5 Issues to Do in Pittsburgh This Weekend: Aug 3-6 September

It’s Labor Day weekend – the unofficial end of summer. Here are a few ideas on how to spend it.

Ribs, music, soccer

The Heinz Field Kickoff and Rib Festival takes place from Friday to Monday in the Heinz Field on the North Side. The opening times are on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 to 23:00 and on Mondays from 12:00 to 21:00.

The festival features a range of national rib vendors, games, and music.

The Clarks will perform on Friday at 9 p.m. after the Sun King Warriors. On Sunday, the Jimmy Adler Band, Norman Nardini and Billy Price will take the stage from 2:30 p.m. Pitt will host the University of Massachusetts in football on Saturday at 4 p.m. The annual Steelers Run / Walk takes place on Sunday at 8 a.m.

On the nearby Stage AE, Carly Pearce will perform on Sunday at 7:00 p.m., followed by Lady A at 9:00 p.m.

Admission to concerts is free. Game tickets must be purchased.

Details: heinzfield.com

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Soul food

The Soul Food Fest: A Soulful Taste of the Burgh takes place on the market square in the city center from Friday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The event honors the history of the culinary, butcher and black food businesses in Pittsburgh since 1795. Bill Henry Band, DJ Kid Capri, WHO’S BAD (a Michael Jackson tribute band), international jazz violinist Rodney McCoy, Roger Humphries and RH Factor will take the stage. There will be a kids fun zone.

Admission is free.

Details: facebook.com


Pittonkatonk is a free music festival that starts at 4pm on Friday at the Vietnam Veterans Pavilion in Schenley Park. The line-up includes Son Rompe Pera, Combo Chimbita, Detroit Party Marching Band, Novi Hitovi, Rebel Diaz, 1Hood Showcase, Afro Yaqui Music Collective, Big Blitz, and May Day Marching Band. The gambling is canceled but there will be food vendors.

The organizers said they strongly urge participants to get vaccinated. If you are not vaccinated, please wear a mask and social distance.

Details: pittonkatonk.org


In its 17th season, Pittsburgh will present Shakespeare in the Parks “The Tragedy of Hamlet” on Saturday and Sunday at 2 pm near the blue slide in Frick Park. This is an all female production. The roles of Hamlet and Love Interest Ophelia are shared by local actress Melissa Franklin and Angela Hsu, a California opera singer. Guests are asked to social distance.

Admission is free, but donations are accepted.

Details: pittsburghshakespeare.com

Water Lantern Festival

The Water Lantern Festival takes place on Saturday from 5pm to 9pm in the West Park section of Allegheny Commons on the North Side. At the event, the guests write a few lines about their hopes and dreams or a letter to a loved one and send the messages out onto the water. Lanterns can be decorated as you like. The bags are lit by an LED candle as they float on the water along with other people’s lanterns.

Tickets start at $ 25.99.

Details: waterlanternfestival.com

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a contributor to Tribune Review. You can contact JoAnne at 724-853-5062, jharrop@triblive.com, or on Twitter.

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