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Here we focus exclusively on the cheapest YET most satisfying entertainment to be found around DC. Every week 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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  • Tuesday, March 3 – Couldn’t make it last night? Try again on Tuesday to see Interstellar at Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse also for just $2.

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  • TRIVIA PRO TIP: for every night of the week – check out our updated version of the DC TRIVIA GUIDE
  • Tuesday, March 3 – Brush up on your Creole at this multilingual choral performance at the Kennedy Center.
  • Thursday, March 3 – Watch George Washington University dance teams battle it out on stage during their annual Represent: Dance Competition, featuring traditional, contemporary and international dance forms.


  • Wednesday, March 4 – See Chicago-based Boomscat hone their performance skills and work on new material at Joe’s Movement Emporium.
  • Thursday, March 5 – Shakespeare goes modern after hours at the Phillips Collection, starting at 5 p.m. with live music, followed by a gallery talk, catered food and drink tasting – all for just $12.


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  • Forever? Starting this week, the Black Cat is now opening at 5 p.m. on weekdays and at 7 p.m. on Sunday for happy hours, featuring Jameson, Founders All Day IPA, Tecate tallboys, and rail drinks each for only $4.
  • Tuesday, March 3It’s IHOP‘s National Pancake Day and they’re serving a FREE  short stack of buttermilk pancakes (with a suggested donation to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals). Only one per person though, and while supplies last – so get there early!
  • Wednesday, March 4 – You don’t have to be Jewish or Irish to enjoy some drinks at the “Jewish St. Patrick’s Day” Purim party.
  • Friday, March 6 – Sample some wines and grab a discounted bottle at this wine tasting at Paul’s Wine and Spirits.
  • Friday, March 6 Plan on having four lunches at STK Washington D.C. this week and you’ll get a fifth, three-course lunch free!
  • Saturday, March 7 – Take a tour of the One Eight Distilling facility and snag some free samples while you’re at it.

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  • Wednesday, March 4 – Find your future band at Club Heaven & Hell’s open mic and open jam session, with instruments to use on-site.
  • Wednesday, March 4 – Teach your feet to dance the blues for just $5 at the Emergence Community Arts Collective.
  • Friday, March 6 – Get in shape with this free Barre3 workout class.
  • Friday, March 6 – Put your hands on some really, REALLY rare and old books at the 40th Annual Washington Antiquarian Book Fair for just $8.
  • Friday, March 6 – This black and white photo exhibit chronicling the D.C. punk scene is going to be seriously cool.
  • Saturday, March 7Celebrate the Persian new year with face-painting and calligraphy at the Freer and Sackler Galleries.

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.