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Need a place to sit and work? Au Bon Pain gives free refills on coffee!
Arts and Culture
Outdoor Films – A variety of locations. All on one website below.
Culture Capital – Lists arts related events going on every week, also have a weekly mailing list that you can sign up for.
Kennedy Center Millenium Stage – Hosts free performances every evening.
Jazz in the Garden – Live jazz music every Friday from 5 – 8:30 in the National Sculpture Garden
Artomatic – DC’s biggest creative art exhibit. 10 floors of art by 1000+ artists.
Sunday Classical Concerts at the National Gallery of Art
Thursday Golden Triangle Summer Concerts at Farragut Square Park
Friday Noon Concerts at the Arts Club of Washington
"Happenings at the Harman" A free performance series at the Harman Center for the Arts on Wednesdays from 12 – 1 PM
Busboys and Poets – Open Mic Poetry, Tuesdays 9-11 PM (Cost: $5)
Hill Country Live – American Roots music concerts spaced throughout the summer, the majority are free
National Museum of Women – Free Community Day every first Sunday of the month
African American Civil War Memorial and Museum (1200 U St. NW, Washington, DC)
Arlington National Cemetery (West End of Memorial Bridge, Arlington, VA)
U.S. Botanic Garden (1st St. SW between Maryland Ave and C St., Washington, DC)
U.S. Capitol Building (E. Capitol St. and 1st St. NW, Washington, DC) – Guided Tours Only
Ford’s Theatre (511 10th Street NW, Washington, DC)
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Independence Ave. at 7th St. SW, Washington, DC)
International Spy Museum (800 F St. NW, Washington, DC) – Costs Money
Library of Congress (101 Independence Ave, SE, Washington, DC)
National Air & Space Museum (Independence Ave. at 7th St. SW, Washington, DC)
National Archives (700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC)
National Building Museum (401 F ST. NW, Washington, DC)
National Cathedral (Wisconsin & Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC)
National Gallery of Art and Sculpture Garden (7th St. and Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC)
National Geographic Museum (17th and M Sts. NW, Washington, DC)
National Museum of African Art (950 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC)
National Museum of American History (14th St. and Constitution Ave, NW Washington, DC)
National Museum of the American Indian (4th St. and Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC)
National Museum of Natural History (10th St. and Constitution Ave., NW Washington, DC)
National Portrait Gallery and American Art Museum (740 9th St NW, Washington, DC)
National Zoo (3001 Connecticut Ave, NW, Washington, DC)
Navy Museum/Navy Yard (9th and M Sts. SE, Building 76, Washington, DC)
Supreme Court (One 1st St., NE Washington, DC)
U.S. Holocaust Museum (100 Raoul Wallenberg Pl., SW, Washington, DC)
White House (1600 Pennsylvania Ave, NW Washington, DC)
Memorials and Monuments
Air Force Memorial (1 Air Force Memorial Dr., Arlington, VA)
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial (1850 West Basin Dr. SW, Washington, DC)
Iwo Jima Memorial (Marshall Dr. between Route 50 and Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA)
Jefferson Memorial (15th St. SW, Washington, DC)
Korean War Veterans Memorial (Daniel French Dr. and Independence Ave, SW, Washington, DC)
Lincoln Memorial (23rd St. NW, Washington, DC)
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial (400 block of E St., NW Washington, DC)
Navy Memorial and Naval Heritage Center (701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC)
Vietnam Veterans Memorial (Constitution Ave and Henry Bacon Dr. NW, Washington, DC)
Washington Monument (Constitution Ave. and 15th St. SW, Washington, DC)
World War II Memorial (17th St, between Constitution and Independence Aves., Washington, DC)
Events and Festivals
DC Jazz Festival – The largest music festival in DC.
Smithsonian Folklife Festival (June 27-July 1, July 4-8) – Outdoor exposition of living cultural heritage.
Merriweather Post Pavilion – multiple large concerts throughout the summer.
Truckeroo – Monthly festival showcasing food trucks from the DC area with live music.
Capital Pride - Street festival and parade celebrating pride in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community
Silverdocs Film Festival – week long documentary film festival.
National Capital Barbecue Battle – BBQ Competitions, cooking demonstrations, free food samples, and more!
Meditation, Yoga, Pilates
Pilates in the Park - Tuesdays at 5:30 PM in Farragut Square Park
Evening Meditation practice and Instruction at the Shambhala Center - Thursdays 6:30-7:30 PM
Sahaja Meditation - Wednesdays 7:00-8:00 PM (locations in Foggy Bottom, College Park, Ashburn, Bethesda, Richmond, Centreville, and more)
Free Yoga at Circle Yoga - Saturdays at 12:30 PM
Free Yoga in the Park by Lululemon Athletica – DuPont Circle Southwest, Wednesdays at 6:30 PM
Stand Up Comedy to Go – Free shows throughout the week
DC Stand Up
Riot Act Comedy
Harold Night at Washington Improv Theater, Tuesdays 10 – 11 PM
Karaoke at Chief Ike’s with a live band– Every 3rd Wednesday of the month from 8:00 – 11:00 PM
Eastern Market – DC’s Oldest Fresh Food Public Market
DC Walkabout – Free Walking Tours of Memorials and Capitol Hill
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