15 Reasons to Visit Pittsburgh in September – Fall is Coming

Last Updated on August 30, 2021 by Jeremy

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September in Pittsburgh often brings about the first signs of fall. The temperatures start to decrease below 80, fall festivals and seasonal attractions open up, school is back in session, and more.

While the looming season change may first be noticeable in this month, there are still plenty of wonderful things to do during the month, and in this one we wanted to share a few of our favorites!

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

Renaissance Festival

Looking to take a trip back into Medieval times? Make the journey out to West Newton for the Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival to enjoy this fall tradition! The Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival takes place every weekend in September and offers live performances, monster turkey drumsticks, and games to name a few. The first weekend of September is children's weekend themed as Prince, Princess & Pirate Party (Sept 4th-6th), the second weekend (Sept 11th & 12th) is Love and Romance, the third is Pirate Invasion, and the fourth weekend is Wine Revelry!

The Pittsburgh Pierogi Festival

Pierogies at the Pittsburgh Pierogi Festival at Kennywood

If there was an official food of Pittsburgh, the pierogi would be in the running for the title. This Eastern European dumpling can be made in a number of styles, used as toppings for things like salads and burgers, and enjoyed any time of the year. At the Pittsburgh Pierogi Festival at Kennywood, you can get your fill of unique pierogi creations from local favorites like Gosia's to those created by local chefs, food trucks, and more. The Pittsburgh Pierogi Festival takes place on Sunday, September 26th in 2021.

Looking to grab a beer after attending the festival? Head over to Brew Gentlemen in Braddock for a craft brew!

South Park

South Park

South Park in South Park Township is one of those places that has something for everyone. This park has numerous picnic areas scattered about, a wave pool, activities for visitors of all ages, and many other unique attractions throughout its 2,000 acres. Get a group together, pack up a big lunch, and plan to spend the day enjoying one of the county's largest and most beautiful parks.

Idlewild and Soak Zone

Soakzone at Idlewild

With summer winding down, September is one of your last shots to get out to the children's theme park, Idlewild, or to their rather impressive water park, Soak Zone, on the same grounds! With temperatures dropping, now is the time to enjoy the heat while we have it.

Gateway Clipper


When the temperature starts to cool off in mid-September, it is time to get out on the water. One tour that is unlike no other is the Gateway Clipper, and their hour-long sightseeing tours will give you an appreciation for the city the way it was meant to be experienced- by the river.

After taking a cruise on the Gateway Clipper, take the Duquesne Incline up to Grandview for the city views or head down to South Side for a meal at La Palapa or The Colombian Spot or a coffee at Delaney's Coffee!

La Casa Narcisi Winery

Casa Narcisi Winery

If there is any winery in the area that you can show up and stay for a while, it is La Casa Narcisi. This one has put incredible time, effort, and money into building one of the most beautiful estates of any winery in the region, and their outdoor patios and concert venue areas are designed for you to come out, pick up a few bottles of wine, and relax. Perfect for a gorgeous September day!

Kayaking on the Three Rivers

Kayak with Venture Outdoors

Venture Outdoors is the premier outdoor activity organization in Pittsburgh and operates numerous events and activities in the city to encourage you to get out and exercise. One of our favorites is found along the banks of the North Shore River Trail by PNC Park- their kayak rentals! Pick up a rental on a beautiful day to explore the rivers with you, a few friends, and a paddle.

Beers of the Burgh

Beers of the Burgh

Beers of the Burgh is one of our favorite annual beer festivals in Pittsburgh for two very important reasons. First, it features one of the largest collections of Western PA brewers out of any festival. Second, it can be found at the iconic Carrie Furnaces in Rankin!

Drinking great local beer with a steel mill setting really is the most Pittsburgh thing you can ask for. We try and attend this one every year if we can. But note this one does sell out! Beers of the Burgh takes place on September 4th in 2021.

Beechwood Farms

Beechwood Farms

Beechwood Farms is a 100+ acre private nature reserve in Fox Chapel that is designed to let you experience the serenity of nature. The numerous hiking trails wind their way through various habitats and lookouts, and there are always great options for bird watching and wildlife spotting here!

Steelers Game

You know fall has arrived when the Pittsburgh Steelers season begins, and the warm temperatures make it the best time of the year to take in a game. The first game of the season is an away game on September 12th against the Bills. Home games in September include matchups against the Raiders (Sept 19th) and Bengals (Sept 26th)! Pick up tickets on Stubhub today!

Oktoberfest at Penn Brewery

Oktoberfest at Penn Brewery

One fall event that we absolutely love is Oktoberfest, the annual Bavarian festival that has taken the world by storm for its celebration of all things beer. In Pittsburgh there is no bigger Oktoberfest than at Penn Brewery, the city's oldest craft brewery. Get here early as they fill up fast! In 2021 Penn Brewery's Oktoberfest takes place September 17th-19th and 24th-26th.

Klavon's Ice Cream

Klavons Ice Cream Parlor

Old time ice cream parlors seem to be few and far between these days, but if any in Pittsburgh are worthy of such a throwback, it would be Klavon's Ice Cream in the Strip District. Head down to this one of their dozen indulgent sundaes or an old-fashioned ice cream soda to finish out your weekend!

Apple Picking at Norman's Orchard

Norman's Orchard

Norman's Orchard in Tarentum is one of the city's premier apple picking spots and has many varieties of apples ready to be plucked during the fall. But be warned, the secrets of Norman's is out and the crowds descend upon this one during prime apple season!

If you come back into town later in the day, grab a Pittsburgh craft beer at Strange Roots in Millvale, Dancing Gnome Brewery in Sharpsburg, or a glass of wine at Wooden Door Winery near New Kensington!

Hit the Bike Trails

Ghost Town Trail

September generally is the month where temperatures start improving after the usually insane summer heat wave. So on a nice late summer or early fall weekend why not hit one of the many Pittsburgh bike trails to go for a nice long ride? You can hop on the Great Allegheny Passage for a long ride close to the city or perhaps head out to the Ghost Town Trail near Indiana, PA- it is one of our favorites!

Chatham Village

Chatham Village

Out of all of the neighborhoods in Pittsburgh, the small enclave of Chatham Village on Mount Washington is one of the most beautiful. This historic neighborhood features homes built in Georgian Colonial Revival style that are absolutely gorgeous. So when the leaves begin to change head up to this one for a quiet stroll around this stunning collection of houses!

If you're able to spend more time on Mount Washington, take a hike around Emerald View Park's trails or grab a meal at Bigham Tavern or the Uzbeki restaurant Kavsar!

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