Here’s my weekly listing of family-friendly events in the Pittsburgh region for the weekend of September 19-21, 2014. It’s an exciting weekend in the ‘Burgh with the kick off of the fall festival season, a Tropical India Festival at Phipps and the opening production of this season’s Gemini Children’s Theater! Plus, we will be holding our second Free Store 15104 Donation Drive at the Bloomfield Saturday Market from 9-1pm. Please bring your gently used children’s items and donate them to be redistributed for FREE to our neighbors in need!


All Weekend, September 19-21

Pennsylvania Bavarian Oktoberfest in Canonsburg

Canonsburg hosts a very well-known Oktoberfest each year with traditional German foods, music, and a kid’s carnival.

Times: Friday 4-11pm, Saturday 11-11pm, Sunday 12-6pm

Location: E. Pike Street and N. Central Avenue, Canonsburg


Saturday and Sunday, September 20-21

Fall Festival Kickoff Weekend at Soergel Orchards

Soergel Orchard’s weekend Fall Festivals kick off this weekend, featuring hayrides to the pumpkin patch, a cornstalk maze, pony rides, a bounce house, face-painting and tons more! 

Times: 11-5pm

Cost: Free to attend. Most activities cost extra

Location: Soergel Orchards, 2573 Brandt School Road, Wexford, PA 15090


Fall Festival Kickoff Weekend at Simmons Farm

Simmons Farm’s daily Fall Festivals kick-off this weekend, featuring pick-your-own apples, hayrides, pumpkin picking, a corn maze, a barnyard petting zoo and more.

Times: 9-5:45pm

Cost: $10.50/person

Location: Simmons Farm, 170 Simmons Rd, McMurray PA 15317


Fall Festival Kick-off Weekend at Trax Farm

Trax Farm’s weekend Fall Festivals begin this weekend, featuring hayrides, pumpkin picking, corn maze, petting zoo, bounce house, rainbow express train and tons more.

Times: 10-5pm

Cost: Free to attend. Most activities cost extra

Location: Trax Farm, 528 Trax Rd, Finleyville, PA 15332


44th Annual Covered Bridge Festival

Washington and Greene Counties are hosting their 44th Annual Covered Bridge Festival this weekend. Each of the 10 festival locations offer homestyle foods, historic re-enactments, live entertainment and children’s activities. See website for more information.


Festifall at Friendship Hill National Historic Site

Festifall is the annual celebration of the life of Albert Gallatin, the original owner of Friendship Hill. The free festival includes demonstrations of historic trades and crafts, live period music, eighteenth century foods, and opportunities for kids to play with historic toys. 

Times: 9-5pm

Cost: Free

Location: Friendship Hill National Historic Site, Gallatin House Visitor Center, 223 New Geneva Rd, Point Marion, PA 15474


Autumn Festival at Old Economy Village

Old Economy Village hosts its annual Autumn Festival this year. The Festival will feature historic cooking demonstrations, craft vendors, children’s activities, musical entertainment, and more.

Times: Saturday 10-5pm, Sunday 12-5pm

Cost: Adults $10, Child 3 and over $6

Location: Old Economy Village, Ambridge PA 15003


Penn’s Colony Festival

Penn’s Colony Festival is an annual festival held in Saxonburg commemorating our region’s role in the French & Indian War and recreating the atmosphere of the “Publick Tymes” fairs in colonial America. There will be historic music, food, magic shows, children’s activities, battle reenactments and more.

Cost: Adult $7, Children 8 and over $5

Location: 365 Saxonburg Blvd, Saxonburg, PA 16056


Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival

A very unique cultural experience, the Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival features a Royal Court, jousts, vendors, music, children’s activities and more.

Times: 10:30-6:30pm

Cost: Adult $15.95 online and $17.95 at the gate, Child $7 in advance and $8 at the gate. Children under 5 are free

Location: 112 Renaissance Lane, West Newton PA 15089


One Last Summer Blowout at Kennywood

Kennywood hosts its last summer weekend featuring many of the regular season rides and 50% off admission! See website for more details.


Meet Olaf at the Learning Express of Mt. Lebanon 

Olaf will be at the Learning Express of Mt. Lebanon as the store celebrates its birthday!

Times: Saturday starting at 11am, Sunday starting at noon.

Cost: Free

Location: Learning Express of Mt. Lebanon, 1500 Washington Rd, Pittsburgh PA 15228


Opening Weekend of Peter Pan at the Gemini Children’s Theater

It’s opening weekend for this year’s Gemini Children’s Theater and they’re presenting their original, interactive version of Peter Pan!

Times: 1 and 3:30pm

Cost: $12

Location: Gemini Children’s Theater, Factory Building, 7501 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15208


Revolutionary War Encampment at the Oliver-Miller Homestead in South Park

Meet the 8th Pennsylvania Regiment as they set up camp and reenact the day-to-day life of Revolutionary War soldiers at the Oliver Miller Homestead.

Times: 1:30-4:40pm

Cost: $2

Location: Oliver-Miller Homestead, South Park


Saturday, September 20

Braddock Day at the Bloomfield Saturday Market

Bloomfield celebrates Braddock at their first Braddock Day! Representatives of local businesses will be on hand for demonstrations. Also, we will be holding our second Free Store 15104 Donation Drive, collecting gently used children’s items to be redistributed for FREE to our neighbors in need!

Times: 9-1pm

Cost: Free

Location: Bloomfield Saturday Market, 5050 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh PA


Ligonier Highland Games

Idlewild hosts the 56th Annual Ligonier Highland Games this year complete with highland dancing, piping, drumming, Scottish dog exhibits, athletic competitions and traditional Scottish food. Please note: amusement rides will NOT be open at Idlewild on this day.

