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Posted at 12:18 PM ET, 09/ 8/2008

Free and Easy Events

By Fritz Hahn

Live salsa and blues music has couples dancing in the street at the Adams Morgan Day Festival. (Craig Herndon for The Washington Post)

Every week, the Going Out Gurus suggest ways to enjoy Washington's cultural scene without spending any money. Have an idea for us? Send it to

Karl and the Country Dutchmen at the Kennedy Center Theater Lab
Get ready to swing -- polka-style -- with concertina-toting bandleader Karl Hartwich and his 26-year-old group, veterans of "Prairie Home Companion" and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

George Pelecanos at Busboys and Poets D.C.
George Pelecanos, Washington's finest author of crime noir and dark-edged thrillers, is the editor of "D.C. Noir 2," an anthology of D.C.-based fiction that includes classic tales by Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Langston Hughes, Richard Wright and Ward Just, among others. Pelecanos, Rhozier "Roach" Brown and James Grady, all of whom are featured in the book, read and discuss their work at Busboys and Poets.

Tribute to Herman Wouk at the Library of Congress
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, New York Times columnist William Safire and musician Jimmy Buffett are among the guests reading from Herman Wouk's fiction as he's honored with a lifetime achievement award by the Library of Congress.

Pentagon Memorial Opening
On the seventh anniversary of 9/11, a memorial to the 184 people killed at the Pentagon will be dedicated. While the morning ceremony is for family members and guests only, the public can visit beginning at 7 p.m. From 7 to 9, the Navy Band and the Sea Chanters Chorus will perform a tribute to the victims.

'They Came From Beyond the Beltway: Tourists at the National Mall' at the Carroll Square Gallery
Local photographer Lucian Perkins captures visitors to Washington in all their fannypacked, FBI T-shirted glory.

Arts on Foot
Spend the day exploring Penn Quarter's museums, galleries, theaters and performance spaces. An outdoor festival with dancing, music and wine tasting takes place on F Street.

Adams Morgan Day Festival
If you only hit Adams Morgan on weekend nights, make a point to visit the neighborhood's annual outdoor party for live music, an arts fair, poetry readings, dance workshops and the usual assortment of food vendors.

Paella Festival Kickoff at Taberna del Alabardero
It's time for the restaurant's annual Paella Festival, and chef Dani Arana offers a lunchtime lesson on how to cook the Spanish dish and as well as free samples.

-- Fritz

By Fritz Hahn  | September 8, 2008; 12:18 PM ET
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Don't forget the Takoma Park Folk Festival. Full of music, crafts, food, and it's free!

Posted by: JCA | September 9, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Adams Morgan Day hasnt been worthwhile for over a decade. I'm surprised the editors continue to pick this event. Purely a political decision. Its a shadow of its former self.

Posted by: NativeDC | September 9, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

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