Fort Dupont Park was one of several historic sites that defended Washington, DC from Confederate attack during the Civil War. Today, there are no remains of the actual fort, but the 400-acre site is one of the city’s largest parks and protects an important sub-watershed of the Anacostia River. Fort Dupont Park is a popular place for picnics, nature walks,, gardening, environmental education, music, skating, sports, and ranger led Civil War programs.
LocationFort Dupont Park is located in Southeast Washington, DC. It is southeast of I-295, north of Pennsylvania Ave., east of Branch Ave. and west of Ridge Rd. The concert stage is located along Fort Dupont Dr., just east of the intersection of Randle Circle and Minnesota Ave. SE. Parking is available in the park off of Minnesota Avenue at F St. and at the Fort Dupont Ice Arena at 3779 Ely Pl. SE.
Recreation Facilities at Fort Dupont Park
- Activity Center
- Hiker-Biker trail
- Free summer concerts (see details below)
- Junior Ranger program, ages 7-14
- Community gardens
- Picnic areas
- Tennis/basketball courts and various athletic fields
- Fort Dupont Ice Arena
2014 Fort Dupont Summer Concert Series
The free concerts begin at 7:00 p.m. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Concerts are held rain or shine. Bring blankets or folding chairs, and a picnic dinner. All bags and coolers will be inspected prior to entry into the park.
Saturday, July 19 - Maimouna Youssef with Nappy Riddem, Christylez Bacon & DJ Jahsonic
Saturday, July 26 - Tribute to Luther Vandross. William 'Smooth' Wardlaw
Saturday, August 2 - National Artist, To Be Announced
Saturday, August 9 - Jazz Ambassadors of the U. S. Army Field BandNational Artist
Official Website: www.nps.gov/fodu