Photo courtesy Riverlife.

6. Party at the Pier’s War of the Rosés at Rivers Casino Amphitheater: August 25, 7:30 p.m.

From refreshing pink slushies and Frosé happy hours (yes, it’s a thing) to 20 million tagged Instagram posts—rosé is all the rage. In a clever nod to summer’s beloved beverage, Riverlife is raising a glass to, and raising awareness for, Pittsburgh’s vibrant waterfronts. Taking inspiration from outdoor wine tastings in northern California and southern France—plus a fanciful dose of Game of Thrones—this gala will have you thinking pink, and green. While enjoying one of summer’s top parties you’ll help make Pittsburgh’s riverfronts cleaner, safer and more accessible. Several acres along the casino’s waterfront and boat dock will be activated with live music by River City Brass Band members, fabulous food and a dance party with Digital Dave. Hop on the Gateway Clipper to see Andrea Polli’s dazzling installation of 27,000 multicolored LED lights on the Rachel Carson Bridge. Embrace the popular “pink juice” as you sample and vote on varieties of rosé wine, rosé cocktails and rosé-inspired food. Come dressed in pink-themed cocktail attire—from fascinators to chain mail and beyond. Buy tickets.

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

Courtesy Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

7. PGH Rewind at the Trust Arts Education Center: August 26, 9 p.m.

Heaven. The VIP. Electric Banana. The Decade. Bring back any memories? Party through the eras and relive the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s glory days while supporting free arts programming Downtown. Presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, summer’s newest soirée is organized by the Partners Membership Board Committee. Channel your inner Denise Huxtable, Rachel Green or Boy George as you party throughout three floors of nostalgia-drenched entertainment. Creating a throwback vibe will be live music by Ferris Bueller’s Revenge, DJs Selecta and Jesley Snipes. Hosted by VyVyan Vyxn, the Divas in Drag will channel Cher, Tina Turner and timeless disco queens. Sport an ‘80s slap bracelet at the exclusive VIP party at 7:30 p.m. The fun flashes way back at 9 p.m., with a retro arcade, dance parties, kitschy snacks and more. Questionable fashions and big hair rule, so don’t be shy with the Day-Glo, bell-bottoms, hairspray and parachute pants. Hit the “glam makeup station” to complete your look. The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Partners Board invites friends from NEXTpittsburgh to enjoy special discounted tickets to the event. Visit TrustArts.org/PghRewind and use code “NEXTREWIND” for $30 general admission tickets.


8. Feastival in the McKees Rocks Municipal Lot: August 26, 3–9 p.m.

Find out why the Rocks totally Rocks at Feastival. What began in 2013 as a neighborhood pop-up attracting several hundred people is now a full-fledged festival marking its fifth anniversary. Showcasing the cultural and culinary amenities of the-little-borough-that-could along the south bank of the Ohio River, Feastival is a stimulus for revitalizing the McKees Rocks business district. Tunes, beer, grub and a ton of art will activate the corner of Route 51 and Furnace St. Teaming up with Grey Area Productions, Thunderbird Cafe and Hollowood Music has helped the McKees Rocks CDC curate an impressive lineup of national and up-and-coming acts. Performing their self-described brand of “Polyethnic Cajun Slamgrass” will be the Boulder-based jam band, Leftover Salmon, featuring Carnegie native Vince Herman. Also rocking the Rocks will be theCAUSE, Starship Mantis and Lyndsey Smith & Soul Distribution. The “feast” includes Miss Meatball, Pgh Crepes, Happy Camper Cakes and Rogue BBQ. The family-friendly fest also features the Ohio Valley Hospital Kid Zone. Free with online registration or a $5 donation at the gate.

Billy Porter

Billy Porter. Ron Cadiz © Sony Music Entertainment.

9. Billy Porter at Hartwood Acres: August 27, 7:30 p.m.

The captivating vocals of Tony and Grammy award-winner and composer Billy Porter will make for a memorable summer night. A highlight of Allegheny County’s free Summer Concert Series, this special performance will showcase the prolific talent of a Pittsburgh luminary. A graduate of CAPA High School and Carnegie Mellon, Porter will fill the amphitheater with his stunning blend of pop, soul and musical theater. Food trucks and Hop Farm Brewing will set up at 6 p.m.

The singer is also in town for “Twilight Picnic For The Parks,” an exclusive gala on August 26 at the historic Hartwood Acres Mansion. Those lucky to snag tickets to the sold-out fundraiser—which benefits The Allegheny County Parks Foundation—will be treated to a private performance by Porter, al fresco-style cocktails and a locally-sourced picnic dinner. Go here to be added to the waiting list. 

Renee Rosensteel

Photo by Renee Rosensteel.

10. Stars of the Silver Screen Rooftop Shindig at the Theater Square Garage: August 29

Glamor, glitz and one very decked out parking garage will make for a night of intrigue and summer fun under the stars. After a hiatus, the buzz-worthy Rooftop Shindig is making a theatrical return high above the Downtown skyline to showcase classic cinema, vintage fashion, themed cocktails and more. Ready for your 15 minutes? Set aglow with the flickering lights of Tinseltown, the garage rooftop will host a luxe shindig celebrating the exhibition, Stars of the Silver Screen, on view through September 24 at The Warhol Museum. See a screening of the 1931 spy thriller, Mata Hari, starring Hollywood icon and Warhol favorite Greta Garbo. The elegant evening of Warholian entertainment will feature torch singer and sideshow marvel Phat Man Dee, joined by an eclectic cadre of artists performing a repertoire of jazz, opera, musical theater, cabaret and burlesque. Shop for retro threads and eclectic gifts from the Second Shift Crafters’ Vintage Fashion Market and The Warhol Store. The event is free and open to the public (rain date: August 30).

Check out more terrific events every week in August in NEXTpittsburgh!

For family events and live music, see Top 11 family events in Pittsburgh this August and Your ultimate guide to summer concerts in Pittsburgh.