Here we focus exclusively on the cheapest YET most satisfying entertainment to be found around D.C. Every Monday 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…get on the bus!
- FIRST THINGS FIRST: Our FREE SUMMER OUTDOOR Concert Guide is out now. Use it and abuse it.
- Also: our FREE OUTDOOR MOVIE GUIDE is out.
- And since it’s still hot outside: Our DC ICE CREAM GUIDE
- GENTLE REMINDER: 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 and get on the bus!
- The Mad Decent Block Party is this weekend. We are going. This helpful preview will help you figure out who to see. This helpful bus ride will help you get there because we’re helpful.
- NOW, onto this week:
Now that the outdoor movie season is here and in full swing, hang out outside, sitting on a blanket drinking chilled white wine while staring at moving picture in the sky!
- Monday, July 29th – Screen on the Green continues with “Norma Rae.” Hold up a sign.
- Monday, July 29th – “Forrest Gump” is showing as part of the Crystal Screen outdoor movie series. Run. Also, the lady that held up the sign in “Norma Rae” played Forrest’s mom and is like 5-years older than him in real life.
- Wednesday, July 31st – NOMA Summer Screen brings us “Hunger Games,” the heartbreaking story of America’s love of diabetes.
- Wednesday, July 31 – The Family Meal Summer Drive-in Movie Series screens “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” which in hindsight, was much more than excellent.
- Thursday, August 1st – Capitol Riverfront Outdoor Movies screens “The Avengers.” Similiar to “Norma Rae,” a group of individuals assemble to have more power as a union.
- Friday, August 2nd – Mosaic’s Films in the Park in Alexandria will screen “Meet Joe Black” because all the movies that star Brad Pitt that people like and remember have already been taken.
- Friday, August 2nd – The Rosslyn Outdoor Film Festival screens “Can’t Hardly Wait.” Maybe you should wait. If you waited you might not have ended up as a prostitute on Lifetime.
- Monday, July 29th – The Little Spoons July showcase features comedy from Curt Mariah, Victoria Rocha, Shivali Chevtastic, Elahe Izadi and is hosted by Chelsea Shorte. An excellent intro to the world of DC standup.
- Monday, July 29th – Start the work week off in class, on a rooftop. Gavin Holland hosts this weekly series at the Donovan House, aptly titled “Donovan’s Day Off.” This week features John Thornly of US Royalty.
- Tuesday, July 30th – Visit Cause: The Philantropub early for there very excellent happy hour and stay for the open mic, aptly titled ‘Burp!,’ hosted by the very excellent Joe Kirkrood and Ruth Rasby.
- Every Wednesday –save the date for WONDERLAND Wednesdays – a weekly free show with musicians, comedians, story tellers and more.
- The Mad Decent Block Party is Friday and we’re driving you there and while it’s not free if you break the ticket price down it’s like $5 per band and that’s almost free. What’s kinda great is U Hall is now involved in the BBQ STAGE! Dance music with actual BBQ!
- Monday, July 29th – Split This Rock, DC’s youth slam poetry team, showcases their talents on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
- Tuesday, July 30th – Art Crimes: Misappropriations closes at The Dunes with artist talks from Gregg Deal and Joseph Asher Hale. We like this because it’s artsy, Sidecar is providing free rides and you can win some art to take home!
- Saturday, August 4 – Catch My Drift, America will explore an issue that impacts, well, pretty much everyone in this country, immigration reform. A short doc will be screened, a discussion will occur, DJ’s will get people to dance and everyone will share food and drinks and have an awesome time.
- Lumen8 Anacostia kicked off their summer programming. The opening was excellent. You have until August 10 to make it to Anacostia.
- Fridays – JAZZ IN THE GARDEN returns to the National Gallery of Art with Brian Simms.
- Saturdays – CORCORAN is hosting their FREE SUMMER SATURDAYS. Take your visiting friends and family to a place with air conditioning. Your friends and family didn’t visit to DC to not see art.
GENERAL WELL BEING:
- Saturday and Sunday, August 4 and 5 – Miss Pixie’s annual Dog Days sale! Stock your house with discounted wares! Like, nice discounted wares.
- Every Tuesday – Pilates in the Park – Free Pilates classes in Farragut Square Park, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Bring your own mat! Instruction will be provided by certified teachers from Yoga District.
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