Time to cool off after a long hot summer with the Post-Gazette guide to arts and entertainment, festivals and family fun for autumn.
Get set for a lineup packed with major Consol Energy Center shows - Rush, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, The Who, Madonna, Justin Bieber - plus visits from Neil Young, Steve Earle, Dinosaur Jr, Morrissey, Guided By Voices and Fiona Apple.
Mark your calendars for a lively and invigorating fall, with exhibitions ranging from elegant to racy and, in this election year, political.
For openers, there's a young "Warhorse," old staples (Public's "Born Yesterday") and local debuts (City's "Maple and Vine").
Enjoy the outdoors and themed festivals featuring everything from wine to flax scutching and plenty of arts & crafts.
Carnegie Science Center is still jamming "GUITAR"; Heinz History Center has a season full of Steelers; and Carnegie Museum of Natural History has fun with "Bugs."
Kelly-Strayhorn expands emphasis on adventurous dance and several young companies, including Texture Contemporary Ballet and Continuum Dance Theater, up the creative ante.
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will reprise music director Manfred Honeck's poignant, enhanced version of Mozart's "Requiem," with John Lithgow narrating.
The season blasts off with Animal Collective and continues with new albums from Bob Dylan, The Avett Brothers, Dave Matthews Band, Wiz Khalifa, Green Day, Mumford & Sons and Aerosmith.