Inauguration festivities list

President Obama’s inauguration for a second term will include multiple events scattered across several days.

There are both official and unofficial festivities. The Hill has compiled a list of them from a variety of sources, including the official inauguration schedule, press releases, media reports and event websites. Keep in mind the events are invitation-only or ticket-only.



• President Obama, first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama describes Barack's favorite movies: 'Everybody is sad, then they die' Michelle Obama on coping with low-grade depression: 'Nobody rides life on a high' Sarah Silverman urges Congress to pass voting bill: 'What kind of politician wants to keep people from voting?' MORE, Vice President Biden, Jill Biden and various Cabinet members will participate in a National Day of Service at various locations throughout Washington. There will also be a Service Summit on the National Mall that begins at 9:30 a.m. Chelsea Clinton is the honorary chairwoman and will be at the Mall event along with actress Eva Longoria and Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden.

• Michelle Obama and Jill Biden will host a Kids’ Inaugural Concert at 6 p.m. at the Washington Convention Center.


• Obama and Biden will visit Arlington National Cemetery to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Solider.

•Biden is officially sworn in at the Naval Observatory at 
8:15 a.m.

• Obama is officially sworn in in the Blue Room of the White House at 11:55 a.m.

The Constitution states that presidential terms end at noon on Jan. 20. When that falls on a Sunday, it’s traditional for there to be a ceremonial swearing-in on Monday at the Capitol.


• The Swearing-In Ceremony on Capitol Hill begins at 11:30 a.m. 

Here is the order of events for the ceremony: There will be musical performances by the United States Marine Band; PS 22 in Staten Island, N.Y.; and Lee University Festival Choir from Cleveland, Tenn.

• Sen. Charles SchumerChuck SchumerBiden 'encouraged' by meeting with congressional leaders on infrastructure Republicans welcome the chance to work with Democrats on a bipartisan infrastructure bill Cheney sideshow distracts from important battle over Democrats' partisan voting bill MORE (D-N.Y.), the chairman of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies (JCCIC), will give welcoming remarks. Myrlie Evers-Williams will give the invocation. The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir will sing. Associate Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will administer the oath of office to Biden. James Taylor will perform “America the Beautiful.” John Roberts, chief justice of the United States, will swear Obama in. Obama will give his Inaugural address. Kelly Clarkson will sing “My Country ’Tis of Thee.” Richard Blanco will read a poem. The Rev. Luis Leon of St. John’s Church will give the benediction and then Beyonce will sing the national anthem.

• After the ceremony, the Obamas, the Bidens, members of Congress and guests will have lunch in Statutory Hall in the Capitol building.

• After lunch, Obama will review the troops from the East Front of the Capitol.

• Then the Inaugural Parade begins around 2:35 p.m. The Obamas and Bidens will both participate. Its path goes down Pennsylvania Avenue, where there are viewing stands and bleachers. The parade will feature participants, floats and vehicles representing more than 58 groups.

• The Commander in Chief’s Inaugural Ball, honoring members of the military, begins at 6 p.m. at the Washington Convention Center.

• The Inaugural Ball, for Obama’s supporters, begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Washington Convention Center.

• The Kids’ Inaugural Concert on Saturday and official balls will feature appearances by Alicia Keys, Brad Paisley, the Far East Movement, members of the cast of “Glee,” John Legend, Katy Perry, Marc Anthony, Mindless Behavior, Nick Cannon, Smokey Robinson, the Soul Children of Chicago, Stevie Wonder, Usher and others to be announced.


• The Obamas and the Bidens will participate in a National Prayer Service at the Washington National Cathedral at 10:30 a.m.


• The Daily Download and Purple Nation Solutions hosts a panel discussion on “The Media and Beltway Gridlock” with CBS’s Bob Schieffer, MSNBC’s Michael Steele, Fox’s Lanny Davis and CNN’s Howard Kurtz. It begins at 8:30 a.m. at McCormick & Schmick’s.

• Williams Mullen hosts a reception at the Army and Navy Club at 5 p.m.

• Women in Congress reception at the Whittmore House at 6 p.m.

• The Latino Leaders Network hosts a “Tribute to Mayors” dinner at Smith & Wollensky at 6:30 p.m.

• Entrepreneur Inaugural Ball at the JW Marriott Hotel at 7 p.m.


• California Inaugural Luncheon and Fashion Show at the Ritz Carlton Hotel at 11 a.m.

• Danny Glover and John Legend host a screening of “The House I Live In” at the Shiloh Baptist Church at 12:30 p.m.

• People for the American Way hosts an inaugural party at the Willard Hotel at 6 p.m.

• Kentucky Bluegrass Ball at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel at 6:30 p.m.

• The Alaska State Society holds an inaugural reception at Sonoma at 6:30 p.m.

• Virgin Islands Association Inauguration Ball at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Alexandria, Va., at 7 p.m.

• National Bar Association at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum at 7 p.m.

• Texas Black Tie & Boots Inaugural Ball at 7 p.m. at the Gaylord National Resort, National Harbor, Md.

• Oklahoma State Society Inaugural Gala at Clyde’s of Gallery Place at 7 p.m.

