The Regional Asset District or RAD works to put local sales tax dollars in support of Pittsburgh regional libraries, parks and trails, sports facilities, and arts and culture to work. RAD provides grants to places and organizations to help them have a positive impact in the community. RADical Days are a thank you to the public for their support through their tax dollars.
Through RAD days which began September 20 and run through October 13, 2012 you and your family can enjoy free admission to a number of venues throughout the Pittsburgh area. Admissions are offered on a first-come, first-served basis only during times specified. Some admissions require advance reservations. Parking fees are not included. You can download the entire RADical Days Schedule here.
RAD day events for the Week of September 23rd are as follows.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
The Andy Warhol MuseumFree admission 10am-5pm
Challenging, energizing and exploring all that art can and should be. At The Warhol, you have the chance to truly experience art. Whether you come to see the permanent collection, a performance, a visiting artist’s work, a party, or just for lunch, you’ll find something to talk about, laugh over, delight in, or ponder for days.
117 Sandusky St. (North Shore)
Carnegie Science CenterFree admission 10am-5pm
Hands-on science fun for all ages, including GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked the World, roboworld™, planetarium, Highmark SportsWorks®, an authentic submarine, and a world-renowned model railroad display – plus cool shows about food science and physics! (Omnimax theater is an additional cost.)
One Allegheny Ave. (North Shore)
RiverQuestFree admission 11am-3pm
Visit EXPLORER, the world’s first green educational vessel for free science activities at the dock, including RiverWorks Discovery®, sponsored by Port of Pittsburgh Commission. There is a fee for parking.
One Allegheny Ave. (North Shore, docked next to Carnegie Science Center
Free admission 1-5pm
The Mattress Factory is a museum of contemporary art that presents art that you can get in to: room-sized environments created by in residence artists.
500 Sampsonia Way (North Side)
New Hazlett Theater
Prime Stage Theater
Free admission noon-5pm
Presenting a full five-hour, non-stop presentation from theater company Veritas Vita Collaborative, music from Thoth Trio, Paz & Ukelele Eddie and Emay & the New Hazlett Houseband, New Northside resident artist collective Cyberpunk Apocalypse, and film viewings of the new Northside zombie feature “Spineview,” as well as a documentary by Robert Isenberg.
At 3:30pm Prime Stage Theater will present a sneak preview reading of its fall production Fahrenheit 451, being directed by Justin Fortunato on September 23rd at the New Hazlett Theater.
6 Allegheny Square East (next to the Children’s Museum, North Side)
Pittsburgh Opera Up Close: Rigoletto
Free admission 2-3:30pm
Opera Up Close is an in-depth, lecture-format look at the music and story of Verdi’s Rigoletto with Maestro Walker, plus singers and directors from the production.
2425 Liberty Ave. (Strip District)
Pittsburgh Opera: Rising Stars Concert
Free admission 6-8pm
Pittsburgh Opera’s Resident Artist Program is hailed as one of the country’s leading training programs for young singers. Meet our 2012-13 Resident Artists as they introduce themselves through their favorite arias. Reservations are required. Limit four seats. Register online or at 412-281-0912, ext. 216.
See location details above on September 23rd.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
Heinz FieldFree admission 10am-3pm (tours only)
Home of the Six-Time Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers, the Pitt Panthers and host of special events and concerts. Tours on the hour; last tour starts at 3pm. Limit 50 guests per hour. First come, first served. Enter under the FedEx Great Hall sign along Art Rooney Avenue.
Art Rooney Ave. (North Shore)
Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
Free admission for special tour 1-1:30pm
Free half-hour tour of the 2012 Artist of the Year and Emerging Artist exhibitions.
6300 Fifth Avenue (Shady Side)
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust: Gallery CrawlFree admission 5:30-9pm
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Gallery Crawl is an open house of visual art, performance, music, dance and fun. Celebrating artists from the region and around the globe, the Crawl provides a snapshot of the year-round activity in the Cultural District.
Multiple locations (Cultural District, Downtown)
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29
Frick Art & Historical Center
Free admission 10am-5pm
Free family activities! Explore Clayton, the restored Frick mansion, discover amazing vehicles at the Car and Carriage Museum, and experience fine art at The Frick Art Museum. Scavenger hunts, games and art activities.
7227 Reynolds Street (Pittsburgh – Point Breeze)
Fort Pitt Museum
Free admission 10am-5pm
Visit the Fort Pitt Museum to learn about the founding of Pittsburgh. Meet Revolutionary War reenactors and find out
what life was like 230 years ago.
101 Commonwealth Place in Point State Park (Downtown)
Young Men and Women’s African Heritage Assn: Nia Quilt Guild
Free admission 11am-6pm
At the YMWAHA art tour, be the first to see the Nia Quilt Guild 2012 exhibition, as well as local artists’ prints and lithographs. Enjoy the music of the Nia Steel Pan Drum Ensemble.
1205 Boyle Street (North Side)
Allegheny County Parks: Hartwood Acres Hay Day
Free admission 11am-4pm
Kids of all ages will enjoy Fall fun activities: hay rides, pony rides, petting zoo, music, arts and crafts, “I made it!” Market,
“Books are Fun” Book fair, and food vendors.
Hartwood Acres (North Hills)