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October Events: Pumpkin Patch Parade, Doors Open Pittsburgh, Owl Brunch, Festival of Firsts, Library Fright Night, Kim Fox at Contemporary Craft, Genealogical Problem Solving, Greek Food Festival, Family Hospice Treasure Sale, Tim Burton Concert, Substance Abuse Forum, Pride and Prejudice, AAP’s Annual Exhibition and Madama Butterfly.

2016 Pumpkin Patch Parade /photo: Jaqueline Radin

Saturday, October 27

Start the Halloween candy binge early by trick-or-treating with your kiddos at Uptown businesses on Saturday, October 27 following the Recreation Department’s Pumpkin Patch Parade. The parade, which begins at 11 a.m., in Uptown Mt. Lebanon, is always a great photo op and a chance for both adults and kids to try out the costumes they’ll wear on Halloween (too hot, too tight, can’t see???).



Saturday & Sunday,
October 6 & 7

Explore the iconic interiors of nearly 50 architecturally significant buildings Downtown and on the North Side. Tickets are $10 for one day and $15 for both days, with discounts for children. Make your own itinerary and see buildings such as Dollar Bank, Union Trust, Koppers and Frick, downtown, and Teutonia Mannerchor, the Boggs Mansion and Blacksmith Studio on the North Side. Check out special Insider Tours ($20-$40) such as the Aviary’s hospital, Modern Public Art, Downtown Foodie and Notorious Pittsburgh.


Sunday, October 21

Dine under a heated tent in the National Aviary’s rose garden and enjoy visits from extraordinary owls. The event is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and reservations are required. Tickets are $37 for adults and $19.50 for children, with discounts for aviary members.


Now through November 11

New-to-Pittsburgh theater, dance, music, visual arts and immersive experiences will take over the Cultural District. From international star Eva Noblezada at the Greer Cabaret Theater to Tago Korean Drum’s performance at the Byham, to the U.S. premiere of the Israeli play “In the Tunnel” at the August Wilson Center, something new is going on every day downtown.


Friday, October 26

Get spooky with the Mt. Lebanon Public Library! Fright Night begins at 6:30 p.m. featuring activities, crafts and fun for the whole family. Costumes are optional, but recommended.


Now through January 5, 2019

One of our favorite local artists, Academy Avenue resident Kim Fox, is being showcased in Contemporary Craft’s Handwork Gallery located in the lobby of the Steel Plaza T station downtown. This free exhibition features Fox’s untraditional quilts, created at her Worker Bird studio and inspired by her urban surroundings and the natural Pennsylvania landscape. Open daily through midnight.


Monday, October 15

Nationally recognized genealogy lecturer Elissa Scalise Powell will be the guest speaker at the Mt. Lebanon Genealogical Society’s October meeting. Her presentation at 1 p.m. in Mt. Lebanon Public Library will focus on Techniques for Successful Problem Solving.


GREEK FOOD FEST RETURNS Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church’s Autumn Food Fair is Wednesday, October 3 through Friday, October 5. Open from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., at 123 Gilkeson Road. Greek favorites including moussaka, spanakopita, pastitsio and homemade baklava, diples and other pastries. The popular Yiayia Joan’s Attic Treasures rummage sale returns. Takeout is available, but there is no phone, fax or online ordering.


Saturday & Sunday,
October 6 – 7
Find something unique—from furniture to sports equipment to jewelry—at the Family Hospice and Palliative Care Treasure Sale. The event runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday at 50 Moffett Street.


Friday to Sunday,
October 12 – 14
Gear up for Halloween at Heinz Hall with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Mendelssohn Choir! This spine-tingling concert features Danny Elfman’s music in Tim Burton’s films, including Batman, Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas and more.


Thursday, October 18
Join State Representative Dan Miller at a Substance Abuse Forum from noon to 6 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. This second annual forum will focus on the challenges to recovery. All are welcome.


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Now through October 28
Pittsburgh Public Theater will kick off its 2018-2019 season with a new comedic interpretation of Pride and Prejudice, adapted by Kate Hamill and based on the popular Jane Austen novel.


AAP’s Annual Exhibition
Open until October 27
Since its founding in 1910, the Annual Exhibition has become the highlight of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh’s (AAP) exhibition season. This year, the Annual Exhibition will be held at 2708 Sidney Street in the South Side and it will showcase the most recent work of selected AAP membership, which includes artists within a 150-mile radius of Pittsburgh. Exhibition hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.


Madama Butterfly
October 6, 9, 12 & 14
What do Fatal Attraction, Weezer’s Pinkerton album and Miss Saigon have in common? Each are loosely based on Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, which is ranked #6 in Opera Sense’s list of most popular operas in the world and will be Pittsburgh Opera’s 2018-2018 season opener. Catch a performance at the Benedum Center by visiting Pittsburgh Opera’s website or, for more fun facts and pop culture references, visit our Pittsburgh Opera Lookalikes story.

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