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Posted at 4:19 PM ET, 06/ 8/2009

Free and Easy Events

By Fritz Hahn

Buckwheat Zydeco performs on the Mall on Sunday as part of the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival's tribute to New Orleans. (Joseph A. Rosen)

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

Paella Festival Kickoff at Jaleo
Enjoy free snacks at a happy hour marking the beginning of Jaleo's annual tribute to paella, the famous Spanish rice dish. The special guest is chef Quim Marques, a Barcelona-based restaurateur and author. RSVPs are suggested -- call the restaurant to reserve your place.

Mechanical Bull Night at Union Jack's Ballston
Ballston's British pub looks to the Wild West on Tuesday, when managers are bringing in a mechanical bull for anyone who wants to take a ride or two. There's no charge to climb on, and drink specials will be offered.

Lululemon's Yoga in the Park at Dupont Circle
The Lululemon yoga store in Logan Circle offers free evening yoga classes in the middle of Dupont Circle on Wednesday evenings. Bring your own mat.

Going Out Guide Happy Hour at Freddie's Beach Bar
The Going Out Gurus' monthly happy hour moves to Arlington, with free food, drink specials and your chance to win Beyonce tickets or a hotel stay at Rehoboth Beach.

Weekend's Weekends at Carter Barron Amphitheatre
The Washington Post's Weekend section is the sponsor of this Friday night concert series, which kicks off with three of the area's finest Latin bands: Orquesta La Romana, Orquesta La Leyenda and Joe Falero and the DC Latin Jazz All Stars. While admission is free, tickets are required. Pick them up at the Washington Post building (1150 15th St. NW) beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, or at the Carter Barron box office beginning at noon.

Capital Pride Parade
The Capital Pride Festival organizes this annual parade, which winds through Dupont and Logan circles, mostly along P Street. Watch for floats sponsored by various gay and lesbian bars and organizations, including Mr. and Miss Capital Pride and the famous dancing DC Cowboys. Live entertainment and DJs entertain viewers in front of Whole Foods (P between 14th and 15th) and at the intersection of 18th Street and New Hampshire Avenue.

Jazz on the Mall at the Sylvan Theatre
Jazz musicians perform on the Mall on Saturday and Sunday as part of the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival. While we have a tough time choosing between greats like Terence Blanchard (Saturday) and Irma Thomas (Sunday), the inclusion of Buckwheat Zydeco tips the scales for Sunday's lineup. Buckwheat Zydeco starts the day at 1 p.m., headliner Irma Thomas & the Professionals perform at 6:25.

Origem at Millennium Stage
Get a taste of Brazil at the Kennedy Center from Origem, a Washington-area band composed of Brazilian-born musicians. They specialze in samba, bossa nova and other styles from the country's Northeast and Southeast regions.

By Fritz Hahn  | June 8, 2009; 4:19 PM ET
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Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave are simply awesome - what a performer - funky and inventive - multi-instrumentalist - go see them - 3:30pm Sunday!! - wow - their sets are legendary from the New Orleans jazzfest

Posted by: Duke69 | June 9, 2009 7:04 PM | Report abuse

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