Events

Add Some Extra Fun to your Visit

2019 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!

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An excited girl with face paint holds a prized stuffed Kennywood heart

Preseason Season Pass Processing

Get your Season Pass processed early to maximize your ride time once Kennywood’s open! Along with paying a preseason visit to your favorite amusement park, enjoy some refreshments, music, and the company of fellow Kennywood fanatics! Plus, every person who processes gets a spin on our prize wheel* and a chance to win a 2020 Season Pass!

Dates & Times:
Saturday, April 6, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Sunday, April 7, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Friday, April 12, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Saturday, April 13, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Sunday, April 14, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Friday, April 19, 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Saturday, April 20, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Monday, April 22, 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Tuesday, April 23, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Wednesday, April 24, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Thursday, April 25, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Friday, April 26, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Monday, April 29, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Tuesday, April 30, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Wednesday, May 1, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Thursday, May 2, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Friday, May 3, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

*Please note, prize wheel and activities will only be available on weekend processing dates.

A group of Kennywood fanatics walk through Kiddieland

Season Passholder Appreciation Weekend

Dates: Saturday, April 27 & Sunday, April 28
Special Park Hours: 11 AM – 7 PM

Activities Schedule

With a Season Pass, you get first dibs at Kennywood in 2019! Season Passholders are invited to visit on April 27 and 28 for the third annual Season Passholder Appreciation Weekend! We’ll be offering special access to the park, extra entertainment, and a chance to sample the rides you love! We’ve been working all winter to bring you a great season. – so be sure to visit our Season Passholder page for more information. Don't have a Season Pass? Get one today!

Thomas the Tank Engine(TM) chugs into the Kennywood Station

Thomas' Birthday Celebration

Date: Sunday, May 12
Savings: Tickets are Buy One, Get One when you buy online! Check back soon to purchase tickets.

The #1 Blue Engine on Sodor will celebrate his birthday at Kennywood for the first time! Be sure to be with us for Thomas' Birthday Celebration, featuring song, dance and cupcakes! And, one lucky winner will enjoy their own celebration in the Thomas Town Party Room FREE! Check back soon for more details on how to enter and to purchase discounted tickets for the day.

A group of students take a photo in one of Kennywood's wooded groves

Education Days

Dates: Wednesday, May 15 & Tuesday, May 21
Tickets: Register Now

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

Mouth-watering ribs are grilled to perfection

Ribs & Blues Festival

Dates: Sunday, May 26 & Monday, May 27
Savings: Special ticket offer coming soon!

Enjoy sides of tasty food and soulful tunes with your main course of fun! Along with Kennywood food favorite The Swhinery, a number of other local BBQ joints will be on site during the Ribs & Blues Festival to beef up the fun! Then, kick back and relax to some live music.

Vendor and performer information coming soon.

Racers cross the finish line at Kennywood's main gate

Kenny’s Koaster Race

Date: Sunday, June 2

Registration information coming soon.

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

A family of four shares cotton candy and walks through Kennywood

Kennywood Comicon

Date: Sunday, June 16
Savings: Special ticket offer coming soon!

Calling all dads! Celebrate Father’s Day the fun way with a trip to Kennywood! 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!

Children ride on Kenny's Karousel in Kiddieland

Youth Association Days

Dates: June 16, July 5, 22, 23, 24, 30, & August 13
Savings: $27 plus $1 amusement tax at gate when wearing a youth sports/church/service association shirt

Bring your youth sport, school, church or service group for a day of fun at Kennywood! 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 up to $27.99 off the gate price and use ticket sales as a fundraiser for your organization. View the Youth Association Days flyer for more information on group visits. Young athletes wearing their athletic organization gear also qualify for a discount!

*Note: Professional and college sports team attire does not qualify for discount. Must be from a youth sports organization the child has participated in.

A group of superheroes, royalty, puppies, and pals assemble in Lost Kennywood

Kidsfest

Dates: Thursday, June 27 & Friday, June 28
Savings: Special ticket offer coming soon!

