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Get Ready for Party City

D.C. rolls out the red carpet for Correspondents' Dinner week

Do you get to go to the main event? (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Do you get to go to the main event? (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It’s “Nerd Prom” time in the nation’s capital — that time when the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner turns the District into Party City. For the next four days, members of the government, the media and a smattering of celebrities will take over Washington’s social scene and all the parties surrounding the big event with the president.



Washington Women in Journalism

  • This Kalorama home wins for best residential venue
  • 6-8:30 p.m.
  • Home of Gloria Story Dittus, Kalorama

Tinder/Independent Journal

  • What’s better than meeting your girlfriend on Tinder? Meeting her at a Tinder party
  • 8-10 p.m.
  • W Hotel rooftop, 515 15th St. NW

Bytes & Bylines

  • What’s better than a party at the ambassador’s residency? Partying with the ambassador
  • 7-10 p.m.
  • Spanish Ambassador’s Residence, 2350 Foxhall Road NW
  • Celebrities: Ambassador Ramon Gil-Casares, Wendi McClendon-Covey (“The Goldbergs”)



People, Time magazines

  • The most attractive celebrity guest list
  • 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • St. Regis, 923 16th St. NW
  • Celebrities: Jenna Fischer (“The Office”), Nyle DiMarco (“Dancing with the Stars”)

The Hill

  • Next to the Newseum, but not quite the Newseum
  • 7-10 p.m.
  • Canadian Embassy, 501 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

White House Correspondents’ Jam II

  • Media and musicians kick out the jams
  • 7-11 p.m.
  • The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW
  • Celebrities: Rolling Stones keyboardist Chuck Leavell, John “JB” Bell of Widespread Panic

Google, HBO, Smithsonian

  • Who doesn’t want to party with Bryan Cranston?
  • 8 p.m.
  • The Renwick, 1661 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
  • Celebrities: Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”), director Jay Roach (“Meet the Parents”)

SAG, Variety, Washington Post

  • The best celebrity guest list in town
  • 5:30-8:30 p.m.
  • The Washington Post, 1301 K St. NW
  • Celebrities: Anthony Anderson (“Black-ish”), producer Shonda Rhimes (“Grey’s Anatomy”)

Capitol File

  • Notoriously hard to get into
  • 7:30-10 p.m.
  • British Ambassador’s Residence, 3100 Massachusetts Ave. NW

Podwall Party

  • A pop-up speakeasy featuring craft cocktails
  • 9 p.m.
  • The Sheppard, 1337 Connecticut Ave. NW
  • Celebrities: Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, Matthew Morrison (“Glee”)

The New Yorker

  • Classic D.C. venue for a classically good party
  • W Hotel, 515 15th St. NW

Voto Latino

  • To celebrate diversity in media
  • 7-10 p.m.
  • Hay-Adams Hotel, 800 16th St. NW



Atlantic Brunch

  • Features a conversation about “Women, Fairness & Power”
  • 9:30-11:30 a.m.
  • District Commons, 2200 Washington Circle NW
  • Celebrities: U.S. women’s soccer goalie Hope Solo, Connie Britton (“Nashville”)

Pre-dinner parties at the Hilton:
Yahoo, ABC

  • The first of the many Hilton pre-dinner parties
  • 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Actor Michael Kelly, who plays Doug Stamper on the Netflix series
Actor Michael Kelly, who plays Doug Stamper on the Netflix series “House of Cards,” is a notorious party attendee. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)


  • Will he be wearing his Super Bowl ring?
  • 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Celebrities: Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller, Michael Kelly (“House of Cards”)

Atlantic, CBS

  • While Uber surges all night, party with its co-founder
  • 6 p.m.
  • Celebrities: Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick

USA Today, Gannett

  • This Kardashian represents for the whole family
  • Celebrities: Kendall Jenner (“Keeping up With the Kardashians”), Miles Teller (“The Spectacular Now”)

Fox News

  • Haven’t we seen one of these celebrities already?
  • Celebrities: Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, JC Chasez (“NSYNC”)

White House Correspondents’ Dinner

  • The main event
  • 8-10:30 p.m.
  • Hilton, Ballroom
  • Hosted by comedian Larry Wilmore

National Press Club Watch Party

  • For those who couldn’t get in
  • 6:30–11 p.m.
  • National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW



  • Forgot to check for that Super Bowl ring? You can look for it now
  • 10:30 p.m.-midnight
  • Hilton, Columbia Rooms 9–12
  • Celebrities: Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller, Michael Kelly (“House of Cards”)


  • Inside “that giant, beautiful building you see when getting on the highway”
  • Institute of Peace, 2301 Constitution Ave. NW
  • Celebrities: Jaimie Alexander (“Blindspot”)
(Photo courtesy of the Onion)
(Photo courtesy of the Onion)

The Onion

  • This party wins for best promotional graphic
  • 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
  • Newseum, Knight Conference Center 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

Colombian Embassy

  • Another opportunity to party with an abassador
  • 10:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m.
  • Private Residence of the Colombian Ambassador, 1520 20th St. NW
  • Celebrities: CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, former Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd



  • The first hangover spottings of the day
  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Long View Gallery, 1234 9th St. NW


  • OK, last chance to look for that ring
  • 11 a.m.
  • Hay-Adams Hotel, 800 16th St. NW
  • Celebrities: Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller, Michael Kelly (“House of Cards”)


  • What’s more interesting to watch for is who doesn’t make it to brunch
  • 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Allbritton home, 3124 Q St. NW

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