It’s a busy fall weekend for Northside art and music lovers. Check out Reggae Night at Allegheny City Brewing, Dogtoberfest at Federal Galley and Pittsburgh Monster Pumpkins Festival.

Thursday, October 18

DAV RecruitMilitary Pittsburgh Job Fair at Heinz Field

This hiring event is exclusively for U.S. military veterans, including those who are transitioning from active duty to civilian life, veterans with civilian work experience, members of the National Guard and Reserves, and their spouses. Free admission. More information available via Facebook.

Jazz at Alphabet City with Hearts & Minds

Enjoy the sounds of jazz with Hearts & Minds, the “brash and ballsy brainchild of Jason Stein and Paul Giallorenzo,” from 7 to 9 p.m. at City of Asylum’s Alphabet City. For more information and to R.S.V.P. for the event, visit the Alphabet City website.

Reggae Night at Allegheny City Brewing

From 6 to 9 p.m., chill out to the reggae sounds of DJ Reason and enjoy some local brewskies. For more information, visit the the Facebook event page or the ACB website.

Friday, October 19

Free Coworking Fridays at Alloy 26

Offered on the third Friday of every month at the Nova Place location, Free Coworking Fridays are valued at $25, which is the price of a drop-in day pass. Includes access to the space of your choice from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with free coffee and snacks provided. More information available via Facebook.

Illegal Libations: Prohibition Cocktail Night at The Modern Cafe

Celebrate Pittsburgh Libations Week with cocktail throwbacks from Wigle Whiskey like the French 75, Bees Knees, Manhattans and Gin Rickeys from 5 to 11 p.m. No tickets needed. Donations go to Lending Hearts, a nonprofit organization enhancing area services for children diagnosed with or in remission for cancer. More information available via Facebook.

Saturday, October 20

Brighton Heights Lutheran Church Vendor & Craft Fair

Event takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tables are supplied for $25 per 8-foot table and $5 extra for electricity. Vendors are also asked to make a raffle prize donation valued at $20. Vendors and crafters interested in being a part of the fair should contact the church office at 412-761-4585 or via email: More information available via Facebook.

A Very Kusama Halloween ArtLAb at The Mattress Factory

Carve and paint your own jack-o’-lanterns inspired by Mattress Factory artist Yayoi Kusama. ARTLab is held on the first and third Saturdays of the month from 1 to 4 p.m. All ages welcome. Free with museum admission. and all ages are welcome. For more information, email or visit the Allegheny City Central website.

SkyWatch in the Buhl Planetarium & Observatory

View the waxing gibbous moon and the Orionid meteor shower in another installment of SkyWatch. Starting time options are either 7 or 9 p.m. Event happens rain or shine. Cost is $4 for non-members and $2 for members and as an add-on to general admission. For more information, see the Carnegie Science Center website.

Sunday, October 21

Dogtoberfest at Federal Galley

Bring your dog and enjoy a fall brew on the patio at Federal Galley. Pet costumes are encouraged! Prizes will be awarded for “Best Pup & Parent Costume,” “Most Creative Costume,” “Best ‘Other Animal’ Costume,” and “Best in Show.” Artist Jeff Harris will be available to draw caricatures. For every Platform Beer Co. draft purchased, $2 will go to the Humane Animal Rescue. More information via Facebook.

Stair Stepping & Cider Tasting with Threadbare

Explore the famous steps of Spring Garden and Troy Hill with Laura Zurowski, the creator of Mis.Steps, as she guides participants through some of the most impressive stairs in Pittsburgh. Tour starts and finishes at Threadbare Cider House. Tickets are $12 and include a flight of cider. A portion of ticket sales benefits the Mis-Steps project. More information available via Facebook.

Pittsburgh Monster Pumpkins Festival

This free, two-day event starts on Saturday, October 20 and features a lineup of pumpkin-themed events including some of the most acclaimed pumpkin carvers in the country, a pumpkin pie eating contest and food, drink and craft vendors. Sunday festivities run from noon to 6 p.m. For more details and the full schedule, visit the Facebook event page and the Monster Pumpkins Festival website.

Have an event you’d like us to feature online in the Northside Happenings? Every week on our website, we announce free or almost-free events happening in the Northside on Thursdays through Sundays. Email a paragraph detailing the name of the event, location, specifics and a website or contact information to Deadline is 4 p.m. on the Wednesday before the weekend.


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