Forget what you’ve heard; there are a lot of seasons in Pittsburgh. We’re claiming specific dates for Fall: Sept. 12-Nov. 14.
That gives everybody nine weeks to make most of cooler air, colorful leaves, the spice battle between pumpkin and apple, Halloween, and all the other things that make for a perfect fall around here. With a lazy summer behind and a hectic holiday season head of us, Pittsburghers understandably cherish the fruits that fall offers.
City Paper has selected 100 things to do this fall season. There is at least one for every day of what we’re calling “fall.”
Wed., Sept. 12
1. ART — Puja. Bright floral motifs dominate Puja, a show from muralist and art instructor Augustina Droze. The title is taken from the practice of paying homage with flowers to the gods of Hinduism, inspired by Droze’s time as a Nehru Senior Scholar in India. Continues through Sept. 21. Times vary. BoxHeart Gallery, 4523 Liberty Ave., Bloomfield. boxheartgallery.com
Thu., Sept. 13
2. COMMUNITY — All for All Immigrant and Refugee Summit. Navigating the world of politics and arts as related to immigration can be tricky. Pittsburgh-based Change Agency’s day-long interactive conference seeks to address exactly that through workshops, storytelling sessions, and networking. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The University Club, 123 University Place, Oakland. $75. changeagency.world/all-for-all
3. LIT — A Reading by Jan Beatty, Sheila Carter-Jones and Adriana Ramírez, Benefiting Local Women Political Candidates. Members of the Pittsburgh literary community come together for a reading to support candidates Michele Knoll, Summer Lee, and Lindsey Williams. The event includes selections from poets Jan Beatty (The Switching/Yard), Sheila L. Carter-Jones (Three Birds Deep), and Adriana E. Ramírez (Dead Boys). 7-9 p.m. White Whale Bookstore, 4754 Liberty Ave., Bloomfield. Free. whitewhalebookstore.com
Fri., Sept. 14
4. STAGE — Sordid Lives. Everybody’s family is different. Some are thrown into turmoil when their matriarch dies after tripping over her sidepiece in a motel. This Del Shores play premiered in Los Angeles in 1996 and now makes its way to Pittsburgh. Sept. 14-16 and Sept. 21-23. Times vary. McKeesport Little Theater, 1614 Coursin St., McKeesport. $15. mckeesportlittletheater.com
5. LIT — Regional Writers Series: Women, History and Place. Hear stories from Laurie Graham, author of Singing the City: The Bonds of Home in an Industrial Landscape, Rebuilding the House and In Other Words: Tales of Paris and Language. This event coincides with The Frick Pittsburgh’s exhibition Driving the Disenfranchised: The Automobile's Role in Women's Suffrage. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. The Frick Pittsburgh, 7227 Reynolds St., Point Breeze. $10-12. thefrickpittsburgh.org
Sat., Sept. 15
6. GAME — Deadpool Pinball Launch Party. Pinball fanatics rejoice! Kickback Pinball Cafe debuts a Deadpool-themed machine with a launch party and competition. This tournament pits the greatest of flipper-pushers against one another in a battle for pinball supremacy. 1 p.m. Kickback Pinball Café, 4326 Butler St., Lawrenceville. Free admission, $1/entry. kickbackpgh.com
7. BEER — Steel City Big Pour. Grab your sampling glass and a lanyard and try offerings from a couple dozen breweries sharing a variety of flagship and experimental new brews. There’s also live music, food, and raffles to win kegerators hand-designed by local artists. Noon. Construction Junction, 214 N. Lexington, Point Breeze. cjreuse.org
Sun., Sept. 16
8. STAGE — The Father. Andre is a retired tap dancer living with his daughter and her husband. Or is he? New Kinetic Theatre takes an intimate look at dementia in Tony-nominated play The Father. Continues through Sept. 23. Times vary. New Hazlett Theater, 6 Allegheny Square, North Side. $36. kinetictheatre.org
Mon., Sept. 17
9. LIT — Eye of the Storm: The Moth in Pittsburgh. Five storytellers take the stage when Pittsburgh Arts and Lectures presents a Pittsburgh edition of the celebrated series, The Moth. Hosted by Kate Tellers, the evening features Beth de Araújo, Zeb Baccelli, Alistair Bane, Adam Gopnik, and Erin Marie (EM) Williams-Hatala. 7:30-10 p.m. Byham Theater, 101 Sixth St., Downtown. $20-45. pittsburghlectures.org
Tue., Sept. 18
10. ART — Transformation 10: Contemporary Works in Found Materials. DVR every episode of NBC’s Making It? Spend weekends shopping for supplies at Construction Junction and Creative Reuse? Don’t miss Transformation 10: Contemporary Works in Found Materials, with artwork from 26 national and international artists using found objects. Continues through March 23, 2019. Contemporary Craft, 2100 Smallman St., Strip District. Free. contemporarycraft.org
