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.

Here's an invitation to a FREE electronic music concert by one of Canada's most innovative bands at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian!

Experience An Electric Pow Wow.

Friday, August 7, 2015
7 PM, Artists Panel, Rasmuson Theater
8:30 PM, FREE Concert, Potomac Atrium

Location: National Museum of the American Indian
4th St and Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC

Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. Learn more>>

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A Tribe Called Red

This program is presented by the Smithsonian’s Intangible Cultural Heritage project, the National Museum of the American Indian, and the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.


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>>


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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Oct. 2, 2015 - Garden Party
Smithsonian Castle and Haupt Garden

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