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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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Outdoor movie season is beginning. That’s means there’ll be no end to the free movies showing throughout the city and into the burbs. Be sure to consult your outdoor movie guide, my friend, if this is your bag.

  • Wednesday, May 27 Dirty Dancing is showing at NoMa’s Summer Screen kickoff, complete with food trucks (including DC Empanadas & Captain Cookie), picnicking, music and giveaways. Bring your own chair though (but don’t put baby in the corner).
  • Friday, May 29 – The Devil Wears Prada at Farragut Park, a part of Golden Triangle’s Golden Cinema.
  • Friday, May 29 – Sunday May 31 – The Korean Film Festival will be going on at the Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art, with films We Are Brothers, Man on High Hills, and Quiz Show Scandal.
  • Saturday, May 30 – The National Gallery of Art is showing three films on New York: Native New Yorker, NYC Weights and Measures, and The Time We Killed, if D.C. is feeling too cramped for you in the summer heat.
  • Saturday, May 30 – More NGA free films, as they show Goff in the Desert, part of Emigholz’s series Architecture as Autobiography.
  • Saturday, May 30 – Ellicott City’s Wine Bin (way out in Maryland) is showing Footloose.
  • Saturday, May 30 – Hook is showing at Potomac Town Center, even though it’s a hike it’s still FREE, man.
  • Sunday, May 31 – The National Gallery of Art will be hosting Through a Lens Darkly, an event that examines the portrayal of African Americans by white photographers since the creation of photography.

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  • Friday, May 29 – Picnic in the Park will have some community seating, giveaways, and lawn games from 12 – 2 pm in Farragut Park
  • Saturday, May 30 – Tour de Fat at the Yards Park in SW. An awesome event full of bikes and brews, featuring food from DC Slices, Mellow Mushroom, Red Apron, GBD, in addition to live music, beers, comedy and more.  Plus ain’t nothing better than a summer bicycle ride.


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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.