One of the most popular residential areas in Washington DC is Dupont Circle. And why not? Art and architecture, great food and shopping, awesome outdoor activities and nightlife events all combine to make every day and evening fun and exciting.
Dupont Circle is the name of a whole area and encompasses not only the traffic circle at the center of it all, but a park, the surrounding neighborhood, and a historic district. You’ve probably heard a lot about Dupont, but we wanted to bring you some of the hidden gems that you may not know about. These are events, traditions, places—anything a little off the beaten path that will help you get to know this exciting area better.
First Fridays: Starting and ending at Hillyer Art Space, First Fridays is a gallery crawl. All of the Dupont Circle art spaces and galleries put out wine and noshes and a $5 cover charge gives you the opportunity to see and be seen, listen to live music, and meet fellow art lovers, and fellow Dupont Circle lovers as well. And get to know Hillyer Art Space at other times for their exhibitions, art classes, poetry readings, curators’ talks, and more. Find out more at their website.
Embassies’ Open House: One of Dupont’s favorite features is Embassy Row, and a stroll around these remarkable homes is a highlight of time spent in the area. But if you’d like a peek inside these stately homes, check out the annual Embassies’ Open House. Each May (the 13th this year) the
European Union Embassies and the EU Delegation to the US provide a day of “family fun, food, culture, and more.” The 28 member countries participate in sharing their cultural heritages and national traditions with the Washington DC community. Check out this year’s Open House info here.
17th Street Festival: An annual tradition since 2010, the 17th Street Festival is a highlight of the late summer/early autumn time of year in the Dupont Circle area. With an entertainment state, djs, dancers, bands, and drag performances, with artists, local businesses, and kids activities, there is truly something for everyone. Want to give your pet a day out? There’s a pet zone where you can shop for your pet or adopt one. And one of the highlights of the festival is the famous drag queen high heels race, which is not to be missed. Check out the festival website here.
Second Story Books: Second Story Books is one of the largest used and rare bookstores in the world, so it’s not much of a secret. But what you may not know is that they offer a variety of services for book lovers and collectors beyond just a great place to browse and find a title you love. Second Story repairs and rebinds books, purchases and re-sells books, and appraises used and rare books. They also provide books for use in movies, for interior designers, and for store and home displays. Have a rare book that you think might be valuable? You can set up an appraisal and have it evaluated by an expert. There is also a rare book room, a rare & expensive collection, manuscripts, paintings, vintage posters, and more. This is Book Lover’s Nirvana, is what we’re saying. Check it out here.
Embassy Circle Guest House: Want to experience the glamour of Embassy Row? Whether you live in town or are just visiting, Embassy Circle Guest House is the place to go. A former embassy itself, this restored mansion is one of the most luxurious and beautiful B&Bs in the area. With a beautiful space, upgraded amenities, excellent food and legendary concierge services—including next-level recommendations for the foodies among its guests—there’s nowhere we’d rather be than this extraordinary home. Make your reservations here.
Whether you already live in and love Dupont Circle or are thinking of looking for your own little piece of this fun and exciting section of DC, your Eng Garcia Grant Realtor can help you find the right place to call home. Remember, real estate in Dupont Circle is always a good investment, and you’ll find so many things to love about this fabulous DC neighborhood.