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 30 are as follows.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30
Sen. John Heinz History Center
Free admission 10am-5pm
From the French & Indian War to the Super Bowl-winning Steelers, discover 250 years of Pittsburgh history, including the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum. Performances by Pittsburgh CLO Academy of Musical Theater (noon), Pittsburgh Youth Ballet (1pm), the South Hills Chorale (2pm), and the Children's Festival Chorus (3PM).
1212 Smallman Street (Strip District)Heinzhistorycenter.org
National AviaryFree admission 10am-5pm
Get nose to beak with flamingoes, penguins, macaws, owls and more. Watch as birds eat, bathe, and play in free-flight exhibits. Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of a real penguin colony at Penguin Point.
700 Arch Street (North Side)Aviary.org
Free Admission noon-6pm
See description and details on September 29th listing.Carnegie Museum of Art
Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Free admission Noon-5pm
Visit one of the world’s best natural history museums, and the art museum where the local and the global meet—in one dynamic destination! Enjoy hands-on activities for kids and grown-ups and see some of the most exciting collections of art and science anywhere on Earth.
4400 Forbes Ave. (Oakland)Cmoa.org · carnegiemnh.org
Free admission 10am-5pm
Build and tinker with old and new technologies to make your own exciting projects in MAKESHOP. Launch a boat down a 53-foot waterway, climb aboard Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood trolley, ink your own silkscreen, and don’t forget to take a stroll through the revitalized Buhl Community Park at Allegheny Square, directly across from the Children’s Museum. Performances by members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Fiddlesticks (1pm), and the Bulgarian Dance troupe Otets Paissii (2pm). Quilting with the Nia Quilt Guild in the MAKESHOP (2-4pm).
10 Children’s Way (North Side)Pittsburghkids.org · facebook.com/pittsburghkids
Carnegie Library – Main: Cy Hungerford Exhibit and Discussion, featuring Rob Rogers and Tim Menees
Free admission 2-3pm
Cy Hungerford was Pittsburgh’s premier editorial cartoonist from 1927 until 1977. Accomplished cartoonists Rob Rogers and Tim Menees will discuss Hungerford’s impact and how cartoons continue to take on local and national politics. A gallery exhibit, featuring a number of Hungerford’s original cartoons, highlights the Library’s extensive Hungerford collection. The exhibit will be on display from September 23-October 6.
4400 Forbes Avenue (Oakland)Carnegielibrary.org · facebook.com/carnegielibraryofpittsburgh
MONDAY, October 1
Soldiers & Sailors
Memorial Hall and Museum
Free admission 10am-4pm
The museum interprets American military history through exhibits, cultural artifacts, art, uniforms and personal momentos.
4141 Fifth Avenue (Oakland)Soldiersandsailorshall.org
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3
Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild: MCG Jazz and Youth & Arts Fair
Free admission 5-7pm
Let MCG Youth and Arts expand your creative horizons with hands-on projects and studio demonstrations - get your photo taken in our photo booth, help silkscreen a T-shirt in our design studio, and watch a teacher throw a pot on the wheel! Drop into the MCG concert hall for JazzMagic. Master magician Paul Gertner blends jazz with close-up magic (shows 5:30 & 6:30pm) for two enchanting performances. Stop by our dining hall and let Bidwell Training Center’s culinary arts students make you a flamin’ banana foster or other fun food! Visit our gift shop for a special festival sale featuring orchids,
gift baskets, original artwork and more.
1815 Metropolitan Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15233 (North Side)mcgjazz.org · mcgyouthandarts.org · facebook.com/mcgjazz
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4
Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
Free admission for special tour 6pm
Artist talk and exhibit tour with Charlee Brodsky, the 2012 Artist of the Year.
See location and details on September 27th listing.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5
David L. Lawrence Convention Center
Free admission for tours 10am-2pm
Join us for for a 45-minute tour of the world’s only gold & platinum LEED® certified convention center. Reserve your tour at 10am, 11am, noon or 1pm by calling (412) 565-6000. For free parking, park in the Center’s garage (10th & Penn Ave.) and bring your parking ticket to the East Lobby to start your tour.
1000 Ft. Duquesne Blvd. (Downtown)Pittsburghcc.com
Pittsburgh Glass CenterFree admission 10am-6pm
Cast your vote for your favorite American president in John Moran’s new exhibition American Idols. Watch fiery glassblowing demonstrations, and make your own pendant or fused tile.
5472 Penn Avenue (Friendship)Pittsburghglasscenter.org · facebook.com/pittsburghglasscenter
Pittsburgh Glass Center/ Pittsburgh Filmmakers/ Pittsburgh Center for the Arts Present: Snap!Free Admission 10am-6pm
A RADical Days first: Discover new art in Snap, a “RADical” photo scavenger hunt. Follow the clues to different locations
in Pittsburgh’s East End; snap a photo of yourself at that location looking “RAD” or doing something artfully radical, then post it on our Snap event page on the PGC or PF/PCA Facebook sites. Pick up your list of clues at any of the three locations. All snappers have a chance to win prizes.Pittsburgh Glass Center: 5472 Penn Avenue (Friendship)Pittsburgh Center for the Arts: 6300 Fifth Avenue (Shady Side)Pittsburgh Filmmakers: 477 Melwood Ave. (Oakland)“Snap!” Facebook pages:facebook.com/PghCenterForTheArts
Pittsburgh Filmmakers: Ann Arbor Film FestivalFree admission: 7:30pm (Program A)
and 9:15pm (Program B)
Award-winning short films from the prestigious Ann Arbor Film Festival, including animation, documentary and experimental works. (Repeats on October 6th.)
Melwood Screening Room, 477 Melwood Ave. (Oakland)Pghfilmmakers.org
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6
Bulgarian-Macedonian National Education and Cultural Center
Free admission 9am-3pm
Preserving and presenting the cultural values and rich traditions of the Bulgarian/Macedonian people, the Museum includes oil paintings, graphics, icons, photographs, ceramics, costumes and more.
449-451 West Eighth Ave. (West Homestead)Bmnecc.org
Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
Free admission for special tour 1pm
Free tour of the 2012 Emerging Artist of the Year exhibit with Vanessa German, the 2012 Emerging Artist.
See location details on September 27th.
Upper St. Clair - Boyce Mayview Park
Free admission 2-8pm
Let The Outdoor Classroom’s trained naturalists guide your explorations of Boyce Mayview Park. Creek explorations, birding, insect safaris and crafts, followed by an evening campfire with roasted marshmallows from 5:30-8pm.
1531 Mayview Road (Upper St. Clair)TheOutdoorClasroomPa.org
Pittsburgh Filmmakers: Ann Arbor Film Festival
Free admission: 7:30pm (Program B)
and 9:15pm (Program A)
See October 5th for program description and details.