Inaugural Events

1020202607_8aec6b88fa_mLooking for inaugural events?  This page has details on some of the many parties, black tie balls, volunteer opps and other special events happening inaugural weekend. This is by no means exhaustive–I’m posting what I see and hear about, so leave a comment if you have event news, and keep in mind some details may have changed, so please use the contact information listed to get more details. Sold out/cancelled events are deleted.







The People’s Inaugural Premiere
Historical Society of Washington DC
801 K St NW Washington, DC 20001
Tickets: $75 (Gen. Adm.) and $250 (Host Comm.)

Inaugural Weekend Kick-Off Celebration
Union Station
50 Massachusetts Avenue NE
Tickets: $125 (Gen. Adm.) and $250 (VIP)

Please note, general admission tickets don’t appear to include drinks? VIP includes 2 hours of cash bar. Music by Biz Markie, who promoters are calling Obama’s Favorite DJ. Hmm.

An Inaugural Celebration: Music. Art. Culture
903 U St NW
Tickets: $25

The Chocolate City Cultural Alliance (CCCA) is proud to present a soulcialist inauguration event. Come and celebrate the 44th president and his Platform for the Arts. Featuring music by DJs JahSonic and Stylus and Daz-I-Kue (Bugz In the Attic, UK). First drink and light breakfast buffet included!


H.O.P.E. Inaugural Youth Ball
6- 10 PM
The Trinity Center at Trinity University
125 Michigan Ave. NE
Tickets: $75 (advance sales)
A family-friendly inauguration celebration.

Pre-Inaugural Kick-Off
8 PM-2 AM
Tuscana West
1350 I St. NW
Tickets: $135 (includes open bar from 8 PM-9 PM, dinner and dancing); VIP tickets $200 (includes reserved seating, bottle service, heavy hors d’oeuvres, open bar from 8 PM-10 PM, dinner and complimentary champagne)

The People’s Inaugural Ball
Historical Society of Washington DC
801 K St NW
Washington, DC 20001
Tickets: $125 (Gen. Adm.) and $250 (Host Comm. VIP)

The Green Inaugural Ball
Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium
1301 Constitution Ave. NW
Tickets: $500 gen. adm, $1,000 VIP

Heavy hors d’ourves, premium open bar, and live entertainment featuring Wyclef Jean

DC Latino Inaugural Gala Celebration
Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School
1100 Harvard St, NW
Time: 7:00pm – 12:00am
Tickets: $125

Please join Honorary Hosts Committee members Congressman Henry Cuellar, Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez and Congressman Robert Menendez as we celebrate the Hispanic vote and the inauguration of the of the 44th President of the United States.   This event will host 300 guests for a sit down dinner gala from 8pm-12am.


California State Society’s Presidential Inaugural Luncheon and Fashion Show
11:30 AM
The Ritz-Carlton Washington, DC
1150 22nd St. NW

Chestnut Law Firm presents the Mai Thai and Mimosa Pre-Inaugural Reception
901 New York Ave NW
RSVP required by Jan. 15 to

Aloha Inaugural Ball
Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
2660 Woodley Rd. NW
Tickets: $250

Organized by former Obama campaign workers, the ball will carry out a Hawai’I theme with island entertainers and hula dancers, reminiscent of the president-elect’s years in Hawai’i.

“Dreams from My Father” American Scholars Inaugural Ball
Four Seasons
2800 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Information: or 888-584-0999
Event mistress-of-ceremonies, singer-actress Macy Gray, and expected celebrity guests including LL Cool J, Alicia Keys, and Chrisette Michelle, will gather to mark the inauguration of constitutional law scholar Barack Obama.
Tickets: $350 and $550

The People’s Inaugural LGBT Gala
Historical Society of Washington DC
801 K St NW
Washington, DC 20001
Tickets: $100 (Gen. Adm.) and $250 (Host Comm. VIP)

Mambo for Obama Ball
Zanzibar On The Waterfront
700 Water Street, SW
Washington, DC 20024
Tickets: $75, 150 and $250

The Mambo for Obama Ball celebrates the Barack Obama victory and the crucial role the Latino vote played toward that realization.

The California Bash Inaugural Celebration cal-bash
Smithsonian Air and Space Museum
Information: California Democratic Party
Tickets: $150

This event includes hosted bar and Hors d’oeuvres, dancing and live entertainment

Obama That Won! Pre-Inaugural Gala
555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Tickets: $500 VIP, $1,000 VIP, $2,500 VVIP

Kicks-off with a cocktail reception by internationally acclaimed Wolfgang Puck Catering. “CHANGE” Awards will be presented to high-profile opinion-makers from the arts & entertainment, financial and political sectors that have been influential throughout the historic “CHANGE” movement.

