There's Always Something Fun Happening at Idlewild

Events at Idlewild & SoakZone

Idlewild & SoakZone hosts plenty of events near Pittsburgh, PA all summer long! From Classroom Programs and Adventure Days, to the Showcase of Stars and Hallowboo, there is unlimited fun events for kids and families!

Enjoy a day of fun attractions, tasty food, and an memorable event! Idlewild & SoakZone tickets can be purchased online or at the gate.

Peg + Cat walk around characters

Peg + Cat Appearance

Dates: June 18 - 22

1 special guest + 1 special guest = 2 NEW FRIENDS! The kids will love meeting Peg + Cat, the stars of the hit PBS Kids series that teaches math skills to young children! Join us at the Hillside Theater June 18 - 22. Brought to you by WQED.

Appearance times:
1:00 - 1:30
3:00 - 3:30
5:00 - 5:30
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Antique yellow car

Antique / Classic Car Show & Parade

Dates: June 21, 22

Join us for day of camaraderie and family FUN as we enjoy beautiful Antique and Classic Cars Displays. Qualifying vehicles must be in quality condition, at least 15 years old and/or registered as an antique or classic. Vehicles not meeting these standards will not be permitted to participate. FREE ADMISSION will be granted to (2) two per participating vehicle (driver and one passenger), and includes Idlewild rides and attractions. Additional family members can utilize the BOGO 1/2 off coupon available at Giant Eagle, or other online or promotional discount offers, or pay Regular Gate admission. Antique & Classic Cars will be displayed in Parking Area "C" with a parade through the park each evening. For more information, please contact Idlewild Group Sales at 724-238-6784.

Five young dancers on stage

Showcase of Stars

Date: June 25 - July 1

Stars are shining all week at Idlewild's 21st Annual "Showcase of Stars". The best young performers from the region combine to present a variety of musical revues on the Hillside Theatre Stage. Great discounts are available when purchasing tickets as a group, and Performers/Dancers receive even greater discount with a pre-approved performer list. To schedule your dance/performance school call the Group Sales Office at 724-238-6784.

Raccoon in patriotic outfit

Fourth of July Fireworks!

Date: Wednesday, July 4

Enjoy the day with family and friends at Idlewild & SoakZone! Then stay for our fantastic Fireworks display at 9:30 p.m.

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Character Event

Kody Kapow!

Date: Friday, July 6

Meet Universal Kids’ star Kody Kapow! at the Hillside Theater July 6. Brought to you by COMCAST.

Appearance times:
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The cast of Daniel Tiger

Daniel Tiger Neighbor Days

Dates: July 9 - 13

Visit Idlewild Monday, July 9 through Friday, July 13 for Daniel Tiger Neighbor Days. Bring the kids to meet Daniel Tiger, Katerina Kittycat, O the Owl, Miss Elaina and Prince Wednesday from the hit PBS Kids’ television show, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. Characters will appear daily, July 9 - 13, at the Hillside Theater Stage.

Appearance Schedule*:

  • 12:00 – 12:30
  • 1:00 – 1:30
  • 2:00 – 2:30
  • 3:30 – 4:00
  • 4:30 – 5:00

*Schedule subject to change due to weather or other factors.

Caillou walk around character

Caillou Appearance

Dates: July 16 - 20

Visit Idlewild Monday, July 16 through Friday, July 20 during KDKA-TV For Kids' Sake Days and meet Caillou! Character appearance times will be daily, July 16 - 20, at the Hillside Theater Stage.

Appearance Schedule*:
1:00 – 1:30
3:00 – 2:30
5:00 - 5:30
*Schedule subject to change due to weather or other factors.

Sets of Twins standing on stage

Twin's Day

Dates: July 18

As part of KDKA-TV 2 "For Kid's Sake Days", it's our annual Twins' Day celebration. Vehicles with Twins receive BOGO admission for the entire car! Then join us for our Twins' Day activities at the Hillside Theater at 2:00 pm.

Santa by his workshop

Christmas in July

Date: Friday, July 20

Visit Idlewild on Friday, July 20 for "Christmas in July" brought to you by the Indiana County Tourist Bureau and the Indiana County Christmas Tree Growers Association. SANTA CLAUS will be on-site greeting children of all ages in the gazebo by the Skooters.

Four Princesses on stage

Princesses in the Park

Two of your favorite princesses, “Cinderella” and “Beauty”, will greet guests daily, July 24 – 26, at the Hillside Theater Stage.

12:00 - 1:00 pm: Cinderella
1:00 - 2:00 pm: Beauty
2:00 - 3:00 pm: Cinderella
3:00 - 4:00 pm: Beauty
4:00 - 4:40 pm: Cinderella
4:40 - 5:20 pm: Beauty
5:30 - 6:00 pm: Both Princesses


The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Meet The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Dates: July 30- August 3

Bring the gang to visit the Very Hungry Caterpillar from Eric Carle's classic book, as he helps Idlewild celebrate our 141st season! Appearance times are 1:00, 2:00, 3:30 and 4:30 pm at the Hillside Theater.

Character Event

Meet Buddy The Dinosaur

Dates: August 6 - 9

Meet Buddy the Dinosaur from the hit PBS Kids series, Dinosaur Train! Appearing at the Hillside Theater August 6 - 9. Brought to you by WQED-TV.

Appearance times:
1:00 - 1:30
3:00 - 3:30
5:00 - 5:30

Italian Flag with Italian Day Festa banner

Italian Day Festa

Date: August 10

Join us for the 24th Annual Italian Day Festa sponsored by Westmoreland Columbus 500 on Friday, August 10. Enjoy Ethnic Food from "La Cucina" in Pavilion D-2, All Day entertainment including Pure Gold, the GemTones, Edwardo, The Cavaliers and Nick Fiasco, plus Fireworks at 9:30 pm! SCHEDULE & TICKETS

Many men in kilts

60th Annual Ligonier Highland Games

Date: Saturday, September 22

The gathering of the clans of Scotland features Massed Pipe Bands, Highland Dancing, Piping, Drumming, Scottish dog exhibits, and Heavy Athletic Competitions. Shop for Celtic wares and feast on traditional Scottish food.

*Please Note: This is not an Idlewild park event and Amusement rides and attractions DO NOT OPEN for Highland Games. The Clan Donald Educational and Charitable Trust oversees and makes possible the activities of the Ligonier Highland Games and reserves the park property. Idlewild tickets and passes are not valid for entry to the Ligonier Highland Games. MORE INFO

Trick or Treaters

Idlewild's HALLOWBOO!

Dates: September 29, 30 and October 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28

It's the Idlewild you know and love...with a fun, family-oriented, happy Halloween twist! Featuring: The rides and attractions of Olde Idlewild, Jumpin' Jungle, Hootin' Holler, and Story Book Forest, Concessions - including many fall favorites, Trick or Treating through Story Book Forest, Halloween / Fall decorating throughout the park, Ricky Raccoon, Duke the Dragon and other costumed characters and specially themed Rides and Attractions.