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National Caribbean-American
Foods and Foodways Alliance

The National Caribbean-American Food and Foodways Alliance (NCAFFA) was founded in May 2010 to promote Caribbean foods and culinary traditions and to provide development assistance to food-centered businesses and people with a stake in Caribbean foods. Each June, the organization celebrates Caribbean-American Heritage Month by co-hosting and promoting numerous events in the DC area. This year, on June 1, NCAFFA invites you to learn more about The Cuban Presence in DC. Hosted by Humanities DC, the event features a panel of Cuban-Americans who have called the DC area home all of their lives will discuss the music, dance, food and religion of Cuba at Busboys and Poets in Takoma Park. Check the Alliance's calendar throughout the month for more events and opportunities to appreciate Caribbean food.


Kennedy Center Open House

The Kennedy Center's doors open wide on May 27 for a day full of free performances featuring street art, hip-hop, skateboard culture and the classic and contemporary arts. Dance troupes will show off their skills, a skate park and music stage will be open on the plaza, 300 singers of The National Memorial Day Choral Festival will perform in the Concert Hall. The Kennedy Center Open House is a fun-filled cross-cultural celebration and expression of thanks to all who enjoy and support this living memorial to President John F. Kennedy.


Memorial Day Tours of the Soldiers' Home 

Commemorate Memorial Day with guided tours of the United States Soldiers' and Airmen's Home National Cemetery. Visited by President Abraham Lincoln, the Soldiers' Home National Cemetery is known as the first national cemetery (established in 1861) and as the final resting place for John Logan, who formalized Memorial Day celebrations in 1868.

The tours of the cemetery and a wreath-laying ceremony at Logan's mausoleum will highlight the history of the Soldiers' Home Cemetery, the famous people buried there and the history of Memorial Day.



Friday, May 26

Exhibit - PostSecret: The Power of a Postcard 
National Postal Museum

Tour - Guided Garden Tour
Tudor Place Historic House and Garden

Film - We The People: Making A More Perfect Union, One Generation at a Time 
American History Museum

Saturday, May 27

Tour - Walks With History
Pickle Pea Productions

Theater - Hir
Woolly Mammoth Theatre

Tour - Investigation: Detective McDevitt
Ford's Theatre

Film - Angel of Nanjing (2016) 
Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum

Sunday, May 28

Film - Fanny's Journey (2016)
Edlavitch DCJCC

Film - Waste Land (2010)
Hirshhorn Museum

Exhibit - Inventing Utamaro
Freer | Sackler

Monday, May 29

Exhibit - The Pollinator-friendly Garden
District Architecture Center

Exhibit - Baseball's Greatest Hits: The Music of Our National Game 
Library of Congress

Exhibit - Architecture of an Asylum: St. Elizabeths
National Building Museum 

Tuesday, May 30

Exhibit - Frederic Bazille and the Birth of Impressionism
National Gallery of Art

Exhibit - Congress and the World Wars
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

Exhibit - El vuelo y su semilla
Mexican Cultural Institute

Wednesday, May 31

Exhibit - Artistic Soldiers: Artistic Expression in the First World War
National Air and Space Museum

Exhibit - Friends and Fashion: An American Diplomat in 1820s Russia
Hillwood Estate Museum and Gardens

Tour - Guided Highlights

Thursday, June 1

Concert - Phillips After 5: All That Jazz
The Phillips Collection

Concert - Martin Babjak
The Embassy Series at the Embassy of the Slovak Republic

Exhibit - Exploring Early Americas
Library of Congress



Newsletter for May 26 to June 1, 2017. Find more events on our calendar which presents the latest information on the city's most exciting cultural activities. It's all at your fingertips. To view our full calendar, visit our website


June 2

At Their Doorstep: French Street Fairs of the 19th Century
Alliance Française de Washington DC

June 5

EuroAsia Shorts

June 10

Capitol Hill Arts Workshop Birthday Bash
Capitol Hill Arts Workshop

June 11

Historical Homebrewing Class: Colonial Era
Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital

Thanks to all the volunteers and sponors who helped with this year's Passport DC events. Visitors and guests were able to experience international culture and diplomacy in more than 70 embassies, international cuisine, and exhibits and displays in numerous cultural institutions throughout Washington, DC.



Washington Nationals Taste of the World

The Washington Nationals celebrate D.C.'s international community with the 2nd annual culinary event heard 'round the world in July. With the purchase of a special Taste of the World ticket, enjoy a food festival from participating embassies. Buy tickets here.

Multinational Entrepreneur Training

Multinational entrepreneurs are driven by passion and vision to build global businesses outside of their current comfort zones and abilities. This training will give you the foundation of knowledge that you need in order to build a profitable multinational business. Enroll here

Do More 24

Do More 24 is an fundraising campaign managed by the United Way of the National Capital Area. As a non-profit organization, we hope you will consider helping Cultural Tourism DC (CTDC).

Throughout our history, CTDC provides education and celebrates DC's neighborhoods with programs and events like Passport DC. Read more here.

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