The National Gallery of Art’s seasonal favorite National Gallery Nights have returned for spring, and April’s event is this Thursday, April 12!
On the second Thursday of each spring month—March, April, and May—attendees can immerse themselves in magnificent artistic and cultural programs in the gallery’s East Building after hours from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Each month’s engaging program has its own theme and features a variety of interactive entertainment, including “music, live performances, art-making, and pop-up talks,” according to a National Gallery press release.
April’s theme for the event is “Garden Party.”
In a nod to spring and the end of D.C.’s National Cherry Blossom Festival, attendees can try print-making with Soul & Ink, create their own flower crowns, attend pop-up talks about the relationship between art and nature, swing dance, and much more! If you’re truly feeling the spring spirit, the National Gallery of Art encourages attendees to “don your best fascinator,” a formal and ornamental headwear (not quite a hat) you often see royalty wearing.
The last spring National Gallery Nights theme for May is “Homegrown,” celebrating the culture and art of the D.C. community.
Though National Gallery Nights are free events, attendees must register to attend, with registrations opening one week prior to each event at 12 p.m. on the National Gallery of Art’s website.
However, the gallery will also release a “limited number” of tickets on its website at 10:00 a.m. on the day of each month’s event. A small number of tickets will be available at the door beginning at 5:30 p.m. the night of each event, as well, available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Appetizers and beverages—including beer, wine, and specialty cocktails—will be available for purchase at each event.
For more information, visit the National Gallery of Art’s website.