Free Events in Metro DC

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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Illusions of Emancipation: The Pursuit of Freedom and Equality in the Twilight of Slavery

National Archives
Wed. Feb 27
In Illusions of Emancipation, professor Joseph P. Reidy discusses how emancipation was not only a product of Lincoln’s proclamation or Confederate defeat. It was a process.

Academy Award-Nominated Documentaries and Short Subjects Showcase

National Archives
Feb. 23 – 24
The National Archives hosts the 15th annual free screenings of the Academy Award® nominees in four categories: Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Live Action Short Film, and Animated Short Film.

Mamba preceded by Hearst Metrotone News and Me and the Boys

National Gallery of Art
Sat. Mar 23
Crazed colonialism rages in this rare two-strip Technicolor production with a sadistic, insistently unlovable Jean Hersholt as a plantation owner in German East Africa.

Introduction to the Exhibition—Tintoretto: Artist of Renaissance Venice

National Gallery of Art
Sun. Mar 10
Robert Echols, independent scholar, and Frederick Ilchman, chair of the art of Europe department and Mrs. Russell W. Baker Curator of Paintings, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Natalie Clein, cello

National Gallery of Art
Sun. Mar 24
British cellist Natalie Clein has built a distinguished career, regularly performing at major venues and with orchestras worldwide.

The Vampire Bat preceded by Hearst Metrotone News and Jack Frost

National Gallery of Art
Sat. Mar 9
In a cast that includes Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray, Melvyn Douglas, and Dwight Frye, could a creepy local guy (Frye) be responsible?

Monument Man: The Life and Art of Daniel Chester French

National Archives
Thu. Feb 28
A program focusing on the monument built to honor the 16th President and the artist who created the statue for the Lincoln Memorial, Daniel Chester French.

First Chefs: Fame and Foodways from Britain to the Americas

Folger Shakespeare Library
Thru Mar. 31
First Chefs tells the stories of the named and unnamed heroes of early modern food culture.

Bitter Dose Combo - First Fridays: Groovin' On the Pike

Columbia Pike Branch Library
Fri. Mar 1
The Bitter Dose Combo is DC’s premiere gypsy jazz band, playing gypsy jazz and swing standards.

Nancy at Ninety: A Retrospective of Form and Color

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
Thru Mar. 17
This retrospective of seven decades of the work of Washington, DC sculptor Nancy Frankel celebrates her ninetieth birthday in 2019.

The Apollo Orchestra with Cellist, Amit Peled

Terrace Theatre
Sun. Mar 10
Program includes Gioacchino Rossini: Overture to La gazza ladra. Camille Saint Saens: Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 33, for Cello and Orchestra.Amit Peled-Cello. Zoltan Kodaly: Dances of Galanta.

Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival Thru March 3, 2019

Where the Art World and Real World Intersect. Check here for Free Events.



National Gallery of Art
Sat. Mar 9

Juggling the Middle Ages

Dumbarton Oaks
Thru Feb. 28

National Cherry Blossom Festival: Kite Festival

Washington Monument
Sat. Mar 30

After Hours: Evenings at the Edge

National Gallery of Art
Thu. Mar 14


Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
Thru Dec. 31, 2022

10th Annual Move Me Festival

Kenmore Middle School
Sat. Mar 16

La Plaga (The Plague)

Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain
Thu. Mar 28

Michael B. Platt + Carol A. Beane: Influences and Connections

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
Thru Mar. 17

Lena Hertzog: Last Whispers

Terrace Theatre
Sun. Feb 24

Chamber Music Concert

Saint Mark's Episcopal Church
Sat. Feb 23
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