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!

Tickets to La Grande Fete are currently SOLD OUT!

But stay tuned—more tickets may become available closer to the event date.

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Fri., March 31, 7–11 p.m. (Doors will open at 7 p.m.)

La Maison Francaise, 4101 Reservoir Road, Washington, DC

Get ready for a spectacular party with a French accent. The annual Francophonie Cultural Festival spotlights the music, art, literature, film, cuisine, and customs of French-speaking countries and regions from across the globe.

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La Grande Fete on Friday, March 31



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