• 11 things to do in Pittsburgh this weekend (8/16-8/18)

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    PITTSBURGH - Looking for something to do this weekend in western Pennsylvania? We've got 11 ideas for you right here!

    Little Italy Days

    All weekend - Liberty Avenue, Bloomfield

    The region's largest heritage festival is finally here! It's a four-day celebration that features Italian food, culture special entertainment and more! The bocce tournament starts Saturday and you can catch the Miss Little Italy Pageant on Sunday at noon.

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    Pittsburgh Restaurant Week

    All week - Various locations

    Pittsburgh Restaurant Week is already underway, so stop reading this and go check out the deals! Still need some convincing? There are more than 80 participating restaurants with meals priced between $20 and $35. Click here for the full list of participating restaurants.

    Westmoreland County Fair

    Starts Friday - Westmoreland County Fairgrounds

    This nine-day extravaganza kicks off Friday and checks every box on the county fair list with Games, rides, food, a livestock show and even monster trucks. Plus, who can forget the Westmoreland County Fair Queen Contest? Daily admission is just $7 and includes parking, amusement rides and all of the exhibits. Admission to the grandstand is separate and varies based on the event.

    >>Want to get the lowdown on this event and more? Download the WPXI Now App for Roku, Apple TV and Amazon Fire stick for a full breakdown from Jennifer Tomazic.

    60th Annual North Washington Rodeo

    Tuesday through Saturday - North Washington Rodeo Arena

     The rodeo has already started by the time you're reading this, but that doesn't mean you've missed the fun! World champion cowboys and cowgirls are in town to show off their skills in bareback bronco riding, calf roping, steer wrestling and, yes, bull riding. Adult tickets are $16 and kids get in for $7. Proceeds benefit the North Washington Volunteer Fire Department.

    Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival

    Weekends through September - West Newton

    Adventure awaits at the first weekend of the Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival! Wander through the village enjoying medieval artisans and tantalizing treats. Performances include tightrope walking, dancing, sword duels and jousting. 

    Foghat

    Friday, 7:30 p.m. - South Park Amphitheater

    Legendary blues rockers Foghat are coming to town as part of the Allegheny Summer Concert Series. The band's 1975 hit "Slow Ride" is still in regular rotation on classic rock stations and there's plenty more where that came from. Plus, as with every show, you can find great food trucks and craft beer. This free concert is rain or shine.

    >>Download the FREE Severe Weather Team 11 app to get the latest forecast as you head to the show.

    Ballet Under the Stars

    Sunday, 7:30 p.m. - Hartwood Acres Amphitheater

    The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre is putting on a free performance this weekend at Hartwood Acres, but for those who are interested there are extras available! Adults can pay $60 to join the dancers and artistic leaders for dinner and drinks starting at 5 p.m. in the VIP tent and can be joined by children for $20. For those looking to keep the price down, free kids' activities also start at 5 p.m.

    Butterfly Forest

    Open now - Phipps Conservatory

    This stunning exhibit at Phipps is sure to excite as the summer comes to an end and kids start heading back to school. Get an up-close look at some of nature's most prized pollinators alongside the blossoming flowers that feed them. More than a dozen different types of butterflies call the garden home.

    Pack the Bus

    Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Various locations

    Help 11 Cares and the Education Partnership collect school supplies for students in our area at the annual Pack the Bus event. We will be at six Giant Eagle locations in the Pittsburgh area. Visit the 11 Cares page to learn more about this event and find out other ways you can help.

    >>Want to get the lowdown on this event and more? Download the WPXI Now App for Roku, Apple TV and Amazon Fire stick for a full breakdown from Jennifer Tomazic.

    Pittsburgh Pirates vs Chicago Cubs

    Friday, 7:50 p.m., Saturday, 1:305 p.m. - PNC Park

    The Pirates may be in last place in the NL Central, but wouldn't it be great to see them beat up on the division-leading Cubs? This weekend is your chance, hopefully. At the very least, it's free shirt Friday, and the first 20,000 fans in attendance Saturday will get a free Pirates cardigan. 

    Pittsburgh Steelers vs Kansas City Chiefs

    Saturday, 7:30 p.m. - Heinz Field

    It's Week 2 of the NFL preseason, and that means more time on the field for the starters on both teams. You still might not see much of Ben Roethlisberger, but some other star players will have the chance to dazzle as they work to cement their spot on the roster. 

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    Saturday:

    • 5 a.m. - 7 a.m.
    • 9 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
    • 6 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
    • 11 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

    Sunday:

    • 5 a.m. – 9 a.m.
    • 6 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
    • 11 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

     

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