How to be RADical in 2012

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One place that your taxes go in Allegheny County is the Regional Asset District.  They in turn fund pretty much everything cool to do around Pittsburgh.  Like the science center, aviary, anything with arts, the Andy Warhol Museum, the zoo, the conservatory, the symphony….the list goes on and on and on.  And then on some more.

Once a year, they host RADical Days.  From September 20 through October 13,  everything funded by the RAD will be hosting a free day open to the public.  It’s amazing.  Most of the events are on weekends, but there are also some weekday appearances.  For a full list of events, see the press release.

Which RADical even will you/would you like to attend?

*This post is a part of Frugal Friday at Life as Mom*

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14 thoughts on “How to be RADical in 2012

  1. Modest Money

    That’s pretty sweet that those events are free. I don’t think there are free days to those kinds of things here in Vancouver. I should get around to checking out those things again even if I have to pay though.

    1. femmefrugality

      Different cities are truly different in what they offer the public. I think the best I’ve seen is St. Louis…when I was there pretty much all their museums etc were free to the public.

  2. Lou Rodriguez

    Saw it’s going to be in the 50’s there on the weekend with a gorgeous day forecast for Sunday – Clear Sunny Day 71 degrees. I live in South Florida but originally from South Jersey and for me, I call that perfect!

    I wish there were events like that here, with that weather too, but there aren’t so I’ll just have to settle for the beach! Sounds like a great family weekend too! Enjoy 🙂

    1. femmefrugality

      The weather will be nice! We’ve had some major humidity here lately from the aftermath of the hurricane…we’re very lucky; I’m not complaining. Wish these events started this weekend, but there will be plenty to do! And we’ll just get to enjoy some of these on fall days.

  3. Shilpan

    That’s cool to have RAD days with FREE events. But I wonder if it is truly free. You are paying some form of taxes to fund these events.

    The good news is that your tax dollars are being spent on something worthwhile.

    1. femmefrugality

      They are. We have really great cultural resources in our area. We were paying the tax anyways, and then 11 years ago they started opening up these free days. So in a way we are paying for it, but we’d be paying for it anyways. Might as well get access to what we’re paying for without admission fees once a year!

  4. Miss T @ Prairie Eco-Thrifter

    I have been really impressed the last couple years with the amount of free festivals and activities our city is now putting on. There is so much more to do these days for activities than there used to be. One of our favourite things lately is movies in the park.It feels great ot get outside and it is free.

  5. Tiffany @ DontWastetheCrumbs

    That’s pretty neat that your town does this! Let’s see, if I were in Pittsburgh, I’d visit the Botanical Gardens, Science Center, Mattress Factory (such a nerd, I know), Children’s Museum, Boyce/Mayview Park, the Zoo, Aquarium and Symphony. Wow – that’s a busy trip!

  6. CF @ OutlierModel

    That’s a great idea! The botanical gardens look interesting!

    I wish they would do something similar in Vancouver. The majority of attractions are over $15 per person for admission, so it’s hard to justify visiting more than once every few years.

  7. jlcollinsnh

    I used to travel to Pittsburg on business and was always impressed, and a bit surprised, at what an attractive city it is.

    lately I’ve been noticing it pop up on lists of cool places to retire. My guess is stuff like RAD adds to the appeal.


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