It’s always good to be a kid at Kennywood, but we take it up a notch (or several) for Kidsfest! 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 the Kennywood lineup of fantastic family rides.

Character schedule coming soon.

Celebrate America's popular living statues ride the classic Merry-Go-Round

Celebrate America

Dates: Sunday, June 30 – Thursday, July 4 Savings: Special ticket offer and military discount coming soon!

Oh, say can you see five straight days of patriotic fun?! Kennywood’s 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!

Celebrate America events schedule coming soon.

Riders get wet on the Pittsburg Plunge water ride

Community & Heritage Days

Dates: Various – check fliers
Savings: Various – check with event organizers for specific ticket prices.

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

Check back soon for a complete list of 2019 Community and Heritage Days.

The Italian flag

Italian Day

Date: Sunday, July 7
Savings: Special ticket offer coming soon!

This longtime tradition nears 90 years of celebrating with all the hallmarks of Italian heritage: specialty food vendors around the Lagoon and musical performances for a truly molto bene day at Kennywood!

All your favorite Channel 4 personalities pose for a Kennywood photo

WTAE Summerfest

Dates: Monday, July 15 – Friday, July 19
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, July 19!

WTAE Summerfest events schedule coming soon.

The KDKA Mobile Weather Lab cruises around Kennywood

KDKA Summerblast

Date: Friday, July 26
Savings: Special ticket offer coming soon!

Come out to Kennywood and catch the crew from Channel 2 at KDKA Summerblast! Find your favorite on-air personalities, play fun games, and watch a special parade to top the night off.

KDKA Summerblast events schedule coming soon.

A band marches through Kennywood at dusk

Fall Fantasy Parades

Dates: Saturday, August 3 – Tuesday,
August 20
Savings: Special ticket offer coming soon!

Parade starts at 7:00 PM nightly.

Don’t miss one of Kennywood’s oldest and grandest traditions! The Fall Fantasy Parades span 18 nights and include more than 150 bands from high schools and colleges throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania and beyond, along with beautifully decorated floats!

Check back for this year’s theme and Parade schedule.

Guests celebrate their Polish heritage

Polish Day

Date: Tuesday, August 6
Savings: Special ticket offer coming soon!

Kennywood is proud to host its 88th annual Polish Day! Guests of Polish descent are welcomed to celebrate their heritage on Tuesday, August 6 with a day featuring traditional food, music, and polka dancing.

Local police officers pose with a car by the lagoon

First Responder Day

Date: Sunday, August 25
Savings: Free Admission for First Responders and discounts for family and friends.

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 in to their service.

Two girls get ready to enjoy the Thunderbolt as part of Give Kids The World's Coasting for Kids event.

Coasting for Kids

Date: Sunday, September 1

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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. All participants who fundraise $100 or more get free admission to Kennywood, plus access to an Extra Ride Time (ERT) benefit on some of our most popular rides before Kennywood opens to the public!

A band prepares to perform classic hits

Oldies Day

Date: Sunday, September 8
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.

A sample of beer is poured in front of the world-famous Thunderbolt

Brews in the Park

Date: Saturday, September 21
Time: Rides: 1 – 3 PM; Brews: 3 – 7 PM

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A craft beer festival in a one-of-a-kind setting: Kennywood! More than 100 different beers are available for sampling, along with food trucks and signature Kennywood treats, and live music from Walkin' Rosie and Totaly 80's setting the scene. Though no rides operate once pouring begins, come early and ride some of Kennywood’s signature coasters and thrill rides from 1 – 3 PM!

Must be age 21 or older to attend. Season Passes are not valid for this special event.

Kenny and Potato Pete take a ride on the Jack Rabbit

Pittsburgh Pierogi festival

Date: Sunday, September 22
Time: 1 – 6 PM
Prices: $24 (Ages 13+); $12.00 (Ages 3 - 12)

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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.

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.