10 Ways to Experience August in Pittsburgh

I always find it hard to say good-bye to summer - I tend to get "summer sick" in the dead cold months of winter when it's not as fun to be out and about.  Therefore, I am all about making this last month of the official summer season one to remember by enjoying and experiencing all the wonderful events and talent we have in Pittsburgh. I hope this post brings a couple good memories, some fun times, and maybe even introduces you to something new - either way don't forget to slow down for a second and really savor the summer; be it at an outdoor event, sipping drinks with your friends on the porch, listening to great local music, or just enjoying a lazy day by the pool in the last bit of "pool weather" of the year -you know you're going to miss it!

1 - Shadyside Sidewalk Sale  (Aug 1 - 5)

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Perfect opportunity to load up on basics to layer for the Fall, find cute accessories, get a deal on great shoes, and find early holiday gifts for a steal!  Walnut St. is home to many shops, salons, boutiques, restaurants, yoga studios and coffee houses - possibly the Rodeo Dr. of Pittsburgh if you will! From now until Sunday, shops such as United Colors of Benetton, E.B. Pepper, Maxalto, Chicos, Francesca's, Shadyside Mining Co., Ten Toes Shoes and many more, put out tons of sale items!  Hurry before all the good stuff gets picked over!  More info here.

2 - R.A.N.T. - Lawrenceville Rock All Night Tour  - (Aug 11-Aug 12) 

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If the Pittsburgh art scene can have a full night of celebration, why can't the rockers of the Burgh do the same?  Hence, they will be rocking out in Lawrenceville from Noon on August 11th til 2am the next morning!  The event is kid friendly (at least during the day), bike friendly, and wallet friendly (FREE)!  R.A.N.T is complete with a vintage car show, a spooky opening in the Allegheny Cemetery, and a full on bar crawl tour of venues that will feature over 30 bands who will  take you through the rockabilly 50's, the jammed out 60's, 70's rock, 80's punk, all the way up to today's music scene.  For more info click here.

3 - The Addams Family on stage (Aug 1 - Aug 12th)

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Everyone's favorite dysfunctional family hits the stage in Pittsburgh CLO and PNC Broadway Across America's production of The Addams Family.  This time, iconic goth girl Wednesday Addams falls for a "normal" boy which causes toil and trouble in the Addams residence.  This fiasco will be playing at the Benedum Center until August 12th. Get your tickets here.  For more information visit the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

4 - The Pool Party of the Summer - Dive at the Docks


Have you been looking for a fabulous pool party to flaunt your swim suit and have a blast? This is it!  FUZE beverage and Revive Marketing Group will be hosting Dive at the Docks - the pool party of the Summer - at the docks of the Fox Chapel Yacht Club (aka Baja Bar & Grill).  Groove to the sounds of the Pittsburgh Track Authority and enjoy appetizers and refreshments to keep you going all night!  For more information and to RSVP click here.

5 - Where It's At Wednesday- Harmonious Vibes Edition feat Gene Stovall (Aug 15th)

Get ready for an all new music series to occupy your weekday evenings as Joanna IIC & Human Hustle Entertainment present: Where's It's At Wednesday at Frankie's Restaurant & Lounge in Squirrel Hill. This event is planned to be a bi-weekly music series focused on the most talented hip-hop and R&B artists in the area!  On Wednesday August 15th, Ivory the Human Hustle will be hosting the Harmonious Vibes Edition of the new music series featuring local artist Gene Stovall.  Free appetizers from 9pm - 10pm, the show starts at 10pm!!

6 - Jam on Walnut - feat Donora and Radio Tokyo (Aug 18th) 

Last chance to experience Miller Lite's Jam on Walnut music series, which benefits The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  Walnut St. shuts down for a block party style night of food, drinks, and great music.  Check out local bands Donora and Radio Tokyo as they end the Summer music series with a bang!  Click here for more info.

7- Chris Tucker Live - (August 24th) 

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 You may know him from his stand-up performances on Def Comedy Jam, his role as "Detective James Carter" in Rush Hour, or as "Smokey" in Friday, Chris Tucker is coming to rule Pittsburgh for one night!  On August 24th, AEG Live presents Chris Tucker Live at the Benedum Center.  For tickets and more information click here.

8 - Meeting of Important People Album Release - (August 24th) 

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It hasn't been long since we spoke to Meeting of Important People back in January, where there were promises of a new album and here it is!!! On August 24th at Mr. Smalls, MOIP will release their new album "My Ears Are Having A Heart Attack" and perform along with Pet Clinic, Texture Ballet and The Great Ants.  The all ages show begins at 8pm (doors open at 7pm)!  To get your tickets click here. For more info on MOIP click here.

9 - Arts Fest on Walnut St. (Aug 25-26th) 

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Couldn't make it to the Three Rivers Arts Fest?  Don't feel bad, the Arts Festival on Walnut St., will sure to be packed with jewelery, art, pottery, photography and anything else to settle your artistic craving for the month!  This event is a free open air gallery that will be from August 25th from 10am-9pm until August 26th from 10am-5pm.  For more info click here.

10- Bakery Square Sunday Market Place - (Aug 28th) 

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Bakery Square and I Made It! Market partner up with the Bakery Square shops, local artists, crafters and farmers for the Bakery Square Sunday Market Place.  It's a great way to get a little bit of everything; handmade trinkets, cute clothes on sale, and fresh local produce!  The next Sunday Market Place will be on August 28th, from noon - 4pm.
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