by May 17, 2013 at 11:00 am 0

From Mathew Harkins. Email him at mharkins[AT]


No passport required. (Luis Gomez Photos)

It’s now the mid-point of May and Passport DC is still going strong. This annual event here in DC began on May 4 with their kickoff event, the Around the World Embassy Tour, but the festivities and excitement continue along this weekend.

Have your friends been talking about the great French food and wine they’ve been sampling at Café du Parc? Were you envious that you didn’t get a chance to bring Mom to the International Mother’s Day Bazaar at the Islamic Center? Don’t feel too bad (just don’t tell Mom about that Mother’s Day event) because there is still plenty to do happening nearby and all around the city.

Start things off on Saturday morning with a trip to the Fiesta Asia Street Fair, stretching along Pennsylvania Avenue NW between 3rd and 6th Streets. From 10 am to 7 pm, you’ll find special activities for children, dance lessons, music performances, martial arts demonstrations and much more. Even better? This event is free!

Whether you’re a seasoned yoga practitioner or a beginner, you can head over to the Textile Museum on Saturday morning at 11 am for Yoga in the Garden (and be mindful that they recommend reserving your spot).

If the weather is still holding up on Sunday, why not take a walking tour of Latin American Heritage in DC? Starting at the Columbia Heights metro station, and going from 3 to 5:30 pm, this walking tour will weave through Columbia Heights and Adams Morgan, explaining along the way who painted the street murals, which were the earliest Latin American restaurants, and much more. There’s even an optional Latin American dinner at the end.

Later that evening, head over to the Embassy of Haiti for A Taste of Haiti’s Cuisine. This event, running from 6 to 9 pm and requesting cocktail attire, will feature authentic dishes from Chef Stephen Durand, Pastry Chef Valery Abraham, and DC’s well-known Chef José Andrés. This event is free but you will need to register here.

This is only a tiny sample of all the events happening this weekend. There are plenty more to choose from to suit your taste over not only the next couple days, but also the next few weeks. So get out there and see all that the world has to offer right here in DC.

A full list of Passport DC events taking place this month can be found here.

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by May 3, 2013 at 2:00 pm 0

From Mathew Harkins. Email him at mharkins[AT]


No passport required. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Have you wanted to travel overseas but been unable to find the time? Have you wondered what the interiors of all those embassies in our neighborhoods look like? If so, Passport DC, an international and cultural event beginning on May 4, may be just right for you.

Presented by Cultural Tourism DC, Passport DC offers people the opportunity to visit embassies and take part in numerous cultural events around Washington. Now in its sixth year, Passport DC will run for the entire month of May. As before, they’re bringing to our community a wide mix of cultural opportunities and events.

When not exploring the different embassies that populate DC, there will be street festivals, lectures, performances and numerous other types of events.

Do you want to take a walking tour of some of the embassies in Dupont Circle? Passport DC has that. Are you interested in the Washington DC Dragon Boat Festival? They have that as well. If you’re feeling hungry, why not check out one of the food and wine pairings? Whatever your international interest, odds are that Passport DC will have something for you

Their kickoff event, the Around the World Embassy Tour, will take place on Saturday, May 4. Running from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., this signature event will feature more than 40 embassies from six different continents.

Some of Passport DC’s other signature events include:

A full list of Passport DC signature events, which are completely free and require no reservations, is available on their website. You can also find there, a complete list of all events taking place throughout May.

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