Top 10 Things to Do in Pittsburgh in November

Your 10 best bets for this month include Beers of the 'Burgh, Cookies and Candles and a sensory friendly silent disco.

Nov. 22 | Beers of the Burgh

The light gardens of Lumaze, an indoor festival and market at 31st Street Studios, don’t open until Nov. 23, but beat the crowds by attending the Beers of the Burgh Winter Warmer the night before. More than 30 western Pennsylvania breweries will offer samples of seasonal ales and ciders, and food trucks and live music will be on site. And there’s nearly a million Christmas lights — Clark Griswold would be proud.
Strip District: 77 31st St.; beersoftheburgh.com

Through Nov. 15 | Lest We Forget

The Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh present an international exhibit, “Lest We Forget” by photographer and filmmaker Luigi Toscano. Sixty 8-foot-tall photographs of Holocaust survivors, including 16 Pittsburghers, will be displayed along the walkways between the Cathedral of Learning and Heinz Memorial Chapel on Pitt’s campus. The exhibit times with last month’s one-year anniversary of the Tree of Life massacre, the 81st anniversary of Kristallnacht and the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, as well as the Sukkot high holiday.
Oakland, hcofpgh.org

PHOTO BY JOSEPH SMITH

Nov. 2 |Sensory Friendly Silent Disco

A typical dance party, with loud music and crowds, is not a comfortable experience for everyone. As an alternative, The Andy Warhol Museum is hosting a Sensory Friendly Silent Disco, planned specifically for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and sensory sensitivities. Each partygoer will have a pair of adjustable wireless headphones that allows them to control the volume of the music the DJ is playing. And there will be an enclosed sensory-friendly area on the first floor that offers a space to decompress.
North Shore: 117 Sandusky St.
412/237-8300, warhol.org

Nov. 3 | 29th Annual Slovak Heritage Festival

Billed as the largest Slovak event in America, the annual Slovak Heritage Festival offers food (think pierogies), dancing (think folk ensemble), music, lectures, gifts and displays at the Cathedral of Learning. Visit the Czechoslovak Nationality Room while you’re there and enjoy a free afternoon of activities.
Oakland: 4200 Fifth Ave.
412/624-5906, calendar.pitt.edu

Nov. 7 | Perfect Pairings

Enjoy wine, sake, food, live music and the Fall Flower Show at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens’ Perfect Pairings event, spread throughout the rooms of the glasshouse.  The event will pay homage to all things Japan, tying in with the fall show, “Japanese Inspirations,” and will feature performers from Pittsburgh Festival Opera. Pittsburgh Magazine is a sponsor of this event.
Oakland: 1 Schenley Drive.
412/622-6914, phipps.conservatory.org

Nov. 9 | The Smallest Show in Town

“The Smallest Show in Town” packs a lot of charm onto a (relatively) small stage. Chris Leone, the show’s founder, also holds the titles of producer, host, emcee, lead singer, joke-teller and instrumentalist for the new, monthly event at Arcade Comedy Theater. It draws from the American songbook for a funny, light-hearted show, with a tinge of nostalgia, meant for all ages.
Downtown: 943 Liberty Ave.
412/339-0608, arcadecomedytheater.com

PHOTO BY JAIME WADOWSKY

Nov. 15 |Cookies and Candles: Autumn Harvest

Candles and cookies and cocktails, oh my! The Candle Lab and the Call Me Crazy Cookie Lady team up to provide an evening of fall festivities. First, you’ll mix your own custom-scented candle and design a label. Then, you’ll learn how to decorate six autumn-themed cookies. Bring a bottle of your favorite beer or wine and get your last taste of fall before the holiday season.
Lawrenceville: 4409 Butler St.
614/915-0777, thecandlelab.com

Nov. 23 | Luke Combs

With only two albums — one of which debuts this month — it might seem premature for Luke Combs to be playing a headlining show at PPG Paints Arena. But his first six singles have all climbed to No. 1  on the country charts, so it’s safe to say the singer knows exactly what he’s doing. Combs brings his “Beer Never Broke My Heart” tour to Pittsburgh this month.
Uptown: 1001 Fifth Ave.
412/642-1800, ppgpaintsarena.com

PHOTO COURTESY BOROUGH OF ETNA

Nov. 29 | Etna Light the Night

If you missed Downtown’s Light Up Night or are simply looking for more ways to get in the holiday spirit, head to Etna for Light the Night, the borough’s popular take on decking the halls. A parade, trolley rides, live reindeer, fireworks and Santa Claus fill the town as their Christmas lights are turned on and music fills the streets.
Etna: Butler Street
412/781-0569, etnaborough.org

Nov. 30 | Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical

Listen, I love this story as much as the next person, but am I the only one who thinks Rudolph should have left that mean version of Santa to fend for himself? Anyway, kick off your holiday celebrations with “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical” at the new UPMC Events Center at Robert Morris University. The classic Christmas story about a reindeer with a glowing, red nose and his “misfit” friends will be brought to life — complete with an Abominable Snowman over 12 feet tall.
Moon Township: 6001 University Blvd.
412/397-2000, upmceventscenter.com

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