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A Party for the Season: A Garden of Colors

Fri., Oct. 2, 8–11 p.m. (7–11 p.m. for VIP ticket-holders)

Enid A. Haupt Garden at the Smithsonian Castle, 1000 Independence Ave., SW

Spend an early-autumn evening exploring the seasonal beauty of the Enid A. Haupt Garden guided by staff from Smithsonian Gardens, dancing to music by DJ Alkimist, raising a toast with seasonal brews in our pop-up beer garden, and showing off your own party-going colors.

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

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Giant PandaBreakfast at the Zoo: 50 Animals for 50 Years
Saturday, September 19, 8 a.m.

For Smithsonian Associates members: Embark on a scavenger safari to spot 50 different animals (one for each of the Smithsonian Associates’ 50 years) at this year’s Breakfast at the Zoo. There’ll be plenty of family fun, food, music, and activities—and it all happens before the zoo opens to the public. Buy tickets>>


ScandalLyn Paolo on Designing Scandal: Costume Design for Capitol Intrigue
Friday, September 25, 7 p.m.

Emmy Award-winning designer Lyn Paolo is the genius behind the hit series that generates as much buzz for Kerry Washington’s wardrobe as its twists-and-turns depiction of the DC political scene. She talks to the Washington Post’s Robin Givhan about designing Washington fashions that any Hill power broker would gladly plot to wear. Buy tickets>>


Spilled SecretsThe Men Who Spilled Secrets: Whistleblowers, Leakers, Heroes, or Traitors? (4-Session Course)
Begins Wednesday, September 30, 10:15 a.m.

Long before Edward Snowden, the revelation of government secrets ignited national controversies. Intelligence experts and historians explore the cases of five men who decided to take their information and run—and the public responses from vilification to admiration that these actions brought. Buy tickets>>


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Happy Hour at the Hirshhorn

In collaboration with SMITHSONIAN at 8

Every Monday, Aug. 10 - Sept. 14, 2015
5 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Hirshhorn Museum

Free admission.

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