Inaugural Balls 2017: A Guide to Inaugural Balls and Galas

What You Need to Know to Attend a Celebration for the Presidential Inauguration

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Many inaugural balls and galas are held in honor of the Presidential Inauguration throughout the Washington, DC area. 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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The public can participate in many of the celebrations. For all of the details, see a complete guide to the 2017 Inauguration Events in Washington DC

Official Inaugural Balls and Tickets

The Trump Inauguration will include just two official balls, plus one to honor the U.S. armed forces and first responders. More details to be announced. Tickets to the official balls are usually restricted to public officials and those with political connections. The general public can attend many events that are coordinated by non-profit organizations as listed below.

2017 Inaugural Balls, Galas and Events

These events have been announced and many of them have tickets on sale now. Most events are open to members and non-members of the organization. (In order by date)

Sister Cities International Inaugural Gala - January 17, 2017. Location and more details to be announced.

The Gala will showcase the role of citizen diplomats in furthering peace across the world. Tickets: $150-$250.

Inauguration Week Cruises -  January 18-22, 2017. Celebrate like a commander-in-chief aboard the Odyssey or the Spirit of Washington. The cruises offer picturesque views of the Potomac, lunch, brunch or dinner  and live music and dancing.

Prices range from $59.90-$162.90 per adult, and $35.95 -$127.90 per child. 

Bluegrass Ball - January 18, 2017. Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert St. NW Washington DC. Sponsored by the Kentucky Society of Washington. The inaugural celebration will feature an exclusive Kentucky Bourbon Trail (®) Reception with legendary members of the Kentucky Distillers' Association, providing guests with the opportunity to taste a selection of Kentucky Bourbons and hear firsthand about the history and distilling process of each featured product. Tickets: $300-350.

Presidential Inaugural Luncheon, A Celebration of California Culture - January 19, 2017, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.  The Ritz Carlton, 1150 22nd St NW, Washington, DC. The event, sponsored by the California State Society, will feature a menu inspired by California native and DC-based Chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley, a performance by Tony-award winning singer Christian Hoff, and more. Tickets: $250. 

Black Tie and Boots Inaugural Ball - January 19, 2017. Gaylord National Resort, 201 Waterfront St., National Harbor, MD.  Sponsored by the Texas State Society of Washington DC, the celebration is well known for its Texas-sized pomp and circumstance. Tickets: $275.

Deplorables Inaugural Ball - January 19, 2017. Ronald Reagan International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington DC. The Deplorables Nation is invited to celebrate the inauguration of President-Elect Donald J. Trump and Vice President-Elect Mike Pence at the largest party of the Presidential Inaugural Season.  Tickets: General Admission - $500 | VIP - $1,000 | VIP Table of 10 - $10,000.

PETA's Inaugural Ball - January 19, 2017. Willard InterContinental Hotel, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington DC. Pamela Anderson, who recently called on the president to pardon Julian Assange, and conservative political strategist Mary Matalin, who, together with her husband, James Carville, helps PETA defeat "ag-gag" laws, will welcome D.C.'s movers and shakers across party lines the night before the inauguration at the Animals' Party, which will celebrate members of Congress involved in animal protection. Tickets: $100 and up.

Asia Pacific American Presidential Inaugural Gala - January 19, 2017. The Mayflower Hotel,  1127 Connecticut Avenue NW Washington, DC. Honor Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who have been nominated to serve in the new Trump Administration. Celebrate with prominent dignitaries and Presidential appointees, network with key Asian American and Pacific Islander community leaders, enjoy live performances and more. Tickets: $75-150.

Arkansas Inaugural Gala - January 19, 2017. Location and details to be announced.  The event salutes the state of Arkansas and celebrates the inauguration of President. Entertainment will be presented by Arkansas-based entertainers.  

All American Inaugural Ball - January 19, 2017. Hyatt Regency Washington, Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW Washington, DC. The event is a tribute to the myriad of American heroes who sacrifice on behalf of others every day. Guests will enjoy live performances, a comedy show, strolling entertainers and more. Tickets: $150-350.

Latino Inaugural - January 19, 2017. Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 1330 Maryland Avenue SW Washington DC.  This event will gather some expected 600 guests from various professions and will feature Latino entertainment and cuisine. Special guest, Brazilian World Cup Champion Ronaldino Gaucho will be in attendance along with Congressman Zinke. Tickets: $200.

Garden State Inaugural Gala - January 19, 2017. Washington Court Hotel. 525 New Jersey Ave. NW, Washington DC. Sponsored by the New Jersey State Society. Dance to the live and legendary Springsteen tribute band, the B-Street Band. Dine in the upscale Boardwalk Café, enjoy four-hour open bars throughout, and compete for prizes in the Classic Amusements Fun Zone and the Wildwood Boardwalk Arcade.