• Iowa State Society “First in the Nation Celebration” Inaugural Party at the Museum of Women in the Arts at 7:30 p.m.

• International Inaugural Ball at the L’Enfant Plaza Hotel at 7:30 p.m.

• New Mexico Inaugural Ball at the Carnegie Institution for Science at 7:30 p.m.

• The Generation Now Party hosted by Jessica Alba at the Donald W. Reynolds Portrait Gallery at 8 p.m. Other guests include Will.i.am, Common, John Legend and T-Pain.

• Historically Black Colleges and Universities Inaugural Ball at the Sphinx Club at Franklin Square at 8 p.m.

• North Carolina Society Inaugural Ball at the Stars and Stripes Club, Nationals Ballpark, at 8 p.m.

• The Indiaspora Ball at the Mandarin Oriental will highlight the best in Indian American cuisine, culture and music. It begins at 8 p.m.

• The Vaudeville Inaugural Ball hosted by Tilted Torch at 9th and Beats at 8 p.m.

• The Jamaican Inaugural Ball at the National Education Association at 8 p.m.

• Illinois State Society Inaugural Gala at the Renaissance Hotel at 8:30 p.m.

• Kappa Alpha Psi Inaugural Ball at the Sheraton Crystal City Hotel at 9 p.m.

• California Democratic Party at the Washington Court Hotel on Capitol Hill at 9 p.m.

• The Root Inaugural Ball at the National Museum of American History at 9 p.m.

• Chef Art Smith will host a late-night Chefs Ball at Art and Soul. Executive Chef Wes Morton will co-chair the event and five additional D.C. celebrity chefs will prepare late-night bites, with proceeds benefiting their charities of choice. It starts at 10:30 p.m.


• Google is partnering with the Center for American Progress and Elle to host a brunch celebrating the inauguration and the record number of women serving in Congress. It will take place at the National Portrait Gallery and guests can drop in at any time and join in the Sunday morning tradition of brunch with friends, great coffee and a crossword puzzle.

• The Daily Beast Bipartisan Brunch takes place at 11 a.m. at Café Milano and features Tina Brown, Harvey Weinstein, Eva Longoria, Mark McKinnon and Pamela Thomas-Graham.

• Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenLawmakers bicker over how to go after tax cheats Warren calls for US to support ceasefire between Israel and Hamas Sanders: Netanyahu has cultivated 'racist nationalism' MORE (D-Mass.) and Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillMissouri Republicans move to block Greitens in key Senate race Democratic Kansas City, Mo., mayor eyes Senate run Demings asked about Senate run after sparring with Jordan on police funding MORE (D-Mo.), Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardFox News says network and anchor Leland Vittert have 'parted ways' New co-chairs named for congressional caucus for millennials Tulsi Gabbard blasts new House rules on gender neutral language as 'height of hypocrisy' MORE (D-Hawaii), Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen SebeliusKathleen SebeliusWorking for lasting change Former HHS secretary Sebelius joins marijuana industry group More than 200 Obama officials sign letter supporting Biden's stimulus plan MORE and President of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund Chuck Wolfe speak at an EMILY’s List brunch at 11 a.m. at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel.

• Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenMaher chides Democrats: We 'suck the fun out of everything' Why Caitlyn Jenner should not be dismissed #MeWho? The hypocritical silence of Kamala Harris MORE (D-Minn.) holds a fundraiser for Franken MVPs with special guest Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) at the Willard Hotel at 11:30 a.m.

• H.O.P.E. Inaugural Youth Ball at The Historic Howard Theater at 1 p.m.

• Italian American Democratic Leadership Council Inaugural Celebration at Carmine’s at 4:30 p.m. The organization will be honoring Obama campaign manager Jim Messina as its Italian American of the Year. Also being honored: Reps. George Miller (D-Calif.) and Suzanne BonamiciSuzanne Marie BonamiciDoes Biden have an ocean policy? Democrats renew push for George Floyd Justice in Policing Act The ocean can no longer be a climate victim MORE (D-Ore.), former Rep. Jim Oberstar (D-Minn.) and other Italian Americans.

• The Council for a Livable World hosts an Inaugural Reception at 5 p.m. at the Phoenix Park Hotel.

• 2013 U.S.-China Presidential Inaugural Ball Party at the Marvin Center at 5:30 p.m.

• The Artists & Athletes Alliance will be hosting a reception to honor ServiceNation at 6 p.m. at D.C. Coast.

• Florida Inaugural Ball at the Andrew Mellon Auditorium at 6 p.m.

• Planned Parenthood and Rock the Vote will host an inaugural party with a performance by band Delta Rae and a DJ set by legendary recording artist Q-Tip. It will be hosted by actors Tatyana Ali, Alexis Bledel, Aisha Tyler and Kate Walsh. It starts at 6 p.m. at the 9:30 Club.

• Hawaii State Society Inaugural Ball at the Renaissance Arlington Capitol View Hotel at 6 p.m.

• Indiana State Society Inaugural Ball at the Omni Shoreham Hotel at 6 p.m.

