The Top 10 Things To Do In Dupont Circle

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Kate McMahon

Dupont Circle is a vibrant neighborhood of Washington, DC where residential vibes meet business. However, the neighborhood has witnessed a stark transformation over the decades. During the 60s and 70s, Dupont evolved from a hub of anti-war activism to an LGBTQ+ community stronghold. The neighborhood became a haven for a myriad of social justice causes — the Black Panthers, for example, had an office in Dupont in the 70s. The area is no longer the activist hub that it once was, but Dupont still boasts a large LGBTQ+ population, and the neighborhood retains a spirit and energy that pays homage to its rich history and diverse residents.

Lounge In Dupont Circle

The neighborhood gets its name from The Dupont Circle, which refers to the fountain and grassy park in the center of a traffic circle. It’s a great picnic spot for soaking up some rays and people watching. Sit down and play a game of chess with a stranger — chess tables are permanently installed in the park. During the winter months, the circle provides the perfect locale for city-wide snowball flights.

Dupont Circle Snowball Fight

Walk Around Embassy Row

Dupont Circle houses embassies from four continents. The embassies of Indonesia, India, Estonia, Luxembourg, Turkmenistan, Togo, Sudan, Bahamas, Greece, and Ireland line the blocks on Massachusetts Avenue. They often host international galas and festivals, and the buildings incorporate unique styles of architecture.

Indonesian Embassy

1. Shop Local At The Farmer's Market

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Dupont Farmers Market
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The Sunday farmer’s market is a vibrant local gathering that allows residents to easily support local businesses. Peruse the fresh fruits, veggies, and artisan cheeses, while practicing consumer conscientiousness. Stop by between the hours of 8:30am and 1:30pm.

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