Wed., Sept. 19
11. ART — Handwork: Kim Fox.
Using the found art style, Kim Fox showcases patterns and landscapes of Pennsylvania with a selection of tin quilts. This salvaging and reclaiming materials narrative is similar to Pittsburgh’s own narrative of renewal. Continues through Jan. 5, 2019. Contemporary Craft’s BNY Mellon Satellite Gallery, 500 Grant St., Downtown. Free. contemporarycraft.org
Thu., Sept. 20
12. MUSIC — Chicano Batman. This warm, funky, psychedelic L.A. house band has opened for Jack White and Alabama Shakes and is now traveling the states on its first national headline tour. Newcomers should start with “Freedom is Free,” an uplifting, rollicking track from this year’s album of the same name. 8 p.m. The Rex Theater, 1602 E. Carson St., South Side. $17-23. rextheater.net
Fri., Sept. 21
13. ART — Object + Body. For one night only, Carnegie Mellon University sculpture students will take over Future Tenant and transform the gallery into a workshop featuring a handful of artistic disciplines. The result: a radical exploration of the relationships between the body and everyday life. 6-10 p.m. Future Tenant, 819 Penn Ave., Downtown. Free. futuretenant.org
Fri., Sept. 21
14. MUSIC - Cello Fury Album Release. The most memorable takeaway from a Cello Fury show is an unmistakable image of three eponymous furious cellists’ head-banging long hair — and it’s not something any Pittsburgher should miss. Celebrate the release of X, the third full-length from this string trio with a drummer. 8:30 p.m. Hard Rock Cafe, 230 W. Station Square Drive, Station Square. $10-15. hardrock.com/cafes/pittsburgh
Fri., Sept. 21
15. COMEDY — Amy Schumer. For her 2018 tour, Amy Schumer ditches the leather jumpsuit. Instead, she brings a new set and friends — Rachel Feinstein, Bridget Everett, and Mia Jackson. Laugh hard enough to forget winter’s coming. 7:30 p.m. Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Downtown. $34.25-130.25. pittsburghsymphony.org
Fri., Sept. 21
16. MUSIC — Mars Jackson at Thrival Festival. Mars Jackson’s Good Days Never Last Forever was the first hip-hop album released on local indie label Misra Records. This immensely talented Pittsburgh artist likely has plenty more firsts. He’ll play Thrival Festival along with DJ Dillon Francis, indie-pop duo Matt and Kim, plus a handful of other exciting local artists. Highmark Stadium, 510 W. Station Square Drive, Station Square. $30-99. thrivalfestival.com
Sat., Sept. 22
17. LIT — Henry Rollins' “Slide Show.” Though best known as the lead singer of Black Flag, Henry Rollins is a true multi-hyphenate with albums, books, stand-up comedy, movies, and radio credits to his name. Speaking event Slide Show covers his personal travels across the globe. 8-10 p.m. Carnegie Library Lecture Hall, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland. $25-150. warhol.org
Sat. Sept. 22
18. GAME — Ghost Hunt at Pittsburgh’s REAL Haunted Mansion. Become a real-life ghostbuster. Explore Anderson Manor, a mansion built before the Civil War (with spirits lurking in every corner). Team with a professional paranormal investigator and discover your sixth sense. 7-11 p.m. Anderson Manor, 1423 Liverpool St., North Side. $45. ghostsnat.com
Sun., Sept. 23
19. HOLIDAY — Diwali Mela. The “festival of lights” celebrates Hindu religion and Pittsburgh’s Indian community. Diwali in the South Hills promises a wide variety of Indian food tastings, artisan shopping, energetic dancing, raffles, and giveaways. The party lasts all day. 11 a.m-8 p.m. Fairview Park, 129 Greenwood Drive, South Fayette. Free.
Sun., Sept. 23
20. STAGE — The Pirate Queen. This original, interactive musical is a comedy that kicks off Gemini Theater’s Classic Children’s Season. The cast is a mix of adults and children (ages 10-17), all working under the direction of Jacob Wadsworth. If a high-energy singalong is your thing, this won’t disappoint. Continues through Oct. 7. Times vary. Gemini Children’s Theater, 420 Charters Ave., McKees Rocks. $12. geminitheater.org
Sun., Sept. 23
21. FOOD — Pittsburgh Pierogi Fest.
Pittsburghers are honoring their love of pierogis with a festival dedicated to the holy trinity of dough, potatoes, and cheese. Hop onto Kennywood’s best rides between culinary adventures. Pierogi burger, pierogi waffle, pierogi ice cream — you name it, it's here. 1-6 p.m. Kennywood Park. 4800 Kennywood Blvd., West Mifflin. $9.99-28. pittsburghpierogifestival.com
Mon., Sept. 24
22. LIT — Joyce Carol Oates. Fall in love with storytelling as the recipient of the National Book Award and five-time Pulitzer finalist Joyce Carol Oates shares stories from her latest work, Beautiful Days. This book is a collection of 13 stories, and a signing follows her talk. 7:30 p.m. Carnegie Music Hall, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland. $15-35. pittsburghlectures.org
Tue., Sept. 25
23. FILM — Silk Screen film festival. Since 2005, Pittsburgh has showcased the many talents of Asian and Asian-American filmmakers. That tradition continues with films exploring LGBTQ culture in Asian communities and coming-of-age journeys. More than two dozen movies are being screened. Prices vary. Continues through Sun., Sept. 30. Various locations. silkscreenfestival.org
