Summer Times: All aboard for fun at festivals
Despite taking on water, the Leaky Pearl Pirate float, sailed by a group of friends from Mt. Lebanon, took second place in the Anything That Floats Race on the Allegheny River during last year's Three Rivers Regatta.
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There are festivals for boats, beer, battles, blues, bluegrass and things that don't start with B, such as kids, cars, sheep, antiques and gardening. A little something for everyone.
INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S FESTIVAL: Pittsburgh International Children's Theater's annual festival of international and local performing arts groups for children. University of Pittsburgh campus and Schenley Plaza, Oakland (May 16-20). 412-456-6666 or www.pghkids.org.
8TH ANNUAL NATIONAL RENDEZVOUS AND LIVING HISTORY FOUNDATION CORPS OF DISCOVERY: Living history event shows the way of life during America's exploration with sewing, blacksmithing, papermaking and more. Krepps Covered Bridge near Cherry Valley, Washington County (May 17-19).
NATIONAL ROAD FESTIVAL: Events at sites along historic Route 40 in Fayette, Washington and Somerset counties (May 18-20). 724-437-9877.
AMBRIDGE NATIONALITY DAYS FESTIVAL: Merchant Street, Ambridge (May 18-20; parade is May 19 at noon). 724-266-3040.
VENTURE OUTDOORS FESTIVAL: Venture Outdoors presents a day of outdoor activities for all ages and skill levels, including kayaking, fishing, climbing, yoga, biking and more. Point State Park (May 19, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.). 412-255-0564 or www.ventureoutdoors.org/vofest.aspx.
SHEEP AND FIBER FESTIVAL: Greene County Fairgrounds (May 19-20). 724-627-8119 or www.sheepandfiber.com.
WOOL DAY: Sheep-shearing, spinning demonstrations. Oliver Miller Homestead, South Park (May 20). 412-835-1554 or olivermiller.org.
ENCAMPMENT AT THE GREAT MEADOWS: Musket firing and demonstrations to commemorate 1754 battle. Fort Necessity National Battlefield, east of Uniontown (May 26-27). 724-329-5512 or www.nps.gov/fone/index.htm.
THREE RIVERS ARTS FESTIVAL: Music, visual arts, activities, artists market and more. Downtown (June 1-10). www.3riversartsfest.org.
PITTSBURGH PRIDE FEST: Annual LGBT event. Multiple locations throughout Pittsburgh (June 1-10). www.pittsburghpride.org.
FULL BLOOM: Summer dance party with cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, music and more. $50/advance, $60/door. Proceeds support Kelly-Strayhorn Theater. Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Ave., East Liberty (June 2). 412-363-3000 or www.kelly-strayhorn.org.
GREAT SHADYSIDE YARD SALE: Liberty parking lot (June 2, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.). www.thinkshadyside.com.
ENCAMPMENT AT THE GREAT MEADOWS: Trent's Company encampment, Fort Necessity National Battlefield, east of Uniontown (June 2-3). 724-329-5512 or www.nps.gov/fone/index.htm.
MAMMOTH FEST: Arts and crafts show, food, music, entertainment and more. 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 3, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.). 724-830-3950.
SHADYSIDE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL: Proceeds benefit Sojourner House MOMS. Shadyside Presbyterian Church, Amberson Avenue and Westminster Place (June 8, 5:30-8:30 p.m.). 412-682-4300.
ANTIQUES ON THE DIAMOND: Antique fair. Ligonier (June 9). 724-238-4200.
HERB AND GARDEN FAIR: Harmony Museum (June 9). 724-452-7341.
FIVE ALARM MOUNTAIN MADNESS CHILI COOK-OFF: Celebrity judges, craft fair, live music, pony rides and more. Nemacolin Property, Farmington (June 9, 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.). 1-800-422-2736 or www.nemacolin.com/chili-cookoff.
SAXONBURG FIREMAN'S CARNIVAL: Horne Avenue, Saxonburg (June 11-16). 724-352-3300.
2012 MATTRESS FACTORY URBAN GARDEN PARTY: ALICE AT THE FACTORY: Annual Mattress Factory fundraiser. Mattress Factory, 500 Sampsonia Way, North Side (June 15, 7-11 p.m. VIP event begins at 6 p.m.). Nonmembers: $95; $250 VIP tickets. Members: $75; $200 VIP tickets. 412-231-3169 or www.mattress.org.
