Thursday, July 25
Smithsonian’s S. Dillon Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Drive SW
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 John 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.
Capital Flair cash bar and food vendors. Must be over 21; valid ID required.
General Admission $15 in advance, $20 at the door. VIP admission tickets $25, includes special talk & tastings; limited availability. For tickets and further information the public may call 202-633-3030 or visit www.SMITHSONIANat8.com