As Summer winds down, kids go back to school, and we realize that ice cream is not a legitimate food group, it may be time to venture out to new and exciting happenings in the city and abroad. We’ve included five events to help you kick-off the Fall season before the impending doom of winter steals your happiness. Don’t fret, there’s Barbecue.
(Sept 3) 2nd Annual SUP 3 Rivers Southside Outside Paddle and Music Festival: Part family fun, part stand up paddle boarding competition, the all day event will feature live music, bike runs, yoga in the park, food trucks, competitor’s lounge, and even a beer tent.
For more serious water athletes, a 10k race will begin at 8am from Riverfront Park to the Clemente Bridge, and back. For those who enjoy the serenity of Pittsburgh’s largest bathtub, a timed 1/2 mile family friendly stand up paddle will launch in the afternoon.
Visit the SUP3 Rivers Website for more information.
(Sept 17) 5th Annual BBQ Cook-Off and Blues Fest: Nothing spells fun like BBQ meat and live blues. And when you’re done basking in the glory of sauciness and delighting your ears with music, destroy those same ear drums with a fireworks extravaganza at the end of the night. Click HERE for more information.
(Sept 23-26) Mount Pleasant Glass & Ethnic Festival: Going 30-years strong, the festival offers a wide variety of glass making workshops, a parade, food, contests, and other activities. For more information, visit their website.
(Sept 3-4) Pittsburgh International Folk Festival: The city’s largest and oldest showcase of ethnic diversity, the event celebrates its 60th anniversary with imported goods, crafts for the minions, live entertainment, and fare from 20 countries. Put on your favorite sweatpants and eat until your heart is content. Visit The Pittsburgh Folk Festival online.
(Sept 9) Pour at The Park: For the beer lover in you, take part in the inaugural launch of Pour at the Park, a craft beer festival taking place at North Park. Attendees will enjoy a bevy of beer samples, food, and a killer live music line up including: Two Tall Twins, Rino Calandra, and Cisco Kid. The event benefits the Allegheny Parks Foundation. For tickets, click HERE.
Bonus Event! (Aug 20-Sept25) Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival: Enjoy turkey legs, fairies, jousters and wenches at the largest outdoor gathering of nerds in medieval attire outside of the city. Also, enjoy throwing tomatoes at the court jester, and absorb free insults courtesy of the town hobo. Visit Ren Faire online.