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623 Smithfield Street (side entrance to the Heinz 57 Center)

November 1
 VIP 7:30 p.m.; general public 9 p.m.

Halloween, masquerade and ancient Rome will converge at the Pittsburgh Downtown Community Development Corporation‘s (PDCDC) Bacchanalia.

Coinciding with the Halloween season, the PDCDC invites the public to a masquerade ball showcasing all things Downtown—along with plenty of disguise, debauchery and decadence. An Autumnal celebration of Downtown’s vibrant community, the merrymaking will turn a currently unoccupied 20,000-square-foot space on Smithfield Street into a Bacchanalia-themed masquerade ball that would even impress the likes of Marie Antoinette.

While roaming amidst the mixed-use space, masqueraders will enjoy over-the-top live entertainment, globally-inspired performances, fresh food and spirits from Downtown-based establishments and music and dancing.

Party-goers will nosh on cultured cuisine served up by some of Downtown’s leading eateries, including Alihan’s Mediterranean Cuisine, Il Pizzaiolo, Istanbul Grille, Penn Avenue Fish Company, Sal’s City Deli, Tavern 245, Ten Penny and Vallozzi’s Pittsburgh. Providing signature cocktails, beer and bar items will be Clique Vodka, Midnight Madness Distilling, Milkman Brewing Co. and the AMPD Group.

Featured entertainment at Bacchanalia will draw on musical traditions from around the world, including sounds by DJ Pandemic and Brazilian percussion ensemble Timbeleza, dance steps by the Pittsburgh Samba Group, and belly dancing performances by Janim.

A nonprofit organization that serves the community of Downtown Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Downtown Community Development Corporation facilitates residential advocacy, community development, residential and retail growth, the arts and entertainment, and small business assistance.

Both V.I.P. and general admission tickets are available. 623 Smithfield Street is the side entrance to the Heinz 57 Building.

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Jennifer Baron

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator...