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The Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival

August 10:

Join the Heinz History Center for the 10th Annual Bocce Tournament and Festival. Enter a raffle for the chance to win a red 2019 Vespa 150. Proceeds from the fundraiser go to the Center’s Italian American program, which has the largest collection of artifacts and other materials in the country. 11 a.m. 1212 Smallman St. Free. or

August 11:

Learn the eco-friendly art of solar dyeing at Full Pint WIld Side Pub. This all natural process can be used to create small pieces of dyed fabrics for quilts and other sewing projects, thread or yarn and even baby onesies. The class is for adults only and ticket price includes all materials plus one beer or nonalcoholic beverage. 2:30 p.m. 5308 Butler St. $39. 412-408-3083

August 12:

Children ages 3-4 and 5-7 are invited to attend two workshops at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre inspired by author and illustrator’s series Ella Bella Ballerina. Young dancers will explore various ballets with their own Ella Bella over the course of a week. 9 a.m. 3-4 year olds, 10 a.m. 5-7 year olds. 2900 Liberty Ave. $178 for 3-4 year olds, $356 for 5-7 year olds. 412-281-6727 or

August 14:

Row House Cinema partners with Humane Animal Rescue to pair moviegoers with puppies. Meet the pups and learn about adoption, then enjoy a screening of John Wick. 7 p.m. 4115 Butler St. $10.

August 15:

The Mattress Factory Musuem of Contemporary Art holds a screening of the documentary Kusama: Infinity, based on the life and work of artist Yayoi Kusama, the top-selling female artist in the world. Guests may also tour two of Kusama’s permanent installations at the Mattress Factory and participate in a Kusama themed costume contest with a one-year membership to the museum as the prize. Drinks and light snacks will be provided, and student and membership discounts are available. 6 p.m. 500 Sampsonia Way. $15 for students and members, $20 general admission. 412-231-3169 or 

Bloomfield’s Little Italy Days kicks off and continues through Aug 18, hosted by Patti’s Pastries. Enjoy good food and great people the whole weekend long. 6 p.m. Liberty Ave. Free.

August 17:

The Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village invites spectators to come and cheer at a vintage base ball game. Players from the Somerset Frosty Sons of Thunder and the Addison Mountain Stars will be outfitted and following the rules common to the 1860s. The event is included in regular admission. Senior, student, veterans, and member pricing are available. 12 p.m. 401 Meadowcroft Rd. Avella. $15 general admission. or

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention holds a Pittsburgh Out of the Darkness Walk at Highmark Stadium to raise awareness and funds for new research and support survivors of suicide loss. Same-day registration is available, though pre-registration is encouraged. 9 a.m. 510 W. Station Square Dr. Free.

The Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival opens this weekend. From now through Sept 22, enjoy performers, games and vendors selling crafts and turkey legs. Cheer on knights as they face off in the jousting ring, and watch the king and queen go by in the parade. Child discounts are available, and those under five are admitted for free. 10:30 a.m. 112 Renaissance Ln. West Newton. $11 for kids age 5-12, $23 general admission.

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