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. #SMITHSONIANat8 curates your fun!

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Return to Summer Camp on Friday, Sept. 8

Fri., September 8, 8–11 p.m. (7–11 p.m. for VIP ticket-holders)

Here’s a chance to indulge in some nostalgia for carefree, fun-filled summers as SMITHSONIAN at 8’s annual garden party celebrates the best parts of camp. The evening features arts and crafts activities, traditional camp games, music by DJ As-One and DJ Trayze, cocktails, a GIF photo booth provided by OM Digital, and more.

Special features for VIP ticket-holders: Exclusive early access to the event beginning at 7 p.m., with an open bar featuring beer, wine, and specialty cocktails and small bites. Please note these VIP benefits are only available between 7 and 8 p.m.

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SharksSharks: On Assignment with Brian Skerry
Wednesday, September 6, 6:45 p.m.

With his work on view at the exhibition titled Sharks at the National Geographic Museum, award-winning photojournalist Brian Skerry reveals how he captured his amazing images and shares stories of witnessing some of the most beautiful, diverse, and threatened ocean ecosystems on the planet. Buy tickets>>


YouTubeHow YouTube Remade Media
Thursday, September 7, 6:45 p.m.

Over the past 10 years, the internet video platform YouTube has changed media and entertainment profoundly. Find out how an upstart company become a modern pop culture juggernaut—and how the new rules of entertainment are being written as the media landscape undergoes radical change. Buy tickets>>


Second CityThe Second City’s Cure for the Common Comedy
Saturday, September 23, 9 p.m.

This fall, as the temperatures drop, the days get shorter, and holiday pressures and head colds come on, The Second City has the fix! Chicago’s legendary sketch and improv comedy theater presents "The Cure for The Common Comedy." You’ll be laughing your way into the New Year! Buy tickets>>


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