Free and Almost Free Things To Do In D.C.
kaylee | Apr 18, 2017 | 11:00AM |

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, April 18 – I didn’t know there was a live action version of The Little Mermaid that came out in 1976 but apparently there was and you can see it at Suns Cinema.
  • Wednesday, April 19 – The LINE DC and Erik Bruner-Yang are hosting a screening of Jim Jarmusch’s Mystery Train at Suns. 100% of the ticket sales are going to Caring for Cambodia so you can feel good about buying that $5 ticket.
  • Wednesday, April 19 – The stupidly beautiful Earth is screening at West End Library.
  • Thursday, April 20 – Happy 4/20! Head on over to Suns for a double feature of Reefer Madness and Up In Smoke.
  • Saturday, April 22 – NGA is screening a bunch of new(ish) Spanish animation.
  • Saturday, April 22 – If you want to kick your weekend off with edgy movie that will maybe make you sad, stop by and see Kids at Suns.
  • Saturday, April 22 – Or hang around NGA to see some cool shorts!
  • Saturday, April 22 – Maybe you’re looking for a more wholesome film? Then go to the Tenley-Friendship Library to see Wall-E.
  • Sunday, April 23 – If you want to see an edgy movie that will make you even sadder, go back to Suns and see Fat Girl although I honestly don’t recommend it! I mean it’s an interesting movie and all but maybe something you would enjoy more alone in your own home than in a room full of strangers.
  • Sunday, April 23 – Go back to NGA to see a screening of The Magic Mountain.

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  • Tuesday, April 18 – The North Country, Zak Forrest, Museyroom and Max Gowan are at The Dogpound! The North Country is good and I recommend them.
  • Tuesday, April 18 – Hailing all the way from Spain, ULTRA is performing with Guilt Parade, Disinfectant and Cerebro at Simple Bar & Grill. I’ve never heard of this place so it maybe doesn’t exist? It does sound like a restaurant that would be included in an episode of The Twilight Zone. Anyway, party at your own risk. You might get turned into a mannequin or fall into a portal to a less friendly dimension.
  • Wednesday, April 19 – Den-Mate is releasing their EP at the Black Cat and we like Den-Mate! They’ll be joined by Nuex and Purrer which will be fun. Go see Den-Mate.
  • Thursday, April 20 – The Snails and The Scotch Bonnets are taking over Wonderland.
  • Thursday, April 20 – Or head to Slash Run to see Dan Rico, Unholy Sights and Bottled Up.
  • Friday, April 21 – Feel good about yourself and enjoy some slick music at Rock for RAINN at Slash Run. 100% of your $10 will go to RAINN and you’ll get to hear some awesome bands like Ménage À Garage, FuzzQueen and Pagan Reagan (which is the most fun band name).
  • Friday, April 21 – Grab your nearest wig and head to DC9 for their Wig & Disco party. If you don’t have a wig they are very cheap and cute on Amazon so you have no excuse.
  • Saturday, April 22 – The Weird World Series is going down at Bossa with TimeIsFire, Mundy and Loi Loi.
  • Saturday, April 22 – Slash Run is doubling down on their charity shows with a Veterans For Peace show featuring BUST OFF., Skumboyz (I already love this band so much), Charged Minds and Throwdown Syndicate.
  • Saturday, April 22 – Methyl Ethel and Blonder are at DC9 if you’re into alt-pop.

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  • Tuesday, April 18 – Hanna Schott talks about her book Love In The Time of Hate at Potter’s House.
  • Thursday, April 20 – Go get immersed in some sweet multimedia art at CTRL Space CMD.
  • Friday, April 21 – Stephanie Danler, author of Sweetbitter, is at Politics & Prose if you’re into books about fancy restaurants.
  • Saturday, April 22 – The March for Science and Earth Day Rally is happening on the National Mall.
  • Sunday, April 23 – Classic Album Sundays are back at Songbyrd and this week they’re covering The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.
  • Sunday, April 23 – Daniel W. Drezner talks about his book The Ideas Industry at P&P.

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.