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Summer in Pittsburgh: shows and festivals



The Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival may be the best-known summer festival in Western Pennsylvania, but there are dozens of others with which to fill your family’s summer. There are county fairs, food fests and antique craft festivals. Here’s a sampling of more than 50 festivals scheduled around the region.

MAY

PYROFEST: Pyrotechnic displays include a U.S. Military Salute daytime display and the “Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks Challenge,” plus music by the Clarks, and vendors. Hartwood Acres. $23; VIP, $70; students, $14; children 6 and under free. (May 24). www.pyrofest.com

ENCAMPMENT AT THE GREAT MEADOWS: Musket firing and demonstrations to commemorate the 1754 battle. Fort Necessity National Battlefield, east of Uniontown. (May 24-25). 724-329-5805 or www.nps.gov/fone/index.htm.

JUNE

PITTSBURGH PRIDE: Annual LGBT event, the Pittsburgh Pride 2014 gallant week, is June 6-15 and is highlighted with an appearance by gay country music sensation Steve Grand on June 15. At noon that day, thousands of people will take off running in the Pride March, which begins at the corner of Grant Street and the Boulevard of the Allies, Downtown. The Pride March goes down Grant, turns left onto Fifth Avenue and finally goes right onto Liberty Avenue. There’s a free, daylong PrideFest on Liberty between Sixth and 10th streets. This year’s event will include more than 150 vendors, street performers and family-friendly carnival games and inflatable attractions.

FULL BLOOM: Sixth-annual summer dance party (June 7) to support the Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Ave VIP reception ($125) with live entertainment, food and drink from 7 to 9 p.m. A dance party ($35) opens the site to the public 9 to midnight. 412-363-3000.

MAMMOTH FEST: Arts and crafts show, food, music, entertainment and more. Free admission and parking. Children can receive unlimited access to the petting zoo and carnival, pony and kiddie train rides with a $4 pass. Mammoth Park, near Greensburg. (June 1, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.) 724-830-3950.

WILKINSBURG ART IN THE PARK: Weekly live music, games and family activities in a parklet at 743 Penn Ave., Wilkinsburg (Every Thurs between June 19-Aug. 21, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.). www.wilkinsburgcdc.org, or 412-727-7855.

DOLLAR BANK THREE RIVERS ARTS FESTIVAL: Ten days of free music and art, Downtown. Performers include string band Trampled by Turtles, Jeff Tweedy, Kaiser Chiefs and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Artist Market with more than 300 artists. Juried Visual Art exhibition of uniquely talented Pittsburgh artists. (June 6-15.) www.3riversartsfest.org. See Free Concerts, Page W-26.

ANTIQUES ON THE DIAMOND: Antique shows in Ligonier (June 14 and Aug. 23, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m). More than 50 vendors will be around the Diamond and on East and West Main streets. For more information call the Ligonier Chamber Office, 724-238-4200.

HERB AND GARDEN FAIR: Harmony Museum. (June 14, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) 724-452-7341.

FIVE ALARM MOUNTAIN MADNESS CHILI COOK-OFF: Celebrity judges, craft fair, live music, pony rides and more. Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Farmington (June 14, 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.) 1-800-422-2736 or www.nemacolin.com/chili-cookoff.

SAXONBURG FIREMAN’S CARNIVAL: Horne Avenue, Saxonburg (June 9-14). 724-352-3300.

SHADYSIDE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL: Proceeds benefit Sojourner House MOMS. Shadyside Presbyterian Church, Amberson Avenue and Westminster Place. (June 6, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.) 412-682-4300.

MATTRESS FACTORY URBAN GARDEN PARTY WILD WEST: Annual Mattress Factory fundraiser. Mattress Factory, 500 Sampsonia Way, North Side. (June 20, 7-11 p.m.). VIP event begins at 6 p.m. Nonmembers: $100; $250 VIP tickets. Members: $75; $200 VIP tickets. 412-231-3169 or www.mattress.org.

LAUREL HIGHLANDS BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL: This year’s lineup includes Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers, Feller & Hill & the Bluegrass Buckaroos, Rachel Burge & Blue Dawning, Lonesome Meadow and more. Route 271, Waterford. (June 20-21). $25 full weekend ticket plus $.50 handling charge per ticket; $30 for ticket when bought after June 16 or at the gate. 724-238-8646 or www.laurelhighlandsbluegrass.com.

WINE TIME AT THE COLONY: Wine tasting and gourmet food shopping with live entertainment. Grounds of Penn’s Colony, 365 Cochran Road, Saxonburg. (June 21 and Sept. 6, 1 to 6 p.m.). www.winetimeatthecolony.org.

