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Fairs, Festivals and Special Events

Through May 20

Pittsburgh International Children's Festival. Theater, performances, hands-on activities. West Park, North Side. 412-321-5520 or www.pghkids.org.

Through Oct. 14

Butterfly Forest. Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Oakland. 412-622-6914 or www.phipps.conservatory.org.

Through November

Farmers' Markets. Eight conveniently located markets in Pittsburgh. East Liberty, South Side, Carrick, City-County Building and North Side open week of May 14. New markets in Mount Washington, Bloomfield and West End open week of June 26. 412-422-6523 or www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks. Eat well; eat local.

May 18-20

Ambridge Nationality Days, Ambridge, Beaver County. 724-266-3040.

May 18-20

National Road Festival, along U.S. 40, Washington County. www.nationalroadpa.org.

May 20-21

Sheep and Fiber Fest. Waynesburg, Greene County. 724-852-5210.

May 25-27

Pittsburgh Folk Festival. David L. Lawrence Convention Center. A celebration of ethnic culture including food, folk crafts, entertainment and an international marketplace. www.pghfolkfest.org.

May 25-28

Pennsylvania Arts and Crafts Country Festival. Washington County Fairgrounds. 724-863-4577 or www.familyfestivals.com.

May 28

Memorial Day Celebration. Soldier and Sailors Hall, Oakland. 412-621-4253. Free.

June 1-17

Three Rivers Arts Festival. Downtown. Visual art exhibitions, public art installations, music and dance performances, and arts and crafts market. 412-281-8723 or www.artsfestival.net.

June 2

Wilkinsburg Clean and Green Festival. 441 Swissvale Ave., Wilkinsburg. 412-241-6073.

June 3

Park Place Picnic. Abbott Street, Park Place. 412-422-6426.

June 8

Central North Side Summer Street Party. Arch Street. 412-422-6426.

June 9

Harmony Herb and Garden Fair. Harmony Museum, Harmony.  www.harmonymuseum.org.

June 9-10

Dragon Renaissance Festival. Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium, Highland Park. 412-365-2532 or www.pittsburghzoo.com.

June 14

Electric Avenue: A Celebration of Today's Penn Avenue. Bloomfield, Garfield and Friendship. 412-441-6147.

June 16

Lincoln/Larimer Community Festival. 123 Meadow St., Lincoln-Larimer. 412-422-6426.

June 16

Homewood-Brushton Community Festival. YMCA, Kelly Street. 412-422-6426.

June 16

Pride Awareness March and Pride Festival. Downtown and Riverfront Park, North Side. 412-537-2253.

June 20-23

Bloomfield Community Festival. Immaculate Conception parking lot. 412-422-6426.

June 22

Arlington Heights Fun Day. Cordell Place parking lot, Arlington Heights. 412-422-6426.

June 23

Fineview Citizens Council Festival. Fineview Playground. 412-422-6426.

June 24

Anything on Wheels. Pennsylvania Trolley Museum, Washington. 877-728-7655.

June 29

133rd Annual Rain Day. Waynesburg, Greene County. 724-852-5210.

June 29-July 7

Big Butler Fair. Butler County Fairgrounds. Head for the biggest fair 'round these parts. Livestock exhibits, carnival rides, live music, demo derby, harness racing, tractor pulls, lots of food and free parking. 724-865-2400 or www.bigbutlerfair.com.

June 30

Schenley Heights Community Festival. Robert E. Williams Park, Schenley Heights. 412-422-6426.

June 30

Walnut Street Jam, Shadyside. Live bands perform. 412-682-1298 or www.thinkshadyside.com.

June 30-July 3

Westmoreland Arts and Heritage Festival. Twin Lakes Park, Greensburg. 724-834-7474 or www.artsandheritage.com.

July 3-4

Three Rivers Regatta. Station Square, South Side. Boat races, fireworks, food, fishing. www.pghregatta.com.

July 4

Fourth of July Festival. West End/Elliott Overlook Park. 412-422-6426.

July 7

Lower Lawrenceville Community Festival. Arsenal Park. 412-422-6426.

July 8-14

Derry Township Agricultural Fair. New Derry, Westmoreland County. 724-836-8693.

July 9-15

Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix. Various locations. Vintage car races and shows. www.pittsburghvintagegrandprix.com.

July 9

Antique Car Invitational Car Show. Walnut Street, Shadyside. 412-682-1298 or www.thinkshadyside.com.

July 12

Glen Hazel Community Festival. 945 Roselle Court. 412-422-6426.

July 13-15

SouthSideWorks Exposed. South Side. Entertainment, kids' activities. www.southsideworks.com.

July 14-15

Beltzhoover Community Festival. Upper McKinley Park. 412-422-6426.

July 20-22

Festival of Water. Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium, Highland Park. 412-365-2532 or www.pittsburghzoo.com.

July 21

Polish Hill Community Day. Brereton Street, Polish Hill. 412-422-6426.

July 21

Fairywood Community Festival. Fairywood Playground. 412-422-6426.

July 22-28

Bedford County Fair. Bedford County Fairgrounds. 814-623-9011 or www.bedford-fair.com.

July 26-Aug. 4

Fayette County Fair. Shows, exhibits and rides. Fayette County Fairgrounds, Dunbar. 724-628-3360 or www.fayettefair.com.

July 27-28

Zippo Manufacturing 75th Anniversary celebration. Bradford. www.zippo.com.

July 28

Lincoln-Lemington Community Festival. Paulson Playground. 412-422-6426.

