Join Events. BKE and ICDC with friends for a grand celebration of Viennese music, food, wine, and dancing. Experience the splendor and spirit of Vienna and elegance of the waltz.
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.
You are cordially invited to experience a magical evening at the Austrian 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 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
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
Indulge in Delectable Austrian & European Desserts:
Sweet Cheese Squares
Plus an assortment of exquisite Austrian and European desserts
See below for the video of a past Viennese Ball at the Embassy of Austria. 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.
$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.
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 General admission commences
- 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
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.