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Attention Peace Ball Attendees | Getting to the Peace Ball

As a reminder, the security perimeter around the Museum will be in place starting early on Thursday, January 19th, which means there are TWO WAYS you can access the Museum to attend the Peace Ball.

The address for the shuttle bus pick-up point is:

L’Enfant Plaza Parking
420 10th St. SW
Washington, DC 20024


To get to L’Enfant Plaza Parking, please note that you will travel on Interstate 395 due to the security perimeters.

If you are traveling South on I-395, and will get off at Exit 5 (7th Street SW/6th Street SW/ L’Enfant Plaza). You will follow the sign to 7th Street and verge slightly to the left once you exit at Exit 5. Continue straight across 7th Street to Frontage Road SW. If you see a checkpoint, please let them know that you are attending the Peace Ball. Travel down Frontage for a block and turn right onto 10th Street SW. The parking garage is located half way down the block on the right. 

If you are traveling North on I-395, you will get off at Exit 3 (12th Street Expressway/Verizon Center). You will make the first right off of the 12th Street Expressway on to L’Enfant Promenade. If you see a checkpoint, please let them know that you are attending the Peace Ball. You will then make another right onto 10th Street SW. The road loops around so follow the signs to Public Parking. Once you make the loop, the parking garage is located half way down the block on the right. 

CAR SERVICE: We encourage you travel to L’Enfant Plaza using the Lyft car service to receive a Peace Ball discount. Please use the code PEACEBALLDC if you are a new user, or PEACEBALL15 if you have used Lyft before. New users get 2 FREE RIDES up to $15 each with the code PEACEBALLDC. Existing users may redeem the code PEACEBALL15 for 15% off rides to or from the event.


You may also arrive at the Peace Ball by taking Metro and walking over to the Museum located 1400 Constitution Ave NW. Federal Triangle (Orange/Silver/Blue) and Smithsonian (Orange/Silver/Blue) are the metro stations closest to the Museum.

However, please note that that Metro stations will shut at their regular times so Smithsonian station will close around 10:30 p.m. and Federal Triangle station will close around 12 midnight. Please also note that the Secret Service may impose pedestrian walking restrictions at 11 p.m. 

Metrobuses may still be running outside of the security perimeter but we during high security, there is a possibility that either or both options may be closed with short notice. For more Metro information, please click here. For the trip planner, please click here.

Please note: if you opt not to drive or take a car to L’Enfant Plaza Parking, due to security restrictions, METRO & WALKING IS THE ONLY OTHER WAY TO ACCESS THE MUSEUM.

With the exception of the Secret Service-approved Busboys and Poets shuttle buses, NO CARS ARE ALLOWED into the security perimeter around the museum.


1. As you enter the garage, press green button for a ticket and the gate arm will raise up.
2. Pull forward and the lot attendant staff will direct each guest where to park.
3. Once you park, you can walk to entrance or exit on the same level to board the bus. Please remember the section and space # in and section where you park.
4. Upon re-entry, locate vehicle and follow signs to Exit.
5. When you reach the exit point, have your ticket ready.
6. Parkers without pre-paid Eventbrite parking tickets must pay $37.

There will be live, simultaneous ASL (American Sign Language) throughout the main stage program. Please contact Joy Zarembka at or 202.441.2422 to submit a request for special needs or assistance.

Please e-mail for all other inquiries. See you tonight, dressed in black tie, cultural, or whatever makes you feel great!







A gathering to celebrate the accomplishments and successes of the past 4 years and the vow to continue to be the change we want to see in the world.

“To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.

What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction.

And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.” - Howard Zinn

Peace Ball Press

Press inquiries:



Angela Davis
Alice Walker
Danny Glover
Van Jones
Ben Jealous
Melissa Harris-Perry
Alicia Garza
Cheryl Strayed
Ashley Judd
Gina Dent
Naomi Klein
Esperanza Spalding
Amy Goodman
Senator Cory Booker
Ellen Page
Eddie Huang
Ai-jen Poo
Katrina vanden Heuvel
Sonia Sanchez
Medea Benjamin
Laura Flanders
José Andrés
Eve Ensler
Zainab Salbi
Phyllis Bennis
Tim Wise
Jamie Raskin
George Pelecanos
Sonya Renee Taylor
Reverend Yearwood

with Special Musical Guests and Performances

The 2017 Peace Ball: Voices of Hope and Resistance is a nonpartisan event including food, open bar, live music, and dancing.  All exhibits will be open during the Peace Ball.