9 Reasons to Visit Pittsburgh in November – Dropping Temps

Published by Jeremy. Last Updated on November 16, 2023.

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November in Pittsburgh is truly a month of change. If we are lucky the start of the month still has mild temperatures and peak fall colors, and by the end of the month winter is starting to descend upon the region.

As such, while there may still be a number of outdoor activities to enjoy this month, depending on the weather forecast you may also want to start moving inside for some experiences!

So if you are looking for things to do in Pittsburgh in November, check out the following options.

Learn to Curl at the Pittsburgh Curling Club

PGH Curling Club

With the dropping temperatures, winter activities start to return to the region. One of our absolute favorites is the Learning to Curl introductory classes at the Pittsburgh Curling Club in McKees Rocks!

This club has a rather stellar curling rink and offers a great in-depth lesson for those who want to learn this fascinating sport. But be warned, this one is oddly addicting!

In November 2023, the club will have public Level 1 and 2 curling events on the 11th and 25th. Advanced registration is required.

Light Up Night

Light Up Night

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 Christmas trees turn on all around the city and the night ends with an impressive fireworks show!

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!

In 2023, light Up Night is taking place on the Saturday before Thanksgiving- November 18th. However, fun events are scheduled throughout the weekend!

The Wheel Mill

Wheel Mill

Want to get more biking in despite the dropping temperatures? Head to the indoor BMX and mountain biking park, The Wheel Mill, in Homewood to get a bit of exercise on the numerous ramps and obstacles found on-site! Or, if you're new to this style of riding, sign up for an introductory lesson to get familiar with the basics before tackling the bigger tricks!

Penguins Practice at the Mario Lemieux Complex

Penguins at Mario Lemieux Complex

Want a different kind of Pittsburgh Penguins experience? Take in one of their free public practice sessions at the Mario Lemieux Sports Complex near Cranberry!

These events typically run for just an hour around lunch time and is a great opportunity to watch our great hockey team warm up and get ready for the season ahead. As of our last update, November dates have not been scheduled yet, but we hope the dates will be added soon.

Please note that practices can be canceled at the last second for a variety of reasons, so it is recommended to check out the Mario Lemieux Sports Complex event calendar for times and updates.

Wine Tasting at Palate Partners

Palate Partners

Palate Partners is one of our favorite places to taste wine in Pittsburgh as their first and third Friday tasting is one of the most cost-effective night outs we know of! For just $15 you can get a taste of six unique wines as well as snacks from a communal cheeseboard and an informal presentation to learn more about the wineries and wines you are tasting. But be warned, if you are wine lovers like us you'll be hooked after your first visit!

Looking to keep your wine tasting going? Head to Allegheny Wine Mixer in Lawrenceville for a glass after the tasting!

Enjoy the Maxo Vanka Murals in Millvale

Vanka Murals

Odds are good you've driven by St. Nicholas Croatian Catholic Church in Millvale a number of times without realizing what is inside. This church is home to numerous murals from acclaimed artist Maxo Vanka, and depicts religious scenes with social commentary from the era (namely around WWI and workers in the steel mills, as an example). Tours take place each Saturday and online registration is required.

Kentuck Knob

Kentuck Knob

You are likely aware of the Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece, Fallingwater, in the Laurel Highlands. But did you know that a second Wright house was built just a few miles away? Kentuck Knob is that house and is perched upon a hilltop with gorgeous views of the Laurel Highlands and offers a second insight into the work of this acclaimed architect!

On your way back to Pittsburgh, stop for a meal at Out of the Fire Cafe in Donegal to try their famous smoked salmon and mushroom soup!

Sports in Pittsburgh

Heinz Field

November is always a fun sports month in Pittsburgh as both hockey and football seasons are finally in full swing!

On the Steelers front, they take on the Titans on November 2nd at 8:15pm and the Packers on the 12th at 1pm, with the remaining November games being away. The Penguins have a robust home schedule throughout the month as well with games on the 11th, 16th, 19th, 22nd, and 25th.

Pitt football and basketball are both in action in November and the Panthers football team takes on Florida State on November 4th and Boston College on the 16th at home. Pitt's basketball team has games at home on the 6th, 10th, 13th, 17th, 22nd, and 28th this month as well- a solid home series if there ever was one.

Shows in Pittsburgh

Benedum Center

November is often a quieter month for concerts in Pittsburgh, but thankfully our local ensembles have many performances.

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has something for you throughout November with Power & Passion: Mozart, Ravel & Tchaikovsky running the 3rd to 5th, Frzy with the PSO on the 8th, Cirque Carnival the 10th to 12th, The Nightmare Before Christmas on November 16th and 17th, Thanksgiving with the Symphony featuring Randall Goosby on the 24th to 26th, and Joshua Bell on the 25th!

The Pittsburgh Opera will be performing The Flying Dutchman on November 11th, 24th, 17th, and 19th and Quantum Theatre will be performing The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk on select dates through the 26th at Rodef Shalom Congregation.

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