Inspired by the world of the Smithsonian, the SMITHSONIAN at 8 event series offers one-of-a-kind experiences for guests 21+. With themes from the local to the global, these after-hours gatherings combine music, food and drink, and unique settings to create evenings that are smart, adventurous, and memorably entertaining. #SMITHSONIANat8 curates your fun!

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A Night at the World’s Fair
A Celebration at the Arts and Industries Building

Sat., June 11, 8–11 p.m. (7–11 p.m. for VIP ticket-holders)

Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building, 900 Jefferson Drive, SW (Enter on Jefferson Drive - Mall side)

You’re invited to step into the spectacular Arts and Industries Building for a grand party that offers a taste of world’s fair history. The evening includes dancing, carnival games, and much more.

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A Night at the World’ Fair


Basque Untapped Basque Untapped: Ciders of the Basque Country
Tuesday, June 21, 6:45 p.m.

The centuries-old tradition of Basque apple cider is now gaining attention in the United States. Get a tasty introduction to this distinctive beverage from Tim Prendergast of DC’s new ANXO Cidery & Pintxos Bar and Estebe Salgado, a cider importer and Basque Country native. Presented in collaboration with the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Buy tickets>>


U.S. Capitol Frank Underwood’s Washington: A House of Cards Walking Tour
Sunday, June 26, 9:30 a.m.

Follow in the footsteps of the power-hungry politicos of the addictive Netflix series—the ones they take around Washington, that is. Join local historian Kathleen Bashian to cover some of the Washington locations against which the Underwoods’ scheming, affairs of state, and affairs of a different kind play out. Buy tickets>>


The Good Wife Costume Designer Daniel Lawson on Dressing The Good Wife
Wednesday, July 27, 6:45 p.m.

The enviably stylish power dressing on The Good Wife generates almost as much buzz among fans as the show’s storylines. The Emmy-nominated costume designer of the series reveals how he uses clothing to define character, and the real-life fashion lessons we can learn from the fictional but well-put-together staff of Lockhart/Gardner. Buy tickets>>


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