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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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  • Tuesday, May 5 – Check out Bradley Cooper in all his glory with a $2 screening of American Sniper at Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse. Fun fact: Cooper graduated from Georgetown!


  • Friday, May 8 – The Korean Film Festival continues through the end of next month. Stop by Freer Gallery of Art for a free screening of this week’s pick Cart.
  • Sunday, May 10 – Celebrate Mother’s Day with a free screening of the classic Joan Crawford flick Mildred Pierce at Tenley-Friendship Library
  • Sunday, May 10 – Stock up on your knowledge about Greenland with one of the free screenings today at the National Museum of Natural History for the Greenland Eyes International Film Festival.
  • Monday, May 11 – Listen to Morgan Freeman while watching some cute animals during the screening of March of the Penguins at Chevy Chase Library.

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  • Tuesday, May 5 – Stop by Paperhaus for BYOB concert with Puff Pieces, Plains, Jack on Fire and Hemlines. Donations are encouraged.
  • Tuesday, May 5 – San Diego band The Donkeys, known for breezy music that’s easy on the ears, and DC post-punk group Time is Fire stop by DC9.
  • Tuesday, May 5 – Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a pina colada or two at Eastern Confederate’s Comedy Show hosted by Andrew Bucket.
  • Tuesday, May 5 – Mali musician and DC local Cheick Hamala takes over Bossa Bistro with his signature African rock ‘n’ roll tunes.
  • Tuesday, May 5 – Town Tavern hosts its annual Cinco de Mustache Fiesta with $5 tequila sunrises and margaritas that guarantee you won’t remember much tomorrow.



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  • ALL BASEBALL SEASON LONG – check out our Happy Hour Hotline for baseball related specials.
  • ALL SUMMER LONG – Okay so it’s not quite summer yet, but we’re still excited to enjoy happy hour deals out in the sun. Check out our Outdoor Drinking Guide to find the best deals and outdoor spots.
  • Throughout May – It’s Shake Shack’s 4th annual Great American Shake Sale! Donate $2 to No Kid Hungry at Shake Shack and receive a complimentary card for a hand-spun shake.
  • May 5 and 6 – Enter RAMW’s Mother’s Day brunch reservations giveaway by uploading a picture or video of why you love mom using the handle @RAMWdc and #RAMMYSBrunch.


  • Tuesday, May 5 – It’s Cinco de Mayo! Here are a few deals to keep you happy, full and drunk:
    • El Centro D.F. is offering an all-you-cant eat taco buffet for $20, and the gelato is tequila-infused.
    • Masa 14 also has a buffet to celebrate. It’s $20, but you get as much latin and asian food as you can possibly handle.
    • Fishnet in Shaw is celebrating it’s year anniversary with a Cinco de Mayo, and you’ll want to stop by for the $2.50 Mexican beer.
    • Zengo and Toro Toro both have $5 drink specials and complimentary snacks, and if you stay past 7 p.m., channel your dance moves to the in-house DJ.
    • Fuego Cocina y Tequileria is offering $5 tacos and cocktails until 7 p.m., as well as complimentary tequila samples.
  • Wednesday, May 6 – Stop by Vinoteca’s happy hour, co-hosted by N Street Village Impact Committee, for $5 drinks and food under $10. Bonus: If you donate $10 or more at the door you’re eligible to win a mystery prize.
  • Thursday, May 7 – If you’re a chocoholic, look no further, because The Village at Shirlington hosts Shirlie’s Chocolate Crawl with plenty of cocktails and chocolate treats. Plus, chocolate-dipped oreos are on hand while supplies last, so don’t arrive late.

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  • Tuesday, May 5 – Busboys and Poets Brookland hosts the 2015 WWPH Fiction Reading with readings by Catherine Bell, David Ebenbach, David Taylor and more.
  • Tuesday, May 5 – If you prefer beer over tequila, opt out of Cinco de Mayo parties and instead head over to Denizens Brewing Co. for trivia night.
  • Wednesday, May 6  Viet Thanh Nguyen stops by Politics and Prose to read from his brilliant debut novel The Sympathizer. 
  • Wednesday, May 6 – It’s Retail’s Night Out, so grab your wallet and head over to CityCenterDC for pop-up shops, live music, food trucks and even a red carpet.


  • Wednesday, May 6 – Head over to Bumpngrind, Silver Spring’s new coffee shop/record store, for Zentangle drawing instruction.
  • Friday, May 8 – SpeakeasyDC presents the debut performance of Home Sweet Home: True Stories from East of the River at Thearc. Tickets are $5 in advance.
  • Friday, May 8 – Vivid Solutions Gallery hosts the opening reception for its newest photography exhibit, 3 millimeters by Greg Kahn.
  • Friday, May 8 – The new exhibit Under Pressure by Rush Baker opens at Honfleur Gallery with a free reception.
  • Through Saturday, May 9 – Kickstart your fitness routine as part of DC Yoga Week. Studios are offering special free and $5 classes all week long, and Yoga on the Mall takes place Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 9 – Transport yourself to the city of love with David Downie’s reading of his new book A Passion for Paris: Romanticism and Romance in the City of Light at Politics and Prose.
  • Saturday, May 9 – It’s the European Union Embassies’ Open House! Check out the different embassies for an inside look into the culture of each country, and stay for the food or join in on the scavenger hunt.
  • Saturday, May 9 and Sunday, May 10 – Head over to Bethesda this weekend for the Bethesda Fine Arts Festival with live entertainment and art from over 130 artists.

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.