Many inaugural balls and galas will be held in honor of the Presidential Inauguration throughout the Washington, DC area in January 2013. The official inaugural balls are usually by invitation only and the President, Vice President and their families make an appearance at most of them. Many unofficial balls are sponsored by local and national organizations and are open to the public. Advance tickets are required for most events and the pricing varies.
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Official Inaugural BallsDue to the current economic conditions of the country, President Barack Obama has announced that he is cutting back on the number of inaugural balls. There will be just two official parties plus a concert honoring military families. The cutback on festivities is meant to reduce government spending and the amount of security and law-enforcement personnel needed. This will be the lowest number of balls in the past 60 years. Here are the details on the official events:
Children’s Concert - Saturday, January 19, 2013. Washington Convention Center. Hosted by Michelle Obama and Jill Biden to honor children and spouses of those serving in the Armed Forces. The concert will feature performances by Black Violin, Far East Movement, Glee! cast members Amber Riley, Darren Criss and Naya Rivera, iLuminate, Katy Perry, Mindless Behavior, The Soul Children of Chicago and Usher. Nick Cannon will host the event, with D-Nice as DJ and Rocsi Diaz and J.R. Martinez as presenters. This event is by invitation only.
Commander In Chief’s Ball – Monday, January 21, 2013. Washington Convention Center. For members of the Armed Forces. Tickets will be free for invited guests, including active duty and reserve service members, Medal of Honor recipients and wounded warriors, among others, with troops overseas participating via video. Performers will include Alicia Keys, Brad Paisley, Chris Cornell, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Hudson and Marc Anthony. A live stream of the event will be available online at www.pentagonchannel.mil.
- The Inaugural Ball - Monday, January 21, 2013. Washington Convention Center. Limited tickets were distributed to the public. The ticketing process is now closed. Performers will include Alicia Keys, Black Violin, Brad Paisley, Far East Movement, FUN., members of the Glee cast, John Legend, Katy Perry, Maná, Smokey Robinson, Soundgarden, Stevie Wonder and Usher.
More Inaugural Balls, Galas and EventsDozens of unofficial balls will celebrate the second Inauguration of Barack Obama.
(In order by date)
Pre-Inaugural and Inaugural Cruises
January 18 - January 21, 2013. Celebrate like a commander-in-chief aboard the Odyssey or the Spirit of Washington. The cruises offer picturesque views of the Potomac, dinner (or brunch) and live music and dancing.
Thursday, January 17
Sister Cities International Inaugural Gala
January 17, 2013. U.S. Chamber of Commerce, International Hall of Flags. 1615 H Street NW, Washington, DC. The Gala will showcase the role of citizen diplomats in furthering peace across the world. Tickets: $250.
Friday, January 18
Daughters of Isis Pre-Inaugural Black Tie Gala
January 18, 2013. Upscale Ballroom, 3900 Bexley Place, Suitland, MD. Live Entertainment by the Diversified Band , Music by DJ Eclipse, Heavy Hors D’ Oeuvres Buffet, Refreshments, Raffles, Dancing. Donation: $45 advance / $50 at door.
Entrepreneur Inaugural Ball
January 18, 2013. Greenbelt Marriott Hotel, 6400 Ivy Lane, Greenbelt, MD. Celebrate the inauguration and connect with other entrepreneurial individuals. Live music from Marcus Johnson, Ginger on Sax, two local soloists, celebrity entrepreneur auction, congressional guests, bar and food. Tickets: $199 / $299
Hope for St Jude Inaugural Cocktail Reception
January 18, 2013. The Hamilton Live, 600 14th Street, NW Washington, DC. Join Roland and Jacquie Martin as they kick-off Inauguration Weekend with a benefit cocktail reception for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The event boasts a live band and a host of celebrity friends as well as a silent auction featuring a Washington Redskins football signed by its quarterback Robert Griffin, III. Tickets: $250 for general admission and $400 for reserved seating.
Pre-Inaugural Celebration Ball
January 18, 2013. The Carlyle Club. 411 John Carlyle Street Alexandria, VA. Inaugural party sponsored by Brencore Entertainment. Tickets: $125.
Saturday, January 19
BWUFA Youth Presidential Inaugural Ball
January 19, 2013. Crystal City Gateway Marriott Hotel, Arlington, Virginia. Black Women United for Action is hosting its second inaugural ball for ages 7-18. The idea for the event came from an 11 year old California student, Thandie James, who in 2008 questioned why no Inaugural Balls were held for youth who wished to participate of the celebration of Presidential Inauguration festivities. Tickets are $50 Students; $50 Adults.
Black Tie & Boots Inaugural Ball
January 19, 2013. Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center. 201 Waterfront Street National Harbor, MD. The Texas State Society celebrates the inauguration with the biggest names in Texas entertainment, food and drinks, a Texas Fair, and more.
January 19, 2013. Art and Soul, Liaison Capitol Hill, 415 New Jersey Ave. NW Washington, DC. Celebrity Chef Art Smith and Executive Chef Wes Morton will co-chair the Chefs Ball, and five additional DC celebrity chefs will prepare late night bites for the event, with proceeds benefiting their charities of choice. Tickets: $75 includes late-night bites, an open bar, and live music.
Disability Community Inaugural Ball
January 19, 2013. National Press Club 529 14th Street NW Washington, DC. Disability Power & Pride and the American Association of People with Disabilities have joined together to host this important milestone in cultivating the enduring power of the disability community. Tickets: $100.
Ethiopian Inaugural Ball
January 19, 2013. Merkamo Ethiopian Restaurant, 7020 Commerce Street Springfield, VA. The celebration includes appetizers, beer, wine and music. Tickets: $40.
Florida Inaugural Ball
January 19, 2013. Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium. 1301 Constitution Avenue, NW Washington, DC. Sponsored by the Florida State Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the best interests of the State of Florida.
Illinois State Society Inaugural Gala
January 19, 2013. Marriott Renaissance Hotel. 999 9th St NW, Washington, DC. The celebration will highlight the sights, sounds, and foods of Illinois with multiple open bars, heavy hors d’oeuvres and buffet stations, continuous live music and dancing. A portion of the money raised from the Gala provides scholarships to students from Illinois who intern in the Congressional offices of the Illinois Delegation. Tickets: $250.
Inaugural Fitness Ball
January 19, 2013. Ritz Carlton, 1170 22nd Street NW, Washington, DC. Yala Fitness and the Sport Club/LA will be hosting a first of its kind Inaugural Fitness Dance party honoring the campaign, Let’s Move, created by First Lady, Michelle Obama to inspire Americans to live active and healthy lifestyles. Grammy award winning American R&B and pop recording “Ghetto Supastar” Mya will perform. All proceeds will be donated to the Let’s Move initiative. Tickets: $50 online $75 at the door, Attire: Your cutest athletic wear.
Indiaspora 2013 Inaugural Ball
January 19, 2013. Mandarin Oriental, Washington, DC. 1330 Maryland Ave. SW Washington DC. The ball will highlight the very best in Indian American cuisine, culture and music. Guests may choose traditional "black tie" or Indian formal attire. Tickets: $250.
International Inaugural Ball
January 19, 2013. L’Enfant Plaza Hotel, 480 L'Enfant Plaza, SW, Washington, DC. The ball is presented by Inner Caucus Entertainment Inc. and WHUR 96.3 FM (Howard University Radio). Five rooms of entertainment with guest appearance by Will Downing. Tickets: 85.
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