Pittsburgh Fall Date Ideas

Pittsburgh Fall Date Ideas

Cozy up with that special someone on these fall-themed date nights

It's finally fall! If you're in need of a spooky, pumpkin spice or harvest-themed date night idea, Pittsburgh has you covered. There's only so much time before the fall festivities turn into reindeer games so make the most out of fall with these Pittsburgh date nights.

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Hayrides and Pumpkin Patches

Pittsburgh is surrounded with farmers markets, and there's no better time to visit than the fall. Head to Trax Farms, Soergels Orchards, or Shenots (to name a few) for the ultimate fall-time date. Pittsburgh offers plenty of festivals to carve a pumpkin, get “lost” in a corn maze or go on a hayride. If you are not sure which one to check out, take a look at our Fall Festivals Guide!

Hold Me (For Dear Life) Date Night

Not for the weak-hearted, the nationally recognized Pittsburgh Scarehouse is the go-to escape for haunted house enthusiasts. This date night will test your relationship (and survival skills) as you enter Pittsburgh's ultimate haunted house. The terror begins at their new haunt at the Pittsburgh Mills. If you don't love the spooky stuff, Scarehouse also offers three escape room experiences to test your wits and axe throwing to test your aim in the Strip District.

Phantom Fall Fest

If you're an adventure-seeker or just a kid at heart, you'll want to explore Phantom Fall Fest at Kennywood. Come early and ride the Phantom's Revenge and stick around after dark for phantoms stalking seven haunted houses and four scare zones! This is the perfect date night complete with white-knuckle roller coasters, devilishly good food and spine-tingling fun.

For Horror Film Lovers

Pittsburgh's horror heritage is unmatched. It's where zombie movies first made their mark including Pittsburgh filmmaker George Romero's Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead. Plan a zombie-infested date night seeking out filming locations before binging these made in PGH flicks.

If you can't get enough of scary movies, then head straight to Bierport bottle shop and Rowhouse cinema for date night. Bierport's taproom is now open seven days a week, so find a new favorite (bonus for going local), then bring it to the other side of the building into Rowhouse for your horror film of choice. In 2022, look for Rowhouse's Pumpkin Spice Latte week featuring feel-good fall films or their can't miss selection of classic horror in October.

DIY Fall Candles

There's nothing like filling your house with the sweet smell of fall. At Mix Candle Co. in Pittsburgh, you can create your very own custom candle. You start out by selecting your scents with the expert candle makers and then proceed with making the candle. This is a great way to start your date night and, while your candle is drying, you can pop over to any of the surrounding Lawrenceville bars or restaurants. 

Take a Walk Around Phipps

Phipps Botanical Gardens is a great spot to walk around with your special someone and see the beautiful fall flowers. Nothing in Pittsburgh adjusts to the seasons like Phipps! In October, Phipps is transforming into a carnival-like atmosphere for Blooms Under the Big Top, a limited-time show to see chrysanthemums in bloom.

Go To a Pens Game

Nothing quite says fall in Pittsburgh like hockey. For our couples out there that like watching sports, a Pittsburgh Penguins hockey game is a great option. Pens games are exciting, vibrant and capture the magic of a fall day or night in Downtown. College Students: don’t forget to use Student Rush!

Make a Fall Beer Tour

If you love craft beer, you're in luck. Pittsburgh neighborhoods have great breweries around every corner, and fall means it's time for festive new releases like pumpkin stouts, Oktoberfests and much more. Follow our beer map and plan your route for fall flavors.

Dinner and a View

Pittsburgh has so many great restaurants and places to take in a nice view, why not combine that into one night? Go to a North Shore restaurant and walk the river trail, or from Market Square to the Point, or even from Station Square up the incline to Mt Washington! There are endless combinations to try around the city.