Beyonce and Kelly Clarkson top the bill for the 2013 Inauguration of President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden (though we suspect he was probably holding out hope for Night Ranger), though there are no shortage of star-packed events set for this weekend in Washington, D.C.
So even if you weren’t lucky enough to score tickets to the Inauguration itself, there will be plenty of other opportunities to rub elbows with the stars. The likes of Katy Perry, Usher and Alicia keys are just some of the A-listers set to attend everything from gala balls and concerts to parades and parties, meaning D.C. is definitely the place to be. So to get you up to speed, here’s a look at some of the biggest Inaugural weekend events — both official and unofficial — happening in our nation’s capital.
Saturday, January 19
National Day of Service Summit:
Set to take place on the National Mall at 9:30 a.m., this event will honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr as the First Family will join stars like Eva Longoria to issue a call to action for all Americans to volunteer in their communities. The president, vice president and their families will also participate in service events in Washington, D.C. throughout the day.
Kids’ Inaugural Concert:
Held at the Washington Convention Center, the show will honor military families. In 2009, President Obama’s daughters Sasha and Malia no doubt had a hand in selecting the bill, as the likes of the Jonas Brothers, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato and Bow Wow performed. The lineup for this year’s concert is being kept a closely-guarded secret, but given the First Daughters’ affinity for One Direction , well, this could very well be the squee-iest event of Inauguration weekend
There’s the Inaugural Millennial Ball (sure to be heavy on the Pintrest), OurTime.org’s Generation NOW party (hosted by Will.I.Am and featuring performances by John Legend, T.Pain and Common) and Titled Torch: Vaudeball, which will probably be the only Inaugural event to feature “poi spinning and hula hooping.”
Sunday, January 20
President Obama’s Official Swearing-In:
Historically, Inaugural ceremonies are not held on Sunday, since courts and other public institutions are closes. But this year, in keeping with the U.S. Constitution, both President Obama and Vice President Biden will officially be sworn in, at the White House and the Naval Observatory, respectively. We’re going to go out on a limb and assume you’re not on the list for either ceremony, so …
Why not check out the All-American Inaugural Ball, which features plenty of comedians, the 2013 Green Inaugural Ball, headlined by Will.I.Am, Mayer Hawthorne and Trombone Shorty, or, for non-traditionalists, “White House Party 2: The Artist’s Inaugural Ball” or the 2013 Yoga Ball. There’s also the Hip-Hop Inaugural Ball, hosted by Russell Simmons.
Monday, January 21
The Ceremonial Swearing-In:
And here we go. It all takes place on Capitol Hill, with Beyonce and Clarkson set to perform. The Swearing-in is open to the public, though get there early (it starts at 11:30 a.m.) if you want to snag a decent spot. After both Biden and Obama have given their Oaths of Office — and Obama delivers his Inaugural Address — the annual Inaugural Parade will commence, and can be viewed on Pennsylvania Avenue.
The Commander in Chief’s Inaugural Ball:
One of two official events taking place concurrently at the Washington Convention Center (the other being the actual Inaugural Ball), this one honors American servicemembers and their families. Like the Kids’ Inaugural Concert, the lineup of performers hasn’t been announced, though given these are two of the weekend’s premiere events, well … expect an appropriately star-packed bill.
There’s the Musicians On Call charity benefit, featuring none other than Ke$ha as the headlining act and Jazzy Jeff as the official DJ, the Brightest Young Things’ Inauguration Spectacular! (featuring an ultra-hip lineup that includes Computer Magic, Prince Rama and, of course, karaoke), the super-sudsy Brewer’s Inaugural Ball and the Human Rights Campaign’s Out For Equality celebration, headlined by Cyndi Lauper.
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