Spring festivals around Pittsburgh

Looking for ways to have fun in the Steel City this spring?

Perhaps you’re new to town and looking to get out and meet people, or perhaps you’re just looking for fun things to do. There will be plenty happening in Pittsburgh throughout April and May, so take a look.

April

tekkoIn the early part of April, fans of Japanese pop culture can converge on the David L. Lawrence Convention Center for Tekko-2017. Tekko-2017 appeals to fans of anime, Japanese music, toku, video games and other types of games. The convention will include various contests, seminars, workshops and concerts for fans to enjoy.

That convention will run 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. Friday, April 7, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. Saturday the 8th, and Sunday the 9th 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

For those who are history fans, the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum Trust will hold a book sale on April 14 and 15. There, you will have an opportunity to choose from books about European, Middle Eastern, ancient, Asian, or American history, as well as books about firearms, along with other titles and genres.

That book sale will run 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the 14th and 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the 15th.

For those who appreciate European culture, EuroFest will happen April 8 at the University of Pittsburgh on 230 South Bouquet Street at 11:00 a.m. There, you’ll have the opportunity to buy from local artisans and vendors and enjoy songs, dances, and European foods. You’ll also see artists show their work and there will be fun for children.

Lacufestival1The University of Pittsburgh will also host the 37th running of the Latin American and Caribbean Festival on April 1 at the same address. At this festival, people can experience eating Latin American and Caribbean foods, take a look at crafts and art from that culture and learn about cultural organizations throughout the area. The festival will also feature Latin American vendors who will have handcrafted, authentic Latin American goods.

The day will also feature Latin American and Caribbean music and dance.

May

wineWine drinkers will converge on Heinz Field May 4 for a wine fest that has been called one of the top-10 wine fests in the country. The 15th Annual Pittsburgh Wine Festival will bring in over 165 wine vendors with over 500 worldwide varieties of wine. Tickets cost $125-$250.

Race-for-the-cure-PittsburghRunners will also enjoy the month of May, as Pittsburgh will host both the Pittsburgh Marathon on May 7 and the 25th Annual Pittsburgh Race for the Cure on May 14. The Pittsburgh Marathon will traverse 13 communities and will include Music by the Mile, in which live music performers will play along the trail. The Race for the Cure, which will happen at Schenley Park at Flagstaff Hill, will honor victims and survivors of breast cancer. Participants will be able to do a 5K run, a 5K walk or a one-mile fun walk, as well as other activities.

Later in the month, Pittsburgh plays host to the Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival, which will happen May 18 to the 21st. This year’s version will be the 31st annual and will include international theater, live music, dance and puppet acts.

More information

Those who are interested can find out more about Pittsburgh festivals here, as well as here and through checking with the local TV and radio stations and newspapers.

 

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