Inaugural Balls are held around the Washington DC and Virginia area and many of them have tickets available for the public through their House and/or Senate representatives. Many of the balls are specific to a state and thus they have a theme. In addition two official balls are planned, that are invitation only, plus one to honor the U.S. armed forces and first responders. President elect Trump is planning to visit each one of the official balls. The good news is long and short dresses are acceptable at the Inaugural Balls. At most black-tie social events in Washington the majority of women wear short or three-quarter length dresses these days. Long gowns are a must if you will be attending state dinners at the White House or anything white tie. Wear comfortable clothes and practical footwear is a must.