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Things to Do in Pittsburgh in November

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Our ultimate weekend guide contains 156 unique recommendations of things to do in Pittsburgh in order to help you explore the city every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of the year (one for each day). With each recommendation, we've also hand selected nearby restaurants, bars, cafes, and shops you may wish to visit while you're in the neighborhood if you have more time!

As always, please keep in mind that our weekend recommendations may vary based on season and typical event schedules. Exact dates and operating hours should be confirmed prior to any visit.

For more information on all recommendations, click through to our full articles or the businesses' websites for more information!

Penguins Game

Pittsburgh Penguins

On this Friday in November, head to PPG Paints Arena downtown to cheer the Pittsburgh Penguins on as they try to win yet another Stanley Cup!

Schenley Park

Schenley Park

Depending on the seasons, there may be some fall color lingering within the city in early November- perfect for a late fall hike around Schenley Park.

We absolutely adore this park as it is an oasis inside the city, perfect for a long stroll any time of the year.

After your hike, head over to Squirrel Hill for brunch at Pamela's, lunch at Bangkok Balcony, or drinks at Independent Brewing Company.

Fallingwater

Fallingwater Outside of Pittsburgh

The height of Frank Lloyd Wright's architecture popularity may have passed, but that does not mean that his designs aren't any less beautiful.

The Fallingwater House is one of the most iconic of all buildings from this famed designer, and it attracts thousands upon thousands of visitors per year. Be sure to book tickets to this one several weeks in advance!

On your way back from Fallingwater be sure to stop at Greendance Winery for a wine tasting and their homemade fruit-pies!

Dancing Gnome Brewery

Dancing Gnome Brewery

Hoppy beer lovers rejoice! Dancing Gnome Brewery in Sharpsburg is the brewery for you, and this one prepares beers from the mild and citrus hops flavors we enjoy all the way to potent IPAs.

Don't like hoppy beer? No worries there as Dancing Gnome also has one of the best stouts in the city (known as Wonka). Roll up for an evening, order from a food truck out front, and enjoy the night with a delicious brew and meal from a Pittsburgh food truck.

Pitt Panthers Game

Hail Pitt! Pittsburgh may be a professional sports town to its core, but that does not mean we neglect college sports. So it should be no surprise when we say that Pitt football is also a big deal.

Check out the Pitt Panthers home schedule and head down to Heinz Field to cheer them on!

Want to grab a bite to eat before the game? Check out Jerome Bettis Grill, Local Brewhouse, or Burgatory near Heinz Field!

Ohiopyle State Park

Fall at Ohiopyle State Park

The end of October and early November marks peak foliage season in southern PA, so to capture the last bit of color for the year make the journey down to Ohiopyle State Park for a hike.

This 20,000 acre park is one of our favorites and truly comes to life in the fall with beautiful leaves, cider vendors out selling their products in the town, and vineyards still open for tastings on the way back.

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Heinz Hall

Pittsburgh absolutely loves its symphony, and this dedication means that we are lucky enough to have a lot of awesome performances throughout the year that other cities may not get.

Sure, there are the traditional classical performances, but the symphony packs its calendar with special performances of the music from popular movies (Lord of the Rings and Star Wars have been recent ones), concerts with popular musicians (Nelly recently did a symphonic rap performance), and so much more.

So no matter your tastes, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has something for you!

Want a nice meal before the symphony? Check out tako, Meat and Potatoes, or Pork and Beans!

Brew Gentlemen

Brew Gentlemen

Brew Gentlemen is one of Pittsburgh's most critically acclaimed breweries, and with good reason. Their beers cover the full taste spectrum and offer something for everyone.

Their chai wheat beer, White Sky, is one of the most unique you'll ever try, and other seasonal favorites including a cucumber wheat in the summer months and coffee porter in the fall have us making the drive down to Braddock with growler in hand time and time again.

Don't let the drive to this one stop you if you aren't nearby- it is worth it.

Want a bit more to justify the drive? Visit when Blowfish BBQ is the on-site food truck. It is one of our favorites!.

Warhol Museum

Andy Warhol Museum

Pittsburgh's native son, Andy Warhol, was an odd one. His artwork was all over the place during his incredible career, and included so much more than his iconic Campbell Soup Can that is famous the world over.

To help showcase both the famous and lesser known works, the seven-floor Andy Warhol Museum was born.

You may not like everything you see (in fact, you probably wont), but this monstrously large museum does a fantastic job at showcasing the city's most prolific artist.

Want to make it a day out after the Warhol? Check out the Science Center nearby or head down to the Strip District to visit Eleven or Kaya.

Light Up Night

Things to Do in Pittsburgh - Light Up Night Fireworks

Pittsburgh loves fireworks celebrations, and one of our favorite shows of the year is for Light Up Night to celebrate the start of the Christmas season (the week before Thanksgiving).

Santa turns the Christmas tree on at Point State Park, and the city sets off an impressive fireworks show immediately thereafter.

Be on the lookout, though, as typically there are two fireworks celebrations during Light Up Night- one an hour before the published time and one at the main event! (We cannot guarantee this happens every year, but this has been our experience during many past events.)

Looking to make a night of it with the fireworks? Grab a reservation at the much coveted Altius or Monterey Bay Fish Grotto for front row seats to the show!

Bayernhof Museum

Bayernhof Museum

There are a lot of fun houses to explore in Pittsburgh, and one of the most unique belonged to Charles Brown- an eccentric millionaire whose estate is full of secret passages, unique designs, and one of the largest collections of self-playing music machines in the world.

The best part of this tour at the Bayernhof Museum is that nearly all of the machines are in working order, so you get to hear many on a visit! Advanced reservation is required.

On your way back into the Burgh, grab a beer at Dancing Gnome Brewery or stop on the outskirts of Lawrenceville for a gyro at Salonika Imports.

Eighth & Hays

Eighth and Hays

Eighth & Hays is the resident wine bar of Homestead and serves up house and premium wines of various pour sizes from one ounce to full glasses. The premium wines do come at a cost to match, but where else can you sample $70 bottles without having to commit to buying the whole bottle outright? That is why we love this one!

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