Free and Almost Free Things To Do In D.C.

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, September 5 – Big Hush, Alien Boy, Beverly Tender and Saturday Night takeover Comet Ping Pong.
  • Wednesday, September 6 – The Electric Grandmother is releasing their new album at the Black Cat with the help of Stronger Sex and Catscan!
  • Thursday, September 7 – Above the Bayou is back and they’re kicking off the season with Peaer, Kid Claws and Baby Grill.
  • Thursday, September 7 – Go see Snakes play the Luce.
  • Thursday, September 7 – BRNDA is at the Millennium Stage if you’re looking for some great, 100% free, local music.
  • Friday, September 8 – Get your tickets early to see NE-HI and Paperhaus at DC9.
  • Saturday, September 9 – Celebrate all the kids going back to school by dancing with hot go-go dancers at DC9 all night.
  • Saturday, September 9 – The Void is back! Go see You Bred Raptors?, Honey, denzell and Cartoon Weapons.
  • Saturday, September 9 – Hit up Lobby Floor, Protect-U, Pacific Fur Company and James CC at Takoma Park’s Airshow Mastering & Recording.
  • Saturday, September 9 – Dance to the dulcet tones of Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Rihanna & Drake at the Black Cat‘s Real Friends? dance party.
  • Saturday, September 9 – Go to Slash Run, your favorite dive bar / venue, to catch Cinema Hearts, The Anatomy of Frank and J. Flax & The Heart Attacks.
  • Sunday, September 10 – Catch Beverly and EZTV at Black Cat.
  • Sunday, September 10 – Go back to Slash Run to catch Beyond Peace, The Unknown Threat and Speculative Friction.

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  • Wednesday, September 6 – Go to Suns for a living reading of Reservoir Dogs with a fun twist.
  • Thursday, September 7 – Joseph Scapellato talks about his book Big Lonesome at Kramerbooks.
  • Friday, September 8 – Head to Rhizome for the reception of Season in the Abyss: An exhibition by Eames Armstrong of paintings & feelings.
  • Saturday, September 9 – Want more live readings? Fantom Comics is hosting a reading of Neil Gaiman’s How the Marquee got his Coat Back.
  • Saturday, September 9 – Make your way over to Petworth for their neighborhood festival.
  • Saturday, September 9 – There’s also the 202 Arts & Music Festival, if that’s more up your alley.
  • Sunday, September 10 – Adams Morgan Day is back! Hit up 18th street for a block party like you’ve never seen.
  • Sunday, September 10 – Claire Messud is talking about her book The Burning Girl at Politics & Prose.

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.