From musicals and murals to bike tours, we’re enjoying Pittsburgh’s beautiful offerings this month.
By Rachel Jones + Matthew Guerry
1. Kinky Boots @ Benedum Center
It’s time to kick up your heels — the red, thigh-high ones, of course! Kinky Boots sashays to the Benedum Center for an evening of songs by Cyndi Lauper and incredible dance numbers. The Broadway hit tells the true story of Charlie Price, a man working to keep his family’s shoe factory afloat. His future looks bright (and sparkly!) when a fashionable performer named Lola arrives in search of some strong stilettos. Watch Pittsburgh’s own Billy Porter reprise his Tony Award-winning role of Lola exclusively for the Pittsburgh premiere. Now, that’s something to make everybody say “yeah!” — R.J.
2. Pelotonia Bike Tour
A group of amateur cyclists and caring individuals will be riding for one cause: to end cancer. Pelotonia, an annual grassroots bike tour, brings together thousands of people from all over the world who ride together in support of their family members and loved ones. Click here to read more.
3. Ballet Under the Stars @ Hartwood Acres
The stars will be shining in many forms at the Hartwood Acres Middle Road Concert Area in Hampton. The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s Ballet Under the Stars treats guests to a free sneak peek of the 2015-16 company roster with a mixed repertory performance, including scenes from “La Bayadère” and an original new work by PBT’s principal dancer Yoshiaki Nakano, on August 16. The fun begins with family-friendly activities like balloon animals and crafts at 5 p.m., where guests can also save their spots for the 7:30 p.m. show. Guests can even share a barbecue dinner and cocktails with the company dancers and artistic staff at the VIP Picnic Dinner from 5-7 p.m. For VIP tickets, call 412.454.9138. — R.J.
4. Foo Fighters @ First Niagara Pavilion
In support of their latest album, Sonic Highways, the Foo Fighters embarked on a world tour of the same name. Founded by former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl in 1995, the rock icons have gone on to garner critical acclaim, selling tens of millions of albums and winning countless awards. The band was forced to cancel a few European engagements along the tour, as Grohl fractured his leg during a performance in Sweden. But in true rockstar fashion, he not only finished the Sweden show, but is also intent on performing across the globe for the remainder of the summer. See him play atop his throne of guitars at First Niagara Pavilion on August 25. — M.G.
5. Shadyside Art Festival @ Walnut Street
Make your way to the 19th Annual Shadyside Art Festival on Walnut Street to browse an array of eclectic art exhibitions from across the country. Paintings, sculptures, photography, and more will be on display August 29-30 for visitors to view and purchase, while supporting the Shadyside Chamber of Commerce, the arts, and the local community. We recommend registering for a free art giveaway, which features the work of a participating exhibitor, as soon as you arrive. The festival runs from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free! — M.G.
Uber Pittsburgh has partnered again with the festival’s promoter, Howard Alan Events, to provide transportation to and from the event. New users can get their first ride for free (up to $20) with the promotional code artsfestpgh815.