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Posted at 2:05 PM ET, 06/29/2009

Free and Easy Events

By Fritz Hahn

Rodney Dangerfield gets no respect as a nouveau riche member of an upscale country club in "Caddyshack." (Warner Brothers)

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

Salsa at Lima
Head to Lima on Monday nights for free salsa lessons (beginning at 9) and a no-cover evening of dancing to salsa, merengue and other Latin music. Women get free drinks from 9 to 11.

John Dillinger Trivia Contest at the National Museum of Crime & Punishment
How well do you know your gangsters? The National Museum of Crime & Punishment is giving away passes to an advance screening of "Public Enemies," the forthcoming film about John Dillinger starring Johnny Depp and Christian Bale. At 5 p.m., the museum will ask trivia questions about Dillinger and his exploits. Answer correctly and receive passes to a 7:30 screening of the film that evening. (Admission to the museum costs $17.95 for everyone over 12, but participating in the trivia is free.)

Fringe Performance Preview at R.F.D.
With hundreds of performances taking place during the Capital Fringe Festival, it can be hard to figure out what to see. Get a preview of some of the festival's offbeat offerings during a free open house in R.F.D.'s back room.

'Caddyshack' and Karaoke at the Capitol Riverfront
The "Best of the '80s" outdoor movie series turns to our favorite Rodney Dangerfield film this week. Audience members are encouraged to wear their favorite '80s golf shirt and arrive early for pre-movie karaoke.

Moneytown One-Year Anniversary at Dahlak
The monthly hotbed of rare funk and soul grooves celebrates its first birthday with drink specials and a guest appearance by Chris "Iceburg" Burgan, a Cincinnati-based DJ who has compiled CDs and curated museum exhibits about Midwestern soul.

Independence Day Celebrations
Celebrate America's independence with fireworks and music on the National Mall, a classic car show and Jimmy Buffet tunes in Vienna, a community parade in the Palisades, music and historic tours in Annapolis and many other events. Use our Google map to find the events closest to you.

Adult Swim at the Capitol Liaison Hotel
Looking for a place to cool down at the end of a long weekend? A new pool party with DJs, drinks and swimming debuts today on the Capitol Liaison Hotel's roofdeck. RSVP to to get free admission between 1 and 3 p.m.; the party goes until 10.

'An Antiquity of Imagination: Tullio Lombardo and Venetian High Renaissance Sculpture' at the National Gallery of Art
This major retrospective of the 16th century painter's work, which both inspired and was influenced by Venetian Renaissance painters, opens on July 4.

-- Fritz

By Fritz Hahn  | June 29, 2009; 2:05 PM ET
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Not sure how Tuesday's event qualifies as free. Sure, once you pay the admission to a museum (in this case, almost $20), the things inside tend to be "free."

Posted by: DOEJN | June 29, 2009 7:24 PM | Report abuse

I tried to e-mail to RSVP for the pool party on Sunday and the e-mail does not work. :0(

Posted by: sunblossm | June 30, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

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