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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 6
Roller Coaster Race

NEW IN 2015, runners and coaster fans can take part in the inaugural Roller Coaster Race at Kennywood. Run a 5K or 10K in and around the park in the morning, or sign up for the Roller Coaster Ride and attempt to travel a 5K (aka 16,404 feet) on park coasters during the day! Every registration includes a Kennywood ticket, exclusive ride time on SkyRocket before the park opens, event shirt, and finisher medal. Roller Coaster Race has something for the whole family!

Visit to learn more and register for the Run or the Ride…or both!!

June 21
Father’s Day – Sports Day

What better way for Dad to bond with the kids than a day at Kennywood! Especially when it’s a special Sports Day! Meet student-athletes from local universities, including the University of Pittsburgh, and meet local Pittsburgh mascots!

June 23
Thru Thursday,
June 25

NEW IN 2015, Kennywood pays tribute to the little ones with special games, activities and contests for youngsters during our inaugural Kidsfest event! On June 23 & 24, kids can meet their favorite superheroes and princesses, and June 25, kids can meet the Pittsburgh Riverhounds and student-athletes from the University of Pittsburgh! Plus there will be other fun educational, cultural and entertainment activities and all that Kennywood’s Kiddieland has to offer. Please stop back at this page to find information on special pricing for kids for this event!

June 30
Thru Sunday,
July 5
Celebrate America

A star-spangled salute to the red, white and blue featuring patriotic music, special daily entertainment, hot dog eating contest, and FIREWORKS nightly (weather permitting). Save $10 off full-price gate admissions with coupons from participating Giant Eagle locations. Don't miss all the great family fun, especially the 10th annual running of the Weiner 100! This popular Kennywood tradition, a hilarious dog race, takes place on June 30, the first day of Celebrate America.

July 12
Italian Day

Kennywood presents one of Western PA’s oldest traditional ethnic days on a new day of the week. Come and enjoy the food, dance and festivities. On this day…everyone is Italian!

July 25
Thru Friday,
July 31
WTAE Summerfest

The talent of WTAE Action News descends on Kennywood for one of the year’s biggest bashes: the weeklong Summerfest! It’s seven days of fun, where you can mingle and even ride with the reporters and anchors of WTAE, all capped off by the annual Summerfest Parade on July 31!

August 3
Cheerleading Day

Once a year, the SkyCoaster stops flying and Cheerleaders take over the Lagoon Stage. Cheerleading 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!

Click here to download the Cheerleading Day registration form
August 8
Thru Tuesday,
August 25
Kennywood’s 66th Annual Fall Fantasy Parades

Celebrate the changing of the seasons during Kennywood’s Fall Fantasy. See over 150 area high school and college marching bands perform during the eighteen night promotion. Beautiful floats, decorated with special themes highlight this longstanding tradition. Save $5 off evening admission with coupon from

August 30
First Responders Day

NEW IN 2015, Kennywood salutes our brave first responders who protects our communities and risks their lives on a daily basis. Come see Pittsburgh’s finest perform activities and safety demonstrations throughout the park all day.

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