2017 Inaugural Heartland Ball - January 19, 2017. Illinois State Society Inaugural Gala - Marriott Marquis, 901 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC. The celebration will highlight the sights, sounds, and cuisine of Illinois with multiple open bars, heavy hors d’oeuvres and buffet stations, live music, dancing, and more. Tickets: $500 Dinner and Ball, $300 Ball Only, $180 Ball Only for guests under the age of 30. 

South Carolina Presidential Inaugural Ball - January 19, 2017. Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery, 8th St NW & F St NW, Washington, DC. The South Carolina State Society, Inc. of Washington, DC is a nonprofit section  organization that connects South Carolinians in the nation’s Capital and surrounding areas. Tickets will go on sale November 9, the day after the election.

The Vettys Inaugural Ball and Awards - January 20, 2017. The Hay-Adams, 800 16th St NW, Washington, DC. The event is hosted by the Coalition to Salute American Heroes, Military Order of the Purple Heart and Disabled American Veterans with Paralyzed Veterans of America as a non-partisan celebration. Tickets: $350-1250.

Inauguration Day at the Newseum - January 20, 2017. Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC. This is a one-of-a-kind, all-inclusive Presidential Inauguration Celebration Experience from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Newseum, an interactive museum of free expression located steps from the inaugural parade route on historic Pennsylvania Avenue, will offer guests a front-row seat to history as the 45th president of the United States takes the oath of office at the U.S. Capitol and leads the inaugural parade past the Newseum to the White House. Tickets: $350-$500.

Native Nations Inaugural Ball - January 20, 2017National Museum of the American Indian, 4th St and Independence Ave NW Washington DC. The ball will launch the campaign to build the National Native American Veterans Memorial on the museum’s grounds, and it is scheduled to be completed by Veterans Day 2020. On January 21 and 22, the museum will host a free event,  “Out of Many: A Multicultural Celebration of Music and Dance.” featuring Native performers from across the country.

Great American Inaugural Ball 2017 - January 20, 2017. MGM National Harbor, National Harbor, MD. Tickets: $200-500.  All revelers will enjoy open bars and elegant food stations in multiple event spaces including a spacious 3,000-person theater, a lavish grand ballroom, and the MGM's massive casino where guests can try their luck at slots, table games, and poker.

The Inaugural Ball for the Arts - January 20, 2017. Harman Center for the Arts, 610 F Street NW, Washington, DC.  Sponsored by the Creative Coalition. The benefit gala is hosted by luminaries from the entertainment industry; as well as Congressional, state and other federal officials; as well leaders, influencers and tastemakers from the Fortune 500 C-suite, policy, media, arts and letters.  Tickets: $3000 and up. 

Inaugural Ball 2017: Celebrating Education in the Digital Age - January 20, 2017. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St.SE Washington DC. Sponsored by the National Coalition for Technology in Education and Training, the black tie affair is hosted by the nation’s technology and education leaders as they honor the swearing-in of America’s President and Congress.

Dardanella: The Great Gatsby Presidential Inaugural Ball - January 20, 2017. National Portrait Gallery & Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th St NW & F St NW, Washington, DC.. A non-political political event! A chance to step back to the end of the 1st World War, the Volstead Act (in memoriam), Prohibition, Women's Suffrage, and the roaring sights and sounds of the 1920’s.  11 piece orchestras, dance lessons, performances, contests, vintage paper moon photo sets and more, all in White Tie / Black Tie.  Open Bar & Hors D’oeuvres included. Tickets: $150-$450.

Salute to Heroes Inaugural Ball -  January 20, 2017. The Renaissance Washington, 999 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC. The American Legion and Veterans Inaugural Committee host a tribute to America's Medal of Honor recipients and newly sworn in President Donald Trump.  Comedian Drew Carey will emcee the event. The evening will feature a special performance by Rascal Flatts lead vocalist Gary LeVox, joined by songwriters Neil Thrasher and Wendell Mobley, presented by Songs for Sound.  Guests at the Veterans Inaugural Ball will also include senior military officers, elected and government officials, celebrities, corporate citizens and other members of the Armed Forces. Tickets: $300.

Gays for Trump Inaugural Ball - January 20, 2017. William F. Bolger Center,  9600 Newbridge Dr, Potomac, MD. TRUMP TRAIN Inaugural Ball benefiting the Gays for Trump Organization. All Deplorables, LGBT, & Allies are Invited. Dress to Impress, Costumes, Drag, Dressy, Flashy, Be Yourself! Three course meal,  4 hour open bar and reception. Tickets: $199. Special Rate & Code for Rooms are available.

