Yuri's Night at the smithsonian
Thurs., July 25, 8–11 p.m.
S. Dillon Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Drive, SW, Washington, DC

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

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DJ Collective OneLoveMassive spins at Yuri's Night Silent Disco

When Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human to orbit the earth in 1961, he gave his nation a reason to celebrate its pioneering role in the space race.

Fifty years later, Gagarin's achievement began to be celebrated by fans of space exploration, science, and good old-fashioned partying in the first of the now-annual global events known as Yuri's Night.

Yuri's Night at the Smithsonian marks the 52nd anniversary of that historic blastoff—as well as the 44th anniversary of the first moon landing.

Grab a specialty cocktail and get in on the conversation about the future as you chat spaceships, tech, and science with the folks from SpaceUp DC.

Be a citizen scientist with the Science Cheerleaders and collect microbe samples for the International Space Station. Show off your geek chic or lunar luxe for a costume contest with prizes from ThinkGeek. Get an inside look at a space shuttle orbiter in amazing 360-degree GigaPan images by photographer Jon Brack.


In the vacuum of space, sway to the sounds of the Silent Disco with music spun by DJ Collective OneLoveMassive. VIP ticket-holders can sample the Cuban dishes that Kennedy Space Center staffer Ivette Jones prepares for astronauts on launch days.

As the sun goes down and the stars come out, surround yourself with a mix of space facts and fun at a stellar evening you won't want to miss.

Cash bar: Tortoise and Hare Catering

Get a Taste of Space!

Special feature for VIP ticket-holders

Ivette Jones puts the spice into space. This astronaut trainer's tasty Cuban dishes have become a launch-day tradition for astronauts and her fellow staffers at the Kennedy Space Center. Meet Jones, watch her prepare some of her signature dishes, and get a taste of the cooking that has earned her some really high-flying fans. (Space is limited for this special presentation.)

Yuri's Night at the smithsonian sponsors

Yuri's NightScience CheerleadersOne Love MassiveThink Geek

Ticket PRICES & policies

General admission: $15 in advance; $20 at the door, if available.

VIP tickets: $25 in advance, includes special tastings

All ticket sales are final. No refunds or exchanges.

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

A photo ID is required to enter.

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7:30 p.m. Doors Open

8-11 p.m.

Music by OneLoveMassive

Cash bar by Tortoise and Hare Catering

Science Cheerleaders table

GigaPan tour of a space shuttle orbiter

Space origami tables

Hoop and Poi performance by Alex "Babies Daddy" Emmerman & Friends

Yuri's Night temporary tattoo station

ThinkGeek costume prize table

8-8:45 p.m. Astronaut chef talk and tastings (VIP ticket-holders only)

9-11 p.m. SpaceUp sampler