In addition to being the U.S. capital, Washington, DC, is home to approximately 174 embassies. These international missions are located all over the city, from Georgetown to Woodley Park, and especially along Massachusetts Avenue, which is often referred to as Embassy Row. Unless you’re a diplomat or other dignitary, getting into these embassies is near impossible unless you take the Around the World Embassy Tour, happening this weekend on May 14.
This year, 32 embassies from Australia to Venezuela will open their doors to the public with traditional food, artisan demonstrations, films, music, tours, and more. A few of the highlights:
- Embassy of the Argentine Republic: Tango lessons, Argentine food tastings, and guided tours of the embassy
- Embassy of Australia: Didgeridoo demonstrations
- Embassy of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia: All-day Ethiopian food market
- Embassy of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas: Junkanoo festivities
- Embassy of the Federative Republic of Brazil: Capoeira demonstrations and guided tours of the embassy
- Embassy of the Republic of Iraq: Sample Iraqi food and see ancient Assyrian and Babylonian artifacts
- Embassy of the Republic of Korea: Tae Kwon Do classes and calligraphy demonstrations
- Embassy of Mexico: Music and dance workshops, art exhibits
- Embassy of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka: Sample Sri Lankan food and Ceylon tea, learn how to tie a sari
- Royal Thai Embassy: Muay Thai (martial arts) performances, Thai cooking demonstrations, and Thai massage
For a full list of participating embassies, visit the Cultural Tourism DC website. You can also print out a PDF map, which lists participating embassies, shuttle stops, and information tents. The Around the World Embassy Tour is free.
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