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Return to Summer Camp

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

Enid A. Haupt Garden and Smithsonian Castle
Entrances on 1000 Independence Avenue and Jefferson Drive SW

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

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Teturn to Summer Camp

Calling all campers! 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. Relish those memories at an after-hours celebration in the historic Smithsonian Castle and Haupt Garden that invites you to return to camp—this time with a cocktail in hand!

Enjoy your favorite activities including crafting friendship bracelets, music indoors and out, traditional camp games, and more. Join us around the “campfire” in your favorite outdoor wear—comfy flannels, those cherished camp T-shirts, and shorts are all welcome. Close out the summer with an evening of fun that—like your old camp song—you’ll never forget!

Event highlights include:

  • Cash/credit bar provided by Tortoise and Hare
  • Music by DJ As-One and DJ Trayze
  • GIF photo booth by OM Digital
  • Temporary tattoo bar provided by Inked by Dani
  • S'mores for purchase by The Capital Candy Jar
  • JUST ADDED: A special performance by Mortified, starring everyday adults sharing their most embarrassingly real teenage diary entries, poems, love letters, lyrics and locker notes...with a summer camp twist!
  • JUST ADDED: Songs by the “campfire” by Cathy DiToro

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.

Note: In case of rain, the party moves inside the Smithsonian Castle.

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Purchase Tickets

Order tickets online with Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.

Buy Tickets

Order by phone at 202-633-3030, Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. A $3 phone service fee applies.

Questions? Call or email us.

Ticket PRICES & policies

Special Early Bird Price (ends Aug. 18)
General Admission $25
VIP Admission $45
(includes early access, open bar, and small bites from 7 to 8 p.m.)

Starting August 19, tickets increase to $30 (General) and $50 (VIP).

Door pricing will be $35 (General) and $60 (VIP).

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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