Photo: Stephen Hazuga
Phantom Fright Nights at Kennywood
Wed., Sept. 26
24. LIT — Pittsburgh Contemporary Writers’ Series: Rachel Ghansah.
PCWS brings American essayist Rachel Ghansah to Oakland to speak on a connection between "art and thinking," which sounds both vague and fairly alluring. Ghansah’s work has been in GQ, The Paris Review, The Believer, and The New York Times Magazine, and her first book is due later this year. 7:30-9 p.m. Heinz Memorial Chapel, Fifth Ave. and S. Bellefield Ave., Oakland. Free. heinzchapel.pitt.edu
Thu., Sept. 27
25. SPORTS — Caring for Kids Gala.
Steelers icon Jerome Bettis’ The Bus Stops Here Foundation is staging its 13th annual gala dedicated to funding its projects that provide opportunities for inner-city youth. Ticket price includes a cocktail reception, a dinner, and, of course, The Bus himself. 6 p.m. PNC Champions Club at Heinz Field, 100 Art Rooney Ave., North Side. $250. thebusstopsherefoundation.org
Fri., Sept. 28
26. SPOOKY — Phantom Fright Nights at Kennywood.
Kennywood gets creepy for another season of Phantom Fright Nights. Pittsburgh’s famous theme park transforms into a horrifying spectacle with zombies, chainsaw-wielding maniacs, and other ghastly ghouls hiding around every corner. 4800 Kennywood Blvd., West Mifflin. $29.99. kennywood.com
27. DANCE — Virago-Man Dem.
Dance is often perceived as soft, graceful, and feminine. But where does that leave men? Cynthia Oliver’s Virago-Man Dem celebrates black masculinity in this theatrical dance performance exploring race and gender. 8 p.m. Also Sat., Sept. 29. Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Ave., East Liberty. $5-30. kelly-strayhorn.org
Sat., Sept. 29
28. STAGE — Lobby Hero.
Tensions run high as a security officer, a building manager, and two cops become entangled in a murder-mystery. This play from acclaimed author Kenneth Lonergan unfolds in the lobby of a Manhattan apartment building, but Pittsburghers will relate. Continues through Oct. 20. Times vary. barebones productions, 1211 Braddock Ave., Braddock. $35. barebonesproductions.com
29. MUSIC — Highmark Blues and Heritage Festival.
Workshops and lectures are added perks, but music is the main attraction of this inaugural festival. Free performances are planned, along with ticketed shows by Bettye LaVette, Sweet Honey in the Rock, and John Scofield. Also Sun., Sept. 30. August Wilson Center. Prices vary. 980 Liberty Ave., Downtown. aacc-awc.org
30. LIT — First in Peace: The Delaware Indian Nation and its 1778 Treaty with the U.S. with author Dr. David Preston.
What do you know about the first-ever foreign treaty signed by the United States? A refresher may be needed, if not a first-time lesson. Author Dr. David Preston discusses the subject in his book Braddock’s Defeat, about this young country’s treaty with the Delaware Indian Nation in 1778. 6-7:30 p.m. Fort Pitt Museum, Point State Park, 601 Commonwealth Pl., Downtown. $15-20. heinzhistorycenter.org
31. FOOD — Cornhole Tournament & Cookout.
Grab a friend and compete (or just eat) at South Side’s first cornhole- and cooking-themed cookout. Texas Roadhouse will serve the Lone Star State’s best barbecue alongside beer from Eleventh Hour Brewing Co. to quench your thirst. Cookouts aren’t just for summer. 12- 5 p.m. SouthSide Works, 425 Cinema Drive, South Side. $25. southsideworks.com.
Sun., Sept. 30
32. OUTDOORS — The Great Race.
With a 5K, 10K, an “on the mark” challenge and “junior” version, The Great Race has transformed into an all-inclusive event 41 years into its existence. It is held in honor of the late Richard Caliguiri, Pittsburgh’s popular former mayor who established the race as a “community fun run.” 8 a.m. (5K/Walk); 9:30 a.m. (10K). Fifth and Atwood, Oakland. rungreatrace.com
33. DANCE — "The Speed of Sound."
Texture Ballet Company takes classical techniques for a spin, merging traditional ballet with two contemporary composers. Dancers take on tangled tones of Philip Glass and alternative music from The Frightened Rabbit, each piece exploring interaction of movement and sound. Continues through Sun., Sept. 30. New Hazlett Theatre, 6 Allegheny Square East, North Side. $20-30. newhazletttheater.org
Mon., Oct. 1
34. STAGE — Ma Rainey's Black Bottom.
From legendary Pittsburgh playwright August Wilson, this play tells the story of Ma Rainey’s band in a Chicago studio. Part of Wilson’s "Pittsburgh Cycle," this story explores the exploitative nature of the American music industry and how it reinforces and deepens racial inequality. Continues through Mon., Oct. 1. Times vary. Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre, 937 Liberty Ave., Downtown. $35. pghplaywrights.org
Tue., Oct. 2
35. PARTY — West Oakland Block Party.
Imagine a time when college students and neighborhood residents get along? This West Oakland Block Party figures to be one. Organized by the University of Pittsburgh’s office of community and governmental relations, this get-together is casual, and food is provided. Who doesn’t dig free food? 4:30-6:30 p.m. Free. The Corner, 200 Robinson St., Oakland. allevents.in/Pittsburgh