The Bloggerational Ball
The Reef
2446 18th Street, NW
Tickets: Free!
Information:, RSVP to

Twelve Beers on Tap – 3 to 8 dollars, Pretty Tasty food – most items under 10 dollars, Celebrating the Obama Inaugural with a bunch of really cool people – priceless.

black-hollywoodBlack Hollywood Inaugural Celebration
Love the Club
1350 Okie St NE
Tickets: $50 gen. adm. $150 VIP

Belvedere Vodka presents, Jeezy and TI Live in concert, hosted by Akon. For table reservations, call Jenny at 202-746-1736. NOTE: says: “Please note, this is not a performance!” Purchase at your own risk.


Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Servicespinna_bobbito
Throughout DC
Make it a day ON not a day off and volunteer with Serve DC for many meaningful projects throughout the city.

Free Concert! Aretha Franklin, Nuttin’ But Stringz & the Let Freedom Ring Choir
6 PM
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Millennium Stage
Tickets: Free tickets are required. Beginning at 4 pm on January 19, tickets will be distributed one (1) per person, on a first-come first-served basis, in line in front of the Concert Hall.

The Inaugural Salon
House of Sweden
2900 K St NW
Time: 1pm-6pm

CHAD EVANS and PAUL SOULELLIS (ThinkTank) are creating an intimate space for exchange and dialogue on the eve of an historic moment in US history. We are energized by the hope embodied in the transition to a new administration, and see the inauguration as a fresh celebration of possibility and openness. The Inaugural Salon is an event that gathers people who are impassioned by what they do in life to share, question and engage — while directly benefiting an important, local cause (all proceeds will be donated to City Year DC).
Natl Assoc. of Black Journalists Witness to History Reception
National Visionary Leadership Project Headquarters
1218 16th St NW
Tickets: $25 (NABJ members) and $45 (non-members)
Featuring special guest journalist and author Gwen Ifill. Tickets include drinks and hors d’oeuvres.

Arkansas State Society Inaugural Party for Razorbacks
The Washington Court Hotel
525 New Jersey Avenue NW
Information: 202-329-6711

Sunshine and Stars (Florida State Society)
Corcoran Gallery of Art
500 17th Street NW
Information: 202-298-7710

Land of Lincoln Inaugural Gala (Illinois State Society)
reception and dinner at 5:30 PM, gala follows from 8:30 PM-1:30 AM
Renaissance Washington DC Hotel
999 9th St. NW
Tickets: $400, $200 for gala only
Information: 703-451-1747
Themed “Illinois Heroes,” the State Society’s inaugural gala highlights the many magnificent cities, towns, riverfronts, and historical sites of Illinois.

Indiana Inaugural Ball
6 PM
Omni Shoreham Hotel
2500 Calvert Street NW
Tickets: $295 before Dec. 19, $350 after Dec. 19; reserved tables $7500 before Dec. 19, $9000 after Dec. 19
Information: or 202-463-4262

Featured talent includes the Singing Hoosiers from Indiana University and the Donati Orchestra.

Bluegrass Ball (Kentucky State Society)
6:30 PM
Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
2660 Woodley Rd. NW
Members: $175
Information: 202-399-2032
Chef Michael Paley from Louisville’s acclaimed Proof of Main restaurant will serve as executive chef for the inaugural gala.

Land of Enchantment Inaugural Ball (New Mexico State Society)
Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
4th St. & Independence Ave. SW
Information: 0r 505-463-3908

North Carolina Society Inaugural Ball
Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
2660 Woodley Rd. NW

Black Tie & Boots Inaugural Ball (Texas State Society)
Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center
201 Waterfront St.
National Harbor, MD 20745
Tickets: $200
Information: or 301-809-8989

History in the Making: “A Dream & A Change” Inaugural Ball
The Babyboomer Professionals
Hyatt Regency Washington
400 New Jersey Ave. NW
Tickets: $175 before Dec. 5, $199 after Dec. 5

Historically Black Colleges and Universities Inaugural Gala Ball
8 PM-1 AM
Sequoia at Washington Harbor
3000 K St. NW
Tickets: $300

Featuring a performance by Rahsaan Patterson

Heroes Red, White, and Blue Inaugural Ball

International Conservation Caucus Foundation Inauguration Gala ICC Foundation
6:30 for VIP and general receptions, 7:30 dinner
Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium
Tickets: $2,500
Information: or 202-471-4222

Pearl Gala
Asian Americans for Obama
7 PM-midnight
Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC Hotel
1330 Maryland Ave. SW
Tickets: $250
Guests are also invited to attend a morning conference about voting results, the political appointment process and the legislative issues for the next Congress.

