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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, tAime to plan the week!

Now onto this week:


  • Tuesday, August 19th – Bloombars is hosting a viewing of experimental docu-drama Symbiopsychotaxiplasm.
  • Wednesday, August 20th – Still don’t know what’s happening in Syria? Spend half and hour watching the mini-documentary Syria: The Fire Within at the DC Arts Center.
  • Wednesday, August 20th Join NOMA for the final movie of their 13-week free movie series on the Loree Grand Field.
  • Friday, August 22nd – This week also marks the end of this year’s Rosslyn Summer Film Festival. Break out a nice pair of slacks and start emailing pants party invitations to all your friends: it’s Anchorman time.
  • Sunday, August 24th Peacherine Ragtime Orchestra will be performing as a live orchestra for Charlie Chaplin’s silent film, One A.M. using the original period scores.




  • Tuesday, August 19th – World famous bagpipe player, Carlos Nunez, takes the stage at the Kennedy Center.
  • Tuesday, August 19th – Uber Offices Coworking Space is throwing an “Unofficial Birthday Bash” for the post-it note. Expect graphic jams, post-it themed performances, games and cake. $10 cover fee.
  • Tuesday, August 19th – The Shakespeare Theatre Company is hosting a free for all performance of “The Winter’s Tale”, premiering on the 19th.
  • Wednesday, August 20th – Photographer Gina Matchitt presents “Being There”, a collection of photographs of tourists that have been woven into new photographic objects.
  • Wednesday, August 20th – Doner Bistro’s monthly “Das German Party” will feature DJ Slammer’s European pop, rock, electro, rap and dance music.
  • Wednesday, August 20th – Enjoy all the fear and shame that comes with live band karaoke. Yes, everyone’s judging you.
  • Wednesday, August 20th – GAYS. Market Crash is back. Who could say no to $2 specialty shots, electro beats and no cover charge?
  • Thursday, August 21st – Kush Abadey will play a jazz-rock tribute performance for Tony Williams outside of the Smithsonian Museum for American Art.
  • Thursday, August 21st – Not a bad open mic, After Class @ The Science Club.
  • Thursday, August 21st The Drunk Show Tap Takeover. It’s exactly what it sounds like.
  • Friday, August 22nd – If you’re looking for somewhere to jazz out, U St. Jazz Jam is just waiting for you.
  • Friday, August 22nd – Bring your dog to Yappy Hour on Le Meridian Arlington’s terrace for live music, food and drinks.
  • Friday, August 22nd –  The highly underrated David Kitchen Band returns to The Hamilton.
  • Friday, August 22nd – Hit up The Pinch for babely burlesque and laugh-worthy stand-up, all for a $5 cover charge.
  • Friday, August 22nd GlittHER Party is back! For those who aren’t familiar with GlittHER, it is a LGBTQ women’s dance party, presented by appropriately named group “The V Spot”
  • Saturday, August 23rd – Pick the glitter out of your hair from the night before, and put on your family-friendly face to celebrate Bao Bao the panda’s first birthday.




  • Tuesday, August 19th – New Columbia Distillers and The Brewer’s Art collaborated to create a botanincal saison called Harlequin Cap. Go to Eat The Rich to try it out and celebrate DC Beer Week.
  • Wednesday, August 20th – Continue your Beer Week celebration with Andy Mitchell’s Sour Your Face Off! event.
  • Wednesday, August 20th – Cocova has free chocolate tastings  from 4-7pm.
  • Thursday, August 21st – Fou-Dre Vodka has a free vodka tasting at Paul’s Wine and Spirits, from 5:30-8:30.
  • Friday, August 22nd – Paul’s Wine and Spirits is hosting a free wine tasting from 5:30-8:00.



  •  Tuesday, August 19th – Stop by the Georgetown Neighborhood Library on your lunch break for free yoga classes.
  • Wednesday, August 20th – Join Crunch Fitness, Freshii and Sports Zone Elite in Franklin Park for complimentary exercise classes
  • Wednesday, August 20th Books and Bars combines some of the the most interesting modern books with the allure of great food and beer.
  • Wednesday, August 20th – The Story League is offering a $150 cash prize to the two people with the funniest stories about the word “tasty”. Pre-sale tickets are $12, $15 at the door.
  • Thursday, August 21st – The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library is offering a financial literacy class called “Can I Afford My Life?”
  • Thursday, August 21st – Lost Rhino Brewing is sponsoring a free Jenga tournament. Why? Why not.
  • Friday, August 22nd – Anchor Brewing is sponsoring a free cornhole tournament. Again, why not.
  • Saturday, August 23rd – DC veterans and active-duty military are invited to a combat paper NJ/Warrior Writers Workshop.
  • Saturday, August 23rd – The DC Dragon Boating Club is holding a regatta on DC’s southwest waterfront. There will be over 20 teams competing in races that range from 200m to 2km long.
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