Monthly Community Meetings
The PHCA monthly community meetings cover key activities, are where City and local officials come to tell Polish Hill residents about things that will affect the neighborhood, or to provide information on opportunities or resources. The meetings are also a place for residents to provide suggestions and feedback. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. on the lower level of the West Penn Recreation Center, 450 30th Street. All are welcome. The following is a list of meeting dates for 2017:
- Tuesday, January 3
- Tuesday, February 7
- Tuesday, March 7
- Tuesday, April 4
- Tuesday, May 2
- Tuesday, June 6
- Tuesday, September 5
- Tuesday, October 3
- Tuesday, November 7
- Tuesday, December 5
For Mass schedules and information on other events at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, check the IHM website or call the church at 412.621.5170.
Monthly Beautification & Green-up
The objective for the Polish Hill Monthly Beautification & Green-up is simple: keep the neighborhood beautiful! Tasks involve knotweed trimming near Bloomfield Bridge, street clean-up, yard clean-up, maintenance of community gardens, etc. All are welcome, and the Green Team often provides breakfast! Wear boots, bring a water bottle. Unless otherwise noted, the group meets at 3060 Brereton St. on various Saturdays at 8:45 am, rain or shine! The following is a list of dates for the rest of 2017:
- April 1st – Edible Garden Till / Tool Inventory and Cleanup Event
- May 6th
- June 3rd (May be moved to accommodate WPC Flower Planting)
- July 1st
- August 5th
- September 2nd
- October 21st (Pitt Make a Difference Day, Instead of Oct7th — the 1st Sat.)
- November 4th
Polish Hill May Day Parade 2017 – April 29th @ noon
To join in the parade meet up at the end of lower Melwood St. at noon, just down from Pittsburgh Filmmakers. Feel free to dress up, bring floats, banners, flowers, umbrellas..anything that feels celebratory and in the spirit of workers rights and the rites of spring! And most importantly bring yourself and your loved ones! At 1 0’clock the Parade will move from lower Melwood and up through Polish Hill, ending at West Penn Park for a community bbq and a pick up baseball game!
Everyone is welcomed and encouraged to join in the planning of the parade and float building or any other contributions they’d like to make. For more info please email: maydaypolishhill@
For more information on parade themes, the Variety Show, and other related events, see the May Day website.
Polish Hill Arts Festival 2017 – Dates TBA
The Polish Hill Arts Festival is a quirky, friendly, relaxed event. The festival features more than 30 local artists and contemporary craftspeople displaying and selling their artwork in a range of media, sizes and prices. Our vendors, performers and other participants tell us it’s their favorite.
There’s live music, tasty food and hands-on art-making activities for all ages from all walks of life. Admission to the festival is free, including musical performances. Many of the artists, craftspeople and musicians are from Polish Hill or neighborhoods nearby.
The Polish Hill Civic Association produced its first arts festival in 2008, then called Art What You Got. Each year since, the event takes place the day after the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church festival — creating a festival weekend of old and new.
In 2010, the event was renamed to honor and promote the neighborhood. The Polish Hill Arts Festival is the biggest civic event of the year, drawing hundreds of residents and visitors to the intersection of Brereton and Dobson streets in the heart of Polish Hill.
Community and Holiday Events
The PHCA produces a few community and holiday events each year. Events have included:
- Our fundraising yard sale
- Celebrations for kids
- Light Up the Street December open house
- Holiday community potluck
From parades and spontaneous concerts to chance encounters on neighborhood walks, Polish Hill is a constant source of creativity and inspiration. A lifelong resident said it best: If Polish Hill were a song, it just might be Magic Carpet Ride.