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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Chicha! A Peruvian Dance Party

Presented in collaboration with the 2015 Smithsonian Folklife Festival’s Perú: Pachamama program

Fri., June 19, 8–11 p.m.

Blind Whino, 700 Delaware Ave SW, Washington, DC

What’s chicha? It’s an urban music genre originating in Peru that combines a variety of global sounds like South American cumbias and psychedelic surf guitars with local Andean melodies. Experience it all at a Peruvian-style celebration at DC’s Blind Whino. Special VIP Features available.

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Chicha: A Peruvian Dance Party


Elaine de Kooning Elaine de Kooning: Portraits
Tuesday, July 7, 6:30 p.m.

The creative vibrancy and energy of New York at the height of the abstract expressionist movement come alive in the striking, color-infused portraits of Elaine de Kooning. Sip a cocktail as you get a private, after-hours view of the National Portrait Gallery’s exhibition of her works, guided by its curator Brandon Brame Fortune. Buy tickets>>


DumplingsDumplings: A Global Wrap and Savory Culinary History
Monday, July 13, 6:45 p.m.

From North and South America to Europe, Africa, and Asia, the dumpling has become synonymous with comfort food. Find out from food expert Barbara Gallani how this simple dish has inspired songs, poems, and even monuments. And then, sample dumplings from around the world. Buy tickets>>


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

Thursday, August 13, 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>>


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