Events

Add Some Extra Fun to your Visit

2020 Event Lineup

Every summer Kennywood hosts some of the best and most memorable events in Pittsburgh! Get ready for amazing character meet and greets at Kidsfest, patriotic fun and fireworks during Celebrate America, and unforgettable themed parades during Fall Fantasy. From opening weekend celebrations to Phantom Fright Nights, Happy Hauntings, and Holiday Lights, there’s a special event for every member of the family!

Enjoy an entire summer of special events with a Season Pass!

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Preseason Season Pass Processing

Get your Season Pass processed early to maximize your ride time once Kennywood’s open!

Dates & Times:
Friday, April 10, 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Saturday, April 11, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Friday, April 17, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Saturday, April 18, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Sunday, April 19, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Monday, April 20, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Tuesday, April 21, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Wednesday, April 22, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Thursday, April 23, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Friday, April 24, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Monday, April 27, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Tuesday, April 28, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Wednesday, April 29, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Thursday, April 30, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Friday, May 1, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Please note: the Season Pass Processing Center is located at the main gate. Rides, attractions, and other park facilities are not open on these dates. Season Passes can also be processed on any operating date.

Passholder Appreciation Weekend

Passholder Appreciation Weekend

Dates: Saturday, April 25 & Sunday, April 26
Special Park Hours: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM

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With a Season Pass, you get first dibs at Kennywood to see what’s new! Season Passholders are invited to visit during this weekend for special access to the park, extra entertainment, and a chance to sample the rides you love! Visit the Passholder perks page for more information.

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Please note: In order to attend one of the two Season Passholder Appreciation Days, Passholders must RSVP in advance (coming soon). Each Season Pass must be registered individually. Please print or have the RSVP confirmation ready on your mobile device at the turnstiles.


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The following Passholders receive admission to this event: Bronze, Silver, Senior, Ride & Dine, Ride & Slide, Premium, and PA.

Thomas chugs past the Thomas Town crossing

Thomas’ Birthday Party

Date: Sunday, May 10
Savings: Special ticket offer coming soon!

Join Thomas and his friends for an exciting celebration at Thomas Town™!

More information coming soon!

A group of students enjoy Education Days at Kennywood

Education Days

Dates: Wednesday, May 13 & Tuesday, May 19
Tickets: Register Now

For two special days, Kennywood has the three R’s covered reading, ‘ riting , and rollercoasters! The park is an interactive classroom dedicated to educators and their students. All the fun and thrills offer the ultimate learning experience for lessons in physics, math, art, and more.

The Cowboy Joe statue at Kennywood is a popular spot for group photos.

Country Music Festival

Dates: Sunday, May 24 & Monday, May 25
Savings: Special ticket offer coming soon!

Enjoy sides of tasty food and country tunes with your main course of fun during the NEW Country Music Festival! Find extra flavor from a variety of local food trucks setting up shop around the park! Learn to line dance in between coaster rides, and finish up the Memorial Day weekend with some live, down-home country music.

More information coming soon!

Racers run past the finish line at Kennywood's main gate

Kenny's Koaster Race

Date: Sunday, May 31
Tickets/Race Registration: Coming Soon

Come one, come all to run one great race! Kenny’s Koaster Race winds runners through Kennywood and ends with an afternoon of friendly competition riding coasters!

More information coming soon!

Guests take a historic ride on the Jack Rabbit

Jack Rabbit's 100th Anniversary

Date: Saturday, June 13
Savings: Special ticket offer coming soon!

Kennywood's beloved Jack Rabbit roller coaster celebrates 100 years of double-dipping fun in 2020, and we think a major birthday deserves major attention. You won't want to miss this historic celebration!

More information coming soon!

A family walks through one of Kennywood's wooded groves

Kennywood Comicon

Date: Sunday, June 21
Savings: Special ticket offer coming soon!

Along with all of dad’s favorite thrilling rides and tasty treats, he’ll be able to meet some incredible characters, interact with comic book creators, and browse a marvelous collection of merchandise!

More information coming soon!

