Pumpkin beers, pumpkin picking, pumpkin parties… yep, it must be October!
Wednesdays in October
Hops & Hay Rides at Trax Farm
Catch a hayride while sipping a brew! Guests can enjoy beer sampling, corn maze, bonfire and more! Outside alcohol not permitted. More information online.
Wednesday, October 3
Crab Walk at Merchant Oyster Co.
Merchant is hosting a crab boil on the sidewalk in Lawrenceville! Enjoy crabs and potatoes, corn and sausage + more all spilled out on the tables in our outdoor seating area. There are three dates for this event, and each dinner is limited to 25 guests.
Thursday, October 4
Westmoreland Fall Family Funfest
The Westmoreland County Juvenile Probation Department is hosting a fall festival at Twin Lakes Park that is fun for the entire family. There will be refreshments, basket raffles, and more.
Friday, October 5
Wigle Whiskey’s Walkabout Apple Release Party
Wigle’s super-popular Walkabout Apple Whiskey is being released on Friday, October 5, and they’re hosting a party to celebrate! They’ll have food from the Gaucho Asado food truck, live music from Her Ladyship, and lots of apple whiskey tastings. Registration is free online.
Saturday, October 6
34th Annual Mars Applefest
Head to Downtown Mars, PA, for a day of live entertainment, food, shopping, and more fun. As the town says, “there really is life on Mars, and residents take full advantage of the fun opportunities there.” Enjoy candy, see the train station, sip on fresh cider, and more!
DogtoberFEST is is an animal adoption event held annually at The Waterfront. This celebration of adoption has been held the first weekend of October since 2010.
Pittsburgh Freaky Fair
Freaky Fair is Pittsburgh’s premier craft fair for spooky, strange or unusual art and handmade / vintage goods festival. The fair offers a unique shopping experience for anyone interested in strange or unusual art and handmade or vintage goods. IN addition to shopping, there will also be live entertainment, tarot readers, food options, and more!
Saturday, October 6 and Sunday, October 7
Hickory Apple Festival
The 35th annual Hickory Apple Festival has all the fall essentials – and then some. Get ready for a pie eating contest, a petting zoo, cloggers, and live music. There will also be demonstrations like wood carving, sand art, and pottery wheel. Apple dumplings or our caramel apples will be on site. More information can be found online.
Delmont Apple ‘n Arts Festival
Get excited for apple cider! Take a beautiful drive to Delmont, PA, for their annual Apple ‘n Arts Festival. There will be crafters, food vendors, a train, barnyard petting zoo, and pony rides. The highlight of the festival is a 1907 antique apple press making 5,000 of fresh-pressed gallons of apple cider – this machine only runs once a year during the festival. Find out more information online.
Bedford Fall Foliage Festival
2018 marks the 54th Annual Fall Foliage Festival in downtown Bedford, Pennsylvania. Bedford’s Fall Foliage Festival offers crafts, art, music, and fellowship in the crisp mountains of central Pennsylvania. Guests can shop and explore various artists working with mediums like Woodcraft, Pottery and Glass, Repurpose, Industrial, Antiques, Jewelry, Decor, and Blacksmith. There will also be food vendors and live music performances. The event will also take place on Saturday, October 13 and Sunday, October 14
Sunday, October 7
TacoMania Finals at Strange Roots Experimental Ales
It’s been a long summer of TacoManias competitions, but a winner will finally be crowned at this one. Pittsburgh Sandwich Society, Pittsburgh Burrito Bus, Mr. Bulgogi Korean Grill and La Palapa will be serving up their award-winning tacos from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. The event is free to attend, but if you’d like to be a ‘taco connoisseur,’ you can get tickets for $19 to try them all.
Drunkin Punkin at Hough’s
Try dozens of pumpkin beers at Hough’s during their seventh annual Drunkin Punkin event. They’re hosting three sessions throughout the day (one at 11:30 a.m., one at 3:30 p.m., and one at 7:30 p.m.), and tickets are $50 per person.
Friday, October 12 to Saturday, October 20
Pittsburgh Libations Week
A new tradition in starting in Pittsburgh! 2018 is the inaugural year of Pittsburgh Libations Week. Drink related events will be taking place all over the regions between October 12 and the 20th. Dozens of local beer, spirit, cider, and wine vendors will be participating in the festival! More information on Libations Week events can be found online.
Saturday, October 13
Maggie’s Farm 5th Anniversary Party
It’s been five years since Maggie’s Farm Rum launched in Pittsburgh, and they’re celebrating with a big party under the 31st Street Bridge. Tickets are $5 for entry, and includes live entertainment from five bands – plus, there will be five food trucks, five different beers, and five different rum cocktails available for purchase. Tickets and more info can be found on the event page.
Taste of Africa
Take a culinary tour of Cameroon, Africa at Cameroon FDP‘s eighth annual Taste of Africa event. The event is being held at Teamsters Local 249 in Lawrenceville, and will feature dinner, live musical performances, a dance party, and a silent auction. Tickets range from $75 to $100, and are available online.
