With more than 175 embassies, ambassadors’ residences and foreign cultural centers in the nation’s capital, you can easily explore Washington, DC’s international side. Many embassies open their doors to the public for concerts, exhibitions, dinners and other special events. Find out how you can go around the globe inside the borders of the Beltway below:
During the month of May, more than 50 of DC’s embassies host open houses as part of Cultural Tourism DC's Passport DC. Locals and visitors alike can cross borders and break down barriers, traveling around the world by taking in the music, dance, crafts, cuisine and other culture of various countries. The annual program also includes the Meridian International Children’s Festival, the Dragon Boat Races and the Asian Heritage Festival.
THE EMBASSY SERIES
Embassies highlight their music and culture during The Embassy Series, a concert series featuring international artists. Concerts frequently take place at the embassies or the ambassadors’ residences, giving you a glimpse into diplomatic life.
In addition to Passport DC and the Embassy Series, many embassies in DC open their doors for public events periodically, including concerts, exhibitions, lectures and other social events celebrate. Check the websites of individual embassies you are interested in or browse sites such as www.internationalclubdc.com or www.thingstododc.com for upcoming events.
MERIDIAN INTERNATIONAL CENTER
Located in the Columbia Heights neighborhood, the Meridian International Center lives out its mission to promote cultural understanding by putting on exhibitions, lectures, symposia and other events.
OTHER INTERNATIONAL CENTERS
For more information on a specific country and its presence in DC, check out organizations like the Goethe Institut (Germany), Mexican Cultural Institute, House of Sweden, Casa Italiana and Maison Francais.