Pumpkinfest. Photo by Randy Strothman.

Allegheny Commons Park
October 8
1 — 5 p.m.

As the leaves begin to change, festive autumnal activities are starting to pop up everywhere—from the West End to Wexford.

This weekend, families can kick off the colorful season of fall fun at the 25th anniversary of Pumpkinfest in Allegheny Commons Park on the Northside.

Pittsburgh’s largest children’s fall festival, the day will feature family favorites, such as hayrides, games, pumpkin decorating, rides, hands-on activities and more.

An on-site health fair will feature resources and activities from more than 40 family service providers, community organizations, and local businesses.

In addition to everybody’s favorite squash plant, this year’s Pumpkinfest has a special twist. Celebrating one quarter-century in historic Deutschtown, the event will feature a ceremonial planting of a sugar maple tree along with a time capsule burial (hint: it won’t be opened until the 50th anniversary of Pumpkinfest in 2041, so mark your calendars now!). Children of all ages are invited to contribute personal items to the time capsule, such as signed cards, photos, letters, or a favorite CD or DVD.

Chosen for its vibrant orange leaves—a sugar maple tree will be planted to commemorate the festival’s milestone anniversary and to pay homage to Allegheny Commons Park, which has hosted the event since its inception.

Run by the East Allegheny Community Council, Pumpkinfest involves the dedication of numerous community partners such as Citiparks, Allegheny General Hospital, Allegheny Center Alliance Church and many others.

Allegheny Commons Park is located at the corner of East Ohio Street and Cedar Avenue.

Pumkinfest is free for adults and $5 for children age 12 and under.

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Jennifer Baron

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator...