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5 things to do in Pittsburgh this weekend: July 26-28

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
Renee Rosensteel
Picklesburgh was named the No. 1 specialty food festival in America by the latest USA Today readers’ poll.
John Mayer performs during the tribute event Mac Miller: A Celebration of Life on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles.
New Line Cinema
‘Shazam!’ star Zachary Levi is among the celebrities attending the Wizard World Pittsburgh convention, July 26-28, 2019, at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.
Matt Polk
Dan Peters in Pittsburgh CLO’s "Rock of Ages" is at the Benedum Center July 26-28.
Long Hong
The fourth annual Vine Rewind is Saturday and Sunday in the Strip District.

It’s the final weekend of July. Here are a few suggestions of how to spend it in Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh becomes Picklesburgh

Get pickled all weekend! Cue the pickle puns.

Picklesburgh, the No. 1 specialty food festival in America as voted by a USA Today readers’ poll, will have more of just about everything this year. The event produced by the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership and presented by Heinz runs Friday through Sunday on and around the Roberto Clemente Bridge.

There is more space (it extends on to Fort Duquesne Boulevard), more seating and more pickle juice contest opportunities.

The fun at Picklesburgh extends beyond the products and foods. Children can create their own souvenir arts and craft projects in the Li’l Gherkins KidsPlay area. Plus, more than 25 bands will perform on the Jim Shorkey Auto main stage. There will also be pickle-themed merchandise such as apparel, accessories, jewelry and home decor. Menu items include dill pickle-flavored prime rib jerky, locally brewed pickle soda, gourmet cupcakes featuring four pickled flavors and pickles-on-a-stick made with Lambrusco vinegar.

Details: picklesburgh.com/

Vine rewind

Pittsburgh Winery and Strip District neighbors will host the fourth annual Vine Rewind Saturday and Sunday in the Strip District. The two-day music festival and neighborhood block party will be held on the 2700 block of Penn Avenue. Last year, 15,000 people attended the event which utilizes two outdoor stages and showcases the city’s local musicians. A new, indoor stage in Framezilla will host the second round of WYEP’s singer songwriter competition.

Vine Rewind will also have food and drinks, including Pittsburgh Winery Wines and Sangria.

Details: pittsburghwinery.com

John Mayer’s world tour

Grammy award-winning artist John Mayer will be in Pittsburgh Sunday at PPG Paints Arena, Uptown, as part of his world tour. Mayer launched this tour in New Zealand in March. He most likely will perform hits such as “New Light,” “Gravity,” “Love on the Weekend,” “Heartbreak Warfare,” “Daughters,” “Waiting on the World to Change,” and “Your Body Is a Wonderland.”

There will be no opening act.

Mayer has won seven Grammy awards and earned a record seven No. 1 hits on Billboard’s top rock albums chart.

In 2018, he released “New Light,” while working on his eighth solo album.

Details: ppgpaintsarena.com


We’re off the see the wizard! Er, wizards.

The Wizard World Convention will be in Pittsburgh Friday through Sunday at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown.

Wizard World events celebrate the best in pop culture: movies, television, gaming, live entertainment, comics, sci-fi, graphic novels, toys, original art, collectibles, and contests.

“Shazam!” film star Zachary Levi is among the celebrities scheduled to appear this weekend at the pop-culture show. Fans will also see the CW’s “Charmed” duo of Holly Marie Combs and Brian Krause, Samm Levine from NBC’s “Freaks and Geeks,” Jason Faunt of Fox Kids’ “Power Rangers Time Force” and Thomas Ian Nicholas from the movie “Rookie of the Year.”

The event will feature live entertainment, movie screenings, live podcasts and question-and-answer sessions. There will be a costume contest on Saturday.

Details: wizardworld.com

Rock of Ages

Rock on. Rock on.

Nominated for five Tony Awards, including best musical, Pittsburgh CLO’s “Rock of Ages” captures the 1980s. Aspiring rock star Drew longs to take the stage as the next big thing at one of the Sunset Strip’s last epic venues.

The fairy tale is about to end when developers sweep into town with plans to turn the fabled Strip into just another capitalist shopping mall. Can Drew save the Strip before it’s too late and win the affections of newcomer Sherri, fresh off the bus from Kansas? Only the music of hit bands Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake and more hold the answer. You’ll hear favorites “I Wanna Know What Love Is,” “Final Countdown,” “Sister Christian.”

Details: pittsburghclo.org/shows/rock-of-ages

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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