A Fair in the Park and Pittsburgh Irish Festival End Today (CPs Sun., 9/7/14)

1) The 45th annual A Fair in the Park continues 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 highlights include music by “Celtic Indian” Arvel Bird (11:45 a.m and 2:45 p.m.), swagger rockers Lovebettie (1:15 and 4 p.m.), and a chance to visit with animal friends from the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium (1 – 4 p.m.). Fair hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free. Ends today. Fifth and Shady Aves., Shadyside/Point Breeze.

2) Also finishing its weekend run is the 24th annual Pittsburgh Irish Festival at the Riverplex at Sandcastle. Great Irish musicians, dancers and performers play all day on several stages. Highlights include Cahal Dunne (12:30 p.m. Celtic Spirit Stage) and a show called Ballad Traditions with Tom Sweeney and Makem and Spain (3:15 p.m. Celtic Spirit Stage). Plenty of Irish food can be washed down with Irish beers, ciders and whiskies. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Ends today. 1000 Sandcastle Dr., West Homestead.

3) Finally, on the slim chance you haven’t heard: The Steelers kick off their season against the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field today at 1 p.m. 100 Art Rooney Ave., North Shore.