If you’re headed to Washington, D.C. for the inauguration the town will be abuzz. If you were there in 2009, you’ll remember the city was alive with events the leading up to the the big day.

January 19

Chefs Ball Art and Soul, Liaison Capitol Hill, 415 New Jersey Ave. NW Washington, DC. Celebrity Chef Art Smith and Executive Chef Wes Morton will co-chair the Chefs Ball, and five additional DC celebrity chefs will prepare late night bites for the event, with proceeds benefiting their charities of choice. Tickets: $75 includes late-night bites, an open bar, and live music.

Jamaican Inaugural Ball National Education Association Building. 1201 16th Street NW, Washington, DC. Party Jamaican style and celebrate the inauguration and the continuing warm relationship of the USA/Jamaican governments. All proceeds will go to the David Hunt Scholarship Fund which provides scholarships to deserving students at Calabar High School and Kingston College, in Jamaica.

January 20

The Hip Hop Inauguration Ball: Russell Simmons’ will be honoring the Hip Hop Caucus and 2 Chainz at the Hip Hop Inauguration Ball on Jan 20.

The Peace Ball: Rev Yearwood is on the Host Committee of the Peace Ball, also on Jan 20, with esteemed guests such as: Angela Davis, Amy Goodman, Ralph Nader, Katrina vanden Heuvel, Alice Walker, Van Jones, Sonia Sanchez, Nicole Lee, Avis Jones-DeWeever, Julian Bond, Marian Wright Edelman, Medea Benjamin, Etan Thomas, Dave Zirin, Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr., Barbara Ehrenreich, Phyllis Bennis, Jack Halberstam and more!

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