Last Day for Pittsburgh Irish Festival and A Fair in the Park (Sun., 9/10/17)

1) Today is the last day for the 27th annual Pittsburgh Irish Festival at the Riverplex at Sandcastle. Great Irish musicians, storytellers, dancers and performers play all day on several stages. Entertainment kicks off at 11:30 a.m. highlights include: Cahal Dunne (12:30 p.m., Celtic Spirit Stage), Pittsburgh Police Emerald Society Pipes and Drums (1 p.m., Pub Stage), Jigjam (2:45 p.m., UPMC Stage), Makem and Spain (3:30 p.m., Celtic Spirit Stage). Plenty of Irish food will be on hand and can be washed down with Irish beers, ciders and whiskies. Remember, only seven months until St. Patrick’s Day! 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Ends today. 1000 Sandcastle Dr., West Homestead.

Makem and Spain leading the audience in Irish song sing-along.

Makem and Spain leading the audience in a Irish song sing-along at the 2015 Pittsburgh Irish Fest. photo: Rick Handler.

2) The 48th annual A Fair in the Park  ends today in Shadyside’s Mellon Park. Promoted as a contemporary fine crafts and arts show and sale, it includes performances, concerts, food, and children’s activities. The Fair is presented by the Craftsmen’s Guild of Pittsburgh and Citiparks. Today’s musical highlights include several concerts by Matt Miskie (11 a.m.and 4 p.m.), RML Jazz (11:45 a.m. and 1 p.m.), and others. Fair hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free. Continues through Sunday. Fifth and Shady Aves., Shadyside/Point Breeze.