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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!

Now onto this week:


  • Thursday, September 4th Top Gun is playing at ‘the Loop’ courtyard at Market Common Clarendon at 7:30pm.
  • Thursday, September 4thCapitol Riverfront will be screening of Moneyball at sundown.


  • Friday, September 5th – Starting at 10 a.m. the Freer Gallery of Art will be hosting the ASEAN film fest. Films from all ten ASEAN countries screen as part of this festival, copresented with the ASEAN Women’s Circle.
  • Friday, September 5th – In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act and the opening of the Wilderness Forever photography exhibit, come see the premiere screening of Smithsonian Channel’s special Aerial America: Wilderness documentary from 6-730 at the National Museum of Natural History. Screening will be followed by a Q & A with the filmmakers and wilderness experts.


  • Wednesday, September 3rd – BYT and New Belgium want you to bring yourself, and, if possible, your favorite domesticated animal will be hosting a pet happy hour at Logan Tavern from 6-8. There’ll be a pet photo station so you can take all the boozy photos you ever desired with your furry little buddy.


  • Wednesday, September 3rd – Sharpen your eyeshadow because Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, DC’s home for alternative 80’s music, will be at Little Miss Whiskey’s Golden Dollar.
  • Thursday, September 4rd – 8×8 is at the Gibson Guitar Showroom with performances from Sandra Beasley, Franqi BC French, Furniteur, D’Arcy Neal, Ben O’Brien, John F. O’Donnell, Brandon Wardell and more. Ticket required.
  • Thursday, September 4rd – The new art exhibit Cheap Thrills will open at 10 AM in the Anacostia Arts Center
  • Thursday, September 4rd – From 8 p.m.-10 p.m. check out some underground comedy at Bier Baron Tavern.
  • Thursday, September 4rd – Catch your deep house buzz at the Velvet Lounge for a free show by Transmission 4/4 with Chris Nitti & Philip Goyette.
  • Thursday, September 4rd – Multiflora Productions and Bossa Bistro present Feedel Band on the first Thursday of every month. Five dollars gets you all the Ethiopian Jazz & Funk your heart desires.
  • Friday, September 5thYou, Me, Them, Everybody is at the Wonderland Ballroom with performances from Josh Kuderna, Alyssa A. Cowan, Me and Karen and more.
  • Saturday, September 6th – Come to the Tropicalia for their 2-year Anniversary Bash, including the CD release of Joe Keys and the Late Bloomer Band’s new album, Better Late Then Never.
  • Saturday, September 6th – Hill Country Live presents Mike Stinson, the man Billboard called: “the uncrowned king of the L.A. neo-honky tonkers.” And it’s free, so there’s that.
  • Saturday, September 6th – Hot Sauce DC: Rich Morel and Bil Todd DJ sets. Its only $5 to dance away the night at the Black Cat Back Stage room.
  • Sunday, September 7th – Underground Comedy at Wonderland Ballroom (free, 7:00 pm, 21+). Another one of these free comedy type things.


  • Friday, September 5th – Le Meridien in Arlington is having a yappy hour from 6-8 every Friday through October 31st.
  • Saturday, September 6th – Feeling the back-to-school blues? Well, stop it. You can’t, you say? Well, the DC MEET market is here to help. So suck it up, get into a celebratory spirit, and come down to St. Luke’s between 11-5 for DIY crafts, art installations, and live music. As an added bonus, there will also be a pig roast prepared by the owner of DC’s top-rated restaurant, Toki Underground.
  • Every night Roofers Union hosts a Union Break Happy Hour from 5PM-7PM

Homer Pig Roast



  • Wednesday, September 3th The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards is this Wednesday. When was the last time you showed your love for local artists?
  • Saturday, September 6th – Perhaps you’re someone who secretly (or not so secretly) believes everything makes more sense when in compared in analog to the wizarding world. If so, then boy does the International Spy Museum has an event for you. From 1-3 they’ll be hosting an author debrief & signing of “Happy Potter and The Art of Spying.”

Every Day I'm Dumblin'

  • Sunday, September 7th –  It’s that time again, ready or not, here comes the National Capital Cat Show ($6-$10 entrance fee) at Dulles Expo and Conference Center. This year’s featured breeds are the Burmese and Maine Coon. Oh boy!
  • Sunday, September 7th – Put A Bird On It at Del Rey Artisans in Alexandria.

put a bird on it