15 Reason to Visit Pittsburgh in November – When the Seasons Change

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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.

Schenley Park

Schenley Park

Depending on the year, 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 at any time of the year and absolutely stunning during peak fall colors.

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

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? The brewery is also known for occasionally releasing fruited sours and stouts as well! 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

Heinz Field from Above

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!

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 (Harry Potter and Star Wars have been recent ones), concerts with popular musicians 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!

Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer

Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer

The Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer is one of the best events of the year for getting a deal on vintage and retro items. Whether you're looking for clothing, tiki mugs, or general antiques this one certainly has a number of great options to peruse! In 2019 the Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer takes place on November 9th!

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. With numerous IPA and APA, table beer aged in Foeders, and periodic stouts, this one has 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 Friday before Thanksgiving- November 22nd in 2019). The Christmas trees turn on all around the city and the night ends with an impressive fireworks show. Be on the lookout, though, as typically there are two fireworks celebrations during Light Up Night (the first is for the Santa Spectacular and is often not published on the Light Up Night schedule).

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.

Pinball PA

Pinball PA

Need to get indoors on a day when the weather is not behaving? A trip to Pinball PA in Aliquippa is a must. This one features hundreds of retro and modern pinball machines, arcade games, and more, making for the perfect spot to kill a few hours when the weather is bad!

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!

Dirty Dozen

Canton Avenue

The Dirty Dozen is a bike race that takes place in Pittsburgh on the Saturday after Thanksgiving (this year taking place November 30th) and is one of the most grueling bike races around. Why? This one hits 13 (a baker's dozen) of the steepest streets in Pittsburgh. While participating in this race is not for everyone, watching it certainly is, especially if you can snag a spot on Canton Avenue- the steepest street in the USA at a 37% grade! Definitely a unique event to check out after your Thanksgiving feast.

Wine Tasting at Palate Partners

Palate Partners Wine Tasting

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 $12 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

Maxo 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.

After your tour, head into Millvale and grab lunch at Duncan St Sandwich Shop!

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!

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