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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.
Check-in at the door; enter through the Enid A. Haupt Garden (West entrance), accessible via Independence Ave. or Jefferson Dr., SW.

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

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

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The dazzling sights and sounds of the circus come to life at this SMITHSONIAN at 8 celebration. Inspired by the 50th annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival's spotlight on circus arts, the historic and beautiful Arts and Industries Building hosts a late-night party that features:

  • Circus performers provided by Happenstance Theater and In the Dark Circus Arts
  • Music by DJ Alkimist
  • Temporary tattoo bar provided by Inked by Dani
  • GIF photo booth provided by OM Digital
  • Cash/credit bar by Tortoise & Hare

Don't forget to take advantage of the Carousel on the Mall, which will stay open until 11 p.m., as part of this night to remember. Watch for more details.

NOTE: Proceeds benefit the Smithsonian Associates' education programs.

About the 2017 Smithsonian Folklife Festival:

  • The 50th annual Folklife Festival brings the rich history, diversity, and artistry of the circus to the National Mall June 29–July 4 and July 6–9. As visitors explore the life and work of circus people in America today, they can enjoy performances of many kinds and meet artists and coaches, costume designers, makeup artists, musicians, technicians, riggers, poster artists, wagon builders, cooks, and many others whose collective creative work brings the circus to life. 
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Order by phone at 202-633-3030, Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. A $3 phone service fee applies.

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Ticket PRICES & policies

Special Early Bird Price (ends June 7)
General Admission $25

Starting June 8, tickets increase to $30. If available, door pricing will be $35.

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.

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