Passport DC 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 embassies and some of DC's very best cultural institutions. Thousands of people enjoy the popular embassy open houses, street festivals, performances, exhibitions, workshops, and more. Passport DC invites everyone to experience a trip around the world without leaving the city!
"Fascinating to learn about countries; loved how different embassies highlighted very different things; free food; dance and music; seeing pride in the faces of the people from that country to show off what makes them special; diversity of attendees."
"The world got smaller and friendlier."
"Getting the opportunity to learn about other cultures and cuisines, and getting to see the buildings that house other nations."
"Love, love, love the event -- one of my favorite DC events. Really appreciate that it's free and open!"
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Friday and Saturday, May 6-7, 2022
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 80 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, and take in the beauty of our International Floral Exhibit. 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. See the Flower Mart here!
Saturday, May 7, 2022
Around the World Embassy Tour
Time: 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
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 2019, 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.
There is no charge to participate in Around the World Embassy Tour and tickets are not required. It is recommended that you take a face mask and a form of government-issued identification with you.
Saturday, May 14, 2022
European Union Open House
Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
A partner program to Passport DC, EU Open House is organized by the Delegation of the European Union to the United States. Visitors to will enjoy the authentic music, dance, food, film, and art of the distinctive nations of the European Union—this year including Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the EU Delegation.
There is no charge to participate in theEuropean Union Open House and tickets are not required. It is recommended that you take a form of government-issued identification with you.
Saturday, July 16, 2022
Fiesta Asia Street Fair!
Time: 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Fiesta Asia Street Fair is a signature celebration that occurs every May in conjunction with Asian Heritage Month Commemorations. The fair began in 2006 and is held at Washington D.C. in front of Capitol Hill. Fiesta Asia Street Fair is an anchor partner of Passport DC presented by Cultural Tourism DC. Fiesta Asia Street Fair offers outdoor craft exhibits, live performances, food and open market vendors, interactive displays, martial arts demonstration, talent show, cooking demo, and more.
About Cultural Tourism DC, Inc.
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 duringPorchFest 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.
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