9. Pittsburgh Zombie Fest on the Andy Warhol Bridge: October 17
The apocalypse might be televised. Ever since the first zombie crawled out of a rural western Pennsylvania cemetery in George Romero’s 1968 cult classic Night of the Living Dead—literally spawning a new genre—Pittsburgh has had a love affair with horror films. In fact, we often wonder of the zombie might one day replace the parrot, pierogie or panther as a local mascot.
Itching to join the walking dead? The best place to show off your scars and gather with your brethren is at Pittsburgh Zombie Fest. Gashes, gore and all, zombies of all ilks will occupy the city’s scenic Andy Warhol Bridge—and we can think of no better setting for this convergence of creep than one of downtown’s cinematic landmarks. Taking the zombie action 83 feet above the water with a dramatic view of Pittsburgh, the outdoor setting will also provide the public with an eerie views of the spectacle as thousands are zombies are “quarantined on the bridge” from both sides of the Allegheny River.
Held in a different location each year, the fright night will feature live music, local vendors and ghoulish activities for the undead masses. Producers of the cult classic TV program, The It’s Alive Show, will be on site taping their 10th anniversary special featuring interviews with local zombies. As the sun sets on the city of champs, the undead will begin their annual zombie walk. Zombies are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to donate to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.
11. Global Links’ Dia De Los Muertos Celebration: October 24
Ready for a bone-shaking bash? The cervezas, costumes and candles will come out in full force for a great local cause at Global Links‘ Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration. Celebrating the traditions of the Mexican holiday—which honors and remembers departed loved ones—the homegrown Dia De Los Muertos invites the party inside Global Links’ decked out Green Tree facility for an evening of food, art, cocktails and live entertainment.
The deadly details? Have your face painted Dia de los Muertos-style, sit for astrological readings with Judi Vitale and tarot card readings with Angel and enjoy spirited performances by Attack Theatre. Go full tilt playing fortune telling and haunted pinball machines from the Pennsylvania Coin Operated Hall of Fame and Museum, pop into the Selfie Studios booth to make memories and dance the night away to an all-vinyl soundtrack from DJ Wayne Smith. Revelers will dine on delicious Latin-inspired street fare from Edgar’s Tacos, La Palapa, El Burro, Gabrielle’s Empanadas, Mad Mex, Cinco de Mayo Salsas and Popsburgh.
Pro style tip: don’t even think about showing up in dull threads. Dig out that extravagant costume or bright frilly frock to celebrate the signature Dia de los Muertos colors (think: orange, red, white, yellow, purple or pink!). Proceeds from the seasonal and signature will benefit the Pittsburgh-based medical relief and development organization, which promotes environmental stewardship and improving health in resource-poor communities throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. Purchase tickets.
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