The awaited return of Anime Night went all out in true “My Hero Academia” fashion with a Plus Ultra theme January 26, 2023 at the Hard Rock Cafe. The event filled the venue with nearly 250 guests there to share their love of anime music and subculture. To help the event really go plus ultra this time, music was performed live, a cosplay contest was integrated and the vendor section expanded. It was a great night for Kawaii Gifts to get our name out there to fellow anime enthusiasts!
Come out for K-pop Night on Saturday, October 8, 2022 with music from your favorite groups! You can expect to hear music from EXO, BTS, Itzy, Blackpink, Twice, Stray Kids, and so much more. The event is being held at The Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh and is 21 and up. Doors will open at 7 PM and music will begin at 8 PM. Tickets are only $15 and can be purchased online via https://www.eventbrite.com/e/u-had-to-be-there-k-pop-dj-night-tickets-404614331357 and use code Kawaii for $5 off your Ticket! We hope to see you there and see your K-Pop spirit in and out of the venues!
Anime Night launches its first event on Thursday, October 20, 2022, fittingly titled, “The Rumbling.” The event will be largely AOT themed, but you can expect to hear music from all of your favorite anime including Jujustu Kaisen, Naruto Shippuden, My Hero Academia, Pokémon, Demon Slayer, SK8 The Infinity, Sailor Moon, and so much more. Alongside the music will be featured AMV’s synced for the tracks during the two hour dance party set. The event will feature local artists and businesses within the anime community such as Warp Zone which will be providing local 1up Arcade systems; Isabel Hope from Electric Ladyland who will be showcasing her art as an anime inspired tattooist and selling her pieces; Retrograde Collectables will be hosting two tables, one featuring their array of retro video game and anime merchandise, and another under the banner, Mercury Apothecary, which includes a various array of anime inspired scents and soaps; and of course Kawaii Gifts who will supply a large inventory of anime and kawaii items available for purchase on location. The event is being held at Club Cafe. Doors will open at 7 PM and music will begin at 8 PM. For the first night, tickets are only $10 and can be purchased online via Ticketweb, the Mr. Small’s or Club Cafe box office during any show, or on site at Kawaii Gifts, Electric Ladyland, Retrograde Collectables and Warp Zone. We hope to see you there, and stay tuned for what the next edition of Anime Night will be!
There was certainly no shortage of artwork to admire (and purchase) over the two-day festival, this year taking place August 27 and 28, and the event brought a large crowd to Shadyside. Walnut Street, with its many eclectic shops, boutiques and restaurants, made the perfect canvas for the annual festival. Those in the spirit of supporting independent artists could also support small businesses, like ours, while enjoying the art. We at Kawaii Gifts are very happy to fit in with the other unique businesses and events that call Walnut Street home.