The Historic Inaugural Ball
Sponored by Changeworks, LLC
Historic Society of Washington, DC
801 K St. NW
Tickets: $200
A gala celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday and the inauguration of Barack Obama.

Yes We Did! Celebration
Pennsylvania Democratic Party
Washington Plaza Hotel
10 Thomas Circle NW
Tickets: $150
Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, Senator Bob Casey, Chairman T.J. Rooney, members of the Pennsylvania Congressional delegation and other Pennsylvania Democrats join together for a night of fun and celebration.

Obama for Change: Organizer and Volunteer Victory Celebration
700 Water St SW
Washington DC
Tickets: $85

Club Zanzibar will be the official party location for all former Obama field staff and volunteers. If you had a part in the change movement then this is the event for you to see your colleagues and celebrate the night before Barack Obama gets sworn into be the next President of the United States!!

DC Presidential Inaugural Gala
Monday, January 19, 2009
8:00 pm – 12 Midnight
US Department of Transportation
1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
Tickets: $244.51

National Black Chamber of Commerce and NNPA Foundation Inaugural Gala
Embassy of France
4101 Reservoir Rd NW, Washington D.C.
8 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Tickets: $250
This event is a celebration of the next President of the United States of America, Barack Obama. The Gala benefits the NNPA Foundation and the NNPA Media Services Wing of the John H. Johnson School of Journalism at Howard University.

Wonderfull Inauguration Edition
2001 11th St NW
Tickets: $30

While there are many events that are going on THIS one right here is one NOT to be missed. DJ Spinna & Bobbito return to DC to bring us the Legendary “Wonderfull” party. Spinning All Stevie Exclusives, Covers, Samples, Remixes, and whatnot.


American Music Inaugural Breakfast Buffet – 7:30am-Noon (Breakfast Served 7:30-10:30 am)
Widescreen TV Viewing of President-elect Barack Obama’s Swearing-In Ceremony by Noon
Tickets: $75
Information: American Music Inaugural Balls

American Music Inaugural Brunch Buffet – 11:30am – 5:00pm (Brunch Served Noon to 2pm)
Widescreen TV Viewing President Barack Obama’s Swearing-In Ceremony & Parade
Tickets: $100
Information: American Music Inaugural Balls

Inaugural Parade Brunch (New York State Society)
11 AM-4 PM
Willard Intercontinental Hotel
1401 Pennsylvania Ave.
Tickets: Member $320, Non-members: $350
Information: 301-330-6197

State Society of Arizona Inaugural Ball
8 pm-midnight
The Historical Society of Washington, DC
801 K St. NW
Information: or 202-777-2612
NOTE: As of Jan 4, only 5 $500 VIP tickets remained

Garden State Inaugural Gala
7:30-11:30 PM
Washington Court Hotel
525 New Jersey Ave. NW
Tickets: $100 single, $175 per couple; Non-members: $125 single, $200 per couple
Information: or 202-333-5750
The gala features a performance by Bruce Springsteen tribute band, B Street Band.

MTV’s Be the Change Inaugural Ball
Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
The ball will be televised live on MTV and will feature several leading artists, celebrities and government officials (to be named later), alongside hundreds of young people who’ve been chosen to attend based on their demonstrated volunteerism.

American Music Inaugural Events
7 PM
Washington Marriott Wardman Park
2660 Woodley Rd.
Tickets: $350 for Urban Inaugural Ball, $450 for Inaugural Ball of Legends
Two Inaugural Balls under one American Music Umbrella! The Inaugural Ball of Legends is hosted by Dionne Warwick and features guests Chaka Khan, Yolanda Adams, George Clinton and even Washington Redskin Jason Taylor. And Ludacris will play host to the Urban Inaugural Ball, featuring Fantasia, Big Boi from Outkast, Cedric the Entertainer, Monica and others.

A Night of Stars (Pennsylvania State Society)
Ritz-Carlton Washington, DC
22nd and M Sts. NW
Tickets: $150 before Jan. 1, $200 on or after Jan. 1
Information: or 703-415-0344
Fox News’ Tony Perkins will emcee the event, which features performing artists from Mark Rivera Entertainment.

The George Washington University Inaugural Ball
8 PM-midnight
Omni Shoreham Hotel
2500 Calvert St. NW
Information: or 202-994-1600
The gala celebration features live bands, talent from the GW performance community, and televised Inauguration Day coverage.

