One of the best times of the year to be in Pittsburgh is here:
FREE admission to lots of local venues!
The Allegheny Regional Asset District - or, RAD - is your local sales tax dollars in support of our regional libraries, parks and trails, sports facilities, and arts and culture. Since 1994, RAD has funded more than $1.3 billion in grants to places and to organizations that create a positive impact on the lives of residents of and visitors to Allegheny County. RADical Days is a “thank you” to the public for its support of the assets through RAD.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Free admission 9:30am-5pm
Unearth the powers of healing plants from around the world as beautiful fountains provide a release from the summer heat during the Summer Flower Show: Fountain of Youth. Bring the family and let them welcome you to a world where nature's treasures are revealed. One Schenley Park Drive (Oakland). Phipps.conservatory.org
Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
Free admission 10am-1pm
Free art activities for kids and families.
1047 Shady Ave. (Shady Side)
pca.pittsburgharts.org · facebook.com/PghCenterForTheArts
Society for Contemporary Craft
Free admission 10am-5pm
Laugh at human behaviors, banana-peel jokes, cartoon characters and more at Humor in Craft, an exhibit where 32 artists make fun of almost everything. Turn jokes into jewelry in the Drop-In Studio. Curator Brigitte Martin and Editorial Cartoonist Rob Rogers explore the question, “What do we laugh at?” from 4-5pm.
21st & Smallman Streets (Strip District)
Contemporarycraft.org · facebook.com/SCCPgh
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)
Warhol.org · facebook.com/thewarholmuseum
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)
CarnegieScienceCenter.org · facebook.com/CarnegieScienceCenter
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)
Newhazletttheater.org · Primestage.com
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)
Pittsburghopera.org · facebook.com/PittsburghOpera
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.