Autumn at the National Aviary is Not to be Missed

It’s the season of pumpkins, colorful leaves, creatures of the night, fall flavors, and before we know it, holiday shopping! The flock at the National Aviary is celebrating with one-of-a-kind autumn events.

Don’t miss the most authentic Oktoberfest in Pittsburgh.
Thursday, October 18 | 6:30 pm


Chef Josef Karst of Atria’s, who was born in Mittelreidenbach, Germany, is preparing his favorite Oktoberfest dishes, including Bavarian potato pancakes with apple sauce, crisp roasted pork shoulder with sauerkraut and smashed potatoes, Bavarian cheese spread with radish and pretzels, and apple strudel, just to name a few. Enjoy live music by Mädel Jäger, sip Samuel Adams beers from the cash bar, compete in a stein hoist and see beautiful National Aviary birds as you feast. Get your tickets for this 21+ event. Prost!


See captivating owls at the not-so-spooky Owl-o-Ween
Saturdays, October 20 and 27 | 10 am – 3 pm


This family fun harvest festival is perfect for kids of all ages with owl crafts, story time with a live bird, a costume parade, candy and tasty granola bars from KIND. Explore the National Aviary’s immersive habitats, and meet owls and other creatures of the night up-close. Don’t forget your camera! Owl-o-Ween is included with admission.


Indulge in fall flavors and meet majestic owls at Owl Brunch
Sunday, October 21 | 10:30 am and 12:30 pm

Relax in the National Aviary’s heated Rose Garden Tent and enjoy delectable brunch items from Atria’s including cinnamon egg twist French toast, bourbon glazed ham, seasonal antipasti, freshly baked quiche and more. Brunch is served buffet style, so you can enjoy as much or as a little as you like. Sip a brunch cocktail from the cash bar and enjoy visits from beautiful owls as you dine. After brunch, explore the National Aviary’s new Tropical Rainforest and other habitats for a perfect autumn Sunday. Call 412-258-9445 to book.


Kickstart your holiday shopping at the Wings & Wildlife Art Show
November 3 -4 | 10 am – 5 pm

Visit the National Aviary during the Wings & Wildlife Public Art Show and Marketplace and shop to your heart’s content. With more than 40 artists and makers showcasing their work, you’re sure to find the perfect gifts for your friends and family (and maybe something for yourself). This year’s art show features participants in the National Aviary Maker Challenge, an 18-month initiative in which local makers create original pieces inspired by National Aviary birds. There’s a wide variety of mediums and price points, all inspired by wildlife and conservation. You’ll get to see beautiful birds in immersive habitats as you shop — you can’t find that at the mall.

Be among the first to meet the artists and bid on beautiful pieces and unique experiences at the Opening Soirée and Benefit Auction on Friday, November 2nd. Tickets for this upscale evening are $100 per person. Proceeds benefit the National Aviary.

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