October conjures sensations of leaves crunching underfoot, illuminated jack-o’-lanterns, spiked cider, and of course, pumpkin in everything from beers to lattes. Here at NEXTpittsburgh, October means 31 days filled with fall festivities—from zombies and zines, to two very cool dudes (read: Andy Warhol and Jeffrey Lebowski). Don’t miss these 11 Pittsburgh events. 

Troy Hill houses with a view. TC photo.

Troy Hill houses with a view. TC photo.

1. Next 3 Days in Troy Hill: October 2, 3 & 4

You might know it for its steep hills, world-famous relics and stunning city views. One of the best ways to get to know the affordable, walkable neighborhood of Troy Hill is during the first-of-its-kind Next 3 Days (N3D) event. Join residents, business owners and Troy Hill Citizens, Inc. as they open up their vibrant community to the city for three days packed with food, art, music—and the still-a-bargain housing options.

The weekend-long festivities include a Friday night mixer at Wigle Whiskey Barrelhouse and Garden, a free Saturday street festival and a Sunday welcoming Open House showcasing residential and commercial real estate opportunities. Highlights include local comedians Missy Moreno and Connor McCanlus–known as babyGRAND Comedy Duo–hosting a rousing and fun Bingo on Friday; and on Saturday look for the Tour de Troy Hill (yes, on bike!), tours of the world famous St. Anthony Chapel, a bake-off judged by Rick Sebak, live music by Brewer’s Row and Gypsy Band, children’s arts and crafts led by Assemble, lawn games at the GTech booth, food and drink from Scratch, Pear and the Pickle Café and Market, and Penn Brewery, a sidewalk sale and book launch at Spaces Corners and much more. Explore historic Troy Hill via interactive tours and activities (don’t miss the Self-ie Guided tour!), a live storytelling booth, photography exhibitions and live tweet interviews by Missy Moreno.

An innovative event series created by the URA, the Office of the Mayor of Pittsburgh and NEXTpittsburgh, N3D will spotlight Pittsburgh’s under-the-radar neighborhoods that are overlooked. Get the inside track on our neighborhoods and learn more about N3D here.

Courtesy Pittsburgh Zine Fair.

Courtesy Pittsburgh Zine Fair.

2. Pittsburgh Zine Fair at the Union Project: October 4

Still have copies of Flipside gathering dust in your attic? Looking to channel your inner maker this back-to-school season? Power up those xerox machines, reload those staplers and head to the one-of-a-kind Pittsburgh Zine Fair (PZF). For its fifth annual chapter, the PZF returns to the cozy Union Project to host an afternoon packed with pages of art, literature, hands-on ‘zine- and button-making activities and birthday party vibes. This year’s fair will feature 46 vendors, zine collections from Mr. Roboto Project and Carnegie Library, food and drink from Black Forge Coffee House, the Pgh Taco Truck and Randita’s and rocking sounds by WRCT 88.3FM.

See why print matters at this diverse gathering of local and regional artists, writers, activists, publishers and collectives who will sell, share and demo their creations. Don’t miss the kickoff mixer at Bunker Projects on October 3rd, featuring a preview of readings and performances by exhibitors. View a complete list of PZF vendors and a schedule here.

Want more zines in your life? Don’t miss Pittsburgh’s first Feminist Zine Fest, taking place October 15 – 18. The four-day fest will include a film screening, dance party, zine making workshops, vendors and readings at multiple locations—all celebrating feminist expression and issues. View a list of vendors and a schedule here.

Steve Hackman. Courtesy of the PSO.

Steve Hackman. Courtesy of the PSO.

3. FUSE@PSO: Beethoven + Coldplay at Heinz Hall: October 6

Ready to meet the lovechild of Ludwig van Beethoven and Chris Martin? Well, sonically speaking of course. Ninteenth-century symphonic sounds and alternative Brit rock will collide at the next installment of FUSE@PSO. A genre-smashing new series of early evening concerts conducted and conceived by Steve Hackman, FUSE@PSO presents re-imagined classical masterworks that honor their source music while also moving boldly in new sonic directions. (Trust us: the last one was sensational.)

Audiences will be treated to a never-before-heard hybrid featuring Beethoven’s legendary “Eroica Symphony” and songs from the Coldplay catalog, including material from A Rush of Blood to the Head (2002) and Mylo Xyloto (2011). Fans of both classical and modern music alike will experience the music in entirely new ways (read: remixing and mashups), and are sure to come away inspired. With the ever creative Hackman at the helm, the production will culminate with a stirring rendition of Beethoven’s “Finale: Allegro molto,” which will incorporate Coldplay’s 2008 single, “Viva la Vida.”