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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CampaignBrandy: In the Winter Spirit
Monday, Dec. 12, 6:45 p.m.

Join Scott Harris, the distiller behind Catoctin Creek’s 1757 Brandy from Loudoun County, for a lively evening as he surveys brandies from around the world, offers expert tips for enjoying the venerable spirit, and shares some of his favorite bottles. Buy tickets>>


CampaignVodka Nation
Wednesday, Jan. 25, 6:45 p.m.

Vodka is the toast of the town—and America’s favorite spirit. Victorino Matus, author of Vodka: How a Colorless, Odorless, Flavorless Spirit Conquered America, examines the national vodka phenomenon from its humble origins in the Depression-era Smirnoff plant through its transformation into a top-shelf status symbol. Buy tickets>>


BrandyMario Batali on Regional American Cooking
Saturday, Jan. 28, 3:00 p.m.

Mario Batali, best known for Italian cuisine, headed into new territory to prepare his latest cookbook: all corners of America. In a conversation with Joe Yonan, food and dining editor of the Washington Post, he discusses what the dishes served at state fairs, church socials, BBQ joints, and family dinners reveal about our food culture and traditions. Buy tickets>>


BrandyConnie Britton: Actress as Advocate
Tuesday, Jan. 31, 6:45 p.m.

She’s created attention-getting characters on “Friday Night Lights” and “Nashville,” but Connie Britton plays an equally notable role as goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme. In a conversation with NPR’s Linda Holmes, she discusses her television experiences and her work as an advocate for poverty eradication and women’s empowerment. Buy tickets>>


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>>


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