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WEEKEND MATTERS | Boardman Park to host End of Summer Spectacular

Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out these events.

Here are some of the events happening around the Mahoning Valley this weekend. For more events, check out our events calendar and sign up here for our Weekend Matters newsletter.

BOARDMAN — The End of Summer Spectacular will take place Saturday at the Maag Outdoor Arts Theatre in Boardman Park.

The free event starts at 5:30 p.m. with wagon rides, a slide, an obstacle course and more. Mr. Balloon Man will entertain children and their parents with his handcrafted balloon creations.

Gypsy Lane will play classic-rock favorites starting at 5:30 p.m., and the Youngstown Area Community Concert Band, under the direction of Joseph Pellegrini, will perform at 8 p.m.

Food concessions will be available, and there will be a fireworks show presented by Phantom Fireworks. Guests are asked to bring lawn chairs or blankets.

Chase Rice to perform at Packard Music Hall

WARREN — Country music singer and songwriter Chase Rice will perform at Packard Music Hall at 8 p.m. tonight.

Tickets, ranging in price from $32.50 to $52.50, can be purchased at and the Packard Music Hall Box Office, 1703 Mahoning Ave. NW.

Rice’s first studio album, “Friday Nights & Sunday Mornings,” was released in 2010. His fifth studio album, “The Album,” was released in May. He is known for songs such as “Eyes on You,” “Ready Set Roll,” “Ride,” “Lonely If You Are,” “Forever to Go,” “American Nights” and ““Drinkin’ Beer. Talkin’ God. Amen.”

Rice also was a contestant on “Survivor,” where he finished second during the CBS reality-TV show’s 21st season, which was produced in 2010 in Nicaragua.

Youngstown Harley-Davidson to host Hope Fest Extreme, bike show

AUSTINTOWN — Youngstown Harley-Davidson, 5700 Patriot Blvd., is hosting two action-packed events this weekend.

Hope Fest Extreme will take place from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. The event will feature skateboarding, BMX freestyle, motorcycle stunt riding and a kids’ amateur skate park. In addition to the stunt shows, food, live music and meet and greets, guests will be able to take a ride in the Mayhem monster truck.

The schedule:

  • Noon to 2 p.m.: Open skate;
  • 1 p.m.: Stunt show;
  • 1:30 p.m.: BMX show;
  • 2:30 to 3 p.m.: Skate contest;
  • 3:30 p.m.: BMX show;
  • 4 p.m.: Stunt show;
  • 4:30 p.m.: Burnout contest.

On Sunday, the (330) Motorcycle Enthusiasts Bike Show will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bike registration is at 11 a.m. Trophies will be awarded to the first-place winners at 4 p.m. and Best in Show at 5 p.m. 

In addition to the bike show, the Mayhem monster truck will be back.

Pink Floyd tribute band to perform at River Rock at the Amp

WARREN — Wish You Were Here, a tribute to Pink Floyd, will headline Saturday's show at River Rock at the Amp, 321 Mahoning Ave. NW. The band will perform at 8:30 p.m.

The 10-piece band recreates music from the entire Pink Floyd catalog, including classic favorites from “Dark Side Of The Moon,” “Wish You Were Here,” “Animals” and “The Wall,” and presents a multimedia stage production with moving lights and lasers, vintage videos, flying inflatables, sound effects and more.

The Source will open the show at 5:30 p.m. The band will perform originals as well as songs from artists such as Journey, Pat Benetar and more.

Tickets, which are $12 (free for children 12 and younger), can be purchased here and at the gate.

Meet the Marching Pride at Stambaugh Stadium

YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown State University’s Marching Pride will have a Meet the Marching Pride event at 7 p.m. Saturday at Stambaugh Stadium. 

The event is free and open to the public.

The Marching Pride will perform music from its pregame and halftime shows, along with the YSU fight song. Members of the Penguinettes and Color Guard will also perform their routines, and the feature twirler and members of the drumline will attend.

Parking is available for a nominal fee in the M-81 surface parking lot across from the Watson and Tressel Training Site, accessible from Service Road. The west stands will be available for patron viewing. For more information, call 330-727-7514 or visit the Marching Pride website.

“We are thrilled to have the Marching Pride back together again,” Kate Ferguson, new director of Athletic Bands, said in a news release. “There have been many changes over the past few years, but one thing that will never change is the camaraderie and enthusiasm that exists in the Marching Pride. I am honored to be so welcomed at YSU, and am so excited to be a part of the Marching Pride family.”

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