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5 things to do in Pittsburgh this weekend: Sept. 20-22

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
Steven Adams | Tribune-Review
The National Aviary.
Dozens of variations of classic macaroni and cheese will be available at the first Pittsburgh Mac and Cheese Festival Sept. 21 at Highmark Stadium, Station Square.
Thrival Festival
JoAnne Klimovich Harrop | Tribune-Review
The August Wilson Cultural Center, Downtown Pittsburgh, hosts the Highmark Blues & Heritage Festival.

Summer officially ends this weekend. Say farewell in Pittsburgh by enjoying some pierogies, listening to blues music or visiting the birds. Here’s what’s going on:

Potato and cheese and more

The annual Pittsburgh Pierogi Festival at Kennywood Park in West Mifflin is Sunday. This will be the third year the festival is at the amusement park. Expect more than 40 vendors serving everything from the traditional potato and cheddar cheese to pierogi-inspired cupcakes. Kennywood’s famous Potato Patch will have a pierogi-inspired french fry dish.

The Pittsburgh Pirates’ racing pierogies will be part of the festivities. Some rides will be open.


Ladies night

It’s an evening for the women (guys, you are welcome, too) at Ladies Night Out on Friday at the National Aviary on the North Side. The evening includes drinks, wine and chocolate as well as the opportunity to see the amazing birds. Proceeds benefit the aviary’s conservation, education and animal care initiatives.

Details: aviary.org


The Thrival Music Festival is a free community festival on Friday at Schenley Plaza in Oakland. Established in 2013, the event also features vendors, makers, artists and fitness classes. Music lineup includes 1Hood Media Showcase, Title Town, Beauty Slap, Everyone Orchestra featuring PGH All Stars, and BUKU.

Details: thrivalfestival.com

Feeling the blues

Blues and BBQ will fill the August Wilson Cultural Center on Friday to kick off the Highmark Blues & Heritage Festival. Local restaurants will provide BBQ-inspired samples while blues musicians will take the stage.

Details: trustarts.org/venues/august-wilson-cultural-center

Comfort food

Pittsburgh’s first Mac and Cheese Festival will take place at Highmark Stadium at Station Square on Saturday. Run by TasteUSA, a festival management company based in Washington, D.C., the cheesy fest offers more than 30 kinds of the comfort food from restaurants such as YinzBurgh BBQ, Smoke Barbeque Taqueria, Southern Peach BBQ and Soul Food, The Vault Taproom, The Yard Gastropub, Maggiano’s, Moe’s Southwest Grill, The Smiling Moose, New Orleans by Myra, Brisketburgh, Coughlin’s Law Kitchen and Ale House, and City Fresh Pasta. There are two sessions, at 12:30 and 5:30 p.m. and will feature music by Right Turn Clyde and Elias Khouri.

Details: macandcheesefestival.com/city-events/pittsburgh-mac-and-cheese-festival-2-2/

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact JoAnne at 724-853-5062, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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