Kids stop for a photo in Lost Kennywood

Youth Association Days

Dates: Sunday, June 21, Tuesday, July 7, Monday, July 27, Tuesday, July 28, Wednesday, July 29 & Tuesday, August 11
Savings: Save over $25 off the gate price when wearing a youth sport, church, or service association t-shirt!

Bring your youth sport, school, church, or service group for a day of fun! What better way to bond your organization together than time spent racing on Racer and getting soaked on Pittsburg Plunge? With great group rates on these select dates, you can save over $25 off the gate price and use ticket sales as a fundraiser for your organization.

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A cast of colorful characters visit Lost Kennywood

Kidsfest

Dates: Thursday, June 25 & Friday, June 26
Savings: Special ticket offer coming soon!

Your little ones will love getting to meet their favorite superheroes, royalty, puppies, and pals! Enjoy special character meet and greets, fun kid-friendly activities, and our traditional lineup of fantastic family rides!

More information coming soon!

Fireworks blast over the historic Racer

Celebrate America

Dates: Tuesday, June 30 – Saturday, July 4 Savings: Special ticket offer coming soon!

Oh, say can you see five straight days of fireworks?! Our traditional Independence Day activities stretch nearly an entire week and are bursting with music performances, magic acts, the Silver Star Meats Hot Dog Eating Contest, and the always-popular Wiener 100 dachshund races. Plus, all military (active duty, retired military, and veterans) get in FREE!

More information coming soon!

Wrestlers compete in Pavilion 5

Kennywood Wrestling Classic

Dates: Thursday, July 9 & Friday, July 10
Registration: Coming Soon

Pins in the Park returns for its fourth year in 2020! Join us on Thursday as youths (ages 6-14) compete in a double-elimination, PIAA-modified rules tournament, and Friday for a novice, High School and Girls Wrestling Tournament.

More information coming soon!

Italian Day decorations

Italian Day

Dates: Sunday, July 12
Savings: Special ticket offer coming soon!

This longtime tradition nears 90 years of celebrating with all the staples of Italian heritage. Authentic Italian food vendors and musical performances fill the park for a truly molto bene day!

More information coming soon!

The WTAE crew stops for a photo before the parade

WTAE Summerfest

Dates: Monday, July 20 – Friday, July 24
Savings: Special ticket offer coming soon!

The hottest party of the summer strikes with our friends from Pittsburgh’s Action News 4! Discounted tickets are available throughout the week, along with a 100% chance of extra activities. Plus, we guarantee a shower of fun with some of Pittsburgh’s favorite TV personalities during the WTAE Parade on Friday!

More information coming soon!

The KDKA Mobile Weather Lab makes it way through the park

KDKA Summerblast

Date: Friday, July 31
Savings: Special ticket offer coming soon!

Catch the crew from Channel 2 at KDKA Summerblast ! Find your favorite on air personalities, play fun games, and watch a parade to end the night right!

More information coming soon!

A cheer squad rallies the crowd

Cheerleading Day

Date: Monday, August 3
Registration: Coming Soon

Squads are invited to compete for the coveted Kennywood Cheerleading Arrows! Even our guests are welcome to enjoy this exciting tradition… cheering, chanting, dancing, music, pom-poms, and lots of energy!

The event begins at 11:00 AM, with approximately 50 cheerleading squads competing. National Federation rules apply. Divisions include Jr. High Non-Mount, Jr. High Mount, Junior Varsity Non-Mount, Junior Varsity Mount, Small Varsity Non-Mount, Small Varsity Mount, Medium Varsity Non-Mount, Medium Varsity Mount, Large Varsity Non-Mount, and Large Varsity Mount.

This registration form must be downloaded, completed, and returned with payment to Kennywood by Wednesday, July 29, 2020, for your squad to be eligible to compete. NO LATE REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

Polish Performers entertain at the Kennyville Stage

Polish Day

Date: Tuesday, August 4
Savings: Special ticket offer coming soon!

Kennywood is proud to host its 89th annual Polish Day! Guests of Polish descent are welcomed to celebrate their heritage on Tuesday, August 4 with a day featuring traditional food, music, and polka dancing.

More information coming soon!

A band performs in the Fall Fantasy Parade

Fall Fantasy Parades

Dates: Saturday, August 8 - Tuesday, August 25
Savings: Special ticket offer coming soon!

