August is shaping up to be an interesting month.
Several large car cruises, numerous outdoor concerts, and arts events abound in Beaver Valley.
This month marks the opening of Big Knob Grange Fair, and now we have two Italian festivals dueling on the same weekend in Center Township.
After a two-year absence, the Beaver Wine Festival returns, while Pittsburgh’s top beer festival, Barrel & Flow, moves to a new location in the city’s Strip District.
Here’s a calendar to help you choose your August treat.
1st of August
*Beaver County Symphony Wind Ensemble, 6:30 p.m. Patio of Lincoln Park Alumni Hall, LincolnPark Performing Arts Center, Midland. If it’s raining, move inside the hall of elders.
*New Sewickley Township National Night Out, 5-9 p.m., Green Valley Park, a community celebration with free kids’ activities and food trucks.
*Walk the open street of Ellwood City, 5:30 p.m. includes music from the D-Tour Band.
*Eldorado Band, 7:00 p.m. at Cranberry Community Park, Ernie Mashuda Drive, Cranberry Township.
*Pittsburgh Choir Sounds and Ththe Cranberry Male Choir, 7 p.m. Moon Park Amphitheater.
*Beaver County Symphony Wind Ensemble, 7 p.m. 37th Street Park, Beaver Falls. If it’s raining, move inside the Beaver County Christian School gymnasium across from the park.
*Trio Yoko Suzuki, jazz music 7 p.m. Uncommon Grounds Cafe, 380 Franklin Ave., Aliquippa.
*Moraine State Park Regatta, South Shore of Moraine State Park, Butler County. Continues on August 6 and 7. morainestateparkregatta.com
*Bobby Thompson and The Groove, 6 p.m., George Washington Plaza, downtown Monaco.
*Giada Jams benefit show, 3-11 p.m. with live music from Billy The Kid, Dan Bubien, Ill Willis, 65 Rats, Concrete Soul and five other bands, Thursdays tavern, Bridgewater. Raising funds for Giada Montini, 12, suffering from a rare form of cancer.
*Car cruise for hot summer nights, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in downtown Castor.
*Conway Community Day from noon until fireworks, with food vendors, crafts, bingo and music by The Project Band, Conway Volunteer Fire Department Banquet Hall.
*Myasthenia Gravis Association of Western Pa’s Second Annual Golf Outing to benefit the organization’s free patient support services, Grassy Lanes Golf Club in Darlington. Registration/check-in at 12:30 p.m. with a gunshot at 2:00 p.m. Attendees were treated to a grilled lunch upon registration and a buffet dinner prepared by Beyond Parsley Catering. Sign up at [email protected] or call the MGA office at 412-566-1545.
*“Taste of Italy: Focaccia and Grissini Cooking Demo with Sprezzatura Chefs”, 3pm-5pm, an afternoon of Italian culinary history at the Heinz History Center. Pre-registration at heinzhistorycenter.org
*Dan Bubian, noon, Backyard on 8th, the Pittsburgh Cultural District’s new summer art park. trustarts.org
*Jake Rubenstein and Brad Root, 4 p.m., Fermata Brewing, Ambridge. fermatabrewing.beer
*“Guitar: the instrument that shook the world” exhibits from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at the Carnegie Science Center, Pittsburgh. carnegiesciencecenter.org
*“Sister Act” the musical, opens at the Benedum Center, Pittsburgh. Until August 14. trustarts.org
*Samantha Sear, 6:30 p.m. Brasserie Fermata. fermatabrewing.beer
*Guy Hollingworth, one of the world’s greatest card magicians, headlines Liberty Magic in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. trustarts.org. The show runs until October 2.
*San Rocco Fest of the Cultural Committee of San Roccoa opens and runs until August 14 in a field next to the Beaver Valley Auto Mall, near the Beaver Valley Mall. Includes Italian food, fireworks, Baby Doll Dance with the Ballabe Band and live music from Lights Out (tributes to Frankie Valli and Beach Boys), JoAnn & Louis, Mojo Dia & The Usual Suspects and Frankie Capri . sanrocco.org
*San Rocco Festa of the San Rocco Foundation opens and runs through August 14 at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church in Center Township. Includes Italian food, fireworks, Ballabe Band and Doll Dance, live music from The Jaggerz, Dr. Zoot, Casanova & The Divas. sanroccofoundation.org
After:San Rocco Festas competition planned; one near the mall, another in a Twp center. church
After:Festival shock: San Rocco Festa dispute goes to court
* Big Band Swingin’ BopCats, 7 p.m., 37th Street Park Park, Beaver Falls. If it’s raining, the show moves indoors across the street to Beaver County Christian School.
*“Crazypeople” The off-Broadway musical hit opens at 7.30pm at the Iron Horse Community Theatre, Ambridge. Continues August 13, 19-21, 26-27. ironhorsetheatrecompany.ticketleap.com
*Hip-hop and hops, Vol. 1 with rappers LA Chae, Jalon Tyler and Eliaskwola, 7 p.m. Altered Genius, Ambridge.
