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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:

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  • Monday, September 29th – Santa Cruz-based band Sambada will play the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage.
  • Monday, September 29th La Bomba! stand-up comedy show starts at 7:30PM.
  • Monday, September 29th – Nasta’liq’s exhibit “The Genius of Persian Calligraphy” will be open at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
  • Tuesday, September 30th – A Stand-Up Variety Show will take place at Nick’s Riverside Grill.
  • Tuesday, September 30th – There will be free comedy at Vendetta.
  • Tuesday, September 30th – Gypsy Sally’s will be hosting an open mic
  • Wednesday, October 1st Let Press Play will be doing improv and storytelling at The Loft at 600.
  • Wednesday, October 1st – Quiet Life, Field Report, and other bands curated by Communion Music will perform at Gypsy Sally’s.
  • Wednesday, October 1stPerfect Liars Club is at the Bier Baron. Can you spot who is telling the lie?
  • Thursday, October 2nd – BENTZEN BALL FREE SHOW AT THE KENNEDY CENTER!
  • Thursday, October 2nd – DJ and producer Tensnake will be at U Street Music Hall with Beautiful Swimmers.
  • Thursday, October 2nd – Nu Soul Collective is hosting Soul Sippin’ DC. Their live performer will be Brian Christopher.
  • Friday, October 3rd – Bentzen Ball Church Night! Performances from Myq Kaplan, Katie McVay, Pria Puss, and Alyssa Cowan.
  • Sunday, October 5th – Animal Collective DJ set at U Street Music Hall with Geologist and Deakin.meow at the mic

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  •  Monday, September 29th –  Legal Sea Foods is hosting its sixth annual Oyster Festival.
  • Friday, October 3rd – Paul’s Wine and Spirits is hosting a free wine tasting.
  • Saturday, October 4th – Shake Shack Tyson’s Corner wants to see how good at ping pong you are. They are hosting their first Table Tennis League competition at 3 this Saturday. Winners will get a $50 gift card, a trophy, and bragging rights.
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  • Tuesday, September 30th Donal Ryan will be discussing his new novel, “The Thing About December” at Busboys and Poets.
  • Tuesday, September 30th – Tony Small will perform “Selections From Qadar: An Operetta For Children.”
  • Tuesday, September 30th – Tech In Motion DC will have their first “Fireside Chat” at Artisphere.
  • Tuesday, September 30th Carolyn Hax will speak about health, genetics and dealing with illness at the National Museum of Natural History.
  • Wednesday, October 1st – L.A. artist Zox will have a one day pop-up at Hill & Dale Records.
  • Thursday, October 2nd – Steven Johnson, host of “How We Got to Now” will be at the Artisphere to screen his show and talk about innovation.
  • Sunday, October 5th– Washington Performing Arts is hosting their third annual Fall Arts Fair. There will be an instrument petting zoo.
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