Things to do in Pittsburgh in September

Things to do in Pittsburgh in September

Sunday 1st

    • Heinz Field Rib Fest: Concerts, food, entertainment and more, check website for daily events,
    • “Let’s Go Fly a Kite…”: Fun for all ages, with the FLY PGH Monthly Fly Kite Club, starts at 11am, pack a lunch and come for the day, 724-869-4488
    • Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival: 16th century food, entertainment, artisan marketplaces, and fun for the whole family, every Saturday and Sunday in September from 10:30am – 6:30pm,
    • Pittsburgh Pirates vs St. Louis Cardinals: Kids Day and Kids Earbuds giveaway, 1:35 pm, PNC Park,
    • Allegheny Country Musical Festival: Free concerts featuring Rusted Root with special guest Joel Plaskett and opening bands, 5 pm, Hartwood Acres, 412-350-2528
    • PA Arts & Crafts Colonial Festival: Over 220 booths, music, animal show, a petting zoo, food, and military encampments with battle skirmish demonstrations thru September 2, Westmoreland Fairgrounds,

Monday 2nd (Labor Day)

    • PittsburghLabor Day Parade: Starts at 10am outside the old Mellon Arena and heads through Downtown Pittsburgh, down Grant Street and onto Boulevard of the Allies
    • City & County Pools Close today for the 2013 Season
    • Heinz Field Rib Fest: Concerts, food, entertainment and more, check website for daily events,
    • BMX Bicycle Motocross Practices: Loaner equipment available, kids under age 18 must be accompanied by parent or guardian in order to ride, most Mondays thru November 18, 6:30 pm

Tuesday 3rd

    • Kiski Junction Railroad Excursion: Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays through October 29th, 1-hour scenic train ride for all ages, train departs at 2 pm from Schenley Station,

Wednesday 4th

    • Farmer’s & Threshermen’s Jubilee: Entertainment, demos, food, fun for all ages, thru September 10th, New Centerville, Somerset County
    • BMX Races: Every Wednesday, Registration 6-7 pm, Races begin at 7L30, South Park BMX Track, 412-831-3620

Friday 6th

    • Mountain Craft Days: The Somerset Historical Cetner Folk Festival, crafts, music, demos, food, 10am – 5pm, thru September 8th, Somerset Historical Center
    • Pittsburgh Irish Festival: Music, activities, food and more, September 6th – 8th, Riverplex at Sandcastle, West Homestead, 412-422-1113
    • A Fair in the Park: Arts & crafts demos, children’s activities, September 6th – 8th, Fifth & Shady, Shadyside,
    • Bluegrass & Old Time Music Festival: Music, activities and fun for all ages, September 6th & 7th, activities run all day, Harmony, Butler County,

Saturday 7th

    • American Girl Model Search: Looking for girls size 6x and 10 for fashion show hosted by The Junior League of Pittsburgh on November 16th & 17th. Model search from 11am – 3pm, September 7th in Learning Express at the Galleria, Mt. Lebanon and September 14th, 12 – 4pm, Greentree Library,
    • Saxonburg Festival of the Arts: Exhibits, quilt show, 5K race, crafts, car show and more, September 7th & 8th, Roebling Park, Saxonburg, 724-352-1400,
    • Star Party: Dusk (weather permitting), September 7th & 28th, Mingo Creek Park, 724-224-2510 or
    • The Music of John Lennon: Hillman Performing Arts Series, featuring Bill Prisell, 7:30 pm, Shady Side Academy, Fox Chapel, 412-968
    • The West Alexander Fair: Livestock exhibit, entertainment, amusement rides, grandstand events thru September 8th, gates open at noon on Monday and Saturday, 4pm on Tuesday – Friday, West Alexander, Washington County

Sunday 8th

    • Grandparent’s Day at the Pittsburgh Zoo: Grandparents get in free with their grandchildren, 9am – 5pm, Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

Monday 9th

    • Farmer’s & Threshermen’s Jubilee: Entertainment, demos, food, fun for all ages, Parade at noon, New Centerville, Somerset County
    • Munchkin Mondays: Story time, sing-alongs, exciting science discoveries every Monday for ages 2-6, daycare & community groups welcome, Carnegie Science Center

Friday 13th (Yom Kippur)

