Celebrate Fall in Pittsburgh

Fall is a beautiful time of year here in the Pittsburgh area, and there are plenty of festivals celebrating the season. Here are few to consider attending.

Historic Trax Farms

The 45th Annual Fall Festival starts this Saturday (Sept. 20th) at Trax Farms. The festival will run every weekend through October 26th and offers free admission. Once you’re there, it’ll cost some money for extra activities such as feeding the animals in the petting zoo (petting them is free), bounce house, rock wall, bungee jumper, the classic hayride to the 4 acre corn maze and pumpkin patch, plus much more. Dads: Steelers games are on air in the events room and all events are free for kids 2 and under.

Castle Shannon

The 3rd annual Castle Shannon Fall Festival starts at 11 a.m. tomorrow (Sept. 20) and goes until 3 p.m. on Willow Avenue between Park and Poplar, right down the street from Alvern Gardens Apartments, Place Seville, and Sleepy Hollow Townhouses and Apartments. The free event will feature live music, artisan crafts, activities for kids, local food, and more.

Soergel Orchards

Starting this weekend, Soergel Orchards is featuring several themed fall festivals:

Pittsburgh in Autumn
In addition to enjoying the gorgeous fall foliage that’s already starting to appear around the Pittsburgh area, there are plenty of autumn festivals around too.
By John [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons
  • Sept. 20-21 Fall Festival Kick-off Weekend
  • Sept. 27-28 Apple Cider Celebration
  • Oct. 4-5 Apple Blast Weekend
  • Oct. 11-12 Pumpkin-palooza
  • Oct. 18-19 Harvest Weekend
  • Oct. 25-26 Halloween Celebration

Simmons Farm

Want to beat the weekend crowds? Fall activities start tomorrow at Simmons Farm and are open seven days a week. The mazes, slides, petting zoo, and hayrides are available daily. On the weekends, there’s pumpkin carving, pony rides, fiddle playing, a butterfly house, and an apple sling shot.

Reilly’s Summer Seat Farm

The Harvest Festival of Fun will start in October and run 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every weekend that month. This one costs $7 per person, but the price of admission includes all the activities the farm has to offer. In addition to the classics of hayride to the pumpkin patch and a corn maze, there’s pony rides, the boo barn, face painting, scare crow making, pedal go carts, and even cow milking (plus more!).

Penn Brewery

Looking for an adults only fall festival? Consider attending Oktoberfest this weekend. The festivities begin at 5 p.m. tonight and continue until midnight. The festivities will go throughout this weekend and continue Sept. 26-28.  So what’s it all about? Beer, German food, and live music both indoors and outdoors. The featured musicians: Autobahn, Heimat Klang, Kevin Solecki, and Madel Jager.

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