Moraine State Park Regatta at Lake Arthur (Sat., 8/6/22)

Moraine State Park Regatta — August 5 – 7, Moraine State Park, South Shore.

Kayakers enjoying the Regatta at Lake Arthur.

Kayakers enjoying the Regatta at Lake Arthur.

Pittsburghers used to have two regattas to choose from during the first weekend in August. These past few years if you gotta regatta, you gotta head north to Moraine State Park. The Moraine State Park Regatta—without powerboat races, and featuring a wide range of participatory events—takes place in Moraine State Park. Lake Arthur is about six miles long and over a half-mile wide in places, with several coves branching off. It’s popular for sailing and paddling, two of the many activities in which the Regatta’s Get Moving! Moraine offers try-it and learn-it sessions. The Moraine Sailing Club takes visitors on sailboat and catamaran rides around the lake. Other groups lead hands-on (and in some cases, feet-on) intros to kayaking, standup paddleboarding, fishing and fly casting, and even yoga. There’s also a children’s activities tent, scavenger hunts, birdhouse painting, nature hikes and more. Spectator events include sailboat races, a classic car cruise, and concerts. Pittsburgh classic rock band Time Tested will perform Saturday from 7:30 to 9:30. Fireworks top things off Saturday night at 9:30 p.m. 

All but a couple of attractions are free. And, while all the gear you’ll need is provided, the Regatta at Lake Arthur is also a fine time to bring your own kayaks, hiking shoes, or whatever and explore Moraine State Park. 4 – 8 p.m. Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday. Also Crescent Bay Marina at Moraine State Park offers various types of boat rentals. 225 Pleasant Valley Rd., Portersville. (M.V.)

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