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RADical Days 2022

RADical Days is our annual ‘thank you’ to taxpayers, offering a chance to see the best of Allegheny County's top cultural destinations free of charge!

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RADical Days is bigger than ever before!

The public can enjoy more than 90 free events and experiences at more than 65 entities that receive RAD funding. From free admission to top-level attractions to free performances by world-class musicians, RADical Days 2022 will provide something for everyone from Friday, September 9 through Sunday, October 16.

Some free-admission events (including the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium) require visitors to reserve timed tickets in advance.

Click here to see the full calendar and find a RAD asset to enjoy!

Plan your RADical Days 2022 Experience

More than 65 regional assets are offering free events and experiences during RADical Days. Events run from Sept. 9 - Oct. 16, 2022.

Check out the calendar and plan your visit!

Saturday, Oct. 1

  • 10 AM - 4 PM - Contemporary Craft - Bring the family to make some art, be part of the scavenger hunt, or check out the latest exhibition Transformation 11: Contemporary Works in Glass.

  • Noon - 4 PM - Associated Artists of Pittsburgh - Just down Butler Street from Contemporary Craft, you can drop in to the Ice House Studios to create your own work -- including collages and mahjong tiles. And don't miss Plain Silk, Uncarved Wood, now on display.

  • Noon - 4 PM - AWCommunity Day 2022 - Mill 19 in Hazelwood will be filled with 'artisans, performers, bites & sips, and community camaraderie,' all put together by the August Wilson African American Cultural Center. We're in!
    (Event schedule may change due to weather conditions.)

  • Noon - 7:30 PM - PPG Paints Arena - Take your skates (we mean it, you must have your own skates) to the arena for a chance to take the ice where the Pens do. All attendees must sign up in advance for one of four skating sessions.

  • 2 - 3 PM - Wonders of Wildlife at CLP - Knoxville - Local libraries have been turning into mini-zoos! The latest is on Brownsville Road, giving patrons the chance to get up close and personal with animals from Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium.

Saturday, Oct. 2

Important info from the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium:

Reminder that RADical Day on Sunday, October 2nd, is fully booked. There will be no additional tickets available for daytime admission on Sunday. Guests with RADical Day reservations must present their tickets during their arrival time to receive admission; guests should please check their email for their August Eventbrite ticket confirmation. RADical Day does not apply to the Asian Lantern Festival. Tickets are still available for purchase for the evening of October 2.

If you missed out on Zoo tickets, there is still fun planned up the street at Union Project, which will be letting folks play with the clay from 10 AM - 1 PM.

Monday, Oct. 2

Monday is all about the North Side!

The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh opens up with free admission starting at 10 AM. Online advance tickets are fully booked - but a very limited quantity of walk-up tickets will be available. You can also visit SLB Radio Productions inside the museum and see their new Youth Media Center.

At 3:00 PM, walk over to the New Hazlett Theater, where Prime Stage will be presenting a preview of their newest show Frankenstein -- as well as a sneak peek of their upcoming season.


Due to a scheduling conflict, the free RADical Days tours of PNC Park will now take place next Saturday, Oct. 8. No reservations -- spots for the tours will be first-come, first-served.