Presidential Inauguration 2013: Official and Unofficial Balls in DC

If you haven't been invited to an official ball, there are plenty of other inaugural balls you can attend.

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are expected to attend just two official inaugural balls—the Commander-In-Chief’s Ball for members of the U.S. military and the Inaugural Ball.

Both official balls are at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The ticketing period for both events has closed.

But, if you still want to get dressed up and dance the night away, there are a number of “unofficial” Inaugural Balls—ones that are sponsored by state parties or societies, non-profit organizations or other groups. While there won’t be a presidential visit, they can be a lot of fun.

Not far from Georgetown you can enjoy the 2013 Inaugural Fashion Show hosted by the California State Society at the Ritz Carlton in Foggy Bottom (22nd and M Streets, NW). The event Jan. 19 begins with a reception at 11 a.m. and luncheon at noon. Tickets are $250 per person, $3,000 for a table of 12

Looking for the official ball from your home state? Huffington Post has a guide to the inaugural balls here. You may also check out this inaugural ball guide from about.com.

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