Autumn in Pittsburgh

There are plenty of ways to enjoy Pittsburgh in the fall, no matter your interests, taste buds or even the weather.

How to Pack

When travelling to Pittsburgh in the autumn, you’ll need to remember to pack a few essentials that will make things go smoothly. With these tips and ideas, you are sure “fall” in love with Pittsburgh during your trip.

  • Layers are critical as the weather cools down. While morning and evening might be cool, the daytime will likely be fairly warm and often sunny! Be sure to bring outfits that layer well, including sweaters and jackets.
  • Be sure to pack your walking shoes! While the weather is just right, you’ll be sure to want explore on-foot (or by bike!) and comfy shoes are critical.
  • Leaf peeping fans will want to make sure they have their camera on-hand! This is of course the ideal time to watch Pittsburgh’s lush natural landscape transform into a colorful autumn oasis.
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What to Do

Experience Pittsburgh’s Greenspaces 

In Pittsburgh, natural beauty is as abundant as city adventure. Home to five major city parks, as well as several neighborhood and community parks, Pittsburgh is a great place to get outside and enjoy the outdoors.

Catch a Show

Downtown Pittsburgh’s Cultural District is home to nine world-class theaters showing everything from comedy to magic to ballet and Broadway. See a show and enjoy dining at one of the many popular restaurants in the area.

If you’re in the mood for a different type of show, why not see what’s playing at one of the many concert venues in the area. Pittsburgh is home to small, local venues as well as large arenas for major performers.

Events and Holidays 

Labor Day is a great time to celebrate summer coming to an end. 

  • Check out these ways to celebrate the holiday in Pittsburgh!

Hooray for Halloween in Pittsburgh! There are so many ways to celebrate spooky season in the ‘Burgh that you’ll be staying busy all October long.

  • If you’re in the mood to get properly frightened, check out one of the haunted experiences available in Pittsburgh. Head to a haunted house like ScareHouse or Hundred Acres Manor, or experience Phantom Fright Nights at Kennywood Amusement Park.
  • For those looking for spooky without the scary, check out ZooBoo at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium. Or, for a totally unique experience, book and appointment at Trundle Manor for a look inside a couple’s home full of weird and one-of-a-kind items.
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It’s not officially fall if you’re not dreaming of your Thanksgiving dinner feast.

  • If you’re not in the mood to cook, try one of the Pittsburgh hotel restaurants serving up dinner, like Braddock’s Rebellion in the Renaissance Hotel, and Spirits and Tales in the Oaklander
  • You might also try Mad Mex’s Gobblerito, a burrito stuffed full of all the Thanksgiving trimmings. Don’t think about it too hard, just try it – you’ll be glad you did!

You’ll enjoy fall festivals and pumpkin patches all season long at area farms such as Trax FarmsSimmons Farm and Soergel Orchards.

Autumn Views

Our friends at the Laurel Highlands know how to do fall the right way. In about an hour by car, you’ll be in autumn wonderland full of parks, trails, cabins and quaint shops and restaurants. Beer loves should check out the Laurel Highlands Pour Tour for a taste of what’s brewing.

While you’re in the spooky spirit, why not check out one of Pittsburgh’s beautiful and historic cemeteries? The Allegheny Cemetery is one of the oldest in the country and provides a natural oasis within the busy Lawrenceville neighborhood. The Homewood Cemetery is known for its gorgeous landscape, and for housing famous gravesites like those of the Heinz family. 

Two Hours in Pittsburgh

Even if you are short on time during your stay in Pittsburgh, there are a few things worth checking off the list.

  • There is always something to do or see in Pittsburgh’s Schenley Park, located in the Oakland neighborhood, near the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. Stroll through the trails, watch the leaves change or even play a few holes of golf on the Bob O’Connor Golf Course if the weather allows.
  • Check out the Lawrenceville neighborhood’s Butler Street for some local shopping! The street is lined with trendy boutiques, vintage finds, beauty products and more. Plus, you’ll find plenty of options for a bite or a drink if all that shopping revs up your appetite.
  • Stop by the Wigle Whiskey Barrelhouse or Distillery, both of which offer guided tours for the public. Sample a variety of locally-distilled spirits and learn about the fascinating role Pittsburgh played in the Whiskey Rebellion. If you’re driving, skip the samples and pick up a bottle to take home!
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