The dog days are upon us but after all of the region’s record rainfall, it seems like summer is just kicking in. Good thing our August event guide includes plenty of outdoor fun to make up for all of the washouts—from a 14-hour music crawl through Lawrenceville to a posh picnic on the North Shore. This August, we give you 10 great reasons to experience something new: try vegan fare, ride a scooter, find out why #PghIsFunny and much more.
1. Feastival in McKees Rocks: August 1
Discover why the Rocks rocks and kick off August at Feastival. A free daylong festival (with extra oomph) co-presented by the McKees Rocks Community Development Corporation, Grey Area Productions and Thunderbird Cafe, Feastival showcases the borough’s cultural and culinary scenes alongside an impressive roster of local and national musical acts. A refreshing new kid on the summer festival block, the event runs from 3 to 9 p.m. in the McKees Rocks Municipal Lot located at Route 51 and Furnace St.
Not to miss is funk and soul band and Blue Note recording artists, Robert Randolph and the Family Band. Led by gifted pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph—called one of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time by Rolling Stone—the high octane band will enthrall audiences with their musical prowess and stage dancing antics. Also headlining is Nola funk sensations, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, a driving urban funk force complete with distinctive trombone riffs, signature dance moves, contagious tunes and world-class musicianship. Rounding out the day’s soundtrack will be Pittsburgh acts The Commonheart, AFROHEAT, The Clock Reads and DJ Pandemic. Adding to the festivities will be 20 vendors, children’s activities, the city’s top food trucks and crafters from I Made It! Market. NEXTpittsburgh is a proud media sponsor.
2. Millvale Brew Fest at Millvale Riverfront Park: August 8
Millvale has become quite the biking and beer destination. One of the best ways to get to know the cozy borough and quench your thirst this summer is at the 9th annual Millvale Brew Fest. Drawing hop and malt fans alike to scenic Millvale Riverfront Park along the banks of the Allegheny, the brew bash will feature a staggering—and refreshing—selection of 180 craft, micro, nano and specialty beers from around the country. Featured breweries include everyone from California’s Anderson Valley and Kalamazoo’s Bell’s, to Delaware-based Dogfish Head and Millvale’s very own Grist House.
Also on tap will be beer-themed merchandise and gifts. It will feel ever better to imbibe since proceeds will support the nonprofit Millvale Borough Development Corporation. The event includes two sessions: 1 to 4 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets ($45 in advance; $50 at the event) include beer, live music, food and a bottomless souvenir tasting glass. Added incentive? Bike or kayak to the brew fest and receive a free poster designed by artist Thomas Walker. Grab tickets now because the event often sells out.
3. Style Week Pittsburgh: August 12 – 16
Get to know Pittsburgh’s fashion forward side during five days packed with local style, artistry and glamour. Channel your inner Tyra Banks or Oscar de la Renta during events that showcase the designers, artisans, boutiques, brands, stylists and models coming out of Pittsburgh today, while highlighting international icons who represent a diverse global industry.
Fashionistas won’t want to miss the designer fashion show with Diana Misetic, Lana Neumeyer, Toya Taylor and Jazmin Jackson, hat fashion show and brunch featuring Gina Mazzotta Millinery, pop-up block party in Market Square and the Pinstripes & Pearls showcase of the latest business professional styles.
Style Week kicks off on August 12 at the Kelly Strayhorn with local and international designers, fashion trucks, a beauty and grooming bar, DJs, cocktails and more. On August 13 in Market Square, Style Week honors the region’s trailblazers working in the fashion and beauty industries. It’s haute couture for a cause, because a portion of Style Week’s proceeds will benefit Dress for Success Pittsburgh, a global nonprofit that helps disadvantaged women become economically independent. View a complete Style Week Pittsburgh schedule.
4. R.A.N.T. Rock All Night Tour in Lawrenceville: August 15
The festival season’s in full swing, but you don’t have to run off to Coachella or Bonnaroo to experience great live music under the summer sun. Back and bigger than ever for its fourth installment, the Lawrenceville RANT (read: Rock All Night Tour) kicks off at noon on Saturday, August 15, and continues into the wee hours until 2 a.m. Showcasing the region’s diverse local music scene—from bluegrass, punk rock and metal, to rockabilly, electronica and indie pop, RANT also highlights Lawrenceville as a vibrant destination for nightlife and performance.