LAUREL HIGHLANDS BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL: This year's lineup includes Larry Stephenson Band, Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie, Jeanette Williams Band, Bluegrass Mountaineers, Mountain Therapy, Allegheny Drifters, Lonesome Heart and more. Route 271, Waterford (June 15-16). 724-238-8646 or www.laurelhighlandsbluegrass.com.
BURTNER HOMESTEAD STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL: $3/adults; free admission for 18 and under. Burtner Homestead, Natrona Heights (June 16, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.). 724-224-7999.
GREAT EUROPEAN BEERFEST: Beer sampling sessions. Sharp Edge, East Liberty (June 23, 3-6 p.m. and 7-10 p.m.; June 24, 2-5 p.m.). $65 at the door; $5 discount on tickets purchased in May. 412-661-3537.
CLASSIC CAR SHOW: Pennsylvania Trolley Museum, Washington (June 24, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.). 724-228-9256.
QUILTS IN THE GARDENS: Quilt displays and talks on quilting and gardening. Oliver Miller Homestead, South Park (June 24). 412-835-1554.
BIG BUTLER FAIR: Features animals, motor sports and performances, including The Clarks (June 29), Rusted Root (July 3) and Lonestar/Casey James (July 7). Route 422, Prospect (June 29-July 7). 724-865-2400 and www.bigbutlerfair.com.
ARTS, CRAFTS AND FOOD FESTIVAL: Ewing Park, Ellwood City (June 30-July 1). 724-758-3115.
EQT PITTSBURGH THREE RIVERS REGATTA: Boat races, bike stunts, fireworks, music by America (July 4, Rivers Casino Amphitheater, 8 p.m.), Abbamania (July 1), Beach Party Boys (July 3). North Shore (June 30-July 4). www.threeriversregatta.net.
KUTZTOWN FOLK FESTIVAL: Folklife displays, quilt sale, crafts, entertainment and food. $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. Kutztown fairgrounds (June 30-July 8). 1-888-674-6136 or www.kutztownfestival.com.
BATTLE ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATION: Fort Necessity National Battlefield, east of Uniontown (July 3). 724-329-5512 or www.nps.gov/fone/index.htm.
WESTMORELAND ARTS AND HERITAGE FESTIVAL: Twin Lakes Park, east of Greensburg (July 5-8). 724-834-7474 or www.artsandheritage.com.
EMMA BURSICK MEMORIAL FUND FAIR PLAY EVENT: Family festival featuring climbing walls, inflatables, games, craft tents, Chinese auction and more. Emmerling Community Park, Indiana Township (July 7, 3-7 p.m.). www.fairplay-event.org.
CHEROKEE CULTURAL HERITAGE FESTIVAL: Eastern Band of the Cherokee will hold cultural programs and perform the "Warriors of AniKituhwa" dance. Fort Necessity National Battlefield, east of Uniontown (July 7-8). 724-329-5512 or www.nps.gov/fone/index.htm.
PITTSBURGH VINTAGE GRAND PRIX: Annual classic car races and show. Kick-off Rallye from Craig Street, Oakland, to Spaghetti Warehouse, Strip District (July 8); Black tie and tailpipes event at Oakmont Country Club (July 13); Test & tune at Pitt Race Complex (July 13); Historic races at Pitt Race Complex (July 14-15); Walnut Street car show (July 16); Car Cruise at Waterfront (July 17); Downtown parade and car display (July 18); Tune-up party at Bossa Nova, Downtown (July 18, 6 - 9 p.m.); and Schenley Park Race Weekend (July 21-22). www.pvgp.org.
SUMMER GALA: Food and spirits, raffles, silent auction and more. Roselea Farm, Moon. (July 12, 6-9 p.m.). $75 admission. 412-264-6270.
WHISKEY REBELLION DAY: Historic skit on Whiskey Rebellion. Oliver Miller Homestead, South Park (July 15, 2 and 3 p.m.). 412-835-1554.
SUMMER IN LIGONIER: Craft festival. On the Diamond in Ligonier (July 20-21). 724-238-4200.
OAKMONT YACHT CLUB REGATTA FUN FEST: (July 20-22). 412-828-9847 or www.oakmontyachtclub.com/events.html.
PITTSBURGH BLUES FESTIVAL: Hartwood Acres (July 20-22). 412-460-BLUE or www.pghblues.com.
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. PNC Park (July 21). 412-322-5880.
PINE COMMUNITY DAY: Petting zoo, dunk tank, ice creations, pony rides, watermelon eating contest, fireworks and more. Pine Community Park, Pine (July 21, 4:30 p.m.). 724-625-1636.
SIDEWALK SALE: Shadyside (July 25-29). www.thinkshadyside.com.
FAYETTE COUNTY FAIR: Fayette County Fairgrounds (July 26-Aug. 4). 724-628-3360.
AMERISERV FLOOD CITY MUSIC FESTIVAL: People's Natural Gas Park, Johnstown (Aug. 3-5). 1-814-539-1889 or www.jaha.org.
REGATTA AT LAKE ARTHUR: South Shore at Moraine State Park (Aug. 4-5). www.lakearthurregatta.org.
64TH ANNUAL BUTLER FARM SHOW: Butler (Aug. 6-11). www.butlerfarmshow.com.
ITALIAN DAY FESTA: Entertainment, food and fireworks. Idlewild Park, Ligonier (Aug. 10). www.idlewild.com/site/events.php.
ANTIQUE GUN SHOW: Harmony Museum (Aug. 11). 724-452-7341.
RICHLAND COMMUNITY DAY: Richland Community Park, Richland (Aug. 11). 724-443-5921.
AFRICAN ARTS IN THE PARK: A look at the impact of the African Diaspora on contemporary American music, art and dance. Point State Park (Aug. 11-12). www.umojacompany.org.
WASHINGTON COUNTY FAIR: Washington County Fairgrounds, Washington (Aug. 11-18). 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. 11-18). 724-228-9256.
AUGUST FUN FEST: Car show, arts and crafts 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. 12, 11 a.m.-7 p.m). 724-830-3950.
SUMMER FLAX FEST: Flax to linen process demonstrated, plus sampler needlework display. Oliver Miller Homestead, South Park (Aug. 12). 412-835-1554.
LAWRENCE COUNTY FAIR: 464 Midway Drive, Route 108 east of New Castle (Aug. 13-18). 724-654-7745 or www.lawrencecountyfair.com.
WESTMORELAND FAIR: Westmoreland Fairgrounds (Aug. 17-25). 724-423-5005 or www.westmorelandfair.com.
HOOKSTOWN FAIR: Hookstown Fairgrounds (Aug. 21-25). 724-573-4512 or www.hookstownfair.com.
ANTIQUES ON THE DIAMOND: Antique fair. Ligonier (Aug. 25). 724-238-4200.
PITTSBURGH RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL: Medieval festival featuring combat jousting, games of skill, rides, period foods and costumed performers and artisans' marketplace. Off I-70, 6 miles west of New Stanton (Aug. 25-26; Sept. 1-3, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, 29-30). 724-872-1670 or www.pittsburghrenfest.com.
ART FESTIVAL ON WALNUT: Shadyside (Aug. 25-26). www.thinkshadyside.com.
TRUCKS, TRACTORS & TROLLEYS DISPLAY: Pennsylvania Trolley Museum, Washington (Aug. 26). 724-228-9256.
SUMMER FROLIC AND GAMES: Frontier games. Oliver Miller Homestead, South Park (Aug. 26). 412-835-1554.
INDIANA COUNTY FAIR: J.S. Mack Community Center, Indiana (Aug. 26-Sept. 1). 724-479-8282 or www.indianacountyfair.com.
PENNSYLVANIA ARTS & CRAFTS COLONIAL FESTIVAL: Westmoreland Fairgrounds, Greensburg (Aug. 31-Sept. 3).
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 (Sept. 2-3, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.). 724-830-3950.
A FAIR IN THE PARK: Contemporary crafts festival presented by Craftsmen's Guild of Pittsburgh. Mellon Park (Sept. 7-9). www.afairinthepark.org.
FLAX SCUTCHING FESTIVAL: Stahlstown (Sept. 8-9). 724-593-2119 or flaxscutching.org.
REVOLUTIONARY WAR ENCAMPMENT: Re-enactments with rifle and weaponry displays. Oliver Miller Homestead, South Park (Sept. 15-16). 412-835-1554.
HIGHLAND GAMES SCOTTISH FESTIVAL: Pipe bands, highland dancing, athletic competitions. Idlewild Park, Ligonier (Sept. 22). 724-238-4200.
FESTIFALL: Historic crafts, food and music. Friendship Hill National Historic site (Sept. 29-30). 724-725-9190.
First Published May 11, 2012 12:00 am