Entertainment

Regatta Main Stage

Squonk Opera

Regatta Main Stage 2 August 2nd, 3rd, & 4th

Internationally touring Squonk Opera will debut its new show “Hand to Hand”during the three-day summer celebration, August 2-4. The Regatta is among several organizations across the country, including the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., who helped commission the new show.

“Hand to Hand” examines the grandeur and foolishness of size and scale. With music first emanating from a 30-inch synthesizer, two fully operational giant hands will be positioned on the stage as musicians play around them. The big hand puppets—or perhaps puppet hands—are meant to symbolize how we live in a world way past our comfort zone in size and power.

Squonk Opera, which The New York Times has described as “a multimedia troupe of infinite jest with an imagination to match” and “ingenious, hallucinatory and hypnotic” first started in a junkyard under a bridge in Pittsburgh over 20 years ago. Led by composer Jackie Dempsey and artist Steve O’Hearn, the two worked to assemble a team of artists to create post-industrial performances with original music, design, and staging outside the rules of mass culture, fashion, or academia. In 2011, the group competed in season six of the NBC reality show “America’s Got Talent,” making it to the top 48 and performing live for 14 million viewers.

To see more about Squonk Opera: www.squonkopera.org

National Act TBA

Regatta Main Stage Friday, August 2nd 8:00 pm

National Act TBA

Regatta Main StageSaturday, August 3rd8:00 pm

Looking for an up-close experience? Purchase front stage pit tickets here.

Craig Wayne Boyd

Regatta Main StageSunday, August 4th4:00 pm

Craig Wayne Boyd is an American country singer and songwriter. A native of Dallas, Texas, Boyd is based out of and resides in Nashville, Tennessee. He is best known for winning Season 7 of NBC‘s reality TV singing competition The Voice as a part of Blake Shelton‘s team.

Looking for an up-close experience? Purchase front stage pit tickets here.

The Wilson Brothers

Regatta Main StageSunday, August 4th8:00 pm

After several years of touring apart, the spring of 2017 brought the brothers back together with a new vision and focus. Wilson Brothers Band was reborn and better than ever as they built their team and planned for an active year in 2018, having been a part of the Budweiser Tour, as well as opening for acts like Clint Black, Canaan Smith, Cory Smith, Riley Green and others. They launched their self-titled debut record in 2018, which is available in all online retail outlets and at their website (wilsonofficial.com).

With the release of their new album, they produced their very first music video “It All Looks Good From Here”, which was released to CMT Music channel where it made its debut at #1 on the CMT 12-Pack Countdown, and maintained its staying power in the top 3 for 7 consecutive weeks. The album and single were also added to Spotify’s “New Boots” playlist, where it has garnered almost 2 Million streams to date. Riding on the heels of their #1 video, Wilson Brothers Band released their second video “Loving You Loving On Me” on October 16 and the single to radio November 5, 2018.

River Activities

USA Jet-Ski Freestyle Championships

Allegheny RiverAugust 2-4

Don’t miss the excitement of the USA Jet-Ski Freestyle Championships! This Pro Watercross sanctioned event will feature some of the world’s top freestyle athletes strutting their stuff on the Allegheny River right in front of the beautiful North Shore. The freestyle athletes will use a variety of freestyle jet-skis and hydro-flight Jet-board devices that allow them to perform spectacular jumps, backflips, corkscrew spins, flips and rolls into the air. The freestyle athletes will use the jet-skis and jet-boards to soar high above the water while sending large fountains of water splashing around the Allegheny River for the right to be called the Three Rivers Regatta Freestyle Champion.

Jet-Ski and Jet-board freestyle are the fastest-growing adrenaline watersports since the invention of the Jet-Ski. This freestyle event stuns crowds when each freestyle athlete performs thrilling moves in the two-minute routine. Jet-Ski competitors are judged on variety, difficulty, execution, flow, and number of tricks by a panel of judges. Athletes will also compete in the “best trick” and “most flips” competition.

NGK Formula 1 Powerboat Racing

Allegheny RiverAugust 2-4Various Times

The 1982 Pittsburgh Regatta was the first racing venue in the United States for Formula One Power Boats, when British driver Roger Jenkins out dueled Italian legend Renato Molinari for the first ever Three Rivers Regatta Trophy. You’ll hear this event throughout the city as Formula One powerboats roar down the Allegheny River in a thrilling race series on water.  This exciting racing series will showcase some of the most competitive drivers on the Allegheny River’s fast and tricky course.

