Fall Fairs, Festivals, and Events

Colorful foliage. Crisp air. Pumpkins. What's not to love about Fall?

There are lots of cool fairs, festivals and events going on throughout the Pittsburgh region during Autumn that offer plenty of food and seasonal fun. And don't forget to enjoy the brilliant colors on the trees and hillsides during October. Happy Fall!

Trax Farms Hayride
  • Trax Farms - Finleyville, PA
    • Through October 25 (Weekends)
    • Trax opens up its farm for pumpkin picking, apple tasting in its orchards, food booths from local bakers and cooks, and a 2.5-acre cornfield maze. Stop by the Cafe for a fresh apple dumpling and a mug of hot apple cider before heading home.
  • Triple B Farms' Fall Family Apple & Pumpkin Festival - Monongahela, PA
    • Through October 31 
    • If you're looking for a fall festival mixed with a carnival check out Triple B Farms this fall. Their festival includes standards like a pick-your-own pumpkin patch and hayrides on the farm, and adds some fun but unexpected activities like the Liberty Tube and Squirrel Hill Tunnel Slides, a haunted barn, and more.
  • Mars Apple Fest - Mars, PA 
    • October 3
    • Food, fun, shopping, games, crafts and entertainment.
  • Confluence PumpkinFest- Laurel Highlands
    • October 3-4 
    • Many interesting events including Pumpkinfest Queen Pageant, garden tractor pull, tough man fire truck pull, antique tractor show, live music, a parade and the largest pumpkin contest. 
  • Autumnfest - Seven Springs
    • October 3-18 
    • Treat yourself to a spectacular weekend in the mountains and enjoy the best of Pennsylvania's beautiful fall foliage! Every weekend in October there's themed family fun. Hop on the chairlift for an aerial view of the fiery colors of autumn. Artisans and crafters from far and wide will have their handmade creations on display.
  • Autumn Natural History Walks/Tours - Allegheny County Parks
    • October 3-November 14 
    • Guided tours with interpretive walks on the nature/hiking trails at Boyce, Hartwood, Deer Lakes, Harrison Hills and White Oak Parks.
  • Pittsburgh Abides Big Lebowski Fest - Lawrenceville
    • October 9 
    • Movie screening, activities, contests, and live music. Activities include: bowling, ringer toss, dance lessons and costume contests.
  • Fort Ligonier Days - Ligonier, PA
    • October 9-11 
    • Three-day festival that commemorates the Battle of Fort Ligonier, a key engagement of the French & Indian War. Festival features living history encampment, music, crafts, food, Kids Korner and more.
  • ReelQ - Pittsburgh LGBT Film Festival - Various Theaters
    • October 9-17 
    • An annual celebration of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered writers, directors, actors, and their work drawing hundreds of movie-goers to the ten days of high quality entertainment, including feature films, shorts, and videos from the hottest national and international LGBT filmmakers of our time.
  • Houston Pumpkin Festival- Houston, PA 
    • October 9-11 
    • Features family fun for all ages, including; over 175 food and craft vendors, music and entertainment, children's games and activities, a parade, and many pumpkin related contests. Free admission.
  • Pumpkin Patch Trolley - Pennsylvania Trolley Museum
    • October 9-25 (Weekends) 
    • Ride the trolley to the pumpkin patch for fall family fun!
  • 24th Annual PumpkinFest 2015 - East Commons Park, North Side
    • October 10 
    • This is the largest harvest festival in the city, attracting 1,500 children and their families annually. Activities include: pony and train rides, a petting zoo, children's games, a pumpkin decorating contest, and more!
  • South Side Historical Village "Fall Social" - Hookstown Fairgrounds
    • October 10 
    • Take a step back in time! Located at the Hookstown Fair Grounds is a fabulous historical village consisting of a one-room schoolhouse, outdoor bake oven, blacksmith shop, general store, doctor's office, barn and covered bridge. Cookies and bread will baking in the outdoor oven along with sheep shearing, apple cider press and a barn dance. 
  • Brews & Brats Festival - Nemacolin Woodlands Resort
    • October 10 
    • First annual Brews & Brats Festival features family fun, craft beers, German foods, kids activities, live music, stein and barrel races, and the People's Choice Best Brew Contest.
Fall Festival
  • The Zelienople & Harmony Fall Festival - Zelienople and Harmony, PA
    • October 10-11 
    • Two days of musical entertainment, three towers of paranormal ghost walks, pumpkin and costume contests, chainsaw carving, petting zoo, free horse-drawn wagon rides and historic encampments and demonstrations.
  • Fall Foliage Cruise - Gateway Clipper Fleet; Station Square
    • October 10-23 
    • Enjoy a buffet meal while taking in the sights of Pittsburgh fall foliage
  • Bulgarian Folk Festival - Bulgarian Macedonian National Educational & Cultural Center
    • October 16-18 
    • Featuring talented dance ensembles from all over the U.S. and Canada and top-notch live music, full meals, and a dance workshop.
  • SouthSide Works Fall Food Festival - SouthSide Works
    • October 17 
    • Enjoy live music, food trucks, beer and cocktails and more!
  • Hay Day 2015 - South Park
    • October 17 
    • Offers many of the same well-loved fall activities that cost extra at other fall festivals. Families can enjoy hay rides, a hay maze, a pumpkin patch trip, a barnyard petting zoo and more.
    • Zombie Fest 2015 - Riverfront Park in Millvale
      • October 17 
      • Festivities include The Zombie Olympics, Best Scream Contest and Zombie Walk.
    • Fall Flower Show - Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
      • October 17-November 8
      • This year's Fall Flower Show brings a new perspective to the season's famed chrysanthemums through the lens of Japanese horticulture.

    Enjoy October and let us know below where your family went for a great Fall experience!