Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s 11th Annual KazooFest a lively escape from winter for all ages on Jan. 28

Pittsburgh, PA  –   – 

The 11th Annual KazooFest at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Main, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Oakland, offers a unique, interactive experience that brings quiet library spaces alive on these gloomy winter days.

The free event on Saturday, January 28, from 2 – 3:30 pm in the Library’s Children’s Department welcomes children of all ages (adults, too).

“We are now in our second decade!  KazooFest is a family favorite – no musical talent required.  Kazoos will be provided or participants may BYOK (Bring Your Own Kazoo),” explains Nonie Heystek, Children’s Librarian at CLP – Main.

Children and their families “pucker up and party” to celebrate National Kazoo Day (January 28) as well as Mozart’s birthday (January 27, 1756).  Since the Library’s celebration began the “orchestra” has grown to as many as 75 participants.

KazooFest begins with a brief, introductory lesson in the art of kazoo playing and the science that makes the music. Librarians then will lead the audience in an interactive musical program consisting of classics such as “Row, Row, Row Your Boat,” “Old MacDonald” and a rendition of “Happy Birthday to Mozart,” classical ballads, patriotic marches, pop favorites and audience requests.  Participants will be invited to decorate their kazoo and make carrying cases to bring the fun home.

According to, the kazoo was invented in 1840, and shown to America at the Georgia State fair in 1852 as the Down South Submarine. Celebrating 165 years of kazoo playing in America, the kazoo is still considered by some as America’s Official Musical Instrument.

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