Wale performed at the Brightest Young Things inauguration party in 2009. The event is back at Bohemian Caverns on Jan. 21. (Dakota Fine/Brightest Young Things)

If the very thought of wearing shiny floor-length acetate and standing in line at an open bar makes your skin crawl, there are inauguration events that require neither a $250 investment per ticket nor the unfortunate formalwear. These four events — which include a low-budget, all-day party with comics, a beer-inspired ball, bands and DJs — should be a blast.

Brightest Young Things Inauguration Spectacular

After a banner first bash in 2009 that featured a bring-the-house-down performance by Wale, the popular D.C. Web site is back at Bohemian Caverns on Jan. 21 for a morning-till-night party.

Pricetag: $15-$20 in advance.

Inauguration weekend comedy special

Why does it feel like laughs will be few and far between during a weekend of long lines and expensive, stuffy balls? No wonder tickets are going fast to see standup comedians Rory Albanese, an Emmy-winning “Daily Show” writer, and Adam Lowitt, one of the show’s producers, break out their best political material Jan. 19 at Sixth & I Synagogue. Tickets remain only for the 10 p.m. show.

Pricetag: $25; $20 in advance.

The Inaugural Brewers Ball

What’s better than seeing the boldface names of the political world? Hanging out with a who’s who of the brewing world, including Rob Tod of Allagash Brewing Company, Dan Kopman of Schlafly Beer, Jim Caruso of Flying Dog Brewery and Hugh Sisson of Heavy Seas. They will join the masterminds behind the District’s beer boom to pour, meet and greet at ChurchKey on Jan. 21.

Pricetag: $150

Inauguration at Hill Country

On Jan. 21, the Texas-themed barbecue joint and bar will open a window along Seventh Street NW serving breakfast tacos (two for $5), hot chocolate and coffee for those on the go. For those without tickets to an inaugural ball, the bar will serve themed cocktails including $1 Potus-pop Jell-O shots, and host a free live band karaoke night from 7 p.m. till the last singer is hoarse, or 4 a.m., whichever comes first.

Pricetag: Live karaoke is free.

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