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Here we focus exclusively on the cheapest YET most satisfying entertainment to be found around DC. Every week we highlight free and almost free activities, a choice happy hour or two, food specials and hot tips for budget survival. PLEASE POST YOUR FREE EVENTS (FOR FREE!) ON OUR AGENDA PAGE or send us FREE TIPS to [email protected] for inclusion in the future FREE THINGS guide. So, time to plan the week!

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  • Monday, April 13 – Spongebob is one of those classics that only get’s better as you get older. So go watch the Spongebob Movie: Sponge out of Water at the Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse for just $2. But if you’re too ma-toor (read: boring) for that, Theory of Everything is playing there too.


  • Monday, April 13 – If you’re feeling a little more serious and a lot more cheap, then check out The Pipeline Next Door screening at the American Film Institute for free tonight.
  • Tuesday, April 14 – Feeling burned out? Head to the Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse to see Unbroken, an inspiring film based on a true story, and you’ll leave feeling like you can take on the world. And your wallet will only be $2 lighter.
  • Tuesday, April 14 – Treat yourself to some dark comedy about your impending mid-life crisis at the American Film Institute‘s screening of Don’t Breathe.


  • Thursday, April 16Filmfest D.C. is here, with over 70 films from all over the world playing over the next week. Tickets to most films are just $13, which is a small price to pay for a little bit of culture.
  • Thursday, April 16 – The Humans Right Campaign is screening Triangles: Witnesses of the Holocaust tonight, followed by a panel with the director as well as Holocaust survivors. Listening to their stories is always a deeply touching experience, and definitely worth the $10.
  • Friday, April 17 – It’s the last day of the NOVA International Film Festival, which is screening films all week at the Angelika film Center in Fairfax, VA. Tickets are just $11 for a two hour screening block (read: all the movies you can watch in 2 hours).

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  • Tuesday, April 14 – Get ready for a night of folk music at Tree House Lounge, which hosts The Ghost of Paul Revere, Celeste Kellogg, The Harmaleighs and Max García Conover, all for just $10 in advance.
  • Wednesday, April 15Granny and the Boys take over Bossa Bistro + Lounge in Adams Morgan for a rare night of live funk and soul music.


  • Thursday, April 16 – The Jeff Prosser Memorial Show takes place at Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar with shows by Boys Don’t Cry, Immanent Voiceless and more.
  • Thursday, April 16 – Stop by The Looking Glass Lounge for The You, Me, Them, Everybody Dream Jukebox.
  • Thursday, April 16 – The Wonderland Ballroom hosts the latest installment of Disco Made Me Do It. One Love Massive presents the show that features the D.C. blisspop collective and includes performances by Will Eastman and PHILCO. No cover charge.
  • Friday, April 17 – Raise money for this year’s In It Together Fest and play pinball at the same time by heading over to Lyman’s Tavern for In It Together Fest Benefit Pinball Tournament. It’s a $10 entry fee, but the proceeds go to a good cause and there are even prizes!
  • Friday, April 17 – Get ready to laugh at the Pre Beaster Comedy Show.


  • Friday, April 17The Commune at 1605 hosts a five part lineup with The Due Diligence, Daniel Knox, Takunda Matose, Poppy Patica and Devil and the Deep Blue Sea. See all these bands for just $5.
  • Friday, April 17 – Head over to IOTA for a jam-packed night of music with shows by Champagne Fever, Alarke and Sara Curtin of The Sweater Set. $10 entry.
  • Saturday, April 18 – Celebrate Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day with a FREE show on the National Monument Grounds. Headliners include No Doubt, Usher, Fall Out Boy, Train, Mary J. Blige and My Morning Jacket.


  • Saturday, April 18 – Matthew Dear DJs at U St Music Hall for the Official Movement Pre-Party. Free entry before 12 a.m. for 21+.
  • Saturday, April 18 – Take a chance and RSVP for this Secret Underground EDM/Techno Dance Party in NW D.C. You will receive an e-mail the day of the party with location details.
  • Saturday, April 18Chinese Menu is back for April at DCAC. Tickets are $10 for the part-storytelling, part-improv show that features performers improvising each other’s stories for hilarious results.

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  • Monday, April 13 – As the trees turn from pink to green, Ted’s Bulletin is replacing their cherry pop-tart with a new key lime flavored pop tart today for just $3.99.
  • Monday, April 13 – &pizza is opening today in Dupont Circle with their gourmet handmade pies, which you can design to your own taste. Plus, you can help support causes that matter to you through their movement, #andcharity.
  • Wednesday, April 15 – It’s Tax Day, and these businesses are looking to help you out:
    • California Tortilla is offering free chips and queso with the purchase of any item and the secret password, “taxes shmaxes”.
    • Hard Rock Cafe is offering free Local Legendary Burgers, but there’s a catch –  you’ll have to get up on stage and sing a song. Here’s hoping you don’t have stage fright.
    • Bruegger’s Bagels is offering their Big Bagel Bundle for just $10.40 if you go to their website and sign up for the offer.
    • Boston Market in Arlington is offering a buy-one-get-one-free deal on their meals, so bring a friend!
    • Bonefish Grill is offering 10% off of your bill all the way through April 20, as long as you show them the coupon either printed or on your phone.


  • Friday, April 17 – Looking for an excuse to drink wine? You’re in luck. It’s World Malbec Day, and Rural Society is hosting complimentary wine tastings from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

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  • Wednesday, April 15 – Whether you’re a world traveler yourself or simply live vicariously through the lives of others, you’ll want to hear what travel writers Andrew Evans, Marilyn Terrell, David C. Brown and Michael Yessis have to tell you tonight at Kramerbooks.


  • Thursday, April 16 – Release your inner comic book nerd on stage at the Hillyer Art Space. You’ve got three minutes to make an impression, and the best costumed performer wins a $50 gift card to Fantom Comics. Oh and there’s drinks and popcorn, just $5.
  • Saturday, April 18 – Get those legs in shape with a bike ride through D.C. as part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. First 100 participants get to participate
  • Saturday, April 18 – Read a book, or rather, have one read to you at the Big Hunt tonight. Authors Natalie Eilbert, Folan Morgan and Morgan Parker will be there tonight and they’re all super cool. Go hang out.


  • Saturday, April 18 – Join the Great American Square Dance Revival tonight, accompanied by live music from local band Little Dust-Up. The entrance fee is just $5, and there might (probs) be food.

That’s all, remember – PLEASE POST YOUR FREE EVENTS (FOR FREE!) ON OUR AGENDA PAGE or send us FREE TIPS to [email protected] for inclusion in the future FREE THINGS guide. Feel free to leave us your suggestions in the comments. Sharing is the new caring.