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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:


    • Wednesday, August 13th – If you’re not sick of “Let it Go” yet, MLK library is hosting a free sing-along screening of Frozen beginning at 6:30 pm.
    • Wednesday, August 13th – If you’ve ever played baseball, or watched baseball, or had a childhood, you’ll enjoy NoMa Summer Screen’s film of the week. See The Sandlot at sundown and save room for grilled cheese and cookies.
    • Thursday, August 14th – Halloween comes a little early this year with City Paper Summer Cinema’s screening of Beetlejuice.
    • Friday, August 15th – Comcast is hosting a three day film festival to benefit NIH charities. First up is The Lego Movie. Gates open at 4:30 pm.
    • Friday, August 15th – See Journey to the West, a film based on a piece of classic Chinese literature, at a free screening at the Freer Gallery’s Meyer Auditorium.
    • Friday, August 15th – Rosslyn Summer Film Festival draws to a close with its penultimate film, Miss Congeniality. The screening begins at 7:00 pm.
    • Saturday, August 16th – Up for screening on the second day of Comcast’s charity film festival is Gravity.
    • Sunday, August 17th – Rounding out Comcast’s three-day film series is The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.





  • Tuesday, August 12th – Remember when your parents forced you to play piano in elementary school? Check out the Kennedy Center’s International Young Artist Piano Competition and relive those cherished memories.
  • Tuesday, August 12th – Hill Country Live hosts Runaway Dorothy, a Brooklyn-based Americana four piece with an alt-country sound.
  • Tuesday, August 12th – Gypsy Sally’s weekly open mic night is still going on. Stop by to check out some amateur local talent or to play a set of your own. (Make sure to practice first.)
  • Wednesday, August 13th – DC Bike Party teams up with New Belgium Brewery for High Tide Ride. Ride starts at 8pm in Dupont Circle; after party follows at Iron Horse.
  • Wednesday, August 13th – See some theater campers perform a rendition of The Wizard of Oz, complete with pantomime, acrobatics, song and dance, at the Kennedy Center.
  • Thursday, August 14th – Get some Big Daddy Love (yes, that’s the name of a band) at Hill Country’s Backyard Barbecue.
  • Thursday, August 14th – Take in some more free amateur theater at The Kennedy Center with a teen summer program showcase, featuring scenes from Evita and West Side Story.
  • Thursday, August 14th – Danny Brooks visits Hill Country Live, bringing along his unique mix of Southern gospel-blues to D.C.
  • Thursday, August 14th – Nellie’s Sports Bar is hosting a #ThrowbackThursday night beginning at 9 pm. Hear all your favorite throwback ’80s and ’90s hits over drinks.
  • Friday, August 15th – Six-piece Pittsburgh band City Dwelling Nature Seekers play Hill Country Live, taking the stage at 5:30 pm.
  • Friday, August 15th – Do you know what a rubab is? Find out at the Kennedy Center with a rousing performance by Afghan-American rubabist Quraishi.
  • Saturday, August 16th – Ambitious pianist Andrew Greene plays a live score along to College by Buster Keaton. See the movie and show for free at the Smithsonian American Art museum.
  • Saturday, August 16th – Check out some performance art at Capitol Skyline Hotel with SynchroSwim 2014, a synchronized swimming competition.
  • Saturday, August 16th – Hear the jazz standards in a whole new light with a performance from jazzy trio Charles Covington, Steve Abshire, and Ken Kimery.
  • Saturday, August 16th – Head to Sports Zone Georgetown for The Beat Auction, a showcase of brand-new music producers and rising artists in the area.
  • Saturday, August 16th – Lovey-married-Southern duo Carolina Story plays Hill Country Live beginning at 9:30 pm.
  • Sunday, August 17th – The Kennedy Center hosts comedian and comic writer Kyle Dunnigan with opening act Jenn Tisdale (of BYT!)



  • Wednesday, August 13th – Looking for a job in the media? Or maybe you’re just interested in mingling with some interesting people? The Washington Media Institute is hosting a happy hour/info session event at Policy Restaurant.
  • Thursday, August 14th – Paul’s Wine and Spirits is hosting a free craft spirits tasting at their Friendship Heights location. Sample sweet corn vodka, agave tequila, and more.
  • Friday, August 15th – Yappy Hour continues at Le Méridien in Arlington. Bring your pooch (or just come and play with other people’s) and enjoy dinner or drinks on the terrace.




  • Tuesday, August 12th  – Get your chi aligned with a free sunset yoga/pilates session at Georgetown Waterfront Park. RSVP online before you show up — and bring your own mat!
  • Thursday, August 14th – When was the last time you read a book cover to cover? Force yourself to get some reading in with MLK Jr. Library’s “Read the Book First!” book club. This month’s book is Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson.
  • Saturday, August 16th – Support local businesses and producers! Buy some fresh made fruits, vegetables, and foodstuffs! Visit Petworth Community Market!


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