Special Events

Sunday Night at the Museum



Sunday, August 4 7:00pm-10:00pm

NCURA’s 61st Annual Meeting will commence at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.  This museum cares for one of the world’s most expansive collections of Native American objects, photographs, and media, covering the entire Western Hemisphere from the Arctic Circle to Tierra del Fuego.  The museum’s sweeping curvilinear architecture, its indigenous landscaping, and its exhibitions, all designed in collaboration with tribes and communities, combine to give visitors from around the world the sense and spirit of Native America. 

Enjoy an evening of delicious food and refreshments, while exploring the amazing exhibits and networking with your colleagues.  

This event is included in your conference registration.  Guest tickets will be available for purchase in June. Bus transportation to and from the museum will be offered, along with a menu sure to delight. 

Based on guidelines provided by the Smithsonian, guest tickets must be purchased in advance.  Onsite, (at the Smithsonian), guest tickets for this event are not able to be processed. 

Join the Activity!

Load Buses Terrace level of the Washington Hilton 6:00pm-6:30pm
Buses depart Washington Hilton hotel for the Museum 6:30pm
Reception   7:00pm-10:00pm
1st set of buses to depart museum 8:00pm-9:00pm
Last buses to depart museum 10:00pm


Metro Stop:  L’Enfant Plaza (Blue/Orange/Green/Yellow lines), exit Maryland Avenue/Smithsonian Museums.  

Walking Directions once you get off the metro:  
Turn Right on Maryland Avenue    
Left on 6th Street    
Cross the pedestsrian cross walk to the far side of Independence Avenue and take a right
The National Museum of the American Indian will be on the left side, just passed the 4th street cross walk
Avoid the Line:  Please make sure to wear your badge and please do not bring a bag with you.  Please only bring essentials - if you choose to bring a purse, there will be a separate bag check line. Click here for a list of the museums security and policies. 

           Guest tickets are available and can be purchased onsite at the NCURA Marketplace.  


Already Registered and want to add a guest ticket? 

 Log into your NCURA account

Select "My Dashboard" at the top of the screen

Choose "My Event Registrations" under Events on the right side of the screen

Click "Edit" to add guest ticket(s) to your Annual Meeting registration and pay with a credit card. 



Tuesday Night Celebration

Tuesday, August 6th 7:00pm-11:00pm

Carnevale is a huge festival celebrated in many places around the world.  Our Tuesday Night fete theme is an NCURA version of Carnevale. Get ready for global food stations, masquerade, entertainment, music, and fun as we celebrate our global NCURA family!

Dance the night away to the DJ’s tunes, while enjoying a bite from the various food stations.  Bring the kids to join in on the fun from 7-9pm.  The DJ won’t stop then, as the dancing will continue from 9:00pm-11:00pm.

Guest tickets will be available for purchase, and kids under 13 are free!

Drink tickets will be provided at registration, and your badge is your entrance ticket. 

This event is included in your conference registration. Guest registration will be available in June.