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Fall is fast approaching and that means pleasant weather. Fall festivals are the perfect excuse to get outside during the weekends and enjoy the last bit of warm weather and sunshine before the winter starts. From celebrating the changing leaves to finding out about new home innovation, these fall festivals will make great additions to this season’s social calendar.

Fall Of The Leaf Weekends
Idlewild Park
2574 US-30
Lingonier PA 15658
(724) 238-3666
www.idlewild.com

September 10, 11, 17 and 18, 2016; all day

Idlewild Park is a great family summer destination, but Fall Of The Leaf Weekends are a great reason to make one more trip to this family-friendly amusement park. Enjoy special food offers, character meet-and-greets and crafts all weekend. From 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. each day, you will find crafters along the Olde Idlewilde Midway. Kids will also have a chance to meet Blossom, the Fall Leaf Pixie, throughout the day at the Hillside Theater.

Maker Faire Pittsburgh
Nova Place & Buhl Community Park
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
www.makerfairepittsburgh.com

October 15 and 16, 2016; all day

Maker Faire is a large-scale show and tell event that is part county fair, part science fair and a weekend of educational fun for the family. At the faire, kids can learn about technology, art, craft, electronics and engineering. Check out the latest innovation in 3-D printing, gaming and even green initiatives. Throughout the faire, you will also see special performances, speakers demonstrations and workshops. It is the perfect place to spend the day with the little inventor in your life.

Festival of Homes
Various locations
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
(412) 434-5690
www.pghfoh.com

September 24 and 25, and October 1 and 2, 2016; noon – 5 p.m.

The Festival of Homes event, brought to you by the Builders Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh, is where you can see the latest in new home innovation throughout the Pittsburgh area. Visit new communities and tour model homes all over the Pittsburgh area. Whether you are looking for a new home or just some inspiration, the Festival of Homes is a great way to spend a weekend afternoon.

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Zoo Brew Oktoberfest
Pittsburgh Zoo
7340 Butler St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
(412) 665-3640
www.pittsburghzoo.org

September 9, 2016; 6:30 – 10 p.m.

What could be a better way to spend a fall evening than enjoying brews with your furry friends at the Pittsburgh Zoo?  Round up your friends (21 and older, of course) and get tickets for this great event that includes a variety of craft beer and food from Taste of the Wild Catering. Dance the night away to great music and take home a commemorative mug to use for all of your craft beer tastings.

Brews In the Park
Kennywood Park
4800 Kennywood Blvd.
West Mifflin, PA 15122
(412) 461-0500
www.kennywood.com

September 24, 2016; 4 – 8 p.m.

Have you ever considered going to Kennywood Park just for the food? Now is your chance. Enjoy this exclusive evening of craft brews and food at beautiful Kennywood Park. The event features food from Kennywood stands and local food trucks, live music and craft beers from great makers such as Sam Adams, Penn Brewery, Church Brew Works and Great Lakes Brewing. The rides will not be operating, but there will be food and fun aplenty at this event.

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Jennifer Stockdale is a native of the greater Pittsburgh, PA area. She is a restaurant marketer and wine enthusiast and one of the hosts of the East Coast Wine Geeks Podcast. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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