F-Lights Powerboat Racing

Allegheny RiverAugust 2-4Various Times

Formula Lights are a smaller version of the Formula One class in appearance and handling characteristics. The Formula Light boats are shorter in length at approximately 13 feet in length with smaller 75 horsepower engines. These race crafts are able to turn with the same agility as their larger cousins, and operate with a top speed of over 75MPH. Formula Lights are considered an entry level tunnel boat class to many and draw the biggest field of boats at their events in the outboard category. Some of the greatest world champion F1 tunnel boat drivers began, and honed, their racing skills in the Formula Lights class.

ALCOSAN 3 Rivers Proud Anything That Floats Race

Allegheny RiverSaturday, August 3rd

Think you can build a boat that floats? Here’s your chance to sink or set sail! Back by popular demand, the ALCOSAN 3 Rivers Proud Anything That Floats Race will capture the imagination of anyone who ever tried to build a boat (with household items). Spectators will eagerly watch as contestants raise hope as they attempt to keep their boats afloat. While the race is all in good fun, it’s for a good cause, too.

The ALCOSAN 3 Rivers Proud Anything That Floats Race will include four new categories:

 

  1. The Floating Yinzer N’at: Roll-up your sleeves and dive in to creating the Yinzer-est, most Pittsburghese, floating vessel that ever sailed down the Allegheny. Tie your sails up with gumbands, give a nod to Pittsburgh’s rich tradition, take a stroll down Mister Roger’s neighborhood, slap some of your granny’s pierogies to the bow (for aerodynamic success!) or keep it simple and deck your boat out in black and gold. Show your Pittsburgh pride and see if yinz can sink or swim.

 

  1. River of the Living Dead: They’re coming to get you, Barbara. Calling all zombies! It’s time to pay homage to the Zombie King himself, Pittsburgh’s own George Romero. Build yourself a zombie craft and chase the dead-end finish line in search for blood, brains, and of course, prize money.

 

  1. Sailing Pep Rally: We’ve got spirit, yes we do, we’ve got spirit, how ‘bout you? It’s time to see if your school pride will keep you afloat! Whether you’re a Knight, a Spartan, a Hawk, a Panther or a Nittany Lion, we want to see your pep rally on the water! Don’t let a lack of team spirit sink your ship!

 

  1. S. S. Techburgh: From robots to autonomous cars, Pittsburgh has made its name as the Silicon Valley of the East. It’s time to bring use your engineering savvy and tech-defying smarts to show how Pittsburgh has transitioned from the Steel City to a thriving Tech Town. Just remember, your tech masterpieces can be for design purposes only. They cannot power or help your vessel to stay afloat.

 

In addition to the new categories, there are also new team prizes. The team that reaches the finish line first will be the overall winner and receive $2,500, which will be donated to a charity of the team’s choice. A panel of local celebrity judges will also be selecting the best designed vessel in each category. Those four winners will each receive $1,000, which will be donated to a charity of their choice. The panel of local celebrities will be announced in the coming weeks.

Click Here for Registration form

To help familiarize potential participants with the new race format, a launch party and orientation event will be held Thursday,June 20, at, Protohaven, at 7 p.m.Attendees will learn about important race rules and how Protohaven artists and engineers can help them bring their floating sensations to life. In addition, teams will have the opportunity to coordinate with an instructor and do a guided build. The YaJagoff Podcast will also be broadcasting live from the party.

Once teams are officially registered for the race, they will receive a dedicated page on you.gottaregatta.org where visitors can track their building progress.

Pittsburgh Paddlesports Championships

Allegheny RiverSunday, August 4th11:00 am - 2:00 pm

The American Cancer Society, Performance Kayak Inc. and the EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta are teaming up to bring you the 2019 Pittsburgh Paddlesports Championships! This 6 mile course will take place on the Allegheny River during the 2019 EQT PIttsburgh Three Rivers Regatta on Sunday, August 4th starting at 11:00am.