Photo: Tara Kirkman
Pittsburgh Freaky Fair
Wed., Oct. 3
36. COMEDY — Gab Squad.
Mixing music and comedy, Gab Squad is an interactive performance that focuses on supporting kindness, mental health, and community involvement for middle- and high-school aged children. Founder Gab Bonesso is a nationally known stand-up comic, children’s/family educator, musical artist, and City Paper contributor. Continues through Sat., Oct. 6. Times vary. Trust Arts Education Center, 807 Liberty Ave., Downtown. $10. trustarts.org
37. COMEDY — Cameron Esposito: Person of Consequence Tour.
This latest special from Cameron Esposito, Rape Jokes flips the narrative on shock-punchlines its title conveys and tackles sexual assault from a survivor’s perspective. Proceeds support the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network. 8 p.m. Rex Theater, 1602 E. Carson St., South Side. $25. rextheater.net
Thu., Oct. 4
38. LIT/MUSIC — The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra + Local Authors.
Alphabet City plays host to a fusion of music and literature when members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra perform music inspired by works of Leonard Bernstein, backed by local writers sharing readings based on Bernstein’s work. 7-8:30 p.m. Alphabet City, 40 W. North Ave., North Side. Free. alphabetcity.org
Fri., Oct. 5
39. KIDS — Hot Jam Glass Center Open House.
Watch glass-blowing live and see exactly how objects are molded. Pittsburgh Glass Center welcomes visitors once a month to witness experts crafting glass treasures in real time. 6 p.m. Pittsburgh Glass Center, 5472 Penn Ave., Friendship. Free. pittsburghglasscenter.org
40. COMEDY — Werewolf Ambulance Podcast Live Show.
Because we often don’t see the process of recording a podcast, sometimes we forget they happen IRL. Join Katie and Allen of horror-movie podcast Werewolf Ambulance, while they tape their first live show. BYOB and laugh while this pair discusses the 1986 cult classic TerrorVision. 6:30 p.m. Glitter Box Theater, 460 Melwood Ave., Oakland. $10. theglitterboxtheater.com
Sat., Oct. 6
41. FEST — Pittsburgh Freaky Fair.
Freak out over these handmade and vintage goods. There are offbeat vendors showcasing their love of horror films, paranormal activity, goth subculture, and more. Don’t miss your chance to gear up for this year’s spooky season. 11 a.m-5 p.m. SouthSide Works. 535 S. 27 St., South Side. Free. pittsburghfreakyfair.com
42. COMEDY — Sex a.k.a. Wieners and Boobs.
The creators of Wet Hot American Summer have penned this absurdist theatrical production, so expect things to get awkward (in a funny way). A young sheriff and town-controlling pimp square off with a gang of prostitutes and gigolos. Somehow, the concept outdoes the name. 10 p.m. Arcade Comedy Theater, 943 Liberty Ave., Downtown. $20. arcadecomedytheater.com
Sun., Oct. 7
43. ART — NONOTAK | Noemi Schipfer & Takami Nakamoto.
This show brings together talents of architect/musician Takami Nakamoto and visual artist Noemi Schipfer. Nakamoto is known for creating immersive light and sound installations. This duo’s Wood Street Gallery installation is part- U.S. premiere/part- adaptation for the gallery space. Continues through Dec. 31. Times vary. Wood Street Galleries, 601 Wood St., Downtown. Free. trustarts.org
Mon., Oct. 8
44. MUSIC — Rainbow Kitten Surprise.
Rambunctious, eccentric folk mixes with indie rock in the latest from this North Carolina-based five piece. How To: Friend, Love, Freefall is good for fans of Blitzen Trapper, Modest Mouse, or Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros. 8 p.m. Mr. Smalls Theatre, 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale. $22.50-25. ticketweb.com
Tue., Oct. 9
45. KIDS — The Glow: A Jack-O’-Lantern Experience.
Watch pumpkins come to life. Master-carvers will create more than 5,000 jack-o’-lanterns to light up Hartwood Acres. Grab a snack and stroll Jack’s Lane, pick a favorite pumpkin, or put in a carving request. Continues through Sun., Oct. 28. 7-10 p.m. Hartwood Acres, 200 Hartwood Acres, Hampton Twp. $23/adults, $17/kids. theglowjackolantern.com
Photo: Natalie Brasington
Wed., Oct. 10
47. ART — Paradox: The Body in the Age of AI.
Before robots take over the world, what can we learn from the human body? Eleven artists examine the power of our flesh and bones in Paradox: The Body in the Age of AI, on all three floors of CMU’s rebranded gallery. Continues through Feb. 3, 2019. The Miller Institute for Contemporary Art, 5000 Forbes Ave., Oakland. Free. miller-ica.cmu.edu
Thu., Oct. 11
48. SPORTS — Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Vegas Golden Knights.
Marc-Andre Fleury’s second game in Pittsburgh as the face of Las Vegas hockey won’t be as emotional as his return last season. Fancy a potential Stanley Cup Final preview? This is the game for you. 7 p.m. PPG Paints Arena, 1001 Fifth Ave., Downtown. $61-478. pittsburghpenguins.com
