Spring into action with these seasonal events

Spring is in the air in Pittsburgh this week, so we decided it’s time to check out what’s happening in the area. As plants begin blooming, animals begin waking from hibernation and returning from migration, us humans are getting moving too. Here’s what’s going on in Steel City this spring.

Spring events in Pittsburgh
Spring and Easter are just around the corner, and there’s plenty to do all around Pittsburgh as the weather warms up.

Trax Farms

Starting on Monday, the Trax Farms store will be open 9 a.m.-8 p.m. If you’re looking for the perfect wine for your St. Patrick’s day, check out Trax Farms’ Green Apple. For the kids, the annual breakfast and lunch with the Easter Bunny kicks off next weekend and continues through Easter. Tickets for Easter events are $8 and are on sale now. The store will be closed on March 27 for Easter Sunday. On April 23, there will be an Arts and Crafts Show. Also arriving in early April: perennials, shrubs, and trees.

Soergel Orchards

Soergel Orchards has green apple wine for St. Patrick’s day as well. For any aspiring gardeners, there’s a $5 class at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 24 all about cultivating a lush lawn. Their Bunny Festival is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Saturday, March 26th. Unfortunately their meals with the Easter Bunny are sold out. The festival, however, is free to attend and it features an Easter egg hunt, a scavenger hunt, crafts, and other activities. Plus, you can order your Easter baked goods from their Bakery now. They even offer peanut free and gluten free options.

Kennywood

The 2016 season of Pittsburgh’s amusement park kicks off on Saturday, May 7. Although that’s still a while off, now is the time to look into season tickets. The Ride and Slide pass for $134.99 gives you season access to Kennywood as well as Sandcastle (which opens Saturday, May 28). The $129399 Premium Pass is limited to Kennywood, but it comes with some pretty sweet perks. You can use it to get into the park 15 minutes before it opens, you get 5 parking vouchers, a souvenir cup, 1 VIP coaster tour, and more. Now, if you don’t need all that, a regular season pass is $89.99, and you’ll get a discount when you renew it next year (this year, renewals are $5 less than buying a new season pass). If you’re 55 or older, you can get a Senior Pass for just $54.99. Is a season pass worth it? Well, if you go to the park at least 3 times with your regular season pass, you’ll have saved money. The Park’s diner, Johnny Rockets serves up some seriously good burgers. Plus, Noah’s Ark just got a renovation, so that classic is all shiny and new again this season.

Market Square Farmers Market

Once more farmers markets start announcing their 2016 seasons, we’ll be posting a roundup of all of them. For now, we can confirm that the Market Square Farmers Market is coming back on May 12, along with the Lunchtime Concert Series. It runs through October 27. Keep an eye out for the list of this year’s vendors, set to be announced later this month. This will be the 12th season of the market, and with 30 vendors hawking their fares each week last summer, you can bet this year will be just as, er, fruitful.

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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.
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  • 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.