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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la grande fÊte

Fri., March 31, 7–11 p.m. (Doors will open at 7 p.m.)

La Maison Francaise, 4101 Reservoir Road, Washington, DC

Get ready for a spectacular party with a French accent. The annual Francophonie Cultural Festival spotlights the music, art, literature, film, cuisine, and customs of French-speaking countries and regions from across the globe.

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La Grande Fete on Friday, March 31



BrandyScience as Art: The Beauty of Botanical Illustration
Sunday, Feb. 12, 2:00 p.m.

In collaboration with Smithsonian Libraries’ Biological Heritage Library, Alice Tangerini, a scientific illustrator at the Natural History Museum, leads an afternoon focused on the fascinating mix of art and science behind the practice of botanical illustration. Buy tickets>>


BrandyAre the Cards Collapsing?: A “House of Cards” Season 5 Preview
Wednesday, Mar. 15, 6:45 p.m.

As fans eagerly look forward to marathon-watching the fifth season of the Netflix hit “House of Cards,” Stef Woods of American University looks at what might lie ahead for Frank and Claire Underwood. Buy tickets>>


BrandyCapital Cheers: A DC Brew Tour
Friday, Mar. 24, 10:00 a.m.

Washington has always been a thirsty town, with a brewing tradition stretching back centuries. Spend a day tracing its past and sampling its present as local historian Garrett Peck leads a bus tour of brew-related sites. Buy tickets>>


BrandyYoga as Lifestyle Medicine
Saturday, Mar. 25, 9:30 a.m.

In a day-long program, experts in the field of contemporary yoga therapy discuss their research, professional and personal experiences, and guide demonstrations of evidence-informed practices including postures, breath work, and meditation techniques for physical and emotional wellbeing. Buy tickets>>


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