Meet People - See Places - Learn Things - Have Fun - with one of our signature events of the year - the European Union Embassy Open House! Numerous European embassies will open their doors to DC visitors and residents on Saturday, May 12. For one day only participants can travel through Europe without leaving DC as they experience the food, art, dance, fashion, and music of different countries.
The advantage of coming with us is that we’ve participated in this event many times and can guide you through the crowds to visit the best locations. We’ll also hand out our Meetup name stickers so you can meet people, tell who is in our group, and remember the names of your fellow embassy travelers.
Tickets: This event is open to the public and all are welcome including individuals, couples, groups and children. No tickets are required - just show up. Although signing up helps us determine attendance and allows you to stay informed of event updates.
Schedule: Guests are free to come along with us in a “buffet-style” event, visiting the embassies we select, or venture off on their own since there are numerous embassies open. Participants are also free to arrive and depart whenever they like.
Weather: This event is mostly indoors and will take place rain (which will reduce the crowds) or shine.
Washington, DC History & Culture Schedule
Event Participation Is Optional - Join Us for Any or All of These Activities
Morning Session: The Embassy of Belgium (3330 Garfield St NW)
Schedule - Meet Us at Any of These Places
8:10-8:35 - Dunkin Donuts (2633 Connecticut Ave NW) for breakfast/coffee
8:35-8:55 - Woodley Park-Zoo Metro Station meet and greet
8:55-9:20 - Walk from the Woodley Park-Zoo Metro Station to the Embassy of Belgium
9:20-10:00 - Get in line at the embassy before the doors open at 10:00
10:00-11:30 - Embassy visit
11:30 - Meet outside the embassy to depart to the British Embassy
Early Afternoon Session: The Embassy of the United Kingdom (3100 Massachusetts Avenue NW)
Schedule - Meet Us at Any of these Places
11:30-11:55 - Walk from outside the Embassy of Belgium to the British Embassy
11:55 - Meet at the Winston Churchill statue outside of the British Embassy, or afterward in either the line to enter the embassy or within the embassy complex
11:55-TBD - Embassy visit(s)
Additional Options: Finland (3301 Massachusetts Avenue NW), Denmark (3200 Whitehaven Street NW) Italy (3000 Whitehaven Street NW), Muslim Women's Association Annual Bazaar at Islamic Center of Washington (2551 Massachusetts Ave NW)
If meeting us at the Late Afternoon session you can walk, take the bus/Metro, Lyft/Uber, etc. on your own.
Late Afternoon Session: The Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain (2801 16th St NW) and/or The Polish Embassy (2640 16th Street)
3:00 - All Souls Church, Unitarian (1500 Harvard St NW) meet and greet near the 16th St steps
3:05-4:00 - Site visits to the Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain and/or the Polish Embassy (our group will split up and visit each location separately)
Additional Options: Lithuania (2622 16th Street NW)
4:00-4:15 - Walk from The Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain to Adams Morgan for dinner
Adams Morgan Dinner - Location TBD - Optional
4:15 - Exact location (pizza?) will be posted on Meetup and Facebook the day of
Follow the Discussion on our Facebook & Meetup Pages:
Additional Event Info:
Be appreciative and respectful of your embassy hosts at all times!
Bring your id and be prepared for potential airport style security screenings
Wear comfortable walking shoes
Observe traffic signs and signals
Free food is often available but is sometimes accompanied by lengthy lines - paid food options with shorter lines are often a good investment to save time
Additional Questions: Anything that can’t be answered by the above event description, Google, or common sense please let us know.
We look forward to seeing you - thanks!
Saturday, May. 1212:45 pm - 8:00 pm