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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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Holiday 2014 Events DC: Music, Dance, Theatre & More
Plan your Holiday Celebrations in Metro DC with CultureCapital.com. With nearly 100 events ranging from the traditional Nutcracker, A Christmas Carol and Vienna Boys Choir...to the offbeat A Kodakachrome Christmas....and everything in between (including Santa's Fly-In and Mrs. Claus Tea), you'll find plenty to keep you, your friends and your family entertained this Holiday Season with Holiday Cheer at CultureCapital.com.
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.
NGA Film Series: Athens Today December 5-28, 2014
These films — produced with small budgets and exceptional technical finesse — represent some of the best new writing and directing coming from an artistic surge that also bonds with a deeper tradition of Hellenic humanism. Films are in Greek with subtitles.
NGA Film Series: Morality and Beauty: Marco Bellocchio Thru January 10, 2015
As an artist, Bellocchio embraces polarizing themes of politics and philosophy, death and psychoanalysis, but his true forte has always been his critiques of society’s entrenched institutions from the church to the military, and political systems of every stripe. Films are 35mm prints in Italian with subtitles.
The 5x5 Project
Presented by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The 5x5 Project is an ambitious District-wide program of contemporary, temporary public art dedicated to exploring new perspectives on our city through the lens of five curators.
Ciné-Concert: The Epic of Everest
National Gallery of Art
Sun, November 23
The official footage of Mallory and Irvines tragic 1924 expedition, recorded by Captain John Noel under extreme conditions using a hand-cranked camera, was preserved in the British Film Institutes National Archive.
Concert: Ciompi String Quartet
National Gallery of Art
Sun, November 23
Music by Dvorak, Glass, Griffes, and other composers.
Yuletide Shakespeare
Folger Theatre
Sat, December 6
Celebrate the holidays with William Shakespeare, his language, and his world.
Deck the Halls: Holidays at the White House
National Archives
Thu, December 11
Panelists, including Lynda Johnson Robb, daughter of President Johnson, Genevieve Gorder, Host of HGTV’s White House Christmas, former White House Chief Usher Gary Walters, and Coleen Christian Burke, author of Christmas with the First Ladies will present a visual feast of the themes, designs, and processes that go into decking the halls, rooms, and exterior of the White House.
Concert: Baltimore Consort
National Gallery of Art
Sun, December 14
A concert of Spanish Renaissance Music.
"Making Their Mark" Family Day
National Archives
Tue, December 30
The day will feature family fun with hands-on activities, such as writing with a quill pen, Presidential Catch Phrase, and making signature hats, all based on the new exhibition, “Making Their Mark: Stories Through Signatures.”
Decoding the Renaissance
Folger Shakespeare Library
Thru Sunday, March 1, 2015
This exhibition features the best collection ever assembled of early works on codes and ciphers.
Wolf Trap Holiday Sing-A-Long
Sat, December 6
The Barns at Wolf Trap
Free Community Day
Sun, December 7
National Museum of Women in the Arts
Heart of Hip Hop
Tue, December 9
Joy of Motion Dance Center - Atlas
A Feminist Perspective on Opera: Der fliegende Holländer
Thu, December 11
Sat, December 13
The Alden
The Wall in Our Heads: An Exhibition of American Artists and Kai Wiedenhöfer
Thru Mon, December 15
Ronni Jolles Revisited
Mon, December 1 thru Mon, December 15
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCCNV)
La Lumiere DuBois
Mon, December 1 thru Wed, December 31
Reston Community Center
Chamber Music Recital
Tue, December 16 thru Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Dumbarton House