First Friday At Dupont Circle

David Hatef

Washington D.C. is home to many art galleries and cultural experiences, but for those eager to take their creative experience a step further, First Friday Dupont is a can’t-miss event. A monthly art walk on the first Friday of every month from 6:00-8:00pm, First Friday Dupont opens the heart of D.C.’s thriving art scene to the public, bringing artists and art-lovers alike together in a monthly celebration of the creative spirit.

The Dupont Circle neighborhood hosts one of the largest concentrations of art galleries in the metropolitan area, so it’s the perfect place for a self-guided art walk. The First Friday Dupont walk is a tradition started by international and local artists in an expression of true D.C. culture, one that is intensely local and equally international, belonging to both the country and the world. Galleries, museums, shops, and historic houses open up their doors to the public for extended hours and special events. This free event and self-guided walk allows visitors to experience the art world at their own pace and to interact with artists and art lovers alike. 

This Friday, April 6th, why not venture out to Dupont Circle and stop at Q Street Fine Art, featuring the works of renowned Costa Rican artist Rafa Fernández? Then spend some time at The Textile Museum or at The Phillips Collection. Hillyer Art Space is presenting a solo exhibit by Tom Olson, the juried exhibition REVEALED, and The Last Swiss Holocaust Survivors, presented in partnership with the Embassy of Switzerland and the Gamaraal Foundation. 

The Heurich House Museum will be opening its first floor to guests and to taste this month’s History & Hops sponsor, Port City Brewing, and then head to Shop Made in DC for a celebration of the local creativity in the city. R Space Collection is not to be missed, with its mix of international and intimately local art. 

Everyone from the experienced art connoisseur to the someone just starting on their journey of art appreciation will find something to thrill them during First Friday Dupont, where the art celebrates the hyper-local to the international and the classic to the contemporary. For those who want to open their creative experience further, be sure not to miss the innovation in a perfectly-crafted cocktail, or the cut of a dress as you walk further down Connecticut Avenue, or in the pages of a book at Second Story Books down P Street. Dupont Circle is home to some of DC’s finest restaurants and boutique shops, and no First Friday Dupont experience would be complete without sampling cuisine from around the world, perhaps inspired by your favorite exhibit of the night.

​​​​​​​To learn more, visit: First Friday Dupont

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