August Wilson Center

July 11
7 p.m. – midnight

On Friday, July 11th, make The Cultural District your weekend blast-off at Cosmopolitan Pittsburgh. Comedy, cocktails, music and merrymaking will converge at this annual, summer benefit bash for The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

Presented by UPMC and UPMC Health Plan, along with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Partners Board, the 8th annual Consol Energy Cosmopolitan Pittsburgh fundraiser celebrates the city’s world-class arts and cultural scene with a night on the (down)town. Expected to draw more than 600 revelers, Cosmopolitan Pittsburgh also highlights the critical role that the arts have played over the past two decades in helping to transform formerly blighted sections of the city into today’s thriving Cultural District, a Downtown destination that now welcomes some million visitors annually to thousands of performances, exhibitions and community events.

Taking place at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture, the festive summer soiree kicks off from 7 to 9 p.m. with the First Commonwealth VIP Party. Catered by top Pittsburgh chefs from Cure, Grit & Grace, Root 174 and Round Corner Cantina, VIPers will enjoy an open bar, signature summery libations, live music by the Cait Cuneo Band, exclusive entertainment by Arcade Comedy Theater and complimentary reserved parking at Theater Square Garage.

At 9 p.m. the Cosmo action amps up, with an evening dance party featuring San Diego-based DJ Adam Salter, creative desserts and cocktails, and interactive art, activities and performances.

If you’re out Gallery Crawling in the Cultural District earlier that night, be sure to extend your stay Downtown and swing by Cosmopolitan Pittsburgh, which is the night’s official CrawlAfterDark hotspot.

In 2013, the event raised nearly $70,000 to support Pittsburgh Cultural Trust programming and the ongoing development of the Downtown Cultural District.

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Jennifer BaronEvents & Jobs Editor

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.