5 issues to do in Pittsburgh this weekend: Aug. 26-28

It will be a festive weekend in Pittsburgh, with events celebrating everything from fine art to tiny houses to vegan food.

Tiny house road show

The Reuse Box Truck Roadshow makes a stop from 9 am t0 5 pm Saturday at Construction Junction, 214 N. Lexington St., Point Breeze.

The event to promote the value of reusing materials that would otherwise end up in landfills will feature tiny house experts Alex Eaves and Derek Diedricksen, along with demonstrations by Pittsburgh Glass Center, Pennsylvania Resources Council and other organizations; food trucks, and a mobile mocktail minibar.

In addition, Eaves and Diedricksen will screen their new documentary, “The Box Truck Film: Building A Reuseful Home,” at 9 pm Saturday at the Hollywood Theater, 1449 Potomac Ave., Dormont. The film documents the transformation of a 17-foot moving truck into a 98-square-foot tiny house and mobile reuse education center using mostly reclaimed materials.

For roadshow information, visit cjreuse.org. For information on the film screening, visit hollywoodtheaterpgh.org.

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Josh Minyon of Regent Square makes chalk art during the 21st annual Shadyside… The Art Festival on Walnut Street in 2017.

Art on Walnut Street

Pittsburgh’s Shadyside neighborhood becomes an outdoor gallery of fine art and a vendor fair with the 25th anniversary of Shadyside … The Art Festival on Walnut Street, set for 10 am-5 pm Saturday and Sunday.

The seven-block event will feature fine art in various mediums from local and national artists, along with a crafters market with handmade jewelry and accessories, apparel, leather work, food, home goods and beauty products.

Visitors also can take in the eclectic shops, eateries and bars in the tree-lined neighborhood’s downtown area.

For information, visit artfestival.com.

Vote for vegan

Pittsburgh VegFest, a celebration of the vegan lifestyle, is set for 11 am-5 pm Saturday in Allegheny Commons Park East, at North and Cedar avenues on the North Side.

The all-vegan event will showcase vegan food, shopping and local animal welfare and nonprofit organizations. Live music and family-friendly activities are planned.

The festival will be preceded by an all-ages 1.5-mile walk around the park with Dr. Natalie Gentile. Registration opens at 9 am, with walkers setting out at 9:15 am

Festival attendees may bring well-behaved pets on leashes.

For information, visit pittsburghvegfest.org.

Art and music jam

The Pittsburgh Art Jam is planned for 6-10 pm Saturday at The Sleeping Octopus, a historic mansion now hosting community activities at 1300 Wood St., Wilkinsburg.

About 20 local artists will demonstrate their skills in various mediums, from stained glass and sculpting to garment-making and body painting.

The free, all-ages event will also feature a painting and sculpture exhibition, children’s activities and live music throughout the evening, including a drum circle and sing-along.

For information, visit Pittsburgh Art Jam on Facebook.

pedal pushers

Bike Pittsburgh will host the 29th Annual UPMC HealthPlan PedalPGH ride from 7 am t0 5 pm Sunday, beginning and ending in Southside Riverfront Park, under the Birmingham Bridge. The event includes a finish line festival with beer and refreshments.

The largest charity bicycle ride in Pennsylvania, PedalPGH welcomes cyclists of all ages and fitness levels and offers routes of 10, 25, 40 and 62 miles. The event raises funds for Bike Pittsburgh, which advocates for bicycle and pedestrian safety and accessibility in the city.

For information and registration, visit pedalpgh.org.

Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune Review staff writer. You can contact Shirley by email at smcmarlin@triblive.com or via Twitter .

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