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Free Events in Metro DC

Find free events and activities throughout Metro DC on CultureCapital. Check here for free concerts, free films, free classes, free tours, free museum programs and more for adults and children. The CultureCapital free section is a great resource for people on a budget.

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Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage
District of Columbia
Free Performances every day at 6pm. As part of the Kennedy Center's "Performing Arts for Everyone" initiative, visitors can enjoy local, national, and international artists as they showcase their talents in music, dance, theater, and more.
The Most Dangerous Man in America: The Making of Douglas MacArthur
National Archives
Wed, April 23
Mark Perry, author of The Most Dangerous Man in America: The Making of Douglas MacArthur, examines how this paradoxical man overcame his personal and professional challenges to lead his countrymen in World War II.
Stories from South Africa with Bill Grimmette
Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
Thu, April 24
Master storyteller Grimmette tells stories on the topic of “Resurrection of Possibility and the Triumph of The Optimist.”
Exchanged III: New Work by Graduate and Undergraduate Students at George Mason University and James Madison University
Brentwood Arts Exchange
Thru Sat, April 26
Exchanged III brings art students from both universities together in the Gateway Arts District for the first time. This eclectic group of artists will present artwork in variety of media and viewpoints in this top-notch showcase of art by regional college students.
American Women Lecture Series: Equality--What Does it Really Mean?
Workhouse Arts Center
Wed, April 30
Join a discussion with three panelists about the differing ways men and women now think and feel about their work and home life. Should there still be gender-specific roles in contemporary society?
Mother's Day Weekend
George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens
Sat, May 10 thru Sun, May 11
Join the “Mother of Our Country,” Martha Washington, and her granddaughter “Nelly” as they celebrate this special weekend with visitors.
The Human Scale: Bringing Cities to Life (2012; 83mins)
Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
Wed, May 14
Based on the research of Danish architect Jan Gehl, this insightful documentary examines how the quality of life in urban communities can be improved by urban planners and architects re-orienting their design towards pedestrians and cyclists.
On Deaf Ears
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCCNV)
Thru Tue, May 27
This exhibit commemorates Yom Ha’Shoah and reflects the theme of public response to injustice today.
The Feminist Movement in Art
The Art League Gallery
Wed, May 7 thru Mon, June 2
This exhibit pays tribute to the 1970s feminist movement which helped bring the accomplishments of female artists to the forefront. Work by Art League artists will focus on women's lives, experiences, and challenges.
Jessica van Brakle: Industrial Paradise
Artisphere
Thru Sat, June 7
Industrial Paradise combines man-made structures with natural organic elements to examine the complex relationship between man and nature.
Shakespeare's the Thing
Folger Shakespeare Library
Thru Sun, June 15
Marking the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, this exhibition presents a miscellany of treasures in the Folger collection from Shakespeare’s 1623 First Folio to modern fine art prints.
Modern German Prints and Drawings from the Kainen Collection
National Gallery of Art
Thru Sun, June 29
The exhibition includes some precursors of expressionism, such as Max Klinnger and Karl Wilhem Kolbe, in addition to related artist like Egon Schiele, Otto Dix, Walter Gramatté and Ludwig Meidner.
Making Their Mark: Stories Through Signatures
National Archives
Thru Monday, January 5, 2015
Making Their Mark: Stories Through Signatures features original signatures from our nationwide holdings. From developing a signature style to signing groundbreaking policy into law, they illustrate the many ways people have “made their mark” on history.
Highlights
Woobin Park, Pianist
Sat, April 26
Montpelier Arts Center
Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday
Sun, April 27
Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall
Oleg Kudryashov: Memories of Moscow: Reliefs, Constructions and Compositions
Thru Sat, May 10
Robert Brown Gallery
Jazz Masters with John Eaton
Sat, May 10
The Alden
Friday Morning Music Club: Chamber Concert
Tue, May 13
Dumbarton House
Paintings & Drawings by Bernardo Siles
Wed, May 7 thru Sun, June 8
Gallery plan b
Abraham Lincoln and the Technology of War
Thru Sun, July 6
Ford's Theatre
Afternoon Aviators
Fri, April 25 thru Fri, July 25
College Park Aviation Museum