Free and Easy Events
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The First Fort Reno Concert of the Year
Our favorite outdoor summer concert series kicks off with tuneful indie rockers Pash (listen), the wicked grooves of Will Rast's Funk Ark (listen) and the ukelele-led Americana of the Sweater Set (listen). The show starts around 7:15. Bring a picnic, bring a frisbee, bring your dog, but leave the alcohol and glass bottles at home.
Drag Bingo at Nellie's Sports Bar
Miss Shi-Queeta-Lee, a veteran of the wildly popular drag bingo show at Chaos, runs one of the best bingo games in town, with awesome (and often NSFW) prizes.
'Ray' at the NoMa Summer Screen
DJs spin funk and soul tunes before and after a screening of "Ray," the Oscar-winning biopic of Ray Charles. Admission to the film and dance party is free; barbecue and other food will be available for purchase.
The Welsh National Opera at the Millennium Stage
The award-winning opera company, famed for its lavish sets, community outreach and love of lesser-known composers, performs a "greatest hits"-style concert as part of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. (Wales is one of the countries featured in this year's event.)
D.C. Caribbean Carnival Party at Woodrow Wilson Plaza
The D.C. Caribbean Carnival doesn't start until Saturday afternoon, but you can get into the spirit a day early with live music and dancing at the Ronald Reagan Building.
'North By Northwest' at the National Archives
Catch Cary Grant scaling Mount Rushmore and running from a crop-dusting plane in Alfred Hitchcock's classic thriller.
'¡Viva Colombia! Costa a Costa' at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival
The Folklife Festival's Sunday night dance party highlights a variety of music from Colombia, including the traditional percussive style of Grupo Cimarron, the marimbas-and-drums songs of Las Cantadoras del Pacfico, and the accordion-driven romps of Estrellas del Vallenato.
Salsa at Lima
Head to Lima on Monday nights for free salsa lessons (beginning at 9) and a no-cover evening of dancing to a mix of salsa, merengue and other Latin styles. Bonus for the ladies: Women get free drinks from 9 to 11.
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