Can you smell that crisp fall air blowing in? September is a special month in Pittsburgh. It brings tons of festivals, free admission days and more.

Check out Play Pittsburgh’s Event Calendar to help your family with a seamless transition from Summer to Fall with plenty of fun happening every day!

Top 10 Things to do in September in Pittsburgh

things to do in pittsburgh in september
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FREE Admission to Pittsburgh Botanic Garden | September 1

You and your family can enjoy free admission to walk through 60-acres of woodlands, three miles of trails, play at Fun Exploration Stations and more! (more info)


Steelers Kickoff and Rib Fest | September 1 – 5

Celebrate the beginning of the 2016-2017 Steeler Season with plenty of entertainment, rides, games and more! (more info)


$1 Kid Rides on Gateway Clipper | September 3 – 5

All Kids 12 and under can ride any Good Ship Lollipop, One Hour or Evening Sightseeing for just $1!  (more info)


Labor Day Parade Downtown Pittsburgh | September 5

Pittsburgh’s Labor Day parade begins at 10 AM and starts at the Greyhound Station at Liberty and Penn Avenues, and ends in front of the United Steelworkers Building on the Boulevard of the Allies. (more info)


Pittsburgh Irish Festival | September 9 – 11

Join fellow Irishmen in celebrating with food, fun, music and dance! Raise cultural awareness of Irish history and tradition that exists in Pittsburgh. (more info)


Alphabet Trails and Tales | September 10

Begin at the Blue Slide park and follow the alphabet trail. This free early and elementary literacy event features art, music, games, and activities. (more info)


Kids Day in Schenley Plaza | September 11

Free activities for children at Schenley Plaza including face painting, a balloon artist and free rides on the PNC Carousel. (more info)


Pittsburgh Pup Crawl | September 17

Fun for the whole family… even the four-legged members! The event included contests, prizes, accessories and accessories for pups. Plenty of playful fun for everyone to enjoy! The money raised Friday night benefits the animals at the Animal Friends Animal Rescue League Shelter and Wildlife Center Western PA Humane Society. (more info)


Fall Hay Day | September 24

Play all day for FREE! Bring the family to Hartwood acres for a fun family event with a petting zoo, tractor rides, puppet shows, balloon art, hayrides, and more. (more info)


Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival | Every Friday & Saturday in September

Tons of fun for the whole family happening every weekend in September! The Festival features a cast of hundreds of authentically costumed merrymakers living and working throughout the village and performing, continuously, upon the Festival’s stages, the illusion of a rollicking 16th Century festival day is created. (more info)