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Embassy Tour Washington, DC 2016











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When: May 1–31, 2017

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 2017 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 2016, more than 235,000 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 2017:

* Passport DC 10th Anniversary Reception, April 26 

* European Union Culture Month, May 1-31

* Flower Mart at National Cathedral, May 5 and 6

* Around the World Embassy Tour, May 6

* European Union Embassies' Open House, May 13

* Embassy Chef Challenge Gala, May 24

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

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Passport DC 10th Anniversary Reception

Time: 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Location: Macy's Metro Center, 1201 G Street NW, Washington, DC

Join Cultural Tourism DC and Macy's as they kick-off the 10th anniversary of Passport DC with a celebration of cultural and contemporary attire from around the world. A Celebration of Global Fashion will feature clothing from 12-15 countries on display in Macy's windows and selected outposts inside the store. Visit with embassy staff and see arts, crafts and artifacts from across the globe as well as sample the cuisine of celebrity chefs.

Friday and Saturday, May 5-6, 2017 Friday and Saturday, May 5-6, 2017

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 78 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 6, 2017 Saturday, May 6, 2017

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.
The embassies that will have open houses during Around the World Tour include:
Afghanistan, African Union, Albania, Angola, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Barbados, Benin, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Gabonese Republic, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Indonesia, Iraq, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea, Kyrgyz Republic, Malawi, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Nicaragua, Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center (Oman), Pakistan, Peru, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Uruguay, Zimbabwe
(As of April 30, 2017)
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 13, 2017 Saturday, May 13, 2017

European Union 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. Participants in the embassy open houses include Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.
There is no charge to participate in European Union Open House and tickets are not required. It is recommended that you take a form of government-issued identification with you.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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.

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