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


Rum Rum: From Cane to Cask
Thursday, Sept. 8, 6:45 p.m.

Americans have been raising toasts with rum since before there officially was an America. Now rum is the latest drink to be caught in the craft-beverage boom. Get an overview of the spirit’s history in American, and try samples of rum-based cocktails, in an evening hosted by Reed Walker and Jordan Cotton, the duo behind Washington’s first rum distillery, Cotton & Reed. Buy tickets>>


CityBar Creativity with a View
Sunday, Sept 11, 1 p.m.
Sunday, Sept 18, 1 p.m.
Sunday, Sept 25, 1 p.m.

Enjoy spectacular views of the DC skyline as you unleash your creativity with drawing, terrarium-building, or painting at CityBar Rooftop and Lounge. Buy tickets>>


Frankenstein Frankenstein Revisited
Tuesday, Sept. 20, 6:45 p.m.

Two hundred years ago, Mary Shelley brought the tale of Victor Frankenstein and his man-made creature to life, and it shows no sign of fading from our consciousness. Bernard Welt of George Washington University explores the tale’s enduring power and its ever-evolving significance. Buy tickets>>


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>>


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