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August 2019

Thu., Aug. 1


ReplayFX might be the only place in the world where you can see and play over 1,000 pinball machines and arcade games. Held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, it's a gathering for casual play and competition with all kinds of games, including esports. Continues through Sun., Aug. 4. 100 Fort Duquesne Blvd., Downtown. $20-100.


Things don’t always go exactly as planned in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, a musical romp through Rome featuring love, schemes, and unexpected twists at every turn. 7:30 p.m. Continues through Sun., Aug. 4. Apple Hill Playhouse, 275 Manor Road, Delmont. $15.

Fri., Aug. 2

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Photo: ©2002 Warner Bros. Harry Potter Publishing Rights © J.K.R.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Relive the magic of author J.K. Rowling’s creation when the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra plays music from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Watch the second entry in the film franchise as PSO provides live musical accompaniment of John Williams’ score. 7 p.m. Continues through Sun., Aug. 4. Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Downtown. $25-105.

Sat., Aug. 3


August is peak pink wine season, and what better way to celebrate than drinking it all day? Sip on a glass at Rosé All Day, Pittsburgh’s first rosé festival with over 20 wineries, cocktails, beer, and cider. 1-5 p.m. Nova Place, 100 S. Commons, North Side. $45-89.

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Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers

Get ready for pickin’ and grinnin’ at Chatham University’s Bluegrass Night at Eden Hall Campus. The Shameless Hex and Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers bring a range of knee-slappin’ tunes, from traditional bluegrass to swingin’ rockabilly. 6:30 p.m. Willis Amphitheater, Eden Hall Campus, 6035 Ridge Road, Gibsonia. $10.50.

Sun., Aug. 4

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CP photo: Krista Johnson
EQT Three Rivers Regatta

Pretend you’re at the beach with a staycation at Point State Park for the EQT Three Rivers Regatta. Whether you like watching speed boats or stuffing your face while people-watching on the lawn, the popular festival has something for everyone. Along the Allegheny River at Point State Park, Downtown, and North Side.

Mon., Aug. 5

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Photo: Roger Mastroianni

Ever feel like mocking Lin-Manuel Miranda? No, because you are not a loose cannon like Gerard Alessandrini, the creator of Spamilton. Come see Hamilton and a host of other musicals get roasted in this musical parody at Greer Cabaret Theater. 7:30 p.m. Continues through Sun., Aug. 25. 655 Penn Ave., Downtown. $31-59.75.

Tue., Aug. 6

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Photo: courtesy of Big Hassle Media
Violent Femmes

Make sure to grab some SPF 50 so you don’t blister in the sun for this Stage AE outdoor banger, as Ben Folds and Violent Femmes take the stage to finally give representation to awkward white guys. 6:30 p.m. 400 N. Shore Drive, North Side. $35.

Wed., Aug 7


Expert curator Marcie Reaven will delve into how and why she created the Vietnam War exhibit now on display at the Heinz History Center. The exhibit spans the entire history of the decades-long war that cost millions of lives. 7-9 p.m. 1212 Smallman St., Strip District. $20.

Thu., Aug. 8

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Photo: Minnesota Children’s Museum
Curious George: Let’s Get Curious!

Grab a big yellow hat and your little one and head to Pittsburgh Children’s Museum for Curious George: Let’s Get Curious! STEM-based adventures help kids learn while having fun helping the adorable monkey navigate his way through scenes from the popular PBS TV series. 10 Children’s Way, North Side. $14-16.

Fri., Aug. 9

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DJ Samuel Andres

Start your Friday night off right at The Warm UP with some deep, funky, and disco-inspired house music from DJ Samuel Andres' personal collection at The Goldmark. 7 p.m. 4517 Butler St., Lawrenceville. Free.

Sat., Aug. 10


Get out to the annual Brookline Breezefest to explore the neighborhood with local vendors, food, music, and community organizations. The festival also coincides with the Brookline Breeze 5k and Fitness Walk. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Brookline Blvd., Brookline.


Vegetarians and vegans, rejoice! Try new meatless foods, adopt a pet from a local shelter, and watch live cooking demonstrations at VegFest. The popular day-long event also features live music and lots of local vendors for eco-friendly shopping. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Allegheny Commons Park, North Park. Free.


FreshFest — the nation’s first Black brew festival — returns to Nova Place with a fantastic line-up of 3,000 craft beer industry veterans, connoisseurs, and novices from across the country. In addition to the beer, festivalgoers can enjoy food trucks and live music. 12 p.m. 100 S. Commons, North Side. $25-150.

