Celebrations

We draw on cultural traditions from across Asia in festivals and events that bring the museums to life for visitors of all ages. Immerse yourself in celebrations featuring art, music, theater, dance, and food that highlight local and international artists and communities.


Indian Vegetarian Food Festival
Sunday, June 16, 10:30am-3:00pm
Freer plaza

Participate in the Indian Embassy’s DC Day of Yoga from 8:30-10:30am at the Washington Monument, and afterwards head to the Freer|Sackler to sample a delicious array of vegetarian dishes from across India, all available to purchase from local vendors on the museum plaza.


Solstice Saturday
Saturday, June 22, 5:30 pm–12 am
Freer|Sackler

Ring in summer at Solstice Saturday, a Smithsonian-wide celebration of the season with special events, programming, and late-night hours at museums and other locations. At the Freer|Sackler, experience the art and cultures of Asia through performances, art making, unique tours, and our exhibitions. From 5 to 9:30 pm, mark the final hours of Empresses of China’s Forbidden City, 1644­–1912 with fascinating curator talks, Chinese opera, food, and more. The celebration continues in the Freer until midnight.

  • DJ Performance, Renwick Gates, Haupt Garden, 5-9:30pm
  • Entertainment for an Empress: Chinese Opera, 6:30, 7:30, and 8:30 pm, Sackler Pavilion
  • Art for an Empress: Create Your Own Royal Portrait, 5–9 pm, Sackler pavilion
  • Food for an Empress: Recipes from the Chinese Imperial Court, 5­–9 pm, ImaginAsia Studio
  • Fashion for an Empress: Artisans at Work, 5–9 pm, Sackler level B2
  • Gallery Talks: Empresses of China’s Forbidden City, 5:30 and 7:30 pm, Sackler level B1 lobby
  • Gallery Talks: Peacock Room Behind the Scenes, 8:30, 9:30 and 10:30 pm, Freer