America Now! Museum After-Hours: Solstice Edition

SOURCE: Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery and 2 others

WHAT: America Now! Museum After-Hours: Solstice Edition

WHEN: Saturday, June 23rd, 2018 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

WHERE: National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20560

Revel in the solstice at this year’s America Now, when three of your favorite museums unite for a FREE, after-hours festival celebrating the best of art and history in DC.

At the National Museum of American History: Join us for a Museum Hack scavenger hunt and solstice-related artifacts in a “secret” room containing rarely-seen items from the collections. Local fan-favorite DJ Eau Claire will be playing live on the second floor and the museum’s Warner Bros. Theater will remain open late to show “Batman” (3:30 p.m.), “The Dark Knight” (5:50 p.m.), and “The Dark Knight Rises” (8:40 p.m.). Make your own summer flower crown and get your face painted with funky, glowing designs.

For adult audiences, there will also be several hidden speakeasies around the museum featuring specialty cocktails by One Eight Distilling and District Distilling Co., as well as bars serving beer and wine. Food will be available for purchase.

Starting at 7:30 p.m., visitors are encouraged to hop on the pedi-cab procession (on us!) to continue the party at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery.

Must be 21 and older to participate in speakeasies. Movies are a paid ticket. All other activities are free and open to the public.

Continuing the festivities, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery will host an array of activities across art and performance. Eat from the city’s best food trucks, play lawn games and make art with local artists from Shop Made in DC at a Community Block Party while listening to the beats of Batala Washington and the jazz sounds of Tasty Morsels. Cool off at a boutique-designed Beer Garden in the Kogod Courtyard, get a caricature and explore the museums’ first floor exhibitions. Close out the night dancing to the sounds a live concert by Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics and Washington’s own Oddisee, with DJ music from
Ayes Cold.

Happy Hour 5:30 to 7:30 PM
Kick off the night with an immersive happy hour at the National Museum of American History. THEN…

Block Party 7:30 to 9:30 PM
Enjoy a block party, food trucks and live art making at a community block party a short pedi cab ride away at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery. THEN…

Beer Garden and Concert 9:30 to 11:30 PM
Head inside the museum and finish the night with a beer garden and live concert in the Kogod Courtyard.

All events are free to attend; no tickets required. Food and drink will be available for purchase on site. Full event details are available at:

America Now is a three-museum collaboration between the National Portrait Gallery, the National Museum of American History and the Smithsonian American Art Museum and is made possible by the generous support of the Robert and Arlene Kogod Family Foundation. The Washington Post is the media sponsor for America Now.

This year’s celebration is part of a Smithsonian-wide collaboration Solstice Saturday.

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