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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, September 10th – The first of the DC Public Library’s sing-along musical screening series will be Annie. Microphones will be available as necessary. Really. They’re providing microphones.
  • Wednesday, September 10th – The African American History Museum will screen the documentary Free Angela Davis and Other Political Prisoners. Director Shola Lynch and Davis will take part in a discussion afterwards.
  • Friday, September 12th – BYT, DCist, and the Library of Congress present Ken Russell’s The Music Lovers as part of a music-themed screening series. The event is free, but you need tickets to get in.
  • Saturday, September 13th and Sunday, September 14th – As part of the the Freer and Sackler-hosted ASEAN film festival, Thai director Pen-ek Ratanaruang will screen two of his films, Headshot and Monrak Transistor.



  • Tuesday, September 9th– Select DC promises “an evening of synth-pop majesty” for only $7 with singer/producer Fielded, supported by Furniteur and AAA at Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar.
  • Tuesday, September 9th – It’s karaoke night at Zeba Bar. Drink a lot and sing something outside your vocal range.



  • Friday, September 12th – Indego Africa’s Back to School Party at Mad Momos will be celebrating and supporting Indego Africa’s Leadership Academy being established in Kigali, Rwanda. There’s no cover, but donations are encouraged.
  • Saturday, September 13th – Chinese Menu Comedy will be at the DC Arts Center for a rare free show.



  • Wednesday, September 10th – Macon Bistro & Larder wants to celebrate rosé with you at their weekly free tastings.
  • Thursday, September 11th –  Join the DMV tech nerds and Disruption Corporation at their HQ in Crystal City for free coffee and donuts. 
  • Friday, September 12th – Paul’s Wine & Spirits wants to educate you about their wines. Let them educate you. For free.




  • Friday, September 12th- The Smith Center for Healing and the Arts will host the opening reception of its newest exhibit, Divergence, which explores the human body through various mediums.
  • Saturday, September 13th – Bluemercury in Georgetown will be celebrating it’s 15th anniversary with giveaways, cupcakes and makeovers.
  • Saturday, September 13th – ByJulienJames creative will be hosting a pop-up women’s thrift boutique at the Source on Saturday afternoon. Fashion will ensue.
  • Saturday, September 13th – District Lit will be hosting a poetry reading at The Big Hunt with a variety of East Coast poets. Maybe you’ll cry, maybe you won’t.


  • Sunday, September 14th – This Caribbean and Ethiopian cultural festival will feature live performances, ethnic food, and a beer garden.