15th Annual Viennese Ball: Celebrate Springtime with a Magical Night in Vienna
Join us on your own or with friends for a grand celebration of Viennese music and dancing with dinner, wine, and exquisite desserts. Experience the splendor and spirit of Vienna and elegance of the waltz as you meet ICDC Members.

Event Date

Friday, April 13, 2018 at 7:00 PM

Event Address

Embassy of France
4101 Reservoir Road NW
Washington DC 20007

Requested Attire

White Tie or Black Tie Optional (dark suits are also fine!). Vintage formal attire from the renaissance era or the 1900s welcome! The event will go ahead rain shine or snow.

Event Description

celebrate springtime with a magical Viennese Ball at the French Embassy -- one of the grandest diplomatic venues in Washington DC for an unforgettable Viennese celebration of music, food, wine and dancing.

Enjoy a night of dancing to our classical orchestra or watch the twirling silhouettes on the dance floor move to the sounds of the world’s most beloved waltzes, and other dance music from around the world. The Salon Orchestra of Washington will perform the world’s favorite Strauss waltzes, ballroom music from around the world and the famous Radetsky Grand March, led by the popular Tanzmeister-couple Herbert and Carol Traxler. They will also invite you to join them in Strauss Fledermaus Quadrille #6, which is danced at all the major balls in Vienna.

Experience the elegant atmosphere of a European Ball, as well as meet international professionals and members of the diplomatic community. You do not need a date to attend. You are welcome to attend without a date, as we expect as many singles as couples.

Enjoy a Dinner Buffet of Austrian and European Delicacies for Benefactor Ticketholders
(Menu subject to change. The dinner buffet is presented from 7:00 PM to 7:50 PM)

Esterhazy Brisket of beef with mushroom and Pearl Onion
Bratwurst, Weisswurst, Debreziner Sausages served Viennese Style
Wienerschnitzel 
Austrian style egg salad with asparagus
Palatschinke: Crape Suzettes Stuffed with Cheese and Cream
Spaetzle with peas and parsley along with Austrian egg noodles
Traditional Austrian side dish: Red cabbage with green apple
Assorted Bread

Indulge in Delectable Austrian & European Desserts: 
(Presented from 8:30 PM to 10:00 PM)

Viennese Sacher Torte
Decadent Chocolate Cake Layered with Chocolate Cream & Raspberry Jam
Delightful Almond Opera Torte with Coffee & Chocolate Cream
Mini Chocolate & Coffee Eclairs
Petite Fruit Mousse: Mango, Cassis, Passion fruit
Swan Shaped Cream Puffs with Whipped Cream
Fruit & Strawberry Tarts
Pistachio Almond Cookie with Pistachio Cream
Lemon Meringue Tart
Heavenly Chocolate mousse delights
Apple Strudel
Sweet Cheese Squares

 Plus an assortment of exquisite Austrian and European desserts

See below for the video of a previous Viennese Ball at the Embassy of Austria. Our 2018 Viennese Ball is presented at the Embassy of France. Please note that the Viennese Ball is presented as a formal ball with dancing to an orchestra and not a seated event. As such though there will be a limited amount of seating offered at the event, kindly note that seating is not guaranteed at all times since space is maximized to allow for a dance floor.


Tickets

  $79.00 - 8:30 PM Admission Discounted General Admission Ticket:
Includes admission at 8:30 PM and dancing to music by the Salon Orchestra of Washington. The evening also includes an open bar with wine and a very lavish dessert buffet in the finest Viennese tradition. Please note that dinner is not served at this ticket level but you will be presented with a selection of exquisite desserts.

$159.00 - 7:00 PM Admission Discounted Gala Benefactor Tickets With Dinner:
In addition to General Admission benefits, Gala Benefactors enjoy admission at 7:00 PM, an intimate reception before the ball starts with music by a chamber duo, open bar during the reception with free-flowing champagne, an Austrian dinner buffet (7PM-7:50PM), and expedited check-in. Kindly note that the last dinner seating is at 7:50 PM.Event concludes at 11:30 PM with bar service ending at 11:15 PM.


Please note that online ticket sales are non-refundable.

Event Agenda (May change)

The event will proceed as planned rain, shine, or snow.

7:00 PM Admission commences for Gala Benefactor Ticket Holders
- Classical duo performs during the VIP reception.
- Enjoy a glass of champagne during the VIP Reception
- Enjoy an elegant dinner buffet until 8:00 PM (Last dinner seating at 7:50 PM)

8:15 PM Classical duo takes break with recorded music played.

8:30 PM Admission commences for General Admission Ticket Holders
- The Orchestra performs until 11:30 PM.
- Dance to Viennese waltzes and other ballroom dance music
(Approx.: 75% Viennese Waltz with 25% other dance music to include: Polka, swing, & tango)
- Enjoy a very extravagant dessert reception in the finest Viennese tradition until 10:00 PM.

9:15 PM Orchestra takes a break with recorded music played.

9:30 PM Welcome Remarks, dance performance, and Grand March

9:45 PM Orchestra performs music for dancing

10:30 PM Quadrille

10:45 PM Orchestra performs music for dancing

11:15 PM Bar service ends

11:30 PM Gala Concludes

Agenda is tentative and is subject to change.

Map/Parking

If driving, street parking will be available on Reservoir Road and throughout the surrounding neighborhoods. Also, there is a pay lot located across the street at Georgetown University Hospital. Due to security considerations, parking WILL NOT be available on the grounds of the Embassy of France. 

Please note that the map is enclosed below as a courtesy to you and for your convenience but we do not guarantee the accuracy of the map or the directions provided by Google. It is your responsibly to arrive safely and on time at the address of the event disclosed above.

Parking is limited to street parking in the vicinity of the venue. Kindly note that, as is the case in most major cities, the availability of street parking in Washington DC is limited and beyond our control. Due to the limited availability of parking, we highly recommend a cab, Uber/Lyft or other transportation option. The event start at the designated time so please allow sufficient time for traffic/travel/transportation and parking as these factors are beyond our control.