Inauguration Debate Showcase & Gala - January 20 and 20, 2017.  Impact Hub DC, 419 7th Street NW Washington, DC. Sponsored by the DC Urban Debate League. Enjoy a night of discourse, debate, civil conversation, discussion and fun on this historic day. There will be four different showcases for the evening. Also musicians, actors, singers and dancers will showcase their talents beyond the debate room. Tickets: Before Jan 17 $25 Friday, $50 Saturday and $60 for both nights, after $50 Friday, $100 Saturday, $125 both nights. TIckets available at the door for full price. 

Washingtonian Inaugural Ball - January 21, 2017. National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art  Museum. 8th and F Streets, NW, Washington, DC. The Washingtonian Inaugural Ball is a nonpartisan event including dinner, open bar, live music, dancing, and more. Tickets: $275-$350.

Many events are also being held to empower and unite those opposed to the policies of the incoming President. See a guide to Inauguration Protests, Rallies and Anti-Balls in Washington DC. 

Hotels and Accommodations in Washington DC

Book your hotel as early as possible as the most convenient destinations will sell out. 

Past Inaugural Events

Dozens of unofficial balls celebrated the second Inauguration of Barack Obama. These events give you an idea of other celebrations that may be planned for the coming inauguration.

Entrepreneur Inaugural Ball - 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 - 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.

BWUFA Youth Presidential Inaugural Ball - 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.

Chefs Ball - 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 - 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 - Merkamo Ethiopian Restaurant, 7020 Commerce Street Springfield, VA. The celebration includes appetizers, beer, wine and music. Tickets: $40.

Inaugural Fitness Ball - 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.

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These events were held for the 2013 Inauguration

Jamaican Inaugural Ball - National Education Association Building. 1201 16th Street NW, Washington, DC. Party Jamaican style and celebrate the inauguration and the continuing warm relationship of the USA/Jamaican governments. All proceeds will go to the David Hunt Scholarship Fund which provides scholarships to deserving students at Calabar High School and Kingston College, in Jamaica.



Kappa Alpha Psi Inaugural Ball - Sheraton Crystal City Hotel, 1800 Jefferson Davis Highway Arlington, VA Join the Kappas of the Washington DC area for a celebration with food, drinks and live entertainment featuring special guests Spur of the Moment and Raheem DeVahughn. Tickets: $125.

Moving Forward America - Tony and Joe’s Seafood Place, 3000 K St. NW Washington, DC. Presidential Inaugural Gala hosted by Friends of Friends. Live Jazz and views of the Potomac River. Tickets: $150 and up.

National Association of Minority Government Contractors Inaugural Gala - Tuscana West, 1350 I Street, NW Washington DC. The organization is celebrating the re-election of Barack Obama with a Pre-Inaugural Gala. Tickets $85.00 (before December 15), $105.00 (after).

OurTime.org GENERATION NOW Party -Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture. 8th and F Streets NW Washington, DC. OurTime.org celebrates the next generation of American voters with performances from some of the biggest names in entertainment, including Will.i.am, John Legend, and more.

Tickets: $150, Student with ID: $75.

Stafford Branch of the NAACP Inaugural Gala - Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center. 2371 Carl D. Silver Parkway Fredericksburg, VA. Hosted by the Stafford Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), a non-profit civil rights organization.

(540) 903-2393. Dinner, cash bar, live music from Brencore All Stars Band, giveaways and more! Tickets: $100.

Virgin Islands Association Inaugural Ball - Crowne Plaza Hotel - Old Town. 901 North Fairfax Street Alexandria, VA. Formed In the 1980s as a DC nonprofit organization by Virgin Islanders in the DC Metropolitan area, the Virgin Islands Association (VIA) promotes fellowship. In addition to annual events, VIA spearheads fundraising to provide scholarships for college-bound high school students from the Virgin Islands. Invited Speakers: Darron P. Monteiro, Deputy Associate Director of Public Engagement (White House), Congresswoman Donna M. Christensen, Delegate to Congress, and members of the newly-elected 30th Legislature of the Virgin Islands. Tickets: $100.

Artist's Inaugural Ball - Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H Street NE Washington, DC. This is an Inaugural Ball for the creative communities of DC to come together and participate in the creative efforts of our local community showcasing local artists, performers, musicians and craftsmen. Tickets: $60 until January 10, $70 thereafter and at the door.

Green Inaugural Ball - Newseum, 5554 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington DC. The ball brings a diverse set of groups from among the energy, environment, conservation, and clean-tech community to celebrate the past four years of accomplishment in these areas and a look forward to the next four years.

Tickets: $400.

All American Inaugural Ball - Hyatt Regency, Capitol Hill. 400 New Jersey Ave NW Washington, DC. The ball both recognizes and honors American heroes and celebrates the inauguration of Obama and Biden. Tickets: $175.