The Fall Fantasy Parades span 18 nights and include more than 150 bands from high schools and universities throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania and beyond, along with beautifully decorated floats.

More information coming soon!

Police Officers stop by to meet young guests around the lagoon

First Responder Day

Date: Sunday, August 30
Savings: Special ticket offer coming soon!

Honoring the men and women who protect and serve in our communities! All First Responders (police, fire, EMS, and military) get free admission this day, with discounted tickets available for their friends & family. Plus, catch demonstrations from local agencies, as they show how much work can go into their service.

More information coming soon!

Coasting for Kids

Coasting for Kids

Date: Sunday, September 6
Registration: Coming Soon

Ride for a one-of-a-kind cause during Coasting for Kids! Kennywood is proud to support Give Kids The World Village by hosting the Coasting for Kids fundraiser. Form a team or fundraise as an individual to benefit this Orlando-based resort that provides free stays and service to children battling life-threatening illnesses.

More information coming soon!

Pittsburgh Pierogi Festival logo

Pittsburgh Pierogi Festival

Date: Sunday, September 27
Time: 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Tickets

Pierogi Fest features over 40 vendors offering different pierogi styles, great music and entertainment, and the ability to ride some of Kennywood’s most popular attractions.

Season Passes are not valid for this special event.

A band entertains

Oldies Day

Date: Sunday, September 13
Savings: Special ticket offer coming soon!

You’re never too old for a good time at Kennywood! Enjoy musical entertainment with the hits of yesteryear and more.

More information coming soon!

Riders get wet on the Pittsburg Plunge water ride

Community & Heritage Days

Dates: Various
Savings: Various

Community Days information coming soon.
Heritage Days information coming soon.

Special days for towns, communities, and people of similar heritage have been a Kennywood tradition since our founding in 1898!

Kenny, Parker, and their pals greet guests at Happy Hauntings

Happy Hauntings

Dates: Saturdays and Sundays, October 10 - 25
Time: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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With the sweet smell of fall in the air, Kennywood transforms into a festival of fun! Pumpkins replace flowers, and cornstalks sprout up throughout the park. Young riders can enjoy Kiddieland and favorites such as the Merry-Go-Round, Auto Race, and Jack Rabbit. Plus, Thomas Town™, trick-or-treating, hayrides, and more! Enjoy traditional fun fall activities in the one-of-a-kind setting of Kennywood!

And don’t worry, the Phantom and his fearsome friends will stay away from Happy Hauntings. This event is geared for children under 10, meaning most roller coasters and thrill rides are not available. Children may dress in costumes – some costumes may not be permitted on select rides for safety purposes.

A crazed creature waits in the shadows

Phantom Fright Nights

Dates: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, October 2 - 31
Time: Fridays and Saturdays: 6:00 PM - 12:00AM; Sundays: 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM

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As the leaves turn and the days shorten, a darkness begins to fall over Kennywood and the forces that power one of the world’s fiercest roller coasters, the Phantom’s Revenge, grow stronger. As Halloween nears, he cannot be denied: Phantom Fright Nights returns to Kennywood. The award-winning spectacle of terror has been recognized by USA Today for being among the best theme park Halloween events in the country, and also claimed a spot on Amusement Today's Golden Ticket Awards list of the best Halloween theme park events.

A couple walks through Kennywood's tunnel of twinkling lights

Holiday Lights

Dates: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, November 27 - December 20, plus nightly December 26 - 30
Time: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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The best place to visit during the holidays in Pittsburgh is Kennywood, without a doubt! America’s Finest Traditional Amusement Park decks its halls (and rides) with nearly two million twinkling lights, highlighted by the tallest Christmas tree in the state of Pennsylvania. Enjoy holiday performances, see spectacular light shows, visit Santa Claus, and more!

Pricing, attraction availability and hours are subject to change without notice.

Many Kennywood events are included with Park tickets, while some require an additional fee. You can enjoy a day of traditional Kennywood fun along with rides, attractions and a memorable event all in one. Be sure to check back regularly for the most up-to-date events and Pennsylvania promotions.