This week, we’re globetrotting — right in our own backyard.
By Anne Kim-Dannibale
No need for a passport (though souvenir books can be had). Just put on your walking shoes and grab your fanny pack for a week full of international (and a little local) fun.
Around the World Embassy Tour
Saturday, May 4
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Free, all day
Grab the kids and travel the globe in just one day during Passport DC’s embassy tour. This year, more than 100 embassies are participating with a variety of cultural programming. Check out the site for more details. Coffee hounds can grab a free cup of Turkish joe outside the Turkish embassy for a mid-day pick-me-up. For a list of participating embassies, click here.
A Most Interesting Pairing
Passport to Paris, Pamplona & Beyond — Adventures in Hemingway’s Cocktails
Friday, May 10
9 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Kennedy Center Roof Terrace Restaurant
2700 F St. NW
$55 pre-registration available here; $60 at the door
The Museum of the American Cocktail (yes, there actually is one and rightly so) is partnering with the Kennedy Center to toast Ernest Hemingway in time with Septime Webre‘s visonary “The Sun Also Rises” for Washington Ballet. None other than Philip Greene, co-founder of M.O.T.A.C. and author of the aptly named “To Have and Have Another — A Hemingway Cocktail Companion,” plays host to an evening that’s sure to take you right back to Jazz-era Paris. Ballet ticket-holders get a special discount (bring your stub).
She’s the Man
Romance, mistaken identity, far-flung locales — who could ask for anything more? Shakespeare’s romantic comedy finds an inspired production at Folger Shakespeare under the very capable direction of Robert Richmond. Through June 9.
Eat (and Drink) Local
National Harbor Wine & Food Festival
Saturday and Sunday, May 4 and 5
1 p.m.-6 p.m.
National Harbor Waterfront
$45 cash only at doors
Don’t have time to sample all of Washington’s growing culinary scene? This just might be the ticket. With over 150 wines, some of Washington’s best chefs — including Top Chef alums Mike Isabella and Bryan Voltaggio — this annual food and wine blowout offers the chance to experience much of Washington’s food scene in one sitting, plus celebrate Cinco de Mayo in one fell swoop. And it’s all for a good cause with a percentage of proceeds benefiting Spirit of Hope Childrens Foundation.