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IlluminAsia: A Festival of Asian Art, Food, and Cultures

October 14–15, 2017

Spend a full weekend celebrating Asian art, food, and culture on the National Mall to mark our reopening this fall. Free and open to the public, IlluminAsia will transform the museums’ grounds into a vibrant night market, complete with food stalls, live music, and performances. Inside, visitors will experience the newly reimagined galleries and a series of new temporary exhibitions, as well as specially programmed in-gallery experiences.

IlluminAsia kicks off the evening of Saturday, October 14. The Saturday evening program will light up the night with a sea of lanterns, light displays, and video-art projections. Food and art stalls, hosted in partnership with Asian-American community organizations from the Washington, DC, area, will provide a multisensory experience of Asian art, food, and culture.

On Sunday, the market continues alongside a family day of activities throughout the museums, including special stroller tours for young families, hands-on art-making workshops, and kite-flying on the National Mall.

Afterward, our celebration continues with a full reopening season, featuring a spectrum of special public programs and activities. Stay tuned for more details.

IlluminAsia is copresented with the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

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The Freer|Sackler is currently closed for renovations, updates, and gallery reinstallation. The popular exhibition Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan is still on view in the International Gallery. (Enter through the Ripley Center.) Please join us for our weekend-long reopening celebration on October 14 and 15, 2017.