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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 17 – Not feeling St. Patrick’s Day? Hide away at Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse for a $2 showing of Interstellar.
  • Thursday, March 19 – Trade out the stale popcorn for wine and cheese at the French Embassy’s free screening of Entre Terre Et Ciel. Don’t worry, there are subtitles.
  • Thursday, March 19 – Learn about Mexico City’s water crisis at the Environmental Film Festival’s free premiere showing of H20MX. BYOWB.
  • Friday, March 20 – $10, five short films? Not a bad deal, especially to support local filmmakers who will be at the Bethesda Film Fest to discuss their work. Oh and if you can’t make it today, try again tomorrow.
  • Friday, March 20 If you’re feeling like a loser with nothing to do on Friday night, check out Freer Gallery’s free screening of Blind Dates. It’s about a guy who lives with his parents and has absolutely no love life. Don’t you feel better already?


  • Sunday, March 22 – Freer Gallery is hosting a free screening of Tangerines, an antiwar film about the Georgian-Abkhazian war. There’s bound to be some great accents in this. And tangerines.
  • There are also TONS of new shows on Netflix and Amazon, which are not only free (if you have a membership), but don’t even require leaving your couch. Win-win.


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  • Tuesday, March 17 – It’s St. Patrick’s Day, and we’ve got your guide to the best deals. Go forth and be merry!
  • Wednesday, March 18 – Panel Counsel is getting back together for a two set show along with Jonathan Parker at The Wonderland Ballroom. There’s a $5 suggested donation, but if you simply have no shame then it’s technically free.
  • Wednesday, March 18 – The Kennedy Center Millenium Stage is bringing you global arts remixes throughout the week as part of their Iberian Suite series. Tonight, it’s Jose Andre, a world reknowned jazz pianist. Who happens to be 9 years old.


  • Wednesday, March 18 – Young Widows is playing at DC9 tonight and it’s only $12. You can afford that.
  • Thursday, March 19 – It’s U Street Music Hall’s five year anniversary, and they’re celebrating with Jimmy Edgar, Tittsworth and DJ Lisa Frank. For just $10, you could be too.
  • Friday, March 20 – Stripmall Ballads is playing at Gypsy Sally’s tonight. It’s sort of country, sort of folk, sort of rock, sort of noise and completely free.
  • Friday, March 20 – If you’re looking for free music and don’t really care who it is, Poor Boy is playing at Den of Thieves and William Clark Green is playing at Hill Country BBQ. Who knows, one day you might be able to say you saw them way back when.


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  • Tuesday, March 17 – In case you missed it, it’s St. Patrick’s Day. Not only does that mean deals on drinks, but deals on drinking food. Check out our guide for more.


  • Tuesday, March 17If you’re all St. Patrick’s Day-ed out, try Denizens for trivia night.
  • Wednesday, March 25 – Raise your glass to Jack Rose’s newest bottle of bourbon at their Whiskey Toast tonight. Whiskey is $7 and there are special deals on Flying Dog brews and bar snacks all night. Hint: get there between 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., there’s free hors d’oeuvres.
  • Pro tip: Forgot your wallet? No problem, just use the Dash app to pay bar and restaurant tabs right from your phone. You can even split the bill with friends, so that friend who always says he’ll “pay you back” but never does has no excuse this time.
  • Forever?  If you sign up for Blue Apron subscription, you get two free meals. That’s a steal people.

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  • Wednesday, March 18 – Learn all about Jews and the Far East (a combination that probably hasn’t crossed your mind before) with Marvin Tokayer, author of Pepper, Silk & Ivory, at DCJCC.
  • Thursday, March 19 – SpeakeasyDC presents True Tales from Five Fabulous Females at MLK Jr. Memorial Library. The show starts at 7 p.m. with awkward and entertaining everyday stories that are guaranteed to keep you laughing.


  • Friday, March 20 – Get a sneak peek at Barre3 in preparation for their new Capitol Hill space with free Fridayclasses at Union Market.
  • Saturday, March 21 – It’s Cherry Blossom season! Stop by Tudor Place for the Cherry Blossom Tea & Garden Tour, complete with a traditional English tea ceremony.
  • Saturday, March 21 – The Warner Theatre hosts the National Cherry Blossom Festival Opening Ceremony with traditional and contemporary Japanese musicians.
  • Saturday, March 21 – Get fit by the monuments with Step into Spring Fitness on the National Mall. Today’s free offerings are P.O.S.E.S. and Zumba.


  • Saturday, March 21 – Studio SoHy is hosting is first art show, Urban Canopy Music, with free music and light refreshments (read: free food).

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.