Times: Gates open at 8am

Cost: Adults $20, Children 13 and over $10

Location: Idlewild, 2574 U.S. 30, Ligonier PA 15658


Screening of Star Wars Rebels

Star Wars Rebels is a new series beginning soon on the Disney Channel. AMC Lowe’s in the Waterfront is holding a special screening event with children’s activities beginning at 9:30am (photo ops, craft activities, a costume contest, etc.) and then the screening begins at 10:45am.

Cost: Free, please follow link above to register for tickets.

Location: Pittsburgh AMC, Lowe’s Waterfront


Worldwide Day of Play at the Children’s Museum

The Children’s Museum celebrates Nickelodeon’s annual Worldwide Day of Play with a variety of fun activities, including special art projects and recreational opportunities. Also, get one free child admission for every adult admission purchased with the Museum’s Social September discounts.

Times: 10-5pm

Cost: Free with admission

Location: 10 Children’s Way, Pittsburgh PA 15212


The Tortoise and the Hare at Chatham Baroque’s Peanut Butter and Jam Sessions

It’s opening day of this season’s “Peanut Butter and Jam Sessions” by the Chatham Baroque. Designed to cultivate an age-appropriate appreciation of baroque music, PB&J Sessions use music, movement and interactive activities to captivate preschool-aged audiences. This month’s theme is “The Tortoise and the Hare,” where performers will use this classic story to illustrate the idea of a musical piece’s tempo. Also include a healthy snack and drink.

Times: 10am and 11:15am

Cost: $8 for adults, $5 for kids

Location: McClintick Hall, Calvary Episcopal Church, 315 Shady Avenue, Pittsburgh PA


American Girl Doll Breakfast Picnic

The Mt. Lebanon Public Library is hosting an American Girl Doll Breakfast Picnic, featuring breakfast treats, American Girl stories and doll-sized craft creation. Advance registration requested.

Times: 10-11am

Cost: Free

Location: Mt. Lebanon Public Library, 16 Castle Shannon Blvd, Pittsburgh PA 15228


36th Annual Butler Fall Festival

Butler holds its 36th Annual Fall Festival with live entertainment, a craft fair, food and children’s activities.

Times: 11-6pm

Cost: Free

Location: Main Street, Downtown Butler, PA


Castle Shannon Fall Festival

Castle Shannon holds an annual Fall Festival, featuring live entertainment, a Chinese auction, food and children’s activities.

Times: 11-3pm

Cost: Free


The Waterfront’s Fall Fest

The Waterfront is holding its annual Fall Fest, featuring live music, the I Made It! Market, a farmer’s market, children’s activities and the 5th Annual Running of the Wieners!

Times: 1-5pm

Cost: Free

Location: The Waterfront, Town Center, Homestead PA


Clarion’s Autumn Leaf Festival

Clarion holds its 61st Annual Autumn Leaf Festival starting on September 20th and continuing for 9 days. The event features carnival rides and games, a Power Wheels derby, food, music and more! See website for more info.


Art Lab: Destroy This! at the Mattress Factory

The Mattress Factory hosts its bimonthly children’s workshop this weekend. Children can explore the concept of “destroying,” by cutting, scratching, sanding, etc on different surfaces and materials.

Times: 1-4pm

Cost: Free with admission

Location: The Mattress Factory, 500 Sampsonia Way, Pittsburgh PA 15212


Fern Hollow Nature Center’s Fall Music Festival

Sewickley’s Fern Hollow Nature Center hosts its annual family-friendly Fall Music Festival with a great lineup of musical acts, food trucks and tons of children’s activities, including a climbing wall, scavenger hunt, face-painting and more.

Time: 3pm

Cost: Adults $35, Children 7-17 $20, discounts available for members if purchased by 9/19.

Location: Fern Hollow Nature Center, 1901 Glen Mitchell Rd, Sewickley PA 15143


Sabado Gigante with Cafe Con Leche

Cafe Con Leche’s Pop-up Grand Opening Party will feature a family-friendly dance party full of Caribbean beats, Latin food and folkloric dances from all over Latin America. Appropriate for all ages.

Times: 6-9pm

Cost: Free

Location: 5430 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15206


Sunday, September 21

Tropical Forest India Celebration at Phipps Conservatory

Phipps celebrates its Tropical Forest India (closing in January 2015) at this one-day festival, featuring ethnic food tastings, a henna artist, live dance and sitar performances and hands-on children’s activities.

Time: 11-4pm

Cost: Free with admission

Location: Phipps Conservatory, 1 Schenley Drive, Pittsburgh PA 15213


Junior Great Race

The Dollar Bank Junior Great Race is being held at Point State Park, with a Family Fun Run, a Tot Trot, a Diaper Dash and refreshments. See website for more info and to register.


Kid’s Day at PNC Park

The Pirates are playing the Brewers this Sunday and it’s a Kid’s Day at PNC Park. There’s a family-friendly carnival preceding the game on Federal Street, all kids get a special gift at the gate and they also can run the bases after the games concludes.

Time: Carnival starts at 11am, Game starts at 1:35pm

Location: PNC Park, 115 Federal Street, Pittsburgh PA 15212


Penguin Painting at the National Aviary

The National Aviary’s penguins will be painting for YOU one Sunday per month until December. Guests can purchase different-sized canvasses and choose paint colors. Then the penguins will use their feet to create a unique work of art to take home. Preregistration required. See website for more details.


Have a great weekend!

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Nadine Champsi

Nadine Champsi

I am a doctor turned write-at-home-mom who runs the Pittsburgh Mommy Blog and is editor of Kidsburgh. I have two wonderful young children and am happily married. My interests include cooking, green-living, gardening, being in the outdoors, listening to great music, checking out the city's cool art, coming up with creative things to do with my kids, and having as many adventures as I can!
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