There’s about to be maybe — probably — almost definitely, the most epic party of the year. The 58th Carnegie International Opening Celebration Party is almost here.

If you’re like me, you’re looking to seize the last vestiges of summer while you still can. And this is just the ticket!

NEXTpittsburgh is here to give you, our loyal readers, the deets and an insider deal.

As summer is winding down, there is an institution revving up to put the “art” in “party,” and in gargantuan proportions. Instead of candy, think killer DJs and unparalleled art from more than 100 famous and emerging artists. Instead of a piñata, all this is nestled inside the epic halls of the Carnegie Museum of Art.

The Carnegie Museum of Art is hosting this phenomenal party to open the 58th Carnegie International, the longest-running North American exhibition of international art. The International only comes around every few years, so this is a big deal — and NEXTpittsburgh is honored to be a partner.

On Friday, September 23 from 8:30 p.m. to midnight, it’s happening.

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Two DJs. There’s stellar local DJ pvksvs (pronounced pah-KAH-sah), who describes his style coming from “jazz and hip hop roots [and incorporating] electronic elements and samples from music that moves.” City Paper describes his stuff as “a smooth sonic ambiance that feels immediate but also hearkens to a funkier time.” And then there’s Muqata’a, who is described back home in Palestine, as “the godfather of the underground hip-hop scene in Ramallah.” He’s known for sampling classical Arabic music with the sounds of his city. (Check out their music: pvksvs & Muqata’a.)

Also, the party is going to have performances from Hyd, an interdisciplinary artist “who interacts with scents and gases the same way they mold textured movements and music,” according to Flood Magazine.

The 2018 Carnegie International launch party. Photo by John Altdorfer for Carnegie Museum of Art.

Our reporting describes the scene as a futuristic wonderland with romantic florals and twinkling lights in juxtaposition with aluminum orbs and contemporary sculptures. The museum’s lobby will be lit like a nightclub, with lights cascading down the walls to set the mood.

Cocktails, beer and espresso will be poured at three immersive bars in and outside the museum, and towers of delightful confections conceived by The Café Carnegie will be offered.

And NEXTpittsburgh is able to offer you a special deal. Exclusively through this NEXTpittsburgh link (or either of the buttons above), you can get a $25 discount. The ticket price covers desserts, drinks and admission to the exhibition. So, end your summer with an incredible party, at a world-class institution, surrounded by the finest culture in this city.

John is a Pittsburgher, born and raised. He is grateful to work with so many incredible people and partner with so many vital organizations to the region. He lives in the Polish Hill neighborhood. He volunteers for the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and City of Bridges Community Land Trust, an affordable housing nonprofit. He really loves a great bagel, and has a habit of cycling around town.