Pink and Brandi Carlile in Concert at PNC Park; Moraine State Park Regatta (Sat., 8/5/23)

1) Whereas some of her pop contemporaries have faded, P!nk continues to record and tour and plays PNC Park this month. Born Alecia Beth Moore in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, she became famous with songs like “There You Go” from her debut album, 2000’s Can’t Take Me Home. Her appearance on “Lady Marmalade” in 2001 further propelled her career as did “Get the Party Started,” also released that year. She began the new decade strong with “Raise Your Glass.” It first appeared on 2010’s Greatest Hits… So Far!!! Although nearly all artists tack on new tracks to greatest hits records, “Raise Your Glass” became a bona fide hit, reaching No. 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100. Pink’s lastest LP is Trustfall, which was released early this year and debuted at no. 2 two on the Billboard 200. The three-time Grammy Award-winner is bringing her Summer Carnival Tour to PNC Park. Pink may even do some aerial twirling that’s she’s been known for. Also on the bill are Brandi Carlile, Grouplove, and DJ Kid Cut Up. 6:30 p.m., 115 Federal St., North Shore. (CM)

Moraine State Park Regatta — August 5 – 6, Moraine State Park, South Shore.

Kayakers enjoying the Regatta at Lake Arthur.

Kayakers enjoying the Regatta at Lake Arthur.

2) 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 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, archery, nature walks, and even yoga. There’s also children’s activities and a butterfly release. Spectator events include paddle sport races, a 5k race, and a classic car cruise. Fireworks top things off Saturday night at 9 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. 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.)

3) Pittsburgh VegFest returns today from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Allegheny Commons Park East on the North Side. The festival, which is for the benefit of Justice for Animals charitable organization, features some of the best veg food in Pittsburgh, music, shopping, speakers, food, yoga demos, and family friendly entertainment. This festival gives new meaning to the term “Veg-out.”

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