, Sienna Mercato’s rooftop beer garden. Il Tetto offers 36 drafts, cocktails, wine, and light fare while boasting one of the best and most unique views of downtown Pittsburgh. Their retractable glass roof allows Il Tetto to be open year-round and open-air in warmer months (like late September, when Connection will be taking place.)

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1) Primanti Bros.

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(Photo credit: recipeler.com)

Hours:

Sunday 3–9PM
Monday 11AM–2PM, 5–11PM
Tuesday 11AM–2PM, 5–11PM
Wednesday 11AM–2PM, 5–11PM
Thursday 11AM–2PM, 5–11PM
Friday 11AM–2PM, 5PM–12AM
Saturday 5PM–12AM


Address:
2 South Market Square, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Cuisine: The best sandwiches you’ll ever have stuffed with fries.

Menu: http://www.primantibros.com/resources/images/pdf/menu-pgh-city-msq.pdf

What You Should Order There: It depends on how much you like eggs, but the best item on the menu (in my opinion) is the Deluxe Double Egg + Cheese.

Distance from Hotel: 0.4 miles

About Primanti Bros.:

A Pittsburgh institution since 1933, Primanti’s is world renowned for its signature sandwiches that feature grilled meat, Italian dressing-based coleslaw, and French fries between two pieces of fresh Italian bread. In other words, it is fantastically delicious.

Over the years, it has received various accolades, including being named as one of “America’s Classic” restaurants by the James Beard Foundation Awards. Go here, enjoy a delicious sandwich, and savor crossing something off of your Pittsburgh-visit bucket list. The Market Square location closes at midnight, but if you’re looking for some great late night eats, the original Primanti’s location is just a short distance away and is open 24 hours a day (46 18th St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.)

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Of course, if none of these restaurants strike your fancy, there are plenty of restaurants located all around the hotel that are a short walk, Uber, or Lyft away.


How You Can Attend Attend Connection 2017

Don’t miss out on your opportunity to meet face-to-face with some of the youth and family services field’s best thinkers, doers, and thought leaders at Connection 2017 on September 20-21st, 2017! Tickets to Connection 2017 are now sold out! If you have questions, please contact us at emily@manynet.org.

Stay tuned for more speaker announcements and be sure to follow MANY on Facebook and Twitter for updates on the Connection 2017 experience!

Tickets to Connection 2017 are now sold out! If you have questions, please contact us at emily@manynet.org.

7 Cool Things To Do In Pittsburgh When You Visit For Connection 2017

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No matter what you’re in the mood for, Pittsburgh is bursting with sights and activities for people of all ages. Here are 7 cool things to do in Pittsburgh while you’re here for Connection 2017:

7. Visit The Andy Warhol Museum

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Location: 117 Sandusky St, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

This fascinating museum is located near downtown Pittsburgh, where Warhol was born and grew up. The Museum features extensive permanent collections of art and archives, special exhibitions including the work of other artists, and a vital series of programs and special events. To learn more, click here today.

6. Ride the Duquesne Incline Up Mount Washington

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Location: 1220 Grandview Ave., Pittsburgh, 15211

The Duquesne Incline is one of those which follows very closely the tracks of an early coal hoist. Open to the public in 1877, this is truly a unique and historic method of transportation that should not be missed. At the top, you’ll see what has been named one of the best skyline views in the world many times over.

5. Check Out the Cathedral of Learning

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Location: 4200 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15260

The Cathedral of Learning, a Pittsburgh landmark listed in the National Register of Historic Places, is the centerpiece of the University of Pittsburgh’s main campus in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. To give you an idea of what it’s like inside, this beautiful piece of architecture has drawn comparisons to Hogwarts from the Harry Potter series.

4. Visit the Roberto Clemente Museum

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Location: 3339 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15201

The Clemente Museum is dedicated to preserving the legacy of “The Great One,” as his fans affectionately called him. The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted Clemente in 1954 and he rose to become the greatest baseball player of his time. During this period, the struggle for social justice had reached every part of our country, and every ballpark. He and many other athletes had to bear the burdens of racial and cultural prejudices, no matter what their abilities were on the field. To learn more about The Clemente Museum, click here.