49. CRUISE — Fall Foliage Cruise.
Even Pittsburghers might not know how fruitful their region is when it comes to fall foliage. Take a colorful tour by way of the rivers, cruising around the confluence on one of the Gateway Clipper fleet’s ships. Also Oct. 11-13, and Oct. 19. Gateway Clipper. 350 W. Station Square Drive, Station Square. $70-76. gatewayclipper.com
Fri., Oct. 12
50. DRINK — Pittsburgh Libations Week.
Over the past few years, Pittsburgh’s libations scene has expanded tremendously. To celebrate and educate the community about adult-beverage culture, industry professionals are coming together to hold a fun, informational, week-long series of events. Continues through Sat., Oct. 20. Multiple Locations. (Kickoff bash at Nova Place). Prices vary. pittsburghlibationsweek.com
51. MUSIC — Danny Elfman's Music from the Films of Tim Burton.
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra honors one of cinema’s most distinctive composers. Featuring the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, this evening includes scores from films such as Batman, Beetlejuice, and Edward Scissorhands. Continues through Sun., Oct 14. 8 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, 600 Penn Ave., Downtown. Tickets start at $22. pittsburghsymphony.org
Sat., Oct. 13
52. OUTDOORS — Fineview Step Challenge.
Beat all your Fitbit friends with the 5-Mile Urban Step & Trail Challenge. Starting at the Fineview Overlook, attendees will ascend Fineview’s hills, streets, and staircases. Included on this challenge is Pittsburgh’s steepest stairs, which has 331 steps. Wear comfy shoes. 8:30-11:30 a.m. Overlook Park, Fineview. $25. racewire.com
53. COMEDY — Maria Bamford.
Those familiar with Netflix show Lady Dynamite already know Maria Bamford’s endearing, wildly imaginative, and unorthodox approach. She has a penchant for performing in non-traditional venues, such as her parents’ living room. Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall is much more convenient. 8 p.m. Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall, 510 E. 10th Ave., Munhall. $30-39.75. librarymusichall.com
54. DRINKS — Maggie's Farm Rum 5th Anniversary.
Help local distillery Maggie’s Farm Rum celebrate its fifth anniversary. There are five cocktails, five beers, five food vendors, and five bands. High five! 3-10 p.m. “Under the bridge,” 3212 Smallman St., Strip District. $5. facebook.com/maggiesfarmrum
Sun., Oct. 14
55. LIT — Eighth Annual Pittsburgh Zine Fair.
The Pittsburgh Zine Fair continues its mission of connecting indie press fans with producers of self-published, non-commercial works at its latest gathering. Browse a bunch of comic books, fiction, poetry booklets, and mixed media under one roof at the Union Project. 2-8 p.m. Union Project, 801 N. Negley Ave., Highland Park. Free. pghzinefair.com
56. MUSIC — Atmosphere.
Hip-hop duo Atmosphere once drove from Minneapolis to Dallas to play a show for $250, or so says HipHopDX. That’s serious dedication. It’s safe to assume this group makes more now, but its dedication remains ever the same. 7 p.m. Stage AE, 400 North Shore Drive, North Side. $27.50-30. promowestlive.com
Mon., Oct. 15
57. FILM — Witches Movie Week.
Open your coven's group-chat and get the word out. Four witch-themed films are coming to Row House: Hocus Pocus, Suspiria, The Craft, and The Witch. Continues through Thu., Oct. 18. Row House Cinema, 4115 Butler St., Lawrenceville. $9. rowhousecinema.com
Tue., Oct. 16
58. ART — Devan Shimoyama: Cry, Baby.
Andy Warhol inspired generations of artists. Among them is Philadelphia-born, Pittsburgh-based artist Devan Shimoyama. Check out a selection of his eclectic, inspiring paintings, photos, and sculptures about race and sexuality in his first solo exhibition, Cry, Baby. Continues through March 17, 2019. Andy Warhol Museum, 117 Sandusky St., North Side. Included with museum admission. warhol.org
Photo: Pooneh Ghana
Wed., Oct. 17
59. DANCE — Magic Mike XXL Authorized Tribute Show.
Grab some friends and check out an authorized Magic Mike XXL tribute show. Shirts will fly and six-pack abs will certainly be on display. (Note: Channing Tatum is highly unlikely to be there.) 9 p.m. The Linden Grove, 1100 Grove Road, Castle Shannon. $25-50. eventbrite.com
Thu., Oct. 18
60. FEST — Oktoberfest at the National Aviary.
Immerse yourself in tastes, sounds, and brews of German fare during the Aviary’s Oktoberfest. In addition to sampling Bavarian delights prepared by German chef Josef Karst, guests can browse the Aviary’s bird habitats. 6:30 p.m. National Aviary, 700 Arch St., North Side. 21 and over. $34-39. aviary.org
61. FESTIVAL — Harry Potter's Wizard Fest.
Know the books by chapter or every movie’s lines by heart? Own a wand? If the answers are “yes,” you probably already know about this all-ages show. In fact, we’re guessing you already know how much it will cost to skip the line ($30). 8 p.m. Jergel’s Rhythm Grille, 103 Slade Lane, Warrendale. $15-75. jergels.com/events