CLASSIC CAR AND TROLLEY SHOW: Mr. McFeely’s Parade of Trolleys at Pennsylvania Trolley Museum, Washington, (June 28, followed on June 29 with the Classic Car Show). Also will be presented at Washington County Fair (Aug. 9-16). 724-228-9256.

BIG BUTLER FAIR: Nine-day, large fair (June 27-July 5). Features animals, motor sports and performers, including musical performances by The Clarks (June 28); Bret Michaels (July 2); and Joe Diffie (July 5). Other activities include a school bus demolition derby (June 29). Route 422, Prospect. 724-865-2400 and www.bigbutlerfair.com.

GREAT EUROPEAN BEERFEST: Beer sampling sessions. Sharp Edge, East Liberty. Ultimate beer dinners on June 27, 7 p.m., June 28, 3-6 p.m. and 7-10 p.m. and June 29, 2-5 p.m. $65 at the door; $5 discount on tickets purchased in May. 412-661-3537.

KUTZTOWN FOLK FESTIVAL: Folklife displays, quilt sale, crafts, entertainment and food. (June 28-July 6), 65th annual folk festival on Kutztown fairgrounds. $14 adults; $13 seniors 55 and older; $5 students 13 to 17 years old; free admission for children 12 and under. Free parking on the fairgrounds. Open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, except for July 6, when its closes at 5 p.m. 1-888-674-6136 or www.kutztownfestival.com.

INDIAN COMMEMORATION: Speakers at an Indian cultural weekend will talk about wampum and there will be displays of other traditional Seneca crafts at an event the last weekend of June. Seneca involvement in the French and Indian War also will be discussed. The Seneca Nation Cultural Weekend (June 28-29) at the Fort Necessity National Battlefield, off U.S. Route 40, 11 miles east of Uniontown. 724-329-5812. www.nps.gov/fone/index.htm .

CRAFTON CELEBRATES: Crafton has been holding this open community festival for all ages in Crafton Park on Steuben Street for years. (June 30-July 4.) Parade kicks off the first day, ending with fireworks display July 4. The first four days the park opens for the event at 6 p.m. and closes at 10:30 p.m. On July 4, the event runs from 3 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. Stage entertainment is provided with bands, magic and dancing. Food booths, petting zoo and craft booths will also be open. www.craftoncelebrates@gmail.com

JULY

BATTLE ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATION: July 3 marks the 260th anniversary of the battle between the French and Indian allies and the British Colonial Forces commanded by then-Col. George Washington. Special program commemorating the battle and those who fought and died there. Fort Necessity is off of U.S. Route 40, 11 miles east of Uniontown. 724-329-5812. www.nps.gov/fone/index.html.

EQT PITTSBURGH THREE RIVERS REGATTA: North Shore (July 2-4). 2014 Powerboart North American Championship and the world champonships of Xpogo. www.threeriversregatta.net.

WESTMORELAND ARTS AND HERITAGE FESTIVAL: Twin Lakes Park, east of Greensburg in Unity Township, 40 miles east of Pittsburgh. Free. (July 3-6, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.) 724-834-7474 or www.artsandheritage.com.

EMMA BURSICK MEMORIAL FUND FAIR PLAY EVENT. Sixth annual family festival (July 12, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.) at Emmerling Community Park, Indiana Township. Admission $5 per person; kids under 2 are free. Benefits the fund and raises awareness about SUDEP, a fatal complication of epilepsy. www.fairplay-event.org.

DEUTSCHTOWN MUSIC FESTIVAL: Two outdoor stages and eight night venues will be used for the sounds of German music. The free event will be held at the East Ohio Business District, North Side. (July 12) Food trucks and 60+ bands are scheduled to perform.

PITTSBURGH PIRATES FUN RUN/WALK FOR EPILEPSY: 5K run, 2-mile walk and tailgate party. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Run/walk begins at 9:30 a.m. (July 19) 412-322-5880. www.eswp.org

PITTSBURGH VINTAGE GRAND PRIX: Annual vintage grand prix car races and show. Starts with “Blacktie & Tailpipes” gala at Longue Vue Club, Penn Hills (July 11); racer test & tune at Pitt-race complex, (July 11); PVGP historic races at Pitt-race Complex (July 12-13); invitational car show on Walnut Street, Shadyside (July 14); Waterfront car cruise (July 15); Downtown parade & car display (July 16); Grand prix tune-up @ Atria’s (July 16); Hard Rock Cafe — “Cars & Guitars” concert at Station Square (July 17); Schenley Park car shows and race qualifying (July 19); Schenley Park Race Day (July 20). www.pvgp.org or 412-559-3500.

SUMMER GALA: Food and spirits, raffles, silent auction, display of art by members of West Hills Art League and more. Roselea Farm, Coraopolis Heights Road, Moon. (July 17). $75 admission. 412-264-6270.

