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On the Calendar
Peruse the work of more than 140 painters, potters, jewelers and photographers at this annual art festival. The festival started out as a neighborhood street fair and became one of the state's top shows.
Where: 739 Bellefonte St. (Shadyside)
When: August 27, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
How much: Free
Geek out over Pittsburgh's fascinating history with this in-depth tour of the city. It's described as a "jaw-dropping, rousing, and hilarious" walking tour. The tour is open to the first 25 people who sign up via email, and it's free.
Where: The City-County Building at 414 Grant St. (Downtown)
When: August 26, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
How much: Free for the first 25 to sign up
Food, music and art combine for a daylong festival in McKees Rocks. More than a dozen food trucks will be on site. The music line-up features Lyndsey Smith & Soul Distribution and Leftover Salmon.
Where: McKees Rocks Municipal Lot at Route 51 & Furnace Street (McKees Rocks)
When: August 26, 2017 at 2:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
How much: Free with online general admission registration or $5 donation at the gate
This happy hour on the patio at Spirit features Pabst and DJs — and puppies (!!!). All dogs are welcome, not just puppies.
Where: Spirit at 242 51st St. (Lawrenceville)
When: August 26, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
At the Cultural Trust's PGH Rewind, travel back in time to the '70s, '80s and '90s through live entertainment, including dueling DJs and live music from Ferris Bueller’s Revenge. Guests are invited to channel their favorite era through dress (think bell bottoms, super teased hair and Rachel Green-inspired outfits). General admission gets you a complimentary drink, followed by $5 specialty drinks for the rest of the night, entertainment on every floor and sweets and snacks.
Where: Trust Arts Education Center at 807 Liberty Ave. (Downtown)
When: August 26, 2017 at 9:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
How much: $35