After Hours

Experience the museums at night with programming combining art, film, music, food, and more. Each event may feature films, pop-up concerts, tours, art making, and food and drink from local vendors.


Fridays@Freer|Sackler

Fridays, July 13, 20, 27, and August 3, 5–8 pm
Freer (in case of rain, activities will move indoors)
Free; no tickets required

You’re invited to experience vibrant summer evenings at the Freer. On July 13, 20, 27, and August 3, enjoy live music on the museum steps, drinks on the plaza and Asian flavors by local chefs (all available for purchase), and evening access to our exhibitions. Plus, catch a Made in Hong Kong Film Festival screening starting at 7 pm. The twenty-third annual Made in Hong Kong Film Festival is coorganized by the Freer|Sackler and the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office.


Folks of BengalFridays@F|S: Mystic Folk and Asian Flavors

Featuring Folks of Bengal
July 13, 5–8 pm
Freer
Free; no tickets required

Kick off our summer Fridays@Freer|Sackler series with an evening of unexpected creative collaborations and folk arts. Meet us on the Freer plaza for a fusion of flavors and experiences, featuring music from West Bengal, India, by the Folks of Bengal. Singing scroll painters and mystic music makers known as Bauls will incorporate poetry, traditional strings and drums, and colorful paintings into their performance. Hong Kong street food by Tiger Fork, modern Chinese and Korean cuisine by CHIKO, Asian-inspired cold treats by Ruby Scoops, and specialty cocktails by Please Bring Chips will be available for purchase. Cool off inside by viewing the Freer’s exhibitions and a free 7 pm screening of Shock Wave, a pitch-perfect action flick that was one of 2017’s biggest hits in Hong Kong.

This program is presented with the support of banglanatak dot com in India, Communities Connecting Heritage (US State Department and World Learning), and the 2018 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Additional support is generously provided by the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism of the Republic of Korea.


DJ Ayes ColdFridays@F|S: Global Nomads

Featuring DJ Ayes Cold and Huda Asfour
July 20, 5–8 pm
Freer
Free; no tickets required

Spend Friday night on a musical and culinary journey around the world. Catch a set by DJ Ayes Cold, known for her genre-bending sound. Delve into the repertoire of the Arab region and neighboring cultures by joining a Mashriq Maghrib Music Jam Session with Huda Asfour and other local artists. Tibetan cuisine by Chef Dorjee Tsering served in a traditional handcrafted nomad-style tent, Middle Eastern street food by Z&Z, Asian-inspired cold treats by Ruby Scoops, and specialty cocktails by Please Bring Chips will be available for purchase. Cool off inside by viewing the Freer’s exhibitions and a free 7 pm screening of Paradox, a Hong Kong action film that will take you into the Thai underworld.

This project received Federal support from the Asian Pacific American Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center. Additional support is generously provided by Aramco.


DC Mongolian Dance GroupFridays@F|S: Music in Motion

Featuring Khatanbold Urlagbaatar, DC Mongolian Dance Group, and Washington Samul Nori
July 27, 5–8 pm
Freer
Free; no tickets required

Jump-start your weekend with music and dance from East Asia. Enjoy performances by featured artists including Mongolian horsehead fiddle player Khatanbold Urlagbaatar and dancers from DC Mongolian Dance Group, who will showcase new interpretations of traditional Mongolian choreography. Then, experience the exciting rhythms and movements of traditional Korean music with Washington Samul Nori. Expanding the international experience, Tibetan cuisine by Chef Dorjee Tsering, Mongolian bites by Manhattan Café, Asian-inspired cold treats by Ruby Scoops, and specialty cocktails by Please Bring Chips will be available for purchase. Cool off inside by viewing the Freer’s exhibitions and a free 7 pm screening of Zombiology: Enjoy Yourself Tonight, a comedic riff on the zombie pop-culture craze from Hong Kong. Director Alan Lo and actress Venus Wong will join us as special guests.

Generous program support is provided by the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism of the Republic of Korea and the Embassy of Mongolia. This project received Federal support from the Asian Pacific American Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center.


Shaolin JazzFridays@F|S: Hip-Hop and Kung Fu

Featuring Shaolin Jazz
August 3, 5–8 pm
Freer
Free; no tickets required

Close out our new summer series with an evening of unexpected intersections and artistic improvisation. Drink in a blend of flavors and experiences featuring Shaolin Jazz, the brainchild of local creatives Gerald Watson and DJ 2-Tone Jones. Inspired by the iconic hip-hop supergroup the Wu-Tang Clan, Shaolin Jazz will spotlight the parallels among hip-hop, jazz, and martial arts cultures. Simultaneously, former martial arts national champion Ron Wheeler will deliver a live kung fu performance. Hong Kong street food by Tiger Fork, flavorful Indian cuisine by Rasa, Asian-inspired cold treats by Ruby Scoops, and specialty cocktails by Please Bring Chips will be available for purchase. Cool off inside by viewing the Freer’s exhibitions and a free Made in Hong Kong Film Festival screening of Legendary Weapons of Kung Fu at 7 pm. This cult classic martial arts flick gets a new soundtrack as DJ 2-Tone Jones mixes hip-hop, soul, funk, jazz, and more for a memorable moviegoing experience.

This project received Federal support from the Asian Pacific American Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center.