SUMMER IN LIGONIER: On the Diamond in Ligonier, a craft festival with art and/or crafts on display. Shops around the Diamond also are open. (July 18-19, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.) Children’s activities. 724-238-4200.

OAKMONT YACHT CLUB REGATTA: This fun fest is expected to draw 100 boats to its site along the Allegheny River at its club at 11 Washington Ave., Oakmont (July 18-20). Free. The regatta starts mornings with breakfast and offers food throughout the day. Fishing contest for kids (July 19). Adult activities include a record festival. Fireworks and wine tasting (July 19). 412-828-9847 or www.oakmontyachtclub.com.

WHISKEY REBELLION DAY: Historic skit and displays about the Whiskey Rebellion. Oliver Miller Homestead, South Park. (July 20). Admission $2 for special events, $1 on other Sundays. 412-835-1554 or www.olivermiller.org .

PINE COMMUNITY DAY: Petting zoo, dunk tank, ice creations, pony rides, watermelon eating contest, fireworks and more. Pine Community Park, Pine (July 19). 724-625-1636.

FAYETTE COUNTY FAIR: One of the state’s largest county fairs. Circus, petting zoo, monster trucks and animals. (July 24-Aug. 2) Fayette County Fairgrounds. 724-628-3360.

PITTSBURGH BLUES FESTIVAL: Performers include Bernard Allison, Norm Nardini & The Pittsburgh All-Stars, Dr. John, Albert Cummings, Wesley Bright & the Hi-Lites, Trampled Under Foot, JJ Grey & Mofro, Spin Doctors and Ben Miller Band. Hartwood Acres (July 25-27). Kids 12 & under free. www.pghblues.com or call 412-460-BLUE.

ALBERT GALLATIN PROJECT: Historic event at restored country estate of Albert Gallatin, the secretary of the treasury during the Jefferson and Madison administrations (July 26-27). Friendship Hill national historic site, 223 New Geneva Road, Point Marion, Fayette County. 724-725-9190.

SIDEWALK SALE: Walnut Street and Ellsworth avenues, Shadyside (July 30-Aug. 3). www.thinkshadyside.com or 412-682-1298.

AUGUST

AMERISERV FLOOD CITY MUSIC FESTIVAL: Three days of America roots music. People’s Natural Gas Park, Johnstown (Aug. 1-3). 1-814-539-1889 or www.jaha.org.

REGATTA AT LAKE ARTHUR: South Shore at Moraine State Park, (Aug. 2-3). 16th annual regatta at Lake Arthur. Music, storytelling and special guests. www.lakearthurregatta.org.

BUTLER FARM SHOW: Entertainment includes bluegrass music, animal shows, bicycle and big wheel/tricycle races. (Aug. 4-9). www.butlerfarmshow.com.

ITALIAN DAY FESTA: Visit “La Cucina” (Aug. 8) at Idlewild Park, Ligonier. Enjoy Italian food vendors, fireworks and the music of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin. www.idlewild.com/site/events.php.

ANTIQUE GUN SHOW: Flintlock, percussion and cartridge firearms and accouterments from the 18th and 19th centuries, most for sale, with emphasis on those made in the region. Harmony Museum. (Aug. 9, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) Admission is $5 per person 12 or up. Proceeds benefit the museum. 724-452-7341.

RICHLAND COMMUNITY DAY: Richland Community Park, ( Aug. 9). 724-443-5921.

WASHINGTON COUNTY FAIR: The Washington County Fairgrounds, Washington, (Aug. 9- 16). 724-225-7718 or www.washingtonfair.org.

TROLLEY RIDES TO THE FAIR: $2 round trip per person to Washington County Fair from Pennsylvania Trolley Museum, Washington (Aug. 9- 16). 724-228-9256.

AUGUST FUN FEST: Car show, arts and crafts market, flea market food, entertainment and children’s activities. Children can receive unlimited access to the petting zoo and carnival, pony and kiddie train rides with a $4 pass. Cedar Creek Park, Rostraver, (Aug. 10, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.) 724-830-3950.

SUMMER FLAX FEST: Flax to linen process demonstrated, plus sampler needlework display. Oliver Miller Homestead, South Park, (Aug. 17). Admission is $2 for special events, $1 for other Sundays. 412-835-1554 or www.olivermiller.org.

LAWRENCE COUNTY FAIR: (Aug. 11-16.) Outspoken performs (Aug. 13) in the grandstand. Full pulls and mini-tractor and truck pulls (Aug. 15). The fair takes place at 464 Midway Drive, Route 108, east of New Castle. 724-654-7745 or www.lawrencecountyfair.com.

