Image courtesy of the Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival.

Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival in West Newton: August 20 – September 25

Get swept up in a fantastic world of noble knights, fair maidens and medieval characters of all kinds at the 10th annual Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival in West Newton, PA. The month-long event kicks off on Saturday, August 20 and Sunday, August 21 with An Adventure to the Past, a weekend featuring song, dance and a royal welcome for King Henry and Queen Katherine as they arrive at the castle. Thrill at the jousting exhibitions, watch a battle of wit and blades with The Duelists, and peruse the many mythical wares sold at various shops.

On Friday, August 27 and Saturday, August 28, the festival will present Celtic Fling, a themed weekend dedicated to the traditional music and culture of Ireland and Scotland. Enjoy singers, dancers and bagpipers as they perform throughout the park. There’s also a Men in Kilts contest for the true Scotsman and Scotsman-at-heart.

Admission is $19.95 for adults, $9 for children ages 5 to 12 and free for children under 5. Discount coupons are available at participating Wendy’s restaurants, Shop N’ Save stores and Walgreens pharmacies throughout the Pittsburgh region. The Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival will continue through Sunday, September 25.

Digimon Celebration vendor. Image courtesy of Digimon World Tour.

Digimon Celebration vendor. Image courtesy of Digimon World Tour.

Digimon Celebration 02 at Victory Pointe: August 26-27

Set Pokémon Go aside for the second annual Digimon Celebration at the Victory Pointe Gaming Lounge in the South Side. Digimon fans both young and old can participate in the fun-filled tribute to the popular Japanese virtual pet franchise. The event kicks off on Friday, August 26 with a preview night that includes gaming, Digimon-themed food and a screening of Digimon: The Movie. The festivities continue on Saturday, August 27 with a full day of activities such as a trivia contest, panels, workshops and a Digi-Battle Card Game tournament. Also featured are artists and vendors selling Digimon-inspired artwork and wares.

The preview night runs from 5 p.m. to midnight. The main event will take place from 12 p.m. until midnight. Admission is $10 for each day.


Image courtesy of Edgewood Borough.

Edgewood Community Day at Koenig Field: August 27

A full day of free activities for the whole family will commence at Koenig Field for Edgewood Community Day. Presented by the Edgewood Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the improvement of Edgewood, the annual event will include live music, games, an animal expert, balloon artists and a magician, as well as kids’ crafts and a bake sale. The day ends with a performance by the Edgewood Symphony Orchestra and a fireworks display.

Edgewood Community Day takes place from 12 to 9 p.m.

Sculpture monument Homewood Cemetery.

Sculpture monument at Homewood Cemetery.

Founders’ Day 2016 at the Homewood Cemetery: August 27

Walk among the tombstones during the fourth annual Founders’ Day Celebration at the historic Homewood Cemetery. Don’t be scared off–the 138-year-old landmark is a certified arboretum with more than 40 tree species and features beautiful landscapes, art and architecture, making it a favorite site for tours. Presented by the The Homewood Cemetery Historical Fund, the family-friendly event focuses on the theme of transportation with trolley rides, model trains and, for a bit of macabre fun, vintage hearses. Savor food truck offerings or stave off the summer heat with an all-natural, gourmet popsicle from Popsburgh.

Founders’ Day at the Homewood Cemetery takes place from 12 to 4 p.m.



Peoples Riverfront Ride with PedalPGH: August 28

The annual cycling event PedalPGH will welcome bike lovers of all ages for the Peoples Riverfront Ride. Riders can go as far as they like during a 12-mile, car-free tour along the South Side Riverfront Trail. The route will include a designated water stop at Golden Triangle Bike, and maybe even a surprises. When you’ve had your fill of pedaling, join the REI Finish Line Festival at Riverfront Park, where music, food trucks, a cycling expo and a free photo booth await.

The Peoples Riverfront Ride runs from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The Finish Line Festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Honorable mentions

Make sure to check out these events as well:

DreamOn Festival in Market Square: August 5 & 6

International Friendship Day Festival and Concert at Schenley Park: August 6

Sundae Funday at the Pittsburgh Zoo: August 7

Row House Kid’s FestAugust 12 – 18

BikeFest:  August 19 – 28

Meowfest at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History: August 20

Looking for live music? Read our Everything you need to know about Pittsburgh concerts in August feature.

Looking for events for families and children? Check out our 10 Pittsburgh events not to miss in August feature.