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5 things to do in Pittsburgh this weekend: Sept. 6-8

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
Courtesy A Fair in the Park
The 50th annual “A Fair in the Park” is Sept. 6-8 at Mellon Park in Shadyside.
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Deborah Israel and Dan Hosier will open their house for the 50th annual Mexican War Streets House & Garden Tour from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 8. The event showcases self-guided tours of homes and gardens throughout the historic North Side neighborhood.
JoAnne Klimovich Harrop | Tribune-Review
ABC’s "American Idol" will be in Pittsburgh on Sept. 7 for auditions at the David Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown.
Courtesy Pittsburgh Irish Festival
Allegheny Cemetery in Lawrenceville is hosting "Heritage Fest" on Sept. 7 as part of the cemetery’s 175th anniversary.

This weekend in Pittsburgh includes two events celebrating 50 years and another marking a 175th anniversary.

A walk in the park

Celebrate 50 years of “A Fair in the Park” Friday through Sunday at Mellon Park in Shadyside. This artist-run fine arts festival is presented by the Craftsmen’s Guild of Pittsburgh. An estimated 20,000 guests attend the event which features more than 100 regional and national artists. Last year’s torrential rain caused flooding and some of the festival being canceled — but this year, the weather report calls for a gorgeous weekend.

Details: afairinthepark.org

Historic marker

Allegheny Cemetery in Lawrenceville is hosting “Heritage Fest” on Saturday. In partnership with the Allegheny Cemetery Historical Association, the event will celebrate the 175th anniversary of the cemetery with a public birthday-style picnic in the park, with live music, food trucks, face painting, a petting zoo, historical re-enactors and walking tours.

Details: alleghenycemetery.com

Go green

The 29th annual Pittsburgh Irish Festival is Friday through Sunday at a new location – The Lots at Sandcastle in Homestead. New this year is axe-throwing (with Ace Axe Throwing), a Loch Ness Monster bounce house as well as ethnic foods and music and dancing. There will also be shopping and a miniature golf course. Rusty Rail Brewing will provide craft beer. Guests can learn about Irish authors and dog lovers can meet breeds such as Irish Setter and Irish Terrier. An Irish mass will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday.

Details: pghirishfest.org

Can you sing?

ABC’s “American Idol” will hold auditions from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown. You must be a legal U.S. resident between 15 and 28 years old to enter. Be prepared to sing three songs. Please note: The judges and hosts will not be on site, as this is a producer round.

Details: abc.go.com/shows/american-idol

Right at home

The 50th annual Mexican War Streets House & Garden Tour is Sunday. The oldest such event in Pittsburgh will showcase self-guided tours of homes and gardens throughout the historic North Side neighborhood.

A dozen homes and two gardens will be featured on the tour, hosted by the Mexican War Streets Society. Founded in 1969, the non-profit organization promotes the community and works to preserve its historic character. The general boundaries of War Streets are Brighton Road to Federal Street and West North Avenue to Jefferson Street.

Details: mexicanwarstreets.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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