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Here we focus exclusively on the cheapest YET most satisfying entertainment to be found around DC. Every Monday – we  highlight free and almost free activities, a choice happy hour or two, food specials, and hot tips for budget survival. ALSO-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-lets dig in.


  • GENTLE REMINDER:  you should consider joining the new-and-improved BYT VIP program, called VIPERS (yes!) which is all about making your life better with awesome things like: Paid reserves at select (already) sold-out shows, hugs-heavy bus trips to where-the-hell-is-that venues like Merriweather Post Pavilion, pre-release MP3s and promo CD downloads, members-only ticket giveaways and discounts, priority line-jumping at BYT events, tons of loot we get from labels and PR people that we don’t know what to do with, exclusive pre-pre-pre-sales, monthly secret happy hours where you can huddle amongst the rest of the VIPER elite + pick up extra schwag, super sweet Vipers-only pow wows with some of your favorite musicians, artists and  local celebs…. and, well, anything else we can think of. SO-SIGN UP.


  •  NOW, onto this week:





  • Wednesday, May 29th – YACHT ROCK NIGHT @ Little Miss Whiskeys. Nothing not to like.
  • Thursday, May 30th – SUMMER SEND-OFF @ Velvet Lounge. All sorts of BYT favorites (incl. Gavin Holland, Will88, Phillip Goyette and Tommy Cornelis) DJ a great summer jam.
  •  Friday, May 31st – Luce Unplugged local showcase @ American Arts Museum. Featuring: “America Hearts, Lyriciss, and More Humans, selected with the help of City Paper’s managing editor, Jonathan L. Fischer”. BONUS: A cash bar will offer samples of new beers and local brewery Port City Brewing will offer free tastings from 6 to 7 p.m. to visitors twenty-one and older.




  • FREE ITALIAN WATER ICE -“Steak & Ice is pulling a rolling takeover of Taylor Gourmet shops around D.C. May 28-31. Starting at 11 a.m. each day, at the Taylor Gourmet location of the day, they’ll cook up 50 cheesesteaks and sell them first-come first-serve until they’re gone. Buy a cheesesteak and you’ll get a free Italian water ice. You’ll find them Tuesday at the Penn Quarter location, Wednesday at Dupont Circle, Thursday at 14th St. and Friday at City Vista” (VIA WTOP)
  • FREE BAR SNACKSPiola, the new pizza place on 14th street we wrote about last week has a pretty unbeatable happy hour situation. Not only does it happen every day (yes, even weekends) and includes free bites around the bar (we’re talking small pizzas, spiced olives, meats and cheeses, gourmet pizza rolls, small sandwiches, bruschetta and more).






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