September 4, 2015

RADical Days 2015 Begins on September 18th

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PITTSBURGH – It’s time to get ready to:

- tour charming gardens;

- crawl in the Cultural District;

- visit the homes of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Steelers;

- walk with exotic birds and get up close with endangered animals;

- meet authors at regional libraries;

- do all of these and more, all at no charge!

     The annual RADical Days event will return on September 18th, when more than 60 of the region’s favorite cultural assets will open their doors or entertain the public, all at no charge.  The events conclude on October 11. Overall, there will be 49 diverse free admission events open to the public, including a dozen libraries offering special programs, and a dozen arts organizations offering performances and art experiences.

     “RADical Days events are fun for everyone, and at a price that can’t be beat. By providing free admissions and performances, the assets are saying ‘thank you’ to the public for investing in the excellent quality of life that we have in this region,” said Richard Hudic, RAD Executive Director. “Having just moved back to the area, it’s clear that our libraries, parks, sports facilities, and arts and culture offerings are outstanding treasures, so I look forward to visiting old favorites, discovering new ones, and hope the public will do so as well.”

     Now in its 14th year, RADical Days is an annual event sponsored by the Allegheny Regional Asset District (RAD) and its funded assets to thank the public for the sales tax funds that support our region’s parks, libraries, sports and civic facilities, and arts and culture organizations.

      This year, RADical Days features Look Out for Libraries, special programming at the RAD-funded regional libraries, which represent RAD’s largest grant category at 31%, or $29.5 million this year. Events include:

- Super Sto-Rox Saturday (September 19) with hands-on art at the Father Ryan Arts Center and the Sto-Rox Library.

- Play Ball at the Shaler North Hills Library (September 25) with author Philip Beard, celebrating his new book Swing.

- baking healthy birthday treats with WQED's education team at the Bethel Park Library (September 26).

- an audience participation Law & Order: The Crucible with Prime Stage Theatre at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh-Main (October 4).

- and a musical presentation of Three Billy Goats Gruff! by Gateway to the Arts at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh-Lawrenceville (October 9).

     Also new this year is a free admission day at the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden on October 8th, with guided tours and discovery activities for children, and a Community Day with Pittsburgh Musical Theater on September 26th.

     Assets are NOT offering free admission every day. Check listings for each asset’s free date or performance, times and limitations. Admissions are first-come, first-served; no “rain checks.” Some events may require advance reservations or may have space limitations. Parking fees might be charged at venue lots. RADical Days events are open to all and accessible. Go to radworkshere.org for more information and links to all of the participating assets. Follow RADical Days at facebook.com/radworkshere and get RADical Days alerts by texting RAD to 79797.

     The full RADical Days 2015 schedule is posted on the RADical Days page.