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Discovering Fall in Downtown

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Goodbye summer, hello fall! As Downtown Pittsburgh puts on its autumn colors, what better way to spend the season than partaking in all the fall fun?

There’s something special about the vibe radiating through Downtown this time of year. Maybe it’s the leaves changing colors at Point State Park. Or the updated seasonal menus. It could even be the feeling of game day as the city packs with people to cheer on the Steelers (GO ‘LERS!). Either way, to help make your experience as easy and fun as possible, we’ve compiled this list of must-do fall activities in Downtown Pittsburgh ⬇️


SHOP DOWNTOWN MARKETS 🏙

Market Square Farmers Market

What better way to spend your lunch break than to shop at the farmers market? Head to Market Square on Thursdays to find locally grown produce, organic products, small-batch foods, and more from a variety of different vendors. During the fall season, enjoy specialty items from local vendors!

🗓 Every Thursday through October 27
⏰ 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Saturday Fall Market

As the seasons change, so does our Saturday Night Market! Starting October 1, enjoy the earlier hours of our Fall Market, where you can find a pop-up shopping experience featuring fall-themed clothing, candles, food, and much more!

🗓 Saturdays through October 29
⏰ 3 – 8 p.m.


ADMIRE THE AUTUMN COLORS 🍁

Have a picnic in the park on a warm fall day, or overlook the city on your ride up the side of Mount Washington. Either way, you can always find the perfect place to take in the picture-perfect fall aesthetic of Downtown Pittsburgh. Head to these spots for that crisp, enjoyable feeling that comes with that changing seasons ⬇️

  • Point State Park
  • Allegheny Commons Park
  • Duquense/Monongahela Incline
  • North Shore Riverfront Park

FYI: The best time to see peak fall in Downtown is estimated to be mid-October.

📸 by @visualsofmrityunjay

FIND THE PERFECT CUP OF COFFEE, APPLE CIDER, TEA, ETC ☕️

When we feel the brisk air, there’s only one thing we need (besides a light jacket) — the perfect warm drink! Whether you’re a lover of pumpkin spice or hot apple cider, Downtown has plenty of coffee shops for you to find that ideal cup to-go.

Check out our Guide to Coffee Shops Downtown for ideas on where to get your next fall-themed pick-me-up. Hop between your favorites or select one to spend the afternoon in, but make sure you have a good beverage in hand!

📸 by @addacoffeehouse

UPDATE YOUR FALL WARDROBE 🧥

The weather is changing, and so is your wardrobe! It’s time to trade out the summer tops for cozy sweaters and shorts for trousers. You may be asking, “where can I find those items Downtown?” We’re here to help!

Here are some retailers to visit where you can find the perfect game-day fit, a new knit sweater, and even a hat to keep your ears warm.

📸 by @freshnostalgiabboutique

Find tons of other shopping locations here!


TRY SOME YUMMY SEASONAL TREATS 🥧

One great way to experience fall is with delicious fall-themed goodies! Here are a couple of items you can try around ‘tahn:

📸 by @lagourmandinebakery

Visit some Downtown restaurants to see what’s new on their menu!


ENJOY A SPOOKY, SCARY FUN 👻

With the fall season comes a ton of Halloween favorites! Downtown Pittsburgh has a bunch of spooky activities for to enjoy with friends and family. Get your ghoul on with these Halloween-themed activities:

📸 by @pittsburgh_symphony_orchestra

STRIKE A POSE FOR THE PERFECT FALL PHOTO 📸

The changing leaves around Downtown Pittsburgh make for the perfect backdrop! Whether it’s along the city streets or tucked within the trees, Downtown is the perfect place for your selfie, headshot, and family photo needs.

📸 by @emilygiangreco

HEAD TO A DOWNTOWN BAR FOR GAME DAY 🏈

If you’re native to Downtown, you know fall isn’t complete without grabbing your gear for a tailgate and watching a nail-biting football game. Whether you’re pregaming gameday or watching from the big screen, catch your favorite college of NFL teams at these local sports bars or restaurants.

📸 by @dustinmcgrew

Put on your favorite fall coat, grab a warm drink, and head Downtown for all the fun that comes with fall! Make sure to share your fun with us by tagging us at @downtownpitt and #DowntownPittsburgh!

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