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Posted at 5:18 PM ET, 05/30/2010

Free & easy events

By Stephanie Merry

This week's free events include live music courtesy of the D.C. Jazz Festival and a couple of family-friendly festivals.

Monday
National Memorial Day Parade
This annual celebration of active-duty and retired military is on Constitution Avenue with floats, bands and appearances by actors Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna.

Tuesday
Concerts on the Avenue: U.S. Navy Band
The band kicks off its series of free Tuesday night performances, which runs through Labor Day. You can also see the band every Monday at the west side of the U.S. Capitol.

Wednesday
Berklee World Jazz Nonet
As part of the D.C. Jazz Festival, one of the Berklee College of Music's top student ensembles, featuring such unusual instruments as qanun, tabla and timbales, performs a free concert. Each of the band's nine members comes from a different country.

Thursday
The Runcible Food Zine Launch Party
The Runcible Spoon, a local guerrilla food zine that explores community food issues, healthful eating and cooking at home, celebrates its second issue at the Marion Street Garden, a new community teaching garden. Mingle with food bloggers and food lovers, have snacks and check out the new issue.

Friday
DJ Spen
This disco/house DJ, known for his work on Baltimore radio and in the production booth, shows up as part of U Street Music Hall's Red Fridays; like all such events, it's free before 11 p.m.

Saturday
Imagination Bethesda
Downtown Bethesda is transformed into a children's wonderland, with opportunities to draw with pastels, make a bookmark, experiment with sand-art painting, create a puppet and plant a seed in a self-decorated pot. There will also be face painters, stilt walkers and other entertainment.

Sunday
Herndon Festival
On the third day of this three-day event, catch music, a magic show, hands-on art activities for the kids and food from more than 20 area restaurants. A carnival area featuring games and rides will also provide fun, although visitors must buy at least $5 in ride tickets to partake.

-- David Malitz, Stephanie Merry and Justin Rude

By Stephanie Merry  | May 30, 2010; 5:18 PM ET
Categories:  Events, Free and Cheap  
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