Summer might be winding down, but the list of things to do in PGH keeps growing. August has a lot in store, including festivals, free movies, great food, and cutting-edge art. This month is all about the music – Feastival, R.A.N.T., and the Regatta will have you dancing the days (and nights) away.
Make sure you clear your calendar because you will definitely want to make it to every event on this list.
Kick off the month the right way by catching an old favorite flick while enjoying cocktails. An outdoor screening of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off will be held downtown at the top of the Theater Square Garage, and it’s free, too. Of course, you’ll have to pay up for the great food and drinks offered. You’ll even have the chance to hear some live music. August 3.
As the event website says, “You gotta regatta.” Everyone in the ‘Burgh should be excited for a weekend full of dragon-boats, live local bands, DJs, sports, and a variety of food, drinks, and dancing. There’s no better way to spend some time outside with your family and friends. Plus, can you really turn down a chance to check out an event called “Frisbee Dogs?” August 5-7.
Get down for a good cause this August in McKees Rocks for the annual Feastival, where you can grab some grub from all your favorite food trucks and dance the day away. Feastival, which aims to revitalize McKees Rocks and showcase its business district, will feature live music from Dumpstaphunk, Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds, and more. And, of course, there will be plenty of beer. August 6.
Are you an artist, writer, musician or otherwise creation-driven person? Come down to the Ace Hotel this August to meet some like-minded individuals for drinks and exciting discussion. The event is co-hosted by Chancelor Humphrey, the man behind the popular Instagram account @KeepPittsburghDope. August 11.
If you like your live music with a side of neighborhood exploration, the R.A.N.T. tour is just the event for you. Dozens of bands offering a multitude of genres will be playing Belvedere’s, Nied’s Hotel, Arsenal Park and all the rest of your favorite Lawrenceville haunts. Local vendors will be offering all sorts of can’t-miss items, and there will be lots of delicious food for you to enjoy while you take in the music. August 12-14.
Head down to one of the coolest museums in Pittsburgh to celebrate some brand-new work from artist Dennis Maher. Maher uses a blend of art and architecture to make pieces that will astonish you, and this is your chance to see it first. Even better, the event is totally free, and all are welcome. August 12.
Bayardstown Social Club is a great place to kick back with a brew and some friends while listening to live music every Friday. Now, they’re hosting their second annual Corn Roast, so get ready for some of the most delicious – and unlikely – cob creations you’ll ever set eyes on. Toppings include parmesan, cojita, bacon and sauces. August 17.
Join the Steel City’s Italian community for a weekend of mouth-watering food, family-friendly events, culture and, of course, bocce. In fact, there will be a local celebrity bocce challenge with Donnie Iris, who will be playing a show at the festival. A Miss Little Italy pageant, an Italian Idol event and music provided by classic tribute bands will all be part of the celebration. August 18-21.
Do you love biking? Then you better not miss BikeFest 2016, a fundraiser for the immensely popular BikePGH that’s full of themed rides, food, music and lots of fun. The two-wheeled extravaganza kicks off with a dance party, and you can expect to see cool new takes on bike rides like the Coffee Cruise, a tour of the Allegheny Cemetery and even a Pokemon Go-themed ride. August 19-28.
We can’t deny it – craft beer is in right now. It’s delicious, refreshing and comes in so many different varieties. At the Corks & Kegs festival, you’ll be able to sip your way through drinks provided by your favorite breweries, including Spoonwood, the Church Brew Works, and Voodoo Brewery. When you get hungry, you can take a stroll down the festival’s Food Truck Row. The event is free to enter, but if you want some drinks, you’ll have to buy a drink ticket. August 21.
Burgers are simple, right? Wrong! Burgers can be culinary works of art, and a collaboration of chefs, celebrity guest judges, and local vendors are coming together for a massive burger-related celebration to show you just how awesome they can be. Live music and beer will both be plentiful, and all proceeds go to Biggies Bullies and Girls’ Hope of Pittsburgh. August 20.
The uproariously funny duo will be bringing their act to the ‘Burgh for their “Summer of 69: No Apostrophe” tour, and if you want to catch it, you better grab your ticket now. The Emmy Award-winning pair will be hitting the Benedum later this month, and nobody can say for sure just what’s in store for the show. August 21.
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