Austrian Embassy Viennese Ball
A Night in Vienna

Join us on your own or with friends for a grand celebration of Viennese music, cuisine, wine, dessert & dancing. Experience the splendor and spirit of Vienna and elegance of the waltz
with an enchanting evening of dancing. 

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, wine, dinner, desserts 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. You will also be invited to join us for the Strauss Fledermaus Quadrille #6, which is danced at all the major balls in Vienna.

Viennese Waltz Lessons
The day before the ball...

Viennese Waltz Lessons

Learn to dance the Viennese Waltz, as it is danced in Vienna, at the Embassy of Autria a day prior to the Viennese Ball. No partner needed to sign up. Meet gala attendees. Dance lessons followed by time to practice.

Experience the elegant atmosphere of an Austrian Ball, as you 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. 

Each year, we celebrate the arrival of spring with a magical Viennese celebration of music, wine, dinner and dance. This year, you are cordially invited to join us to indulge in an evening of Viennese music, culture, and dance as we celebrate the arrival of spring!

The gala is well-attended by both singles and couple alike so you are welcome to attend on your own or with friends. Meet and socialize with diplomats, distinguished guests, and diverse professionals from DC and around the world.

A Magical Night of Dancing

An enchaning night of music and dance awaits you! The Viennese Ball is presented as a formal ball with dancing to an orchestra and not a seated event with the event space setup to acomodate the largest dance floor possible! 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 large dance floor.

The Salon Orchestra of Washington

We are pleased to announced that we have engaged the Salon Orchestra of Washington, Washington's finest Viennese Waltz Orchestra, to perform at our Viennese Ball. The Orchestra will perform mostly Viennese Waltzes along with Polka, swing, & tango, and other dances.

Benefactor Dinner with Champagne

Enjoy a Dinner Buffet of Austrian Delicacies presented to Gala Benefactor Members from 7:00 PM to 7:50 PM.

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

Exquisite Desserts

Indulge in Delectable Austrian & European Desserts
(Selections may change. 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

Plus an assortment of additional exquisite Austrian and European desserts

The Grand March

The gala begins with a Grand March to our live orchestra and it provides a wonderful opportunity to meet all the other guests! Never participated in a Grand March before? No worries, we'll show you how as you take part in a Viennese Ball tradition in prelude to a magical evening!

Fledermaus Quadrille #6

All guests are invited on the dance floor to dance the Quadrille to our live orchestra. No prior experience is neccesary, as we'll show you all the steps!

A Memorable Night

~ Program ~
The event will proceed as planned rain, shine, or snow.
Agenda is tentative and is subject to change.

7:00 PM Admission Commences for Gala Benefactor Members
- 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 7:45 PM)

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

8:30 PM Admission Commences for Supporting Members
- The Orchestra performs until 11:30 PM.
- Dance to Viennese waltzes and other ballroom dance music
- 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 and Grand March
9:45 PM Orchestra performs music for dancing
10:30 PM Quadrille
10:45 PM Orchestra performs music for dancing
11:30 PM Gala Concludes with bar service ending at 11:15 PM.

Can I attend on my own?

You don't need a date to attend as both singles & couples attend the gala. Attend on your own or with friends to celebrate in the warm & friendly company of other internationally-minded professionals! Our members are friendly, outgoing, and a diverse group of internationally-minded professionals.

How is admission handled?

All guests must arrive at the Registration Desk for admission with Photo ID matching the name on the guest list. Reservations are released only to the member who made the reservation o if you made multiple reservations, please arrive for registration together with your guests.

What do I wear?

The recommended attire is White Tie or Black Tie Optional with dark suits being fine as well. Vintage formal attire welcome! Have fun dressing up, as you can't overdress for this event!

When should I arrive for registration?

Registration commences promptly at the time stated but not prior to that. Please arrive promptly on time, but do not arrive prior to that as we are unable to admit guests early due to ongoing preparations prior to the gala.

How is the parking situation?

The Embassy is located about 3 blocks from the Van Ness Metro station. Parking for the Austrian Embassy Viennese Ball is limited to street parking. There will be no parking available at the Austrian Embassy. Due to the limited parking, Uber, a cab or another transportation arrangement is highly recommended.

At what time does the gala conclude?

The gala concludes at 11:30 PM with bar service concluding at 11:15 PM.