*Urban Impact presents “Joseph and the incredible Technicolor Dreamcoat,7 p.m. at Christ Church in Grove Farm, Ohio Township. Features the talents of singers and dancers from Urban Impact, a youth orchestra and professional artists from Pittsburgh. August 14 and 21.
*Steel Town Con with celebrity guests Michael C. Hall (“Dexter”), John Carpenter, Paula Abdul, Danny Trejo, Alicia Silverstone, Rick Flair, Jennifer Gray, Wil Wheaton, Joey Fatone, Andy Black, Anne Heche, Wayne Knight (Newman from ” Seinfeld”), Bronson Pinchot and Mark-Linn Baker. Continues on August 13 and 14. steelcitycon.com
*Barrel and flow craft beer festival with 30 black-owned breweries, seven bands, five DJs and 150 vendors, 2875 Railroad St., Pittsburgh’s Strip District. barrelandflow.com
*Yacht Rock Concert by featured local band, 7:30 p.m. Linn Park, Beaver
*Vicar’s Day, From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Capt. William Vicary Mansion, 1235 Third Ave. Freedom, with historic artisans and demonstrators, and free guided tours of the mansion. Demonstrators include quilters, shredders, lacemakers, scherenschnitte (paper cutting), weavers, lumberjacks, bakers and gardeners. bchrlf.org
*Chippewa Township‘s Second Annual Community Craft & Flea Market, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Wright Fields, 3838 37th Street Extension.
After:Barrel & Flow Fest celebrates black-owned breweries; unique craft beers
*McGuire Memorial Foundation Car Cruise12-4 p.m. at the Beaver Gazebo with DJ Ryder, food vendors, giant basket raffle, 50/50.
*The heroes of Honky Tonk, 2 p.m., in front of the Performing Arts Legends Museum, Ambridge.
After:What’s Cooking: Tasty Meals Named After a Popular Band
*Car cruise to lift your spirits1 p.m. 103 School Road, Independence Township, with 50/50, food trucks and deejay.
*BNY Mellon Presents Jazz Live, 5 p.m. at The Backyard at 8th in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. trustarts.org
* New Brighton Community Night at the Red Barn Players Theater in Franklin Township. Tickets to the comedy “Always a Bridesmaid” are $15 at the New Brighton Borough Building, Library and Merrick Art Gallery. Proceeds benefit the New Brighton Historical Society’s support of various local organizations/events.
*Asian Lantern Festival at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium (various dates in August and September), explore the zoo at night among giant light-up handcrafted sculptures and learn about Asian history, culture, food and entertainment. pittsburghzoo.org
*The Clarks, Thursdays, Bridgewater. clarksonline.com
*Hopewell Community Big Band, 7 p.m., Chippewa Park, 158 Klein St. The rain date is 7 p.m. on August 21.
*Bridgewater River Jeepin’ Jubilee, a new event featuring “All Things Jeep” such as a Jeep Mud and Shine Show, rock crawling, parts and accessories vendors, new Jeep vehicle demonstrations, and entertainment live musicals on two stages, local food vendors and craft beers from local brewers. Co-sponsored by the Bridgewater Volunteer Fire Department, the Borough of Bridgewater and the Dirty Beaver Jeepers (a local group of Jeep enthusiasts).
*Pennsylvania Hot Rod Co. public picnic and cruise, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 210 Sixth St., Beaver Falls. Door prizes, raffles, giveaways and music from DJ Bobby Wells. (412) 719-4950.
*Beaver Falls Summer Sales,10 a.m. to 6 p.m., city-wide event featuring sidewalk sales, vendors, and food trucks.
21st of August
*“Crazypeople” The off-Broadway musical success continues at the Iron Horse Community Theater in Ambridge with a matinee at 2 p.m. ironhorsetheatrecompany.ticketleap.com
* “Eat Your Backyard: Seeking and Growing Unusual Foods” a one-day class at 3:30 p.m. at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh co-hosted by Penn State Extension for gardeners and healthy food lovers. phipps.conservatory.org
*Pinball PA vintage pinball and arcade games, 2pm to 10pm Tuesday to Friday and open at 11am Saturday and Sunday, Hopewell Shopping Center. pinballpa.com
*Daniel Ruffolo, 7 p.m., Fermata Brewing, Ambridge. fermatabrewing.beer
*Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers, 7:30 p.m., Beaver Station Cultural & Event Center, Beaver. beaverstation.org
*Castor Wine Festival, 3-7 p.m., Third Street, Beaver. eventbrite.com
*Pokemon Go Fest Home Base, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Moon Park. Free event with team lounges, concessions, La Catrina Mexican food truck and more.
*MoJoDia and the Usual Suspects2 p.m., in front of the Performing Arts Legends Museum, Ambridge.
*”The 2022 Merrick Masters biennial juried exhibition, opens at the Merrick Art Gallery, New Brighton. merrickartgallery.org
*80th annual Big Knob Grange Fair opens in the township of New Sewickley. The fair runs through September 3 with food, rides, games, track events, stage shows, animals, crafts and trade vendors. bigknobgrangefair.org
Scott Tady is entertainment editor at The Times. Do you have a tip for the September Fun Calendar? Email him at [email protected].com.