This weekend in Pittsburgh: Pinball, ice cream sandwiches, Guster, Ben Folds & Mayor Peduto

We’ve got all the things you’ve gotta do this weekend in Pittsburgh instead of the regatta.

by Lindsay Patross
August 1, 2019

Hot fun in the summertime. Even without the Three Rivers Regatta, this might be the best weekend to celebrate summer in Pittsburgh.

REGATTA: Since you don’t gotta regatta this weekend, we’ve put together a list of 13 other events in and around Pittsburgh that you gotta check out instead.

Q&A: We catch up with Northside artist Cue Perry and learn about who and what in Pittsburgh inspires his artwork. (Meet Perry this Saturday at the Ice Cream Sandwich Day Celebration on Saturday, details below).

DRINK: For our weekly beer spotlight, we take a look at another one of the Fresh Fest beer collaborations. We catch up with the owners of Walter’s in Lawrenceville to learn more about the cornbread brewed beer they are making with Hitchhiker brewing.

SWIM: August is the last month of swimming pool season. If you are looking for a way to beat the heat, we’ve got a guide to Pittsburgh pools for all your swimming needs.

HAIR: Last weekend, over 90 alumni from the Woodland Hills High School Theater Department returned to Pittsburgh and in less than 48 hours they rehearsed and performed “Hair” the musical to raise money to support the theater. Know of a community event that should be on our radar? Please let us know! [email protected]

RSVP: Tickets are now available for our next Sunny Side Up Brunch with Pittsburgh Sandwich Society on Sunday, August 25.


More things to do in Pittsburgh this weekend

Friday 8/2

Pinburgh & Replay FX @ David Lawrence Convention Center

Replay FX is a four-day festival of pinball, arcade games, and e-sports. ReplayFX includes Pinburgh, one of the largest pinball tournaments in the world.

Saturday 8/3

A Very Pittsburgh Ice Cream Sandwich Day Celebration @ Arnold’s Tea – FREE

Join us at Arnold’s Tea on the Northside for a celebration of the best sandwiches of summer. We’ve partnered with Leona’s to make a Very Local Ice Cream Sandwich and Cue Perry will be there with the debut of the Perry Berry Ice Cream Sandwich. We’ve got ice cream trivia, circus performers and more.

Sunday 8/4

Guster @ Hartwood Acres – FREE

The band Guster will be performing for FREE at Hartwood Acres. Check out our story on some of Guster’s past free Pittsburgh shows, including a duet with Mayor Bill Peduto here.

Monday 8/5

Ben Folds Book Talk with Mayor Peduto @ First Unitarian Church

Speaking of Mayor Peduto, it turns out Ben Folds (yep, the Ben Folds of Ben Folds Five fame) and the mayor are old friends. Ben Folds is in Pittsburgh to talk about his new book and Mayor Peduto will be joining him on stage.

Tuesday 8/5

2nd Annual Overstock Sale @ City of Asylum Bookstore

We’ve got books on the brain. There is still time to do some summer reading. Stop by this local bookshop to stock up on reading for the beach, the pool or back to school.

Pittsburgh born and raised, Lindsay has been writing about the people who love Pittsburgh since 2008.

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