5 things to do in Pittsburgh this weekend: July 22-24

It’s the weekend and it’s going to be hot with temperatures near or in the 90s. Here are some ways to spend it.

Deutschtown Music Festival

Three days of music at 40 North Side venues — including near PNC Park — begin Friday and continue through Sunday. There will be nearly 400 groups and 20,000 people are expected over the weekend. There was no festival in 2020 due to the pandemic and last year’s event was a scaled down version.

This will be the 10th year. Most bands will play 45 minutes to an hour. The music will include just about any genre.

Joe Grushecky the House Rockers of Pittsburgh will perform Saturday night. Two main stages will be at Allegheny Commons Park and on Foreland Street.

There will be an artist market, children’s activities and food trucks. The Allegheny City Alliance Church will host a Gospel Brunch at 10 a.m. on Sunday.

The event is free. There is a $5 fee to enter the beer garden.

Details: deutschtownmusicfestival.com

Liberty Mile

The Fleet Feet Liberty Mile takes place on Friday, downtown. The evening road race, organized by P3r, welcomes more than 1,300 runners who will complete a mile in competition for $27,600 in prize money.

Named “one of America’s most iconic races” by Runners World, the event begins at 7 p.m. Professional runners will face off starting around 8 p.m.

The start line is located at Penn Avenue between Fifth Avenue and 6th Street. The finish line is located at 6th Street and Liberty Avenue.

The cost starts at $35.

Details: libertymile.org

Walnut jam

Jam on Walnut is a free block party that runs from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday on Walnut Street in Shadyside.

The event features live music, food trucks and beer tents and proceeds benefit Friends of Animals and the Bow Wow Buddies Foundation. Country artist and Pittsburgh native Justin Fabus will perform. He is known for hits such as “Remedy”, “Run”, “Lay Me Down” and “Somebody Like You”, which he co-wrote with Grammy Award winner Richard Marx.

Details: thinkoutsidelacage.org

Tekko

Tekko, an anime, games, music, and Japanese pop culture convention is this weekend at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown.

Musical guests include Acme, Nano and Vgr and Nancy Kepner from Pittsburgh, and “Study of Anime” founder Charles Dunbar.

There will be vendors, an artist’s alley, signs, a fashion show, a cosplay contest, a dance party, games and Tekko Gakkou – a school series.

Tekko is presented by the nonprofit Pittsburgh Japanese Culture Society. The organizers expect 12,000 people.

New will be a giant robot to protect the city of Pittsburgh called Tekkobot, which will be the permanent mascot of the event. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday and 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets start at $65.

Proof of covid-19 vaccination or negative PCR test is required

Details: tekko.us

love letters

Meredith Baxter and Michael Gross perform in AR Gurney’s ‘Love Letters’ for the Pittsburgh Public Theater this weekend at the O’Reilly Theatre, Downtown.

It’s a story told through the art of letter writing and about love and friendship. Baxter and Gross are known for portraying Elyse and Steven Keaton on the sitcom “Family Ties.”

Characters Melissa Gardner and Andrew Makepeace Ladd III have been writing to each other since childhood. For more than 50 years, they have shared their hopes, their dreams, their triumphs and their disappointments.

Shows are at 8 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets start at $32.

Face masks are mandatory.

Details: ppt.org

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is editor of Tribune-Review. You can contact JoAnne at 724-853-5062, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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