Fall at the National Aviary

A Visit to the National Aviary Will Leave You Smiling!

  • NEW Tropical Rainforest - Now Open!
    Step from the leaves outside to a tropical oasis! See the stunning transformation of this immersive free-flight habitat: vibrant, natural light permeates through the new glass ceiling, water cascades over the tiered waterfall as birds play and bathe in its pools, and birds fly freely around the room. Plus, Wookiee the sloth is hanging out in the canopy!

    Photo by Jim Cunningham.

  • Private Penguin Feeding - Daily at 1 pm or 4 pm until November 30th!
    Put on boots and hip-waders and enter Penguin Point alongside one of the National Aviary’s aviculturists. You’ll learn how to hand-feed our African Penguins then feed them yourself, and have the opportunity to touch a penguin!

Join the flock for awesome autumn events:

  • Hawk Mountain Adventure - October 5 - 7
    Join National Aviary ornithologist Bob Mulvihill on this autumn adventure! No birding experience required - this is a trip perfect for nature lovers! 
  • Oktoberfest - October 18 from 6:30 - 10 pm
    Celebrate Oktoberfest with authentic German fare prepared by chef Josef Karst of Atria's! Enjoy German-style beer, live music, a stein hoist, and more!
  • Owl-O-Ween - October 20 & 27 | 11 am - 3 pm
    Visit the National Aviary’s annual family-friendly harvest festival! Included with admission.
  • Owl Brunch - October 21 | 10:30 am or 12:30 pm
    Enjoy a delicious brunch delectably prepared by Atria's with the National Aviary’s most majestic residents. Guests will dine in the heated Rose Garden tent and enjoy special visits from extraordinary owls.
  • Wings & Wildlife Opening Soiree and Benefit Auction - November 2 | 6 pm - 10 pm
    Be among the first to see the stunning art from 40 artists, including participants in the National Aviary Maker Challenge, bid on beautiful pieces and other exciting prizes, and enjoy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails as you explore the National Aviary at night. 

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

  • Own a Piece of National Aviary History -The original 1952 window panes from the Tropical Rainforest were turned into exquisite glass art by local artist Meeghan Triggs. These items are extremely limited in quantity. Call 412-258-9445 or stop by a Visitor Services desk to order your piece of National Aviary history!

  • Maker Challenge - Local Art featuring the National Aviary's most popular animals is available for purchase in our gift shop. Visit to discover beautiful pieces for your home and thoughtful gifts for friends and family. We feature a new Maker every month, so check back often to see what's new!

  • Wings & Wildlife Public Art Show and Marketplace | November 3 & 4, 10 am - 5 pm
    Meet talented artists and makers from seven states, purchase unique hand-made pieces, and find thoughtful gifts in a wide variety of mediums and price points, all inspired by wildlife and conservation. Included with admission.


Celebrate Year of the Bird!


Check out how we are celebrating the anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act each month, and how you can join in!