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America Now 2018: Solstice Edition.

With National Museum of American History
Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery
FREE

Revel in the extra hours of daylight with this special museum after-hours party! This three-museum collaboration celebrates the best of art and history in DC. Grab Happy Hour at the National Museum of American History with a unique soundscape created by DC’s Own Eau Claire and search for hidden speakeasies. Continue the fun at Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery with a community block party, beer garden, and live music by Ruby Velle and the Soulphonics, and D.C.’s own Oddisee.

America Now is free to the public and open to general audiences; drinks and food for purchase at each location. #AmericaNowSI

Events

National Museum of American History

Special Programs: 5:30–8:30 p.m.
Location: Constitution Avenue, between 12th and 14th streets N.W.
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America Now kicks off its Solstice Edition in honor of the year’s longest day with themed activities:

  • DJ Eau Claire setting the mood
  • Secret Speakeasy featuring specialty cocktails
  • Glow in the dark face painting
  • Flower crown making
  • Rarely seen objects out of storage
  • Museum Hack designed Scavenger Hunt

Hop on a pedi-cab (on us!) as early as 7:30 p.m. to continue the fun at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery.
Food and drink are available for purchase. Must be 21 and older to participate in speakeasy.

The National Museum of American History will be open until midnight as part of the Smithsonian’s Solstice Saturday events.

Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery

Special Programs: 7:30–11:30 p.m.
Location: Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard - Eighth and F streets N.W.
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Continuing the festivities, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery host an array of activities across art and performance.

7:30–9 p.m. - Community Block Party on Eighth and F Streets N.W.:

  • Food trucks
  • Lawn games
  • Craft-making activities with local artists organized in collaboration with Made in DC
  • Beats of Batala Washington and the jazz sounds of Tasty Morsels
  • Community partners DowntownDC Business Improvement District, Shakespeare Theater Company, Woolly Mammoth Theater Company, FreshFarm Market

9–11:30 p.m. - Festivities continue inside the Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard:

  • Boutique-designed Beer Garden by DC designer Adriana Salame-Aspiazu of the Cherry Blossom and Game of Thrones pop-up bars
  • Portraits by DC-based caricature artists
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery’s first floor exhibitions open late
  • Dancing to DJ Ayes Cold
  • Major live concert by Ruby Velle and the Soulphonics
  • Performance by D.C.’s own Oddisee

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

This year’s celebration is part of a Smithsonian-wide collaboration “Solstice Saturday” and the “By the People Festival,” led by Halcyon. Most Smithsonian museums will be open late on June 23. Details are outlined at www.si.edu/SolsticeSaturday.