Published On August 10, 2011 | By Kymbo Slice | Community

If you aren’t already familiar, BikeFest is BikePGH‘s annual fundraiser. The event begins this Friday, August 12 with a kickoff party at the Pittsburgh Opera. With over 70 events on this year’s calendar, there’s sure to be an event for bike lovers of any level, whether you’re the occasional rider, just getting started or ride your bike religiously. This 10-day celebration of biking incorporates events from many different organizations around the city. Anyone can organize and submit an event, with BikePGH simply provides the framework. For example, popular OTB Bicycle Cafe in the South Side has organized a mini-bike fest within BikeFest, which is a pretty neat idea:

Visit their calendar of events to map out which events you’ll be attending during this year’s BikeFest. The kickoff party, however, is one sure not to miss. The VIP event starts at 6pm and features music from DJ Buscrates, as well as food by famous Pittsburgh chef Kevin Sousa, the man behind Salt of the Earth and Pittsburgh Magazine’s 2011 Chef of the Year. Best of all, for your $100 ticket price, you get one BikePGH membership, admission to the VIP party and main event, five drink tickets and five raffle tickets for a chance to win some rad things that will be given away. Silent auction items can be found here. The main event, which runs from 8 to midnight, is only $40 ($30 for BikePGH members) and includes five drink tickets and two raffle tickets. DJ Edgar Um, Pandemic Pete and local band Lungs Face Feet will be providing the musical entertainment. If you’re a student or someone on a limited income, you can snab a ticket for only $20. Way to make everyone feel included, BikePGH!

Lawrenceville salon Pageboy is having a block party the same day as the kickoff event and are offering BikePGH members 10% off at both Pageboy and Pavement. So stop on by before the party from 6-8 and get your hair did or a new pair of swanky shoes to show off! If you’re unable to attend the kickoff party, but still would like to donate or pursue a membership, hop on over here. BikePGH makes it easy for everyone to get involved, and highly encourages it! If you want to hit up one of the events on the calendar, but have additional questions, visit their FAQ page for more info.

We urge you to support this important Pittsburgh organization! The more bike-friendly Pittsburgh is, the more world-class we can become. Get with the times, folks! Cars are SO 1999.

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