Fall is such an exciting time in our city. From Friday night lights, to haunted houses, to the gorgeous changing leaves, it is a markedly great time to celebrate the season and the things that make the Burgh unique. Here are some of the coolest and most unique fall festivals in the 412.
Asian Lantern Festival
Thursday through Sunday nights
Friday, August 12 through Sunday, October 30
6:30 pm to 10:30 pm
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is a treat any time of year. A visit this fall to the second Asian Lantern Festival is truly special, however. This year’s all-new display features guest favorites from days past: dinosaurs! Explore the Zoo at night among giant luminous handcrafted sculptures, including extinct and endangered animals. Learn about Asian history and culture. Enjoy themed food and entertainment.
Polish Hill Civic Association Arts Festival
Sunday, September 18
12 pm – 8 pm
Check out some great local artists while enjoying some haluski and kielbasa! The Polish Hill Arts Festival hosts an artist market with 30 local artists, a variety of live music from local bands, and food by the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church. Green Light Wireless will be there! Come by and say hi!
Pittsburgh Hard Cider & Doughnut Fest
Saturday, October 1st
Part Bar Hop, Part Sweet Celebration! The fall festival features 4 bars & restaurants, beer, hard seltzer, hard cider specials and 1,000 FREE delicious donuts!
Festival of Combustion
Saturday, October 8
1 pm – 9 pm
Enjoy a celebration of Pittsburgh’s legacy at the Festival of Combustion. Come to Carrie Blast Furnaces to revel in the industrial arts and American crafts. Witness the creativity and innovation of our region’s artists, makers, and builders. Enjoy hands-on activities for adults and children alike with demonstrations and experiences throughout the entire day and evening.
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens Fall Flower Show: Blooms Under the Big Top
Saturday, October 8 through Sunday, October 30
9:30 am – 5 pm daily and until 10 pm on Fridays
The Phipps Conservatory Fall Flower Show is the longest running in the nation. This year’s Blooms Under the Big Top will take you on a whirlwind tour of stunning circus- and carnival-inspired botanical displays. Explore the festivities as you wander through room after room of hundreds of vibrant blooms in dramatic cascades, giant disbuds and other exciting forms. From the show’s classic hand-carved wooden carousel to whimsical animal topiaries.
Pittsburgh Monster Pumpkin Festival
Saturday, October 15 through Sunday, October 16
10 am to 6 pm
See master carvers transform these large gourds into amazing dinosaur images of “Prehistoric Pittsburgh”. Watch local graffiti artists create towering characters using giant pumpkins and hay bales as their canvas. And don’t miss Project Bundle-Up’s Pumpkin splash where an enormous pumpkin will be dropped into a pool from a crane! All of this, plus pumpkin carriage rides, fall food, local artists, and more!
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