America Now: Celebration of Music

Event Date: 
Sat Jun 22 - Sun Jun 23, 2019 6:00pm - 12:00am
Event Location: 
1st floor, Kogod Courtyard
Event Cost: 

Free; walk-in

Go from day to night with this year’s America Now, when three of your favorite Smithsonian museums unite for a free, one-day festival celebrating the best of art and history in DC. This year is a special Celebration of Music, with hip-hop performances, DJs, and dance parties. America Now is a free event, no tickets required.

Spend your night at SAAM and the National Portrait Gallery for an evening full of live music in the beautiful Kogod Courtyard with some of your favorite DC performers, art happenings, and more. DC native Christylez Bacon will MC the opening performances from Rare Essence, DJ Beauty and the Beatz, and the Out of Town Blues Band. A special headline performance from Eric Hilton (of Thievery Corporation) with The Archives closes out the night. Cash bars close at 11:30 p.m., galleries open to midnight. Recommended for visitors 18 and older.

Be sure to read important information about wristbands, permitted personal items and a free shuttle.

Please note: the Kogod Courtyard will be closed for sound-check from 3 pm to 5:45 pm

The previously announced performance by Grammy-nominated rapper and DC native Wale has been cancelled.

America Now is a three-museum collaboration between the National Portrait Gallery, the National Museum of American History, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum and 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 America Now is part of the Smithsonian-wide initiatives Solstice Saturday and Smithsonian Year of Music 2019.

Photo credit: Pepe Gomez, PixelMe Studios