National Aviary’s Night in the Tropics: The Five F’s for a Fabulous Fiesta Fundraiser #UpOwlNite

All Photos Courtesy of National Aviary

Ok, I know Pittsburgh technically isn’t on a “tropical” latitude or longitude, but once a year it certainly feels that way. National Aviary’s Night in the Tropics is one of its largest yearly fundraisers and draws nearly 1,000 fans who flock to the event (sorry, I just had to!) and all proceeds will support the education, avian medicine, and conservation programs for its 150 bird species- and a Linne’s Two-toed Sloth named Wookie.

This year’s fiesta promises to best the best yet with fabulous food, fun entertainment, and a co-chair that flies through the water! Yep, Happy the African penguin is sure to win best-dressed in his ready to wear tuxedo and will be assisting Jane Dixon in the honor.

Ticket prices start at $75 for general admission or if you want the real VIP treatment, they’re $125 each which will get you early access to the VIP tent and bar and free valet parking. Groups of six or more will receive a nice discount of $60 per ticket, so grab all of your friends and buy in bulk.

Still need a reason to attend the party? How about five?

 The Food

With 30 of Pittsburgh’s best restaurants, bakeries, and breweries scheduled to show off their best recipes, guests will be able to sample both sweet and savory offerings at this year’s fundraiser. Guest judges Brian McCollum (Pittsburgh Restaurant Week), Betsy Benson (Pittsburgh Magazine), and Julia Gongaware (Eat Pittsburgh) will have the tough job of narrowing down the winner’s of the Restaurant Taste Awards but all guests will have to do is to make sure they save room for dessert.

The Feathers

The entire Aviary and Rose Garden will take on a tropical theme and from the free-flight bird shows to the fun, fiery theme, the feathered friends are in the forefront of the night’s fiesta.

The Fun 

From 7pm-11pm, there’s four full hours of dancing, drinking, and eating. Feel like kicking it up a notch? Purchase a VIP ticket to get early access beginning at 6pm and free valet parking. 

The Fiesta-Loving Folks in Attendance 

The event promises to be the biggest, boldest, and best yet, so you can bet that the 1,000 guests in attendance last year will be donning their best cabana wear and heading to this year’s party. That many fun-loving people under one roof? I’m so on board! 

The Fiery Entertainment

If you’re a tropical-style music lover like I am, you’ll definitely dig the Mariachi band roaming the grounds to start the party, the dance floor will be on fire compliments of Noël Quintana & The Latin Crew, and DJ Loyal with Salsa412 will be pushing out the tropical beats once the sun goes down. If you’ve ever wanted to take a few cues from authentic salsa dancers, they’ll be there, too.

All photos are courtesy of National Aviary.

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