Grab your tropical frock, guayabera shirt, or fedora; perfect your 1930s paseo runway look; and get ready to celebrate, Cuban style!

This year’s highly anticipated National Gallery fundraising gala has been inspired by the fashion, flavors and glamour of 1930s Cuba and is slated to take place on Nov. 25.

Music and entertainment

Bringing the history of our tropical neighbor to life, guests will be invited to step into a vibrant La Habana Vieja (Old Havana). Admission to the event includes live performances, fantastic eats, a Havana Club rum lounge, cigar rollers, charming curios and dancing into the early hours.

Prepare to be enthralled as the F.J. Harquail Theatre is transformed into Club Havana. Mingle with fellow jet-setters while sipping a cool mojito or bid on a fabulous auction prize, stroll the paseo, take in a spectacular Cuban dance performance, order a top up cocktail from a champion bartender, then dance the night away to the sounds of Son Cubano (the musical roots of Salsa).

Guests are highly encouraged to dress in vintage Cuban couture or formal evening wear is a must for the soiree. National Gallery staff and volunteers have crafted a Pinterest page of paseo runway-inspired looks for you to peruse which can be found at

Fiesta with a focus

The National Gallery offers an enriching, inclusive environment and is committed to collecting and exhibiting works of art and providing innovative and creative educational programs for everyone. The money from every ticket for the fundraising event provides critical support to the National Gallery’s free creative programming for youth, as well as free admission to NGCI exhibition galleries.

Each month, the National Gallery hosts more than 60 educational and outreach programs and events as well as educational lectures, screenings and temporary exhibitions and is home to the National Gallery’s Permanent Collection. These programs aim to capture every age group in the community, from the youngest preschoolers to senior citizens, and combine arts education with enriching creative experiences that foster innovation, help build self-esteem and strengthen social ties.

These exhibitions and programs are available to everyone at all times as admission to NGCI remains 100 percent free to the public. You can show your support by buying your ticket to Club Havana.

Admission to Club Havana is $250 or $2,250 for a pack of 10 tickets. Tickets should be booked by Friday.

Email [email protected] or call 945-8111 for more information.

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