18 Awesome Fall Activities in Pittsburgh: Fall 2023

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Last Updated 9/21/2023

One of my favorite things about living in Pennsylvania- and especially Pittsburgh- is that we get to experience all four seasons. Fall has always been my favorite time of year, and Pittsburgh is an awesome place for it. Between the fall foliage, apple picking, pumpkin patches in Pittsburgh and more, there’s no shortage of fall activities in Pittsburgh, PA.

Below is a rundown of our favorite fall things to do in Pittsburgh in 2023. This list also includes a few fall events and activities on our Pittsburgh bucket list for the future.

Note: Be sure to check back for updates periodically as details for more fall festivals in Pittsburgh are released!

Table of Contents: Things to do in Pittsburgh in the Fall

Soergel Orchards

Soergel’s Orchard is located in Wexford, PA just north of Pittsburgh. While the farm and country store are great to visit all year round, it’s also home to of the most popular fall festivals in Pittsburgh.

Throughout the year, you can find the following things to do at Soergels:

  • Country Store with local goods and produce, plus a bakery and deli with a small cafe.
  • Garden and home store with beautiful decor for the inside and outside of your house.
  • Tiny Town play area for the kids behind the country store.
  • Small petting zoo area with farm animals like goats and sheep.
  • Naturally Soergel’s with specialty food items for those with specific dietary needs.
  • Arsenal Cider House and wine shop.
  • The gift barn, with a number of unique gifts including a dedicated toy area upstairs.
  • Gem mining at Soergel’s is available as well.

Soergel Orchard’s Fall Festival

In addition to the regular offerings at Soergels, they hold an annual Fall Festival as well. It’s one of our favorite fall activities in Pittsburgh, and we look forward to attending on a weekday when the crowds are lower.

Below are the highlights for Soergel’s Fall Festival.

  • The Soergels pumpkin patch and apple picking is available daily starting in mid September.
  • Soergel’s market will be filled with fall goodies including pumpkin treats, candy apples and cider donuts for takeout only. Outside food vendors and picnic tables will not be available this year.
  • The petting zoo area will be open with distancing measures in place.
  • An outdoor market will be available on Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Hayrides, games, pony rides and the “Tiny Town” play area are available as well.

More Information on Visiting Soergel Orchards

  • Website: https://www.soergels.com
  • Soergel’s Address: 2573 Brandt School Road, Wexford, PA 15090.
  • Fall Festival Admission: Soergel’s Fall Festival Admission is free to get in and park. Apple picking, pumpkins and other items are available for additional cost.
  • 2023 Soergels Fall Festival Dates: The fall festival at Soergel’s kicks off on Saturday September 16, 2023 and is held weekends from 10am-5pm. The pumpkin patch and apple picking at Soergel’s are typically available weekdays as well.
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Freedom Farms Fall Festival

The Fall Festival at Freedom Farms is another one of our favorite fall things to do near Pittsburgh. Located in Butler County, the farm is spacious and includes one of our favorite pumpkin patches near Pittsburgh.

The highlights of the Fall Festival at Freedom Farms include:

  • Corn filled play area with hay bales to climb on.
  • Petting Zoo with goats, cows and more. (Bring quarters for the animal food dispensers.)
  • Hay rides to the pumpkin patch to pick your own pumpkin.
  • Fun corn maze for kids of all ages.
  • Photo ops throughout and painted hay bales.
  • Market with local vendors & crafts.
  • Beer, wine and food available for purchase.
  • Live music from local bands.

More Information on the Freedom Farms Butler, PA Fall Festival

  • Website: https://www.freedomfarmspa.com/fall-festival
  • Freedom Farms Address: 434 Overbrook Road, Valencia, PA
  • Fall Festival Admission: $10 per person admission fee is charged prior to parking. Hayrides and other activities are included in admission. Children 3 and under are free.
  • Freedom Farms Fall Festival 2023 Dates: Saturdays and Sundays in from September 30th- October 29th from 11am- 5pm. (Plus Columbus Day)

While you’re in the area, be sure to also check out the nearby Freedom Farms Market.

