Fall Festivals Near Pittsburgh

Fall Festivals in Pittsburgh are very popular… There is something about the chill in the fall air and the golden sunshine of September & October that invites people outdoors for food, crafts, or entertainment. Many festivals revolve around a historical theme and celebrate our frontier heritage, such as Fort Ligonier Days and Mountain Craft Days in the Laurel Highlands. Others are based on a common ethnicity, such as the Pittsburgh Irish Festival. Artisans are prominently featured at most events, and although expensive, the wares are unique and locally produced, and of top quality. But a festival is not a festival without the food – the Ribfest at Heinz field is packed year after year; the crowds attest to that!

Be sure to check out these local Pennsylvania festivals this autumn, verified for 2016… And for those who love Halloween, be sure to also check out these Haunted Places in Pittsburgh and Haunted House Attractions in Pittsburgh as well. Happy Fall and Happy Halloween!

Penn's Colony

365 Saxonburg Blvd., Saxonburg, PA 16056

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Penn’s Colony is a fall festival with a French & Indian War theme. Soldier and Native American actors are featured alongside the nearly 200 artisans in a wooded setting. Along with the arts and crafts, come to enjoy food, games, demonstrations and live entertainment. Penn’s Colony is held annually in mid to late September for 2 weekends.

Washington Covered Bridge Festival

558 Mingo Creek Road, Finleyville, PA 15332

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For decades, the counties of Washington & Greene have celebrated their covered bridges on the third weekend of September. This fall festival is really a combination of 10 smaller events – activities are planned at 8 Washington County bridge sites and 2 Greene County locations.

Kickoff Rib Festival

100 Art Rooney Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

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The Rib Festival coincides with the start of the new Steeler season in early September. Feel the excitement on the north shore as you enjoy games, entertainment, rides and of course, RIBS! Admission is free, which also includes free concerts from local and national musicians.

Mountain Craft Days

10649 Somerset Pike, Somerset, PA 15501

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Enjoy a weekend in the Laurel Highlands focused on historic crafts and trades. Mountain Craft Days is hosted at the Somerset Historical Center, featuring over 100 artisans, with demonstrations and entertainment throughout the wooded setting. The festival is held annually, typically in mid-September.

Ligonier Highland Games

2574 US-30, Ligonier, PA 15658

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Each year in September, Idlewild Park is host to a gathering of Scottish Clans at the Ligonier Highland Games – and it’s game on with traditional events such as the hammer throw, and many more! Scottish history, dancing and entertainment are featured, as well as shopping for all things Celtic.

Pittsburgh Irish Festival

1000 Sandcastle Dr., West Homestead, PA 15120

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The weekend after Labor Day at Sandcastle’s River Plex near the Waterfront means that it is time for the Pittsburgh Irish Festival! This 3-day event features Celtic bands and Irish step dancing, as well as food, Celtic beverages, a Celtic gift shop and a huge area just for kids, with games and crafts. There is even a dog area featuring Irish breeds! Crowds especially turn out for the main concert on Saturday night, typically featuring a well known Irish band such as Gaelic Storm!

Entertainment and programs go on throughout the entire festival on several stages. in addition to the music, come for Irish ghost stories and other storytelling, as well as musical sessions with traditional Irish instruments such as the fiddle and tin whistle. The Celtic gift shop is extensive and features a diverse array of vendors, everything from artwork, jewelry and apparel to kilts and all things Irish.

Tickets for the Pittsburgh Irish Festival can be purchased at the gate, but there is a discount for buying in advance. Senior & Group discounts are also available, and kids 12 and under are free! Hours are 4:00 – 9:00 pm on Friday, 11:00 am to 11:00 pm on Saturday, and 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Sunday.

Fort Ligonier Days

200 S Market St, Ligonier, PA 15658

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In honor of the Battle of Fort Ligonier in 1758, the fort grounds hosts a frontier festival that keeps history alive. The battle itself is reenacted throughout the weekend! Crafts, food, wine tasting and entertainment are also part of the festivities. The celebration has expanded to include a 5K race and Parade as well. The festival is held one weekend each year in mid-October, as it has been for over half a century.