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The Scene Bisnow
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January 16, 2012 
 
 
It’s Inauguration Time!

A party with a purpose! The Lifting As We Climb Foundation sponsors The Enduring Legacy Inaugural Ball, Monday, Jan. 21. Party with celebrities, politicians, athletes, musicians and more. Two ballrooms, two DJs, a live band, an elaborate buffet of food and desserts, and plenty of music, fun and dancing. Tickets: $75 ea. $140 for couples. RSVP here.

 
The festivities leading up to President Obama’s second inauguration kick off this week with parties, balls, and fun events around the city at every price point from $0 to $750 and everything in between.
 
Haven’t got your plans figured out yet? Never fear, Bisnow is here to show you exactly "Where to Be Scene" this weekend. Check out our daily breakdown of happenings around town beginning Thursday through Inauguration Day.
Thursday, January 17
 
7:30 PM, Sister Cities International Inaugural Gala at the Hall of Flags, US Chamber of Commerce, 1615 H St. NW. $250/person; sponsorship tables available, info.
Friday, January 18
 
7:00 - 10:00 PM, Power Forward: An Inaugural Cocktail Reception at the Goethe-Institut / German Cultural Center, 812 7th St. NW. $60, info.
Saturday, January 19
 

6:00 PM, the 2013 Sunshine and Stars – Florida Inaugural Ball benefiting Florida House and State Society at Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW.  $500/dinner & ball, info.  

7:00 PM Black Tie & Boots Inaugural Ball, sponsored by the Texas State Society at Gaylord National Resort, 201 Waterfront St. National Harbor, MD. $250/members - $275/non-members. Cowboy hats, tuxedos and boots for men, and evening gowns for ladies, info.

7:00 – 11:00 PM, The National Bar Association Legacy Inaugural Ball at The Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum, Independence Ave SW. $300, info.

7:00 PM, 2013 Disability Community Inaugural Ball at the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW. $100, info.

7:30 PM, International Inaugural Ball at the L’Enfant Plaza Hotel, 480 L’Enfant Plaza SW. Black Tie, heavy hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, and gift bag giveaways. $85, info.

8:00 PM, Generation Now: Inaugural Kick Off Ball at Donald W. Reynolds Portrait Gallery, 8th and F NW. Hosted by Jessica Alba and John Legend. $150, info.

8:00 PM, join Suspicious Package and Art Soiree for an Indie Inauguration Weekend Party + Editorial Cartoon Art Exhibit at Malmaison, 3401 Water St NW. $15/advanced, info.

8:00 PM, join the Millennial Trains Project for the Inaugural Millennial Ball at M Central, 700 H St. NE. Creative black tie - $75, info.

8:30 PM, join the Illinois State Society for its Inaugural Gala at the Marriott Renaissance Hotel, 999 9th St. NW. Multiple open bars, heavy hors d’oeuvres, live music and dancing. $260, info.

11:00 PM, Chef Art Smith hosts the Chefs Ball at Art and Soul, 415 New Jersey Ave. NW. $75, includes late night bites, beverage, tax and gratuity. info.
Sunday, January 20
 

6:00 PM, Hawaii State Society 2013 Inaugural Ball at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel, 2800 South Potomac Ave. Arlington. $225, info.

6:00 PM, Georgetown University presents the Let Freedom Ring Concert featuring Smokey Robinson at The Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. Free – tickets required, info

7:00 PM, Green Inaugural Ball at the Newseum, 5554 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Join the broad environmental, conservation and clean tech. $400+, info.

7:00 PM, Presidential Pearl Gala at the Mandarin Oriental, 1330 Maryland Ave SW. $250, includes food, drinks, dancing, and program highlighting the Asian American and Pacific Islander political leadership, info.

7:00 PM, Humanitarian Inaugural Ball – Wings of Hope at Ronald Reagan National Airport in the Historic Terminal A Lobby, 1 Aviation Circle. $155, info.

7:00 – 11:00 PM, The Virginia Inaugural Ball, hosted by the Democratic Party of VA and the Arlington County Democratic Committee at the Westin Arlington Gateway Hotel, 801 North Glebe Rd. $250, info.

7:30 PM – 1:00 AM, The Peace Ball: Voices of Hope and Resistance at Arena Stage at The Mead Center, 1101 6th St. SW. $135, includes food & open bar - info.

7:30 – 11:00 PM, New Jersey State Society Inaugural Gala at the Washington Court Hotel, 525 New Jersey Avenue NW. Gala pays tribute to first responders and utility workers of Hurricane Sandy. Portion of proceeds benefit the relief fund. $275/individual, info.

8:00 PM, join Washingtonian for its Starry Night Inaugural Ball at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, 601 Independence Ave SW. Enjoy dinner, open bar, live music, and dancing. $199/limited time, info.

8:00 PM, The Maryland Democratic Party Inaugural Ball at the Gaylord National Hotel, Maryland Room, 201 Waterfront St. National Harbor, MD. $225, info.

9:00 PM, All American Inaugural Ball at The Hyatt Regency, Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW. Enjoy food, open bar and an evening of live entertainment and dancing. $200, info.

9:00 PM, Hip-Hop Inaugural Ball hosted by Russell Simmons at The Harman Center, 610 F St. NW. Black tie, performances and awardees TBA. $500/person, info.
 
Monday, January 21
 

10:00 AM, Inauguration Day: Swearing-In Ceremony on the National Mall, 900 Ohio Dr. SW. Senators and Representatives of the 113th Congress will distribute tickets; the non-ticketed area begins at Fourth Street NW.

2:00 PM, 2013 Inaugural Parade proceeding down 15 blocks of Pennsylvania Ave. between the US Capitol and the White House. Ticketed and non-ticket viewing areas available, info.

7:00 PM, 2013 Ambassadors Inaugural Ball at Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square, 801 K St. NW. $100-$750, info.

7:00 – 11:00 PM, the Muslim Inaugural Gala celebrating diversity across the aisle of faith at the North Hall at the Capitol Hill Eastern Market, 225 7th St. SE. $100, info.

9:00 PM, BET's Inaugural Gala presented by AT&T at Smithsonian American Art Museum, 800 G St. NW. $300, info.

9:00 PM, The Enduring Legacy Inaugural Ball, hosted by MTV's DJ Envy at the Holiday Inn Washington Capitol, 550 C St. SW. $75/single, $140/couples, info.
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