Fri., Oct. 19
62. HAUNTED — Pittsburgh Zombie Assault.
The folks at Urban Assault are (again) asking for help with (another) zombie attack. Full disclosure: no real zombies will be harmed. And if you’ve always wanted to try paintball without getting, you know, shot by paintballs, this is your chance. Continues through Nov. 3. Urban Assault Paintball, 201 Cecil Sturgeon Road., McDonald. $24.99 (includes 150 rounds; $5 for additional 50 rounds). urbanassaultpb.com/zombies.html
63. COMEDY — Jim Breuer Live.
If your familiarity with Jim Breuer doesn't go far beyond Goat Boy and Half Baked, jump on YouTube and dig through his most popular comedy bits. He's a reflective, smart dude with a remarkable skill for storytelling. Start with his telling of the only time he was actually stoned on set of Half Baked. 8 p.m. Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall, 510 E. 10th Ave., Munhall. $27-47. librarymusichall.com
64. MUSIC — Courtney Barnett.
Wry, smart, unfussy, and funny: Australian guitarist/singer/songwriter Courtney Barnett has churned out a remarkable string of full-lengths since debuting in 2014, including 2018's critically adored Tell Me How You Really Feel
and 2017's charming collaboration with Kurt Vile, Lotta Sea Lice
. 7 p.m. Stage AE. 400 North Shore Drive, North Side. $27.50. ticketmaster.com
Sat., Oct. 20
65. HAUNTED — Halloween Bar Crawl.
Forget Halloween, think Hallo-wine. (Sorry.) Dress your coolest, your scariest, or if it's your thing, your sexiest, and crawl between six of the South Side’s best venues. This bar hop features live music, drink specials, and LED bracelets to keep on-the-move crawlers visible. Noon. South Side. $29.99-39.99.
66. DRINK — Brewtal Beer Fest.
Metal bands and beer collide at this third annual festival. Sample beers from local producers such as Abjuration, Roundabout, Helltown, and Dancing Gnome. Treat yourself to the musical stylings of Dying Fetus, Genocide Pact, and No Reason to Live. This is one. 2 p.m. 20 and over. Mr. Smalls, 400 Lincoln Ave., Millvale. $60. mrsmalls.com
67. HAUNTED — Morose and Macabre's Atrocity Exhibition.
It’s been 10 years since Dr. Morose and Miss Macabre rolled out their Atrocity Exhibition, and now they’re closing the decade of “beautiful and grotesque” with a night of debauchery and spooky stuff at Rex Theater. Expect sword-swallowing, burlesque, puppetry, some old-fashioned flesh suspension, and much more. Also Fri., Oct. 19. 1602 E. Carson St., South Side. moroseandmacabre.com
Sun., Oct. 21
68. KIDS — ZooBoo.
Trick-or-treating in your neighborhood is a good time. Trick-or-treating at the zoo? Now that sounds like a blast. Take the kids for candy, crafts, a hay maze, and some sorta-spooky activities. Also Sat., Oct. 27, and Sun., Oct. 28. 10 a.m. Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, 7370 Baker St., Highland Park. Included with park admission. pittsburghzoo.org
69. STAGE — Mythburgh.
Pittsburghers telling stories about Pittsburgh that highlight the city’s weirdest, creepiest, and most epic characteristics. Local playwrights adapt written pieces into plays and digital media, creating a live and online performance. Creep yourself out with this bona fide Burgh production. 8 p.m. 21 and over. Name your own price. Brillobox, 4104 Penn Ave., Bloomfield. 12peers.org
Mon., Oct. 22
70. ART — Flying Girls.
The August Wilson Center presents the North-American premiere of Flying Girls. Created by Nigerian artist Peju Alatise, this exhibition tells the story of Sim, a Yoruba girl who escapes from a life of domestic servitude into a fantasy realm filled with friendly shadows, talking birds and butterflies. Continues through Nov. 1. August Wilson Center, 980 Liberty Ave., Downtown. Free. aacc-awc.org
Tue., Oct. 23
71. ART — Carnegie International, 57th Edition.
This version of Carnegie International features artwork from 32 artists and collectives from Austria to Vietnam and just about everywhere in between. Learn what it truly means to be international. Continues through March 25, 2019. Carnegie Museum of Art, 400 Forbes Ave., Oakland. Included with museum admission. cmoa.org
Wed., Oct. 24
72. HAUNTED HOUSE — ScareHouse.
If you’re looking to get really spooky, ScareHouse is the place. This haunted house has been voted Best Haunted Attraction by City Paper readers four years running. Prepare to be scared. 118 Locust St., Etna. General admission $17.99-25. scarehouse.com
Thu., Oct. 25
73. PARADE — Bloomfield Halloween Parade.
Get your blankets or lawn chairs and mark your territory. The Bloomfield Halloween Parade is heading into its 50th year. Over 10,000 people are expected to line the streets for this spectacular display of costumes, marchers, and, of course, candy. 7:30 p.m. Free. 4826 Liberty Ave., Bloomfield.
