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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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  • Monday, March 23 – Check out the hype for yourself and see the Oscar-winning film Birdman for $2 Movie Mondays at Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse. If you want a more cuddly alternative, Penguins of Madagascar is also showing.
  • Monday, March 23 – The Kennedy Center celebrates the American Ballet Theatre with the world premiere screening of the documentary American Masters: American Ballet Theatre. General admission tickets will be handed out for free, with max of two tickets per person.
  • Tuesday, March 24 – The D.C. Environmental Film Festival continues with free screenings around the city. Films shown tonight include Confessions of a Wildlife Filmmaker and Wrenched.
  • Thursday, March 26 – Learn about the first nuclear-powered submarine with a screening of Rickover: The Birth of Nuclear Power at the Portrait Gallery.
  • Friday, March 27 – Get a glimpse of the wildlife hidden below the ocean’s surface with Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Secret Ocean 3D in IMAX at the National Museum of Natural History.




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  • Monday, March 23 – Get your country on with a free show by singer-songwriters Jason Eady and Courtney Patton at Hill Country.
  • Tuesday, March 24 – Satisfy your martial arts movie cravings, and enjoy DJ sets and cheap drink specials, during Can I Kick It? at Marvin’s Rooftop Lounge. Bonus: Lyft sponsors the event’s transportation, and there will be free trip codes handed out so you can get home pro bono.
  • Wednesday, March 25 – Come hang out with us at the Oculto Beer Launch Happy Hour and try out the new 6% alcohol beer that’s blended with lager aged on tequila barrel staves. There will be music, photo booths, sugar skull facevpainting and more. Plus the first 200 people that enter with a RSVP get a FREE bottle!


  • Wednesday, March 25 – The team at Jack Rose Dining Saloon amassed a monstrous collection of whiskey, hitting the 2,000 bottle mark last winter. Now celebrate at the 2,015 in 2015: Jack Rose Whisk(e)y Celebration with free whiskey tastings and drink specials.
  • Thursday, March 26 – Throughout March Amy Morse of Ideas Club has been highlighting excellent D.C. based women for Women’s History Month. This Thursday she’ll be DJing along with some BYT staffers in the Looking Glass Lounge basement. Stop by, say hello and have a conversation with a D.C. women you should know.

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  • Thursday, March 26 – Check out the D.C. punk band Baby Bry Bry & the Apologists during their free show at the Smithsonian American Art Museum for the Luce Unplugged series.
  • Friday, March 27 – It’s the inaugural night of Final Friday at Republic in Takoma Park, celebrating punk and punk-inspired bands with free shows and a full bar menu. Tonight’s bands are Palehound, Two Inch Astronaut and Black Dog Prowl.
  • Saturday, March 28 Samuel Prather and the Groove Orchestra take over the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center for a night full of the D.C. musician collective’s signature style-blending, non-traditional music.

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  • Monday, March 23 – EatsPlace just started offering Oyster Happy Hour on Mondays starting at 6 p.m., with six for $10 or a dozen for $18. It’sMonday Mothersuckers.
  • 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 are free hors d’oeuvres.


  • Friday, March 27 – It’s National Paella Day and Jaleo is celebrating with a $6 plate of their Paella Valenciana.
  • This Week – It’s restaurant week in Northern Virginia. Lunches range from $18.15 to $22.15 and dinners are between $30.15 – $33.15. How specific.
  • As long as there are pink trees  Celebrate the Cherry Blossom Festival with some of these food/drink specials:
    – Astro Doughnuts – Until Saturday, they’re offering a cherry blossom doughnut (vanilla filled with house-made cherry jam and topped with a cream cheese glaze. yum.) for just $2.95.
    – Café Bonaparte and Malmaison – Sip on one of three cherry-themed cocktails for just $12.
    – RareSweets – Try the President Taft Deviled Almond Sundae (with cherry compote) for just $7.50
    – Cordial Fine Wine & Spirits – Rose? It’s free wine tasting on Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. or Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. until April 12. 


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  • Monday, March 23 – How do you feel about gripping family dramas over a missing 18-year-old girl? Tim Johnston will be at Busboys and Poets in Takoma to talk about just that.
  • Tuesday, March 24 – Join your favorite Nerds in NoMa for free wine, beer, other non-alcoholic things and speakers from SpeakeasyDC.


  • Wednesday, March 25 – Get your dancing shoes on and head down to Howard for a beginner blues lesson for only $5. You don’t even need a partner (read: calling all lonely singles).
  • Thursday, March 26 – Are you twenty or thirty something? That’s all you need to join the Twentythirtysomething Book Club. Oh, and a copy of “Happy City” for this month’s discussion at BreadSoda.

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  • Friday, March 27 – Bad hair day? No such thing. Celebrate the beauty of natural hairstyles at the Yours Naturally Photo Exhibit at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.
  • Saturday, March 28 – Who doesn’t like puppies ? Stop by Market Common Clarendon where they’re holding a Pet Adoption day with an interactive dog park. Free to attend, not free to adopt.


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.