PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Dozens of treasured cultural assets are opening their doors free to the public over the next few weeks for the return of RADical Days.
The annual event is sponsored by the Allegheny Regional Asset District, or RAD, which distributes your sales tax money to support those organizations.
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Gallery Crawl is a free showcase of art and entertainment in the heart of the Cultural District. The event is ongoing between 5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28.
It’s just one of more than 40 free admission events happening in the region thanks to a sales tax you pay in Allegheny County and RAD.
“These few weeks are a way for those assets to say thank you to the people, and they open their doors on a given day for free so people can enjoy all they have to offer,” said David Donahoe, RAD’s executive director.
On Saturday, Sept. 29, you can enjoy free admission to the Fort Pitt Museum, the Frick Art and Historical Center and the Allegheny Green & Innovation Festival and Hay Day at Hartwood Acres.
There, kids of all ages can enjoy all-day fall fun activities, including hayrides, horseback riding, arts and crafts and a petting zoo.
The nation’s only indoor bird zoo is in our own backyard, and the public can get free admission to the National Aviary on Sunday Sept. 30.
Also on Sunday, there will be free admission to several museums including: the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and enjoy performances by members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at the Children’s Museum from noon to 5 p.m.
Then, on Oct. 5, head to the Pittsburgh Glass Center to enjoy free fiery glassblowing demonstrations. For a small fee you can make your own pendant or fused tile.
“This event is for families with kids of all ages, it’s for adults. We really have something for everyone going on,” says Heather McElwee, of the Pittsburgh Glass Center. “So, not only will we have glass blowing demonstrations and flame working demonstrations, people can actually take part and make something for themselves as well.”
RADical Days will continue through Oct. 13.