The Hot List of activities for the coming weekend

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Ribs and football

Heinz Field celebrates Labor Day Weekend and the start of the football season with the Kickoff and Rib Festival presented by Coors Light today through Monday.

Each day will feature ribs, festival foods, games, rides and activities for all ages, and the Steelers Experience.

It begins tonight with the Steelers taking on the Carolina Panthers in the final preseason game.

Friday evening features a free live performance by The Clarks. Saturday features the start of the University of Pittsburgh season as the Panthers take on Delaware in their season opener.

Tickets are required to attend the games, but the concerts are free.

Monday morning is the annual Steelers 5K Run and walk to benefit the AJR Scholarship Fund featuring co-chairs Larry Brown, Marv Kellum, JT Thomas and Mike Wagner.

Monday afternoon is a free Steelers Youth Clinic presented by Dick's Sporting Goods on the field at Heinz Field. And Monday evening will feature a free concert by country superstar Thomas Rhett.

Fans can bring blankets and lawn chairs for the concerts, but no coolers or outside food and beverages.

For more information, call 412-697-7181.

Band schedule:


Zach Longoria Project (6 p.m.); The Big Bend (7 p.m.); The Clarks (9 p.m.).


Tres Lads (3:30 p.m.); Key of X (5:30 p.m.); Maggie Rose (8:30 p.m.).


TBA (7:30 p.m.); Eli Young Band (9 p.m.).


Highway Run (4 p.m.); Thomas Rhett (5:30 p.m.).


Colonial crafts

The 21st annual Pennsylvania Arts & Crafts Colonial Festival at the Westmoreland Fairgrounds will transport you back more than 230 years to 1776, with more than 500 artisans donning period clothing and peddling their finest wares.

It will feature more than 220 booths with exhibitors from 20 states offering floral designs, embellished clothing, scented candles, jewelry, decorative painting, pet treats and collars, seasonal home decorations, gourmet pre-packaged foods, candies, fudge, kettle korn and more.

There will be a living history demonstration and military encampment presented by Carpenter's Battery, CSA and performances by Beaver Creek and Acoustic Shadows of the Blue & Gray (Saturday-Monday) and the Westland Flute Choir (Saturday and Sunday).

Kids can have their faces painted by colonial clowns, Glitter Dot & Dapper (all four days) and enjoy the "Wild World of Animals" shows on Saturday and Sunday. Puppen Meister Productions will present "Camp Fun" puppet shows four times a day.

Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday through Sunday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday. Admission is $6; $5.50 seniors (65+); $1 kids 6-12; under 6 free; 724-863-4577 or


Ren Fest for kids

The Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival -- 16th-century theme park -- continues this weekend with a village of 300 people working in costume as the royal family, jugglers, strolling minstrels and jousting knights on horseback.

This is Children's Weekend at the festival with Prince, Princess & Pirate Party. Young lads and lasses, children ages 12 and under, experience the festival for free with a paying adult. Special activities including the Prince, Princess and Pirate costume contest, the Royal Quest, knighting ceremonies and photos with the King and Queen.

The festival grounds are off Interstate 70, six miles west of New Stanton. It runs 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Admission is $17.95; $8 children ages 5-12; under 5 free; 724-872-1670;


County fairs

County fair season is starting to wind down. Here's what to look for this weekend:

 Indiana County Fair (through Saturday): Among the events at J.S. Mack Community Center will be a milk-chugging contest (tonight), pro stock tractor and big semis pull (Friday), stock-semi trucks and tri-axel dump trucks pull (Saturday). Admission: $8; children under 2 admitted for free; 724-349-5508, 724-465-6703 or

• Big Knob Grange Fair (through Saturday): Tractor and truck pulls (tonight), demolition derbies (Friday), farm stock tractor pull and demolition derby (Saturday). Admission: Free, but fees for events at the track are $7 for adults, $3 for children 12 and under. Free parking. Rides are $15 total every evening. Located 2 miles east of Rochester, Beaver County, on Big Knob Road. 724-774-7093 or

• The Great Stoneboro Fair (through Monday): Featured entertainment includes Northwest Pa. Truck and Tractor Pull (tonight), a demolition derby (Friday), John Berry (Saturday), Black Cat Hell Drivers (Sunday) and Bull Ride Mania (Monday). Admission: $10; under 2 free. Fairgrounds are between Stoneboro and Sandy Lake on Route 62 in Mercer County; 724-376-2852 or http:/

• Cambria County Fair (Sunday through Sept. 6): Music by Parmalee (Sunday), horse show (Monday), street stock and super semi truck pull (Tuesday), truck pull (Wednesday), demolition derbies (Sept. 4-5), monster trucks (Sept. 6). Admission: $8; $5 Sept. 2. Route 22 east to Ebensburg exit; 1-814-472-7491 or


Muscle up

Some of the country's top amateur and professional bodybuilders and fitness athletes will be in Pittsburgh today through Saturday to compete in the 2014 Musclepharm IFBB North American Championships and the IFPP Pittsburgh Pro Masters Championships.

The Pro Masters is an event today for professional bodybuilders, who will be competing for cash prizes. Prejudging is at 8 a.m. and the finals begin at 5 p.m.

The North American Championships is for amateur bodybuilders and figure, bikini and women physique athletes. The Men's Bodybuilding and Men's Physique competitions are at 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Friday. The women's divisions compete on Saturday, also at 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

All the events will be held in the Grand Ballroom of the Sheraton Hotel, Station Square. Tickets are available at the door: $30 for prejudging and $60 for the finals. More info at



Root of Hartwood

The finale of the Hartwood Acres season comes down once again to a big jam from Rusted Root for the 15th annual Allegheny County Music Festival.

The popular tribal rock band will be joined by Grand Piano, The Color Fleet and Derek Woodz Band.

The opening acts begin at 5 p.m. and Root will take the stage at 7:30 p.m.

The suggested donation is $20 per car to benefit the Allegheny County Music Festival Fund, which finances requests from youth receiving services through the Allegheny County Department of Human Services or Allegheny County Juvenile Probation.

For more info, go to



• The free Citiparks Cinema in the Parks series ends with the animated hit "Planes" tonight at Brookline Memorial Park, Friday at Arsenal Park in Lawrenceville, Saturday at Grandview Park, Mount Washington, and Sunday at Flagstaff Hill, Schenley Park. "Oblivion" will be shown in Riverview Park, Observatory Hill, Saturday. All screenings are at dusk.

• River City Brass performs at South Park Amphitheater at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

• Roby Edwards plays the Citiparks Stars at Riverview Jazz Series at Observatory Hill, Riverview Park, at 7 p.m. Saturday.

• Cross Currents performs at The Citiparks Reservoir of Jazz Concert Series in Highland Park (Highland Avenue and Reservoir Drive) from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday.

• Alternate Routes play the SummerSounds series in Greensburg's St. Clair Park at 7 p.m. Friday.



• The Oliver Miller Homestead in South Park spends the pre-harvest days with Frontier Frolic, an afternoon of pioneer games and activities on Sunday from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $2. or 412-835-1554.

• The Labor United Celebration, in Northmoreland Park, Allegheny Township, Westmoreland County, features a 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. It runs 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday. 724-830-3950.

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