Cultural Tourism DC

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Cultural Tourism DC
Logo of Cultural Tourism DC
Logo of Cultural Tourism DC
Formation Kathryn S. Smith, January 1, 1996; 21 years ago (1996-01-01)
Region served
DC metro area
Executive Director
Steven Shulman
Main organ
Board of Directors

Cultural Tourism DC is an independent non-profit coalition of more than 230 culture, heritage, and community-based organizations in Washington, DC. Cultural Tourism DC and its members develop and present programs in Washington for area residents and visitors. Member organizations represent cultural and community organizations throughout Washington, DC; they include large institutions such as the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and U.S. National Arboretum to smaller ones such as the Frederick Douglass House and the Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens.


Cultural Tourism DC (CTDC) offers a range of guided and self-guided walking tours of historic neighborhoods in Washington, DC:

Cultural Tourism DC also offers an African American Heritage Trail that highlights significant sites in African American history in multiple locations around the city.

  • Passport DC, an annual event that occurs each May, where many of the more than 187 embassies and international cultural centers in Washington, DC open their doors to showcase their culture, art, music, dance and food. The event features street festivals, open houses, embassy events, special performances and other events
  • WalkingTown DC and BikingTown DC, a two-week program that features free guided walking and biking tours of neighborhoods across the city. Tour topics include history, architecture, and local development.
  • The Embassy Chef Challenge, an annual fundraising benefit featuring international tastings, awards, entertainment, and a silent auction.
  • The PorchFest, which invites Washington area visitors to celebrate local talent by turning the front stoops of several neighborhood homes and businesses into performance spaces where local musicians play for the community.

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