Children's Museum

10 am–5 pm Daily

photo of brass band playing in the Garage exhibit and children dancing

Mini-Tonk Party!

Featured Programs & Event

May 5, 2018

Today is the day we've all been waiting for... Pittonkatonk!

To ramp up for the big party in Oakland, we're going to play outdoor games and parade around outside with some of the featured bands: 

  • B-Thunder, a female drums corps based in Toledo, OH.
  • The Detroit Party Marching Band, an ever-evolving collective of 25 + Detroit area musicians devoted to frenetic revelry, driving jams, and the power of the un- amplified horn blast. Their music celebrates the spirit of street bands: a mobile, parade-ready mix of the Balkans, New Orleans, American Rhythm and Blues.
  • Big Blitz, a Pittsburgh based band that was born from the sounds of dance, rock, and jazz improvisation.

This program is in partnership with Pittonkatonk. Now in its fifth year, Pittonkatonk is a free, outdoor, family friendly community celebration of brass music that features both local and touring musicians. Held at the Schenley Park Vietnam Veterans Pavilion, Pittonkatonk blurs the lines between music festival and family reunion. There’s no formal stage, no ticket prices, and no barrier for entry. Instead, bands play in the crowd with little to no amplification.

The community creates a potluck table of food donations for refreshment, and folks of all ages can be seen dancing together. This day-long event features all styles of brass music including Balkan, New Orleans Jazz, Symphonic, and street/protest/punk bands. Its success is due to a large outpouring of support at all levels, from individual donations to community partnerships. 

Click here to read the Pittonkatonk Press Release

This program is weather permitting.