Human Rights Campaign Equality Ball
Renaissance Mayflower Hotel
1143 New Hampshire Ave. NW
Tickets: $375
Guests to include Melissa Etheridge, Rufus Wainwright and Cyndi Lauper

Bytes & Books Inaugural Ball
National Coalition for Technology in Education and Training
Folger Shakespeare Library
201 East Capitol St. SE

11th American Indian Inaugural Ball
American Indian Society (AIS) of Washington, D.C.
Hyatt Regency Crystal City
2799 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, VA

Unity in Service Inaugural Ball Unity in Service
Top of the ART Great Room/Starlit Terrace
WSV Art Gallery
1100 16th Street, NW
Tickets: $120 standard and $150 preferred after Dec. 20, after Jan 15 $130 and $175

Includes light food, beer and wine

Inaugural Purple Ball
Eracism Foundation
8 PM
The Fairmont Washington Hotel
2401 M St. NW
Tickets: $500-$5,000
Guests will enjoy fine champagne and cuisine served in a purple velvet-draped ballroom; the host committee includes notable names like Amy Brenneman and Ashley Judd, and performances by Il Divo and Peter Cincotti.

Change Has Come Inaugural Gala
The Babyboomer Professionals
Hilton Washington Embassy Row
2015 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Tickets: $150

Demand in DC: Applauding the Empowerment of People Thru Art, Film, and Music
Black Cat
1811 14th St. NW
Tickets: $10
Information: or 202-667-7960

The Creative Coalition Gala Inaugural Ball
9 PM
Harman Center for the Arts
610 F St. NW
Tickets: Bronze package (2 tickets): $10,000

The President’s Ball
The Washington Times Building
3600 New York Ave. NE
Tickets: $250 – $300
Organized by the Maryland Inaugural Special Committee. Entertainment includes pianist Charles Covington and musical groups The Softones and The Rollex Band.

Young and Powerful Inaugural Celebration
Heritage India Dupont
1337 Connecticut Ave., NW
Tickets: $100

Includes Open Bar, Complimentary Champagne Toast, Dinner Buffet, and special Young & Powerful token of appreciation for all guests!

All American Ball
Westin Washington DC City Center Hotel
1400 M St. NW
Tickets: $275

According to the website, “food and all drinks are included, and service is the top priority. It just makes sense that an evening this special should be spent celebrating in style…not standing in line.”

We the People Presidential Inaugural Gala & Ball
Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Ave. NW
Tickets: $295, VIP $500
Information: (enter to win two free tickets on the homepage!)

Hosted by Bebe Winans, and organized by campaign volunteers, the gala recognizes the hard work and dedication of volunteers across the country with a VIP celebration featuring open bar, three-course dinner and live entertainment Tony Rich, Suai, and the Fabulous Fantoms.

Inaugural DC Ball
The Old Post Office Pavilion
1110 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Information: or 202-488-6990
This inaugural event is a fundraiser for the Metropolitan Police Boys and Girls Clubs of Washington DC. Tickets include beer, wine, appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages. Chuck Brown, the Godfather of Go-Go, will perform

goodstuffeateryChef Spike’s Burger Ball
Good Stuff Eatery
303 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Tickets: $99
Information: Call Micheline at (202) 543-8222 or email:

Hosted by Chef Spike of Top Chef fame, this event features 8 different handcrafted mini burgers, mini handcut fries, shakes and salads. Includes beer and wine–jeans are highly recommended.

Blue Diamond Ball
Smithsonian Museum of Natural History
Tickets: $500 gen. adm, $1,000 VIP

Heavy hors d’ourves, premium open bar, and live entertainment featuring Jackson Browne and Graham Nash

The Blue Ball
Time: 8PM-12AM
BGR Public Relations
The Homer Building
601 13th Street, NW, 11th Floor South
Tickets: $125 each
Information: or

The Blue Ball is a celebration of the Inauguration of the 44th President of the United States. It’s also a celebration of Washington’s new hue: BLUE. The Blue Ball Inaugural Celebration will be a private event. The Blue Ball is not an official Inaugural Ball. Checks Only: Made Payable to BGR Public Relations

51st State Inaugural Reception
John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Tickets: $51 per person. Purchase tickets at the Lincoln Theatre through Saturday, January 17th from the hours of 10 a.m. & 6:00 p.m. Must have proper ID and ticket to enter. NO EXCEPTIONS!
Information: Ayawna Chase, (202) 724-8024 or

The District of Columbia Young Democrats request the pleasure of your company at the DC 51ST State Inaugural Reception commemorating the 44th President of the United States of America, Barack Obama. Tickets include hors d’eouvres, buffet style on 5 floors, by Sardis Catering. Chuck Brown will perform on the main stage located on the first floor. The fourth floor will have a jazz band and tabled seating.


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