As the leaves begin to change and the season’s first crisp breeze begins to blow, Pittsburgh comes alive with vibrant colors and festive celebrations. Here’s a roundup of some of the best things to do in Pittsburgh this fall.
Mid-October through early November
Fall foliage is a breathtaking spectacle that draws locals and visitors alike each year. Typically, the peak of this colorful display occurs in mid-October and extends into early November, although the precise timing may fluctuate due to local weather conditions. During the second and third weeks of October, Pittsburgh’s landscapes come alive with the brilliant shades of autumn. Some of the best places to witness this natural beauty include Schenley Park, a sprawling 456-acre urban oasis, Frick Park, the city’s largest park offering an array of picturesque trails, and North Park, a vast natural expanse located just north of Pittsburgh, providing a serene escape amidst the stunning fall foliage.
Allegheny County Fall Concert Series
Through Oct. 7th | Various Parks
Kicking off their fall season is the Allegheny County Fall Concert Series, which promises to be an unforgettable musical experience. Every Friday evening from mid-September through early October, various parks across the region come alive with the sound of music. Enjoy free live performances from the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra and a variety of other genres, including rock, polka, and country. With the backdrop of picturesque parks, these concerts are perfect for a relaxing evening with friends and family.
Fall Flower Show
Starting Sat., Oct. 7 | Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
From October 7th to 29th, the Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens invites you to immerse yourself in the enchanting Fall Flower Show: Hometown Harvest. Wander through displays of whimsical chrysanthemums and take a leisurely stroll along a serene pond. As you explore, you’ll encounter intricate bee habitats and a stunning array of vibrant flowers that capture the essence of the season.
Houston Pumpkin Festival
Oct. 13th – 15th | Houston, PA
The Houston Pumpkin Festival (celebrating its 40th year!) is a cherished autumn event that offers a delightful experience for the entire family. This vibrant festival features a Halloween parade, over 175 food and craft vendors, live music and entertainment, a pumpkin pie eating contest, and more. For the kids, there are numerous activities, including inflatable slides and bouncers, a towering rock wall, Euro bungee, pumpkin decorating, a petting zoo, and face painting. Don’t miss the crowning of the Festival Prince and Princess, an annual Pumpkin Festival tradition.
Pumpkin Patch Trolley
Oct. 20th – 29th | Pennsylvania Trolley Museum
Step into the fall spirit with the annual Pumpkin Patch Trolley at the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum. Each weekend from Oct. 20th through Oct. 29th, you can ride decorated trolleys, tour a collection of vintage trolleys, and let your creativity flow as you decorate your own pumpkin. This event offers a delightful combination of autumn-themed activities, games, and refreshments that the whole family can enjoy.
Doors Open Pittsburgh
Ongoing | Various
Unlock the hidden gems of Pittsburgh’s architecture and history thanks to Doors Open Pittsburgh. Explore buildings not usually accessible to the public and discover the city’s diverse architecture, from sacred spaces to historic landmarks. With self-guided tours and knowledgeable docents, this event is a unique opportunity to delve into Pittsburgh’s rich architectural heritage. They have a calendar of events all season long — find one (or more!) that interests you!
Experience Our Favorite Things to Do in Pittsburgh This Fall as a Local
Whether you’re a music enthusiast, a nature lover, a family seeking festive fun, or an adventurer looking for unique experiences, the city has something special to offer this fall. And when you’re a local, you can experience it all, all year long! We have a number of homes available in neighborhoods throughout the Pittsburgh area. For more information, contact us today!