American Indian Inaugural Ball - Crystal Gateway Marriott. 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway Arlington, VA. Presented by the American Indian Society of Washington, DC. Tickets: $140.

Hawai'i State Society Inaugural Ball - Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel. 2800 Potomac Ave, Arlington, Virginia

Jack and Jill of America, Inc., Montgomery County Maryland Chapter Heritage Inaugural Ball - Silver Spring Civic Center, One Veteran Place, Silver Spring, MD. Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated is the oldest and largest African-American family organization in the United States.

The family-friendly event features dancing, food and activities. Children must be ages 5 and up. Tickets: $50 Adults; $25 for Children 5-17.

Latino Inaugural - Kennedy Center, 2700 F St., NW Washington DC. Raúl Esparza, José Feliciano, Juan Diego Flórez, Melanie Griffith, George Lopez, Mario Lopez, Rita Moreno, Chita Rivera, Robert Rodriguez, Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner, Ballet Hispanico, Coral Contigas, Coro de Niños de San Juan, the Esperanza Azteca Youth Orchestra, the Pan American Symphony Orchestra and other entertainers will headline in an event honoring the presidential inauguration and Latino arts and culture. Opera House Tickets: $300, Eisenhower Tickets: $150. Admission includes a post-performance reception.

The Peace Ball: Voices of Hope and Resistance - Arena Stage at The Mead Center For American Theater. 1101 6th Street, SW Washington DC. Confirmed guests: Amy Goodman, Katrina vanden Heuval, Ralph Nader, Alice Walker, Van Jones, Nicole Lee, Avis Jones-DeWeever, Julian Bond, Marian Wright Edelman, Medea Benjamin, Etan Thomas, Dave Zirin, Barbara Ehrenreich, and Phyllis Bennis. Confirmed organizations: Democracy Now!, The Nation, The National Council of Negro Women, TransAfrica, Progressive Democrats of America, and Code Pink. Tickets: $135.

Pennsylvania Society Inaugural Gala - The Ritz-Carlton. 1150 22nd Street, NW Washington, DC. Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Society of Washington, DC

Presidential Gala - Bolling AirForce Base Club/Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, DC. Organized by Lady Alpha and Access Gauff. Tickets: $130 and up

Presidential Pearl Gala - Mandarin Oriental Hotel. 1330 Maryland Ave. SW Washington DC. This is the premier Asian American Pacific Islander ball and will bring together members of Congress, Asian American and Pacific Islander leaders, entrepreneurs, celebrities, friends and allies to the community, and public policy makers to celebrate AAPI political participation and strategize in anticipation of the new administration and Congressional session. Tickets: $250.

Second Chances Gospel Concert and Prayer Service - Metropolitan AME Church. 1518 M Street, NW Washington, DC. The concert is being presented by Vote With Authority, the faith-based voter advocacy coalition, as a part of a series of faith-based events that will take place during inauguration weekend. Guest artists include Beverly Crawford, Earl Bynum & The Mount, Dr. John Butler, Brandon Camphor & One Way, and Monique Walker-Davenport. Tickets: General admission $35, Deluxe passes $55 (include preferred seating and a meet and greet with artists).

South Dakota State Society's Inauguration Celebration - Bistro Bistro, 1727 Connecticut Avenue NW Washington, DC. Celebrate with fellow South Dakotans. Tickets: $100.

Ambassadors Inaugural Ball - Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square, The Historical Society of Washington, DC, 801 K Street, NW • Washington, DC. The event promotes international peace, unity and diplomacy with a diverse entertainment lineup including world class singers, bands and a live DJ. Representing countries include Suriname, Gambia, Macedonia, Panama, Botswana, Trinidad and Tobago, Liechtenstein, Morocco, Albania, Bahrain, Kosovo, Slovenia, Guyana, Congo, Oman, Bangladesh, Côte d’Ivoire and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Tickets: $250.

Glen Echo Inaugural Ball - Glen Echo Park’s Spanish Ballroom, 7300 MacArthur Blvd, Glen Echo MD. This event is presented by the Folklore Society of Greater Washington in cooperation with the World Music and Dance Institute, as a benefit for the Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts & Culture. ) This alternative, non-partisan fundraiser will feature Waltz and couples dance music by The Gigmeisters and virtuoso performances in styles ranging from swing to Viennese waltz, and vintage dance music. Tickets: $20.

National Congress of Black Women Inaugural Celebration - Jenny's on the Waterfront, 1000 Water Street SW Washington, DC. The event starts in the morning with brunch, refreshments all day, dinner and entertainment in the evening. For more information, call (202) 678-6788.

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