    • National Adopt a-Pet Weekend: September 13th – 15th at local Petsmarts

Saturday 14th

    • Flashlight Drag Races: Safe, fun entertainment, music, food, car show, car cruise, vendors’ midway, watch cars and trucks drag down the ⅛ mile airport runway, gates open at 12pm, race time 2 – 6pm, Greene County Airport, Waynesburg,
    • Bridgwater Bookfest: author talks and signings, live music, children’s activities, 10am – 4pm,
    • Alphabet Trail and Tales: Citipark’s early and elementary aged literacy event with music, games and other activities, 10am – 1pm, Frick Park Blue Slide Playground, 412-665-3665
    • VillageFest: 5K Run/2 Mile Walk, Corn Hole Tournement, Magic Show, Kid’s Zone, Entertainment, Music, Food, 10am – 5pm, Downtown Slippery Rock, 724-794-8180

Sunday 15th

    • Macy’s Elephant Dat at Pittsburgh Zoo: Celebrate the elephant herd, face painting, crafts, cake and fun for all ages, Radio Disney broadcasting and hosting festivities, 11am – 3pm, all activities are free with general admission, Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
    • Pittsburgh Mini Maker Faire: DIY science & technology, handmade crafts, music and food, 10am – 4pm, Buhl Community Park at Allegheny Square by the Children’s Museum,
    • Old Time Fiddlers Jamboree: FREE family outing for all ages, 2 – 5pm, Fayette County Fairgrounds


Thursday 19th

    • Calliope Concert: The Roots Cellar Series, 7:30pm, Carnegie Lecture Hall, Oakland
    • 58th Annual Clothesline & Used Book Sale: Thru September 23rd, Thursday & Friday 10am – 7pm, Saturday & Sunday 10am – 3pm, Monday 10am – 6pm, Sewickley Academy

Friday 20th

    • Just Between Friends Fall Children’s Consignment Event: September 20-22nd RMU Island Sports Center, Neville Island,
    • “Footlight” Children’s Theater: Beauty and the Beast, Jr. 7:30pm, additional shows on September 21st & 22nd 2:30pm, 724-238-6574
    • 14th Annual Peanut Butter Festival: Carnival rides, games, car cruise, crafts, food, entertainment, parade, 5K walk/race and more, Septemeber 20th – 22nd, Guntown Park, New New Bethlehem,

Saturday 21st

    • Storytelling Festival: Professional storytellers, entertainment for all ages, family friendly crafts, horse-drawn trolley rides, ghost stories and a campfire, free and open to the public, 3:30pm – 7:30pm , Ellwood City, 724-758-6458
    • Covered Bridge Festival: A family fun weekend, September 21st & 22nd, homestyle food, arts & crafts, music and more, Washington County,
    • Erntefest Harvest Festival: For all ages, children’s activities, Old Economy Village, 724-266-4500
    • Ligonier Highland Festival: Scottish Children’s activities, entertainment, food and crafts, fun for the whole family, Idlewild Park, Ligonier,
    • Butler Fall Festival: Family fun, food, entertainment, live music, children’s activities, 11am – 5pm, Main Street, downtown Butler,
    • Fall Festival at Soergels: Pick your own pumpkins, games, hayrides, food and more, Festivals every weekend thru October 27th,

Sunday 22nd

Friday 27th

    • Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts: Four weeks of theater, dance, music, performance and visual arts throughout Pittsburgh.
    • The Rubber Duck: kick off the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts with the launch of a 40-foot-tall rubber duck in the Allgheny River, launched at the West End Bridge, Sixth Street Bridge will be shut down to celebrate the beginning of the festival, visit
    • Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs II: The sequel to Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs released in theaters, check your local theaters for tickets and showtimes

Saturday 28th

    • Applefest: Hayrides, kid-friendly crafts, food and much more, 11am – 3pm, Winchester Thurston School North Hills Campus,
    • Hay Day at Hartwood Acres: Family Fall festival FREE for all ages, 11am – 4pm, Hartwood Acres Amphitheater,
    • The Lion King: An autism friendly performance tailored to the needs of adults and children on the autism spectrum, 2pm, Benedum Center,
    • 22nd Annual Ebenburg Potatofest: Arts, crafts, children’s activities, entertainment, food and fun for all ages, Ebensburgh,
    • Kid City Rockers: Family Dance Party: Monthly dance party with DJ KellyMom, fun for the whole family, $5 for adults, children are FREE, visit

Sunday 29th

    • 16th Alameda Fall Fest: Fishing tournement, Car Cruise, 5K, craft and vendor show, 8am – 5pm, Alameda Park, Butler


Sources: Pittsburgh City Parks / / Pittsburgh Parent Magazine /Living Pittsburgh /Visit Pittsburgh /Trip Advisor /Pittsburgh WPXI


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