Hops on the Mon Beer Festival (Morgantown, WV)
Head to Morgantown, WV – less than an hour and a half from Pittsburgh – to sample beer from the West Virginia beer community. The festival will feature 50 breweries, all rigorously selected based on product quality and style distinctiveness. Guests are welcome to vote on their favorite brewery, favorite taco in the “Motown Taco Throwdown.”
Zelienople/Harmony Country Fall Festival
There is a lot going on this year for the 34th Annual Zelienople/Harmony Country Fall Festival. There will be live music both days, arts & crafts, farmers market, horse-drawn wagons, petting farms, pumpkin contests, nightmare monster truck rides, a weenie dog race and more! There will also be a Chili Cook Off on Saturday, and a car cruise on Sunday, October 14. More information can be found online.
Sunday, October 14
Smoketoberfest V at Roundabout Brewery
The fifth annual Smoketoberfest is happening at Roundabout Brewery’s pop-up beer garden location on the Ohio River, with smoked foods and live music. Blowfish BBQ, Driftwood Oven, PGH Smokehouse and La Palapa will be serving up smoked dishes, and there will be lots of specialty Roundabout brews on hand, too. Tickets are $28, and available online.
Wine Trail Fall Festival
Stop by eight local wineries during this fall festival to enjoy live music, food trucks, vendors, and more! Guests must be 21 to attend. Tickets are $15 and include a custom souvenir wine glass.
The Neighborhood Flea – October
It’s the October 2018 Flea! The Neighborhood Flea is Pittsburgh’s open air urban marketplace that highlights unique collectibles and local food and drink. The event is held monthly at 26th & Smallman Street in The Strip District during summer and fall. Stop by for all of your flea finds and to support sustainability and local vendors.
Friday, October 19
Cookies & Candles at the Candle Lab
Learn how to make your own elaborately-decorated Halloween cookies, plus make an 8 oz. candle during this Cookies & Candles class at the Candle Lab. Tickets are $55, and more information can be found online.
Saturday, October 20
Boo & Brew Bash
Support the Make-a-Wish Foundation by touring some of downtown Pittsburgh’s best bars during this Halloween-themed bar crawl. Tickets are $35, and more information can be found on the event page.
Hometown – Homegrown at the Heinz History Center
Dozens of local food vendors will be at the Heinz History Center, handing out samples of their products, and offering cooking demonstrations all day long. Tickets are $18, and available online.
Saturday, October 20 – Sunday, October 21
Monster Pumpkin Festival
It’s almost time for fall fun on the North Shore! The Monster Pumpkin festival will feature food, crafts, hay rides, and tons of pumpkins. There will also be Monster Pumpkin Boat Races! The festival will be held on the North Shore Riverwalk, North Shore Great Lawn and Allegheny River, and is open to the public and family-friendly.
Wednesday, October 24
Ghosts Gallery at the Carnegie Museum of Art
Yelp is hosting a 21+ ‘Ghostly Gallery’ night at the museum, with three different rooms, each with a completely different vibe. Plus, there will be lots of food vendors set up throughout the halls, live entertainment, and fun hands-on activities. Read more online.
Friday, October 26
Pittsburgh Whiskey Festival at Rivers Casino
Cheers! Attendees at the Pittsburgh Whiskey Festival at Rivers Casino will have the opportunity to taste and learn more about various brands of whiskey and other liquors, while enjoying a full dinner buffet. Tickets are $100 per person, or $200 for three.
Final Farmers Market + Harvest Festival at the Block Northway
It’s the final farmers market of the year at the Block Northway, and they’re also hosting a Harvest Festival, with free face painting, a pumpkin patch, harvest beer tasting, and more.
Saturday, October 27
Bar Crawl Nation: Haloween Bar Crawl
Head to the South Side for a Halloween Bar Crawl, starting at Carson City Saloon. Dress up and take part in the costume contest, and enjoy food and drink specials at some of the South Side’s best bars. Tickets are $18 and available online.
A Few Bad Apples Ciderfest
Celebrate sustainable cider making! At this event, guests will enjoy samples of innovative and sustainably made ciders. There will also be live music, a costume contest, food from Gaucho, and beer from Spring Hill Brewing.
Evening of Tales and Hauntings in Beaver, PA
The Beaver County Historical Research and Landmarks Foundation is hosting local speakers to tell tales of reportedly haunted local sites. Topics include: “Spiritual Approach to Ghost Hunting” and “Legends and Lores.” Donations are appreciated for this event.
Monster Mash Bash in Butler
According their website, admission to this event includes a fiendish feast of phantasmic foods and a bevy of batty beverages (bring something to share if you dare!) BYOB is permitted. Tables can be reserved for groups of 10 or more. Gads of ghoulish prizes for many costume categories.
Know of any events that we missed? Let us know in the comments!