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Spend some time on Pittsburgh's three rivers.
Already made plans to be in Pittsburgh? Don't worry, you can enjoy the mighty three rivers any day! Check out these 7 things to do on Pittsburgh's rivers!
Pittsburgh’s three rivers play host to the largest inland regatta in the nation, the EQT Three Rivers Regatta. It’s a weekend of music, food and plenty of fun on the water.
Pick your spot along the shoreline of the Allegheny River to watch the excitement of the water activities throughout the weekend. Hear the roar of the Formula 1 powerboat races as some of the most competitive drivers take on the river’s fast and tricky course. There’s also F-Lights Powerboat Racing, a smaller version of the Formula One class. The USA Jet-Ski Freestyle Championships perform amazing stunts including jumps, backflips, corkscrew spins, flips and rolls into the air. One of the most fun events to watch is the ALCOSAN 3 Rivers Proud Anything That Floats Race where participants try to sail or sink in their homemade boats. This year there are four new categories: Floating Yinzer N’at, River of the Living Dead, Sailing Pep Rally and S.S. Techburgh. Cheer them on and they try to stay afloat!
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania sits at the confluence of three rivers: the Allegheny, the Monongahela, and the Ohio. Apart from being a major sports and steel-producing city, it also boasts regattas and river festivals. This picture shows the congregation of F1 speed boats floating about before race day. #pittsburgh #pennsylvania #america #regatta #boats #f1boat #threeriversartsfestival #threerivers #dirtylandre
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And what could be better than listening to a free concert in a beautiful park in the summertime? Pack a blanket and enjoy a variety of music with a lineup of artists ready to rock you. The festivities begin on Friday on the main stage at 4 p.m. with country artist Craig Wayne Boyd, best known for winning Season 7 of NBC’s reality TV singing competition The Voice. Later in the day, The Defibulators entertain the crowd with their unique blend of country and funk and whose infectious energy earned them a nod as one of Brooklyn’s best emerging bands. The rhythmic sounds of Billy Strings rounds out the evening at 8 p.m., combining the intensity of heavy metal to bluegrass from one of bluegrass’ fastest rising stars.
Experience a performance by internationally touring Squonk Opera, a local group of interdisciplinary performing artists whose shows consist of music, visual art and acting. Their newest show, Hand to Hand, debuts at the Regatta, featuring two fully operational giant hands positioned on the stage as musicians play around them with music emanating from a 30-inch synthesizer.
There is plenty of fun activities for the little ones at KidsZone. They can help build a LEGO mosaic of Pittsburgh with the Carnegie Science Center, or chill out at Pop Up Story Time with ALCOSAN's Frankie The Fish. They’ll learn about life found in rivers and streams with Allegheny Land Trust or even build a sandcastle - yes you can do that in Pittsburgh – at Beach Kids Corner, a temporary seashore set up along the Monongahela River side of the Point State Park Riverwalk. There’s also face painting, cool airbrush tattoos and caricature drawings.
Wrap up the weekend with more free concerts – country band The Wilson Brothers at 2 p.m. and a national act at 8 p.m. Then stay for the spectacular fireworks display as the Pittsburgh skyline is illuminated by thousands of sparking colors and pyrotechnics. Come on over and make some great summer memories in Pittsburgh!
Suzie McGrane is an avid Pirates fan, has a sweet tooth, is a world traveler and has a big disco ball in her cellar. She’s been known to dance around her office on Friday afternoons.