645 New York Ave. NW. www.frontlinesofnowhere.com. Workshops, noon to 4 p.m.; concert, 6 p.m. Workshops, free; concert, $16.
Inauguration 2013: 10 ways to celebrate for $20 or less
on the Mall
Even without tickets to Monday’s ceremonies, it’s possible to take part in this historic day. Much of the Mall, stretching from Fourth to 12th Street, is open to the public and will be dotted with Jumbotron screens for visitors to watch the action as it takes place on the U.S. Capitol steps. The Smithsonian, Archives and Mount Vernon Square Metro stations will be closed on Inauguration Day, but it’s a brisk walk to the Mall from the Federal Triangle, Union Station, Gallery Place, Metro Center and Foggy Bottom stations. The tentative schedule: The Mall opens at 4 a.m., the program begins at 11:30 a.m. and the parade starts at 2:30 p.m. Entry points to the Mall are: Constitution Avenue NW at Seventh Street, Ninth Street and 12th Street; and on Independence SW at Seventh and 12th streets.
at Hill Country
The popular Texas-themed Hill Country Barbecue, within walking distance of the Mall, will host low-key options for inaugural revelers and passersby. From 8 to 11 a.m., a pop-up window on Seventh Street will serve breakfast tacos, hot chocolate and coffee to go. For those without plans Monday night, the bar will serve as a low-budget hangout, serving themed cocktails — including $1 “Potus-pop” Jell-O shots — and hosting a free Rock ’n Twang Live Band Karaoke night, beginning at 8:30 p.m. and going till the last singer is hoarse. Those whose dinner consisted of the “heavy hors d’oeuvres” typical of big-ticket balls should also make a beeline for Hill Country, which will offer its bar menu until 4 a.m. Sunday and Monday.
410 Seventh St. NW. 202-556-2050. www.hillcountrywdc.com. 8 a.m. to 4 a.m. Breakfast tacos will be $5 for two; coffee and cocoa, $2. Karaoke, free.
The Brightest Young Things Inauguration Spectacular
After a memorably lowbrow party in 2009 that featured a raucous performance by Wale, canned beer and plenty of the frenetic photo-snapping the local Web site Brighest Young Things is known for, the hipster ball returns to Bohemian Caverns. This time, the morning-till-night blowout features performances by Rewards (featuring a member of Chairlift) and Brooklyn’s Computer Magic, as well as a variety show and music from DJ Stereo Faith. Also on tap at the 21-and-older party: food and drink specials, eating contests and, of course, many chances to get your picture taken.
2003 11th St. NW. www.inaug2013.eventbrite.com. 10 a.m. to 3 a.m. $20 in advance, $25 at the door.