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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James Smithson's Holiday Birthday Ball: Party Like It's 1765!

Fri., Dec. 4, 8–11 p.m. (7–11 p.m. for VIP ticket-holders)

Smithsonian Castle, 1000 Independence Ave., SW

When it came to gift-giving, James Smithson was a champ. Now, on the 250th anniversary of his birth, it's time to give him a big thank-you by gathering in the original Smithsonian building, the historic Castle, for a birthday bash inspired by James, his era, and the Smithsonian itself. Activities include trivia, music by DJ As-One, drinks by Tortoise and Hare, a scavenger hunt, photo booth, and other crafts.

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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Chef David ChangMomofuku's DC Moment: Chef David Chang Previews His Newest Projects
Tuesday, December 8, 6:45 p.m.

Chef David Chang, a Virginia native, soon opens the newest outpost of his Momofuku dining empire at CityCenterDC. He’s got several of other delicious projects to talk about, including a new Asian cookbook co-written with Peter Meehan. Join them as they serve up a culinary conversation. Buy tickets>>


Sparkling Wine The World of Sparkling Wine
Tuesday, December 15, 6:45 p.m.

No festive occasion is complete without it, but do you know how to select just the right bottle of bubbly for your toast? Swati Bose, co-owner of Flight Wine Bar in Chinatown, leads an evening of learning about and tasting sparkling wines. Buy tickets>>


House of Cards The House of Cards: Politics, Television, and Ethics
Wednesday, January 27, 6:45 p.m.

Through a close look at the binge-worthy Netflix series and its scheming Machiavelli-on-the Potomac, Francis Underwood, Stef Woods of American University analyzes the interplay among politics, ethics, and the media in a lively and thought-provoking evening. Buy tickets>>


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