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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:


    • Monday, August 4th –  Bring your blankets to the National Mall for a screening of the 1948 classic, Key Largo.
    • Wednesday, August 6th – NoMa’s summer screen winds to a close with its penultimate film, Top Gun. Sun de Vich, Pleasant Pops, and more food trucks will be available for snacks.
    • Thursday, August 7th – Ever-popular classic The Princess Bride will be playing outdoors at Market Common in Clarendon. Free popcorn, water, and other snacks will be available for all guests.
    • Thursday, August 7th – City Paper Summer Cinema takes over the Heurich House Museum with a screening of Mrs. Doubtfire, beginning at 7 pm.
    • Friday, August 8th – Ever wanted to see a 3D film about a porn star? See Naked Ambition in three glorious dimensions at the Freer Gallery.
    • Friday, August 8th – Rosslyn Summer Film Festival marches on. This week’s movie: Empire Records.
    • Saturday, August 9th – Meet your weekly documentary quota with a free screening of Twitch, with a discussion with the film’s producer following.
    • Sunday, August 10th – The Made in Hong Kong film festival continues with Once Upon a Time in Shanghai, an exciting film about a martial artist working for a crime lord.



  • Monday, August 4th – Award-winning guitarist Orrin Star brings his Prairie Home Companion skills to the Kennedy Center for a sweet bluegrass/folk concert.
  • Monday, August 4th – The city-wide District Karaoke finals are TONIGHT. Get your butt down to Penn Social and watch some drunk people make fools out of themselves.
  • Tuesday, August 5th – Silk Road Dance Company is taking its unique Eastern dance stylings to the Kennedy Center.
  • Tuesday, August 5th – Breakout country music star Logan Brill will be playing at Hill Country Live — no cover; show starts at 7 pm.
  • Wednesday, August 6th – Harmonica player Phil Wiggins joins friends Rick Franklin, Marcus Moore, and Junious Brickhouse at the Kennedy Center for a blues and dance feature not soon forgotten.
  • Wednesday, August 6th – 80’s fans get pumped for another fun night with Kiss Kiss Bang Bang at Little Miss Whiskey’s.
  • Thursday, August 7th – 90’s industrial music squares off against 90’s techno at Little Miss Whiskey’s Club 90.
  • Thursday, August 7th – Matuto swings by Hill Country’s Backyard Barbecue — check out their set, which blends styles from Northeastern Brazil and the American South.
  • Thursday, August 7th – Take in some deep house / techno / garage jams at The Velvet Lounge with sets by Kevin Yost and Philip Goyette.
  • Friday, August 8th – Hill Country Backyard Barbecue hosts Quincy Mumford, an award-winning singer/songwriter blending jazz, rock, soul, funk, and probably a few more genres.
  • Friday, August 8th – If jazz fusion is your thing, stop buy and see Cesar Orozco & Kamarata Jazz at the Kennedy Center.
  • Friday, August 8th – No cover necessary to check out Sinners & Saints, playing at 9:30 pm at Hill Country Live.
  • Saturday, August 9th – Visit The Yards Park for a huge adult water festival event, including lawn games, a tiki bar, a huge water slide, two pools, motorboats, and more.
  • Saturday, August 9th – Hill Country Backyard Barbecue hosts Blueheart Revival, a a blues-soul-rock & roll band with attitude.
  • Sunday, August 10th – See talented kids and teens play jazz at the Kennedy Center with the Philadelphia Jazz Orchestra.



  • Tuesday, August 5 – FREE ICE CREAM will be served at 4 pm outside Mervis Diamond. Captain Cookie food truck will be parked outside slinging freebies until 6 pm.
  • Saturday, August 9th – Snack on free barbecue and take in some music and art at Marvin Gaye Park’s Park Jam. Stop by any time between noon and 7 pm.



  • Tuesday, August 5th – Georgetown Neighborhood Library is hosting a free yoga class at 12:30, led by teachers from D.C.’s own Yoga Activist. Be sure to RSVP!
  • Wednesday, August 6th – Ever been to a poetry slam? Now’s your chance to slam it down at the LGBT Poetry Slam, hosted by Liv Nightclub. Come early for a special pre-show music performance by BuddahDesmond.
  • Wednesday, August 6th – What in the world is “lateral thinking?” Find out and even learn how to do it properly with a free lateral thinking class at Source.
  • Thursday, August 7th – Learn more about indie publishing and meet some cool new authors at A Reading is Sexy Experience at Busboys and Poets.
  • Friday, August 8th – Check out the gallery opening for Happy Love, a blending of Korean philosophy and American art, at the Korean Cultural Center.
  • Saturday, August 9th – Show your devotion to the anti-nuclear warfare cause at the Bike Around the Bomb event in President’s Park. Participants will get a free t-shirt, complimentary 24-hour Capital Bikeshare membership, and a free cocktail at the post-ride meetup.
  • Saturday, August 9th – Check out literary art tour Cross-Pollinate, which will be rolling into the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery at 3:30 pm.


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