In the Night Garden: A Jazz Age Party
Enid A. Haupt Garden at the Smithsonian Castle, Independence Ave., SW
Must be 21 years old with valid photo ID to attend.
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Gatsby's got nothing on SMITHSONIAN at 8 when it comes to a great setting for a garden bash. He had a Long Island mansion, but we've got a Castle. Kick up your heels in 1920s style at In the Night Garden: A Jazz Age Party and dance away the evening in the moonlit splendor of the elegant Enid A. Haupt Garden. The grand Smithsonian Castle will be your backdrop as you wander the garden's brick paths and discover live music, cocktails, snazzy period-inspired outfits, and plenty of entertainment to light up the night.
Hot Club of DC serves up Gypsy jazz in the style of legendary musicians Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grapelli that will lure you to the dance floor. Experts from Smithsonian Gardens lead tours of the exotic Freer Gallery walkway and point out plants that illuminate and perfume the night garden. Create glow-in-the-dark globes with Mason jars to light up your landscape or balcony. Learn the secrets of moths, butterflies, and other creatures of the night with guests from the Entomological Society of Washington.
Need to jazz up your look for the evening? Create your own boutonnieres and posies, with help from Washington's hippest DIY floral design resource, Flower Empowered. Capture the moment as you pose with Roaring Twenties props in the SMITHSONIAN at 8 photo booth.
Imagine yourself in the romantic and riotous garden of Jay Gatsby, where "men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars," at this one-of-a kind, early-autumn event celebrating D.C.'s most pleasant time of year. And don't worry about the weather-we'll party rain or shine!
Suggested Attire: Put on your flapper dress and blazers and time travel in true Jazz Age style. Cloche hats, seamed silk stockings, bow ties, and high-waisted trousers will add to your 1920s chic.
Special feature for VIP ticket-holders: The SpeakeasY (8:30-9:30 p.m.)
Venture deep inside the twists and turns of the Castle for an exclusive opportunity to sample vintage cocktails and learn about the town’s 16-year stint under Prohibition. Garrett Peck, author of Prohibition in Washington, D.C., tells the story of an underground city ruled not by organized crime but by amateur bootleggers, where publicly teetotaling congressmen could get a stiff drink behind House office doors and the African American community of U Street was humming with the hot sounds of jazz. Hear about the popular (and fashionably illegal) cocktails of the era, see how they're made, and taste samples.