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:

THURSDAY, APRIL 23
 
Story Partners “Welcome to Washington: A Salute to Women in Journalism”
6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Home of Gloria Story Dittus
 

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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
 

FRIDAY, APRIL 24
 
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
 
 
SATURDAY, APRIL 25
 
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

SUNDAY, APRIL 26
 
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