November has a cornucopia of events for everyone in your family. Meet some furry, feathered and scaly friends at the Pittsburgh Pet Expo, get your fill of candy and cartoons at Row House Cinema, or volunteer together at the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. Check out these and more in our handy guide.
1. Disney On Ice: Frozen at the PPG Paints Arena: November 2-5
The PPG Paints Arena will become a magical winter wonderland when “Disney On Ice: Frozen” comes to town. The hit animated feature comes alive during a spectacular live skate show featuring all your favorite characters. Join Anna, Olaf the snowman, Kristoff, and his reindeer sidekick, Sven, as they journey to stop the powerful Queen Elsa from trapping the entire kingdom in an eternal winter. Marvel at dazzling feats of ice skating and amazing special effects as you sing along to songs from the movie, including “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” and the Oscar-winning “Let It Go.”
Tickets for “Disney On Ice: Frozen” start at $15 and are available online or at the PPG Paints Arena box office.
2. Pittsburgh Pet Expo at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center: November 3-5
You don’t need an animal friend to have an awesome time at the Pittsburgh Pet Expo. Considered the largest pet expo on the East Coast, the event offers three full days of celebrity meet-and-greets, family-friendly entertainment, demonstrations and more at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. New this year is The International Cat Association’s World of Cats, where over 50 breeds will compete, and the Stingray Encounter, the world’s only self-contained stingray exhibit. Watch four-legged athletes strut their stuff during the North American Diving Dogs Competition or the National Dachshund Races, attend the Steel City Reptile Expo, take in the pet costume contest, or look for new gear, toys and treats from more than 200 vendors. There are also adoption drives for those looking to add a new member to their clan.
Admission to the Pittsburgh Pet Expo costs $10; $9 for seniors 55 and up and active military members. Kids 10 and under and pets get in for free.
3. Trash Your Popcorn & Watch “Looney Tunes” at Row House Cinema: November 4
Do you still have plenty of Halloween candy hanging around? Bring it to Row House Cinema for their second annual Trash Your Popcorn and Watch Looney Tunes event. Add all those leftover fun-size chocolate bars, fruity gummies, sticky taffy and other sweets to your popcorn while watching a selection of classic “Looney Tunes” cartoons and Charlie Chaplin shorts. There will also be a candy bar, as well as other concessions for guests looking for a break from all the sugar.
Doors open at 10 a.m. with the show starting at 10:30 a.m. Tickets cost $10 and include a medium popcorn and access to the candy bar.
4. Historic Pittsburgh Fair at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh: November 4
Learn all about the city’s past at the Historic Pittsburgh Fair. Presented by the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh in Oakland from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the event offers a day full of fascinating activities for all ages. Play Pittsburgh trivia with documentarian Rick Sebak, watch some retro family films at Home Movie Day, or learn how to preserve your own memories during a one-on-one session with professional archivists (registration required). The day also includes the grand opening of the Library’s REcollection Studio, a free DIY digitization lab.
5. Pittsburgh Ginkgo Fest in Highland Park: November 4
Head outside for the annual Pittsburgh Ginkgo Fest. Presented by Tree Pittsburgh at the Maple Grove Shelter in Highland Park, the free, family-friendly event showcases the many colors of fall and the beauty and medicinal properties of the ancient ginkgo tree. Enjoy a variety of activities, including origami and other fun crafts, kids storytime, tree ID walks, and photos in front of Pittsburgh’s largest ginkgo tree, as well as live entertainment by Pittsburgh Taiko, the Organization of Chinese Americans and Win-Win Kung Fu Culture Center. The Ginkgo Fest also serves as the pickup location for Tree Pittsburgh Heritage Nursery’s annual fall tree sale, where a limited number of trees will be available for purchase.
The Pittsburgh Ginkgo Fest takes place from 1-4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.