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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A Night at the World’s Fair
A Celebration at the Arts and Industries Building

Sat., June 11, 8–11 p.m. (7–11 p.m. for VIP ticket-holders)

Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building, 900 Jefferson Drive, SW (Enter on Jefferson Drive - Mall side)

You’re invited to step into the spectacular Arts and Industries Building for a grand party that offers a taste of world’s fair history. The evening includes dancing, carnival games, and much more.

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A Night at the World’ Fair


Captain America Marvel Men: Directors Joe and Anthony Russo on Bringing Captain America to the Screen
Thursday, May 5, 6:45 p.m.

Joe and Anthony Russo, directors of two entries in the Captain America film franchise, discuss their experience in transporting the adventures of the iconic superhero from the page to the screen and screen clips from their newest, Captain America: Civil War. Buy tickets>>


Donna Karan A Conversation with Donna Karan: A Designer's Journey from Fashion to Philanthropy
Tuesday, May 24, 7 p.m.

In 2015, Donna Karan surprised the fashion industry by stepping step down as head of her global brand to focus on philanthropic projects in health, education, and cultural preservation. Karan reveals to Robin Givhan, the Washington Post’s fashion critic, how she redesigned the concept of what success means both professionally and personally. Buy tickets>>


Basque Untapped Basque Untapped: Ciders of the Basque Country
Tuesday, June 21, 6:45 p.m.

The centuries-old tradition of Basque apple cider is now gaining attention in the United States. Get a tasty introduction to this distinctive beverage from Tim Prendergast of DC’s new ANXO Cidery & Pintxos Bar and Estebe Salgado, a cider importer and Basque Country native. Presented in collaboration with the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Buy tickets>>


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