Courtesy Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
April 1
7 – 11 p.m.

This Friday night, experience the lushness of the tropics without leaving town at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical GardensParty in the Tropics. Transforming its award-winning, LEED-certified Oakland campus into a steamy tropical forest paradise for one very special night, Phipps invites the 21+ set to explore its bountiful site after-hours with friends, significant others and colleagues.

© Paul g. Wiegman
© Paul g. Wiegman

Get set to rock the tropics, encounter art-inspired surprises around every corner, unwind amidst verdant greenery and tranquil waterfalls, and dine, drink and dance the night away in the city’s tropical hotspot. Party-goers will experience the melding of nature and art in Phipps’ latest Spring Flower Show, Masterpieces in Bloom, before it closes to the public on April 10th.

Journey through vibrant one-of-a-kind rooms, where iconic works of art by van Gogh, Monet and Degas are reimagined as dazzling displays of flowers and plants.

Denmarsh Photography, Inc.
Denmarsh Photography, Inc.

Pop into Palm Court to step through a larger-than-life picture frame into the wondrous world of Edmund Leighton’s pre-Raphaelite painting, Lady in a Garden, populated by pink and red snapdragons and white orchids. Then head into the East Room where an Old World windmill and hundreds of red, orange, yellow and white tulips recreate Claude Monet’s iconic 1886 work, Tulip Field in Holland.

The tropics-themed night of revelry and rejuvenation will also include a featured cocktail dubbed “the April Fool” (read: rum, pineapple juice, orange juice and ginger ale), sweet and savory cuisine, music by DJ Highland and more.

Party in the Tropics is free with Phipps admission ($15 for adults). Open to ages 21 and up with a valid ID.

Mark your calendar now for the next Party in the Tropics event at Phipps set for Friday, May 6th.

Looking for more events? Read our 12 Pittsburgh events not to miss in April feature.

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 of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.