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Through August 24
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Ready to bike for fun and for a great local cause? One of the best ways to explore the authentic nabes and varied topography of Pittsburgh is definitely on two wheels. Thanks to BikeFest 2014, there are more than 100 activities spanning 17 days that are packed with bike-themed rides and events organized by local organizations and individuals. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, BikeFest runs August 8th through August 24th all around the city and region.

Bike Pittsburgh‘s largest fundraiser and annual celebration of all-things-bicycling, BikeFest kicks off with a not-to-miss benefit bash on Friday, August 8th, at the Pittsburgh Opera, from 8 p.m. until midnight. One of the Burgh’s most anticipated summer parties, the festive gala will feature music, dancing, a silent auction boasting bikes and art, and Thick Bikes’ annual event surprise. From 6 to 8 p.m., BikeFest VIPers will enjoy small plates, wine, local fare and brews provided by some of Pittsburgh’s top chefs and eateries, including Kevin Sousa, Union Pig and Chicken, Bar Marco and more. Party-goers will also have the chance to purchase 2014 BikeFest t-shirts, as well as limited-edition posters hand-silkscreened by local artists, strawberryluna, Pittsburgh’s award winning printing duo of Allison Glancey and Craig Seder.

New to BikeFest this year is its first Bike To The Ballgame event on August 10th. Participants will be seated together, enjoying the game with members of the local cycling community, and $3 from every ticket purchased will support the work and advocacy of BikePGH.

During the lively Try-A-Bike Jamboree, attendees can test out all manner of bikes and trikes at the Bud Harris Cycling Oval, from recumbents and cargo bikes, to trikes and E-bikes. The event will also feature a demo PAT Transit bike rack.

Those seeking a more low-key bike adventure won’t want to miss the Two Wheels, Lots of Green event. A leisurely tour of community green spaces throughout Pittsburgh, the event culminates with a block party in the city’s Larimer neighborhood.

Up for a challenge on two wheels? For the more experienced riders out there, choose from 100, 85 or 62 miles of scenic riding throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio on marked courses with SAG support, during BikeFest’s Pittsburgh Major Taylor Cycling Club 3-State Tour.

All of the BikeFest action culminates on Sunday, August 24th, with the annual PedalPGH event. Marking its 20th anniversary, PedalPGH features a beginner-friendly Breathe Project Family Ride, a 25-mile Highmark City Tour and the 62-mile PJ Dick, Trumbull and Lindy Paving Metric Century ride.

Keep an eye on BikeFest’s online calendar, which will continue to add events over the next two weeks.

Purchase tickets to the BikeFest kick-off party.

Jennifer BaronArts & Entertainment / Jobs Editor

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator...