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Thanks for making Passport DC a sensational success!

When: May 1–31, 2016

Passport DC 2015 is a month-long journey around the world highlighting DC's thriving international diplomatic community and its lively and varied international 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. Over 280,000 people experience the popular embassy open houses, street festivals, performances, exhibitions and workshops. 

This year festivities kick off with DC Flower Mart on May 1 and 2 at the Washington National Cathedral.

Passport DC offers something for everyone, so come to DC and join the fun!

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 50 embassies opened their doors to visitors in 2014, 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. Embassies participating previously include the African Union Mission, Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, Fiji, Ghana, Iraq, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea, League of Arab States, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, Nepal, Peru, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, Venezuela, and Zambia.

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. Guests may sip tea at the British Embassy or get a henna tatto in the Turkish Embassy. 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.

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!


Embassy Chef Challenge

Time: 6 - 9pm

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! Up to 15 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.
The Gala also features one-of-a-kind silent and live auction experiences provided by our embassy partners,affiliate organizations,and some of the most acclaimed cultural institutions in Washington. The 7th Annual Embassy Chef Challenge will be held at the elegant Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. Tickets for the Embassy Chef Challenge are $250 per person. Come tickle your taste buds!

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