You may have heard about RAD. RAD is the Allegheny Regional Asset District, which helps to support regional assets like sports facilities, parks, libraries, and cultural institutions, among other things. RAD money is collected as part of the Allegheny County sales tax. Every time you buy something, you are supporting these institutions!
Enter RADical Days. Every fall, as a thank you to Allegheny County residents, RAD hosts RADical Days to celebrate these institutions. In the words of the Allegheny Regional Asset District, “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”.
So, go out and enjoy them during RADical Days! All events can be found here. RADical Days is ongoing through October 13. Here’s a list of my personal favorites, which descriptions from the website:
Saturday, September 29
Allegheny County Parks: Hartwood Acres Hay Day
Free admission 11am-4pm
Kids of all ages will enjoy Fall fun activities: hay rides, pony rides, petting zoo, music, arts and crafts, “I made it!” Market, “Books are Fun” Book fair, and food vendors.
Sunday, September 30
Free admission 10am-5pm
Get nose to beak with flamingoes, penguins, macaws, owls and more. Watch as birds eat, bathe, and play in free-flight exhibits. Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of a real penguin colony at Penguin Point.
Saturday, October 6
Pittsburgh Filmmakers: Ann Arbor Film Festival
Free admission: 7:30pm and 9:15pm.
Sunday, October 7
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
Free admission 9am-5pm (gates close at 4pm)
Enjoy some of the most amazing animals from around the world, including sea lion and sea otter pups, tigers, elephants, polar bears, giraffes, pufferfish, and much more.
Saturday, October 13
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust: Sketch Crawl
Free admission 10am-4pm
Start at the Trust’s Education Building and join us on a drawing journey through Downtown scenic plazas. Bring your own preferred art supplies and come for as long as you’d like. Artist-illustrator Rick Antolic will be on hand at each location. For artists of all levels. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
See you there!