RAD funds RADical Days in Pittsburgh



The Regional Asset District (RAD) may just be the best thing in Pittsburgh that you didn’t know your tax dollars were funding. Since 1995, RAD has used taxpayer funding to create and maintain more than 91 miles of trails in the Pittsburgh area. They also use their funding to make these trails more accessible to community members as they get outdoors and explore the region.

In addition to trails, sixty percent of RAD funding goes towards free-to-the-public projects including parks and libraries. The remaining forty percent supports many different projects, including conservation efforts at Phipps’ Conservatory, the National Aviary and the Pittsburgh Zoo. Other areas covered by RAD include projects with local arts and culture organizations, sporting and civic facilities and pubic concerts and events.

“The funded assets are truly grateful for the taxpayer funding that has sustained and enhanced their organizations,” says Julie Goetz, Communication Manager at RAD. “RADical Days makes it possible for them to thank the public and to show what they do best throughout the year.”

What are RADical Days?

Every fall, numerous beneficiaries of RAD funding open their doors to the public for free. These free days are typically one- or two-day events at each facility, and while many of them are first-come, first-serve, some do require prior registration.

Many organizations participate in RADical days year after year. For example, some popular returning organizations this year include Phipps Conservatory (Sept. 24,) The Frick Pittsburgh (Oct. 6,) the Pittsburgh Zoo (Oct. 7,) the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at Heinz Hall (Oct. 9,) and Carnegie Science Center (Oct. 14.)

While these attractions can be visited with new eyes again and again, those who have participated in RADical Days in the past may be excited to know there are some new events on the calendar this year. These new additions include an improv performance with Arcade Comedy Theater (Oct. 14,) volunteer opportunities at the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy’s accessible garden (Sept. 25,) and Calliope Folk Society Songwriters Circle performances at various libraries (Sept. 22 & Oct. 6.)

There are so many free events this year that it’s impossible to cover them all in one story. To view the full schedule, be sure to visit radworkshere.org.

Saving with RAD Beneficiaries Throughout the Year

While RADical Days are a huge celebration and very much free, there are additional ways to save at RAD events and facilities throughout the rest of the year, too. Seniors, students, and Small Business Alliance members can score discounts throughout the year. If you or anyone in your household is disabled, fostered or receiving state benefits such as SNAP, you will recall being issued an ACCESS card. Bring this ACCESS card in to one of various area attractions and receive a heavy discount on admission all year long.

If you make regular visits to the theater or enjoy concerts affiliated with the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, you can purchase their Artsburgh Flex Passes to save money as you engage in Pittsburgh’s performing arts scene. Another great way to save money is to check for seasonal discounts at RAD beneficiaries, such as discounts for Christmas in July or earning free admission to the Carnegie Science Center by bringing in a snowball in June.

RADical Days Are For the Community

RADical Days are a thank you for supporting the important cultural and natural assets that make our region such a wonderful place to live.

“The free admissions and performances are diverse, accessible and open to all,” says Goetz. “RADical Days are for everyone and a great opportunity to try out something new or experience an old favorite.”