• The 2013 Heroes Red, White and Blue Inaugural Concert featuring Lynyrd Skynyrd begins at 7 p.m. at the Warner Theater.

• The 2013 Green Inaugural Ball Steering and Host Committee holds a Green Inaugural Ball at the Newseum at 7 p.m. Guests include: Washington Redskin Darryl Green; “The West Wing’s” Melissa Fitzgerald; actress Gina Gershon; actor Tate Donovan; and race car driver Leilani Munter.

• Actress Eva Longoria hosts a Latino Tribute to the president at the Kennedy Center at 7 p.m. Guests include Melanie Griffith, George Lopez and Mario Lopez.

• Pennsylvania Inaugural Gala at the Ritz-Carlton West End at 7 p.m.

• Delaware Inaugural Ball at the Fairmont Hotel at 7 p.m.

• Georgia Inaugural Gala at National Museum of Women in the Arts at 7 p.m.

• New York State Society Inaugural Gala at the Fairmont Hotel at 7 p.m.

• The Virginia Inaugural Ball takes place at Westin Arlington Gateway Hotel, in Arlington, Va., at 7 p.m.

• Garden State Inaugural Gala at the Washington Court Hotel at 7:30 p.m.

• Peace Ball at the Arena Stage at the Meade Center at 7:30 p.m.

• The Hip-Hop Inaugural Ball II sponsored by the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network and Philanthropik. It takes place at 8 p.m., at The Harman Center for the Arts. It is co-chaired by Russell Simmons and Zac McDaniels.

• Arkansas Inaugural Gala at the National Press Club at 8 p.m.

• Maryland Inaugural Ball at the Gaylord National Hotel at 8 p.m.

• South Carolina Presidential Inaugural Ball at the Museum of Natural History at 8 p.m.

• Washingtonian magazine’s Starry Night Inaugural Ball at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum at 8 p.m.

• White and Black Inaugural Ball at the Clarion Hotel at 8 p.m.

• All American Inaugural Ball at the Hyatt Regency Washington Capitol Hill at the 9 p.m.

• Rhythm and Blues Reloaded Ball at George at 8 p.m.

• Lupe Fiasco performs at a Startup Rockon celebration at 9 p.m. at Hamilton Live.

• MODO hosts a private inaugural party with Veuve Clicquot and Belvedere Vodka at 9:30 p.m. John Legend and Chrissy Teigen are among the guests.


• The Third Way, The Huffington Post, and White House Correspondents Insider hold an inauguration viewing party at the Old Ebbitt Grill beginning at 
10 a.m.


• The Canadian Embassy hosts at an Inaugural Tailgate at 11 a.m.

• Armstrong Williams hosts a reception for Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottPolice reform talks hit familiar stumbling block Biden adds pressure to congressional talks with self-imposed deadlines Republicans can win back control in 2022 — if they don't 'cancel' themselves first MORE (R-S.C.) at the Monocle Restaurant at 5 p.m.

• The Artists Making an Impact inaugural celebration will be at 6 p.m. at Oya. Guests include: Malin Akerman, Tatyana Ali, Sophia Bush, Jonathan Del Arco, Lena Dunham, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Sandra Fluke, Star Jones, Moby, Rev. Al Sharpton, Ian Somerhalder, Jurnee Smollett, Chris Tucker, Aisha Tyler, Kate Walsh, Will.i.am, Allison Williams, Lynn Whitfield and Alfre Woodard.

• Global Peace Inaugural Ball at the Hyatt Regency Washington Capitol Hill at 6:30 p.m.

• Ford Motor Co. Gala Reception at 7 p.m. at the National Air and Space Museum.

• Muslim Inaugural Gala at Eastern Market at 7 p.m.

• The Human Rights Campaign will host an inaugural ball — Out for Equality — at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel at 8 p.m. The celebration will be emceed by entertainment reporter Ross Mathews and will include musical performances by Cyndi Lauper, Audra McDonald, Will Swenson and the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, D.C. 

• Ambassadors’ Inaugural Ball at the Mead Center for American Theater at 7 p.m.

• Michigan Inaugural Celebration at the National Museum of American History at 7:30 p.m.

• George Washington University Inaugural Ball at the Omni Shoreham Hotel at 8 p.m.

• Enduring Legacy Inaugural Ball at the Holiday Inn Washington Capitol at 9 p.m.

• Creative Coalition Inaugural Ball at the Harman Center for the Arts at 9 p.m. Guests include Tim Daly, Kirsten Dunst, Ashley Greene, Chelsea Handler, Johnny Galecki, Eric Stonestreet, Connie Britton, Paula Abdul, Melissa Leo, John Leguizamo, Alfre Wooodard, Evan Handler, Omar Epps, Marlon Wayans, Alan Cuming, Amy Brenneman, David Arquette, Garrett Hedlund, Richard Schiff and Wayne Knight.

• Ke$ha will headline the Musicians on Call’s Presidential Inaugural Charity Benefit at the 9:30 Club. The benefit is produced and sponsored by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). It begins at 10 p.m.

• Electronic Arts hosts an after-hours party with John Legend, Pharrell Williams and Malin Akerman, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. It begins at 11 p.m. at the W Hotel.