When: May 1–31, 2016

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

Friday and Saturday, May 6-7, 2016 Friday and Saturday, May 6-7, 2016

Flower Mart

Since 1939, on the first Friday and Saturday of May, the All Hallows Guild has welcomed visitors to the grounds of the Washington National Cathedral for Flower Mart. Over the past 77 years, this event has grown and now draws thousands of people – who come to shop for plants and gifts, eat fun festival food, enjoy children's activities, ride our historic carousel, climb to the top of the Cathedral, and take in the beauty of our International Floral Exhibit. Flower Mart 2016 will mark the beginning of the All Hallows Guild's Centennial Celebration. The Guild was founded in 1916 to protect and celebrate the beautiful gardens and grounds of the Washington National Cathedral. All Flower Mart proceeds benefit the upkeep of this treasured historic landscape.  

Saturday, May 7, 2016 Saturday, May 7, 2016

Around the World Embassy Tour

Time: 10am to 4pm

Participants travel the world as they experience the food, art, dance, fashion, music, innovations, and manufactured goods from different countries. More than 45 embassies opened their doors to visitors in 2015, allowing guests to pet alpacas, play with robots, learn indigenous dances, and more! Come see the world through the embassies of missions of our global neighbors.
These embassies will host open houses on May 7, 2016:
Afghanistan, African Union, Albania, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Indonesia, Kenya, Korea, Kosovo, Libya, Mexico, Mozambique, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Uruguay, and Venezuela. 
(As of April 18, 2016)
There is no charge to participate in Around the World Embassy Tour and tickets are not required. It is recommended that you take a form of government-issued identification with you.

Saturday, May 14, 2016 Saturday, May 14, 2016

Shortcut to Europe: European Union Embassies' Open House

Time: 10am to 4pm

Visitors to the European Union (EU) Delegation and the embassies of the EU member states will enjoy the authentic music, dance, food, film, and art of 28 distinctive nations. Previous participants in the embassy open houses include Croatia, Denmark,Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Malta, Portugal, Slovenia, United Kingdom, Austria, Cyprus,Estonia, France, Germany, Ireland, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Romania, Spain,Belgium, the Czech Republic, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Slovakia, and Sweden.
There is no charge to participate in Shortcut to Europe and tickets are not required. It is recommended that you take a form of government-issued identification with you.

Saturday, May 21, 2016 Saturday, May 21, 2016

National Asian Heritage Festival: Fiesta Asia Street Fair

Time: 10am to 7pm
Location: Pennsylvania Ave NW between 3rd & 6th St NW


The Asia Heritage Foundation's annual festival, held on Pennsylvania Avenue NW between Third and Sixth streets, features outdoor craft exhibits, cooking and martial arts demonstrations, a talent show, flash mob dancing, and much more. Voted numerous times as the Best Street Fair in Washington, Fiesta Asia! is an exciting opportunity to visit DC ahead of the summer rush!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Embassy Chef Challenge

Time: Event begins at 6:30pm

Embassy Chef Challenge is a truly exclusive culinary experience that pays tribute to extraordinary international cuisine and one of Washington's best kept secrets – the world-class talents of embassy chefs! More than a dozen private chefs from Washington's embassies will serve small-bite appetizers to flaunt the unique cuisine of their countries in a competition to win the Challenge. A panel of celebrity judges will select a winner, and guests will vote for the people's choice winner. Tickets are $65 and can be purchased at EmbassyChefChallenge.org

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