Festive Fall Events Happening Near Shadyside
Summer is winding down and Fall is making itself known. It’s the time for bouts of perfect weather between sporadic showers, and all the lovely things the season brings. Fall evokes images of pumpkin patches, apple picking, changing foliage, and even a few ghosts and ghouls later in the season.
It’s no wonder many festivals and events take full advantage of this time of year. Although options are more limited than in years past, here are some fall-themed events you can look forward to.
Phipps’ Fall Flower Show.
If you haven’t made it over to Phipps Conservatory yet, do yourself a favor and reserve a time you can wander around the displays. They host all sorts of themes and events throughout the year, and this year’s Fall Flower Show: The Poetry of Nature begins on October 10.
Photo Credit: Phipps Conservatory
You’ll see chrysanthemums aplenty here as they’ve been training all year for the event. Grab a few friends, bring a camera, and capture the beauty for your autumn photo collections. On the other hand, take a relaxing stroll by getting lost in the colors and scents of the many eloquent displays comprising Phipps. The event is going for only three weeks, so be sure to buy your tickets in advance.
Henry Clay Frick is one of the prominent steel magnates who shaped Pittsburgh into the city it is today. Museum displays are once again open, but timed tickets are necessary. Visit his elaborate home and stroll the vast grounds.
The grounds sit on the edge of what is now Frick Park, so you’ll surely see beautiful fall colors as you make your way around the premises.
Photo Credit: the Frick Pittsburgh via Instagram
Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium
The Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium are open year-round, but if you’re planning a visit before it gets too chilly, now is the time. The Zoo always hosts fun events the entire family will enjoy, and fortunately, these events are continuing with social distancing measures in place.
Spot the Dots Scavenger Hunt
This amusing challenge is brought to you by Chick-fil-A Pittsburgh and is inspired by the 5 new cheetah cubs at the zoo. Make your way through the zoo’s many exhibits and solve 6 riddles for prizes including Chick-fil-A meals and a mini plush cow. The six riddles will culminate in one winning word you can enter into this site when you’ve completed the hunt. The hunt ends on September 30, so get out there.
photo credit: Pittsburgh Zoo via Instagram
Also at the Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium, this year is the Pumpkin Palooza. It’s a true fall kickoff with pumpkin decorating, sweet treats, and a visit with the zoo’s education animal ambassadors. This event takes place on Sunday, October 4 from 10 to 11 AM. Bring your camera and watch the animals enjoy some fall treats too.
Make your way out and see the seasons change. When things really cool down, go ahead and grab a hot drink from one of your favorite Shadyside cafes before heading to your fall events.