Come to a great dance party, mingle with fellow space enthusiasts, and explore our theme of ”Lunar Embassy” on October 24 in Washington, DC!



For many, many, many, many, many, many years, you have been part of an elite team of bipedal hominids as crew on our beautiful, incredibly complex Spaceship Earth. Flying at over 490,000 MPH around the galactic center, the Earth offers incredible views of our celestial neighbors, provides us with water, energy, and can operate for millennia. In other words, good news: It's time to celebrate!

Yuri's Night @ IAC 2019 will be filled with dancing, drinks, art, costumes, and all things space. You might bump into an astronaut, celebrity, rocket scientist, or astrophysicist... DJ's will be spinning as we celebrate space & the power to bring us all together here on Spaceship Earth. ROCK THE PLANET!

Location: The National Union Building in Washington, DC

Special Musical Guest:


A traveler from another time and dimension bringing incredible sounds and visuals to the party.


Using augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) to put you in the middle of a rocket launch!

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To be announced soon!


Yuri’s Night @ IAC 2019 Hosts

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Loretta Whitesides

Co-Founder of Yuri’s Night

Author of “The New Right Stuff”

Motivational Speaker


Tim Bailey

Executive Director of Yuri’s Night

Parabolic Flight Crew Member

Program Management Consultant

Yuri’s Night @ IAC 2019
Space Ambassadors

Yuri's Night Ambassadors will be at the event in their dashing red sashes!
Please go up to them anytime thru the night and ask your favorite space questions!

We will announce Ambassadors soon!

Yuri’s Night Space Coast 2018 Ambassadors

Yuri’s Night Space Coast 2018 Ambassadors


Will there be food?

Some. Be sure to eat a good dinner before you come. We will have a limited amount of light snacks.

What should I wear?

We have a space themed-nightclub vibe that encourages costumes, play/cosplay and self expression! You can wear black pants or galaxy leggings, your favorite Sci-fi costume, or what you would wear to a nightclub on a Saturday night. Coming straight from the IAC to Yuri’s Night? Then you’re already in costume as a space professional!

Is this an all ages event?

Since this is a night club environment we don't encourage people to bring kids. But just like at Burning Man, some people will. If you would bring your kids to Burning Man, feel free to bring them to Yuri's Night. We are only checking your age if you want to drink.



Additional Support Provided By:

The Garden, a co-building community in Alexandria, VA

Spacetime Labs, the creative agency for science communication

The National Union Building and Events Hub DC

Special thanks to the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum, hosts of Yuri’s Night DC events in April!


On April 12, 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first human to see the Earth from space. Twenty years later, on April 12, 1981, Bob Crippen and John Young launched the era of reusable human spacecraft aboard Space Shuttle Columbia. In 2001, a group of students and young professionals kicked off a series of global parties marking this epic anniversary of human spaceflight. The United Nations officially recognized April 12 as the International Day of Human Spaceflight in 2011, the 50th anniversary of Gagarin’s flight. In 1,000 years we may not remember many of our current holidays, but the day humanity first took to the stars will certainly still be celebrated!

Yuri’s Night has evolved into a grassroots annual event with hundreds of parties around the globe (and beyond!) centered around April 12. In the US, a 501c3 non-profit organization promotes global participation and produces events in Los Angeles, CA, and along the Space Coast in Florida. Local groups, science centers, museums, NGOs, and other non-profit groups also produce events in the US and worldwide. The Yuri’s Night name, logo, and resources are available for use for anyone that wants to host an event!

This year an *epic* Yuri's Night party will take place in Washington, DC, on October 24, 2019, to celebrate the International Astronautical Congress. Come join us to celebrate the excitement of human space exploration and the gathering of so many incredible space professionals in one place!


"Circling the Earth in my orbital spaceship,
I marveled at the beauty of our planet.

People of the world,
let us safeguard and enhance this beauty--
Not destroy it!"

- Yuri Gagarin,
1st human in space, April 12, 1961