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Pancakes & Booze

Tired of stuffy art galleries? Head to the least-pretentious exhibit around. Pancakes & Booze features free all-you-can-eat pancakes, local art, music, and live painting. 8 p.m. Spirit Hall, 242 51st St., Lawrenceville. $10-13. 21+.

Sun., Aug. 11


After over 40 years, Black Flag is still flying. The pioneers of hardcore punk, known for anti-authoritarian messages and that logo popular on college dorm posters, will play Rex Theater with The Linecutters. 7 p.m. 1602 E. Carson St., South Side. $28-30.

Mon., Aug. 12


12 Peers Theater presents Everybody, a modern riff on a 15th-century morality play where no two performances are the same. Be sure to see the production of this unique, Pulitzer Prize-nominated play. 8 p.m. Continues through Sun., Aug. 18. Richard E. Rauh Studio Theatre, 4200 Fifth Ave., Oakland. $5.

Tue., Aug. 13


Contemporary Craft and the Brew House Association play host to Fiberart International, an exhibition presenting the best in contemporary fiber art. See works by 55 artists from the U.S. and abroad at two great venues. Continues through Sat., Aug. 24. 2100 Smallman St., Strip District and 711 South 21st St., South Side. Free.

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Photo: Big Hassle PR
The Raconteurs

More fleshed out than The White Stripes but less gnarly than the Dead Weather, The Raconteurs is the Jack White happy medium for the Goldilocks in all of us. Expect straightforward rock pop with a Jack White edge when they play at Stage AE. 6:30 p.m. 400 N. Shore Drive, North Side. $65.

Wed., Aug. 14


Explore the universe and discover new planets with the weeklong Galaxy Girls’ Space Camp. This Assemble camp for kids looking to join their own space crew runs through Fri., Aug. 16, and discounted rates are available for Garfield residents. 9 a.m. 4824 Penn Ave., Bloomfield. $225 per week.

Thu., Aug. 15


Join the MTB ride at Frick Park to hone your biking skills, meet new friends, and have an outlandishly fun time. Each night ends at the Trek bicycle shop in Shadyside, where you'll enjoy free refreshments and the opportunity to discuss bikes, have some maintenance done, and do a little shopping. 6 p.m. 1981 Beechwood Blvd., Point Breeze. Free. "MTB Ride" on Facebook

Fri., Aug. 16


The New Hazlett Theater presents Fun Home, the groundbreaking coming-of-age musical based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir. The show follows the author through three stages of her life, as she discovers her sexuality and explores the mysteries surrounding her deceased father. 8 p.m. Continues through Sat., Aug. 24. Allegheny Square East, North Side.  $12-35.

Sat., Aug 17


Spotting birds is difficult in the wild, so the National Aviary wants to take you on a Riverboat Birding trip to make it easier. Watch birds from open vistas of the rivers, with expert help from ornithologist Robert Mulvihill. Includes brunch. 8 a.m. Near the Carnegie Science Center, 1 Allegheny Ave., North Side. $65-75.

Photo: City of Pittsburgh Office of Special Events
The UpHill 5k

Created to increase the health and well-being of Black Pittsburghers, as well as to bring awareness to disparities that exist in the Hill District and beyond, The UpHill 5k takes participants along Centre Avenue. 8:30 a.m. Hill District. $20-25.


Sure, you could tune that old acoustic of yours to drop-D and belt out some "Everlong," but why not leave it to the pros? No, not Foo Fighters, we're talking My So Called 90s Band, Pittsburgh's premier cover band dedicated to one of the top-ten decades of all time. Check them out at Jam on Walnut. 7 p.m. Walnut St., Shadyside. Free.

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Photo: John McMurtrie
Iron Maiden

You’ll run to the hills when Iron Maiden makes Pittsburgh a stop during its Legacy Of The Beast tour. Experience the legendary metal band live at the PPG Paints Arena. 7:30 p.m. 1001 Fifth Ave., Downtown. Tickets start at $47.

Sun., Aug 18


Shutting down almost all of Liberty Avenue in Bloomfield, the Little Italy Days festival has dozens of food vendors and tons of music. But the best thing is the old-timers playing bocce. 12-6 p.m. Liberty Avenue, Bloomfield. Free.

Mon., Aug. 19


Save the hassle of parking on the North Side by biking to the Pirates game. With the Bike to the Ballgame Tour, peruse the best parts of the city before enjoying the beautiful view at PNC Park. Plus, everyone 21+ receives a free beer. 3 p.m. Bike the Burgh Tours, 1049 Penn Ave., Downtown. $20-29.

