More than two dozen parties surround WHCD
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It's not just about the main event on the weekend of the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner — it's a city-wide, four-day affair.

Here are the major invite-only parties, receptions and brunches, which begin Thursday evening:

Story Partners “Welcome to Washington: A Salute to Women in Journalism”
6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Home of Gloria Story Dittus

United Nations Foundation/Washington Life magazine/Devex/Foreign Affairs magazine “The Global Beat: Celebrating Journalism Around the World”
6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
U.N. Foundation Headquarters
Bytes and Bylines Hosted by Tumblr, Allen Gannett, Eric Kuhn, and Liba Rubenstein
7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
L2 Lounge
Rock the Vote Kickoff Party presented by Fusion and Twitter
8 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Blind Whino

Politico "An Evening With John Legend"
6:30 p.m.
Longview Gallery

People/Time Cocktail Party
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
The St. Regis Hotel
Voto Latino “Our Voices: Celebrating Diversity in Media” Reception
6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
The Hay-Adams Hotel

Capitol File
6:30 p.m.
British Ambassador’s Residence

The Hill/Extra/Embassy of Canada
7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Embassy of Canada

The New Yorker
7 p.m. – 11 p.m.
The W Hotel
“The Evening Before” Party Hosted by Eric Podwall and Spotify
8 p.m.
Chaplin’s Restaurant
Creative Coalition Benefit Dinner
8 p.m.
The Supper Suite by STK

Google/The Atlantic “Art of Expression" Party
8:30 p.m.
Constitution Gardens on the National Mall

Motion Picture Association of America/Microsoft/ABC News Creativity Conference
8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
The Newseum
Event Farm “New Media Party”
9 p.m.
Carnegie Library

Mother Nature Network White House Correspondents' Jam
7 p.m. - 11 p.m.
The Fairmont Hotel
The Atlantic/National Journal Editorial Breakfast Briefing
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Teddy & The Bully Bar
Garden Brunch Hosted by Tammy Haddad, Kevin Sheekey, Hilary Rosen, Steve and Jean Case, Mark and Sally Ein, Anita Dunn, Bill Knapp, David Adler and Franco Nuschese
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Beall-Washington House
ABC News/Yahoo News Pre-Reception
5:30 p.m.
Washington Hilton, Columbia Hall
Thomson Reuters Pre- and Post-Reception
6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
10 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Washington Hilton, Georgetown Room
CBS/National Journal/Atlantic Media Pre-Reception
6 p.m.
Washington Hilton, Courtyard and Gardens
White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner
7:30 p.m.
Washington Hilton
MSNBC After Party
11:30 p.m.
United States Institute of Peace

Bloomberg/Vanity Fair                                                                                                                                                   French Ambassador’s Residence

CNN “Political Hangover” Brunch
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Toolbox Studio

Thomson Reuters Correspondents’ Brunch
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
The Hay-Adams Hotel