SAAM Arcade

SAAM Arcade

Join us on August 3-4, 2019 from 11:30 AM to 7 PM for games, good times, and more!


The fifth annual SAAM Arcade will be held on August 3 & 4, 2019. This free, family-friendly event invites gamers of all levels to test out new games and replay some of the classics! Each year, the Arcade features arcade cabinets, console games, and a selection of indie games centered around a particular theme.

This year's theme is BREAKING BARRIERS!

At SAAM, we believe that video games are a medium that has a great capacity for expanding the way Americans tell and experience stories. We also believe that this potential will only be fully realized when game makers, players, characters, companies and cultures are diverse and when all participants receive equitable and respectful treatment within these communities. In order to promote this idea, SAAM is partnering with Tanya DePass of I Need Diverse Games to present a keynote speech at the Arcade.

This year, the Arcade will showcase projects that recognize and relish the diversity of gaming audiences, where a wide-array of players can see themselves and their interests reflected on screen.

We are now accepting applications for inclusion in the 2019 event.

Apply Here

This is the logo for SAAM Arcade in blue.

2019 Events

Saturday, August 3 & Sunday, August 4
11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Keynote Talk by Tanya DePass, I Need Diverse Games
Saturday, August 3 at 6 p.m.

SAAM Arcade is presented by the Smithsonian American Art Museum in partnership with IGDA DC and MAGFest.

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A photograph of a little girl playing a video game at SAAM Arcade.

Daniel Schwartz Photography, 2017