WESTMORELAND FAIR: 60th anniversary (Aug. 15 to Aug. 23). Monster trucks, bull mania, demolition derbies, tractor pulls and more than a thousand animals. 724-423-5005 or www.westmorelandfair.com.

HOOKSTOWN FAIR: (Aug. 19-23). Fairgrounds at 1198 State Route 168, Hookstown. 724-573-4512 or www.hookstownfair.com.

ART FESTIVAL ON WALNUT STREET: Shadyside (Aug. 23-24). www.thinkshadyside.com.

ANTIQUES ON THE DIAMOND: Antique fair, Ligonier. (Aug. 23, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.) www.visitligonier.com or 724 238-4200.

PITTSBURGH RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL: Medieval festival featuring combat jousting, games of skill, rides, period foods, costumed performers and artisans’ marketplace. Off Interstate 70, six miles west of New Stanton. (Aug. 23-24; Aug. 30-Sept. 1; Sept. 6-7; Sept. 13-14; Sept. 20-21; Sept. 27-28). 724-872-1670 or www.pittsburghrenfest.com.

FRONTIER FROLIC AND GAMES: Frontier games. Oliver Miller Homestead, South Park (Aug. 31) Admission is $2 for special events, $1 for other Sundays. www.olivermiller.org or 412-835-1554.

INDIANA COUNTY FAIR: J.S. Mack Community Center, Indiana, (Aug. 24-30). Entertainment by singer Eric Paslay (Aug. 25, 8 p.m.). Harness racing (Aug. 26-27). Admission is $8 per person. 724-479-8282 or www.indianacountyfair.com.

PENNSYLVANIA ARTS & CRAFTS COLONIAL FESTIVAL: Westmoreland Fairgrounds, Greensburg (Aug. 29-Sept. 1) Information 724-863-4577 or at info@familyfestivals.com.

LABOR UNITED CELEBRATION: Flea market, food, arts and crafts show, entertainment and a one-ring circus. Children can receive unlimited access to the petting zoo and carnival, pony and kiddie train rides with a $3 pass. Northmoreland Park, Allegheny Township, Westmoreland County. (Aug. 31-Sept. 1, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.) 724-830-3950.

SEPTEMBER

PITTSBURGH IRISH FESTIVAL: Music by Scythian, Screaming Orphans, Makem, Spain Brothers and more. Irish food and refreshments, Irish marketplace, children’s activities, storytelling, Irish dance workshops and performances, Ceili dancing, Irish dogs tent. Riverplex, West Homestead. Sept. 5-7. www.pghirishfest.org.

A FAIR IN THE PARK: Contemporary crafts festival presented by Craftmen’s Guild of Pittsburgh (Sept. 5-7), Mellon Park, Shadyside. www.afairinthepark.org.

TRUCKS, TRACTORS & TROLLEYS DISPLAY: The Western Pennsylvania Trolley Meet, which fosters special trolley operations, is on the trolley track of the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum on (Sept. 12-13). Trolley model displays will be featured, and vendors will be catering to modelers.

Trucks, tractors and trolleys display (Sept. 14). The museum will have antique and classic trucks, antique tractors and a World War II encampment. Trolley rides and tours. Admission fees. Kids under 3 are free. Pennsylvania Trolley Museum, 724-228-9256.

STAHLSTOWN FLAX SCUTCHING FESTIVAL: The 107th annual festival (Sept. 13-14). Descendants of Ligonier Valley pioneers will make linen from the flax plant. 724-593-2119 or flaxscutching.org.

REVOLUTIONARY WAR ENCAMPMENT: Re-enactments with rifle and weaponry displays. Oliver Miller Homestead, South Park (Sept. 20-21). Admission $2 for special events like this war encampment; $1 on other Sundays. www.olivermiller.org or 412-835-1554.

LIGONIER HIGHLAND GAMES: Pipe bands, Highland dancing, athletic competitions, dog exhibits. Arts and crafts, food, music and more. (Sept. 20). Admission fees. www.ligonierhighlandgames.org or call 1-814-931-4714.

ANTIQUE SHOW & SALE: Harmony Museum (Sept. 20-21). 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 20 and noon to 4 the next day. Admission $3. 724 452-7341 or www.harmonymuseum.org.

FESTIFALL: Historic crafts, food and music. Friendship Hill National Historic site, (Sept. 21-22). www.nps.gov/frhi . 724-725-9190.

OKTOBERFEST: German celebration (Sept. 27, 1 to 8 p.m.) at Heidelberg Park, Heidelberg. Crafts, musical performances, petting zoo, pumpkin patch, hay rides, children’s entertainment and fireworks, Details: http://heidelbergpa.tripod.com/id25.html.


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