AUGUST 18TH  @ Rescue Street Farms 8pm-10pm

Outdoor Film Screening of “To Make a Farm”

Join us at our urban farm in Spring Hill to watch a wonderful movie about small farms, as part of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s 2017 “Food and Farm Film Series“. Picnic style event- check out our Facebook event for more details TBA.



Private Rentals @ Shadyside Nursery

We love to offer our space for your private event or gathering. We may have lots of plants, but we have picnic tables we make available, lighting, and even a sandbox for kids.

If you would like to rent our space for a private event please e-mail us and we can answer your questions.


Currently we host…




Pandemic and Shadyside Nursery, teamed up to present a BACKYARD BBQ STYLE- FAMILY FRIENDLY – OUTDOOR CONCERT SERIES entitled “Weather Permitting” at Shadyside Nursery 5pm-9pm EVERY SUNDAY

Shop Dog and signs

Shadyside Nursery and Pandemic have teamed up the past three years to present a promotional weekly summer concert series entitled “Weather Permitting” every Sunday at the Shadyside Nursery on Ellsworth Ave. “Weather Permitting” is a family friendly, all ages, outdoor concert event/party that will be ongoing from June 9 thru the rest of the summer. We are joining forces with hopes that this event series will attract a variety of bands, food vendors/ FOOD TRUCKS, and a diverse audience. While acts will be mostly acoustic in nature we have some big things in store including performances by Lungs Face Feet, Beagle Brothers, The Armadillos, The Pressure, The Harlan Twins, and more. This series has been created with the intentions of gaining more customers to the nursery.
We are trying to create a family friendly environment that everyone can enjoy.  Bring the kids, bring your friends, your friends friends, and their parents. It’s a dynamic event and what hopes to be the best sunday nigh t hangout in pittsburgh. Bring some friends, have some food and buy some plants.
2016 Bands, Food Trucks, and Vendors will be announced soon!
$10 cover for Adults
FREE FOR KIDSwww.pandemicpgh.com for more information contact
FROM THE NURSERY Since we are now in our third year as a member of the Shadyside community, we were looking for a positive way to connect more with our neighbors, our fellow local businesses, and the city at-large. We wanted to provide what we felt was missing from Sunday nights in this neighborhood. By partnering with some well-known Pittsburgh folks (, we feel that we were able to create an event that has a little something for everyone. We want our nursery to be a vibrant place, but not only because of our plants. As a collective, the businesses and community partners behind Weather Permitting appreciate your support for this community summer concert series. We believe that a Sunday evening consisting of a few hours of family-friendly fun with good bands, tasty food, refreshing drinks, and, of course, squirt gun fun is something that everyone can feel good about. If you agree, we want you to join us.


We hope to see you on the dance floor (lawn) promptly at 5 pm!

press for Weather Permitting

June 05, 2013MUSIC » LOCAL BEAT

Shadyside Nursery to host Sunday-night outdoor music series

“It’s kind of like a Hartwood Acres-style series, but in the city.”

by  @andybotpgh


5 p.m. Sun., June 9.Repeats every Sunday through the end of August with different bands.

Shadyside Nursery,
510 Maryland Ave.,
All ages.

It was a bit of serendipity that led Pete Spynda — best known these days as the DJ behind the Pandemic world-music dance night at Brillobox — to start a weekly outdoor concert series at a plant nursery.

“I’d been looking for a venue to do something outdoors for a while,” Spynda explains. “I happened to be walking in Bloomfield, and I ran into a buddy of mine [Bill Brittain] who runs the Shadyside Nursery.” Spynda was specifically looking for a place to put on a show for Italian Gypsy-folk band Taluna. Brittain was looking for activities to complement a Sunday visit by Fukuda restaurant’s food truck. The result: Weather Permitting, a new Sunday-night series featuring local (and sometimes touring) bands, outdoors at the nursery.

The idea is to feature music in a family-friendly atmosphere, early in the evening, before folks head to the bar — or send the kids to bed. “It’s kind of like a Hartwood Acres-style series, but in the city,” Spynda says. “They do great programming at Hartwood Acres, but it can be a hike, especially if you live in the city, and have to pack up the kids and all that.”

It’ll of course be on a smaller scale than Hartwood: Spynda and the folks from Shadyside Nursery are building a stage to fill some space where the plants don’t sit in the afternoon because of sun exposure. They’ll rent a PA and have food trucks and drinks. (It’s also BYOB.)

Spynda’s hope is to involve nearby businesses and bring foot traffic to the nursery’s end of Shadyside on Sunday evenings. (Shadyside Nursery is on Maryland Avenue, just off Ellsworth.) Local bands booked for the future include The Beagle Brothers, The Harlan Twins and The Pressure.

And … if it rains?

“That’s, I guess, to be determined,” Spynda says with a laugh. “That’s one reason I’m reluctant to book many touring bands. Mostly we’ll just cross our fingers.”


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