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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Attend three memorably entertaining events for $75!

This Special Three-Program Combo includes the July 7 SMITHSONIAN at 8 event with two Smithsonian Associates programs at a discounted rate. Additional information and to buy tickets>>

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A Night at the Circus

Presented in collaboration with the 2017 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Fri., July 7, 9 p.m.–12 a.m.

Arts and Industries Building, 900 Jefferson Dr SW, Washington, DC

Inspired by the 50th annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival, enjoy the dazzling sights and sounds of the circus. The evening features circus performers, music, cocktails, a temporary tattoo bar, a GIF photo booth, and more.

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A Night at the Circus on July 7


Marlene DietrichA Mingle With Marlene
Wednesday, July 12, 6:45 p.m.

Sip a cocktail in the presence of a Hollywood icon (in photos and film clips that is) during an evening in the stylish spirit of the Portrait Gallery’s exhibition Marlene Dietrich: Dressed for the Image. In an after-hours gathering, historian and exhibit curator Kate Lemay discusses the star’s career and her trademark glamour, as well the making of the retrospective. Buy tickets>>


MezcalMezcal: Small Batch, Big Flavor
Thursday, July 13, 6:45 p.m.

Mezcal has a reputation as a bit of an outlaw in the spirits world—it’s been periodically banned and restricted—and its edgy flavor notes match its history. Miguel Lancha of José Andrés ThinkFoodGroup joins Joe Yonan of the Washington Post to explore the booming popularity of this Mexican import and the intriguing story behind tequila’s smoky sister. Buy tickets>>


OITNBOrange Is the New Black: Why We Love Going Behind Bars
Wednesday, August 9, 6:45 p.m.

The Netflix series set in fictional Litchfield Penitentiary has become a pop-culture phenomenon as it takes on issues like race, class, sexuality, identity, and the criminal justice system. Stef Woods of American University examines the impact of OITNB and why after five seasons viewers are still making time for the women serving time at Litchfield. Buy tickets>>


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