Events

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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 a memorable event! Idlewild & SoakZone tickets can be purchased online or at the gate.

Family in lazy river tubes

Pre-Season Pass Processing

Have your 2019 Season Pass ID card, or activate your child's Preschool Play Pass, on any of these remaining pre-season dates, or any operating day:
  • Wednesday, April 24: 4 - 7 PM
  • Friday, April 26: 12 - 3 PM
  • Saturday, April 27: 10 - 2 PM
  • Monday, April 29: 4 - 7 PM
  • Friday, May 3: 12 - 3 PM
  • Saturday, May 4: 2 - 5 PM
  • Monday, May 6: 4 - 7 PM
  • Friday, May 10: 12 - 3 PM
  • Saturday, May 11: 10 AM - 1 PM
  • Monday, May 13: 4 - 7 PM
  • Wednesday, May 15: 4 - 7 PM
    *Dining Passes may not be added/processed until Saturday, May 4 and after.
Balloon Race ride at Idlewild

Opening Weekend
Anniversary Celebration

Dates: May 18 & 19

Idlewild is celebrating its 142nd season of Summer FUN May 18th and 19th! It's your chance to be among the first this summer to enjoy all the thrills of Idlewild & SoakZone, while enjoying a variety of special events brought to you by WISH 99.7! Get your specially priced admission for only $18.78 – the year that Idlewild was founded – below. Also enjoy many food items for only $1.42 in honor of season 142! On Saturday, May 18, join the WISH 99.7 Street Treat Patrol from 1- 3 pm at the Hillside Theater with fun, family games, a dance party with Ricky Raccoon, Frownie Brownies from Kings Family Restaurants. Treat your loved ones to a special day of family fun at Idlewild & SoakZone – May 18 and 19th. *Please Note: Park operating hours are 11:30 - 6:00 PM only and SoakZone not open this weekend. BUY NOW

Civil War Reenactors fire a cannon at Idlewild

Memorial Day Salute

Dates: May 25, 26, 27

Join us Memorial Day Weekend and see Civil War re-enactors from Carpenter's Battery and more. Tour an authentic Civil War encampment to see how a soldier lived during the 1860s, then watch the artillery demonstrations and mock skirmishes! Members of the Military can take advantage of our FREE Military Admission this weekend, and the general public can also save during our WJAC-TV's Food For Fun Days - $6 off Regular Gate admission with the donation of a canned food item.

Runners through Idlewild park on a tree lined hill

Memorial Day 5K

Dates: May 27

Bring the family and join us for the annual Memorial Day 5K Run/Walk at Idlewild! This scenic race takes you through historic Idlewild Park. This course is stroller friendly. More Details to Come!

Police and Firemen pose together in no-park photo

First Responder's Family Day

Date: June 16

FREE Admission to the First Responder (with valid ID), and discounted admission for family members on June 16. Also, guests may see in-park display of emergency vehicles.

Father doing belly flop into a wavepool

Father's Day Flop

Date: Sunday, June 16

New for 2019! Bring on the Flops, Pops! A fun contest for Dads on this Father's Day. More details to come!

Characters from the PBS series Peg + Cat appear on Hillside Theater stage at Idlewild

Meet Peg + Cat

Dates: June 17 - 21

Meet the stars of the PBS Kids animated series "Peg + Cat" brought to you by WQED Education. Characters will be available for meet and greets daily on the Hillside Theater stage. Appearance Times To Be Announced.

A antique yellow car sits within the park at Idlewild

Antique / Classic Car Show & Parade

Dates: June 20 & 21

Antique and Classic Cars will be on display in Parking Area C throughout the day, and will parade through the center of the park each evening at 6:00 pm.

5 Girl dancers perform on the Hillside Theater stage during showcase of stars

Showcase of Stars

Dates: June 24 - 30

Stars are shining all week at Idlewild's 22nd 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.

Park Mascot Ricky Raccoon dressed in a patriotic tophat and coat

Fourth of July

Date: July 4

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

Characters from the PBS Series

Daniel Tiger Neighbor Days

Dates: July 8 - 12

Visit Idlewild Monday, July 8 through Friday, July 12 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 8 - 12 at the Hillside Theater Stage, Times To Be Announced.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar character on stage at Idlewild

The Very Hungry Caterpillar!

Dates: July 15 - 19

Meet The Very Hungry Caterpillar, the popular Eric Carle character, as he visits Idlewild and SoakZone July 15 - 19. Meet and Greets will be held daily at the Hillside Theater stage.

Image of several sets of Twins appearing on Hillside Theater stage at Idlewild

Twin's Day

Dates: July 17

As part of KDKA/Pittsburgh CW 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 Claus appears at Idlewild in his red suit and hed

Christmas in July

Dates: July 19

Visit Idlewild on Friday, July 19 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

4 Princesses stand on the Hillside Theater Stage at Idlewild

Princesses in the Park

Dates: July 23, 24, 25

Your kids will be royally excited to meet some of their favorite princesses at Idlewild! This year, we'll be graced with the presence of the beautiful Cinderella and the enchanting Beauty - appearing daily July 23 - 25 at the Hillside Theater.

Character Event Text Graphic on yellow background

Ready Jet Go!

Dates: July 29 - August 2

Meet the star of the PBS Kids animated series, Ready Jet Go! brought to you by WQED Education. "Jet Propulsion" will be available for meet and greets daily July 29 - August 2 on the Hillside Theater stage. Appearance Times To Be Announced.

Graphic of the flag of Italy with the Italian Day Festa Logo

Italian Day Festa

Dates: August 9

Join us for the 25th Annual Italian Day Festa sponsored by Westmoreland Columbus 500 on Friday, August 9. Enjoy Ethnic Food from "La Cucina" in Pavilion D-2, All Day entertainment plus Fireworks at 9:30 pm! More details to come!

Characters from the PBS Series

Daniel Tiger's Fall Fest

Dates: September 7 & 8

Can't make Daniel Tiger's Neighbor Days in July? Then mark your calendar for this fall weekend event with the Neighbors from "Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood!" Bring the kids to meet Daniel Tiger, Katerina Kittycat, O the Owl, Miss Elaina and Prince Wednesday at the Hillside Theater Stage, Times To Be Announced.

Many men in kilts

61st Annual Ligonier Highland Games

Date: Saturday, September 14 and Sunday, September 15

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
Idlewild's Oktoberfest logo on blue background

Idlewild's Oktoberfest

Dates: September 21 & 22

Oom-Pa-Pah - Oktoberfest is back! Join us for a weekend of great Entertainment, Food, and fun! More details to come!

Trick or Treaters

Idlewild's HALLOWBOO!

Dates: October 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27

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.