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JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
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Saltsburg Canal Festival
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Greensburg Community Days
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The Pittsburgh Pride Colorguard make their way down Fifth Avenue during the Pittsburgh Pride Equality March in Downtown, Sunday, June 12, 2016. More than 130 groups and organizations participated in the parade.
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Corbin Cullen Shearer 9 of Saltsburg peddles his bike past a covered wagon at the Crooked Creek Horse Park in Burrell. Shearer helped his grand parents clean Barn No.1 in preparation of Fort Armstrong Horseman Association’s annual Rodeo event this weekend. The covered wagon is used to transport the the Saloon Girls in costume during the show. Monday July 8, 2013
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Giovanni Caputi, 58, of Slippery Rock and his wife, Jeanne, bite into a pizza as they dine along the streets during Bloomfield’s Little Italy Days on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016. "I get into everything," said Caputi, who was born in Rome, wearing in his Italian flag hat and Italy emblazoned shirt. "You only live once."
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Brian Fertal, portraying a knight known as "Sir Josef", rides a jousting course for the crowd Monday, Sept. 4, 2017 at the Pittsburgh Renaissance Fair in South Huntingdon.

From ribs to wine to bluegrass music, this summer proves to be an opportunity to get outside and have some fun. There are plenty of festivals to enjoy good food, entertainment and something for the entire family.

The festival season kicks off May 23-25 with the 25th annual Greensburg Community Days and ends with the Ligonier Highland Games on Sept. 14-15. In between, look for the ever-popular Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival in June, the Big Butler Fair over the Fourth of July weekend and Picklesburg, voted the best specialty food festival by readers of USA Today, in July. August brings the Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta and the Festa Italiana di Vandergrift.

Here is a list of some of the upcoming happenings:

MAY

Greensburg Community Days: May 23-25. 25th annual, food, crafts, carnival rides, live music and fireworks. Lynch Field, Greensburg. facebook.com/greensburgcommunitydays

JUNE

Saltsburg Canal Festival: June 7-9. Free concerts, a parade, carnival food, games, shopping, fireworks. Canal Park, Saltsburg. facebook.com/visitsaltsburg

Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival: June 7-16. Visual and performing arts, sculptures, creativity zone, art + tech, food. Pittsburgh. traf.trustarts.org

Antiques on the Diamond: June 1. More than 50 antique dealers around the Diamond, Ligonier. ligonier.com

Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival: June 7-9. Jeep pull, decorating contest, jeopardy, nighttime trail ride, obstacle course, history of the Jeep, mud pit. Coopers Lake Campground. Slippery Rock. bantamjeepfestival.com

Pittsburgh Pride: June 8-9. Music, over 175 vendors, games and attractions with headliner Toni Braxton. Downtown Pittsburgh. pittsburghpride.org

Pittsburgh Greek Festival: June 11-14. Favorites include gyros, savory souvlaki, shrimp skewers, homemade pastries, music and dance performance. Holy Greek Orthodox Church, Mt. Lebanon. pittsburghgreekfestival.org

Laurel Highlands Bluegrass Music Festival: June 21-22. 17th annual, national, regional and local bluegrass performers, spaghetti dinner on Thursday and a fish fry on Friday. Route 271, Waterford (5 miles north of Ligonier). laurelhighlands bluegrass.com

Festival in the Woods: June 15-16, Sept. 21-22. Artisans, antique tractors, cars and trucks. Whispering Pines Farm, Cabot. whisperingpinesfarmpa.com

Wine Time at the Colony: June 15 and Aug. 17. Artisans in wine, food, crafts, wine tastings. Penn’s Colony grounds, Saxonburg. winetimeatthecolony.com

Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival: June 20-23. 9th annual, featured jazz artists including star Patti LaBelle, sweet and savory food offerings. Pittsburgh. pittsburghjazzfest.org

Big Butler Fair: June 28-July 6. Games, food, animals, concerts. Butler. bigbutlerfair.com

Ford City SummerFest: July 4-7. 6th annual, vendors, food, parade, Ford City Memorial Park. facebook.com/ fcsummerfest

JULY

Whiskey Rebellion Festival: July 11-14. Historic re-enactments, period exhibitions, frontier art, music, food. Washington, Pa. whiskeyrebellionfestival.com

Westmoreland Arts and Heritage Festival: July 4-7. 45th annual, includes more than 50 live performances, 220 arts and craft exhibitors, heritage and history demonstrations and ethnic food booths. Twin Lakes Park, Hempfield/Unity. artsandheritage.com/

Pittsburgh Fourth of July Celebration: July 4. Food, entertainment, fireworks. Pittsburgh. celebrateamericapgh.com

Cultural Trust Gallery Crawl: July 12 and Sept. 27. Multi-venue showcase of art, entertainment, film screenings. Pittsburgh. trustarts.org

Fort Armstrong Horseman’s Association Championship Rodeo: July 12-13. Steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, bull riding, team roping, bareback riding, tie-down roping, calf roping. Crooked Creek Horse Park, Ford City. fortarmstrongrodeo.com

Horse Trading Days Art and Music Festival: July 18-20. Food, music, cornhole tournament, horse trader pageant, round-up horse parade. Zelienople. horsetradingdays.com

Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix: July 11-21. Gala, car shows, vehicle wrap contest, races. Pittsburgh. pvgp.org

Summer in Ligonier Arts & Crafts Show: July 19-20. Craft demonstrations, art displays, sidewalk sales, horse and carriage rides. Ligonier. Laurelhighlands.org

Allegheny County Wine & Spirits Festival: July 20. Food trucks, wine, spirits and live music. Hartwood Acres Mansion lawn.

