PGHevents was first launched on January 3, 1999 by author and arts entrepreneur James A. Richards and quickly became one of the Pittsburgh region’s most popular web sites.

The site was suspended between 2006 and 2013 as Jim managed the online calendar for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. PGHevents returned in a rough form in 2014 and as you see it in 2015.

*** Special Thanks to Kevin Lovelace & Darrel Farris ***

Jim reviews all submissions and edits them as necessary. Here are a few tips:

  1. Whoever is submitting your venue or event should have good writing skills.
  2. Keep in mind that you are reaching a broad audience that includes people who know nothing at all about your venue or event.
  3. Make sure you write your event description so that it can “stand alone” and make sense no matter how people find it on the calendar.
  4. Your event descriptions should be interesting, informative and concise. Try to keep them less than three paragraphs. Venue descriptions can be more elaborate (and never should be single words like “bar” or “restaurant”).
  5. Musicians, singers, bands and their representatives have the most trouble in writing good descriptions or working with media. They are strongly encouraged to order a copy of Jim’s Marketing 101 booklet from Amazon
  6. The calendar is database driven, so if your event (such as a play or an exhibit) occurs on multiple dates, then you must include both an end date and a start date in your submission. If your event’s conclusion is yet to be scheduled, then select a target date for your end date. Jim can always update it for you later.
  7. Charitable events should include the name and mission of the charity in the event description.
  8. All events should be submitted with a public phone number in the event description (unless ticketing services are being provided by the venue. That phone number is already on the venue’s page). The only other exceptions are those in which PGHevents’ ticketing affiliations (such as TicketNetwork) to provide online services.
  9. In terms of content: if PGHevents were a movie, it would be rated PG-13. Also any language or event that appears to promote hatred or bigotry will be rejected.

For more information, contact Jim at www.james-richards.com