Heinz Field
Heinz Field. Photo: Julie Goetz.

Multiple locations
September 18 — October 9
Various times

Ready to be a free RADical? Presenting its 15th annual, monthlong roundup, RADical Days is back and better than ever with 45 events showcasing 42 of our region’s world-class assets, amenities and destinations.

Photo: Renee Rosensteel.

Celebrating all things 15, this year’s edition features 15 leading cultural organizations offering specially themed discounts—that means 15 months of a Carnegie Museums membership for the price of 12, 15% off tickets to Pittsburgh Opera’s La Traviata, $15 admission to River City Brass Band performances—and much more.

Running from Sunday, September 18 through Sunday, October 9, the series also boasts free admission days, limited-edition activities, special discounts and new releases—all sponsored by the Allegheny Regional Asset District. Since 1995, the county sales tax fund for regional libraries, parks, trails, sports and civic facilities, and arts and cultural organizations has provided more than $1.6 billion in grants.

Throughout the 22 jam-packed days, the public will be treated to free admission at a wide variety of regional favorites—from Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium and Society for Contemporary Craft, to the Mattress Factory, Frick Pittsburgh, and Andy Warhol Museum. And that’s just for starters.

Classical music fans should not miss the PSO’s musical storytelling concert at Heinz Hall on September 28, while literary lovers will flock to Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures’ Fierce Reads discussion featuring four rising sta

Texture Contemporary Ballet at New Hazlett Theater. Photo: Julie Goetz.

r young adult authors on October 4.

PNC Park is offering behind-the-scenes tours of its Legacy Theatre, Batting Cages, Dugout and Press Box on September 20, while The New Hazlett Theater takes its CSA Performance Series on the road to Pittsburgh Glass Center for a fresh mash-up of performance art and glassblowing on October 7.

To enjoy the great outdoors, head to Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve for a wondrous evening walk led by naturalists from the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania on September 22, and then to Hartwood Acres for the Hay and Green Festival on September 24.

Drama abounds too, with a sneak preview of Prime Stage Theatre’s To Kill a Mockingbird on October 1, and Quantum Theatre’s The River on October 5 at scenic Aspinwall Riverfront Park.

Gather the entire family for all-ages RADical fun, such as a night of spine-tingling tales told by storyteller Alison K. Babusci, Pittsburgh Music Theater’s lively production of Dancing in the Streets and hands-on activities at Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Science Center, Fort Pitt Museum and more.

View a complete RADical Days schedule. Want RADical Days alerts and updates? Text RAD to 79797.

Looking for more events? Read our 12 Pittsburgh events not to miss in SeptemberEverything you need to know about Pittsburgh concerts in September and 10 great family adventures in Pittsburgh this September feature stories.

Jennifer Baron

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator...