Archive: Free and Cheap

Free and Easy: Fashion Photography and Persian New Year

Free this week: A Brahms concert, Indian snake dances and a documentary about fashion photographer Bill Cunningham. Monday Open rehearsal with Christoph Eschenbach The music director of the National Symphony Orchestra conducts an open rehearsal of Brahms's Third Symphony with...

By Alex Baldinger | March 6, 2011; 09:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Free and Easy: Around the World

Find out about conflict in South Africa, arts of India and partying in Rio -- all for free. Monday 'Two Men Talking' Paul Browde and Murray Nossel were childhood enemies growing up in South Africa. Now the two are a...

By Alex Baldinger | February 27, 2011; 09:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Free and Easy: D.C. Fashion Week, orchids, Fugazi

This week, D.C. Fashion Week comes to a runway near you, the Natural History Museum hosts an orchid-themed family day and a documentary about Fugazi screens at the National Gallery of Art.

By Jessica Righthand | February 21, 2011; 10:49 AM ET | Comments (0)

Free and easy: Valentine's songs, dance lessons, '60s photography

This week, an award-winning film screens at the Japanese Embassy, dancers take over Bethesda and the Mid-atlantic Jazz Festival descends on Rockville.

By Stephanie Merry | February 14, 2011; 07:59 AM ET | Comments (0)

Cheap theater in February

Just $10 gets you into Taffety Punk's "Owl Moon," which promises lots of blood and a talking bird. (C. Stanley Photography) Cheap theater is on the menu this month, and it comes in all different forms. The Fridge plays...

By Stephanie Merry | February 9, 2011; 04:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

Free and Easy: Native American music and Latin American art

This week is a free multicultural melange of art exhibits, book signings and concerts. Learn the history of whiskey, dance to an electronic-disco mix, see art from local Latin American and African American artists and more.

By Jessica Righthand | February 7, 2011; 11:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

Want to see Chromeo at the 9:30 Club for free?

Want to see Chromeo at the 9:30 Club for free? Tell the Going Out Gurus about your favorite non-football-related things to do on a Super Bowl Sunday.

By Fritz Hahn | February 2, 2011; 02:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

Free and Easy: Baked goods and ball players

Free this week: muffins, football and live literary readings at Madam's Organ.

By Alex Baldinger | January 30, 2011; 09:30 PM ET | Comments (2)

Snow day play

Tell us your best way to have a blast on a snow day, and you could win four tickets to "Perseus Bayou" at Imagination Stage.

By Alex Baldinger | January 27, 2011; 12:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

Free and Easy: Take the Mic or Take the Plunge

This week: museums are free (as usual), but we've also got frigid swims and the chance to see D.C.'s karaoke champions compete. Monday 'The Orchid in Chinese Painting' The cymbidium orchid became a popular subject for Chinese artists during the...

By Alex Baldinger | January 24, 2011; 08:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

Gallery opening of the week: Tania Karpowitz

Check out the opening reception for Tania Karpowitz's show at the Washington Studio School.

By Anne Kenderdine | January 20, 2011; 02:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Free and Easy: Lithographs and Pirouettes

This week, see ballet and modern dance, football and Navajo art -- and all for free. Monday 'R.C. Gorman: Early Prints and Drawings, 1966-1974' More than two dozen of the Navajo artist's works have just gone on display at the...

By Alex Baldinger | January 14, 2011; 09:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Food trucks to gather today on Franklin Square

Seven different food trucks will gather at 11 a.m. today to offer Washingtonians a chance to graze from multiple menus.

By Tim Carman | January 10, 2011; 06:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Free and Easy: Civil rights and Coleridge

This week: free celebrations of Martin Luther King Jr., poetry recitations and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

By Alex Baldinger | January 9, 2011; 09:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Gallery opening of the week: Blank Space SE

Anacostia gallery Blank Space will host a one-day exhibit of pictures by Critical Exposure, which encourages local young people to sue photography to foster social change.

By Anne Kenderdine | January 4, 2011; 03:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Free and Easy: Shakespeare and Scandinavia

This week in free: Deviled eggs, African drumming and a look at Danish architecture.

By Alex Baldinger | January 2, 2011; 09:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

Free and Easy: Futuristic funk into 2011; the Winter Classic

Slide into 2011 with futuristic funk, a commemorative wreath-laying for the only president buried in the District of Columbia and a viewing party for hockey's annual outdoor game.

By Alex Baldinger | December 26, 2010; 08:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Free lunch today at Chop't on K Street

Chop't Creative Salad Company will be giving away free lunches today in preparation for its new K Street location, which opens on Tuesday, Dec. 21.

By Tim Carman | December 20, 2010; 11:12 AM ET | Comments (0)

Free and Easy: Christmas trees and Christmas lights

This week in free: Santa takes to the water and jazz greats play at the Kennedy Center.

By Alex Baldinger | December 19, 2010; 09:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Fojol's Benethiopia truck to take long hiatus

The Benethiopian food truck, launched this fall by the Fojol Bros., will take a six-week hiatus this winter.

By Tim Carman | December 15, 2010; 06:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Free and Easy: Crafts and Christmas lights

This week, check out Christmas movies, holiday shopping and an exhibit on video art -- all for free.

By Alex Baldinger | December 12, 2010; 09:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

Free and easy: slam dunks and reggae veterans

This week's free events include a memorial for American veterans and a talk by the most punk rock of National Book Award winners.

By Alex Baldinger | December 6, 2010; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Free and easy: A Beatles documentary and ArtFest

Coming back to work after a long weekend can be a drag. Luckily, a screening of the Beatles documentary "Let It Be," latkes at Cork Market, free jazz at National Geographic and a Christmas Bazaar with the Swedes can serve as some ideal pick-me-ups.

By Stephanie Merry | November 29, 2010; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Free and Easy: shopping, salsa and rock musicals

Shake out family stress at this week's few events: salsa dancing, a Black Friday shopping frenzy and extended hours for an all-American exhibit at the Smithsonian.

By Alex Baldinger | November 21, 2010; 03:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Free and Easy: BloomBars, free jazz and Beaujolais

No such thing as a free lunch, sure, but we've got free movies, free plays, free concerts and a free Beaujolais release party on tap for this week.

By Alex Baldinger | November 14, 2010; 09:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Free and easy events: 'Rashomon,' skateboarding in art

This week, some of the best things in life are free. Impress a date with your creativity, take a friend or go exploring solo: Akira Kurosawa's genre-defining film "Rashomon" and photographs of skateboarding at night and Argentina's national parks top our list of the coolest free events of the week.

By Alex Baldinger | November 6, 2010; 03:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Free and easy events: Al Jarreau, Ian Frazier and more

Who says you have to spend a lot when you go out? This week, see artists at work, learn about NoVa's rock scene or hear Al Jarreau perform -- all for free.

By Alex Baldinger | October 31, 2010; 09:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Free and Easy

Get a load of culture this week for less. We picked the best free events of the week, from a classic movie to an Edgar Allan Poe reading.

By Alex Baldinger | October 25, 2010; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Free and easy: Arena Stage open house and 'Crochet Coral Reef'

Every week, we tell you the best free things to do. Consider this: this week, you can hear a bunch of concerts, meet the cast of Arena Stage's "Oklahoma!" and gape at a coral reef made out of yarn. Monday...

By Alex Baldinger | October 18, 2010; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Free and Easy

Get a lesson in go-go at the new library in Shaw, explore the up-and-coming NoMa neighborhood during ZestFest and attend a colorful art opening at Flashpoint.

By Alex Baldinger | October 10, 2010; 07:49 PM ET | Comments (0)

Free and Easy Events

This week, the grand opening of Artmosphere brings music and dance to Rosslyn, top films from Latin America screen in Columbia Heights and DJ Will Eastman visits the Writer's Center for the latest installment of Story/Stereo.

By Alex Baldinger | October 3, 2010; 09:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Free and easy events

Bid farewell to summer on the Donovan House rooftop, check out the latest entry into the expanding list of after-hours museum parties and pay a visit to the annual arts smorgasbord known as Crafty Bastards. Monday Drift Mondays With the...

By Stephanie Merry | September 26, 2010; 10:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

Free and easy events

Famous authors, including Jonathan Franzen and Jonathan Safran Foer, visit the Mall for the National Book Festival, Chuck Brown closes out the Live on Woodrow Wilson Plaza series with an after-work concert, and the Washington Ballet's young members group offers...

By Stephanie Merry | September 19, 2010; 10:24 PM ET | Comments (1)

Free and easy events

This week's free events include Ozomatli at the Kennedy Center, a neighborhood festival on H Street and a dose of opera outdoors. Monday Gary Shteyngart The witty author of the satirical "Absurdistan" reads from his latest novel, "Super Sad True...

By Stephanie Merry | September 12, 2010; 03:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Free and easy events

This week's free events include Arts on Foot and Adams Morgan Day. Monday 'Staged' Part of the Page-to-Stage Festival, Washington Improv Theatre gets the audience in on the act with this off-the-cuff performance about, well, putting on a performance. Tuesday...

By Stephanie Merry | September 5, 2010; 08:31 PM ET | Comments (0)

Free and easy events

This week's free events include the Kennedy Center's Page-to-Stage Festival and musician John Davis' visit to the Writer's Center.

By Stephanie Merry | August 29, 2010; 11:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Free and easy events

This week's free events include Uke Fest 2010, Canadian DJs at U Street Music Hall and an open rehearsal courtesy of the Shakespeare Theatre Company.

By Stephanie Merry | August 22, 2010; 10:26 PM ET | Comments (0)

Free and easy events

This week's free events include free ice cream for wimps, the chance to play Twister at the Textile Museum and a lovable thriller starring Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn.

By Stephanie Merry | August 15, 2010; 10:43 PM ET | Comments (0)

Affordable plays coming to a theater near you

August and September aren't generally known for being eventful months in the theater universe, but the weeks ahead promise an explosion of affordable options for seeing some especially exciting plays. The diverse offerings include everything from free picnic-friendly productions of...

By Stephanie Merry | August 11, 2010; 09:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

Howard County Fair

Fair season is in full swing, and the Howard County Fair, which runs though Saturday, is a great bargain, with $5 admission. Although tickets for rides cost a little extra, that $5 gives you the opportunity to see the chainsaw...

By Stephanie Merry | August 9, 2010; 08:37 AM ET | Comments (0)

Free and easy events

This week's free events include a new exhibit at the Anacostia Community Museum, the finale of the Fort Reno concert series and an outdoor screening of the original "Batman." Monday A 'Mary Poppins' cabaret You don't have to shell out...

By David Malitz | August 8, 2010; 11:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Free and easy events

This week's free events include Redskins fan appreciation day, a weekend-long festival at the National Museum of the American Indian and a birthday bash at the Black Cat. Monday 'Edvard Munch: Master Prints' Start the month with the National Gallery's...

By Stephanie Merry | August 1, 2010; 11:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Free and easy events

This week's free events include a new DJ night, yet another outdoor film series and a sneak peek at Shark Week. Monday Moombahton Mondays The Velvet Lounge's newest weekly event extends the weekend as local DJ Dave Nada spins his...

By Stephanie Merry | July 25, 2010; 10:46 PM ET | Comments (0)

Sunset Serenades start Thursday

As the summer months unfold, free outdoor concerts pop up all over town, but Sunset Serenades have something no other series does: The entertainment takes place a stone's throw from Sumatran tigers. The National Zoo's annual evening concert series kicks...

By Stephanie Merry | July 20, 2010; 11:31 PM ET | Comments (0)

Speed dating with artists tonight

You don't have to be single to enjoy this unusual brand of speed dating. The Arlington Arts Center and the Pink Line Project are hosting a happy-hour event that allows collectors, aspiring patrons and run-of-the-mill art fans to interview 20...

By Stephanie Merry | July 18, 2010; 11:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Free and easy events

This week's free events include free improv lessons, Sandra Bullock's Oscar-winning performance and a concert with Kyp Malone of TV on the Radio. Monday Fringe Training Factory The Capital Fringe Festival is about more than being a spectator. Join in...

By Stephanie Merry | July 18, 2010; 10:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

Signature Theatre Open House

Signature Theatre's lineup for its open house Saturday is sure to delight fans of the stage and the small screen. Among the special guests paying a visit to Shirlington is Clinton Kelly, better known as the quick-witted co-host of TLC's...

By Stephanie Merry | July 11, 2010; 11:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Free and easy events

This week's free events include the return of Screen on the Green, the Capitals Fan Fest and Baltimore's Artscape. Monday 'Goldfinger' at Screen on the Green Bring a blanket and picnic to the Mall for the start of one of...

By Stephanie Merry | July 11, 2010; 10:55 PM ET | Comments (3)

Firefly Festival

There's something about spotting the first firefly of the summer season that evokes the same childlike wonder as winter's first snowfall. Want to learn more about the enchanting glowing insects? Pack a picnic and head to Arlington on Sunday for...

By Stephanie Merry | July 4, 2010; 11:48 PM ET | Comments (0)

Free and easy events

This week's free events include a bike race down Pennsylvania Avenue, screenings of movies new and old and a rooftop happy hour with us. Monday Kiss My Arts Everyone's a critic. At least that's the idea at arty Vienna cafe...

By Stephanie Merry | July 4, 2010; 09:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

Norman Rockwell exhibition opens this week

It turns out that Steven Spielberg and George Lucas have more in common than heaps of directing accolades; both have a significant number of works by artist Norman Rockwell. Lucky for us, the pair have decided to share their collections...

By Stephanie Merry | June 27, 2010; 09:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

Free and easy events

This week's free events include the first Fort Reno concert of the summer, a new exhibition at the Corcoran and fireworks on the Mall. Monday Fort Reno Now that it's officially summer, the city's favorite free outdoor concert series springs...

By Stephanie Merry | June 27, 2010; 08:14 PM ET | Comments (0)

Summer Cinema 2010

The National Theatre is dedicating its summer movie series, which begins Monday and runs through Aug. 16, to Cary Grant. There are seven chances to catch the suave actor in a variety of genres -- screwball comedy ("Bringing Up Baby")...

By Stephanie Merry | June 20, 2010; 07:46 PM ET | Comments (0)

Free and easy events

This week's free events include a performance of jazzed-up Bjork songs, a blog party with tasty giveaways and the start of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Monday Bret Easton Ellis The author of "American Psycho" and "Less Than Zero" reads from...

By Stephanie Merry | June 20, 2010; 06:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

A Whole Lot of '80s With a Pinch of the '90s Dance Party

Here's an excuse to blow the dust off your crimper and go digging for the Hypercolor in the bottom of your T-shirt drawer: Polaris Project, in collaboration with Cause for a Dance Party, is hosting a 1980s and '90s-themed soiree...

By Stephanie Merry | June 13, 2010; 09:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Free and easy events

This week's free events include a massive art walk along H Street NE and gelato at the annual Festa Italiana. Monday Mothertongue Drop by the Black Cat for this monthly all-female display of spoken word poetry. And although the evening...

By Stephanie Merry | June 13, 2010; 07:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

Sustainability Lab

Are you intrigued by the idea of going local but aren't sure what to do beyond a weekly trip to the farmers market? Collect inspiration at Transformer gallery this week with Jeff Hnilicka's Sustainability Lab installation of plastic curtains scrawled...

By Stephanie Merry | June 6, 2010; 08:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Free and easy events

This week's free events include a reason to break out your summer seersucker and the chance to see Pam Grier -- also known as Foxy Brown -- in person. Monday Turning Point Part of the International VSA Festival, this series...

By Stephanie Merry | June 6, 2010; 07:53 PM ET | Comments (0)

Dupont Kalorama Museum Walk Weekend

What do live jazz, woolly sheep and woodworkers have in common? They're all part of this annual two-day event, which allows visitors to stop by Dupont Circle museums free of charge. Among the traditionally entertaining stops is the Phillips Collection,...

By Stephanie Merry | May 30, 2010; 05:21 PM ET | Comments (0)

Free & easy events

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...

By Stephanie Merry | May 30, 2010; 05:18 PM ET | Comments (0)

Free & easy events

This week's free events include the chance to tap dance with Maurice Hines and the first installment of the Jazz in the Garden concert series. Monday Free s'mores of a sort To help the city get into the swing of...

By Stephanie Merry | May 23, 2010; 06:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

$5 or less: WalkingTown DC

Did you know there used to be a red-light district a stone's throw from the White House? How about that Georgetown was once a hotbed of spy activity? These are just a couple of the intriguing topics covered this weekend...

By Stephanie Merry | May 16, 2010; 10:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

Free and easy events

This week's free events include an early look at an episode of HBO's "Treme," an outdoor screening of Pixar's lovable "WALL-E" and a festive Asian street fair. Monday 'Treme' watching party and tribute to David Mills Hooked on HBO's newest...

By Stephanie Merry | May 16, 2010; 10:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

Free and easy events

This week's free events include a visit from the Fonz, the chance to hang with us (and, more importantly, win prizes) at the Big Hunt and an aerial show courtesy of the Blue Angels. Monday YouTube Project: Report 2010 Gathering...

By Stephanie Merry | May 9, 2010; 08:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

Free and easy events

This week's free events include the opening of the National Gallery's new exhibition of photographs by Allen Ginsberg and the first chance of the year to climb to the top of the central tower of the National Cathedral. Tuesday 'Acid...

By Stephanie Merry | May 2, 2010; 11:53 PM ET | Comments (1)

Free and easy events

This week, catch "Clueless" outdoors, get a tour of embassies around town and celebrate Cinco de Mayo with mariachi and merengue performances.

By Stephanie Merry | April 25, 2010; 11:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

Free & easy events

This week, a new monthly dance party kicks off at U Street Music Hall and John Legend and Sting make their way to the Mall to sing for a cause. Wednesday The Whale Celebrate the start of a new monthly...

By Stephanie Merry | April 18, 2010; 11:57 PM ET | Comments (1)

Free & easy events

This week, dance away your tax day blues, grab a Mediterranean lunch and celebrate Earth Day a little early.

By Stephanie Merry | April 11, 2010; 11:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Thursday's happy hour: ChurchKey set the scene

Our April Going Out Guide happy hour ruled. Why? Because we talked ChurchKey, one of the hottest bars in town, into letting us throw a private party there just for our fans. See what happened.

By Anne Kenderdine | April 9, 2010; 03:41 PM ET | Comments (1)

Free & easy events

We may be biased, but our favorite free event this week is the Going Out Guide Happy Hour at new hotspot ChurchKey. Come on out and join us. Thursday Going Out Guide Happy Hour We're taking over the perpetually packed...

By David Malitz | April 5, 2010; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Free & easy events

From worldly beats to an all day anime festival, there are plenty of fun activities on this week's calendar that don't require any money.

By David Malitz | March 29, 2010; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Free & easy events

There's no need to spend a fortune to have a great time out. This week, we suggest all kinds of offbeat ways to find some culture -- without spending a cent.

By Anne Kenderdine | March 22, 2010; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Free & easy events

Save yourself some cash this week. We'll tell you how to find a St. Patrick's Day party or see movie musicals or a hidden Japanese teahouse, all for free.

By Anne Kenderdine | March 15, 2010; 07:10 AM ET | Comments (1)

Free and easy events

In our roundup of the best free events of the week, we tell you how to get free cupcakes, an expert preview of the baseball season and two ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day on the early side.

By Anne Kenderdine | March 8, 2010; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Free and Easy events

This week, pay nothing to laugh with seven female stand-up comics, watch clips from the early days of the film industry or escape to a Caribbean happy hour with free food and music.

By Fritz Hahn | March 1, 2010; 01:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

Free and Easy events

Clint Eastwood plays The Man With No Name in the classic spaghetti western "Fistful of Dollars" on Wednesday at the American Art Museum. (File photo) This week, spend nothing to see Clint Eastwood in "Fistful of Dollars," hear a...

By Fritz Hahn | February 22, 2010; 12:57 AM ET | Comments (0)

Free and Easy events

Sunday's Chinese Lunar New Year Parade includes dragon dancers and a five-story firecracker. (Marvin Joseph -- The Post) This week, pay nothing to celebrate George Washington's birthday, watch dragons dance in Chinatown or samba like you're at Carnival in...

By Fritz Hahn | February 14, 2010; 10:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Free and Easy events

This week, hear up-and-coming Broadway stars, test your chopstick skills at a Japanese festival or see amazing photos of the old west without spending a single cent.

By Fritz Hahn | February 7, 2010; 05:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

At H Street bars, the more it snows, the more you save

If you're able to venture out to H Street NE this weekend despite the coming Snowpocalypse, five bars are banding together to offer a wintry happy hour on both Friday and Saturday nights.

By Fritz Hahn | February 4, 2010; 12:12 PM ET | Comments (3)

Free and Easy events

The Silk Road Dance Company performs tradional Persian dances with authentic costumes and music. (Courtesy of the Silk Road Dance Company) This week, kick off the new season of "Lost" with a viewing party at a luau in Columbia...

By Fritz Hahn | February 1, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Happy hour with the Gurus: bonus edition

We've been talking about the Passenger, a bar in the Warehouse Theater space, since it opened in November. The neighborhood lounge is known for its mixologists' personalized approaches to cocktails: you tell them what kinds of drinks you like, and...

By Anne Kenderdine | January 31, 2010; 10:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Free and easy events

Bid farewell to Tai Shan on Saturday with traditional Chinese entertainment, an exhibition of panda photos and other surprises. (Susan Biddle - The Washington Post) This week, pay nothing to sip wine and nibble chocolate, check out a rare...

By Stephanie Merry | January 24, 2010; 11:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

Free and easy events

This week, pay nothing to honor Martin Luther King Jr., see an exhibit of '60s hippie fashions or discuss the first year of Barack Obama's presidency with journalists from Al Jazeera.

By Fritz Hahn | January 18, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Free and easy events

Gregory Peck won an Oscar for portraying Atticus Finch in "To Kill a Mockingbird," screening Saturday at the National Archives. (Universal Pictures) This week brings opportunities to taste a new beer, see out-of-this-world images from the Hubble Space Telescope...

By Anne Kenderdine | January 11, 2010; 06:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

Free and easy events

Play ping-pong, learn about improv comedy from pros or take the kids to an indoor Martin Luther King Jr. celebration -- they're all things you can do without spending a cent this week. Monday Will Rast Trio at Tryst Pianist...

By Anne Kenderdine | January 4, 2010; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Free and easy events

A low-key New Year's Eve option, ideas for how to entertain the kids and holiday visitors filling up your house plus some tips on starting off the new year with energy -- they're all on our list of the best...

By Anne Kenderdine | December 28, 2009; 11:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

Our New Year's Eve FAQ

There are a lot of New Year's Eve options out there. We know it can be a little overwhelming, so we pulled together this post to help you sort through them all.

By Fritz Hahn | December 23, 2009; 04:09 PM ET | Comments (2)

Last-chance art exhibitions

The new year means a slew of new exhibitions at area museums -- and a number of major shows will be closing to make room for them. You have about two more weeks to see "Anne Truitt: Perception and Reflection"...

By Anne Kenderdine | December 22, 2009; 06:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Free and easy events

Santa and his reindeer trade the sleigh for water skis and knee boards at National Harbor on Thursday. (2008 photo by Bill O'Leary - The Washington Post) Belt out Handel's "Messiah" at the Kennedy Center, celebrate Kwanzaa while exploring...

By Fritz Hahn | December 20, 2009; 11:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

Two free stops this week

We have some new ideas for free things to do today and tomorrow, and both are absolutely no-pressure: just stop by or drop in. Golden Triangle Holiday Film Fest Here's a secret tip to add some charm to a casual...

By Anne Kenderdine | December 16, 2009; 11:23 AM ET | Comments (1)

$5-or-less deal: Radius' Slice and a Pint Happy Hour

The daily $5 happy hour includes a large-but-not-jumbo slice of New York-style cheese pizza and a choice of any of the beers on draft.

By Fritz Hahn | December 14, 2009; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Free and easy events

This week, pay nothing to air your grievances in public, spin your favorite MP3s at Eighteenth Street Lounge, view portraits of famous artists or listen to dozens of tubas serenade you with Christmas carols.

By Fritz Hahn | December 14, 2009; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Free taxi rides home

Tonight marks the beginning of the holiday season's SoberRide, the annual service that offers free taxi rides home to anyone who's been out having fun at a bar or holiday party and shouldn't get behind the wheel.

By Fritz Hahn | December 11, 2009; 03:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Last night's happy hour: Hey, Santa!

He wishes you a merry Christmas and a happy ho-ur. (Dakota Fine) Thanks to everyone who braved the cold last night to join us for the Going Out Guide happy hour at Buffalo Billiards. From the looks of things,...

By Anne Kenderdine | December 11, 2009; 01:42 PM ET | Comments (1)

Free and easy events

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi will light the 2009 Capitol Christmas tree on Tuesday evening. (2008 photo by Melina Mara - The Washington Post) This week, a Christmas tree and a menorah are lit to celebrate the holiday...

By Fritz Hahn | December 7, 2009; 02:23 AM ET | Comments (1)

Free and Easy Events

Wolf Trap's annual holiday concert features the Marine band, a 400-member chorus and a candlelight procession. (Marvin Joseph -- The Washington Post) This week's no-cost picks include holiday music, scary movies and a happy hour event that is searching...

By Fritz Hahn | November 30, 2009; 12:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

Free and easy events

Watch Motown documentaries, celebrate the foods of the Americas, hear soundtracks composed for silent films and celebrate a bar's 62nd anniversary with live country music.

By Fritz Hahn | November 22, 2009; 09:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Free and easy events

Our free picks this week include kids yoga, manicures and expert advice on how to be a spy. Monday, Nov. 16 'The Kalb Report' at the National Press Club Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at "60 Minutes,"...

By Anne Kenderdine | November 16, 2009; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Free and easy events

Want to ride on a zipline, learn about step dancing or hear from authors of a book on D.C.'s hardcore scene? You can do all that (and more) for free this week. Step Afrika offers a dance history lesson on...

By Anne Kenderdine | November 9, 2009; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Free and easy events

John Thornley of U.S. Rotalty hosts an acoustic jam session at Solly's on the first Monday of the month. (Helayne Seidman--For The Post) This week, our ideas for how to have fun on no money include a live show...

By Fritz Hahn | November 2, 2009; 03:18 AM ET | Comments (0)

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 events@washingtonpost.com. Monday A Celebration of Statehood at the National Theatre Our 50th state is about...

By Fritz Hahn | October 26, 2009; 09:38 AM ET | Comments (2)

Free & easy events

The Cherry Carry Out on Georgia Avenue NW is one of the off-the-tourist-trail images featured in Paul Feinberg's "Another Washington" exhibit. (Paul Feinberg) Every week, the Going Out Gurus suggest ways to enjoy Washington's cultural scene without spending any...

By Anne Kenderdine | October 19, 2009; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

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 events@washingtonpost.com. Monday, Oct. 12 'The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later, an Epilogue' at the Lincoln...

By Fritz Hahn | October 11, 2009; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Last Night's Happy Hour: Raising a Glass for Oktoberfest

Thanks for coming to last night's happy hour at Capitol City Brewing Company! Rhome threw down some trivia questions at the end, and we handed out a bunch of prizes, including a $100 gift certificate to Cap City, a...

By Anne Kenderdine | October 9, 2009; 02:15 PM ET | Comments (1)

Free and Easy Events

Check out rising stars of jazz, the award-winning documentary "War Child" and spoken-word poetry -- all for free.

By Fritz Hahn | October 5, 2009; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Free and Easy Events

Get on the good foot with Moneytown's funky mix of vintage soul and R&B. (Evy Mages - For The Post) Every week, the Going Out Gurus suggest ways to enjoy Washington's cultural scene without spending any money. Have an...

By Fritz Hahn | September 26, 2009; 09:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

Free and Easy Events

Heath Ledger is the Joker in "The Dark Knight," the finest Batman film and the final outdoor movie in Crystal City this summer. (Reuters) Every week, the Going Out Gurus suggest ways to enjoy Washington's cultural scene without spending...

By Fritz Hahn | September 20, 2009; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

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 events@washingtonpost.com. Sunday Grandparents Day at the National Zoo Here's the perfect excuse for Grandma and...

By Fritz Hahn | September 12, 2009; 11:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

Making Friends at Last Night's Happy Hour

Game on at Public Bar. (Dakota Fine) In yesterday's chat, there was some debate about how easy it is to strike up a conversation with new people at our happy hours, so I'm curious -- what did you think?...

By Anne Kenderdine | September 11, 2009; 10:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

Free and Easy Events

Watch the Washington National Opera while enjoying a picnic in the outfield grass at Nationals Park. (Gerald Martineau/The Washington Post) Every week, the Going Out Gurus suggest ways to enjoy Washington's cultural scene without spending any money. Have an...

By Fritz Hahn | September 5, 2009; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Coming Up in Got Plans? -- Working for the Weekend

Today's Got Plans? discussion has a bonus to help you have an even better Labor Day weekend. Not only will we be talking about great ways to spend your extra day off, we'll be giving away two pairs of free...

By Anne Kenderdine | September 3, 2009; 01:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

Science Club Extended Happy Hours: Survival of the Cheapest

Just in time to ease the post-Labor Day blues, Science Club has announced a September stimulus plan: Happy hour will run from open until close Monday through Thursday as well as the usual 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday. Science...

By Fritz Hahn | September 2, 2009; 12:55 PM ET | Comments (1)

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A Very Hungry Caterpillar has been spotted in Woodley Park. See him before he turns into a butterfly. ((c) 1969 and 1987 by Eric Carle) Every week, the Going Out Gurus suggest ways to enjoy Washington's cultural scene without...

By Fritz Hahn | August 29, 2009; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Free and Easy Events

During Columbia Heights Day, you can try your hand at Guitar Hero, sample treats from local restaurants and visit a petting zoo. (Sergio Herrera) Every week, the Going Out Gurus suggest ways to enjoy Washington's cultural scene without spending...

By Fritz Hahn | August 22, 2009; 02:26 PM ET | Comments (0)

Free and Easy Events

Pay nothing to watch "Slumdog Millionaire," visit a county fair or celebrate the Zoo's Asian elephants.

By Fritz Hahn | August 14, 2009; 07:24 PM ET | Comments (1)

Happy Hour Recap

Mmmm ... Georgetown Cupcakes. (Dakota Fine) A big thanks to everyone who came to happy hour at Clarendon Ballroom last night. We hope you got there early enough to get one of those ridiculously delicious cupcakes courtesy of Georgetown...

By David Malitz | August 14, 2009; 02:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

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 events@washingtonpost.com. Sunday Ecuadorian Festival at Barcroft Park The 17th annual festival features live music from...

By Fritz Hahn | August 9, 2009; 09:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Name That Tune

We're just about to start our weekly chat today, but before we do, we wanted to give you a little extra time to prep. We're giving away a $75 gift card to Legal Sea Foods, and to win it, you'll...

By Anne Kenderdine | August 6, 2009; 12:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

Free and Easy

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 events@washingtonpost.com. Sunday Asian Festival at the Lake Newport Tennis Facility The pan-Asian festival offers three...

By Anne Kenderdine | August 2, 2009; 03:09 PM ET | Comments (1)

Free and Easy

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 events@washingtonpost.com. Sunday 'The Gaucho' at the National Gallery of Art Silent-screen stars Douglas Fairbanks and...

By Anne Kenderdine | July 26, 2009; 03:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bastille Day: A New Entry for the Waiters Race

When Les Halles closed suddenly last year, it meant the end of the traditional Bastille Day waiters' races on Pennsylvania Avenue -- or so we thought.

By Anne Kenderdine | July 10, 2009; 03:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

Happy Hour Recap

We all got a bit of the golden touch in the sunshine. (Dakota Fine) Last night's happy hour on the rooftop of BLT Steak was far and away our favorite yet. It was our biggest -- and highest --...

By Anne Kenderdine | July 10, 2009; 10:34 AM ET | Comments (8)

Free and Easy Events

Every week, the Going Out Gurus suggest ways to enjoy Washington's cultural scene -- festivals, films, music and events -- without spending any money.

By Fritz Hahn | July 6, 2009; 12:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

Free and Easy Events

Find free things to do every day this week.

By Fritz Hahn | June 29, 2009; 02:05 PM ET | Comments (2)

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Jamie Foxx is Ray Charles in the Academy Award-winning film "Ray," which screens Wednesday at the NoMa Summer Series. (Universal Pictures) Every week, the Going Out Gurus suggest ways to enjoy Washington's cultural scene without spending any money. Have...

By Fritz Hahn | June 22, 2009; 04:28 PM ET | Comments (1)

How to See Woody Allen for Free

Let's see ... Older man (Larry David) gets involved with a much younger woman (Evan Rachel Wood). Yep, sounds like a Woody Allen flick (Sony Pictures Classics) Back in the '70s, Woody Allen had the "Nebbish Guy Playing a...

By Fritz Hahn | June 16, 2009; 05:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

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 events@washingtonpost.com. Godzilla fights Mothra, a giant lobster and a giant condor in "Godzilla Versus the...

By Fritz Hahn | June 15, 2009; 01:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

Happy Hour Recap: A Shore Thing at Freddie's

Thanks for coming to the Going Out Guide happy hour.

By Anne Kenderdine | June 12, 2009; 01:49 PM ET | Comments (1)

Putting the Art in Party

A preview of gallery openings and arty parties this weekend.

By Stephanie Merry | June 11, 2009; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Happy Hour at the Beach

This month at the Going Out Guide happy hour, we're giving away a trip to Rehoboth and tickets to see Beyonce.

By Anne Kenderdine | June 9, 2009; 10:57 AM ET | Comments (0)

Free and Easy Events

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...

By Fritz Hahn | June 8, 2009; 04:19 PM ET | Comments (1)

Interns, Hop a Bus for Happy Hour

A new happy hour shuttle ferries interns from Capitol Hill to Glover Park every Tuesday, where there are two-for-one drinks all night at Gin and Tonic.

By Fritz Hahn | June 2, 2009; 01:33 PM ET | Comments (3)

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 events@washingtonpost.com. Everybody: Chaka Khan is performing for free on Woodrow Wilson Plaza this Wednesday. (Stephen...

By Fritz Hahn | June 1, 2009; 02:50 PM ET | Comments (2)

Summer Deals at the Corcoran

Looking for even more ways to have fun for free this summer? The Corcoran hears you, and for the first time, the museum will offer free admission on Saturdays all summer long. The deal starts June 20 and runs through...

By Stephanie Merry | May 22, 2009; 04:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

Free and Cheap: Not Just for Interns

Since 2003, we've run a special section called the Interns Guide to D.C., filled with advice on cheap happy hours, free movies, how to see theater for less and restaurants where "affordable" doesn't mean "mediocre." But we realize that especially...

By Fritz Hahn | May 22, 2009; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Free and Cheap D.C.: Four Meals for Lower Prices

Eager interns, broke twenty-somethings, over-stretched parents: no matter who you are these days, you're probably in search of a dining deal.

By Julia Beizer | May 21, 2009; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Cheap Dates: A New Social Stimulus Package

A few months ago, the Going Out Gurus put their heads together and came up with a big list of free and cheap date ideas, from garden strolls to a happy hour convenient to the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage. Seeing...

By Fritz Hahn | May 21, 2009; 10:18 AM ET | Comments (0)

Free and Easy Events

"Foodjects" is filled with all kinds of interesting and odd creations, like this hybrid between a Spanish copa wine glass and a porron wine-drinking bottle. (Martin Azua) Every week, the Going Out Gurus suggest ways to enjoy Washington's cultural...

By Fritz Hahn | May 19, 2009; 10:08 AM ET | Comments (1)

Free and Cheap Theater

Every year we try to help out the students who flock to D.C. to take low-paying (or no-paying) internships with ways to have fun on the cheap. This year though, considering the economy, just about everyone needs a little help....

By Stephanie Merry | May 15, 2009; 04:18 PM ET | Comments (1)

 
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