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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Friday 10/20
SAAM & BYT Present: Murder House Party! A Renwick Gallery Opening @ Renwick Gallery
55.00 / 65.00
SAAM + BYT Present: Murder House Party A Renwick Gallery Murder is Her Hobby Opening! EARLY BIRD TICKETS ON SALE NOW! A murdery after hours featuring exclusive access to the BRAND NEW exhibition Murder is Her Hobby: Frances Glessner Lee and The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death! Frances Glessner Lee crafted her exquisitely detailed miniature crime scenes to train homicide investigators to “convict the guilty, clear the innocent, and find the truth in a nutshell.” These dollhouse-sized diorama composites of true crime scenes were the equivalent of virtual reality in their time, and helped to revolutionize the emerging field of forensic science. Constructed in the 1940s and 50s, they are still used to train homicide investigators today.
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Madame Gandhi (DJ Set)

Barber Streisand (DJ Set) and more TBA! Ticket includes open bar, featuring: Beer from Denizens Brewing Co. and speciality cocktails featuring SKYY Vodka by: Big Chief / Highline +PLUS+ limited qty small bites from our friends at: Franklin Hall +CREEPY BONUS STUFF+ Face painter / OM Digital Photobooth / Caricature Artist / Special Appearance by the #BYQueens / Tarot Card Reader / Music Perfomances / Contortionist and more! Plus access to the entire museum including the new exhibition Rick Araluce: The Final Stop Transforming a gallery into an abandoned underground subway platform in the artist’s first large-scale installation on the East Coast. Stepping on to the platform, visitors are enveloped in the illusion of an eerie subterranean world where flickering lights and distant rumblings suggest the comings and goings of trains that never arrive. COOL. Croosh Deets October 20th, 2017 8:30pm-12:00am Renwick Gallery Pennsylvania Avenue @ 17th St NW Farragut West or North #BYTMurderHouse #RenwickGallery #BYThings Early bird $55 tickets ON SALE NOW Price goes up soon $65 day of - but we'll for sure sell out before then! This is a 21+ event As always, there is no dress code, but we recommend: Kid n' Child's Play / Cereal Killer / Jack the Ripper? I hardly knew her / Sherlock Holmes/Katie Holmes / The Zodiac Killer / The Chinese New Year Killer / The Tarot Card Killer / The Light as a feather stiff as a board killer / Jeffrey Dahmer Judi Dench / BTK / OMG / LOL / The Son of Samwell Tarly / Charles Manson in Charge / Death, The Destroyer of Worlds / Bloody Mary (the person) / Bloody Mary (the drink) / Vlad the Tame Impaler / Ivan the Everything's Terrible / Elizabeth Bathory/Elizabeth Showery / Baron Munchausen by Proxy Our friends:           SKYY Vodka / Denizen's/ OM Digital / Jackson Pro Audio ~~~ Brought to you by: BYT Productions BYT Productions / Smithsonian American Art Museum Stay informed: Look how much fun we had last time: Just like any other ticket you buy, we are not able to issue refunds unless the event is cancelled. Talent and attractions subject to change.
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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.