WASHINGTON, D.C. — May offers a chance to travel the world without suffering jet lag, needing a visa or passport or leaving the United States’ capitol.
In its fourth year, Passport DC is an chance to take in street festivals, open houses, embassy events, special performances during the month of May. The events explore the international community vital to the District of Columbia.
The sixth annual National Asia Heritage Festival: Fiesta Asia Street Fair is 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 21 on Pennsylvania Avenue NW between Third and Sixth streets, and is held in celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. The activities include performances, demonstrations, food, displays, a marketplace and other events.
Also May 21 is the very kid-friendly Meridian International Children’s Festival, with activities 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Meridian International Center, 1630 Crescent Place NW. Admission for the fifth annual event is free for ages 12 and younger and $10 for ages 13 and older.
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Trinidad & Tobago's U.S. Embassy is among 30 foreign embassies in Washington, D.C., taking part in Cultural Tourism DC's Around the World Embassy Tour on May 14.
The European Union event is in its fifth year, and is followed by Europe Week — a week-long celebration of Europe with events across the U.S. The events tie into Europe Day, which is May 9 and marks the signing of the Schuman Declaration in 1950 that laid the foundation for the European Union.
"The EU Embassies' open house, the single biggest celebration of the EU in the world, demonstrates the EU's motto of 'unity through diversity' by showcasing the range and richness of European society,” said Ambassador João Vale de Almeida, EU ambassador to the U.S.