Pittsburgh Happenings: October 2023

Embrace new experiences, see new things, and hear some new sounds with the following October events in Pittsburgh. The city is ready to satisfy all of these urges this fall.

Speaker Series: Jane Fonda

Heinz Hall, October 4
Kicking off the 2023-2024 Pittsburgh Speakers Series season is actor and activist Jane Fonda. Other guests in this subscription-only series include Van Jones, Adam Kinzinger, and Celine Cousteau.

jane fonda poses with a short grey haircut. she looks to the camera with her left hand on her chin
Photo by Yu Tsai
Festival of Combustion

Carrie Blast Furnaces, October 7
Get ready to have a BLAST during the Festival of Combustion, where attendees of all ages can participate in hands-on industrial demonstrations alongside live music performances and shopping wares from local makers.

Grupo Corpo

Byham Theater, October 14
Two stunning works, one amazing night: led by duo Paulo and Rodrigo Pederneiras, Brazilian dance theater company Grupo Corpo performs Gil Refazendo — inspired by and set to the music of Brazilian music godfather Gilberto Gil — and Gira, a reconstruction of movement from Afro-Brazilian religions and ceremonies.

The Barber of Seville

Benedum Center, October 14-22
You’ll find yourself laughing while trying to sing along to the infectious melodies of The Barber of Seville. Will Count Almaviva win Rosina’s heart over the dastardly Dr. Bartolo? Only (hilarious) time will tell…

Whose Live Anyway?

Byham Theater, October 18
Participation is key in Whose Live Anyway?, the traveling improv comedy performance from the current cast members of the Emmy-nominated TV show Whose Line Is It Anyway? Beware, you might just end up onstage.

a man holds up a bird cage with a weird expression on his face. a woman stands behind him with his hands up
Barber of Sevillle (2022) by Jeff Strout for New Orleans Opera
Pittsburgh Halloween Festival

Allegheny RiverTrail Park, October 21
If you like to dress your furry friend up for Halloween, let them participate in the festivities this year! The Pittsburgh Halloween Festival will have treat-or-treating and costume contests for humans and dogs, a haunted trail, a haunted gingerbread house competition, horror art, and more Halloween entertainment.

Chelsea Handler

Heinz Hall, October 22
An almost decade-long run as a late-night talk show host, starring role in a documentary series, six best-selling books, owning a production company… there’s little that comedian Chelsea Handler hasn’t accomplished in the entertainment industry. Now, following the release of her 2022 Netflix special Revolution, Handler is hitting the road for her Little Big Bitch Tour.


New Hazlett Theater, October 26-27
In this new service-industry saga written by Brian Pope, the fun gets put in dysfunctional. Part of the New Hazlett Theater Community Supported Art (CSA) Performance Series.

Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer

David L. Lawrence Convention Center, October 28
Said to be its largest event yet, the Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer returns for its 11th year for a day of nostalgia, community, and shopping among the best local and regional sellers of authentic vintage furniture, fashion, home goods, and beyond. What unexpected treasure will you discover?

The Wiz

Benedum Center, October 31-November 5
On its way to Broadway in New York, The Wiz, the popular, inventive take on The Wizard of Oz, follows the yellow brick road to Pittsburgh for an almost-month-long run of soul, gospel, rock, and body-shaking funk.

Story by Jordan Snowden / Send your events tips to jordan@tablemagazine.com

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