5 Issues to Do in Pittsburgh This Weekend: October 1-3

It’s October and it’s the weekend. We have a few ideas on how to spend it.

Phantom Autumn Festival

Kennywood’s Halloween-inspired Phantom Fall Fest debuts Friday from 6pm to 11pm and Saturday from 12pm to 11pm and Sunday from 12pm to 10pm.

West Mifflin Park has combined two events held in the past – Phantom Fright Nights and Happy Hauntings.

There are daylight activities for families and more frightening experiences for others at night.

Kiddieland, Thomas Town, and other family areas are open but close at 6pm on Saturdays and Sundays. There will be five haunted houses and four horror zones.

The festival offers more than 30 rides, themed activities and new dining options. A new food and drink offering includes turkey legs, pumpkin funnel cakes, seasonal beers, cocktail specialties and a variety of special dining options around the park.

The popular Potato Patch will still be open.

Tickets start at $ 24.99.

Details: www.kennywood.com

movie night

The Row House Cinema drive-in experience is back on Friday in the Strip District. The Lawrenceville Theater is partnering with The Terminal in the Strip District for a second year outdoors.

The doors open at 6.30 p.m. The films start around 8 p.m.

The films are shown on Fridays and Saturdays in October on the corner of 21st Street and Smallman Street in a parking lot on a 12 m high screen.

Tickets are $ 34.50 per car.

The program includes “ET” on Friday and “The Wiz” on Saturday.

You can pre-order popcorn and candy. There is also a selection of beers from a different local brewery every weekend.

Details: rowhousecinema.com


This weekend, guests can meet Aphrodite, the 2,000 year old life-size marble statue of the Greek goddess.

She will be featured in Pompeii: The Exhibition, which opens on Saturday at the Carnegie Science Center on the North Shore.

More than 180 artifacts are on loan from the National Archaeological Museum of Naples in Italy.

Aphrodite includes gladiator helmets, armor, weapons, a ship’s anchor, lamps, jugs, other household items, furniture, jewelry, medical instruments, and tools.

A video introduces the exhibition. When the doors of the Scaife exhibition gallery in the PPG Science Pavilion in the Science Center open.

The exhibition tells the story of a city that was hidden until it was discovered more than 250 years ago.

On August 24, 79 AD, the Roman city of Pompeii was frozen in time by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius. World Heritage Exhibitions from Medina, Ohio helped bring this exhibit to Pittsburgh.

Tickets cost $ 19.95 to $ 32.45.

Details: carnegiesciencecenter.org

Doors open Pittsburgh

The Fairmont Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh will be one of the buildings open to the public during the Doors Open Pittsburgh on Saturday. The city is known for its iconic architecture. This is an opportunity to see what’s inside.

The Doors Open Pittsburgh event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

It offers a look behind the scenes at a diverse range of over 30 buildings in downtown. Locations include government offices, theaters, churches, galleries, and hotels, among others.

Guests are invited to visit as many as they like and in any order.

Tickets are $ 15.

Details: doorsopenpgh.org

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Music – from blues to punk rock

The fourth annual Highmark Blues & Heritage Festival takes place on Friday in August Wilson African American Cultural Center, Downtown and on Saturday at Highmark Stadium on the South Side. Hall of Fame singer Mavis Staples will perform at 8 p.m. on Friday

Day two of the festival kicks off at 11am with a day of live music with the Grammy-winning Robert Cray Band, Morris Day and The Time; Rare Essence, Third World, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen; and dump staphunk. Everyone must provide proof of a Covid 19 vaccination at least two weeks in advance. Masks are highly recommended.

Tickets start at $ 37.50.

Courtesy Myriam Santos

Hall of Fame singer Mavis Staples will perform at 8 p.m. on October 1st at the fourth annual Highmark Blues & Heritage Festival at the Wilson African American Cultural Center in downtown.

The Punk In Drublic Craft Beer & Music Festival takes place on Saturday from 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM at The Lots at Sandcastle in Homestead.

It will feature punk rock music and local craft beer with performances by NOFX, Pennywise, Less Than Jake, Sick Of It All, Get Dead and Stolen Wheelchairs.

There will be up to three hours of craft beer tasting.

Tickets start at $ 49.50.

details: aacc-awc.org or www.punkindrublicfest.com


Courtesy Jonathan Weiner

NOFX will perform at the Punk In Drublic Craft Beer & Music Festival at The Lots at Sandcastle in Homestead on October 2nd.

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a contributor to Tribune Review. You can contact JoAnne at 724-853-5062, jharrop@triblive.com, or on Twitter.

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