The Green Voice Voyager
Top 10 Eco Adventures in Pittsburgh This Fall
by Emma Honcharski
September 1, 2023
Contemporary Craft’s “Climate Awakening: Crafting a Sustainable Future” opens on September 8. The exhibit explores the complexities of climate change and its impact on ecosystems and humans, creating social change through the lens of art.
Want to hear live bluegrass music while supporting environmental justice and community democracy? The Fair Shake Fest on September 14 celebrates 10 years of environmental legal aid in Appalachia. This ticketed event will have a silent auction, food, drinks and opportunities to learn more about Fair Shake’s work.
After getting inspired by the exhibit at Contemporary Craft, return to their space in Lawrenceville for a full day of conversation, craft, art and problem-solving on October 14 and hear from business leaders, visual artists, and innovation catalyzers promoting environmental awareness at Contemporary Craft’s Climate Awakening Forum.
Support a brighter future from your bike with Amachi Pittsburgh’s Ride for Social Justice on September 23. The ride starts at Sly Fox Brewing at the Highline in the South Side and benefits children and families impacted by parental incarceration.
Reducing waste and back to school supplies don’t always go hand in hand, but they can with this paper-making class. Turn natural materials like local grasses, cattails, and flax and hemp into handmade paper with Katy Dement on September 30 at Upstream Pittsburgh.
While the city pools may have closed, the rivers are open year round. Well, sort of. Lunchtime Fishing, hosted by Venture Outdoors, still takes place every Wednesday through the end of October on the North Shore Riverwalk. This free program provides everything you need to get a last gasp of summer in.
This list wouldn’t be complete without including a few fall festivals. Autumnfest at Seven Springs Mountain Resort runs from October 7 to 22, giving you plenty of opportunities to spend a weekend with the aerial views of the mountains as the trees change colors. Mars, PA hosts its annual Mars Applefest on October 7, with 150 vendors, including local farms, crafts and games. Take the trip to Confluence, PA for the 34th annual PumpkinFest, a fall foliage celebration complete with a tractor square dancing exhibition, pie eating contest, and duck race.
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the 1948 Donora Smog Disaster, one of the worst environmental disasters in American history that continues to raise awareness about industrial air pollution. This year, the Battle of Homestead Foundation has organized a free Zoom program that explores the events leading up to the October 1948 smog event just 24 miles from Pittsburgh. Learn more about the event on September 26 here.