Sewickley’s Year-Round Events Attract Visitors from All Over the Region
Aug 31, 2018 11:42AM
● By Clare Heekin Lynch
Nestled in the hills along the Ohio River, about 12 miles north of Pittsburgh, sits the quaint, quiet town of Sewickley. Thought to be a Native American word meaning “sweet water,” Sewickley takes up one square mile and has a population of under 4,000 (according to the 2010 census)–making it a tight-knit community and a great place to bond and build lifelong friendships.
Sewickley boasts a healthy monthly calendar of events focused on building community involvement and, according to Explore Sewickley’s Main Street Manager Alex Lancianese, residents genuinely enjoy being neighborly together. Explore Sewickley is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the business district of Sewickley thrive.
“It doesn’t take much to fall in love with this town,” she said. “The walkability, the wonderful school district, the weekly farmers' markets and events, an amazing and unique retail business district–it’s a charming place to spend the day or even put down roots.”
The many community events held throughout the year in the borough draw people from all over the region to the tree-lined Main Street area, not only to enjoy its beverages and sweet treats, but to get to know each other as well. Among these popular events is the Sewickley Harvest Festival, sponsored by the Quaker Valley Rotary Club and the Kiwanis Club of Sewickley.
The festival, celebrating its 28th year on Saturday, Sept. 8, is the official kickoff to fall in Sewickley and includes more than 100 vendor booths, as well as churches and nonprofits hosting special events in conjunction with the harvest festivities. In addition to food, arts and crafts, and plenty of children's activities, traditional highlights include live music all day, merchant sidewalk sales, a rummage sale, and child safety activities sponsored by the local fire department.
Another signature fall event is the Sewickley Art & Music Festival, which takes place on Friday, Sept. 28 from 5–10 p.m. and on Saturday, Sept. 29 from noon to 10 p.m. The event is a fundraiser for Explore Sewickley.
“As a way to highlight Sewickley’s business district, this festival is designed to encourage guests to explore the village’s shops, restaurants, and arts venues,” said Lancianese.
Thanks to legendary Pittsburgh music promoter Rich Engler, this year’s two-day festival along Broad Street will welcome musicians like Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers; the Granati Brothers and Pittsburgh artist-to-watch Elias Khouri & the EK Band. A variety of delicious food trucks will also be on-hand, including Pittsburgh favorites like The Coop Chicken & Waffles, Cousins Maine Lobster, Sinkers & Suds, South Side BBQ Company and more.
Full event details, including the entire musical lineup and food trucks, can be found at the event website at www.sewickleyartandmusicfestival.com.