2 • THURSDAY, MAY 23, 2019 • SUMMER FUN
ON THE COVER:
Grab a blanket or
lawn chair and
head out for an
evening of free
the stars. City of
of Special Events
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Park in Lawrenceville,
Flagstaff Hill in
Grandview Park in
McBride Park in
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Summer festivals offer fun for the entire family
From ribs to wine to bluegrass
music, this summer proves to be
an opportunity to get outside and
have some fun. There are plenty of
festivals to enjoy good food, entertainment
and something for the entire
The festival season kicks off May
23-25 with the 25th annual Greensburg
Community Days and ends
with the Ligonier Highland Games
on Sept. 14-15. In between, look for
the ever-popular Dollar Bank Three
Rivers Arts Festival in June, the Big
Butler Fair over the Fourth of July
weekend and Picklesburg, voted the
best specialty food festival by readers
of USA Today, in July. August brings
the Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta
and the Festa Italiana di Vandergrift.
Here is a list of some of the upcoming
Greensburg Community Days:
May 23-25. 25th annual, food, crafts,
carnival rides, live music and fireworks.
Lynch Field, Greensburg. facebook.com/
Saltsburg Canal Festival: June 7-9.
Free concerts, a parade, carnival food,
games, shopping, fireworks. Canal Park,
Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts
Festival: June 7-16. Visual and performing
arts, sculptures, creativity zone, art +
tech, food. Pittsburgh. traf.trustarts.org
Antiques on the Diamond: June 1.
More than 50 antique dealers around the
Diamond, Ligonier. ligonier.com
Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival: June
7-9. Jeep pull, decorating contest, jeopardy,
nighttime trail ride, obstacle course,
history of the Jeep, mud pit. Coopers
Lake Campground. Slippery Rock.
Pittsburgh Pride: June 8-9. Music,
over 175 vendors, games and attractions
with headliner Toni Braxton. Downtown
Pittsburgh Greek Festival: June 11-14.
Favorites include gyros, savory souvlaki,
shrimp skewers, homemade pastries,
music and dance performance. Holy
Greek Orthodox Church, Mt. Lebanon.
Laurel Highlands Bluegrass Music
Festival: June 21-22. 17th annual, national,
regional and local bluegrass performers,
spaghetti dinner on Thursday and a
fish fry on Friday. Route 271, Waterford (5
miles north of Ligonier). laurelhighlands
Festival in the Woods: June 15-16,
Sept. 21-22. Artisans, antique tractors,
cars and trucks. Whispering Pines Farm,
Wine Time at the Colony: June 15
and Aug. 17. Artisans in wine, food, crafts,
wine tastings. Penn’s Colony grounds,
Pittsburgh International Jazz
Festival: June 20-23. 9th annual, featured
jazz artists including star Patti
LaBelle, sweet and savory food offerings.
Big Butler Fair: June 28-July 6.
Games, food, animals, concerts. Butler.
Ford City SummerFest: July 4-7.
6th annual, vendors, food, parade, Ford
City Memorial Park. facebook.com/
Whiskey Rebellion Festival: July 11-
14. Historic re-enactments, period exhibitions,
frontier art, music, food. Washington,
Westmoreland Arts and Heritage
Festival: July 4-7. 45th annual, includes
more than 50 live performances, 220 arts
and craft exhibitors, heritage and history
demonstrations and ethnic food booths.
Twin Lakes Park, Hempfield/Unity.
Pittsburgh Fourth of July Celebration:
July 4. Food, entertainment, fireworks.
Cultural Trust Gallery Crawl: July 12
and Sept. 27. Multi-venue showcase of
art, entertainment, film screenings. Pittsburgh.
Fort Armstrong Horseman’s Association
Championship Rodeo: July
12-13. Steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding,
bull riding, team roping, bareback riding,
tie-down roping, calf roping. Crooked
Creek Horse Park, Ford City.
Horse Trading Days Art and Music
Festival: July 18-20. Food, music, cornhole
tournament, horse trader pageant,
round-up horse parade. Zelienople.
Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix: July
11-21. Gala, car shows, vehicle wrap contest,
races. Pittsburgh. pvgp.org
Summer in Ligonier Arts & Crafts
Show: July 19-20. Craft demonstrations,
art displays, sidewalk sales, horse and
carriage rides. Ligonier. Laurelhighlands.
Allegheny County Wine & Spirits
Festival: July 20. Food trucks, wine,
spirits and live music. Hartwood Acres
East Brady RiverFest: July 25-28.
Musical performances, fireworks, talent
contest, rides, games, parade, interfaith
church service. Allegheny River, East
Pittsburgh Blues and Roots
Festival: July 27-28. National touring
acts, regional musicians. Syria Shrine
Center, Harmar. pghbluesrootsfest.com
Fayette County Fair: July 25-Aug.
3. Live music, carnival, little princess
and prince pageant, fair queen contest,
Fayette Idol. Fayette County Fairgrounds,
Dunbar Township. fayettefair.com
by JOANNE KLIMOVICH HARROP
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