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HOH’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner Party List

See what is and isn’t going on this year

Music producer Steve Aoki, left, talks with actor Keegan Michael Key at the Yahoo/ABC News party in the Washington Hilton before the White House correspondents’ dinner on April 30, 2016. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

It’s party time again in Washington, D.C., as the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner quickly approaches.

The dinner is April 29 and the bulk of parties surrounding the event start on Thursday, most of which are invite-only, closed parties.

President Donald Trump will not be attending the dinner, hosted this year by “Daily Show” correspondent and comedian Hasan Minhaj.

[‘Daily Show’ Correspondent Minhaj to Host White House Correspondents’ Dinner]

Some outlets have pulled out from hosting parties surrounding the event. Others are sticking to it.

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The parties


Washingtonian and Story Partners 4th Annual Washington Women in Journalism Awards

  • 6-8:30 p.m.
  • At the home of Gloria Story Dittus, Kalorama

Independent Journal Review’s The Golden Age of Journalism

  • 8-11 p.m.
  • Carnegie Library, 801 K St., NW


RealClearPolitics, Distilled Spirits Council, National Restaurant Association & Beer Institute’s Toast to the First Amendment

  • 7-10 p.m.
  • National Restaurant Association, 2055 L St., NW

Creative Coalition’s Right to Bear Arts Gala

  • 8 p.m.
  • Flavio Restaurant & Bar, 1073 31st St., NW
  • Expected celebrities:
    • Tim Daly (“Madam Secretary”)
    • Justin Bartha (“The Good Fight”)
    • Sarah Wayne Callies (“Prison Break”)
    • Wendi McLendon-Covey (“The Goldbergs”)
    • Chad Lowe (“Pretty Little Liars”)
    • Alyssa Milano (“Charmed”)
    • Denis O’Hare (“American Horror Story”)
    • Nick Sandow (“Orange Is the New Black”)
    • Aaron Staton (“Mad Men”)
    • Matt Walsh (“Veep”).

White House Correspondents’ Jam III

  • 7-11 p.m.
  • The Hamilton Live, 600 14th St., NW
  • Expected celebrities:
    • Billy Bob Thornton
    • Longtime Rolling Stones collaborator Chuck Leavell

Capitol File Magazine and the British Ambassador

  • 6-9 p.m.
  • British Ambassador’s Residence, 3100 Massachusetts Ave., NW


Thomson Reuters Dinner Pre-Party and After-Dinner Drinks

  • Pre-party: 6-7:30 p.m.
  • After-dinner drinks: Until 12 a.m.
  • Washington Hilton, Georgetown Room

Samantha Bee’s ‘Not The White House Correspondents’ Dinner’

  • 10 p.m.
  • DAR Constitution Hall
  • Expected celebrities:
    • Keegan-Michael Key (“Key & Peele”)
    • Kal Penn (“Designated Survivor”)
    • Gloria Steinem
    • Padma Lakshmi (“Top Chef”)
    • Matt Walsh (“Veep”)

Buzzfeed’s Red, White & Banned

  • 8 p.m.
  • The Brixton, 901 U St., NW

Watchdog Correspondents' Dinner hosted by The Young Turks

  • 8–11 p.m.
  • WeWork Dupont Circle, 1875 Connecticut Ave., NW


CNN’s Brunch Spectacular Political Hangover

  • 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Longview Gallery, 1234 Ninth St., NW

Thomson Reuters’ Correspondents’ Brunch

  • 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Hay Adams Hotel, 800 16th St., NW

Women's Correspondents Brunch and Mimosas Reception hosted by New York Rep. Carolyn Maloney

  • 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • The Maloney Residence

The ‘no party this year’ crew

Bloomberg canceled its party in February, an event usually co-hosted with Vanity Fair and held at the French ambassador’s residence. Vanity Fair had backed out a few weeks earlier.

The New Yorker also canceled in early February. The magazine’s party is usually at the W Hotel.

Time and People, who usually co-host, announced the cancellation of their event in late February. Time said it will attend the dinner but People made a donation to the White House Correspondents’ Association instead of buying tables, Politico reported.

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