July 28

Walnut Street Jam. Shadyside. Live bands perform. 412-682-1298 or www.thinkshadyside.com.

July 28

Esplen Community Festival. 200 Tabor St., Esplen. 412-422-6426.

Aug. 1-5

Fort Armstrong Folk Festival. Riverfront Park, Kittanning. Arts and crafts, food, music and other entertainment. www.armstrongfestival.com.

Aug. 3

Bedford Dwellings Community Day. 2283 Somers Drive. 412-422-6426.

Aug. 4

Arlington Community Day. Recreation Center on Salisbury Street. 412-422-6426.

Aug. 4-5

Black Family Reunion. Mellon Park, Point Breeze. 412-422-6426.

Aug. 6-11

Greene County Fair. Waynesburg. 724-627-6963.

Aug. 6-11

Butler Farm Show. Butler. 724-482-4000.

Aug. 7

California-Kirkbride Night Out. Success and Winifred streets. 412-422-6426.

Aug. 7

West Oakland Night Out. Robinson Street and Dunbar Way. 412-422-6426.

Aug. 7

National Night Out. Hill House Center, Hill District. 412-422-6426.

Aug. 8

Allegheny Dwellings Community Day. Belleau Drive Ballpark. 412-422-6426.

Aug. 9-11

Mount Nebo Grange Fair. Mount Nebo, Allegheny County. 412-741-5407.

Aug. 11

Brookline Community Festival. Brookline Memorial Park. 412-422-6426.

Aug. 11

South Oakland Community Day. Dan Marino Field, South Oakland. 412-422-6426.

Aug. 11

Windgap/Chartiers Community Day. Chartiers Playground. 412-422-6426.

Aug. 11

Bon Air Community Festival. Bon Air Park. 412-422-6426.

Aug. 11

Annual Antique Gun Show. Harmony Museum, Harmony. www.harmonymuseum.org.

Aug. 11-12

African Arts in the Park. Mellon Park, Point Breeze. 412-422-6426.

Aug. 11-18

Washington County Agricultural Fair. Washington. 724-225-7718.

Aug. 13-18

Lawrence County Fair. Lawrence County Fair Grounds, New Castle. 724-654-7745 or lawrencecountyfair.com.

Aug. 14-18

North Washington VFD Rodeo. Rodeo Fairgrounds, Rt. 38, North Washington. Saddle up to watch roping, bareback riding, steer wrestling, barrel racing and bull-riding. 724-287-6170 or www.nwvfd.com/rodeo.

Aug. 16-18

Findlay Township Fair. Clinton. 724-695-0500.

Aug. 17

Addison Community Fun Day. 2136 Elmore Square. 412-422-6426.

Aug. 17-19

Northview Heights Community Day. Northview Heights Recreation Center. 412-422-6426.

Aug. 17-25

Westmoreland County Fair. Greensburg. 724-423-5005 or www.westmorelandfair.com.

Aug. 18

East Carnegie Community Day. East Carnegie Parklet, East Carnegie. 412-422-6426.

Aug. 18-25

Somerset County Fair. Meyersdale. 814-267-3294.

Aug. 21-25

Hookstown Fair. Hookstown, Beaver County. 724-573-9044 or www.hookstownfair.com.

Aug. 24

Homewood North Community Day. Ferris Court. 412-422-6426.

Aug. 25

Glenwood Community Festival. Top of Renova Street, Glenwood. 412-422-6426.

Aug. 25

Garfield Community Festival. Fort Pitt Elementary School. 412-422-6426.

Aug. 25

Walnut Street Jam. Shadyside. Live bands perform. 412-682-1298 or www.thinkshadyside.com.

Aug. 25-Sept. 30

Greater Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival. West Newton. Come ye knights and wenches. Open Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day. 724-872-1670 or www.pgh-renfest.com.

Aug. 26

Animal Friends' Bark in the Park. Party for pets and their people. 412-847-7055.

Aug. 26-Sept. 1

Indiana County Fair. Indiana. 724-465-6703 or www.indianacountyfair.com.

Aug. 28-Sept. 1

Big Knob Grange Fair. Rochester, Beaver County. 724-774-7093.

Aug. 31-Sept. 3

Pennsylvania Arts and Crafts Colonial Festival. Westmoreland County Fairgrounds. Demonstrations of colonial crafts, home-cooked food and children's entertainment. 724-863-4577 or www.familyfestivals.com.

Sept. 7-9

The Fair in the Park. Mellon Park, Shadyside. 412-687-8858.

Sept. 7-9

Pittsburgh Irish Festival. Sandcastle Amphitheatre, West Homestead. Join the party with plenty of Irish music, and traditional food and beverages. www.pghirishfest.org.

Sept. 7-9

Ligonier Highland Games. Idlewild Park, Ligonier. Sporting events, dancing, live entertainment, bagpipes and all things Scottish. 412-951-9900 or www.ligoniergames.org.

Sept. 8

Hazelwood Community Day. Tecumsah Street. 412-422-6426.

Sept. 9

Picnic in the Park. Troy Hill Citizens' Park, Troy Hill. 412-422-6426.

Sept. 9

Antique Trucks and Trolleys. Pennsylvania Trolley Museum, Washington. 877-728-7655.

Sept. 14-18

Shadyside Arts Festival. On Walnut and Ellsworth streets, Shadyside. National, regional and local artists. 412-682-1298 or www.thinkshadyside.com.

Sept. 22-23 and 29-30

Penn's Colony Arts Festival. Saxonburg. A celebration of early American art, craft and entertainment in historic Saxonburg. 412-487-6922 or www.pennscolony.com.

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