3. Enjoy the Wildlife at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

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Location: One Schenley Park, Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3830

A green oasis in the middle of Pittsburgh’s vibrant Oakland neighborhood, Phipps has provided a world-class garden experience to its visitors since 1893. Visit to discover breathtaking seasonal flower shows, stunning outdoor botanical gardens, free-with-admission activities for all ages, an award-winning on-site café, and some of the greenest buildings in the world. To learn more about Phipps, click here.

2. Take In a Baseball Game at The Best Park in All of MLB (In Our Opinion)

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Location: 117 Sandusky St, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

The Pirates have games scheduled on September 20th and on September 22nd (Connection 2017 is Sept. 20-21st). If you wanted to stay an extra day on Friday and take in a game at one of baseball’s best parks, we encourage it. 🙂 To purchase tickets to the game(s), click here.

1. Take A Stroll At Frick Park

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Location: 6750 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15221

Ever try lawn bowling? You can check out the 13th century sport at Pittsburgh’s largest regional park named after Henry Clay Frick, who donated the initial land that expanded into the 644-acre park of today. The Frick is ideal for jogging, hiking, walking and biking with numerous trails crossing the expansive lush nature and scenery.


Tickets To Connection 2017

Tickets to Connection 2017 are now sold out! If you have questions, please contact us at emily@manynet.org.

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Connection 2017 Is Coming To Pittsburgh!

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Tickets to Connection 2017 are now sold out! If you have questions, please contact us at emily@manynet.org.

What is Connection?

Commonly referred to as the UN-conference, Connection is more than an event – it’s an experience. It’s an opportunity to explore new insights, the latest advances, and genius developments, all mixed with a sprinkle of grounded wisdom. More than that, it’s an opportunity to reflect in ways we often don’t have time for.

A bold rethinking of the conference experience, Connection brings together inspiring speakers, influential leaders, innovative practitioners, and a passionate national audience for this immersive experience. This year’s event is being held on September 20th-21st in a city known for innovation: Pittsburgh, PA.

Where/when is Connection 2017 being held?

Connection 2017 is being held in Pittsburgh, PA. Pittsburgh offers both scale and intimacy, history and cutting edge uniqueness. The venue, the historic Pittsburgh Opera House, is a perfect blend of urban and familiarity that can make anyone feel like they are home in the heart of Pittsburgh’s Strip District. To purchase your tickets to Connection, click here.

What is the Connection experience like?

The main stage program is only a fraction of what happens at Connection – the full experience involves many more activities and interactive installations that catalyze discussion and stimulate new relationships.

The experience kicks off with a welcome reception that introduces you to this year’s Connection event and to prepare you for what’s ahead.  The next day  is spent alternating between inspirational thought-provoking talks from our speakers and meals & interaction with fellow delegates, who comprise a truly multi-faceted group of change-makers passionate about strengthening outcomes for youth in our county.

During breaks between sessions, Connection offers innovative hands-on activities, art exhibits, and of course, meet-ups with the speakers.  On the final evening, take the chance to kick back, relax, and share new ideas over food, drinks, and entertainment at Session 5.

Why Pittsburgh?

Recently named one of the “Best Places to Travel in 2016” by Travel + Leisure, rated the nation’s “No. 1 Food City” by Zagat and named among the “Top Destinations on the Rise” by TripAdvisor, it’s easy to see why everyone’s talking about Pittsburgh. Outstanding attractions and amenities, award-winning restaurants and world-class accommodations are among the biggest draws.

Where can I stay in Pittsburgh?

A hotel block has been reserved for Connection attendees at Omni William Penn Hotel, 530 William Penn Pl, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. Please reserve your room by August 11, 2017. To make your reservation, click here or call 1-800-843-6664 and mention “Connection” when trying to reserve via phone.