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Summer Guide 2008 - Fairs, Festivals and Special Events

Through November

Farmers' markets, conveniently located in East Liberty, South Side, Mount Washington, Bloomfield, West End, Carrick, City-County Building and North Side. Oakland market opens June 20. 412-422-6523 or Eat well; eat local.


Through May 18

Pittsburgh International Children's Festival, Schenley Plaza, Oakland, performances, hands-on activities. or 412-321-5520.


May 16-18

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

National Road Festival, along U.S. 40, Washington County.

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


May 17-18

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


May 23

Stay and Play Fridays at Market Square, Downtown. Bands and more. Through Aug. 1.


May 26

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


May 26-27

Wild Salmon Road Show, Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, Highland Park. 412-365-2532 or


June 1

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


June 6-7

Art3. Penn Avenue Arts District, Friendship, East Liberty, Lawrenceville. 412-441-6147 or


June 6-22

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


June 14

Highland Park, Bryant Street Festival. 412-422-6426.

Harmony Herb and Garden Fair, Harmony Museum, Harmony.


June 14-15

Dragon Renaissance Festival, Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, Highland Park. 412-365-2532 or


June 21

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


June 22

Pride Awareness March and Pride Festival, Downtown. 412-246-4451.


June 25-28

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


June 27

Arlington Heights Fun Day, Cordell Place Parking Lot, Arlington Heights. 412-422-6426.


June 27-July 5

Big Butler Fair, Butler County Fairgrounds. 724-865-2400 or 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.


June 28

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

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

Walnut Street Jam, Shadyside. Live bands. 412-682-1298 or


June 29

Classic Wheels, Pennsylvania Trolley Museum, Washington. 1-877-728-7655 or


July 3-4

Three Rivers Regatta, North Side between PNC Park and Heinz Field. Boat races and fireworks.


July 3-6

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


July 4

Fourth of July Celebration, Meadowcroft Museum, Avella. 724-587-3412 or


July 6-12

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


July 6-20

Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, various locations. Vintage cars races and shows.


July 7

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


July 11

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


July 11-13

SouthSideWorks Exposed. South Side. Entertainment, kids' activities.


July 12

110th Anniversary Celebration. Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, Highland Park. 412-365-2532 or

Highland Park, Kids E-Fest. 412-422-6426.


July 12-13

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


July 14

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


July 19

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


July 20

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


July 20-26

Bedford County Fair, Bedford County Fairgrounds. 814-623-9011 or


July 24-Aug. 2

Fayette County Fair, Fayette County Fairgrounds, Dunbar. 724-628-3360 or The annual fair has shows, exhibits and rides.


July 25

Garfield Heights Community Day. 412-422-6426.


July 26

Walnut Street Jam, Shadyside. Live bands. 412-682-1298 or

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


July 29

134th Annual Rain Day, Waynesburg, Greene County. 724-852-5210 or


July 31-Aug. 3

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


Aug. 2-3

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


Aug. 3-9

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


Aug. 4

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


Aug. 4-9

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


Aug. 5

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


Aug. 7

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


Aug. 7-9

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


Aug. 7-10

Festival of Water. Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, Highland Park. 412-365-2532 or


Aug. 8

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


Aug. 9

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

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

Annual Antique Gun Show, Harmony Museum, Harmony.


Aug. 9-10

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


Aug. 9-16

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


Aug. 11-16

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


Aug. 12-16

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


Aug. 14-16

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


Aug. 15

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


Aug. 15-23

Westmoreland County Fair, Greensburg. 724-423-5005 or


Aug. 16

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

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


Aug. 16-23

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


Aug. 19-23

Hookstown Fair, Hookstown, Beaver County. 724-573-9044 or Now with added rodeo.


Aug. 22

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


Aug. 23

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

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

Walnut Street Jam, Shadyside. Live bands. 412-682-1298 or


Aug. 23-Sept. 28

Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival, West Newton. 724-872-1670 or Open Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day.


Aug. 24

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


Aug. 24-30

Indiana County Fair, Indiana. 724-465-6703 or


Aug. 26-30

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


Aug. 29

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


Aug. 29-Sept. 1

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


Aug. 30

Morningside Community Day. 412-422-6426.


Aug. 30-31

East Hills Community Day. 412-422-6426.


Aug. 31

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


Sept. 5-7

Pittsburgh Irish Festival, Riverplex at Sandcastle, West Homestead. Join the party with plenty Irish music, and traditional food and beverage.

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


Sept. 7

Antique Trucks and Trolleys. Pennsylvania Trolley Museum, Washington. 1-877-728-7655 or


Sept. 13

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


Sept. 20

Fineview Stepathon Festival, Fineview Playground. 412-422-6426.


Sept. 20-21

Shadyside Arts Festival on Walnut and Ellsworth, Shadyside. 412-682-1298 or National, regional and local artists.


Sept. 20-21 and 27-28

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