Free Events in DC Metro Region

There’s no shortage of Free Events in the DC Metro area. Browse and choose from 500+ Free Events including free concert and performances to free films, lectures and talks to free museum exhibitions. There’s even a section for free festivals and free family events.

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Rhyming the Archives: Youth Poetry Slam

Library of Congress
Sat. Jun 8
The D.C. Youth Slam Team will perform poems inspired by recordings, photographs, and field notes from the American Folklife Center archive.

Baseball Americana

Library of Congress
Thru Jul. 27
Explores baseball’s roots, changing traditions, and the game today through a collection of items that cannot be found anywhere else.

Cissa Paz with JP Silva

Franklin Square
Thu. Jun 6
An eclectic performer influenced by the local jazz sounds and her Brazilian, African, and Indigenous background.

39th Annual Washington Folk Festival

Glen Echo Park
Jun. 1 – 2
Music of all kinds, participatory dancing, a fine crafts market, and storytelling.

The Apollo

National Archives
Tue. Jun 25
The HBO documentary The Apollo chronicles the unique history and contemporary legacy of New York City’s landmark Apollo Theater.

The 18 Nearly Lost Plays

Folger Shakespeare Library
Sat. Jun 1
Act out parts from some of the favorite and lesser known Shakespeare plays that were saved by the First Folio.

Politics & Art: District Vox

John Wilson Building
Thu. Jun 13
A celebration of D.C.’s vibrant arts community with performances by singers, bands, and spoken word artists.

DuPont Brass

Fri. May 31
DuPont Brass is a unique, soulful, brass ensemble hailing from the D.C. Metropolitan Area.

Jazz in the Garden at the National Gallery of Art: May 18 - August 24

National Gallery of Art's Jazz in the Garden concert series will kick off its 2019 season on Friday, May 17. Check here for the complete schedule of concerts.

Memorial Day Weekend in Metro DC May 24-27, 2019

Our Memorial Day Weekend Guide includes schedules and info on the National Parade, National Memorial Day Concert, Rolling Thunder, Wreath Laying Ceremony in addition to museum and gallery exhibits, concerts, shows and family events.

Herndon Festival May 30 - June 2 , 2019

Enjoy four days of fun-filled activities, craft show and entertainment. Admission and entertainment are always free!

Whitman 200 Festival: May 23 - June 3, 2019

Celebrating the 200th anniversary Walt Whitman's birth who was a resident of Washington, DC for ten years during and after the Civil War. See all events here.


NPM Tribute to Gregory Hines on National Dance Day

Smithsonian National Postal Museum
Sat. Jul 27

LGBTQ+ Pride Flag postcard workshop

Smithsonian National Postal Museum
Jun. 2 – 30

Wytold / Christylez Bacon

Arts Plaza at Monroe Street Market
Thu. Jun 20

DC Casineros

Dance Place
Thu. Jun 27

Talk of the Hill with Bill Press: David Maraniss

Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital
Mon. Jun 3

Water on the Walls

Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain
Tue. Jun 18

LGBTQ+ themed Story Time

Smithsonian National Postal Museum
Jun. 10 – 24

The Wildmans

Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital
Sun. Jun 9

Los Cenzontles

Library of Congress
Tue. Jun 25

Ayanna Gregory

Arts Plaza at Monroe Street Market
Thu. Jul 18


American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
Thru May. 26

There is Water: Art and Sustainable Practices

Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain
Thu. Jun 20
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