1. Replay FX at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center: August 1-4
Whether you’re a pinball wizard, Pac-Man maniac or Nintendo newbie — if you’re a gamer, you need some ReplayFX action in your life. The world’s largest arcade boasts 1,000 classic arcade and pinball machines, hundreds of consoles and the latest in VR tech. Do it all here — play Tony Hawk’s skateboarding video game, compete in Dr. Mario tournaments, check out cosplay contests, explore a massive museum of retro games and innovative esports systems — amid 200,000 square feet of entertainment, exhibitors and live music. Buy tickets.
2. EQT Three Rivers Regatta at Point State Park: August 2-4
Watch gravity-defying canines play frisbee, attend one of the country’s most challenging river races and cheer on resourceful Pittsburghers as they attempt to sail down the Allegheny in homemade zombie boats — all for free. The Regatta’s must-see Anything That Floats Race is raising the stakes with new creatively-themed crafts inspired by Yinzer culture, filmmaker George Romero and high-tech inventions. Check out the world’s top freestyle jet ski athletes and powerboats raging at 150 miles per hour. Land sharks will love the Sandsational Sculpture, Regatta Marketplace and Kids Zone. New this year: a Squonk Opera premiere featuring live musicians, a 30-inch synthesizer and giant puppet hands. On July 30, NEXTpittsburgh was informed that the Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta has cancelled the 2019 event.
3. Rosé All Day PGH at Nova Place: August 3, 1-5 p.m.
Peak pink wine season is here and this first-of-its-kind festival is celebrating all things rosé. Sip varieties of what may be the planet’s oldest type of vino from 20 wineries, including La Casa Narcisi, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Cupcake Vineyards and others. Sweet or dry, still or sparkling? You’ll find a rosé you can literally sip all day. Also on the menu: rosé-inspired cocktails — and yes, craft beer and cider, too. Creating a festival vibe will be music by Yoko Suzuki, lifestyle vendors and a food truck roundup. Buy tickets.
4. Fleet Feet Liberty Mile: August 9 in Downtown Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Pittsburgh’s only nighttime road race is back with lots of fun packed into one mighty mile. Don’t miss this chance to book down Liberty along with everyone from “pros to average Joes.” With a 7 p.m. start time, a jovial atmosphere and an after-party at The Yard, the Liberty Mile is more like a block party than a typical race. Participants and spectators alike will enjoy six back-to-back heats for different categories. For maximum thrills, watch as some of the country’s fastest humans crush a mile in under four minutes. Register now.
5. VegFest in Allegheny Commons Park: August 10, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Eat your way through Pittsburgh’s best vegan cuisine purveyors while supportive a more compassionate, animal-friendly and sustainable society. At VegFest, you can find all your favorites — from tacos and tater tots to donuts and empanadas — all made vegan and wildly delicious. It’s the perfect place to sample cashew cheeses, support animal welfare organizations and shop from artisans who employ creative reuse practices. Check out cooking demonstrations, yoga sessions and informative talks. New this year: the Happy Vegan Pet Walk to get your heart pumping before feasting on scrumptious vegan fare.
6. Fresh Fest Beer Fest at Nova Place: August 10 12-9 p.m.
Fresher than ever with an expanded format, the country’s first Black brew festival — voted America’s second-best beer festival by USA Today — is back this year, showcasing Black-owned breweries alongside innovative collaborations between Black artists, entrepreneurs and musicians. It’s also a gathering of progressive-minded beer makers, aficionados and drinkers from thriving local, regional and national brew scenes. See what’s on tap from 27-plus brewers — from NYC’s Harlem Brewing to North Carolina’s Dirtbag Ales to D.C.’s Cultured Kombucha — as you discover an incredible variety of styles, techniques and movements, including Trinidadian brews, small-batch stouts and beer inspired by West Africa, New Orleans and hip-hop. New this year: Friday’s industry symposium at the Ace, a VIP podcast with Brooklyn Brewery Brewmaster Garrett Oliver and a Brewer’s Brunch. Buy tickets.