Allegheny Green & Innovation Festival

Published On September 25, 2013 | By Jeff Ihaza | Community


Over 80 years have passed since the completion of the Tudor mansion in Hartwood Acres, but its beauty has been preserved through the years. However, much has changed since 1929 – including our awareness of our affect on the environment we live in. This increasing awareness has prompted many to “go green,” recycle their paper, plastic and glass and switch their light bulbs, but there is always more that can be done to reduce our carbon footprint on our world.


On Saturday, September 28th from 11AM-4PM, Hartwood Acres will be used to host the Allegheny Green & Innovation Festival. The festival features over 80 green organizations that will offer interactive exhibits throughout the park. There will be shows on the main stage, including “Meet the African Penguin” with the National Aviary, a drumming circle, and more. There are also events specifically for children, including a nature walk and workshop to design costumes out of recycled materials. Check out the full schedule.


The festival also features an “I Made It! Market” where 25 local artists will sell crafts made from upcycled and repurposed materials. For more info, check out their website.


Food from local restaurants and food trucks include Pittsburgh Crepe, Rondita’s Food Truck, Wood Fired Flat Breads, Soup Nancy’s, The Pop Stop, BRGR, Franktuary, Polish Pierogi, Healcrest Urban Farm, Sito’s, Crested Duck Charcuterie, Colteryahn Dairy, and Chatham University.


If you want to volunteer at this year’s festival (set up tables, direct parking, provide information to festival goers, keep the park clean) volunteer shifts are available from 7:30AM-11:00AM, 11:00AM-4:00PM, and 4:00 PM-5:00PM. The volunteer registration form can be found online.


The festival is also collecting donations for organizations including the Pittsburgh Food Bank, Global Links, and Green Grandma. Donations being collected include tote bags, canned and nonperishable food, hard plastic bottle caps and medical supplies.

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