Smithsonian at 8

The Smithsonian's premier 21+ after-hours event series for young professionals

A Garden of Wonders

Fri., July 18, 8–11 p.m.

Enid A. Haupt Garden and Smithsonian Castle, Independence Ave., SW

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

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The Smithsonian Enid A. Haupt Garden

Alice would feel right at home at this madcap party that transforms the Victorian-style Enid A. Haupt Garden into a landscape of delights. As sunset slips into night, the magical setting comes alive with music by DJ Alkimist, outdoor games, craft activities, and plenty of surprises.

Find your style inspiration in period garden-party attire or your favorite Alice in Wonderland character. You might not meet a white rabbit, but you can sip specialty cocktails designed by Arlington’s Tortoise & Hare as you wander through the lantern-decked grounds. Play a game of giant chess, moonlight croquet, or cornhole, provided by DC Social Sports Club. And speaking of wonders, meet Todd McGrain, whose fantastic large-scale bird sculptures now anchor the corners of the Haupt Garden’s ornately planted lawn.

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Capture your evening in Wonderland with EventShare, Washington's most innovative photo booth, and edit and share your pics instantly on the large HD touchscreen.

Make sure your pocket watch is wound: You don’t want to be late for this one-of-a-kind adventure.

Special featureS for VIP ticket-holders: Enjoy a private bar, two complimentary drinks, and cupcakes courtesy of Sprinkles in the Queen of Hearts’ castle (known by day as the Smithsonian Castle).


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Thanks to our SMITHSONIAN at 8 Planning Committee: Carl Bedell, Alex Bookless, Andy Dye, Jocelyn Kelly, Lindsey Vaala, and Kate Warren.

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