Weekend Entertainment | Tailgate Party with The Vindys and the Brier Hill Italian Fest

Listless and adrift in a sea of malaise, we long for a lightning bolt of elation to abolish our ennui. But what can liquidate this languor and lift us from our late-summer lethargy?

Only one thing: football.

To get fired up for the season, Youngstown State University is inviting fans to Rock the Lot on Saturday.

Penguin fans are invited to the tailgate lot on Fifth Avenue, across from Stambaugh Stadium, for a preseason party that starts at 3 p.m.

There won’t be a football game, but there will be tailgating games, food, cold beverages and camaraderie. Capping it off will be a concert by The Vindys at 8 p.m.

Admission is $20 per person or $50 for a tailgate pass. To purchase tickets in advance, click HERE.

Starting today and running through Sunday is the one and only Brier Hill Italian Festival. It’s a bona fide street festival in and around the intersection of Calvin and Victoria streets on Youngstown’s North Side. Hours are 4 to 11 p.m. each day, and admission is free. There is nonstop live Italian music – Rex Taneri, Bill Bevec, Del Sinchak, Jim Frank and more – and all of the other things you’d expect from an Italian festival in Youngstown. The Brier Hill fest folks like to say the event captures the spirit of the old Italian neighborhood, and it really does. To learn more, check out the 25th annual Brier Hill Italian Festival Facebook page.

The Mahoning Valley Scrappers are in action at Eastwood Field in Niles every day through Sunday, beginning with a buck night tonight. Fans can get in a bleacher seat for $1, and beer and hot dogs are also just a buck. The team takes on the West Virginia Black Bears. Game time is 7:05 p.m. Go to www.mvscrappers.com.

This might be a big dill: Penguin City Brewing will host Pickle Palooza from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday both inside and outside at its downtown Youngstown brewery. There will be a vendor village, a Little Gherkin contest, pickle and hot dog eating contests and live music by the Scott Gearheart Band from 4 to 6 p.m. Admission is $5. The overarching purpose of the event – sponsored by Mr. Crisp Pickle Co. of Cleveland – seems to be the glorification of pickles. Aspasia Lyras-Bernacki, co-owner of Penguin City, shed some light on it. “Picklefests are huge in bigger cities, especially Pittsburgh, and we want to try one here in Youngstown,” she said. “It’s all about pickles! Pickle food, pickle beer, pickle games …” Click HERE.

The St. John’s Greek Orthodox Church Glendi Festival starts today and runs through Sunday. There will be all manner of Greek food specialties, plus Greek music and dancing. The church is at 4955 Glenwood Ave., Boardman. It’s open from 4 to 8 p.m. today (just for food); noon to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. For more info, check out the Glendi’s Facebook page.

For a complete look at what is going on around town over the next few days, check out The List.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.