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

Please check back for updates to our 2018 Season Events Listing!

Season Pass Processing Dates


  • May 5: 12 - 4 PM
  • May 8: 4 - 7 PM
  • May 10: 4 - 7 PM
  • May 12: 3 - 5 PM
  • May 15: 4 - 7 PM
  • May 17: 12 - 3 PM

Have your Season Pass processed and ready to use before your first visit this summer by visiting during one of our preseason processing dates. Season Passes may also be processed on your first visit.
May 23 &
May 24
Adventure Days

Date: Wednesday, May 23
Date: Thursday, May 24
Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Groups from Pre-school through Second Grade enjoy interactive entertainment while exploring Story Book Forest, Jumpin’ Jungle, Raccoon Lagoon Kiddieland, the Loyalhanna Limited train, and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. (Attractions in Hootin’ Holler, Olde Idlewild and SoakZone do not operate for Adventure Days). Advance reservation for school groups is required, and Park is not open to the general public. Event requires Adventure Day ticket for entry. Season Passes and Daily FunDay Passes are not valid for Adventure Days. For further information, call the Group Sales Office at 724-238-6784

May 25
Outdoor Classroom Program

Date: Friday, May 25
Time: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Elementary and Middle School students learn how Math, English, Science, and History relate to the real world. The Outdoor Classroom is a unique combination of hands-on learning and fun! It’s a terrific way to generate enthusiasm for learning while making connections from school subjects to the real world. Educational programs include Civil War Living History, “Math in Motion”, “Wild About Words”, “Rides and ‘Rithmetic”, “It’s Alive!” tree identification, and the “The Learning Buffet”. For further information, call the Group Sales Office at 724-238-6784.

May 26, 27, 28
Memorial Day Salute

Date: May 26, 27, 28

Join us Memorial Day Weekend and see Civil War re-enactors from Carpenter's Battery and more. present artillery demonstrations and mock skirmishes. Tour an authentic Civil War encampment to see how a soldier lived during the 1860, then watch the artillery demonstrations and mock skirmishes! Members of the Military can take advantage of our Military Discount Days this weekend, and the general public can also save with Food For Fun Days .

May 28
Gingerbread Man Memorial Day 5K at Idlewild

Date: Monday, May 28

Bring the family and join us for the annual Gingerbread Man 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!

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


June 25
July 1
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.

July 4
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.


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.

July 16-20
Caillou Appearance

Date: July 16 - 20
Appearance Times: 1:00, 2:00, 3:30 & 4:30

Caillou visits Idlewild! Meet him daily on the Hillside Theater stage! (Wednesday appearance times are 1:00, 3:30 and 4:30)


July 20
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.

Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday
July 24, 25, 26
Princesses in the Park – Meet Cinderella and Beauty

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: Rapunzel
5:30 - 6:00 pm: Both Princesses

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.


Buddy The Dinosaur Appearance

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


September 22
60th Annual 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.


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
  • • Games and Merchandise
  • • Trick or Treating through Story Book Forest
  • • Halloween / Fall decorating throughout the park
  • • Ricky Raccoon, Duke the Dragon and other costumed characters
  • • Specially themed Rides and Attractions


*Please note: *SoakZone, Wild Mouse, Loggin’ Toboggan and Ricky’s Racers do not open for HALLOWBOO! Select other rides, attractions, small food stands and games may be closed.

*All promotions and dates are subject to change. Additional promotions will be added when confirmed.
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