Tue., Aug. 20


See another side of Kim Gordon with Lo-Fi Glamour at The Warhol, the first solo art exhibition from the musician most noted for her time with Sonic Youth. Includes painting, sculpture, figure drawings, and a commissioned score for Andy Warhol’s 1963–64 silent film Kiss. Continues through Sun., Sept. 1. 117 Sandusky St., North Side. $10-20.

Wed., Aug. 21


Westmoreland Museum of American Art presents Era of Cool, a selection of album covers, poster designs, drawings, mural designs, photography, and paintings by multidisciplinary pop artist, John Van Hamersveld. Continues through Sun., Oct. 20. 221 N. Main St., Greensburg. Free.

Thu., Aug. 22


You won’t believe your eyes when magician and America’s Got Talent finalist, Eric Jones, returns to Liberty Magic with his show, Impossible. This show has previously sold out, so get your tickets before they disappear. Continues through Sun., Sept. 8. 7:30 p.m. 811 Liberty Ave., Downtown. $40-65.

Fri., Aug. 23


What do Mike Myers, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey, and Amy Poehler have in common? They got their comedic start at The Second City improv theater. Witness the next generation of comedy superstars put a spin on classic sketches when they visit the O'Reilly Theater. 8 p.m. Continues through Sat., Aug. 24. 621 Penn Ave., Downtown. $35-60.


Get swept away by one of music’s greatest voices when Heinz Hall presents An Evening With Gladys Knight. Hear some of the singer’s biggest hits spanning pop, gospel, R&B, and adult contemporary. 8 p.m. 600 Penn Ave., Downtown. $49-189.

Sat., Aug. 24

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I Made It! Market at Squirrel Hill Night Market

More than 60 artists will sell their wares when I Made It! Market comes to the Squirrel Hill Night Market. Food trucks and live music join the fun to make it an all-out block party. 6 p.m. Murray Avenue, between Forbes Avenue and Beacon Street. Free.


Things kick off at noon and run until 2 a.m. at Spirit's fourth annual Summer Recess, so there's no excuse to miss this one. Carve out a couple of hours and head down for DJs and dancing, mural painting, skating, screen printing, and, more than likely, some pizza. 12 p.m. 242 51st St., Lawrenceville. Free.

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Michael Franti performs at Rock, Reggae & Relief

Celebrate Caribbean music and culture in Pittsburgh with Rock, Reggae & Relief, a two-day music festival benefiting ovarian cancer research. Headliners at the festival in Market Square include Gavin DeGraw and Michael Franti & Spearhead. Continues through Sun., Aug. 25. 4-10 p.m. $39-290.

Sun., Aug. 25


Grab your bike, some friends, and your love of exploring Pittsburgh for Pedal PGH’s annual ride. Haven’t ridden in a while? No problem. There are four different routes to choose from (10, 25, 40, and 62 miles), and it is not a race. Pedal PGH is billed as a casual ride for people of all fitness levels and ages. 7 a.m. 1 S. 18th St., South Side. $50-140.


Shadyside is the go-to place for shopping in the city, but the Art Festival on Walnut Street opens up the neighborhood to a more eclectic variety beyond the traditional clothing and boutique stores that normally fill shopping bags. Meet painters, jewelry makers, photographers, and more. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. 739 Bellefonte St., Shadyside. Free.

Mon., Aug. 26


Relax and reconnect at the Millvale House during Monday Mindfulness Mediation, a weekly session led by Michael Hartigan, a practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism and Siddha Mahayoga with over 20 years of meditation experience. 6 p.m. 22 Butler St., Millvale. $5 suggested donation.

Tue., Aug. 27


Take back “us" at An Atlas of Commoning. This project aims to take back the words “community,” “sharing,” and “us” and strip them down to their original meanings, which promotes a positive social agenda. Head to Miller ICA at CMU if you “like” what you hear. 6 - 8 p.m. 5000 Forbes Ave., Oakland. Free.

Wed., Aug. 28


Pittsburgh’s favorite free yoga series, Yoga in the Square, is back and bringing two free one-hour yoga classes to Market Square with some of the city’s best yoga instructors. 5:30–6:30 p.m. Downtown. Free.

Thu., Aug. 29


Pack your appetites and plenty of napkins. The Heinz Field Kickoff and Rib Festival brings the best ribs in the country and family-friendly entertainment to Art Rooney Avenue and surrounding streets. 12 p.m. North Side. Free.

Fri., Aug. 30


Leave the baking soda and vinegar at home – this Science Fair goes beyond children's volcanoes. Glitter Box Theater hosts the judged event, featuring "smoking beverages" (whatever that may mean). Also, if you want to make a volcano, go for it! Who are we to judge? 8 p.m. 460 Melwood Ave., Oakland. Free.

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