If you think all the fun is over now that summer has come to an end, think again. You won’t believe how many things there are to do, see and enjoy around Pittsburgh and Allegheny County this fall… for less, or nothing at all! To make things easy for you, we’ve put together this handy-dandy “Free & Affordable Fall Fun Guide” filled with plenty of ways for you to have fun this fall in the ‘Burgh. You can also check out our Events Listing for even more fall fun on a budget.
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Fall HayDay at South Park – This free festival for all ages comes complete with rides, games, music, face painting and SO much more!
The Hydref – A Fall Festival at Depreciation Lands Museum – Festivities include 18th century re-enactors & craft demonstrators, a cider press, a children’s corner, yummy homemade food, vendors, pumpkin contests, and lots of fun!
Soergel’s Fall Festivals – With events nearly every weekend from cider to hayrides, you’ll enjoy loads of free fun at Soergel Orchards.
Children’s Festival at Oliver Miller Homestead - Enjoy old-fashioned games & activities for kids reflecting our pioneer heritage for only $2 per person.
Pumpkinfest in Deutschtown - Welcome autumn with your children, grandchildren, or neices & nephews in Allegheny Commons’ East Park!
Hartwood Fest – This adult event includes a bonfire, hayrides, fall inspired barbeque, live music and an open bar!
Pittsburgh Zombie Fest - Brain eating contests, an ugly pagent, games, prizes, and of COURSE the famous Zombie Walk – all for the cost of a food donation. Now THAT doesn’t sound so scary, does it?
Zom-B-Rama - The carnival is coming to town…but it’s not quite right. This carnival is overrun with the living dead…yikes! Of course what better place for a living dead carnival than the world famous Monroeville Mall, zombie mecca of the world, and home of the original Dawn of the Dead flick!
Pumpkins, Apples, and Hayrides
Round Hill Park & Exhibit Farm Hayride for Homeless Animals- Round Hill Park offers visitors the ability to visit and learn about a modern working farm. One of the season highlights? A hayride for Homeless Animals.
Reilly’s Summer Seat Harvest Festival – Enjoy pumpkin picking, balloon typhoons, games, slides and SO much more at Reilly’s Summer Seat Harvest Festival on Saturdays & Sundays!
Fall Fun at Shenot Farm – The Hayride & corn maze are FREE while purchasing your perfect pumpkin on Saturdays & Sundays at Shenot!
Columbus Day Parade – Celebrate Columbus Day weekend with Bloomfield’s annual Columbus Day parade on Liberty Avenue.
Bloomfield Halloween Parade - A Halloween-themed parade on the streets of Bloomfield, and also the biggest night parade in Pittsburgh with over 10,000 spectators! Live music, floats, and a costume contest are all part of the festivities.
Veterans Day Parade (more info coming soon!)
Macy’s Parade (more info coming soon!)
Halloween Events at Carnegie Library – Halloween themed storytimes, costume parties, pumpkin decorating contests, scary tales, and not so scary fun can be found at a variety of Carnegie Libraries this Halloween season.
Halloween Mayhem at Strayhorn – This family oriented halloween party includes music, performances, and merriment… plus it’s free with registration!
Family Lantern Tours - Experience a guided tour of the Depreciation Lands Museum and cemetery by lantern light for a very affordable price.
Moonlit Matinees at The Oaks Theater – You’ll find affordable classic horror flicks on the big screen this Halloween season at the Oaks Theater.
Haunted Pittsburgh Ghost Tour – Frightening tours of Pittsburgh’s scariest neighborhoods… BOO!
Halloween Mayhem – It’s a madcap, interactive afternoon of music, performances and merriment. Make masks with Creative Reuse, meet Mr. McFeely, and show off your costume in the Costume Parade on the scariest day of the year!
Howlin’ on the Hill - There will be food, arts and crafts, dancing, a DJ, and even a moon bounce this year. Come dressed in your scariest, funniest, or cutest Halloween costumes, or simply stop by for some Halloween fun!
Creepy Harvest Party - For kids 12 and under, $2 gets you pumpkin painting, a creepy story walk, a crazy train, scarecrow stuffing, face painting and much more!
Sips & Bites
Harvest Moon Wine Festival - $30 is all it costs to attend this 2nd Annual Wine Festival at Riverfront Park -
and LP will be giving a few pairs of tickets away soon!
Wine Knows Class & Tasting (Ongoing) - 2 hours of reds, whites, breads, and cheeses, all while dishing about wine with other Oenophiliacs. How much? Just $12!
RADical Days Fall Highlights
Free Pittsburgh Opera Events – The Pittsburgh Opera is proving to our city that high caliber culture doesn’t always have to come with high ticket prices.
Free Admission to the Carnegie Museum of Art & Natural History – Enjoy hands-on activities for kids and grown-ups at the Carnegie Museum of Art & Natural History for FREE thanks to 2011 RADical days.
Free Admission to the Zoo and PPG Aquarium – Enjoy free admission to the Zoo, plus a days worth of free performances thanks to 2011 RADical days.
Free Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Performance – Join your world-class Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, led by Thomas Hong, in a performance featuring the first movement of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 in F major!
Free Admission to the Warhol- Truly experience art at the largest single-artist museum in the nation!
World Egg Day at the National Aviary - The nation’s only indoor bird zoo is in your own backyard. Experience your favorite feathery friends care of RADical days!
Free Tours of PNC Park & Heinz Field - Take behind-the-scenes tours of Pittsburgh’s greatest sporting venues. Batting ages, press boxes, and legendary teams await!