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East Brady RiverFest: July 25-28. Musical performances, fireworks, talent contest, rides, games, parade, interfaith church service. Allegheny River, East Brady. eastbradyriverfest.com

Pittsburgh Blues and Roots Festival: July 27-28. National touring acts, regional musicians. Syria Shrine Center, Harmar. pghbluesrootsfest.com

Fayette County Fair: July 25-Aug. 3. Live music, carnival, little princess and prince pageant, fair queen contest, Fayette Idol. Fayette County Fairgrounds, Dunbar Township. fayettefair.com

Picklesburgh: July 26-28. Voted No. 1 specialty food festival by readers of USA Today, pickle balloon, prepared pickled food and pickled artisan cocktails, demonstrations. Pittsburgh. picklesburgh.com

Rain Day Festival: July 29. Waynesburg has celebrated rainfall on this day 115 of 144 years. Waynesburg. raindayfestival.com

AUGUST

Portersville Steam Summer Show: Aug. 1-4. Tractor pulls, antique cars, craft building, flea market, food, old tractors, train rides, equipment parades. Route 19, Portersville. portersvillesteamshow.org

Fort Armstrong Folk Festival: Aug. 1-4. Artist market, food, vehicle displays, entertainment. Kittanning Riverfront Park. armstrongfestival.com

Ameriserv Flood City Music Festival: Aug. 2-3. Music, food. Johnstown. floodcitymusic.com

Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta: Aug. 2-4. Music, boating, food, children’s activities, fireworks.Pittsburgh. yougottaregatta.org

Seven Springs Rib and Wing Festival: Aug. 2-4. Ribs, wings, beer garden, entertainment, children’s activities, handmade crafts. Seven Springs Mountain Resort. 7springs.com

Butler Farm Show: Aug. 5-10. Farm-related activities, arts and crafts, rides, entertainment, tractor pulls. Butler. butlerfarmshow.com

Festa Italiana di Vandergrift: Aug. 11. Italian food and music, outdoor Mass. Kennedy Park. Vandergrift. festaitaliana.us

Dayton Fair: Aug. 11-17. Tractor pulls, concerts, demolition derby, rodeo, off-road vehicle drag racing. Dayton. daytonfair.org

Pittsburgh Little Italy Days: Aug. 15-18. Italian-themed entertainment and food. Bloomfield. littleitalydays.com

Westmoreland Fair: Aug. 16-24. Livestock competition, exhibits, arena action, carnival, concerts. Westmoreland Fairgrounds, Mt. Pleasant Township. westmorelandfair.com

Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival: Aug. 17-18, 24-25, 31 and Sept. 1-2, 7-8, 14-15 and 21-22. Artisans, themed weekends, entertainment. West Newton. Pittsburghrenfest.com

Seven Springs Wine Festival: Aug. 23-25. Samples from 30 Pennsylvania wineries, entertainment. Seven Springs. 7springs.com

Great American Banana Split Celebration: Aug. 23-25. Entertainment, food, activities, a 5K banana run. Latrobe. bananasplitfest.com

Indiana County Fair: Aug. 25-31. Miniature farm display, entertainment, train show, 4-H exhibits. Indiana indianacountyfair.com.

Shadyside Arts Festival: Aug. 24-25. Artists, food, entertainment. Shadyside. artfestival.com

Heinz Field Kickoff and Ribfest: Aug. 29-31, Sept. 1-2. Food, music, children’s activities. Pittsburgh’s North Shore. heinzfield.com

Pennsylvania Arts & Crafts Labor Day Festival: Aug. 30- Sept. 2. Exhibitors, live music, children’s activities. Westmoreland Fairgrounds, Mt. Pleasant Township. laurelhighlands.org

SEPTEMBER

Labor United Celebration: Sept. 1-2. Giant flea market, food, arts and crafts show, variety of musical performances, petting zoo, horse-drawn trolley rides and circus shows. Northmoreland Park. co.westmoreland.pa.us

Pittsburgh Irish Festival: Sept. 6-8. Entertainment, Irish dishes, craft beer bar, marketplace, Irish authors’ corner. New location: The Lots at Sandcastle, Homestead. pghirishfest.org

A Fair in the Park: Sept. 6-8. Over 100 regional and national artists, entertainment, food. Mellon Park, Shadyside. afairinthepark.org

Mountain Craft Days: Sept. 6-8. Over 125 craft artisans, musicians, food. Somerset Historical Center, Somerset. somersethistoricalcenter.org

Ligonier Highland Games: Sept. 14-15. Bagpipe bands, athletic competitions, Highland dancers, Scottish fiddlers, children’s games. Idlewild Park, Ligonier. ligonierhighlandgames.org

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact JoAnne at 412-320-7889, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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