Father’s Day; Blind Boys of Alabama Close Three Rivers Arts Fest (CP’s Sun. 6/16/13)

Here’s some Cool Picks for our Father’s:

1) The Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival continues today. The festival features 10 days of free art and music shows! There’s also theater productions and hands-on arts activities for kids. Don’t forget the festival food including gyros, grilled chicken kabobs, funnel cakes, plenty of deep-fried food items and some surprises! Tonight’s featured musical act is the multi-award winning, roots music group The Blind Boys of Alabama. They first sang together in 1939! 7:30 p.m. Dollar Bank Stage. Festival opens at noon and ends this evening. Point State Park and Gateway Center, Downtown.

2) Chuck Blasko and The Vogues (Oldies) are in concert at Hartwood Acres Ampitheater. An especially beautiful song of theirs is “Five O’Clock World .” Show starts at 7:30 pm. 200 Hartwood Acres, Indiana and Hampton Townships.

3) Also at Hartwood Acres from 2 to 7 pm is a Father’s Day Car Cruise presented by Allegheny County. It will be fun to see the dads (and moms) driving around in their hot rod Lincolns, Cobras, Corvettes and ‘Stangs. 200 Hartwood Acres, Indiana and Hampton Townships.

4) Bach Beethoven and Brunch Classical Music Series, presented by the City of Pittsburgh, offers a free concert today by The Pittsburgh Philharmonic. This concert series runs every Sunday through Aug. 12 in Mellon Park from 10:30 am to noon. Pack your own brunch basket or purchase breakfast items at the park. Fifth and Shady Aves., Shadyside.

5) Many dads enjoy some great grilled meat and chicken. Stuff dad with some of his faves without the fuss. We have a place for you.  Union Pig & Chicken Chef Kevin Sousa’s barbecue and fried chicken restaurant and bar is serving up some delicious, tender beef brisket along with ribs, chicken, mac and cheese, greens…and whoopie pies.  Specials daily at 5 p.m.  The East Liberty hot spot is open Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.;  Friday – Saturday, 11 a.m. ’til 1 a.m.;  Sundays  10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (for a hearty chicken and waffles brunch) and 3 – 9 p.m., for regular service.  Their second floor counterpart–Harvard and Highland–is open for cocktails until 1 a.m. weekdays, 2 a.m. Friday and  Saturday and 11 p.m. Sunday.  Check your watch, sure, but once you’re in either domain “all food and beverages all the time” makes it easier.  220 N. Highland Ave.

6) This could also be a Father’s Day pick–Pridefest and Pride March. Pridefest is a day long, outdoor free event featuring more than 150 vendors, food booths, street performers, family-oriented carnival games and inflatable attractions, and continuous entertainment. 1 – 6:30 p.m. Liberty Avenue Downtown between 6th and 10th Streets. The Pride March  will be led again this year by Dykes on Bikes. Parade participants will be composed of a caravan of LGBT organizations, community groups, corporations, and  (of course) politicians. Parade kicks-off at noon at the corner of Grant Street and Boulevard of the Allies, then down Gran, and left onto Fifth Avenue then right on Liberty Ave. and ending at the Liberty Ave., where it ends at the entrance to Pridefest.


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