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Arts, Sports & Culture

RADical Days Offering Free Admission To Pittsburgh Cultural Events

Spend your weekends watching Bulgarian dancers perform at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, zebras grazing at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium and resident artists singing at the Pittsburgh Opera -- all for free.

From Sept. 18 through Oct. 11, several of the region’s “cultural assets” will be participating in an annual free admissions program to  thank the community for its continued support of the arts and led by the Regional Asset District, or RAD.

RAD is funded by a 1 percent local sales tax used for public transit, parks, museums, municipal services and other community assets. The free days began with the Pittsburgh Zoo and has now extended to more than 100  institutions across Allegheny County.

RAD spokeswoman Julie Goetz said the district takes particular care to involve community organizations that can benefit most from these free events.

“We reach out to head-start centers, senior centers, to afterschool programs, to school principals, so that we can let as many people know as possible about the free-admission

There will be 49 free-admission events this year, highlighting some of Pittsburgh’s favorite cultural locations. Goetz sees this as a chance for locals to visit places they have not had the opportunity to try in the past.

“Perhaps you’ve never been to the Warhol or the Mattress Factory," she said. "That would be a great way to find out what installation art is all about.”