As of 2:00 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 10, advanced sales will close for this event. Tickets will be available for sale at the door (credit card only).

A Garden Party: From Africa to Asia

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

Friday, August 10, 8–11 p.m. (7–11 p.m. for VIP ticket-holders)

Entrances at 1000 Independence Ave. and 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW, Washington, DC

Must be 21 years old with valid photo ID to attend.

There’s no better place to celebrate summer than the Enid A. Haupt Garden, flanked on either side by the National Museum of African Art and the Sackler Gallery. Spend a late-summer evening in the dramatically lit garden, and enjoy exclusive late-night access to galleries featuring art from the African and Asian continents. Add music by DJ As-One, specialty cocktails, and curators’ talks, and you’ve got a garden party you just can’t miss.

More of the evening’s features include:

  • A GIF photo booth courtesy of OM Digital
  • A cash bar provided by Tortoise and Hare
  • African and Asian-inspired food for purchase, from vendors including the People’s Bao, West Tribes, and Haenyo
  • Samples from Sankofa Beer Company’s West African-inspired beer (during VIP hour only)
  • Both Museum stores open until 10 p.m.

Come dressed in your global garden best!

The party goes on rain or shine! In case of rain, the event will take place inside the S. Dillon Ripley Center, which connects to both museums underground.

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.)



We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover

Order by phone at 202-633-3030 (M-F, 9-5). A $3.00 phone service fee applies.

Ticket Prices & Policies

Pre-sale through July 23
  • General Admission: $25
  • VIP Admission: $50
Starting July 24
  • General Admission: $30
  • VIP Admission: $55
At the door (if available)
  • General Admission: $35
  • VIP Admission: $60

All ticket sales are final. No refunds or exchanges. There are no Smithsonian Associates member discounts or any other special discounts for Smithsonian at 8 event tickets.

Tickets are not mailed. Check-in at the door; enter on Independence Ave. A photo ID is required.