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Free and Affordable Pittsburgh for 4/13: It's Saturday... Take Your Pick!

By Rachel Booth

Isn't it great to have choices? This Saturday, you have at least THREE different fun, free, or affordable options to fill your belly, move your feet, and delight your mind! In this week's Free & Affordable Pittsburgh, we're talking about an annual chili fest, a day full of play, a reading celebration, and more great ways to save and play in the 'Burgh! Learn a bit more about each of these below.

Free & Affordable Chili
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Chili With The Works
South Side Works Town Square

27th Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
(412) 481-1750

Date: Saturday, April 14, 2012
Hours: 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Prices: Free to attend
Tastings: 4 for $5, 8 for $8, and 12 for $11. $1 off all packages with a college ID

Chili With The Works is a blast! This annual event at 27th Street at South Side Works is bigger and bigger each and every year. You can attend for free, but for a small amount of dough you can sample some of the tastiest chili around. Dozens of restaurants compete to claim the title of "The Best in the 'Burgh." More than that - it's a huge Spring & Arts & Music Festival featuring live music on the Town Square and 27th Street Stages, sidewalk sales, beers & cocktails, a college shopping weekend, and I Made It! Market with over 50 vendors featuring handmade jewelry, clothing, art, household items, and much, much more! It's free to attend, and with sales and affordable tastings - it's quite the bargain as well.

Jazz Music
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8th Annual Blues Society of Western PA Blues Challenge
Clarion Hotel Green Tree

401 Holiday Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15220
(412) 922-8100

Date: Saturday, April 14, 2012
Hours: 2 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Price: Free to Attend

It's an entire afternoon of affordable food, drinks and of course live Blues bands starting at 2 p.m. and heading well into the night. Fifteen bands will entertain all together every half hour, excluding an hour long dinner break. At $12 for the entire event, that's less than a dollar a band! Enjoy the sounds of Neid's Hotel Band, Breadline Preachers, Jimmy Alder, Ron & the Rump Shakers, the New Monongahela Sheiks, FX Project and many, many more.

Free & Affordable Frick Storybook Spring
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Storybook Spring: FREE Family Day at The Frick
The Frick Pittsburgh

7227 Reynolds Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15208
(412) 371-0600

Date: Saturday, April 14, 2012
Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Price: Free to attend

It's National library week, and The Frick Art & Historical Center and the ToonSeum are joining forces to present this READ-iculously fun family day at The Frick Art Museum. Activities are jam-packed throughout the day. Celebrated children's book authors and illustrators will sign copies of their books, which will be available for purchase at the Frick Art Museum rotunda. Story times with authors and Pittsburgh celebrities will be held throughout the day, Joe Wos of the Toonseum will make a special performance, kids can write and illustrate their own story and create finger puppets, and much more. Best of all, it's free to attend!

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Free & Affordable CBS Local Offers - Wings
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CBS Local offers has great deals everyday, anywhere from 50-90% off the retail value. This week's offer is 50% off at The Hangar. You pay $10 for $20 worth of great food. The Hangar is famous for their mouth-watering wings (you get whole wings, not wing pieces) and offers food for all tastes - showing that the suburbs offer great dining options also. You can purchase as many vouchers as you'd like, but they're not valid towards alcohol. This deal runs through the end of the year, and cannot be combined with other deals.

What We're Talking About In Best Of
Free & Affordable Farmer's Markets
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Looking for some unique ideas for kid's birthday parties this spring and summer? In Family & Pets, you'll find a great article about the Best Outdoor Kids Birthday Bashes. Whether your kiddo is into sports, animals, nature, games & rides, farm animals, or even trucks that ride on water... you're bound to find something new and exciting for your their big celebration this year. Many of the options you'll find include all you'll need, with some really cool add-ons. While not the most affordable way to go, what you get for the price can be pretty spectacular.'Tis the season for Farmers Markets! This week in Travel & Outdoors you'll find our Guide To Pittsburgh Farmers Markets. Pittsburgh features dozens of fabulous farmers markets all over the city and surrounding neighborhoods. This article in particular highlights a few of these fantastic markets, and many of the unique items you'll find at each one. While you can often find the freshest fruits and veggies at most any market, many feature unique finds - like local honey & cheeses, meats, delicious prepared foods - which vary from market to market. Either way, supporting local farmers is great for our economy!

Rachel Booth & Heather Walsh are the bargainistas behind, Pittsburgh's go-to bargain website for free, affordable & discounted events, activities, products & services. Visit Living Pittsburgh for even more great 'Burgh bargains! You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter!
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