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So you’ll be visiting our nation’s capital in two weeks for the second Inauguration of President Barack Obama and all of its activities?? There will be so much going on during that weekend and we’re here to provide you with some details on what’s happening around town.



I Want the Official Inauguration Experience
Swearing In Ceremony will take place on Monday, January 21 and begins at 11:30 am. It is highly recommended that you get there early if you want to get a nice spot next to one of the large screens on the National Mall.

The Presidential Inauguration Parade along Pennsylvania Avenue will take place immediately after the swearing in ceremony.

There will be over 40 Inaugural Balls, official and unofficial, taking place in and around DC. I believe there is still time to try and get ticket for the official President Inauguration (The site is still up, click here to submit your information).

Washingtonian has a great list detailing all of the balls taking place. Some balls of interest you may want to check out: Inaugural Millennial Ball, HBCU Gala with a performance by Vivian Green, and Hip-Hop Inaugural Ball hosted by Russell Simmons.

I Want to Serve
The 2013 National Day of Service will take place on Saturday, January 19, 2013. If you want to participate, check out Greater DC Cares here for volunteer opportunities.

I Want to Be a Tourist
The operating hours for many of DC’s museums and attractions change around (well, for) Inauguration. Click here to see the days and operating hours for the places you want to see.

If you don’t mind the cold, we suggest you taking a tour of the monuments at night. It’s a completely different experience seeing them after the sun goes down. You could take yourself or choose to go on a tour (Trolley Tours or Trusted Tours are some suggestions).

I Want Fun
Contrary to popular belief, DC is a happening city. Check out our “DC Living” posts here to see the places you should go. Whether you are looking for a cool place to ice skate or a chill place to have a drink, we have it all for you. Just take a look.

Some other events going on in town include:
Grits & Biscuits
Friday, January 18
The Fillmore, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD

Power Forward: An Inaugural Cocktail Reception
Friday, January 18
Goethe-Institute/German Cultural Center, 812 7th Street NW, DC

Generation Now Party, hosted by Jessica Alba with John Legend
Saturday, January 19
Donald W. Reynolds Portrait Gallery, 8th and F NW, DC

Chef’s Ball (For the True Foodies)
Event will feature late-night bites prepared by DC celebrity chefs, an open bar, and live music
Saturday, January 19
Art and Soul, 415 New Jersey Ave NW, DC

Vaudeball! with Tilted Torch
Celebrate Inauguration with a little burlesque
Saturday, January 19
9th & Beats, 1219 9th St NW, DC

Whatever fits your fancy during Inauguration, think about transportation in advance. Some streets will be closed. If you’re looking for additional transportation option other than Metro or a taxi, try Uber. (I’ve heard good things about them.) As I hear about additional events in DC, I will be sure to update.

– G