Serious question: Is it fall or not? Many Pittsburghers are asking the same thing and we don’t have any answers. With Indian summer after Indian summer, we may never get to use our flannel! Surely November though, right?
But while fall is having an identity crisis, we can take advantage of out-of-doors in all its leafy goodness before we hibernate. Yes, November is already an awesome month – football, Thanksgiving, pumpkin pie – but add in some healthy fun in [what’s left of] the sun, and it’s the greatest fall ever.
Vino & Vinyasa at Engine House 25
Some people say wine tastes best on a patio in the summer. Others say in front of a blazing falltime fireplace. Though, they’re all wrong. We know it tastes best after a 75-minute Vinyasa yoga session. Don’t know what we mean? Vino & Vinyasa, led by instructors Sarah Reed-Lieb and Kate Clingan, is back at Engine House 25 for the THIRD time (it must be nice if they do it thrice)! But this time when you head for a glass in their Lawrenceville cellar post-savasana, you’ll also get to peruse wares from local makers Boho Tribe and Sincerely Colleen with wine in hand. November 10
EQT 10 Miler
So you ran the Great Race 10k, then the Penguins 6.6k, and you just want to keep that train rolling. Well all aboard the EQT 10 Miler! Runners really love the 10 Miler; it’s the perfect way to experience fall in Pittsburgh, running through Station Square, North Side, West End, and the Strip District. Seeing Mt. Washington’s sea of colorful leaves is nice, but the free food to warm you up at the finish is even nicer. Don’t have the legs for 10? Don’t sweat it. They have relay and team challenges too. November 6
Yoga on Tap
It’s back! One of the best runs in Pittsburgh, the ZooZilla 5k, is as wild as ever. You’ll run a circuit around and through the Pittsburgh Zoo, past rhinos, jungle cats and more. No matter if you run like a gazelle (they have those) or walk like a tortoise (they have those too), you’re welcome to join in on a thundering herd of animal-loving racers. The best part? Your race ticket includes a full day’s admission at the zoo, so you can go back to spend time with the animals you passed up (talking about the attractions, not your family). November 5
PNC YMCA Turkey Trot
Of all the Thanksgiving traditions your family may have – like pulling the wishbone or giving thanks that the Steelers play on Thanksgiving this year – taking a fun morning trot is one you can never let die. The PNC YMCA Turkey Trot, run for the 26th time this year through downtown Pittsburgh, is too much fun. People dress up like pilgrims and turkey legs for the one-mile, 5k, five-mile, or Double Gobble (the 5k and five-miler back-to-back). And if you’re going to go hard on the Turkey Day feast (and we know you will), it’s a good pre-meal sweat sesh to ease some guilt. November 24
Every year, the Dirty Dozen tests cyclists in the most Pittsburgh way possible – you bike the city’s 13 steepest hills (including Canton Avenue in Beechview, the US’s steepest street). Meeting at the Bud Harris Cycling Track in Highland Park, you and other brave cyclists will set out on a 50-mile ride around the city (with a few breaks and refreshments along the way). Sad news, though: The Dirty Dozen’s founder, event runner, and leading cyclist, Danny Chew, was severely injured in an unrelated cycling accident early this fall. He insists that the race go on, and you really should ride – all proceeds from your epic trek will go towards Danny’s expenses (but you can always donate here). November 26
Farm to Table Harvest Tasting
On November 5th, you need to clear everything on your schedule. There will be tasty food samples…(glad we have your attention). But not just any food, we’re talking the region’s freshest, locally grown or prepared foods, straight from the source. In its 5th year, the Farm to Table Harvest Tasting gathers local farmers, chefs, and spirit makers (that means booze) at the Produce Terminal in the Strip District for a day of wholesome food samples and hearty conversation (usually about food). November 5
Marathon on the Mountain
Did you think the Pittsburgh Marathon was hard? Ha! You may be a runner of steel, but you’ll need all the energy gels, Gatorade stops, positive thoughts you can manage to tackle a marathon in the Laurel Highlands. Starting at the Foggy Goggle, you’ll run two laps around a circuit at Seven Springs Mountain Resort that’ll take you up ski trails, through wooded hiking and biking paths, and deep into the wilderness. Course difficulty: black diamond. But if you’re looking for that friendly green circle-type event, sign up for the half marathon or 5k distances. November 5
Hip-Hop & Hops Yoga
How does Pittsburgh yoga keep getting more awesome? We do it in Market Square, on a farm with ice cream, and with wine (at Engine House 25). It’s like you just take your favorite things and make it a yoga practice. So hip-hop and craft beer? Where do we sign up? (…here, by the way.) Yoga Flow in Murrysville is laying down an invigorating yoga flow to some hot beats from the likes of Drake, Kanye, Snoop, and more. And after your hip-hop comes the hops. Select craft beers will be on hand (and in hand) to cool down. November 5
We just talked yoga and hops, but this takes it to a much more adorable level (though, without the beer). Bunny Yoga is back. We’ll say it again: Bunny Yoga. Thanks to Animal Friends on Camp Horne Road, we get a one-hour yoga session with the shelter’s family of rabbits hopping between your warrior II pose. Bring your own mats, but leave the carrots at home. November 18
If Bunny Yoga is a little too cuddly for you, Griffin Cross might be up your alley. This inaugural cyclocross races winds around the rolling Seton Hill University campus in Greensburg (thus, Griffin Cross). And Flat Tire Bike Shop, the creators of this fun, un-timed race, want you to race whether you have a trail bike or not. We’re pretty sure they’d be cool if you rode a tricycle. November 20
If turkey, or any meat for that matter, really isn’t your thing, get your fill of veggies the week before Thanksgiving. Back for another epic year, Pittsburgh VegFEAST at Spirit in Lawrenceville promises the best plant-based food Pittsburgh has to offer (and probably that you’ve ever tasted). Fueling the feast are some of our favorite vegetarian and vegan providers from around the city – like Amazing Cafe, Allegro Hearth Bakery, Onion Maiden, and more. Regardless of your dietary preference, it’s going to be a feast that rivals any Turkey Day. November 20
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