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October 19, 2018

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October 19, 2018

  1.  Coffee in Dupont Circle –the crossroads of the city.  Coffee or picnic in Dupont Circle brings every type of person: moms, singles, gays, couriers, business men, seniors, and tourists to enjoy the babble of the fountain, sunshine, friendly squirrels, or people watch.

  2. Chess in the Circle – there are nine checkered tables to play chess or checkers on the northeast side of Dupont Circle.  And the tables make a great lunch spot too. Free!

  3. Stroll Embassy Row: walk west along Massachusetts Avenue until the Mosque.  You will know when to turn around because Rock Creek Park will be underneath you as you walk over the Glover Memorial Bridge. Free!

  4. Explore the Spanish Steps – just four blocks from Dupont Circle, this romantic spot near 22nd and S Street, NW was never opened to traffic because of its steep grade.  The Spanish Steps are a nod to the grand staircase in Rome, build during the City Beautiful Movement in 1905. Free!

  5. Heurich House Museum is a must see if you love all things German, beer, or DC.  This Victorian palace built by beer baron Christian Heurich in 1896 employed the latest technology of the time – a fireproof house.  The intact mansion remained in the family until it was turned in the home of the DC Historical Society; and now back to a house museum.

  6. Anderson House was the winter home of Lars and Isabel Anderson when Washington was a seasonal town before air conditioning.  The Andersons were ambassadors and socialites who donated their opulent mansion to the Society of the Cincinnati.  Free!

  7. Woodrow Wilson House in the presidential home of President Wilson after he retired from the White House.  This Georgian Revival home is half a block away from the Spanish Steps – full of history, gifts from the Great War, and style.

  8. Board Room is more than fun and games, it is a meeting place for a drink with friends or a jumping-off point to meet new ones.

  9. Escape Room is a one-hour puzzle in three dimensions where you and your mates have to solve a mystery to escape the room. 

  10. Taking a class at Looped is always a hit.  Knitting is all the trend – so tell your creative friends! 

  11. Dupont Underground is a former trolley station that has been converted into an art space.  Go for a tour, concert, play, or performance art.  Something new is down there every week.

  12. Dine in one of the 150 restaurants and cafes.  Dupont Circle has loads of choices from around the world.  And you can buy dinner for $5 or $85 – it’s your choice.

  13. Shop at the 80 stores – anything from comic books to vintage books, sneakers to stilettoes, and paintings to prints.

  14. Sunday Farmers Market at Dupont Circle is now the most popular farmers market in the City selling locally grown produce every Sunday year round from 8:30-1:30. 

  15. First Friday is the Dupont Circle art walk, including venerable art galleries, historic houses, and sometimes embassies.  Free every first Friday of the month from 6:00-8:00.

  16. Pride Parade continues to be a fascination for Washington’s liberal crowd.  This colorful parade draws a bigger crowd every year. Free!

  17. 17th Street Festival is held on the last Saturday in August, and this street fair focuses on artists and makers as well as community groups and children’s activities. Free!

  18. High Heel Race is truly a drag race.  This one-block long run along 17th Street is strictly for those who wear heels – held on the Tuesday before Halloween. Wear a costume and show off from 7:00-8:55 p.m.  Race lasts from 9:00-9:05 p.m. Free!

  19. Groundhog Day is held in Dupont Circle park on the morning of February 2nd to forecast 6 more weeks of political gridlock. The prediction is always the same. Free!

  20. Dupont Circle House Tour is held the second Sunday in October and showcases 15 houses around greater Dupont Circle, including a tea.

All this, plus fabulous architecture, residents from around the world, and gardens galore via abundant public transportation. 

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