I have to highlight a few of the free venues this week as this is the final full week of free admissions and there are some great ones! You can view the complete list here
Saturday, October 11
Frick Art & Historical Center
Free admission 10am-5pm
Experience the Frick's new Orientation Center; explore Clayton, the restored Frick family mansion, by taking free, self-guided tours; and enjoy a beautiful display of fine and decorative art at The Frick Art Museum. FREE family activities, including scavenger hunts, games, and art activities!
7227 Reynolds Street (Point Breeze)
Carnegie Museum of Art and Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Free admission: 10am-5pm
Come explore the history of life on Earth, then visit what is arguably the first museum of contemporary art in the United States, all 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 Avenue (Oakland) • carnegiemuseums.org
Pittsburgh Opera: Brown Bag Concert
Free admission Noon-1:00 PM
Free and open to the public, these one-hour concerts feature our Resident Artists and our arts partners in the George R. White Opera Studio at Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters. No reservations are required; doors open at 11:30. Bring your lunch!
2425 Liberty Avenue (Strip District)
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust: Ghost Stories
Free admission: noon-1pm
Gather the whole family in the Trust Arts Education Center to hear storyteller Alison K. Babusci share her most popular program featuring spine-tingling tales as well as hauntingly funny ones. This program will delight all ages. Bring your PJs and a pillow if you’d like. Recommended for ages five and older; children must be accompanied by an adult.
805/807 Liberty Ave. (Cultural District)
Squonk Opera: Pneumatica
Free admission for performances at noon, 2pm and 4pm
Pneumatica is aperformance evnet about air, made of air and pwoered by air. The Squonkers pupmp up the volume with live original music that permeates the air, while inflatables pump up and immerse the audience. A 30-minute children's workshop on STEM technology will follow the noon performance, and a 30-minute interdisciplinary artist talkback for teens and college students interested in theatre arts will take place aft erh the 2pm performance.
Schenley Plaza, 4100 Forbes Ave. (Oakland)
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Hazelwood: Ballet FUNdamentals
Free admission: 2 pm
Get an insider’s look at the story, dancing and magic of the upcoming Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre performance of The Sleeping Beauty
. Enjoy a special storytime and learn about ballet from a ballerina. Recommended for children age 3 to 11.
5006 Second Avenue (Hazelwood)
Sunday, October 12
Sen. John Heinz History Center and Western PA Sports Museum
Free admission: 10am-5pm
Relive a few classic battles at the Heinz History Center and Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum. Enjoy all six floors of this Smithsonian-affiliated museum, presenting American history with a Western Pennsylvania connection. Feel the pride of our region by exploring the lives of Pittsburghers who have changed the world through a variety of engaging exhibitions. Performances by Allegheny Brass Band
(1:30), Children’s Festival Chorus
(2:30) and South Hills Chorale
(3pm). (Photo: RAD/Julie Goetz)
1212 Smallman Street (Strip District) • www.heinzhistorycenter.org
THE MATTRESS FACTORY
Free admission: 1-5pm
A contemporary art museum + experimental lab featuring site-specific installations created by artists in residence from around the world. Located in the Mexican War Streets of Pittsburgh's North Side since 1977, the Mattress Factory is hailed as the best facility for installation art in the United States. Accessibility: The Mattress Factory's facility at 500 Sampsonia Way is fully accessible; enter from free parking lot at 505 Jacksonia Street. Facilities at 516 Sampsonia Way and 1414 Monterey Street are partially accessible. Wheelchairs are available upon request at 500 Sampsonia Way.
500 Sampsonia Way (North Side)
The Andy Warhol Museum
Free admission 10am-5pm
Provocative, challenging, energizing and exploring all that art can and should be.
At The Warhol you have the chance to truly experience art. Whether you see the permanent collection, a performance, a visiting artist’s work, or just have lunch, you’ll find something to talk about, chuckle over, delight in, or ponder for days.
117 Sandusky Street (North Shore)
And mark your calendars for this final RADical Days event.....
Sunday, November 9
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
Free admission: 9am-5pm (gates close at 4pm)
Combine learning, fun and exploration! Thousands of wild animals, including sea lions, leopards, elephants, polar bears, giraffes and penguins, representing every continent offer a stunning view of our world. Sponsored by PPG Industries. Performances by Pittsburgh CLO Mini-Stars
(12:30pm) and Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestra
(3:30pm). Please note: the Zoo entrance is next to major construction on Butler Street at the Highland Park Bridge - delays are possible if construction continues past October. Check back here as the date gets closer for updated information.
One Wild Place (Highland Park) • pittsburghzoo.org
RADical Days is an annual event celebrating the assets with free admission, musical and dance performances and family activities offered by arts and culture organizations, parks and recreation, and sports and regional attractions that are funded by RAD. The year, RAD and its funded assets are celebrating 20 RADical Days, beginning on September 24th and concluding on November 9th. Join the email alert list for RADical Days 2014, or get text message alerts on your mobile device, by texting RAD to 79797; message and data rates may apply. You can also follow RAD and RADical Days announcements on Facebook.