74. STAGE — Sherlock Holmes and the West End Horror.
When a theater critic is murdered, Holmes and Watson set out to find the culprit, and along the way meet famous writers such as Oscar Wilde and H.G Wells. This story is not an Arthur Conan Doyle original, but still encompasses his spirit. Continues through Oct 27. Times vary. Little Lake Theatre, 500 Lakeside Drive, Canonsburg. $21-22.50. littlelake.org
Fri., Oct. 26
75. MUSIC — Alice Cooper.
Schooooool’s in for Autumn. Doesn’t exactly have the same ring as Alice Cooper’s original? Then go ask the Godfather of Shock Rock to sing it himself. This isn’t Summer Guide, people. A Paranormal Evening with Alice Cooper is part of local radio station WDVE’s Halloween Party. 7 p.m. Stage AE, 400 North Shore Drive, North Side. $45. promowestlive.com
Sat., Oct. 27
76. KID — Aviary Owl-o-Ween.
Kids of all ages will hoot for joy when the National Aviary presents Owl-o-Ween. Break out Halloween costumes for an annual harvest festival that includes crafts, candy, and animal encounters. Meet feathered friends and snap photos with raptors, owls, and other nocturnal creatures. 10-5 p.m. National Aviary, 700 Arch St., North Side. $16/adults, $14/kids. aviary.org
77. HAUNTED — Witch Fest.
Iron your cloaks, stiffen your hats, and get those fingernails a-growing because Witch Festival 2018 is upon us. This event features food, drinks, and vendors with spooky items such as crystals and taxidermy. Also, there is an array of witch costumes from Wizard of Oz to Hocus Pocus. 3 p.m. Monongahela Aquatorium, 200 Railroad St., Monongahela. monaquatorium.org
Sun., Oct. 28
78. DANCE — Cri Des Nago.
Haitian dance company Ayikodans combines aspects of traditional Caribbean culture and history with modern movement and choreography. This group’s innovative performances are powerful and passionate, incorporating dance, song, and acrobatics. This is the U.S. premiere of its show, Cri Des Nago. 2 p.m. August Wilson Center, Downtown. $20-35. culturaldistrict.org/awc
79. MUSIC — Lil Yachty.
Sampling some late 1990s nostalgia with super catchy hooks, rapper Lil Yachty is bringing his talents to North Side. This New York-based artist has teamed with DRAM and Tee Grizzly in the past. He's joined on this tour by Bhad Bhabie, aka Danielle Bregoli of "cash me outside" fame. Yeah, her. 8 p.m. Stage AE. 400 North Shore Drive, North Side. $27.50-30. ticketmaster.com
Mon., Oct. 29
80. ART — Artists in Residence.
Identical Brazilian street artists OSGEMEOS (Portuguese for “the twins”) are a highlight in this new Artists in Residence program at the Mattress Factory. Four other artists have also done installation pieces, including Pittsburgh sculptor William Earl Kofmehl, III. Continues through Aug. 4, 2019. Mattress Factory, 500 Sampsonia Way, North Side. mattress.org
Tue., Oct. 30
81. STAGE — Pipeline.
Playwright Dominique Morisseau returns to City Theatre with Pipeline. This award-winning drama explores inequalities in the American education system through the story of a black, inner-city teacher who faces some hard truths when her son risks expulsion from a prestigious, mostly white private school. Continues through Nov. 18. Times vary. City Theatre, 1300 Bingham St., South Side. $35. citytheatre.culturaldistrict.org
Wed., Oct. 31
82. HAUNTED — Hundred Acres Manor Haunted Attraction.
First up on Halloween should be picking up City Paper’s election issue, which drops the same day as the ghouls and ghosts (shameless, we know). Afterward, try one of the area’s best haunted houses. This one spans a full mile. Continues through Nov. 3. Hundred Acres Manor, 1 Hundred Acres Drive, Bethel Park. $20. hundredacresmanor.com
Thu., Nov. 1
83. MUSIC — Fleetwood Mac.
It’s impressive that Fleetwood Mac has remained a consistently beloved entity throughout its long career while providing nonstop drama. Lindsey Buckingham was “fired” from the band, but the Mac still has Stevie Nicks, so who even cares. 7 p.m. PPG Paints Arena, 1001 Fifth Ave, Downtown. Starts at $142. ppgpaintsarena.com
Fri., Nov. 2
84. DANCE — Espæce.
Based on writings by French author George Perec, Espæce is a stage piece combining dance, acrobatics, contortion, opera, and theater. A dynamic stage includes a massive moveable wall, among other set pieces in this U.S. premiere. Also Sat., Nov 3. August Wilson Center, 980 Liberty Ave., Downtown. $35. culturaldistrict.org/awc
Sat., Nov. 3
85. STAGE — Of Mice and Men.
Written during the Great Depression, Of Mice and Men’s plot still resonates: two unemployed, lonely men searching for the great American dream, and coming up empty. Prime Stage Theatre, known for bringing literature to stage, opens its newest season with this classic tearjerker. Bring tissues. Continues through Nov. 11. Times vary. New Hazlett Theatre, 6 Allegheny Square, North Side. $12-25. primestage.com
Sun., Nov. 4
86. KIDS — 2018 Pet Expo.
Bring a furry, feathered, or cold-blooded friend to a weekend filled with activities when the Pet Expo comes to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. This event features fun for the whole family, including a pet costume contest, a diving dog competition, and a reptile expo. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. David L. Lawrence Convention Center, 1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd., Downtown. $10 for adults, Free for kids 10 and under. pghpetexpo.com
87. MUSIC — Andy Mineo & LeCrae.
Christian music typically gets a bad rap, but Andy Mineo and LeCrae each embraces Christianity in their sounds. Both are hesitant to label themselves as religious artists, because anyone can enjoy their songs. 7:30 p.m. Mr. Smalls Theatre, 400 Lincoln Ave, Millvale. $25. mrsmalls.com
