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Here we focus exclusively on the cheapest YET most satisfying entertainment to be found around D.C. 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, June 27 – Walk on over to Suns Cinema to catch Pastoral Hide and Seek.
  • Tuesday, June 27 – Go see an outdoor screening of Snowden at Walter Pierce Park.
  • Wednesday, June 28 – Go back to Suns and catch the very best of Tim & Eric.
  • Wednesday, June 28 – A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night is playing at Colony Club and it’s a damn good movie if you haven’t seen it.
  • Thursday, June 29 – Tariq Haqq is back at Suns to present Coonskin.
  • Friday, June 30 – Watch David Byrne drive around Texas at Suns‘ screening of True Stories.
  • Saturday, July 1 – Catch a ciné-essay about clowns and a behind the scenes look at the circus at NGA‘s double screening of I clowns and Constellations.
  • Saturday, July 1 – Watch some films about Native Americans in the U.S. Armed Forces at the American Indian Museum.
  • Sunday, July 2 – See the cult classic Putney Swope at the African American History and Culture Museum. It will be followed by a discussion with Robert Downey, Sr. and Jordan Carlos


  • Monday, June 26 – The Fresh Out The Jungle Tour comes to Songbyrd with Mir Fontane, Tate Kobang and more.
  • Tuesday, June 27 – Head to your favorite hotel (the W in case you were confused) for another round of What She Said.
  • Wednesday, June 28 – Cat Bus is throwing a concert to benefit Casa Ruby! Stop by to see Mock Identity, Bacchae and Yesferatu.
  • Wednesday, June 28 – Wreck Loose, Ms. Fridrich Messy Ann Band and Bal Boheme are at Smith Public Trust! They have great nachos!
  • Wednesday, June 28 – If you’re interested in hearing some stories from your neighbors, check out Bloomingtales at Big Bear Cafe.
  • Thursday, June 29 thru July 4 – The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is back! It’s one of the best parts of the summer and so much of it is free.
  • Thursday, June 29 – Flowerbomb (not the perfume), Turtlenecked and Cool American are playing Comet Ping Pong. Be sure to bring some money for the touring musicians.
  • Thursday, June 29 – Pronoun is at Songbyrd. Advanced tickets are $10, so grab them now!
  • Thursday, June 29 – Go back to Slash Run for Sire, Feral and Sickdeer.
  • Friday, June 30 – The Chuck Brown Band is playing on the Mall if you’re looking for some early evening dancing.
  • Friday, June 30 – Dark & Stormy takes over the Black Cat backstage for the low low price of $5.
  • Friday, June 30 – If you feel a deep need for some Romani rock in your life, stop by DC9 for The Fez & Moustache Party.
  • Friday, June 30 – Rocket City Riot, The Combs and The Mostly Dead are at Slash Run.
  • Friday, June 30 – Truckeroo is back at The Bullpen if that’s something you’re into.
  • Friday, June 30 – Check out DJ Diaspora at the Dew Drop Inn.
  • Sunday, July 2 – Sam Kogon and Wes Charlton play the Black Cat if you’re into it.
  • Sunday, July 2 – Catch some happy hour specials with DC Vinyl Headz at DC9‘s rooftop.
  • Sunday, July 2 – Stop by Atlas Brew Works for a show featuring Earthling, Foehammer and Narrow Grave and all the beer you could ever want.

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  • Tuesday, June 27 – If you care about robots and the internet and tech, stop by Politics & Prose to catch authors Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson. I’ve heard them talk before and it was very interesting.
  • Thursday, June 29 – Go back to Politics & Prose to hear Nick Laird talk about his book Modern Gods.
  • Friday, June 30 – Or see Yuri Herrara talk about his book Kingdom Cons.
  • Sunday, July 2 – Head to the National Museum of Women in the Arts for their free community day!

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.