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There are plenty of festivals this summer

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:


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


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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

Allegheny County Wine & Spirits Festival: July 20. Food trucks, wine, spirits and live music. Hartwood Acres Mansion lawn. 268297784059960

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

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

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.

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.

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


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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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.

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

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

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

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

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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