This Weekend: Embassy Tours and Spring Fest

EU Embassies Open House

May 14, 2016

On May 14th, 2016 the European Union Embassies and the EU Delegation to the United States will open their doors to the public for the annual EU Embassies’ Open House: a day of family fun, food, culture and more. The event offers visitors a rare look inside the embassies and provides a unique opportunity for experiencing the cultural heritage and national traditions of the 28 member countries.

Washington, DC boasts more than 175 foreign embassies, residences, chanceries, and diplomatic missions. An embassy is the official mission through which one country conducts their foreign affairs in another country. Many of the embassies in Washington, DC are housed in beautiful historic buildings, occupying former residential row houses or small mansions. Embassy Row refers to a part of the city where many of the foreign embassies are located, along Massachusetts Avenue near Dupont Circle.

The tours are free and most are within walking distance of each other. It is a really cool and inexpensive way to learn about other countries, and then plan a trip there of course.  Here is a downloadable map of who, what, and where.

Cathedral Common Spring Festival

May 14th l 12-5 pm

Celebrate the blooming season with a Spring Festival at Cathedral Commons curated by Art Soiree!

30+ vendors, 5 hours of live entertainment, 4 live music bands, outdoor workout class, $3,000+ in raffle giveaways, flower art installations, & more

This year’s Spring Festival will close Newark Street to traffic, and transform Cathedral Commons and the Cathedral Heights neighborhood into a kaleidoscope of colours, sounds and flavours with thousands in attendance for a day of art, music, and family-friendly fun. Stroll the streets as you listen to live musical performances, peruse local art and taste delicious food and beverage offerings from a number of neighborhood businesses and restaurants.

FREE RAFFLE GIVEAWAYS – shopping gift cards to Core72, La Village Marche, The Cookery;gift baskets from Giant; restaurant gift certificates from Barcelona, Cactus Cantina, Cafe Deluxe, Raku, Grilled Oyster Company; work-out memberships & class packages to Pure Barre, [Solidcore], Zengo Cycle; tickets to Washington Ballet’s Bowie & Queen performance, and more.

DELICIOUS FOOD TASTINGS  – the grande paella from Barcelona Restaurant & Wine Bar, dumplings from Raku, & mini burgers from Cafe Deluxe and samplings from Giant, to name a few. – Art Soiree

You can RSVP here but admission is free!

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