Mon., Nov. 5
88. NEWS — Veterans Breakfast Club at night.
Veterans are some of the most respected Americans, and for good reason. The Veterans Breakfast Club — as its name implies — allows community members to interact with vets over breakfast. However, if breakfast doesn’t work for you, check out this event in the evening. 6:30 p.m., Spoonwood Brewing, 5981 Baptist Road, Bethel Park. Free. veteransbreakfastclub.com
Tue., Nov. 6
89. EVENT — Election Day.
The 2018 election is arguably the most important midterms in decades. Energy on the left is high at a time when most governments are controlled by conservatives, and leaning farther right. At a fork-in-the-road time in America, this election could decide the country’s direction. Go vote! 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. Everywhere. Votespa.com
Wed., Nov. 7
90. STAGE — Midnight Radio's Frankenstein.
Bricolage Production Company is reanimating Frankenstein with its Midnight Radio series, and it’s casting you as a live, studio-audience member. So, don’t forget to applaud when the sign flashes. For those who prefer to participate with a little alcohol in their system, there’s a free, 30-minute happy half-hour before the show. Continues through Nov. 10. Times vary. Bricolage Production Company, 937 Liberty Ave., Downtown. $25-35. bricolagepgh.org
Thu., Nov. 8
91. STAGE — Sweat.
“The first theatrical landmark of the Trump era,” or so The New Yorker says, Sweat follows the lives of nine friends who work together in a Pennsylvania steel factory until layoffs come. Continues through Dec. 9. Times vary. O’Reilly Theater, 621 Penn Ave., Downtown. $30-80. ppt.org
Fri., Nov. 9
92. STAGE — Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
John Cameron Mitchell’s massively influential rock musical defied comparison when it debuted in 1998, and it remains pretty much peerless. The songs are fabulous, the script is hilarious, and there’s quite an emotional punch, too. Also Nov. 10, 16-17. 10 p.m. Gargaro Theater, 327 South Main St., West End. $45. pittsburghmusicals.com
93. SPORTS — RMU vs. Colgate.
Our region’s only Division I women’s ice hockey program welcomes its counterparts from Colgate University for a weekend series. Get on the Robert Morris Colonials’ bandwagon early, because these ladies can make noise in the spring. 7:05 p.m. Also 3:05 p.m., Sat., Nov. 10. Colonials Arena, 7600 Grand Ave., Neville Island. $10 (adult), $5 (youth). rmucolonials.com
Sat., Nov. 10
94. LIT — Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society: Abandoned Tracks: The Underground Railroad in Washington County.
Washington County was once home to one of the highest concentrations of slaves in Pennsylvania. Later, it would spearhead an abolitionist movement and become part of the Underground Railroad. Explore that complex history with a talk moderated by historian W. Thomas Mainwaring. 10:30 a.m. Carnegie Library – Main, 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland. Free. carnegielibrary.org
95. NEWS — Veterans Day Parade.
Pittsburghers love a good parade — almost as much as putting French fries on salads and sandwiches. The city’s annual Veterans Day Parade will take place on the Saturday prior to the holiday and, as always, honor and remember U.S. military members. 10:30 a.m. Downtown. Free. facebook.com/pittsburghveteransdayparade
Sun., Nov. 11
96. EVENT — Bridal and Wedding Expo.
Start planning the wedding of your Pinterest dreams. With wedding professionals eager to help you find the perfect gown, venue, menu, etc., you’ll be able to check quite a few items off your list. This is the largest bridal show in the region. 12-5 p.m. David L. Lawrence Convention Center, 1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd., Downtown. Free with advanced registration. bridalshowspittsburgh.com
97. COMEDY — Impractical Jokers' "Cranjis McBasketball World Comedy Tour.”
The human brain will never tire of seeing lives pranks, which is why TruTV’s Impractical Jokers is on its seventh season. Treat yourself to the live hijinks of that show's stars, The Tenderloins. 7:30 p.m. PPG Paints Arena, 1001 5th Ave., Downtown. $49.75-69.75. ppgpaintsarena.com
Mon., Nov. 12
98. SPORTS — Barclays Classic Basketball Tournament.
Jeff Capel is the new bench boss at the University of Pittsburgh. The men’s basketball team welcomes three Southern schools as part on early-season tournament. The Troy University Trojans will likely give the Panther’s their biggest test. Continues through Nov. 17. Petersen Events Center, 3719 Terrace St., Oakland, pittsburghpanthers.com
Tue., Nov. 13
99. ART — 50 Cities – 50 Traces.
There are 7,650 cities around the globe participating in Mayors for Peace, raising awareness for the need to abolish nuclear weapons. Pittsburgh is highlighted in 50 Cities – 50 Traces, showcasing this city’s diversity as part of the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts. Continues through Dec. 9. Times vary. 937 Liberty. 937 Liberty Ave., Downtown. Free. trustarts.org
Wed., Nov. 14
100. EVENT— Dish!
Have you ever dreamed of crafting culinary delights from early-1900s England? Here's your chance: The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s cookbook club is discussing The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook, and attendees will sample a dish prepared by staff. 6:30 p.m. Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, 1201 Woods Run Ave., Woods Run. Free. carnegielibrary.org