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Harvest Valley Farms Fall Festival

Harvest Valley Farms is another family farm located right at the border of Allegheny and Butler counties. It tends to be more low key than some of the other fall festivals in the area, and it’s one of our favorites for that reason.

The 2023 Harvest Valley Farms Fall Festival will include the following activities:

  • Corn Stalk Maze, Corn Pit & Straw Tunnel for kids
  • Food for sale from Harvest Valley Market, Mars Farmhouse Cafe & Craft Beer from Conny Creek Brewing
  • Petting area with farm animals
  • Hayride throughout the farm
  • Pumpkins for purchase as well as a pumpkin patch to pick your own.

Be sure to check out the nearby Harvest Valley Farmers Market for baked goods, fresh produced and other locally made items. The Harvest Valley Market is located at 6003 Cunningham Road, Gibsonia, PA. (Just 2 miles away from the farm.)

More Information on Visiting Harvest Valley Farms

  • Website: https://www.harvestvalleyfarms.com/fall-festival
  • Harvest Valley Farms Address: 125 Ida Lane, Valencia, PA
  • Fall Festival Admission: Admission and parking are free. Activities are pay as you go.
  • 2023 Harvest Valley Farms Fall Festival Dates: Saturdays and Sundays from September 30- October 22 from 10am-5pm.
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Shenot Farm

Located in Wexford, PA, Shenot Farms is a family-owned farm and market right off of Route 910. If you’re looking for apple picking in Pittsburgh, Shenot Farms has a spacious area for picking apples. 2023 Shenot Farms apple picking starts Saturday and Sunday September 16th & 17th from 10am-4pm. The apple selection changes weekly, so be sure to check their social media regularly for details. It’s $12/peck.

Shenot Farms is also home to another one of the best pumpkin patches in Pittsburgh. Hay rides at Shenot Farm are available on weekends, and visitors can access the pumpkin patch through a walking path. (Wagons and strollers are permitted- just make sure they can handle the uneven terrain!)

Another highlight of visiting Shenot Farms is the farmers market that’s open all year round. The market offers fudge and baked goods, pumpkins, apples, and several other local goods and produce. Right outside of the market, there’s also outdoor seating and a play area for kids.

Food trucks are typically available on the weekends during the fall as well.

More Information on Visiting Shenot Farm

  • Website: https://www.shenotfarm.com
  • Address: 3754 Wexford Run Road, Wexford, PA 15090
  • Shenot Farm 2023 Fall Activity Admission: Admission to the pumpkin patch is $5 on the weekends for ages 3+ with hayrides available. You can also walk to the pumpkin patch for free on weekdays.
  • Shenot Farm 2023 Fall Activity Dates: The pumpkin patch at Shenot opens September 30th and runs daily until October 29th from 10am-5pm.
Shenot Farms Pumpkin Patch Fall Activities in Pittsburgh Toddling Traveler

Renshaw Farms Pumpkin Fest

Renshaw Farms is located in Freeport, PA, northeast of Pittsburgh. It’s a great festival for families, and some of the highlights of this fall festival near Pittsburgh include:

  • Corn maze themed with Spookily the Square Pumpkin story.
  • Large petting zoo area with horses, goats, sheep and more.
  • Hay bale “mountain” and stacked tires for climbing.
  • Hay rides to the pumpkin patch to pick and purchase your own pumpkins.)
  • Games including mini golf, spiderweb rope climb, bouncing horses and more.
  • Fun photo ops throughout the property.

There’s also a country store and food available for purchase at Renshaw Farms.

More Information on Visiting Renshaw Farms

  • Website: http://www.renshawfarmspumpkinfest.com
  • Address: 314 Ford City Road, Freeport, PA 16229
  • Fall Festival Admission: Renshaw admission is $8 per person and includes several activities available at the pumpkin fest. Children 3 and under are free. Additional activities at Renshaw’s fall fest as well as pumpkins and food are available for an additional charge.
  • 2023 Renshaw Farms Pumpkin Fest Dates: September 23, 24, 29 & 30 and Fridays-Sundays in October from 11am-6pm.

