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. 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!
- 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.
Now onto this week:
- Tuesday, February 18th – Get in on Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse’s $2 movies with screenings of “Gravity” and “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.”
- Wednesday, February 19th – Head over to Smithsonian American Art Museum for a free screening of documentary “Inocente.”
- Tuesday, February 18th through Thursday, February 20th – Into the Olympic Games? Capitol City Brewing is hosting a viewing party Mondays through Thursdays with an oversized projection screen and beer specials.
- Tuesday, February 18th – There’s another Nerds in NoMA night where you can learn about a day in the life of NPR Congressional reporter Alisa Chang. If you’re hungry/thirsty, wine, beer and grilled cheese sandwiches will be there for a small fee.
- Tuesday, February 18th – And there’s a free stand-up variety show and game show over at Nick’s Riverside Grill.
- Tuesday, February 18th – Check out a free show by The Julliard School at The Kennedy Center.
- Tuesday, February 18th – Feel like dancing? Tap and Parlour’s weekly DJ night Classic Material should do the trick.
- Tuesday, February 18th – The Brixton’s got its own new comedy show happening every Tuesday night. They’ve even got drink specials. Sweet.
- Wednesday, February 19th –Mellow Mushroom in Adams Morgan has a clothing swap with pizza, free snacks and $3 pints. YES.
- Wednesday, February 19th – Head back to The Kennedy Center for a free organ showcase.
- Wednesday, February 19th – It’s Wednesday so you know that means WONDERLAND WEDNESDAYS over at Wonderland Ballroom.
- Wednesday, February 19th – There’s a new weekly happy hour in town with Hump Day at Mova Lounge and it includes music, dancing, open mic sessions, spoken word, burlesque, screenings, live performances, DJs, karaoke, themed nights… essentially everything.
- Wednesday, February 19th – And there’s always the free Underground Comedy Show at The Big Hunt.
- Wednesday, February 19th – If you’re in the mood to take the mic yerself, Hill Country BBQ’s got free live band karaoke.
- Wednesday, February 19th – There’s trivia at Bier Baron Tavern, complete with mystery drink specials.
- Wednesday, February 19th – AND if you feel like dancin’, check out the DAS GERMAN party at Doner Bistro with DJ and beer specials.
- Wednesday, February 19th – No? What about Little Miss Whiskey’s KISS KISS BANG BANG, the New Wave, Post Punk & Dark Wave dance party?
- Thursday, February 20th – And you might as well just camp out at Little Miss Whiskey’s because we’re DJing a free dance night. Come to Super Best Friends Forever and hang out, yeah?
- Thursday, February 20th – Circle back to the Kennedy Center for a free musical performance by The Cleveland Institute.
- Thursday, February 20th – Get laughing at After Class, Science Club’s weekly comedy night.
- Thursday, February 20th – If you feel like singing, git you some karaoke at Sticky Rice.
- Friday, February 21st – Head to the Kennedy Center for a free classical performance by The Shepherd School of Music.
- Friday, February 21st– THEN catch a pay-what-you-can performance of Virginia Woolf’s “Orlando” by WSC Avant Bard.
- Friday, February 21st – AND there’s a free Loft Music night at The Hamilton with The 19th Street Band.
- Friday, February 21st – There’s also COALBXX, DC9’s indie dance party with $2 drinks. Nothing not to love.
- Friday, February 21st – AND there’s a free CD release event for American Idol’s Ruben Studdard over at Hard Rock Cafe.
- Saturday, February 22nd – And if you’re looking to dance on H Street, Cusbah’s hosting their Spicy Funk & Soul night.
- Saturday, February 22nd – Or dance your way down H Street to The Red Rocks Lodge’s free DJ night with Rich Medina.
- Saturday, February 22nd – AND there’s a free late night Loft Music show at The Hamilton with Moonshine Society.
- Sunday, February 23rd – Close out your free and almost-free weekend with class thanks to Yale School of Music’s free performance at The Kennedy Center.
- Tuesday, February 18th – Did you know there’s beer pong over at Penn Social? There’s beer pong over at Penn Social.
- Tuesday, February 18th – Chow down on $2 tacos and $4 margaritas at El Centro D.F. AND they now have a queer happy hour on the roof with food and drink specials. Sweet.
- Saturday, February 22nd – Stay warm with tea tastings and a lecture with Teaism at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
- Tuesday, February 18th – Friday, February 21st – Enter to win $10,000 through the Bethesda Painting Awards. The deadline for submission is this Friday so get on that.
- Tuesday, February 18th – March 29 – There’s a new photography exhibition at Anacostia Arts Center. Check out DC LO-FI for urban vignettes focused on the disappearing signs of our city.
- Wednesday, February 19th – The International Spy Museum’s got a free seminar on dictators, which should be rad.
- Thursday, February 20th – If you head to The Mexican Cultural Institute tonight you can hear a free lecture on the wailing wall mural at Rockefeller Center and how it was crafted.
- Friday, February 21st – It’s Free Art Friday! Stay tuned to Facebook and Twitter for clues in a free local art scavenger hunt throughout the city.
- Friday, February 21st – And if you’re in the mood for Shakespeare, you can catch poets Sarah Browning and Brian Gilmore responding to Folger Theatre’s “Richard III.”
- Friday, February 21st – AND there’s an opening reception for Reveries, the new exhibition at Morton Fine Art.
GENERAL WELL BEING:
- Every Monday – Donation-based yoga at Union Arts! Chataranga all night and get your “ommm” on.
- Every Saturday – Sweat out all of last night’s toxins with brunch and yoga at the Dunes!
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