By: Amanda Narcisi
A long standing Pittsburgh tradition has been the Regatta. This year that tradition celebrates its 39th year in a fashion to highlight the past, present and future of Pittsburgh. Point State Park and the Allegheny River is set to have tons of activities on August 5th – 7th.
Last year the Regatta suffered a setback when most of the water activities had to be canceled due to the rivers having too much debris for it to be safe. This year the Board of Directors for the Regatta hopes to make up for it with the return of classic races like the Formula One and the Anything That Floats Race as well as some new surprises including a floating barge stage and a Gateway Clipper Boat Race. I was shocked too. To imagine the Goodship Lollipop racing next to the Majesticis a crazy yinzer dream fueled by too many Primanti Sandwiches, but it is happening.
The land activities include an amazing line up of live music on two stages. One stage is in Point State Park and for the first time ever a second stage will be on the water. Friday night kicks off with two staples of the 90’s. The Gin Blossoms and Better Than Ezra bring their hits to Pittsburgh with “Hey Jealousy” and “Good”. On Saturday, American Authors bring their hit song “Best Day of My Life” and Sunday brings Rodney Atkins with his hit “I’ve Been Watching You” and other of his country favorites. The floating Barge Stage will make a trip back in time with the Sunday Oldies Concert Series.
Returning this year is the wildly popular “Wheel of Lights” a nine-story Ferris Wheel with an amazing view of the three rivers with an LED light show.
The Regatta is a family friendly event with a Kid Zone designed to keep the little hands busy with a Cool Off Zone with crafts including making a boat in a bottle. The riverfront will be transformed into beach with the Travel to the Beach Kids Korner. Kids can also explore the science and technology side of the Regatta with the EQT Power Your Future with 11 different educational stations using game-based software.
Returning this year is BMX Riders and XPOGO Stunt Teams and will be on the North Shore Riverwalk throughout the weekend. Venture Outdoors also brings a 24 foot rock climbing experience to the shore.
Connecting the North Shore to the Point is the Clemente Bridge which will host the Regatta Market with local artists and vendors along with a Food Truck Row filled with delicious food from all over the Burgh.
The Regatta ends with a fireworks display from Pyrotecnico that will highlight the life and music of Prince. The weekend will be a blast so head down to the “shore” and remember your sunscreen.