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5 things to do in Pittsburgh this weekend: Aug. 9-11

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
Fresh Fest Beer Fest, Saturday at Nova Place, took second place in USA Today’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice contest for U.S. beer festivals.
Pete Madia
The Fleet Feet Liberty Mile race is Friday evening.
Courtesy of George Takei
Captain Hikaru Sulu (George Takei), commander of the starship USS Excelsior, in “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country” (1991). Takei, who just published a graphic memoir, “They Called Us Enemy,” will be at Steel City Con in Monroeville on Saturday and Sunday.
Courtesy of Pressley Ridge
The 25th annual Ice Cream Fundae fundraiser for Pressley Ridge is Sunday.
Zos Xavius
The Neighborhood Flea in the Strip District happens every second Sunday of the month, May through October.

It’s the weekend and we’ve got a fresh beer fest in town, plus lots more going on. Make sure to brace for pregame preseason Steelers traffic Friday night (kickoff is 7:30 p.m.). Here are some suggestions for what to do.

Beer here, it’s fresh!

The nation’s first “Black Brew” festival — the work of breweries owned by African-Americans — is back, with its second annual Fresh Fest in Pittsburgh. More than 75 breweries and collaborations from around the country join 75 artists, musicians and food trucks. The event kickoff party is Friday at Ace Hotel Pittsburgh and Casa Brasil in East Liberty. The main event takes place Saturday and Sunday at Nova Place on the North Side. The event is hosted by Drinking Partners and Black Brew Culture. Entertainment includes the Flow Band, Elias Khouri, DJ Bamboo, MidKnight Rose, BBGuns, 7p Starship Mantis, Nappy Roots, DJ Nate Da Barber, DJ Femi and Arie Cole.

Details: freshfestbeerfest.com

Go for a run…at night

More than 1,000 people are expected to jog the Fleet Feet Liberty Mile, a race set to begin at 7 p.m. Friday in downtown Pittsburgh. The run — the third stop on the BBTM Grand Prix Tour 2019 — was named one of America’s most iconic races by Runner’s World. The start line is on Penn Avenue, between Fifth Avenue and Sixth Street; the finish line is at Sixth Street and Liberty Avenue. New this year is a virtual mile to inspire runners to log their best mile even if they can’t make it downtown for the event.

Details: libertymile.org

Steel City Con

Actor George Takei, best known as “Star Trek” Enterprise helmsman Hikaru Sulu, will be among the celebrity lineup at Steel City Con at the Monroeville Convention Center. The event runs Friday through Monday. Takei appears Saturday and Sunday. Joining Takei will be Western Pennsylvania’s own Shirley Jones, Morgan Fairchild, Ron Perlman and Steve Guttenberg. Check the website for celebrity appearances. Over 100,000 square feet of convention space will be filled with 750 vendors, artists and celebrities. There will be meet-and-greets, photo opportunities, and Q&A panels.

Details: steelcitycon.com

Shop it

The Neighborhood Flea is Sunday at 26th and Railroad streets in the Strip District. Held the second Sunday from May until October, the event showcases vintage finds such as repurposed furniture, handmade jewelry and cosmetics, and wooden items. The hands-on workshops include: learning wreath-making by Pisarcik Flower Farm and Greenhouse, and a textile and clothing workshop by designer Lisa Marie Bruno on how to repair vintage garments and care for fabrics.

Details: neighborhoodflea.com

Sunday Fundae

Sunday will be pretty sweet — it’s the 25th anniversary of the Pressley Ridge Ice Cream Fundae at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium in Highland Park.

The fundraising event will feature 14 flavors of Graeter’s frozen dessert.

Pressley Ridge is a social impact organization that helps families and children through services such as foster care, mental and behavioral health, and specialized education

Entertainment will feature Pittsburgh magician Christopher Welch, live music by DJ Jan Jursa and Steel City Calypso, and Pittsburgh Circus Arts Collaborative artists performing stilt walking and juggling.

Graeter’s is in its third year as the exclusive ice cream sponsor, donating nearly 400 gallons of its handmade ice cream for the event.

Details: pressleyridge.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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