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Riverlife’s Party at the Pier Announces a Sparkling “Hidden Gems” Theme and a New Location

By June 6, 2023June 9th, 2023Press Releases

Riverlife’s Party at the Pier, presented by Peoples, will take place on the Rooftop Terrace of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center on Friday, August 18, 2023. The annual themed fundraiser celebrates the city’s riverfronts and raises funds for riverfront initiatives including the new Sister Bridges Experience

June 1, 2023 (Pittsburgh, PA)– Riverlife’s highly anticipated fundraising event returns for its 14th year with a new location and look. Riverlife’s Party at the Pier: Hidden Gems Presented by Peoples will illuminate the Golden Triangle on August 18th. Guests are invited to discover a whole new view of Pittsburgh’s vibrant riverfronts from the Rooftop Terrace at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. The main event will open at 7:30pm, with a VIP reception sponsored by Legacy Sponsor PNC Bank that will take place from 6:30pm-7:30pm. The VIP reception will feature special access on the Terrace. Tickets are scheduled to go on sale on June 10th at

“We are looking forward to our guests experiencing Pittsburgh from the Rooftop Terrace at this year’s Party at the Pier,” said Matthew Galluzzo, President and CEO for Riverlife. “The 360-degree views of the rivers, the Sister Bridges, the North Shore, and downtown are breathtaking and make the perfect backdrop to celebrate Riverlife’s mission and highlight upcoming projects. People will be truly blown away by the beauty – you experience the city and our rivers in a whole new light on the Rooftop.”

Hosted by event chairs Megan and Michael Quatrini, the party will transport guests to a mysterious and glittering environment to celebrate Pittsburgh’s riverfronts and the city’s reputation of being a true “hidden gem.”  Guests will be greeted by pop up performances and sip jewel-inspired libations as they make their way to rooftop.  The VIP Cocktail Hour, presented by Legacy Sponsor PNC Bank, will feature specialty cocktails and mocktails, plenty of bubbles, and abundant fresh bites. 

As the doors open at 7:30pm to all ticketed guests, attendees will  be greeted with an atmosphere that dazzles. Guests will enjoy themed food and drink, live music and dancing, special performances, and a number of surprise moments throughout the evening.

The always fashion-forward event is another tradition that guests embrace enthusiastically.

Known widely as Pittsburgh’s “fashion event of the year”, guests dressing to impress take creative cocktail attire to new heights. Expect to see color rich jewel tones or mysterious palettes of blacks and grays with sparkling accents and unexpected details.

Tickets for Riverlife’s Party at the Pier: Hidden Gems Presented by Peoples will go on sale on June 9th at Tickets should be purchased in advance due to the event’s high rate of sell out*. A 15% Early Bird ticket discount will be available to all guests and ticket levels until June 20th. Guests are encouraged to stay tuned to Riverlife’s social media channels for ticket sale announcements.

*Party at the Pier has consistently sold out since 2010 in advance of the event.

About Riverlife

Since 1999, Riverlife has worked to create, activate, and celebrate Pittsburgh’s riverfronts. A nonprofit leader in building a community vision for Pittsburgh’s riverfronts, Riverlife has overseen a $150 million investment in the city’s waterfront transformation, catalyzing $4.2 billion in related economic development, arts and culture spending, and ecological sustainability on or adjacent to the city’s riverbanks. We center our work on the belief that the riverfronts belong to everyone, and world-class riverfront experiences can be created for all using community-driven, equitable development and high-quality, regenerative design. For more information, visit