Cultural Tourism DC (CTDC) develops and delivers memorable Washington, DC experiences that provide people with opportunities to enjoy and learn about the District of Columbia's neighborhoods by walking along its DC Neighborhood Heritage Trails and participating in WalkingTown DC, its international diplomatic community via Passport DC and the Around the World Embassy Tour, and its arts and culture during PorchFest DC, a showcase of neighborhoods and local performing artists. Authenticity extends to the Embassy Chef Challenge, an extraordinary tribute to international cuisine. Through these programs, Cultural Tourism DC encourages residents and visitors alike to explore the city, boost the community's economic prosperity, and become civically engaged.
Passport DC 2016 is a month-long journey around the world highlighting DC's thriving international diplomatic community and its lively and varied culture. Celebrated annually in May, which is International Cultural Awareness Month in Washington, Passport DC is 31 days of programming by 70 embassies and more than 40 of DC's very best cultural institutions.
In 2015, more than 250,000 people enjoyed the popular embassy open houses, street festivals, performances, exhibitions, workshops, and more.
Passport DC offers something for everyone as it invites DC area residents and visitors to experience a global journey without leaving the city. Among the events scheduled for May 2016:
* European Union Culture Month, May 1-31
* Flower Mart at National Cathedral, May 6 and 7
* Around the World Embassy Tour, May 7
* Short Cut to Europe: European Union Embassies' Open House, May 14
* National Asian Heritage Festival: Fiesta Asia, May 21
* Embassy Chef Challenge Gala, May 25
Here's What People Say about Passport DC…
"Through the Passport DC program, dozens of embassies transformed from rigid centers of diplomacy to colorful hubs of international culture. …Indeed, the event brought us a sense of community with our neighbors from across the world." -- Charge d'Affaires, Participating Embassy
"Love this event! Amazing. Could not be better. Thanks for the small bites and the neat reptiles." -- Around the World Embassy Tour participant
"I was really impressed with the whole thing! Food, music, costumes, animals and dancing. Everyone was so nice and friendly." -- Around the World Embassy Tour participant