It’s January and I don’t know about you but one of my (many) resolutions is to spend less money. I want to save that cash like I’m going to do something non-reckless and non-wild with it, instead of my usual budget planning which involves looking at my bank account balance and shrugging. To help me (and hopefully you), we’re bringing back a new and (hopefully) more useful version of our old Free Things To Do in D.C. guide.
Below, we’ve picked 5 free things happening everyday this week. From music to movies to literature to art, you deserve nothing but the best.
Monday – January 27
- Get all your morbid questions answered at the Death Cafe at Potter’s House.
- The Embassy of Sweden is hosting a talk on craftivism featuring crafter / writer Betsy Greer, curator at The Textile Museum Caroline Kipp and knitter Rania Hassa.
- Or you can put those hands to work at Aslin Beer Company‘s free arcade night! To be clear, the beer isn’t free, but the games definitely are.
- Catch a screening of Martin Scorsese’s short films with the Washington Psychotronic Film Society at Smoke & Barrel.
- Get involved with the Funk Parade and find out what’s up at the Funk Parade Community Meeting.
Tuesday – January 28
- Shaolin Jazz takes over Songbyrd to host their always excellent Can I Kick It? film series. This time, they’re screening Tango & Cash.
- And speaking of free movies, head on over to AMC Mazza Gallerie for a free screening of The Rhythm Section.
- Or make your way to the Tenleytown Library for a conversation on homelessness.
- Roopa in Flux is jamming out at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage.
- Author / professor Marcia Chatelain is talking about her book Franchise at Politics and Prose.
Wednesday – January 29
- Night of the Comet features the endlessness of space and the fun of zombies. It’s showing at Slash Run– don’t miss it.
- Hang out with the NSO Youth Fellows at that sweet Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center.
- BYOI (bring your own instrument) and get down at the The Pocket‘s Good Vibes Jam.
- Pizzeria Paradiso is hosting a release party for Bell’s Hopslam Ale.
- Like true crime? Don’t miss Emma Copely Eisenberg’s chat about her book The Third Rainbow Girl: The Long Life of a Double Murder in Appalachia at Politics and Prose.
Thursday – January 30
- The Goethe-Institut is hosting a screening of the movie The Murderers Are Among Us and boy that title is haunting.
- Or you could go see Blade at A Baked Joint.
- Conceptual artist Alex Da Corte joins chief curator of the Hirshhorn Stéphane Aquin to talk about Marcel Duchamp at (surprise) the Hirshhorn.
- Make the best zine of your life at DC Zinefest’s Zine Lab at Mt. Pleasant Library.
- Finish your night with Terminal Vertigo, Triple Bunkbed and Fuzz Voyage at Slash Run.
Friday – January 31
- Head to the National Museum of Asian Art for a screening of Gholam and a discussion with the director Mitra Tabrizian.
- sPACYcLOUd is hosting an art party in honor of Henryd’s first solo art show. Go soak up some art.
- Speaking of art, Carly Harvey and Pree will be performing in the Luce.
- Dance your way back into the early 2000s at DC9‘s mr Brightside party.
- Wet Dog Tavern is celebrating their third anniversary with an open bar.
Saturday – February 1
- Catch Shimmer, Asesinato and Holographic at Chill Factory. If you have some spare cash, there is a $10 suggested donation.
- Peruvian Brothers are celebrating their opening at La Cosecha with food tastings, pisco sour slushie samples, music, dancing and more.
- The Smithsonian American Art Museum is throwing a family friendly Lunar New Year celebration.
- Dance the night away at U Street Music Hall‘s Werk Ethic, an 80s / 90s techno dance party.
Sunday – February 2
- It’s your last day to check out the sick winter lanterns at The REACH.
- The National Museum of Women in the Arts is waiving admission fee today. Immerse yourself in some wonderful art.
- Slow Crush and Grivo are ate Songbyrd. If you have some spare cash, there is a $12 suggested donation.
- Brunch your way through a screening of Casablanca at Slash Run.
- Watching The Big Game is always an option if you have a friend who has cable.