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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!

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  • Monday, February 9 – Catch “Big Hero 6” and “St. Vincent” at the Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse tonight for $2 Movie Monday.
  • Tuesday, February 10 – This one’s for all the library nerds out there. Come out from behind your stack of books to a free screening of “Party Girl” at the Black Cat. Get there early and you’ll catch an episode of “The Twilight Zone” as well!
  • Wednesday, February 11 – Counting down the days until you can see “Fifty Shades of Grey” on the big screen? The wait just got shorter for the lucky winners of our give away for tickets to the ONLY D.C. area preview screening.


  • Wednesday, February 11 – If you’re unabashedly in love with Valentine’s Day, this is your week. The French Embassy is screening “Attila Marcel” in the language of romance itself for just $5.
  • Thursday, February 12 – Projectile Dysfunction is showing the ’60s cult classic (according to them) “Barbarella” tonight for FREE , hosted by Matt “Gizmo” Cohen and Justin “Tilt” Zamieroski. BYOB.
  • Friday, February 13 – Star Trek nerds don’t need to be alone this Friday night. Come out to the Black Cat and catch a free screening of “Unnatural Selection”, this week’s installment of their weekly Star Trek marathon.


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  • TRIVIA PRO TIP: for every night of the week – check out our updated version of the DC TRIVIA GUIDE
  • Tuesday, February 10 – Get your country on at Marx Cafe for Outlaws, a night of country/western music and $5 beer and whiskey.
  • Wednesday, February 11 – Missing those warm summer nights spent in a tent? The Summer Camp Show is back at the Wonderland Ballroom, led by Camp Director Nate Johnson.
  • Thursday, February 12 – Anticipating a rough Valentine’s weekend? Forget your troubles at Heartbreak Hotel, featuring Furniteur, Pleasure Curses and Outputmessage. Free with RSVP.


  • Friday, February 13 – Help out LGBTQ Homeless Youth at Casa Ruby’s Benefit Show at St. Stephen & the Incarnation Episcopal Church.
  • Saturday, February 14 – Join the anti-Valentine’s Day movement tonight at the Black Heart Masquerade Ball. Bring your own mask or buy one for $2 at the door of the Looking Glass Lounge.
  • Saturday, February 14 – Whether you’re alone or with someone this Valentine’s Day, spend the night at the Black Cat for BODYWORK, a queer dance party, with DJ Abichula, DJ Alex DC, DJ Dean Sullivan and Natty Boom.

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  • Sunday, February 15 – A “part cocktail party and part installation piece”, Guerilla drinks is serving ten original cocktails for one night in the basement of Cafe Saint-Ex. Fore more details and other events to look forward to, check out BYT’s Your Best February.

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  • Wednesday, February 11 – Party with authors at the Arts Club of Washington for Barrelhouse literary magazine’s 10-year anniversary.
  • Wednesday, February 11 – Want to celebrate Valentine’s Day a little early? Check out the Adult Love solo exhibit at the Hierarchy Gallery.
  • Friday, February 13 – Go to the Ritz Carlton in Georgetown and check out the 50 Shades of Seduction photo installation exhibit to get in the mood.
  • Friday, February 15 – Check out a 3-d printed bust of President Obama on display at the National Portrait Gallery for President’s weekend only.


  • Saturday, February 14 – Leave your place in your onesie for the Pajama Jammie Jam Slam at Emergence Art Collective.
  • Sunday, February 15 – Feeling a bit poetic  after Valentine’s Day? Go to THREE TENTS poetry reading event at the Big Hunt.
  • Monday, February 16 – Get dressed up as your favorite president or first lady for free admission to the President Woodrow Wilson House.

That’s all, remember – 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. Feel free to leave us your suggestions in the comments. Sharing is the new caring.