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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. 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 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.
  • Also, we’re giving away an awesome FREE HOTEL STAY WITH DINNER at the Renaissance Hotel. Winner gets a free one-night weekend stay with free breakfast, plus a $75 gift certificate for the President’s Sports Bar. All you have to do is tell us what you would do with a D.C. weekend staycation.


Now, onto this week:


    • Monday, June 23rd – Crystal Screen’s movie du jour is Red Eye. Be there at sundown or come early for picnicking and fun.
    • Wednesday, June 25th – Come shout, sing and dance along to your favorite movie musicals at Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library’s Summer Sing-A-Long. This week’s movie: Singin’ in the Rain.
    • Wednesday, June 25th – Hang out in the sun, eat some food truck grub, and watch When Harry Met Sally at NoMa Summer Screen.
    • Friday, June 27th – In conjunction with Smithsonian’s Folklife Festival, The Freer|Sackler and National Museum of African Art are screening Nairobi Half Life, a film about a man who lives his village for city life only to regret the decision.
    • Friday, June 27 – Grab a blanket and head to Rosslyn Summer Film Festival for a presentation of Two Weeks Notice. Who doesn’t love Hugh Grant and Sandra Bullock?
    • Friday, June 27 – Get ready for the July 4th holiday at Golden Cinema Series. This week’s movie features everyone’s favorite little redhead, Annie.



  • Monday, June 23rd – Flamenco dancer Alice Blumenfeld will be shimmying all over the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage tonight. Catch her and her 3-piece band at 6 pm.
  • Tuesday, June 24th – See indie rock group Our Blue Lights play the Black Squirrel alongside pop punk opening act Scrapbooks. No cover!
  • Tuesday, June 24th – The D.C. Jazz Festival starts this week. Come see Cheikh Ndoye and his jazz bass grooves at the Kennedy Center.
  • Tuesday, June 24th – How does dry ice work? What happens when milk gets chilled to -109 degrees? Learn more about the coldest temperatures on the planet at DC Science Cafe, hosted by Busboys and Poets.
  • Tuesday, June 24th – The Romaine and Lettuce comedy show returns to The Brixton with special guests Jonny Grave, Wes Johnson, and more.
  • Wednesday, June 25th – The Wonderland Circus variety show opens at 8 pm, featuring comedians, burlesque dancers, musicians and more. Admission is free but a $5 donation is suggested.
  • Wednesday, June 25th – See D.J. Crown Vic’s vinyl set at Cafe Saint Ex, filled with funky worldwide tunes to get your feet tapping.
  • Wednesday, June 25th – Check out Spirit Animal live on the roof at the W Washington D.C. Hotel for some dance/pop/funk-rock jams and discounted alcohol.
  • Thursday, June 26th – Natty Beaux is playing the Bethesda Summer Concert Series. Stop by and hear 2013’s Big Band/Swing Vocalist of the year in action.
  • Thursday, June 26th – If comedy’s your thing, head to Science Club’s After Class to see some of D.C.’s best improv and stand up comedians.
  • Friday, June 27th – Br’er, Conveyor, John Flannelly, and $hame Thug$ are playing at The Beehive. Bet you can’t say that ten times fast.
  • Friday, June 27th – GlittHER, a women’s LGBT dance event, is coming to Zeba Bar. RSVP on Facebook if you plan to attend!
  • Friday, June 27th – Baltimore keyboardist Brian Simms of the Junkyard Saints is playing in the loft bar at The Hamilton. Show starts at 10:30 pm.
  • Saturday June 28th – Colonel Josh and the Honky Tonk Heroes is playing at the Adams Morgan Summer Concert Series. Stop by, listen to some music, and pick up a hula hoop — they will be available, back by popular demand.
  • Saturday, June 28th – Baby Bry Bry and The Apologists, a rock ‘n roll/punk group, will be recording live at The Paperhaus. BYOB and take along a cash donation if you like their sound.
  • Saturday, June 28th – Jazz Week continues at Dukem Restaurant and Bar, where U Street Jazz Jam will go all night long starting at 9pm. Bring your guitar, your brass, your voice — anything you want to contribute to the jam.
  • Saturday, June 28th – Family folk rock group The Currys is coming to Hill Country Live, bringing along their lilting harmonies and country charm.
  • Sunday, June 29th – Connecticut alternative duo Australis is heading to The Black Squirrel for a special no-cover songwriter event. Kick back, have a beer and check out their stuff.
  • Sunday, June 29th – Where The Girls Go and dj vANNIEty Kills present OVEREASY at Dodge City, a trans-positive music event. Tonight’s set features DJ Dee Dub and Natty Boom, plus $5 vodka lemonade and SIX DIFFERENT KINDS OF SAUSAGES (including vegetarian).



  • Wednesday, June 25th – Check out the newest D.C. startups in a “science fair” type setting at Startup BBQ. There will be food, live music, and fun games.
  • Thursday, June 26th – The Goorin Bros. hat shop is hosting an Americana celebration in Georgetown, featuring pies, desserts and D.C.’s own cocktail, The Rickey. Come munch on sweets and hear some live music.
  • Friday, June 27th – Paul’s Wine and Spirits is hosting The D.C. Sip, a wine tasting and sale event in Friendship Heights. Sample a bunch of wines. If you like one, snag it at a discounted price.



  • Tuesday, June 24th – Read a play without actually reading it at Arlington’s Theatre on the Run. This week’s reading is from “The Good Devil, In Spite of Himself” by Mario Baldessari and Tyler Herman.
  • Wednesday, June 25th – Ever wanted to learn how to blues dance? Grab a partner and head to the Emergence Community Arts Collective for a lesson. Entry fee is $5.
  • Thursday, June 26th – If you’re a twentysomething (21 – 35 years old) and love to read, Twentysomething Book Club might be the thing for you. The group is meeting at Breadsoda to talk about their June selection, “Young Money” by
  • Friday, June 27th – Free Art on 8th is hosting Coyaba Dance Theater, an African dance group showcasing moves from Guinea, Mali and Senegal.
  • Friday, June 27th – The Smithsonian Folklife Festival begins today; head to the National Mall for music, art, food and dance celebrating the cultures of Kenya and China.
  • Friday, June 27th – The National Building Museum is letting folks in for a sneak preview of the enormous maze structure being built in its great hall. Come, ask questions, and watch people build something.




  • Tuesday, June 24th – Want to learn something about the world of technology? Attend a free ‘Made in D.C. Tech Talk’ at 1776 and hear industry experts around the D.C. area chat about how to build your company up from square one.
  • Thursday, June 26th – Attend a free fitness class on the Metropolitan Branch Trail, sponsored by the MBT5K. Get out, get some fresh air, and sweat a little.



ALSO don’t forget that all free and almost-free World Cup events can be found in our handy-dandy WORLD CUP HAPPY HOUR GUIDE.



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