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Make your visit more vibrant with our many special events!

Make Summer More Special!

Each season we host some of the most memorable and fun events near Pittsburgh. In July, get ready to Celebrate America with fun and festive fireworks at night and hangout at Summerfest; and in August, be ready to celebrate the arrival of fall with fun parades with unique themes at Fall Fantasy. From Opening Weekend to Phantom Fright Nights, guests who visit the park during our special events can expect to receive a special 'traditional Kennywood experience'.

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Ribs & Blues Festival!

Date: Sunday, May 27 & Monday, May 28

NEW FOR 2018! Enjoy sides of tasty food and soulful tunes with your main course of fun!

Along with Kennywood food favorite The Swhinery, Jim's Smokin' Que, Rogue BBQ, Two Brothers BBQ, PGH Smokehouse and Twelve Whiskey BBQ will be on site during Ribs & Blues Festival to beef up the fun for your taste buds!

Then, kick back and digest to the tunes of The Woods Family, Jill West & Blues Attack, The Fabulous Booze Brothers, Billy & the Regulators, and Jimbo & the Soupbones.

Click here to view the Ribs & Blues Festival Schedule

Thunderbolt Week

Date: Tuesday, May 29 - Sunday, June 3
Savings: Tickets only $19.68 for guests age 50+

We’re celebrating the Golden Anniversary of The King of Coasters! Guests age 50+ can buy tickets for $19.68 during this period, marking the year when Thunderbolt opened to the public. (Guests age 70+ still qualify for greater discount rate)

Want to attempt a 50-ride marathon on Thunderbolt? Enter our Thunderbolt sweepstakes and you could win a TBolt prize package, including the opportunity to go 50 straight rides on this Kennywood classic!

Kenny’s Koaster Race

Date: Sunday, June 3

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Come one, come all to run one great race benefitting Cancer Caring Center! Kenny’s Koaster Race winds runners through Kennywood, with an afternoon of friendly competition riding coasters to follow! A portion of event proceeds benefit Cancer Caring Center. . See the course map and register to run today!

Kennywood Comicon

Date: Sunday, June 17
Savings: Tickets only $25 at the gate (normally $48.99) if wearing a comic book-themed shirt.

Calling all dads! Celebrate Father’s Day the fun way with a trip to Kennywood! Along with all of Pa’s favorite (Potato Patch fries!), check out the comic book creators, merchandise and characters in the pavilion areas! Tickets are only $25 at the gate when you wear a comic book-themed tee shirt!

Check back soon for more details on activities and discounts.

Kennywood Kidsfest

Date: Thursday & Friday, June 28 – 29
Savings: Junior admission only $19.99* when you buy online!

It’s always good to be a kid at Kennywood, but we take it up a notch or five for Kidsfest! Your little ones can meet their favorite superheroes, royalty, puppies and pals! Enjoy character meet-and-greets, fun activities, and the Kennywood lineup of fantastic family rides.

Click here to view the Kidsfest Schedule – please check back soon to purchase discounted Kidsfest tickets.

Youth Association Days

Dates: June 17, July 6, 23-25, August 14
Savings: $25 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 $26.99 off the gate price and use ticket sales as a fundraiser for your organization. View the for more information on group visits. Young athletes wearing their athletic organization gear also qualify for a discount of up to $23!

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

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Celebrate America

Date: Saturday, June 30 – Wednesday, July 4
Savings: Free admission for military (active duty, retired and veterans). 50 percent off normal military family/friends rate (max. 6 tickets per service member). Civilian discounts available – check back soon for more details.

Oh, say can you see five straight nights of fireworks?! Kennywood’s traditional Independence Day activities stretch nearly an entire week, with music performances and magic tricks, the Silver Star Meats Hot Dog Eating Contest and the always-popular Wiener 100 dachshund races. Each evening ends with a star-studded fireworks show! Plus, all military (active duty, retired military, and veterans) get in FREE!

Check back soon for more details on activities and discounts.

Italian Heritage Day

Date: Sunday, July 8
Savings: Save when you buy online!, Regular Italian Day: $24*, Senior FunDay: $14*,
Super-Senior (70+) FunDay: $12.99*

This longtime tradition nears 90 years of celebrating with all the hallmarks of Italian heritage: specialty vendors around the Lagoon, musical performances, the traditional Italian Day parade and fireworks to cap what’s truly a molto bene day at Kennywood!

