Some lucky and fast-acting members of the general public will be able to attend one of the two invitation-only “official” inaugural balls. The Presidential Election Committee announced Friday that “a limited number of tickets for the Inaugural Ball” will be made available to the general public. Up to two tickets will be issued on a first come, first served basis to individuals who sign up at a special Web page. The public tickets cost $60 each.
The Inaugural Ball will be held Monday, January 21, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in downtown DC, the same location for the other official ball, the Commander-in-Chief’s Ball for members of the military.
Numerous organizations are sponsoring dozens of other unofficial and state balls throughout the city, beginning on Thursday, January 17. Most of these balls are open to all for the price of a ticket. Our list of inaugural balls is updated on a regular basis.