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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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  • Wednesday, October 14 – AMC Georgetown 14 is hosting a free screening of Steve Jobs before its release in North America.
  • Thursday, October 15 – If you’re stuck on date night ideas, or you need some inspiration for Halloween costumes, there’s going to be a screening of Grease at the National Harbor.
  • Friday, October 16 – The Freer Gallery of Art is host to Gate of Flesh, a Seijun Suzuki drama on postwar Tokyo, featuring a gang of prostitutes, soldiers, and falling in ~love~.


  • Friday, October 16 – Fridays are for Star Trek: The Next Generation at Black Cat. Watch the episode Captain’s Holiday. Oh, and get some drinks.
  • Saturday, October 17 – Black Cat is screening an episode of Dr. Who. Drink specials too.
  • Saturday, October 17 – Matina Kudlácek’s documentary In the Mirror of Maya Deren demonstrates the film artist through discussion, archival fragments, and footage. Being shown at the National Gallery of Art.
  • Sunday, October 18The National Gallery of Art is screening Agnès Varda’s road movie from 2000, Les glaneaurs et la glaneuse, followed by Ô saisons, Ô châteaux, a 1958 short film surveying rural French personalities.
  • Sunday, October 18Tattooed Life is a Seijun Suzuki film being shown at the Freer Gallery of Art that tells the story of two fleeing brothers that end up working in a mine and falling in love with their boss’ wife. Scandalous.


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  • Wednesday, October 14 – Empress Of and ABRA are playing at DC9. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. $10 so it makes the list.
  • Thursday, October 15DC9 is host to King Dude. Featuring Foie Gras and NAKED. Doors open at 8 p.m.
  • Friday, October 16 – For October, Luce Unplugged is bringing Cruzie Beaux and Near Northeast to the American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery. Important: there will be snacks.
  • Friday, October 16The Falconers are playing at Gypsy Sally’s Vinyl Lounge.
  • Friday, October 16 – DC9 is hosting Brent & Co.
  • Saturday, October 17 – In celebration of the first anniversary of the DC Punk Archive at the DC Public Library, Cynthia Connolly is leading a virtual downtown walking tour of the DC Punk Underground. Cool?
  • Saturday, October 17The Beard & The Fro are at Black Cat. Hairy.
  • Sunday, October 18 – Sunday afternoon matinee show at the Pinch with ShowPony, Dais, Not A Planet and Pine.



  • Thursday, October 15 – Sign of the Whale is having Thirsty Thursday alongside TheFitnessU. You’ll get drinks and a chance to win prizes from a raffle.
  • Friday, October 16 – Capital Fringe is hosting Art in the Alley Happy Hour. Art! Beer! Fun!
  • Friday, October 16 – Tenley Bar & Grill is host to Super Kewl Kat Karaoke this weekend. Two out of four words is misspelled in that event.
  • Saturday, October 17Three Part Harmony Farm is having their 3rd annual Fall Farm Festival, with garlic planting from 10 a.m. to noon.


  • Sunday, October 18Arcadia Farm is having their Fallfest Funtacular, featuring pumpkin carving, bobbing for apples, and hot apple cider on their sustainable vegetable farm.
  • Sunday, October 18 The Takoma Park Street Festival’s new date is this week, bringing you food from local restaurants, music, and plenty of beer.


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  • Wednesday, October 14The Summer Camp Show returns to Wonderland Ballroom. Still surprised how good the Wet Hot American Summer Netflix series turned out. Who saw that coming?
  • Wednesday, October 14 – Take a deep breath and break into downward dog at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Luce Foundation Center for American Art is hosting Clare Kelley to lead a one hour Vinyasa flow class.


  • Thursday, October 15 – The shutters in the Peacock Room of the Freer and Sackler Galleries are opening this week. The open shutters allow for colors and textures within the room to show through. Basically it’ll be totally beautiful.
  • Thursday, October 15 – What better way to get into the October spirit than listening to ghost stories at Kramerbooks & Afterwords Café? Featuring the classics along with some contemporary stories.
  • Friday, October 16 – Wonderland Ballroom is host to Blacktoberfest – a black Octoberfest. Go for comedy, music, and obviously beer.
  • Saturday, October 17 – The White House is hosting free garden tours for fall. You’ll be able to check out the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, the Rose Garden, the South Lawn, and – get this – the White House Kitchen Garden.
  • Sunday, October 18 – If you love reading, or you’re trying to get back into it, or your mom wants you to read more, Book Riot’s Read Harder Book Group is being hosted at Upshur Street Books in Petworth. Work on your reading #goals and talk about books.



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.