1) Get ready for bluegrass and big laughs—Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers are rolling through Heinz Hall. While Martin may be the more ubiquitous name in this coalition, he’s less well-known with a banjo in hand. The Steep Canyon Rangers, however, are surely holding their own: their 2013 album, Nobody Knows You, was named Best Bluegrass Album at this year’s Grammys—the same award for which their 2012 collaboration with Martin, Rare Bird Alert, was nominated. Concert goers will also have a chance to hear parts of Martin’s newest project, Love Has Come for You. Edie Brickell, New Bohemian front-woman and co-writer of Love Has Come for You, will perform as well. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. 600 Penn Ave., Cultural District.
2) “Four tickets left, I let her go—” writes Yona Harvey in the opening line of “Hurricane,” one poem in her recent debut collection, Hemming the Water. There may be more than four tickets left for Ms. Harvey’s reading, but registration is still required (though the event is free) for an evening of poetry and book signing at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Harvey’s work—noted as possessing a “fierce elegance” by Toi Dericotte, another esteemed local poet—has been published in journals such as jubilat and Gulf Coast. If you like what you hear, copies of Hemming the Water will be available for purchase, courtesy of Mystery Lovers Bookshop. 6:00 p.m. 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland.
3) Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Family Week at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium starts Saturday, June 29 with “Kids Kingdom Kickoff,” and the rest of the week unfolds with a different theme and focus each day. The Zoo puts forth a variety of activities, animal mascots, and live entertainment throughout the week, so once you’ve seen the animals, there will still be plenty to keep you busy. Monday will feature The Bear Necessities, which—you guessed it—invites families to take a closer look at bears. If, however, you’d rather monkey around the primate house (Tuesday, July 2) or float through an underwater realm (Saturday, July 6), family fun at The Zoo runs through Sunday, July 7. 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. One Wild Place, Highland Park.
4) Nothing for dinner? Stop by East Liberty Farmers’ Market and pick up some fresh local produce. Or, if you can’t wait until you’re home, grab a falafel sandwich, an Italian ice, or just feast on samples until you decide what sounds best. As one of the larger farmers’ markets east of Downtown, the East Liberty market certainly has something to suit most tastes. Mondays, 3:30 – 7:30 p.m. 5900 Penn Circle West, East Liberty.
5) If you don’t feel like a trip to the market, but you’ve still got the Monday blues, stop on by Lawrenceville’s Round Corner Cantina for a happy hour Cantina Margarita, or relax on their back patio with a couple of tacos and a Negro Modelo on tap. Their secluded back garden and house-made chips and guac will allow you to escape your Monday (and Pittsburgh) for a little while. Open Mondays, 5 p.m. – 12 a.m. Happy hour: 5 – 7 p.m. 3720 Butler St.