Friday, September 3, 2010

RADical Days Pittsburgh PA 2010 Schedule

RADical Days Returns with Record Number of Free Admission Sites

Plus, RAD Goes Mobile with SMASH

Direct Schedule Link here.

RADical Days 2010 will offer the public a record-setting 41 free admission sites, plus new performances and activities as the annual celebration of the assets returns on September 19.

Now in its ninth year, RADical Days features free admission, musical and dance performances, take-home art and other family activities offered by dozens of arts and culture organizations, in addition to libraries, parks and sports facilities all funded in part by the Allegheny Regional Asset District (RAD).

The full event schedule with site details can be found at . Please note special restrictions, and that all locations are first-come, first-served. Free admission is limited to the day indicated, only. Participating assets are NOT free admission on every day. Check listings for each asset's free date, times and limitations. No rain checks. Parking charges may apply.

For the first time, RADical Days enthusiasts can get event reminders via mobile devices. Text RAD to SMASH (76274) to get RADical Days alerts, plus weekly arts and culture updates about the assets through the year. There is no charge from RAD to receive text message alerts; however, users' standard message and data rates may apply.


The Allegheny Regional Asset District (RAD) provides grants from half of the proceeds of the 1% Allegheny County Sales and Use Tax, supporting regional assets in the areas of libraries, parks and recreation, cultural, sports and civic facilities and programs. Since 1995, the 1% County Sales tax paid by residents of and visitors to Allegheny County has resulted in a more than $2 billion investment in the region.


Throughout RADical Days

Allegheny County Library Association

Libraries will host a variety of free programs. Visit for more information.

Sunday, September 19

Carnegie Science Center

Free Admission 10AM-5PM
Carnegie Science Center presents science fun to delight visitors of all ages. General admission is free on RAD Day -- includes all exhibits, Highmark SportsWorks®, mini-railroad,submarine. Omnimax films not included.
One Allegheny Ave. (North Side)


Free Admission 11AM-3PM
Check out Pittsburgh’s floating classroom! RiverQuest presents free walk-on activities on Explorer at dock. Visit the world’s first green educational vessel and take part in free science activities. There is a fee for parking.
One Allegheny Ave. (North Shore, docked next to Carnegie Science Center)

Wednesday, September 22

Attack Theatre Presents Site/Re-Site

Free Admission and Rolling Admission 1-5PM
Join Attack Theatre for a working rehearsal of Site/Re-Site. This dance and live music performance combines works that were premiered for an occasion, place or moment in time and "re-sites" these experiences into a new program of raw energy, humor and physicality as the company explores this unique Site/Re-Site.
1400 Smallman Street, Strip District

Friday, September 24

WYEP’s Final Fridays at Schenley Plaza

Free Admission 7PM
Join WYEP for a free concert featuring American alt-country trio Backyard Tire Fire, self-described as "Kinks meets Squeeze Brit pop-rock, Tom Petty-styled Southern rock, Beatle-esque majesty, intimate balladry, chiming folk-rock and heartland/populist chest-pounders."
Schenley Plaza Tent, 4100 Forbes Ave. (Oakland)

Saturday, September 25

Pittsburgh Opera "Rising Stars" Concert

Free Admission 5PM
Check-in begins; 5:30PM Check-in closes; 6PM Performance
Be the first to hear the 2010-11 rising stars of the prestigious Resident Artist program. The singers will begin with a favorite aria and follow with one chosen by General Director Christopher Hahn. Reservations are required. You must arrive and claim your reservations no later than 5:30PM. Limit of four seats per reservation. 412-281-0912, ext.216 or
2425 Liberty Ave. (Strip District)

Pittsburgh Opera encourages you to "Be a STAR" for homeless children by making a homeless child’s return to school something special. For the month of September, Pittsburgh Opera is partnering with Homeless Children’s Education Fund and their Gear for Grades campaign by collecting school supplies and backpacks for at the Rising Stars concert and during regular business hours. For more information, contact Allison Ruppert at Pittsburgh Opera at 412-281-0912, x262. Homeless Children's Education Fund's mission is to serve as a voice for the homeless children of Allegheny County and to ensure they are afforded equal access to the same educational opportunities and experiences as their peers.

Sunday, September 26

Carnegie Museum of Art and Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Free Admission noon-5PM
Two museums in one dynamic destination! Carnegie Museum of Art is arguably the first museum of contemporary art in the United States, and today is among the most popular and esteemed cultural institutions in the region, providing visitors with access to great works of art, studio art classes, and family activities that inspire, provoke, and delight. At Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Dinosaurs in Their Time and ever-changing exhibitions and programming inspire appreciation and understanding of the splendor of nature and the scientific questions of our time, and encourage visitors to advocate for stewardship of the Earth and its resources, now and for the future.
4400 Forbes Ave. (Oakland)

Wednesday, September 29

Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

Free Admission 9:30AM-5PM
Gothic meets gorgeous as gargoyles and other mythic creatures stand guard over artfully arranged blooms during Gargoyles in the Garden. It’s blooming, family-friendly fun as you come face to face with a 1,000 pound gargoyle, Venetian griffins, winged lions and green men. Performance by Tuesday Musical Club string ensemble at 1PM, followed by the River City Brass Band ensemble.
One Schenley Dr. (Oakland) GPS address: 700 Frank Curto Drive, Pittsburgh

Heinz Field

Free Admission 10AM-3PM (tours only)
Home of the Pittsburgh Steelers, the University of Pittsburgh Panthers and host of special events and concerts. Tours on the hour; last tour starts at 3PM. Limit 50 guests per hour. First come, first served. Enter under the Coca-Cola Great Hall sign along Art Rooney Ave.
Art Rooney Ave. (North Shore)

Allegheny-Kiski Valley Heritage Museum

Free Admission 11AM-3PM
A unique deco style building donated by The American Legion for use as a regional museum, the collection includes historical glass and aluminum that tell the story of the Allegheny and Kiski River valley communities.
224 East Seventh Ave. (Tarentum)

Pittsburgh Center for the Arts

Free Admission 1-4PM
Wheelthrowing Demonstrations: Have you ever wanted to make your own cup or bowl? Come to the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, play with some clay and learn how to throw a pot in our Ceramics Studio. Demonstrations on the hour. Get inspired by ceramic works in the Pour exhibit in the galleries.
PCA Scaife Building, 1047 Shady Ave. (Shadyside)

Thursday, September 30

Pittsburgh Filmmakers

Free Admission 6-9PM
Artist talk with artist Michael Scherwin followed by a reception from 7-9PM


The Pittsburgh Art Blog

The Pittsburgh Art Blog features selected pittsburgh artists and upcoming exhibits with photos from the artists and galleries. since the major press outlets do not go beyond a directory listing of exhibits, blogs are needed to promote pittsburgh artists and their work. the blog also calls attention to the inferiority complex of pittsburgh art and how it's perpetuated by the major players in town. Started on August 20, 2007.pittsburgh area galleries and art venues are listed at the sister site blog and website are volunteer projects from fine art photographer and pittsburgh art advocate rick byerly,


  1. where can I found the coupon for free admission?

  2. no coupons that i know of- just make sure it's the right day and venue and it's free