Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Little Italy Days

Friday, September 23 through Sunday, September 25

One weekend each year Bloomfield invites the world to join in as it proudly proclaims its Italian heritage.  Little Italy Days finds Bloomfield streets animated with mouth watering delicacies, Old World charm and Italian-American spirit.  Festive red and white striped tents house local vendors selling everything from pasta and pastries to Italian pottery and t-shirts.

The family-friendly celebration of Italian-American heritage and culture features live music, entertainment acts, strolling musicians, a bocce tournament, children’s activities, dancing, and a cornucopia of tasty food offerings.  The lively three-day festival culminates on Sunday with a spectacular and dazzling Madonna della Civita procession along Bloomfield’s Liberty Avenue commercial district.  The spirited parade begins at Immaculate Conception Church on Friendship Avenue and winds through the neighborhood to culminate at Saint Joseph Church on Liberty Avenue.

Free Parking! Free Admission!
Little Italy Days features free parking in all metered spaces and metered lots in Bloomfield throughout the weekend.  The festival starts at 11am on Friday and ends at 7pm on Sunday.  Visit Bloomfield Now for a detailed schedule of events.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Dragon Boat Festival

Come experience the tenth Pittsburgh Dragon Boat Festival, a celebration of Asian cultures in the Pittsburgh region, at South Side Riverfront Park, Saturday, September 17 from 11am to 7pm.  All events are free and open to everyone.

Dragon Boating is an ancient Chinese tradition dating back 2,400 years.  Known for its color and excitement, dragon boat racing is one of the earliest forms of boat competition.  Each ornately-carved boat is 44 feet long and features brightly-painted dragon heads and tails that loom ominously at the fore and aft of each craft.  Festival visitors will have a unique opportunity to try their hand at Dragon Boating.

The Festival also features traditional Asian music, dance, and food, arts and crafts for children, Asian art, clothing, jewelry, and much more.  Experience demonstrations of martial arts, Chinese yo-yo and tai chi, get a temporary tattoo or learn to use chopsticks.  Performances throughout the day will offer traditional dances and music from local community groups.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Alphabet Trail and Tales

Take a walk with the Alphabet in Frick Park!  Interactive, larger-than-life story sets along the park trails will serve as a backdrop for a day of reading and fun as stories come to life from A to Z.

Frick Park
Saturday, September 10, 2011
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Come into the park at the Beechwood Boulevard & Nicholson Street entrance.

A free literacy event sponsored by Citiparks.  For more information, please visit Citiparks website or call the Community Enrichment Program Office at 412-665-3665.

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