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.

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a toast to d.c.

In partnership with the Historical Society of Washington, D.C.

Fri., May 8, 8–11 p.m.

Carnegie Library, 801 K St NW, Washington, DC

Tonight, raise a toast to D.C.’s unique local flavor and home-town pride at a party that salutes its distinctive collection of neighborhoods—and the newest generation of brewers and distillers to make the city their home.

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A Toast to D.C. at Carnegie Library


Albert EinsteinEinstein's Dice and Schrodinger's Cat:
Two Scientists in Quest of the Theory of Everything

Thursday, May 21, 6:45 p.m.

Physicist Paul Halpern tells the little-known story of Albert Einstein and Erwin Schrodinger’s search for a theory that transcended existing quantum mechanics. Though they ultimately failed, Halpern draws on newly released correspondence between the scientists to illustrate how their shared obsession drove the progress of modern physics. Buy tickets>>


Steven PetrowAn Evening with Mr. Manners, Steven Petrow
Wednesday, June 3, 6:45 p.m.

Navigating with civility (and common sense) in our rapidly changing social and digital lives can be bewildering. The Washington and USA Today columnist and author of five books on modern etiquette is ready to politely take on your manners quandaries. Buy tickets>>


Dinner LabDinner Lab at the Smithsonian:
Surprising Dining in Surprising Spaces

Tuesday, June 9, 7 p.m.

Dinner Lab’s pop-up events have delighted local foodies with inventive cuisine from on-the-rise chefs and offbeat locations that remain a secret to diners until the day before the meal. Smithsonian settings provide the backdrops for a series of sure-to-be-memorable (and delicious) summer evenings. Buy tickets>>


ScrabbleInside the World of Scrabble: In Quest of the "X" Factor
Tuesday, June 23, 6:45 p.m.

John D. Williams, former executive director of the National Scrabble Association, knows the score (and all the right words) when it comes describing the colorful, fascinating, and often downright odd subculture of the competitive Scrabble scene. Buy tickets>>


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