Night in the Tropics

Travel around the equator at our 15th Annual Night in the Tropics! Indulge in the sights, sounds, and flavors of the tropics.  Celebrate the diversity of our remarkable birds and enjoy global entertainment!


Don't miss any of the excitement at Pittsburgh's hottest summer party!


  • Hula dancers will transport guests to a distant paradise, and exotic fire performers keep things hot in to the night, all compliments of Tuika's Polynesian Island Magic.  



  • Explore the National Aviary's lush exhibits after dark and get exclusive up-close interactions with exotic birds.


  • Indulge with beer, wine and specialty drinks, plus tasty bites from more than 30 of Pittsburgh's favorite restaurants and bakeries.


  • Watch a painting demonstration by Maria DeSimone Prascak, then bid to win her one-of-a-kind masterpiece (100% of proceeds support the National Aviary).


Find our full schedule of entertainment and everything you'll need to know right here! 


All proceeds from Night in the Tropics support the National Aviary's education, avian medicine, and conservation programs both locally and internationally. 


Get Tickets!


VIP Tickets - $150
Start the party early and gain admission at 6PM - a full hour before the general public.  Ticket price includes free valet parking and VIP tent access featuring exclusive entertainment, food selections, and an additional open bar.


General Admission Tickets - $85 
Doors open at 7 p.m. Includes beer, wine, signature cocktails, and food. 


General Admission Group Rate - $70
Buy 6+ General Admission tickets and receive a reduced rate of $70/ticket!


Table Reservations  (SOLD OUT)
Please note that seating is at a premium during this event as our full facility is packed with delicious food and dynamic entertainment. Upgrade your experience by reserving a table to guarantee a spot to rest those feet as you take a break from the dance floor.  A very limited number of reserved tables are available. 
Reserve a table for 6: $150 // Reserve a table for 10: $250


All guests must be 21 and over, and able to present a valid ID. NO Exceptions.


Tickets are non-refundable.




All guests can enjoy FREE parking at Rivers Casino with free shuttle service to and from the party throughout the night.  Join the after party at Rivers Casino and enjoy $10 Free Slot Play!  Gambling problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER.

VIP Ticket holders receive complimentary valet service. Just show your ticket to the attendant when you arrive! Valet parking at the National Aviary is also available for $20 for General Admission ticket holders.


Raffle Prizes!


Get raffle tickets for the chance to win an incredible prize! Tickets are available for purchase at the National Aviary. Get 1 ticket for $10 or 3 tickets for $25. The winner will be announced at Night in the Tropics, but winner need not be present.


A Trip for Two to St. Thomas: round trip airfare from Pittsburgh to St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands and 6 nights hotel stay
Provided by AAA Travel


The Pittsburgh Sports Package: pregame passes and club seats for the Steelers, and luxury suites for the Penguins, and Pirates
Provided by Eckert Seamans and the Pittsburgh Steelers


Visit our website to learn more about the raffle!


Event Sponsors as of June 6, 2017:


Presenting Sponsor





Platinum Sponsors 

Gold Sponsors


Silver Sponsors

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC
Eckert Seamans
enkompas Technology Solutions
Federal Home Loan Bank
Giant Eagle
Hefren-Tillotson, Inc.
Henderson Brothers, Inc.
Howard Hanna
Jones Day
M & J Electrical Contracting, Inc.
Meyer, Unkovic & Scott
Nadine E. Bognar
Priory Hospitality Group
R. Philip Hilf, CFP®, Waddell & Reed
WGL Energy
The Wilson Group, LLC


Raffle Sponsors



Food and Beverage Sponsors

VIP Tent hosted by AMPD Group
Local Brewhouse 
Social House 7
Steel Cactus
Ten Penny


Featuring Atria's Restaurant & Tavern, the exclusive caterer of the National Aviary 


Atria's Restaurant & Tavern
5 Generation Bakers
Bella Dolci Cookies
Bethel Bakery
Bistro to Go
Bluebird Kitchen
Breakthru Beverage Group
Eat N Park
The Fire Side Public House 
Golia Vodka
Graeter's Ice Cream 
Industry Public House
Juniper Grill 
Mezza Luna Café
Moe's Southwest Grill
My Favorite Sweet Shoppe 
Noodles and Company
Paragon Foods
Pasta Too
Penn Brewery
Piccadilly Artisan Yogurt
Pittsburgh Barbecue Company
Pretzel Crazy
Priory Fine Pastries
Rita's Italian Ice - Northside
Shakespeare’s Restaurant and Pub
Social at Bakery Square
Uno Pizzeria & Grill
The Vandal
Wigle Whiskey


Media Sponsors

90.5 WESA
91.3 WYEP
Lamar Advertising
Pittsburgh Magazine



Production Partners

All Occasions Party Rental
Marbella Event Furniture and Decor Rental
Signage by Printscape