With cider festivals, a donut race, pumpkin beer tastings, a pizza throwdown and more, there are plenty of tasty events in Pittsburgh this October.
Saturday, October 1: Brunch Social at Spirit
Brunch Social is a new roving brunch festival that’s launching with its first event on Saturday, October 1 at Spirit, with a disco-themed party. Tickets are $35 per person, and include brunch samples from participating restaurants like Bakn, Market Street Grocery, and Josephine’s Toast, and drink specials. For tickets, visit their event page.
Saturday, October 1: Food Trucktoberfest Under the Bridge
Southside BBQ, Steer and Wheel, Mac & Gold Truck, Bull Dawgs and Franktuary are gathering for a food truck rally in Homestead, with booze and beer provided by Blue Dust. Check out all the info online.
Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2: Delmont Apple n’Arts Festival
Head out to Delmont for their annual Apple n’Arts Festival, with crafts, food vendors, fresh-pressed cider and apples, and more. More information can be found online.
Sunday, October 2: Donut Dash at Schenley Plaza
Donuts and running… a match made in heaven. Sign up to run one mile, eat six donuts, then run another mile, all while raising money for the Live Like Lou foundation to fight ALS. To sign up, visit their website.
Sunday, October 2: Oktoberfest at the Biergarten
Tickets for Biergarten’s official Oktoberfest celebration on the rooftop are $25 each, and include traditional German food, a complimentary Stein, one free beer, a gingerbread heart and live German music. More information can be found on their event page.
Thursday, October 6: LOCAL on the Rocks
Our friends at LOCALpittsburgh are hosting their second annual LOCAL on the Rocks cocktail competition, featuring cocktails from Pittsburgh restaurants like Chaz and Odette, Ease, Scratch, Round Corner Cantina and Bar Marco. Food samples and a cocktail from each restaurant is included in the $25 ticket price. For more information, visit their event page.
Saturday, October 8: Drunkin’ Punkin Beer Tasting at Hough’s
Hough’s fifth annual Drunkin’ Punkin pumpkin beer tasting event will feature more than 20 pumpkin beers, plus a Southern Tier rim bar with sweet and savory rim toppings. Tickets are $50 per person, and can be purchased online.
Sunday, October 9: Smoketoberfest at Roundabout Brewery
Roundabout Brewery is shutting down 49th Street to host their 3rd annual Smoketoberfest, featuring specialty Roundabout beers (including a few smoked varieties), plus lots of food trucks, like Asado Food Truck, Blowfish BBQ, Driftwood Oven, Butcher on Butler, and Leona’s Ice Cream. They’ll also have live music. Tickets are $21.40 and include an event glass to take home, one free beer, and food samples from each vendor. For more information, visit their event page.
Sunday, October 9: Pittsburgh Cider & Mead Festival
Celebrate all things hard apple cider and mead Spirit, with more than 60 products from 24 local and international producers. Tickets are $45 in advance and $60 at the door, and include a tasting glass and samples. Purchase tickets online.
Sunday, October 9: Neighborhood Flea
The final Neighborhood Flea of the year will be held on Sunday, October 9 in the Strip District, featuring tons of vintage and handmade vendors, and lots of food trucks, including Franktuary, Happy Camper Cakes, Mac and Gold Truck, South Side BBQ Co., Randita’s Vegan Café and Stickler’s Ice Pops. See more online.
Thursday, October 13: ‘Pork & Rye’ Dinner at Cioppino
Cioppino is partnering with Whistle Pig Distillery for a ‘Pork & Rye’ dinner, with a 5-course chef’s tasting dinner, including an elements of an entire Mangalitsa pig. Seats are $90 per person, with a $60 additional whiskey or wine pairing option. See more on their event page.
Friday, October 14: Pizza Throwdown with Driftwood Oven and Pizza Boat
Driftwood Oven and Pizza Boat are going head-to-head in the Spirit parking lot for ‘best Pittsburgh mobile pizza unit’ bragging rights. Admission is free, pizza is pay-as-you-go, and there will be plenty of Pittsburgh foodie celebs on hand to declare the winner. See their event page for more information.
Friday, October 21: A Few Bad Apples Cider Fest at Bayardstown Social Club
Enjoy live music, food trucks, a build-your-own s’mores bar, and lots of cider at Bayardstown Social Club’s ‘A Few Bad Apples Cider Fest’ on Friday, October 21. Tickets are $10 for members, and $15 for non-members, and more information can be found online.
Friday, October 21: Craft Beers & Classic Cars at the Frick
The Frick is hosting a ‘Craft Beers & Classic Cars’ event under a tent in the Car and Carriage Museum Courtyard, featuring antique cars and brews from six local breweries, including Voodoo, East End, Grist House and Apis. Tickets are $25 if you purchase before October 14. For more information, visit their website.
Friday, October 21: Taste of Africa at Union Project
Enjoy authentic Cameroonian food at the Taste of Africa event at Union Project, including a Cameroonian dinner, drinks, West African palm wine, and live entertainment. Tickets are $55 for adults, and $25 for children. See more information on their event page.
Friday, October 21 – Sunday, October 23: A Walkabout Apple Whiskey Weekend at Wigle Whiskey
Join Wigle Whiskey for their weekend-long event as they release this year’s Walkabout, their apple cider-infused whiskey. Special events are happening each day, including a release party on Friday at the Barrelhouse, apple whiskey sampling and apple bobbing on Saturday at the Barrelhouse, and live music on Sunday at the Distillery. See the entire event lineup online.
Saturday, October 22: After Dark at the Carnegie Museum
The Carnegie Museum is staying open late for an after-hour, adults-only event. Haunted Museum: Year of the Vampire features special exhibits on fabled vampires and real-life blood-sucking creatures, with Translyvanian specimens, blood science experiments and adult trick or treating. Plus cocktails and beer! Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online.
Saturday, October 22: Boo & Brews Bash
Grab a costume and hop on a downtown bar crawl, with stops at Olive or Twist, Seven, Ten Penny and August Henry’s City Saloon. Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the door, and include sample cocktails, drink specials, and an after-party at Sharp Edge. Proceeds benefit the Make-a-Wish Foundation. For more information, visit their event page.
Saturday, October 22: Hometown Homegrown at Heinz History Center
The fifth annual Hometown Homegrown food expo is happening at Heinz History Center, with food samples from nearly 50 local vendors, cooking demos, live music, a cookbook exchange, spirit sampling, and pumpkins for sale from Soergels Farms. See more information on their website.
Saturday, October 29: Nightmare on Bourbon Street at Sienna Mercato
Sienna Mercato is turning their rooftop into a New Orleans voodoo masquerade, with super-scary Bourbon Street-inspired cocktails, and Cajun and Creole bites. Admission is free, and doors open at 4:00 p.m. See more information on their event page.
Sunday, October 30: Howl-O-Week Celebration at Wigle Whiskey
Celebrate the final day of Wigle Whiskey’s Barrelhouse for the season, with a special event with Rivertowne Brewing, Camp BowWow and Animal Rescue League. Wigle will be supplying the craft cocktails, Rivertowne will bring the brews, and Camp BowWow and Animal Rescue League will be hosting a costume contest for your favorite four-legged-friend. See more information online.