Pittsburgh's Three Rivers Regatta Will Be Twice the Fun in 2016

The annual summer event will present its signature activities in July and August.

2014 Powerboat Races/photo by richard cook


The EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta is splitting into two big events this summer: a traditional July 4 celebration and then, a month later, a full weekend of regatta activities on land and in the water.

“We are thrilled to be able now to expand our community engagement even more by providing the region with twice as much warm weather fun with these two hallmarks of the summer calendar,” Natalie Cox, EQT corporate director of communications, said in a statement.

The Regatta’s Fourth of July celebration will take place at Point State Park and serve as Pittsburgh’s official holiday celebration. It will include entertainment on the main stage, food concessions and plenty of children's activities. The big event, as always, will be the EQT Flashes of Freedom Fireworks produced by Pyrotecnico.

The Regatta itself will take place the weekend of Aug. 5-7. The three-day event will include Formula 1 Powerboats, the giant Gondola Ferris Wheel, known as the “Wheel of Lights,” the Sandsational Sand Sculpture, national and regional music acts, as well as the Anything That Floats competition. Activities will take  place throughout Point State Park, the Clemente Bridge and the North Shore.

Last year, the Regatta's water events were canceled because debris and swift currents from heavy rains made conditions unsafe. 

––Richard Cook



photo by dave cole


#Pittsburgh: Smart Spending

Pittsburgh is among the top 10 cities in the United States with smartest public spending, according to a recent study by WalletHub, a personal finance website. 

New Orleans, Miami and Philadelphia finished at the top of the list. Pittsburgh was ranked No. 9.

Analysts studied how each of 78 major cities in the U.S. used taxpayer money on the three biggest expenditures: education, law enforcement and parks and recreation. For each of these areas, analysts calculated the return on investment. For example, with parks and recreation, they calculated the ratio of park acreage to total park expenditures.

“Although we could not account for all public spending, we believe that efficient spending in key areas is a strong indicator of the level of efficiency in other expenditure categories,” the researchers concluded.

––Nuria Marquez


#Outtakes: Just as Cute

If you liked watching Penguins goalie Marc-André Fleury showing off his parenting skills in a new television commercial, you'll love some of the outtakes. 

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