Free and Almost Free Things To Do In D.C.
kaylee | allisondesy | nicollaetzion | Aug 29, 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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  • Wednesday, August 30 – Hang out with Pharaoh Haqq and catch The Brother From Another Planet.
  • Wednesday, August 30 – If you’re interested, Passengers is screening at the West End Library.
  • Thursday, August 31 – Go check out the Tuareg re-imagining of Purple Rain, Akouna, at Suns Cinema.
  • Thursday, August 31 – Hit up Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens at the West End Library.
  • Friday, September 1 – Head on over to Suns Cinema for a screening of Y Tu Mamá También.
  • Saturday, September 2 – NGA is screening the French film Pièges and Mollenard.
  • Sunday, September 3 – Soy Cuba is screening at Suns, and if you haven’t seen it, do yourself a favor and check it out.

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  • Tuesday, August 29 – Celebrate STAX Records 60th anniversary at Songbyrd with a sweet little happy hour party.
  • Tuesday, August 29 – Hothead, Nonzoo, Radiator Greys and Mount Raineir are all at the Black Cat.
  • Tuesday, August 29 – The Chinchees, Worst Practices and Speculative Friction are all playing Slash Run.
  • Tuesday, August 29 – Dreamer and Son, Acadia, Elizabeth II and Kid Brother are taking over DC9.
  • Tuesday, August 29 – Dance to reggae music at The Passenger.
  • Wednesday, August 30 – Songbyrd is throwing a free preview party for LCD Soundsystem’s American Dream. Head on over if you want to hear the album before all your friends. Or just invite your friends. Your call.
  • Wednesday, August 30 – Catch GO MOD GO! at the Black Cat.
  • Wednesday, August 30 – Go eat a burger at Slash Run and catch Rebel Set and Thee Lexington Arrows.
  • Wednesday, August 30 – Spend some quality time with Ms. Fridrich’s Messy Ann Band at DC9.
  • Friday, September 1 – Hang out at Songbyrd and see Lavender and Path.
  • Saturday, September 2 – Sing punk rock with strangers at the Black Cat‘s karaoke night.
  • Saturday, September 2 –Make your way over to  St. Stephen’s to catch Quattracenta, Monotrope and Santics.
  • Saturday, September 2 – Band of Us is collaborating with Echelon the Seeker, Calista Garcia and E-Baby at DC9.
  • Saturday, September 2 – Go to Slash Run and catch Long Neck, Keeper, Baby Grill and Dinosawh.
  • Sunday, September 3 – Zack Be is releasing their record at the Black Cat. They’ll be joined by Redline Graffiti and Dawkins. We like Dawkins.

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  • Tuesday, August 29 – Mark Bowden is in conversation with Bob Woodward about his book Hue 1968 at Politics & Prose.
  • Wednesday, August 30 – If you need a little more art in your life, make your way over to Hamiltonian to catch an artist talk by Paolo Morales and Nara Park.
  • Wednesday, August 30 – Go back to Politics & Prose to catch John Nichols talking about his book Trumpocalypse.
  • Thursday, August 31 – Spend your summer evening lounging around the Hirshhorn.
  • Thursday, August 31 – Check out Resist at Busboys & Poets.
  • Thursday, August 31 – If you’re looking for a book that combines music and personal identity, catch Kwame Alexander talking about his book Solo at Politics & Prose.
  • Sunday, September 3 – Syria Fest is here! Get outside and experience the art, food, music, dance and culture of Syria.

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.