Yuri's Night at the smithsonian
Thurs., July 25, 8–11 p.m.
S. Dillon Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Drive, SW, Washington, DC
Must be 21 years old with valid photo ID to attend.
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DJ Collective OneLoveMassive spins at Yuri's Night Silent Disco
When Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human to orbit the earth in 1961, he gave his nation a reason to celebrate its pioneering role in the space race.
Fifty years later, Gagarin's achievement began to be celebrated by fans of space exploration, science, and good old-fashioned partying in the first of the now-annual global events known as Yuri's Night.
Yuri's Night at the Smithsonian marks the 52nd anniversary of that historic blastoff—as well as the 44th anniversary of the first moon landing.
Grab a specialty cocktail and get in on the conversation about the future as you chat spaceships, tech, and science with the folks from SpaceUp DC.
Be a citizen scientist with the Science Cheerleaders and collect microbe samples for the International Space Station. Show off your geek chic or lunar luxe for a costume contest with prizes from ThinkGeek. Get an inside look at a space shuttle orbiter in amazing 360-degree GigaPan images by photographer Jon Brack.
In the vacuum of space, sway to the sounds of the Silent Disco with music spun by DJ Collective OneLoveMassive. VIP ticket-holders can sample the Cuban dishes that Kennedy Space Center staffer Ivette Jones prepares for astronauts on launch days.
As the sun goes down and the stars come out, surround yourself with a mix of space facts and fun at a stellar evening you won't want to miss.
Cash bar: Tortoise and Hare Catering
Get a Taste of Space!
Special feature for VIP ticket-holders
Ivette Jones puts the spice into space. This astronaut trainer's tasty Cuban dishes have become a launch-day tradition for astronauts and her fellow staffers at the Kennedy Space Center. Meet Jones, watch her prepare some of her signature dishes, and get a taste of the cooking that has earned her some really high-flying fans. (Space is limited for this special presentation.)
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