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With themes from the local to the global, these 21-and-over after-hours gatherings combine music, food and drink, and unique settings to create evenings that are smart, adventurous, and memorably entertaining.

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Please Note: Advanced sales for this event will close at 2 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 16, 2019. Tickets will be available at the door.

A Garden Party: From Africa to Asia

Presented in collaboration with the National Museum of African Art and the Freer | Sackler Galleries

Friday, August 16, 2019, 8 to 11 p.m. (7 to 11 p.m. for VIP ticket-holders)

Enid A. Haupt Garden, National Museum of African Art, and Sackler Gallery (Entrances at 1000 Independence Ave. and 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW, Washington, DC)

There’s no better place to celebrate summer than the Enid A. Haupt Garden, flanked by the National Museum of African Art and the Sackler Gallery. Spend an evening in the dramatically lit garden and late-night access to galleries featuring art from the African and Asian continents, music by DJ Alkimist, specialty cocktails, curator talks, and more.

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