ZooBoo at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

The Pittsburgh ZooBoo is another one of our favorite fall activities in Pittsburgh. This annual Halloween event at Pittsburgh’s Zoo & Aquarium encourages kids to dress up in costume and trick or treat throughout.

The 2023 ZooBoo at Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium have not yet been announced, but in the past it included:

  • Trick or Treat Trail with Halloween Candy handed out
  • Candy and activity stops throughout the zoo (sponsored by local businesses.)
  • Animals eating pumpkin treats throughout the zoo
  • Zoo characters in costume throughout the zoo
  • Halloween parade, dance party and costume contest

More Information on Visiting the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

  • Website: https://www.pittsburghzoo.org/event-zooboo/
  • Pittsburgh Zoo Location: 7370 Baker Street Pittsburgh, PA 15206
  • ZooBoo Admission: ZooBoo festivities are included with regular admission. Purchase tickets in advance to guarantee admission!
  • 2023 Pittsburgh ZooBoo Dates: October 21, 22, 28 & 29 from 10am-3pm.

For more information on visiting the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium, read these tips for visiting the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium.

Mars Applefest

Located in Mars, PA, Applefest is a fun family festival that’s one of our favorite Fall festivals near Pittsburgh. Things to do at the 2023 Mars Applefest include:

  • Live music and performances from local performers
  • Local vendors and artists selling a variety of items
  • Free activities for the kids
  • Yummy apple themed and other foods for sale throughout

More Information on Visiting Mars Apple Fest

  • Website: http://marsapplefest.com
  • Address: Main streets in Mars, PA
  • Mars Applefest Admission: Admission for Applefest is free, with several items available for purchase.
  • 2023 Mars Applefest Date: October 7, 2023 from 10am- 4pm.

Fall Flower Show at Phipps Botanical Gardens

Phipps is another one of our favorite things to do in Pittsburgh for the holidays. The 2023 fall flower show at Phipps is Hometown Harvest. It includes several fall flowers added throughout the Phipps as well as a carousel and fun animal topiaries throughout. Another highlight is the return of the Garden train at Phipps. The theme for the Phipps train in 2023 is Pittsburgh Through the Four Seasons, and we’re so excited to check it out!

More Information on the Fall Flower Show at Phipps

  • Website: phipps.conservatory.org
  • Phipps Address: One Schenley Park, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Phipps Fall Show Admission: Admission for Phipps is $21.95 for adults, $19.95 for seniors and students and $13.95 for kids 2-18.
  • 2023 Fall Flower Show Dates: Daily from October 7-29 from 9:30am-5pm
phipps conservatory train holiday show

Halloween at the National Aviary

There are two fun events at the National Aviary for Halloween this year. Owl-O-Ween is back this year, and it’s going to include the following activities for kids:

  • Trick or treating for the kids throughout the Aviary
  • A “sp-OO-ky” meet and greet with the chace to meet owls in the theater
  • A fun Owl-O-Ween craft for kids

Kids are encouraged to dress in costume and be part of the Aviary’s Halloween parade as well.

Owl-O-Ween takes place October 21 and 22 from 11am-4pm. It’s included with general admission. See the National Aviary’s website for the full schedule of activities.

Looking for more Halloween fun at the National Aviary? There’s a Halloween brunch at the National Aviary called Brunch ‘N Treat. It takes place on October 22 and has two seatings at 11am and 12:30pm.

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Additional Fall Activities in Pittsburgh

There are several more Pittsburgh Fall Festivals that we haven’t been to yet! Below are some additional ideas for fall activities that have been recommended by friends and followers. They include Pittsburgh Halloween events and great pumpkin patches near Pittsburgh, PA. Note: Most Pittsburgh pumpkin patches are open Saturday and Sunday from 10am-5pm. Check individual websites for details.

Family-Friendly Pittsburgh Hotels

If you’re visiting Pittsburgh with kids (or without), we have a few recommendations for hotels in Pittsburgh. Although we live here, we’re all about a staycation in Pittsburgh and have stayed at all of these hotels over the years.

Additional Ideas for Fun Things to Do in Pittsburgh

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