1) Penn Brewery is in full-swing with its Oktoberfest celebration at the brewery, restaurant and bar complex. Plenty of fine Penn Brews, German food and entertainment are on tap. Today’s music lineup is: North Coast (outside) 5 – 8 p.m., Kevin Solecki (inside) 5 – 8 p.m., Autobahn (outside) 8:30 p.m. to midnight., Madel Jager (inside) 8- 11 p.m. Ends tomorrow. 800 Vinial St., Troy Hill.
2) It’s also the start of the second Oktoberfest Weekend at a “little” German restaurant on the South Side,Hofbräuhaus Pittsburgh. The event features the winning combination of German food, beer, and music, including Steve Grkman (noon – 4:30 p.m.), the Haus Band (5 – 9 p.m.), and the Bavarian Brats (9:30 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.). So get on over and get your schnitzel on! Ends today. 2705 Water St. , SouthSide Works.
3) Frank Ferraro and Adrienne Wehr are among the most adventurous—and unusual—figures in the city’s performing arts scene. Ferraro—a multidisciplinary writer/artist and video/filmmaker—has for many years lived with early-onset Parkinson’s Disease, often creating work that reflects how this alters his experience. Wehr, an accomplished stage and screen actress, also has won notice as a producer of indie films and TV episodes. Now the two have collaborated on a multimedia performance piece titled In the Company of Ghosts. After workshopping part of it at the Oaks Theater in Oakmont (the video clip above is from that trial run), they’re presenting a feature-length version at the New Hazlett Theater. Ferraro and Wehr’s promo material for In the Company of Ghosts says that it “conjure[s] up their personal ghosts” to conduct “a fearless journey of life on life’s terms.” 8 p.m. Continues through tomorrow. 6 Allegheny Square East, North Side. (MV)
4) The Squirrel Hill Night Market returns to Murray Avenue. Food trucks, vendors, firebreathers, crafters and more attractions will be on hand at this pop-up street festival on Murray Ave. The theme for this night market is Polynesian. Classic rock group The Steel City Ukuleles will perform. 6-10 p.m. Free. Murray Avenue beginning at Forbes.
5) For five Saturdays every summer and fall, Walnut Street in Shadyside shifts its focus from the usual bustling bevy of bistros and boutiques to putting a bit of music in the air, courtesy of the Shadyside Chamber of Commerce. The annual Jam on Walnut series brings some big names out for free concerts that stop traffic and pack the street. Tonight’s edition features one of Pittsburgh’s top dance bands: No Bad JuJu . Opening are The Hobbs Sisters. All of the Jams On Walnut are free to attend, and proceeds from food and drink sales benefit the Humane Animal Rescue. 7 p.m. 5442 Walnut St., Shadyside.
Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History
Free admission: 10AM-5PM
Visit two of the city’s cultural treasures in one historic building! At Pittsburgh’s home for great art, see 20/20: The Studio Museum in Harlem and Carnegie Museum of Art. Then explore Carnegie’s world-famous dinosaurs in Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s Dinosaurs in Their Time.
4400 Forbes Ave. (Oakland)
Society for Contemporary Craft
Free admission: 10AM-5PM
Discover the maker in you! Experience Shelter: Crafting a Safe Home to explore pressing public issues of human displacement and housing insecurity through the lens of craft in the gallery, meet our summer artist-in-residence Ryder Henry, and get creative with making your own handmade paper (10AM-3PM).
2100 Smallman St. (Strip District)
North Hills Arts Center
Free admission: 10AM-1PM
Fall Into Art: Families are welcome to come to the North Hills Arts Center to participate in four autumn-themed art projects: clay leaf tray, fall bandana, fall tree watercolor, and fruit and leaf printed note cards.
3432 Babcock Blvd. (North Hills)
Allegheny County Parks: Hartwood Hay Day and Family Green Fest
Free admission: noon-4PM
Enjoy activities for the whole family, including hay rides, hay maze, arts and crafts, petting zoo, puppet shows, games and more. The Family Green Fest features educational and informational activities focused on the environment, as well as I Made It! Market.
Hartwood Acres Park Amphitheater, Middle Rd. (Hampton Twp 15238)
Pittsburgh Musical Theater
Free admission: 2:30-4pm
Enjoy our annual outdoor extravaganza, Dancing in The Streets. Performances by the school’s conservatory program, attractions, free refreshments, and, of course, dancing in the streets will all be a part of the celebration.
PMT Parking Lot; inside if it rains
327 South Main St. (West End)