Check back soon for more details on activities and discounts.

Wrestling Day

Dates: Thursday, July 12
Savings: Wrestlers - $39, Family & Friends - $29

After a strong first year, wrestling returns to Kennywood! Youth grapplers from ages 5-14 can participate in a double elimination wrestling tournament in Kennywood’s pavilion area, with riding time in between and after matches! Admission to Kennywood is included with registration and offers a steep discount both for wrestlers and family and friends!

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WTAE Summerfest

Date: Monday, July 16 – Friday, July 20

The biggest party of the summer strikes with our friends from Pittsburgh’s Action News 4! Discounted tickets are available throughout this week, with extra activities planned for visitors. The week ends with one of Kennywood’s oldest traditions, the WTAE Parade, featuring some of Pittsburgh’s favorite TV personalities!

Check back soon for more details on activities and discounts.

Cheerleading Day

Date: Monday, July 30

Once a year, the SkyCoaster stops flying and Cheerleaders take over the Lagoon Stage. 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 25, 2018 for your squad to be eligible to compete.

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Community & Heritage Days

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

Special days for various towns, communities and people of similar heritage have been a Kennywood tradition since our founding in 1898! Click here to view the 2018 Community Day schedule; click here to view the 2018 Heritage Day schedule. Discounted admission rates are available for Community & Heritage Days! Contact organizers listed on the event fliers for more information.

Fall Fantasy

Date: Saturday, August 4 – Tuesday, August 21

More than 150 bands from high schools and colleges throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania march through Kennywood, bringing a homecoming parade atmosphere every night! Come watch your classmates, kids, grandkids or your alma mater! Check back later for a band schedule and discount opportunities!

Check back soon for more details on activities and discounts.

First Responder Day

Date: Sunday, August 26
Savings: Free Admission for First Responders; discount tickets for friends/family. Check back soon for full details

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.

Check back soon for more details on activities and discounts.

Oldies Day

Date: Sunday, September 9
Savings: Senior citizens (55+) tickets are $9.99 – a discount of up to $15.

You’re never too old for a good time at Kennywood! All senior citizens (55+) can purchase tickets for only $9.99 on Oldies Day – that’s a savings of up to $15! Plus, musical entertainment with the hits of yesteryear and more.

Check back soon for more details on activities and discounts.

Brews in the Park

Date: Saturday, September 22
Time: Rides: 1 – 3 p.m.; Brews: 3 – 7 p.m.

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

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

Check back soon for more details on activities and discounts.

Pittsburgh Pierogi Festival

Date: Sunday, September 23
Time:1 p.m. – 6 p.m.

The biggest hit of 2017 returns! 2017’s Pierogi Fest featured 40 vendors offered dozens of different pierogi styles, great music and entertainment, and the ability to ride some of Kennywood’s most popular attractions. Pittsburgh Pierogi Festival 2018 should be even better!

Season Passes are not valid for this event.

Tickets for the Pierogi Festival are available now! Buy yours today, while early bird rates are still available.

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Phantom Fright Nights

Dates: Fridays and Saturdays from September 28 – October 27, plus Sunday, Oct. 7 & 28

The days shorten. The leaves shrivel, fall and die. And the Phantom rises. As Halloween nears, the forces powering one of the world’s fiercest coasters, Phantom’s Revenge, grow stronger. Come fall weekends, he cannot be denied: Phantom Fright Nights returns for another year of frights.

Experience the most intense spectacles of sheer terror, along with Kennywood’s signature chilling thrill rides. Find out why Phantom Fright Nights is considered one of America’s best Halloween events.

Check back later this summer for more information.

Happy Hauntings

Dates:Saturdays and Sundays from October 6 - 28

Can’t handle the horror of Phantom Fright Nights? No worries, as Happy Hauntings brings family-friendly fall fun to Kennywood! Enjoy Kiddieland, hayrides, sock hops and a trick-or-treat trail. PLUS, Thomas Town™ at Kennywood gets a festive fall makeover!
Check back later this summer for more information.

Holiday Lights

Dates: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from November 23-December 23, plus December 26- 30.

Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year at Kennywood! Come for the tallest Christmas tree in Pennsylvania and the hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights decorating the park, stay for your favorite family rides, model train displays, cookie decorating and other holiday fun. And don’t forget: your final chance of the year to have some Potato Patch fries!

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.