Kayaks, Canoes, and Stand Up Paddle Boards can join in on the fun by participating in our 6 mile Recreational or Pro Open course – both single and tandem. Registration closes on Friday, August 2nd at midnight, but those who register by July 31st are guaranteed a t-shirt. Rentals are available from Performance Kayak Inc.

Day of Registration & Check In:  8:00AM – 10:30AM @ Heinz Quay near Heinz Field.
Race Start:  11:00AM

Register your team for this year’s race: http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?fr_id=91895&pg=entry

Red Bull Air Force Skydive

Allegheny RiverAugust 3 & 4

The team. The adrenaline. The insanity. The Red Bull Air Force aerial athletes are one of the most elite skydiving teams on the planet! Catch their amazing stunts on August 3 and 4. Keep an eye out for the team’s amazing landing in the Allegheny River, which is sure to create a splash!  

Point State Park

EQT-regatta-sand-sculpture

Sandsational Sand Sculpture Supported by the Colcom Foundation

Point State ParkAugust 2-4

Sandsational Sand Sculpting returns to make another spectacular artwork in sand. It is the ninth straight year they have created the signature exhibit for the EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta. The immaculate creation is made of 150 tons of sand. Viewers can watch it all take shape in the days leading up to the festival in Point State Park. Visitors are encouraged to stop by and watch the creative process unfold.

Kids Zone Supported by the Colcom Foundation

Point State ParkAugust 2-412 - 8 pm

From building sandcastles to identifying macroinvertebrates, there’s tons of fun and learning activities for kids (at those just at heart) in the Kids Zone, supported by the Colcom Foundation.  For a full list and description of activities, please visit the Kids Zone page.

AAA Travel to the Beach Kids Korner

Point State Park (Monongahela River side)August 2-4

AAA will once again be putting the beach within reach at the AAA Travel to the Beach Kids Korner! The temporary seashore will be located along the Monongahela River side of the Point State Park river walk, and features beach toys. This beachfront oasis is the perfect place for kids to build sandcastles, while parents chill out and take a leisurely beach break.

Frisbee Dog Stunt Shows presented by ALCOSAN

Point State ParkAugust 2-4Various Times

Frisbee dog stunt shows have been a long-time featured act of the Three Rivers Regatta.  This is the ultimate high-energy canine thrill show, featuring high-flying canine Frisbee athletes perform trick after trick in their various shows set to upbeat music.

"Regatta Thunder" Fireworks Display

Confluence of the Rivers Time TBA

Every Pittsburgh celebration deserves fireworks. Be prepared to be dazzled by a spectacular summertime fireworks display. More details to be announced.

Clemente Bridge

EQT Power Your Future

Clemente BridgeAugust 3-412 - 10 pm

EQT’s Power Your Future exhibit on wheels features 11 different educational stations designed to gauge student’s abilities and interests in science and technology. Using game-based software, this self-guided interactive exhibit on wheels educates students on the exploration, extraction and use of natural gas, as well as career opportunities available in their home states. At the end of their exhibit experience, students will be shown careers based on their interests and abilities.

US Army STEM Asset Experience

August 3-512 - 9 pm

AS7 is a non-kinetic, interactiveScience,  Technology, Engineering and Mathematics exhibit semi truck, designed to show case hi-tech capabilities and opportunities within the Army with TheAS7 experience includes a series of three different rooms: TheSituationRoom,The  MissionRoom, and the Research and Development Room.

Regatta Marketplace

Clemente BridgeAugust 2-412 - 10 pm

The Regatta Marketplace features unique, handmade wares from local artisans, like carefully-crafted jewelry, homemade candles, and framed photographs of the Pittsburgh skyline. Take a stroll through the *new* location on Liberty Avenue (between Stanwix & Commonwealth) leading up to the entrance to Point State Park to meet these creative crafters and shop their mobile stores!

Want to become a vendor? Contact us for an application form.

North Shore Great Lawn

EQT Regatta Xpogo Stunt Show

XPogo Stunt Shows

North Shore RiverwalkAugust 2-4Various Times

The XPOGO Stunt Team is the world’s best extreme pogo demo crew. Watch as these Championship Pro Athletes fly over 10 feet in the air on extreme pogo sticks throwing down flips and incredible tricks!