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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glow in the garden

Fri., September 30, 8–11 p.m. (7–11 p.m. for VIP ticket-holders)

Enid A. Haupt Garden at the Smithsonian Castle
Enter on Independence Ave., SW or Jefferson Dr., SW

Gather under the new moon to celebrate all the things that light up the dark. The event features strolling performers, music inside and out, a glow-in-the-dark hands-on activity, a trivia contest spotlighting things that glow at the Smithsonian, drinks, and more. Come decked out with a note of neon to make the night even brighter.

Special features for VIP ticket-holders: Exclusive early access to the event beginning at 7 p.m., with an open bar featuring beer, wine, and specialty cocktails and small bites. Please note these VIP benefits are only available between 7 and 8 p.m.

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Glow in the Garden on Friday, Sept. 30


Change-Makers The Change-Makers and Social Justice
Thursday, Sept. 29, 6:45 p.m.

Ideas that can change the world—and lives—all share the same source: a motivated person who dares to ask, “Why not?" Tonight’s program features individuals who used their platforms to highlight issues as diverse as xenophobia, bigotry, sexism, and other social issues which then allows further discussions on these topics. Buy tickets>>


Taraji P. Henson Taraji P. Henson: This Cookie Doesn’t Crumble
Saturday, Oct. 22, 1 p.m.

At the center of Fox»s wildly popular hip-hop drama, Empire, is the captivating Cookie Lyon. The force behind Cookie is D.C. native Taraji P. Henson, an Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner. Henson talks about her new memoir, Around the Way Girl, about making a life and building career—and what really happens behind the scenes on Empire. Buy tickets>>


Gilded Age Cocktails I’ll Take a Manhattan: Cocktails of the Gilded Age
Tuesday, Nov. 15, 6:45 p.m.

As the robber barons were making millions, bartenders around the country were making something that was also in demand: the cocktail. Join author and cocktail historian Philip Greene in a spirited discussion of the cocktails of the Gilded Age and sample four delicious cocktails of the era. Buy tickets>>


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