* The Kickoff and Rib Festival will take place from noon to midnight September 1 to 3 and from noon to 8 p.m. September 4 at Heinz Field, North Shore. Enjoy free concerts by local and national recording artists, over 10 rib vendors offering some of the best ribs in the country, festival foods and beverages, games and rides for the kids, and more. Admission is free. Visit heinzfield.com/ribfest.
* The Greater Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. September 2-4, 9-10, 16-17, and 23-24, at 112 Renaissance Lane, West Newton. Shop the Artists’ Marketplace featuring thousands of handcrafted wares. Be amazed as jugglers, minstrels, acrobats, and jousting knights fill seven stages with fun entertainment. Parking is free and pets are not allowed. Call (724) 872-1670 or visit pittsburghrenfest.com.
* Northland Library, 300 Cumberland Rd., McCandless, presents Wise Walk, a 10-week walking program. The program kicks off at 9:30 a.m. September 5 at Northland Library. The remaining nine weeks, the group will meet each Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. at Pie Traynor Field in North Park. Water and snacks will be provided each week. Registration is required.
* The annual Pittsburgh Irish Festival will take place September 8 to 10 at the Riverplex at Sandcastle, 1000 Sandcastle Dr., West Homestead. Activities include traditional and contemporary entertainment, Irish food and refreshments, an Irish marketplace, children’s activities, musical performances, celtic dancing, Irish musical instrument demonstrations, and more. Times are from 4 to 11 p.m. September 8; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. September 9; and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. September 10. Call (412) 422-1113 or visit pghirishfest.org.
* A Fair in the Park is set to take place from 1 to 7 p.m. September 8; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. September 9; and 10 a.m to 5 p.m. September 10 in Mellon Park, along Fifth and Shady Avenues, downtown. Celebrating it’s 48th year, the annual fair is a contemporary craft festival and features over 105 craft artists, children’s activities, concerts, food and more. Admission is free. Visit afairinthepark.org.
* LifeSpan will host a car cruise from noon to 4 p.m September 16 at the Olympia Shopping Center, 4313 Walnut St., McKeesport. Pre registration is from 10 a.m. to noon. Rain date is September 17. Entry fee is $5. There will be a DJ, food and beverages, dash plaques, trophies awarded at 3:30 pm, 50/50 raffle, bake sale, and free giveaways. Contact Jerry Stankovich at (412) 310-4656 and/or Michelle at (412) 664-5434 or visit lifespanpa.org.
* The Retired Men’s Luncheon Group will meet at noon September 21 at Pleasant Hills Presbyterian Church, 199 Old Clairton Rd., Pleasant Hills. Dale Hamer, an NFL official, will speak on his experiences in the NFL officiating. Cost for lunch is $8 per person and payable at the door. Make reservations by calling (412) 655-2000.
* Pittsburgh Glass Center, 5472 Penn Ave., offers Weekend Warm-Up September 23 and December 10. Bring a friend and enjoy pastries while sipping on mimosa or Irish coffee. Create a glass pumpkin (September) or glass ornament (December). Enjoy a relaxing afternoon watching glassblowing and flameworking demonstrations and making cool art. Ages 21 and up. Cost is $45 per person. Make reservaitons online at pittsburghglasscenter.org/events/weekend-warm-up or by call (412) 365-2145.
* North Hills Community Outreach offers free Let’s Cook workshops at Christ Lutheran Church, 917 Evergreen Rd., Millvale, from 10:30 a.m. to noon September 23. Learn tips and techniques for eating healthy on a budget. Topics include soups, roasting vegetables, freezing and storing, stir-frying, oven-frying, microwaving, fermenting, smoothies, and herbs and spices. Registration is appreciated, but a limited number of walk-ins are welcome. Register by calling (412) 408-3830, ext. 3225.
* Cashtoberfest, LifeSpan’s annual fall fundraiser will take place September 29 at Boston Spectrum, 6001 Smithfield St., McKeesport, from 6 to 10 p.m. Cost is $25 per ticket (2) numbers per ticket (double the chance to win). One admission per ticket. Must be 21 years of age to attend this event. Ticket includes all you can eat dinner buffet, dessert bar, beverages (beer, soda and coffee). Live entertainment with Tammy Petty, karaoke and dancing. Raffle baskets and 50/50 tickets sold throughout the night. Cash drawings every quarter hour starting at 7 pm. Final drawing will be at 10 p.m. and is worth $2,000. Cash winners need not be present. Purchase tickets at all LifeSpan Senior Community Centers or the Administration office located at 314 East 8th Ave., Homestead. Call (412) 464-1300. or visit lifespanpa.org for locations.
* Christ Child Society of Pittsburgh will hold their annual Red Wagon event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. October 21 at Pittsburgh Field Club, 121 Field Club Rd., Fox Chapel. This event benefits projects and services for at-risk children. The group provides, among other projects, layettes for needy newborns, which include blankets made by area seniors. Seniors also make hats and gloves to accompany new winter coats. For information, call (412) 485-9581.