5 issues to do in Pittsburgh this weekend: July 16-18

Pittsburghers looking for weekend plans have plenty of options, ranging from car races and food trucks to a music festival and family activities. Here are some happenings in and around the city this weekend.

Vintage Grand Prix

After a cancellation last year because of covid-19, the Vintage Grand Prix is gearing up for a return this year. The Vintage Grand Prix, which raises money for the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and Merakey Allegheny Valley School for individuals with autism and intellectual or developmental disabilities, will feature events this weekend and next.

On Friday, the Vintage Grand Prix is hosting its Black Tie and Tailpipes Gala at Valley Brook Country Club in Canonsburg.

Friday through Sunday, the Grand Prix will feature races at the Pittsburgh International Race Complex. These races are different from the ones that will drive through Schenley Park next weekend, said Dan DelBianco, executive director of the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix.

“The key is the cars — Mustangs, Corvettes, Porsches, Jaguars, BMWS — they’re big cars that are getting up over 140 miles per hour,” DelBianco said.

There will also be a car show and vendors, he said. Plus, people can ride as a passenger in a race car.

Races will run this weekend from 8:30 a.m. till 4 p.m. each day, with admission costing $20 per person. Kids under 12 can enter free.

A full calendar of events is available online.

Hands Over Deutschtown

Presented by the Deutschtown Music Festival, Hands Over Deutschtown will be held on Saturday from 11 a.m. till 9:30 p.m. at Allegheny Commons Park.

Though it’s not the full-blown three-day event that they’ve hosted in the past, Hands Over Deutschtown will feature about 20 performances throughout the day on two stages in the park, said Cody Walters, co-founder of the Deutschtown Music Festival. The event is free.

“We’ll have plenty of family-friendly activities — bounce houses, face painters and a number of different surprises,” Walters said. “This year we just wanted to have more of a community focus.”

A feature performance called Hand-to-Hand will feature Squonk, which involves music and two giant puppet hands. That was the inspiration for the Hands Over Deutschtown name, Walters said.

Vendors will be set up throughout the park, along with an artist market and an open mic for bands to sign up to perform that day.

Community sponsors will be on site, with Northside Christian Health Center offering covid-19 vaccines during the event.

Greater Pittsburgh Food Truck Festival

An array of food trucks are converging at the Meadows Racetrack & Casino on Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the Greater Pittsburgh Food Truck Festival.

Admission is free.

The event is advertising over 20 food trucks, including Pittsburgh Pierogi Truck, Kona Ice, Patti’s Pastries, PGH Halal Food and Sarris Candy.

The food truck festival will include regional artisans and vendors, live music and entertainment and craft beer and wine.

Friday night is dubbed Family Fun Night, with kid-friendly activities scheduled from 5 p.m. till 9 p.m.

Family Day at Allegheny Commons Park

The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy is hosting a Family Day at Allegheny Commons Park from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday. The free event is geared toward children — or those who are kids at heart.

Family Day will feature a plethora of kid-friendly activities, including a balloon artist, strolling carnival performers, craft activities and “larger-than-life” games, said Alana Wenk, communications strategist for the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy.

“Family Day is intended to be a day of celebration and community for people of all ages, from children to seniors, to enjoy and explore Pittsburgh’s oldest park,” Wenk said.

Additional Family Day events are slated for the third Sunday of every month through October.

Vibes Under the Bridge

A free concert, Vibes Under the Bridge, will take place at The Waterfront under the Homestead Grays Bridge between Primanti Bros. and Barnes & Noble on Saturday.

The music begins with The Fabulous Gemstones at 5 p.m., followed by Ruff House from 7 p.m. till 9 p.m.

There will also be activities and games for kids, along with sweet treats and a beer garden for guests age 21 or older.

Guests are welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets.

Julia Felton is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Julia at 724-226-7724, jfelton@triblive.com or via Twitter .

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