Thirty embassies will open their doors to the public on Saturday as part of the tour of embassies around the world. Admire sights such as these Bolivian dancers in front of the Embassy of the Plurinational State of Bolivia. Photo by DC Cultural Tourism.
You can experience the world without leaving the district this Saturday by visiting some (or all, if you’re ambitious enough) of the 30 embassies taking part in the Embassies Around the World Tour this Saturday.
The annual tradition returns in person after being canceled in 2020 and going virtual in 2021. That means you’ll once again have IRL access to the tastes and smells of many cultures around the world. Plus: the global experience, filled with food, art, music, dance and fashion, is free.
For those who like to document their travels, buy a souvenir passport at the Dupont Circle and Van Ness information booths and fill it with stamps from each embassy you visit. To plan your globetrotting itinerary, you can view a map of all participating embassies here as well as what each offers here. (Tip for the impatient and crowd-weary: the larger embassies on International Drive and International Court often have shorter lines than those on Embassy Row.)
Need more help deciding where to go? Here are some embassies we are looking for:
Embassy of Peru (1700 Massachusetts Ave., NO)
Sip pisco sours and hang out with native Andean alpacas at the Peruvian Embassy, where vendors will also sell Peruvian handicrafts, alpaca/cotton clothing, and jewelry.
Embassy of Barbados (2144 Wyoming Ave., NW)
Get a taste of life on this Caribbean island with tastings from award-winning chefs and mixologists.
Embassy of Chile (2305 Massachusetts Ave., NW)
Play games native to the western end of South America and taste traditional Chilean cuisine.
Embassy of the Republic of Iraq (1801 P St., NW)
Pose for photos in traditional Iraqi clothing and enjoy Iraqi pop and folk music and dabke dancing.
Embassy of the Sultanate of Oman: Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center (1100 16th St., NW)
Admire the spices of Oman and taste Omani coffee and dates. While you’re there, practice spelling your name in the beautiful letters of Arabic.
Royal Thai Embassy (1024 Wisconsin Ave., NW)
Learn how to cook Thai food at home by attending a cooking demonstration at the Thai Embassy, where you’ll also find Thai boxing (Muay Thai) and traditional Thai instruments.
Embassy of the Dominican Republic (1715 22nd St., NW)
Watch carnival characters and folk dances and get into the dance spirit yourself with romantic bachata and merengue dance lessons.
Embassy of Mexico: Mexican Cultural Institute (2829 16th St., NW)
Continue your Cinco de Mayo celebrations with mezcal, crafts and a ‘Cinco de Mayo battle’.
All embassies are open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and no reservations are required. Note that you will want to bring a mask and proof of vaccination, as each embassy sets its own policies regarding masks and vaccinations.
Can’t come this weekend? Carefree: the embassy tour is part of a Month-long Passport DC Celebration, hosted by Cultural Tourism DC. Other cultural exchange events throughout the month can be found here.