Autumn is one of my favorite seasons. Pittsburgh is one of my favorite cities. But to be honest, I kind of hate being in Pittsburgh in the fall. It’s fine, but it’s not a New York or New England autumn by any stretch of the imagination. I usually get pretty depressed.
But just because it’s not the autumn of my dreams here in the ‘burgh doesn’t mean there aren’t fun things to do. This year I’m going to give it more of a fair chance by checking out all the city festivals and fun things that I can find. Here are five of the things to do in Pittsburgh this fall that look most appealing.
The beer scene in Pittsburgh gets better every year and there are plenty of ways to celebrate Oktoberfest.
I’ve only ever been to Penn Brewery for Oktoberfest. It’s packed every night. The best way I can describe it is organized chaos. There are separate lines for food and beer. The options are simple. The seats are first come, first served. The music is loud and boisterous. The Penn Brewery Oktoberfest beer tends to be a crowd-pleaser.
Penn Brewery Oktoberfest dates:
September 16th – 18th (technically still summer!) & September 23rd – 25th.
We also have a Hofbrauhaus here in Pittsburgh. I’ve been for several birthdays and other occasions. It’s always a ton of fun. If you go to Hofbrauhaus for any occasion: plan on taking Uber or Lyft, get the big beers, and eat the pretzels with beer cheese.
Hofbrauhaus Oktoberfest dates:
September 16th – 17th & September 23rd – 24th
For this brand new 5K you get to run on the airfield and taxiways of the Pittsburgh International Airport!
If you love airports half as much as I do, just going out and walking this 5K will be a blast. I’m definitely not running this one for time. I’m running this one for selfies. Will I see you out there?
Register by September 25th for the FlyBy5K, which takes place on October 1, 2016.
The ScareHouse is one of America’s Scariest Halloween Attractions. It takes a full year to build and decorate this house of horrors. The actors at ScareHouse take great joy in playing their part to scare you as you go on a guided tour of a big old house built in 1915.
If you don’t scream, laugh, and nearly pee your pants during your visit, you did it wrong.
Need more reasons to go? Elijah Wood loves ScareHouse.
My husband took me on a surprise date here the first or second year we were together. We haven’t been back since, but I think it’s about time.
The ScareHouse is open 2 – 4 nights per week from September 16 – October 30, 2016.
Once a year the Senator John Heinz History Center fills up with local food vendors. Try some of Pittsburgh’s most iconic foods like the Klondike and the pierogi while you learn about the history of the City of Bridges. Local vendors also whip up new treats and their very own specialties. If someone has a decent apple cider donut at this festival, I’ll be delighted.
Keep your guard up or you might get bitten by a vampire while waiting in line for the Jack Rabbit.
Friday and Saturday nights throughout the fall, Pittsburgh’s classic amusement park is taken over by ghosts and ghouls of all shapes and sizes. Kennywood is fun on the best day, but during Phantom Fright Nights it’s supposed to be crazy awesome.
Coming to town for one or more of these events and need a place to stay? Try Airbnb. There are tons of great options in Pittsburgh.
What are your favorite things to do in the Autumn?