The essence of Africa is coming to the Smithsonian on July 13. The National Museum of African Art hosts its seasonal installment of “Africa Underground,” an exploration of the continent’s food, music and visual art.

Themed “Beneath The Stars,” the after-hours affair will include a cosmic art workshop, henna tattoos and African food buffet. Guests can groove to music from each African region, spun by DJ T, and enjoy a live performance from the Afroroots band Eme & Heteru.

“Starkid,” 2007. Acrylic on Canvas by Owusu-Ankomah, Ghana. The image is part of the exhibition “African Cosmos: Stellar Arts” at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. (Photograph by Jonathan Greet, image courtesy of October Gallery, London)

Visitors can also explore the museum and view the latest exhibition, “African Cosmos: Stellar Arts.”

In a statement, museum director Johnetta Cole said she is looking forward to this season’s event being bigger and better than those in the past.

“Each Africa Underground has topped the past one,” Cole said. “As we gather this time under the stars, I fully expect this Africa Underground to truly take off.”

Tickets are $35 and include one free drink and one serving of food. Entry will only be granted to individuals 21 and up. For tickets and more information, visit the museum’s Web site.