Smithsonian at 8

The SMITHSONIAN at 8 event series offers one-of-a-kind experiences for guests 21+.

a toast to d.c.

In partnership with the Historical Society of Washington, D.C.

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

Carnegie Library, 801 K St NW, Washington, DC

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

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A Toast to D.C.

Tourists may think of it as a town of monuments, but those of us who live here really know why Washington is such a vibrant place: Its character and history make this a city like no other. Add the burgeoning home-grown beer and cocktail scene, and you’ve got one more reason to celebrate. Tonight, raise a toast to D.C.’s unique local flavor and home-town pride at a party that salutes its distinctive collection of neighborhoods—and the newest generation of brewers and distillers to make the city their home.

Enjoy after-hours access to the elegant 1902 Carnegie Library on Mount Vernon Square, home to the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. (The sweeping central staircase is the ideal place to make an Instagram-worthy grand entrance.) Taste samples from Atlas Brew Works, Port City Brewing Company, DC Brau, New Columbia Distillers/Green Hat Gin, and Catoctin Creek Distilling Company.

Carnegie Library

Take in the Historical Society’s newest exhibition, For the Record: Artfully Historic D.C., which captures architectural portraits of Washington sites tagged as among the most-endangered places by the DC Preservation League. Check out a letterpress printing demo by Grey Moggie Press, and take home a souvenir coaster printed with the D.C. flag. Find your neighborhood on the map of the District that covers one of the floors, pose with friends in the photo booth, explore exhibits on a digital scavenger hunt, and dance to music mixed by DJ As-One. The evening is a great way to meet your city neighbors and trade stories with other party-goers about what makes your Washington special.

Special featureS for VIP ticket-holders: Enjoy exclusive early access to the event from 7 to 8 p.m., as well as Chesapeake Bay oysters from Virginia’s Rappahannock Oyster Company and War Shore Oyster Company, drink samples, light hors d’oeuvres, and a special commemorative pint glass to hold your local brew.


Event Sponsors

Historical Society of Washington, D.C.

Atlas Brew Works Catoctin Creek Distilling Co. DC Brau Brewing Co.
Green Hat Gin Port City Brewing Co.
Rappahannock Oyster Co. War Shore Oyster Co.


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Ticket PRICES & policies

General admission: $40 (includes 5 drink samples) ($50 at door)

JUST ADDED! General admission 2-Ticket Combo* (Save $15): $65 (includes 2 tickets and 5 drink samples per ticket) (Only available in advance)

*Please note: combo price not valid on previously purchased tickets.

VIP admission: $65 (includes early access from 7 to 8 p.m., drinks and hors d'oeuvres, and a commemorative pint glass) ($75 at door)

All ticket sales are final. No refunds or exchanges.

Tickets are not mailed. Check-in at the door.

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

Purchase Tickets

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

Order by phone at 202-633-3030, Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. A $3.00 phone service fee applies.

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Thank you to our Planning Committee members: Andrew Dye, Kyle Schmitz, Carl Bedell, Kate Warren, Lindsey Vaala, and Jocelyn Kelly