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Here’s what is happening around the Valley this weekend

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Here are some of the events happening around the Mahoning Valley this weekend. For more events, check out our Events Calendar.

The big ticket this week: The inaugural Mahoning Valley Irish Festival will take place from 5 to 11 pm Friday and 11 am to 11 pm Saturday at Penguin City Brewing, 460 E. Federal St., Youngstown.

The festival will feature crafts, vendors, food, 50/50 and basket raffles, music and more.

Sullivan’s Irish Brew will make its Mahoning Valley debut, and Penguin City Brewing will introduce its Irish Red Ale, a news release states.

Gates will open at 4:30 pm Friday, with performances by The Bogtrotters, Burke Irish Dancers, County Mayo and Spot Fire Irish Rock.

Gates will open at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. The performance lineup includes Steel Valley Pipes & Drums, Burke School of Irish Dance, County Mayo, Weekend at Blarneys, One String Short, Here Comes Tuesday, The Bogtrotters, Alan Irvine and The Low Kings.

Saturday will also feature activities for children, including bounce houses, yard games and face painting.

A schedule of events can be found here.

Admission is $5, and free for children age 12 and younger. Funds raised will benefit the Mahoning Valley Gaelic Society and other local organizations, the release states.

ALSO HAPPENING THIS WEEKEND

‘GREASE’ LIVE: The Millennial Theater Company will present “Grease the Musical” at The Youngstown Playhouse over the next two weekends. The production will be staged at 7:30 pm Friday, Saturday and Aug. 5 and 6, and at 2:30 pm Sunday and Aug. 7. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here or by calling 330-788-8739. “When people come to see ‘Grease,’ most have certain expectations that need to be met, and no expense was spared in producing our production to ensure that those expectations were not just met, but exceeded,” director Joe Asente said in a news release.

INTO THE DARKNESS: Westside Bowl in Youngstown will host Into the Darkness Fest on Friday and Saturday. Among the bands performing at the two-day metal festival are Bear Mace, Wraith, Hanging Fortress, Tombstoner, Atomic Witch and Imperial Triumphant. Doors will open at 6 pm Friday and 1 pm Saturday. Ticket information and a list of performing bands can be found here.

CHOOSE JOY FOR MELINA: The Melina Michelle Edenfield Foundation will host the third annual Choose Joy For Melina fundraiser from 11:30 am to 4 pm Saturday on The Green in Canfield. The foundation was established to honor the memory of 4-year-old Melina, who died in 2020 from a childhood brain tumor called diffuse midline glioma. The event will feature bounce houses, face painting, giveaways, raffles and more. All proceeds raised will go toward funding pediatric brain cancer research, a news release states. More information can be found here.

THEY WILL ROCK YOU: River Rock at the Amp will rock you Saturday as tribute band Queen Nation takes the stage at the Warren Community Amphiheatre, 321 Mahoning Ave. NW, at 8:30 pm The band will perform Queen hits such as “We Will Rock You,” “ Bohemian Rhapsody,” “We Are the Champions,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” and “Another One Bites the Dust.” Bad JuJu, which performs songs from the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s, will open the show at 5:30 pm Tickets, which can be purchased at the gate, are $10. Children age 12 and younger are admitted free.

ON DISPLAY: “Human/Nature: Two Watercolor Views,” featuring artists Betsy Ford and Lotte Herwig-Erhardt, will open Saturday at the Mill Creek MetroParks’ Weller Gallery at Fellows Riverside Gardens. The exhibit, featuring works that are the “perception and inner experience of the artists’ eye, determining the way the image is represented in the artwork,” will be on display through Oct. 23, a news release states. The gallery is open from 10 am to 5 pm Tuesday through Sunday. A meet the artists event will take place from 1 to 3 pm Sept. 17 at the gallery.

COMING UP NEXT WEEK

ALTMAN EXHIBIT: The artwork of Suzi Altman will be on display in the Thomases Family Endowment of the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation Art Gallery at the Jewish Community Center of Youngstown from Monday through Sep. 5. A reception will take place from 6 to 8 pm Thursday. The collection of images for the “From the Rust Belt to the Bible Belt” exhibit was made over the course of a few years of Altman traveling the backroads from Mississippi to Ohio, a news release states. Altman’s artwork is in the permanent collections at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC, and the Mississippi Museum of Art.

SUMMER MOVIE: The Youngstown Summer Movie Series will present the 2021 film “Spider-Man: No Way Home” at 9 pm Monday at Wean Park, 229 E. Front St., Youngstown.

SCRAPERS IN ACTION: The Mahoning Valley Scrappers will take on the West Virginia Black Bears at 7:05 pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at Eastwood Field in Niles. Tickets can be purchased here, at the Chevy All Stars Box Office at Eastwood Field or by calling 330-505-0000.

FIRST WEDNESDAY: Lit Youngstown’s First Wednesday Readers Series will feature poets Debbie Allen, Rochelle Hurt and Alynn Mahle at 7 pm Wednesday at The Soap Gallery in Youngstown. The readings will be followed by an open mic, and the event will also celebrate National Watermelon Day.

ELDREDGE IN YOUNGSTOWN: Country music singer-songwriter Brett Eldredge will bring his “Songs About You” tour to the Youngstown Foundation Amphitheater at 7:30 pm Thursday. Nate Smith will open the show. Tickets, ranging in price from $37.50 to $75, can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com and the Southwoods Health Box Office inside the Covelli Center in Youngstown. Eldredge has had five singles reach No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart. His hits include “Do n’t Ya,” “Beat of the Music,” “Mean to Me,” “Lose My Mind” and “Wanna Be That Song.”

HIGH KINGS AT ROBINS: Multiplatinum-selling Irish folk band The High Kings will perform at Robins Theater in Warren at 8 pm Thursday. Tickets, ranging in price from $25 to $40 plus applicable fees, can be purchased here and at the Robins Theater Box Office. The group’s self-titled debut album reached No. 2 on the Billboard world music chart. Its newest album, “Home From Home,” was released in 2021.

WHAT TO KNOW

TIKTOK DANCE WORKSHOP: The Jewish Community Center of Youngstown’s School of Dance is offering a TikTok Dance Workshop for ages 7 and older from 3 to 4:30 pm Sunday at the JCC, 505 Gypsy Lane. Participants will learn trending viral dances and choreograph their own, a news release states. The cost is $15 for TCG members and $20 for nonmembers. Register here.

YSO SEASON TICKETS: Season subscriptions and renewals for the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra’s 2022-23 season are on sale now. The season will feature nine concerts and will open with “YSO Pops Mask-erade” at 7:30 pm Sept. 10 at the DeYor Performing Arts Center in Youngstown. Tickets can be purchased here.

BENEFIT WALK: Registration is open for the third annual Teal Together 5K & 1 Mile Walk to benefit The Rose Mary Flanagan Ovarian Cancer Foundation. The event will take placeSep. 17 at Boardman Township Park. Register here.

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