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Events at Kennywood

Each season Kennywood hosts some of the most memorable and fun events near Pittsburgh, PA. From the Fall Fantasy Parade to Phantom Fright Nights, guests who visit the Park during our special events can expect to receive a special 'traditional Kennywood experience'. Those looking for summer events in Pennsylvania can look no further! In July, get ready to Celebrate America at Kennywood 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.

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June 27 - 28
Kennywood Kidsfest

Date: Tuesday & Wednesday, June 27-28
Savings: Junior admission only $19.99* when you buy online!

Kennywood is always the place for kids! But even moreso during Kidsfest, when your child’s favorite fantasy characters—princesses, superheros, mascots and cartoon stars—visit for photo sessions and meet & greets! Check back for full character listing and appearance times.

Click Here to view the Kidsfest entertainment schedule and character location appearances.

To purchase discounted tickets for Kidsfest, click the button below and then choose the date you wish to visit.


June 29 – July 4
Celebrate America

Date: June 29 – July 4
Savings: Active duty military, retired military, veterans: FREE with valid ID.
Save when you buy online!, Regular FunDay: $29.99*, Junior FunDay: $18.99*, Senior FunDay: $9.99*, Night Rider: $18.99*

Pittsburgh’s best Fourth of July party returns – and it’s so good it lasts six days! Zambelli Fireworks shows every night, the Weiner 100 dachshund race, Silver Star Meats Hot Dog Eating contest, special entertainment, and more! During Celebrate America, we honor our Armed Forces by offering FREE admission for veterans and active duty and retired service members. Civilians can get great deals online as well—up to $15 off!

Click Here to view the Celebrate America entertainment schedule. Fireworks shows will take place each night approximately 15 minutes before Kennywood closes, weather permitting.

To purchase discounted tickets for Celebrate America, click the button below and then choose the date and type of ticket(s) you want.


July 9
Italian Days

Date: Sunday, July 9
Savings: Save when you buy online!, Regular Italian Day: $24*, Junior FunDay: $18.99*, Senior FunDay: $14*, Super-Senior (70+) FunDay: $12.99*

Historically the most popular of Kennywood’s Heritage Days, Italian Day still stands out thanks to the special Italian food offerings situated around the park, entertainment on the stages, and of course the traditional parade and end of the night fireworks! Check back closer to the date for information on discount admission for Italian Day


Kennywood Wrestling Day

Date: Thursday, July 13
Time: 9:30 am – Close

Amateur grapplers will descend on Kennywood for a day of competition beyond rides on the Racer! Wrestling tournaments will be held in the picnic pavilions behind Jack Rabbit from 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Wrestlers, friends and families can purchase discounted Kennywood tickets for fun between and after matches! To purchase tickets and get more information, visit the Kennywood Wrestling Day 2017 web site


July 15 – 21
WTAE Summerfest

Date: Saturday, July 15 – Friday, July 21
Savings: Save when you buy online! Weekday Only - Regular FunDay: $29.99*, Junior FunDay: $18.99*, Senior, FunDay: $9.99*, Night Rider: $18.99*

The personalities of WTAE-TV take over Kennywood for the annual Summerfest spectacular! Catch your favorite talents throughout the week, along with special contests and games. Then, be sure to catch the WTAE Parade during the evening of Friday, July 21!

To purchase discounted tickets for WTAE Summerfest, click the button below and then choose the date and type of ticket(s) you want.


July 24 – 26
Youth Sports Days

Date: July 24 – 26
Savings: Discounted Group Rate (15 or more people): $19**
FunDay tickets are $25 at the gate for guests wearing a shirt or jersey representing their youth sports team (those wearing professional and college team jerseys are not eligible for discounted rate)

We at Kennywood love sports, from our Pittsburgh professional teams all the way down to the youth level! During Youth Sports Days, local teams will be represented with instructional classes and meet and greets around the park, along with the thrilling rides!

July 28

Date: Friday, July 28
Savings: Save when you buy online! Regular FunDay: $29.99*, Junior FunDay: $18.99*, Senior FunDay: $9.99*, Night Rider: $18.99*

The crew from Channel 2 visits America’s Finest Traditional Amusement Park! Your chance to meet your favorite news personalities from KDKA-TV, participate in fun games and catch a parade around the park in the evening!

To purchase discounted tickets for KDKA Day, click the button below and then choose the date and type of ticket(s) you want.


Cheerleading Day

Date: Monday, July 31

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 July 26, 2017 for your squad to be eligible to compete. NO LATE REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.


Youth Days

Date: June 18, July 6, 7, 17, 24, 25, 26 & August 8

Calling all Youth Associations! We’re offering select dates throughout the summer where your group can get major discounts off Kennywood admission! Use this as a fundraising tool for your sports team, church group or other youth organization!


Community & Heritage Days

Savings: Contact organizers listed on the event flyers for discount admission.

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 2017 Community Day schedule; click here to view the 2017 Heritage Day Schedule. Discounted admission rates available for Community & Heritage Days! Contact organizers listed on the event flyers.

August 5 – 22
Fall Fantasy

Date: August 5 – 22
Savings: Save when you buy online!, Regular Night Rider: $22.99*. Junior Night Rider: $18.99*, Senior Night Rider: $9.99*

One of Kennywood’s oldest and grandest traditions, the Fall Fantasy Parades! Enjoy a nightly parade featuring marching bands from local high schools and colleges, along with beautifully decorated floats! Check back for this year’s theme and parade schedule.


September 10
Oldies Day

Date: Sunday, September 10
Savings: Tickets are $9.99 for senior citizens (55+) at the gate

Turn back the clock with us for Oldies Day! Dress in garb from your favorite era, and rock on with bands playing the hits of yesteryear!

Stratwood Catering Presents Brews in the Park

Date: Saturday, September 23
Savings: Guests must be 21 and older and show valid ID to attend. First 500 guests: $32.99. Designated Driver tickets: $19.99

Brews in the Park is back! Sample dozens of craft beers from breweries near and far, enjoy tunes from cover band Velveeta, and tasty treats from Kennywood and local food trucks! Make sure to get here early for a few exclusive rides on some of Kennywood’s most popular attractions! This event is only for guests age 21 and older. Must have valid identification; no minors permitted to attend.


Pittsburgh Pierogi Festival

Date: Sunday, September 24

The festival dedicated to one of Pittsburgh’s most popular foods debuts at Kennywood! Snack on specialty pierogis and enjoy rides on a select number of Kennywood’s awesome attractions!


Phantom Fright Nights

Date: Fridays and Saturdays from September 29 – October 28, plus Sunday, Oct. 8 and 29

As the leaves turn and the days shorten, a darkness begins to fall over Kennywood. The forces that power one of the world’s fiercest coasters, The Phantom’s Revenge, grow stronger. As Halloween nears, he cannot be denied: Phantom Fright Nights returns for its 15th year of frights.

Come experience the most intense spectacles of sheer terror, and Kennywood’s terrifying thrill rides. This October, face your fear.


Holiday Lights at Kennywood

Date: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from November 24 – December 23, and Tuesday, December 26 – Saturday, December 30.

Enjoy the most wonderful time of the year at Kennywood!
See America’s Finest Traditional Amusement Park transformed with close to two million dazzling lights. Enjoy songs of the holiday performed by local choirs. See the spectacular light show on the lagoon choreographed to your favorite holiday melodies. Visit Santa, ride the Gingerbread Express and more!


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