In dire need of some fresh air and light exercise? Make your way to Harrison County Agricultural in Cadiz.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
You'll definitely maximize your weekend morning or afternoon with a stellar walk in Harrison County Agricultural's park.
When organizers were planning last year's inaugural Pittsburgh Pierogi Festival, they expected about 1,000 people to show up. They ended up with a crowd of more than 7,000. And it's no wonder, considering how highly the European dumpling ranks among the city's beloved foods. As Stephan Bontrager, one of the organizers of the fest, told the Post-Gazette in 2013, pierogis are "one of those Pittsburgh pride things."
Locals can once again show their love for the chewy concoctions at this year's fest, where there will be at least 15 vendors serving both traditional and contemporary versions. Perennial favorite Gosia's will be using a pierogi recipe handed down through generations of their Polish family, while Square Cafe will be giving attendees another chance to taste their coffee-spiked dumplings. There'll be plenty to do besides eat, of course. Other attractions include a beer tent (sponsored by Yuengling) and a pop-up market with handcrafted gifts such as pierogi earrings and toasty pierogi slippers.
Where's the best place to enjoy more than 101 European beers? Beneath a 6,000 square-foot tent in the great outdoors, of course. That's where the Great European Beer Festival brings some of the best brews from across the pond—with special attention paid to the hops-filled land of Belgium. Names like Piraat, Lindeman’s, Chimay, and Duvel greet festival attendees as they work their way through the tent, which also shelters Belgian cuisine, live musicians, and the tinier musicians that live inside their tubas.
Hosted by the Sharp Edge Beer Emporium, The Great European Beer Festival has been a tradition for nearly two decades. The festivities kick off with an "Ultimate Bier Dinner," during which chefs pair Belgian ales with equally Belgian cuisine, such as duck sausage and imported cheese. The festival then hosts multiple beer-drinking sessions over the course of two days.
Smoke 'em if you got 'em—and what amazingly flavorful smokes you'll get—at the Pittsburgh Cigar Festival. More than just a celebration of the stogie, the festival lauds the lifestyle that surrounds the slow-burning leaf, and camaraderie that comes with it. Whether you're a connoisseur, a casual puffer, or a second-hand fan of the rolled wonder, the Pittsburgh Cigar Festival has bountiful fun for everyone. Here's what to expect.
The Stogies: Representatives from cigar brands from around the world and pros from Pittsburgh's finest cigar shops—including Rollin' Stogies, Emporio Cigar Shop—share the stories behind their brands and explain the science of cigar-ology. Plus, the fest offers plenty of cigar discounts, and even packs some in your included goodie bag.
The Drinks: Fine wine, craft beer, and spirit companies share sample cocktail pairings to complement your tasty embers.
The Festivities: Puff along to a soundtrack of live music, carouse with The Pittsburgh Cigar Girls, and enjoy a Cigar Girl Pageant. Contests and pool tournaments invite festival-goers to win big, while the "Kickin' Ash Bash" party, for VIPs only, challenges smokers to get down.
The Setting: the apropos national park attraction of Carrie Furnace, where you can also enjoy a site tour
The Good Cause: In addition to benefitting your relaxation, a portion of the proceeds will benefit The Western PA Humane Society and The Green Beret Foundation.
Staff Size: 1 person
Average Duration of Services: 4+ hours
Brands Used: Local Western PA Breweries
Pro Tip: Reserve your seats a soon as possible, seating is based on availability
Handicap Accessible: No
Recommended Age Group: Adults
Q&A with the Owner
What special training do you or your staff have?
Our Brew guides have been to literally almost every brewery in Western PA
What is the experience customers can expect, and how do you make it special?
A great care-free day where you get to enjoy great beer from the source.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Guests required to sign a waiver on arrival.
Each year, visitors from around the world come to Pittsburgh to celebrate international artwork. There's just one catch: the drawings and portraits here are on the attendees' skin. The Steel City Tattoo Convention—presented by prolific tattoo artist Shane O'Neill—draws in more than 70 featured artists from as far away as France and Sweden. They not only showcase their previous works, but also tattoo new creations right on the convention floor, creating a chorus of buzzing needles that should confound any bees within city limits. The onsite tattooing is convenient, since it allows for last-minute entries into the convention's contests, including "Best Sleeve" and "Best Portrait Color."