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Pittsburghers love to say “You gotta regatta!” And the 40th Anniversary of the EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta, from August 4-6, pays tribute to the city’s renowned history, vibrant present and exciting future.
With music, boating, food, fireworks and family fun in and around Point State Park, the city’s famed three rivers and transformed waterfront play starring roles in this annual event.
The fun goes to even greater heights this year with the Red Bull Flugtag Pittsburgh headlining the festival. Flugtag – which means “Flying Day” in German – challenges teams to build human-powered flying craft that are judged on creativity, showmanship and flight distance – how far they fly off a 22-foot high deck – in hopes of soaring into the wild blue yonder… or more often, plunging into the river below. Past events have featured flying tacos, prehistoric pterodactyls and even Winnebagos with wings. Mark your calendars for August 5 for fabulous Flugtag fun!
Of course it would not be a regatta without the watercraft. There will be Jet Ski Stunt Shows throughout the weekend, while the Formula One Powerboat Championships (these boats go 160 mph) take place August 6.
Other highlights include nightly national music acts, the 90-foot high Ferris Wheel dubbed “Wheel of Lights,” 200-ton artistic sand sculpture, and Kidzone with interactive activities from the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Science Center and others. The Kids Beach lets kids pretend they’re at the beach, with plenty of sand, shovels and sand castle toys provided. And everything (save the Ferris Wheel) is FREE!
Head to the North Shore via the Roberto Clemente Bridge and visit the Craft & Food Market, with 30 vendors. Half of the bridge will be filled with food vendors serving traditional festival food and local food trucks selling homemade pierogies. The other half will feature handmade wares such as screen-printed tee shirts, candles and more.
More festival food will be found near the Great Lawn on the North shore, where entertaining BMX and Extreme Pogo Shows take place throughout the weekend. And let’s not forget the water fun! Regatta weekend ends with a 15-minute spectacular fireworks display off the tip of Point State Park. It’ll be choreographed to a soundtrack that pays tribute to the regatta’s 40th anniversary and to the city itself. C’mon… You gotta regatta!
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