Fall at the National Aviary

See whooooo's new this Fall!

Rediscover the National Aviary during Extraorindary Owls!

See several magnificent owl species up-close, including our new Verreaux’s Eagle Owl, Southern White-faced Scops Owl, and Barred Owl. Plus, don’t miss the return of our stunning Snowy Owl! Learn about the unique adaptations that all owls share and discover what makes these impressive birds so special during interactive daily programs.
Extraordinary owls is available for a limitied time! Plan your visit today.

  • Owl-O-Ween - October 21 & 28 | 11 am - 3 pm
    Owl-O-Ween is returning to the National Aviary! Wear your costume and join in our costume parade for the chance to win a fun prize. Get ready for owl-inspired crafts, creepy-crawly activities, and candy made with sustainable palm oil. See owls up close and enjoy photo opportunities with creatures of the night at this family-fun harvest festival!
    Included with admission.

  • Bird Brains | Begins November 10
    Test your bird intelligence quotient with this new, limited time show! Watch colorful parrots compete in an obstacle course, and see a Hooded Vulture tackle puzzles. You’ll be in awe of our clever crow, majestic owl and adorable penguin as they each demonstrate their uniquely adapted intelligence.

  • Interactive Owl Encounters - Daily at 3 pm
    Get nose-to-beak with a majestic owl! You can hold an owl, take pictures, dissect and owl pellet and learn about these magnificent birds. Call 412-258-9445 to book your one-of-a-kind owl encounter.

Join the flock for awesome autumn events:

  • Owl-o-Ween – October 21 & 28 | 11 am – 3 pm
    Wear your costume and come prepared for candy, crafts, and more. Enjoy close encounters and perfect photo opportunities with raptors, owls and other creatures of the night.

  • Valentino’s Birthday Celebration – October 29 | 11 am – 1 pm
    Valentino the sloth is turning 2! Help us celebrate with fun activities, a chance to win a special prize, and watch him enjoy his very own vegetable birthday cake!

  • Wings & Wildlife Opening Soiree and Benefit Auction – November 3 | 6 pm – 10 pm
    Mingle with talented wildlife artists and see their beautiful work prior to the show’s public debut. Enjoy cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and live music, and bid on aviary experiences, works of art and other one-of-a-kind items during live and silent auctions.

  • Wings & Wildlife Public Art Show and Marketplace – November 4 & 5 | 10 am – 5 pm
    Discover works of art from 40 locally and nationally known wildlife artists. Meet the artists, explore the National Aviary’s habitats and purchase original pieces of art to support our conservation mission. Just in time for the holidays!

  • Penguin Painting – November 12, December 10 | 3 pm
    The National Aviary's talented African Penguins paint with their feet! Guests can choose colors for their painting and watch the adorable artist at work, then take home a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.


Find One-of-a-Kind Gifts and Souvenirs!

  • Maker Challenge - Local Art featuring the National Aviary's most popular animals is available for purchase in our eclectic gift shop. Visit to discover beautiful pieces for your home and thoughtful gifts for friends and family. 

  • National Aviary Gift Shop - The National Aviary Gift Shop offers an array of unique nature-themed gifts, artwork, books, toys, and clothing for every occasion! Find thoughtful host/hostess gifts for Thanksgiving, like these stunning owl ceramics.