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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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  • Wednesday, August 2 – The River is screening at Suns.
  • Wednesday, August 2 – Make your way over to West End Library the for a screening of Everest.
  • Friday, August 4 – Head back to Suns for a viewing of Raising Arizona.
  • Saturday, August 5 – Gaumont at 120: L’assassin habite au 21 and Razzia sur la chnouf is playing at the NGA.
  • Saturday, August 5 – Catch a showing of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix AFI Silver.
  • Sunday, August 6 – The NGA is screening Gaumont at 120: Les tontons flingueurs.


  • Wednesday, August 2 – Slip Disco, Golden Papo, Floral Print, and Jacuzzi Suit are playing at The Playroom.
  • Wednesday, August 2 – The Den inside Politics and Prose is hosting an open mic. Come to perform, come to listen, or come to do both.
  • Thursday, August 3 – Swing by Dew Drop for Mock Identity, The Stranger, Posture, and Park Snakes.
  • Thursday, August 3 – We’re throwing a fun Heineken AfterWork happy hour at The Brig. Bring your dog.
  • Thursday, August 3-6 – It’s the 69th annual Fairfax County Fair and you know what that means…
  • Friday, August 4 – Truckeroo added a couple of more dates this year, and this is one of them.
  • Friday, August 4 – Slash Run is hosting a night of food, drink, and pop music. Your dreams have come true.
  • Friday, August 4 – Esosa E.’s one-woman performance of Woman Who Would Be King is happening on the Millennial Stage.
  • Saturday, August 5 – Stop by Oceanaire for $1 oysters! I’ll take 20.
  • Saturday, August 5 – Big Hush’s record release show at Hole in the Sky is happening.
  • Saturday, August 5 – Celebrate National Watermelon Day with City Tap House Penn Quarter.
  • Saturday, August 5 – Help send some cool as hell skater girls to Cuba! The fundraiser is at Local 16  and the tickets are only $10.
  • Sunday, August 6 – Wonderland Ballroom celebrates their 13th anniversary. I can’t believe it’s a teen now.

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  • Tuesday, August 1 – National Museum of American History is putting on a colloquium about the evolution of camping equipment.
  • Thursday, August 3 – Swing by Potter’s House for a talk on Mexico in the era of Trump.
  • Friday, August 4 – Join four modern day romance writers for a discussion about romance writing at Politics and Prose.
  • Friday, August 4 – Check out the Korean Cultural Center’s newest exhibit From Nature: Works by Six Korean Artists.
  • Friday, August 4-6 – The DC Center hosts OutWrite, a celebration of LGBT lit. Swing by to catch keynote speaker Cecilia Tan, or just come by to grab a book.
  • Saturday, August 5-6 – D.C.’s largest sidewalk sale is back! Head over to U Street to check out the 17th anniversary of Dog Days.
  • Saturday August 5 – It’s too hot to be outside during the day, but wandering around at night is still an A+ idea. Join the Saturday Night Full Moon Tour and see the monuments like you’ve never seen them before.
  • Saturday, August 5 – It’s Free Graphic Novel Day at Alliance Comics. Swing by to grab some free stuff and buy some other things while you’re at it.
  • Saturday, August 5 – Stop by the NGA for a tour of paintings by Rembrandt, da Vinci, Manet, and more.
  • Saturday, August 5 – Get empowered with a queer poetry night at The D.C. Center.
  • Sunday, August 6 – It’s free community day at the National Museum of Women In the Arts! Go look at some art!

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.