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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Lady First: The World of First Lady Sarah Polk

National Archives
Fri. Feb 15
With her latest book, Lady First, professor Amy S. Greenberg brings her story into vivid focus as a remarkably influential First Lady.

Nancy at Ninety: A Retrospective of Form and Color

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
Jan. 26 – Mar. 17
This retrospective of seven decades of the work of Washington, DC sculptor Nancy Frankel celebrates her ninetieth birthday in 2019.

Monument Man: The Life and Art of Daniel Chester French

National Archives
Thu. Feb 28
Harold Holzer will join in conversation with Howard University Professor of History, Edna Greene Medford to explore the life of Daniel Chester French.

DC Chamber Orchestra Concert

St. Stephen's Church
Sun. Jan 27
The DC Concert Orchestra Society, Randall Stewart, Music Director, presents a concert by the DC Chamber Orchestra:

Emancipation Proclamation Family Activities

National Archives
Feb. 11 – 16
Stop by the ReSource Room with your family before or after viewing the Emancipation Proclamation (on display Feb 15-17) and learn more about this important document through hands-on discovery.

First Chefs: Fame and Foodways from Britain to the Americas

Folger Shakespeare Library
Jan. 19 – Mar. 31
First Chefs tells the stories of the named and unnamed heroes of early modern food culture.

Is America ready for a Third Party?

National Archives
Thu. Jan 31
A bipartisan panel of former members of Congress, along with other issue experts, will discuss the history of our two-party system.

Story Time in the ReSource Room for Pre-Schoolers and Adults

National Archives
Wed. Jan 23
Join us for story time designed for 3 to 5-year-olds and accompanying adults. The theme for January is The Arctic.

Influenza: The Hundred Year Hunt to Cure the Deadliest Disease in History

National Archives
Tue. Jan 22
Dr. Jeremy Brown, Director of Emergency Care Research at the National Institutes of Health, in his book, Influenza, explores the complex history of the flu virus.

Danny Jolles

Terrace Theatre
Sun. Jan 27
Danny Jolles is a comedian best known for playing George on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.

Bluff City: The Secret Life of Photographer Ernest Withers

National Archives
Tue. Feb 5
Who was Ernest Withers? Most Americans may not know his name, but they know his photographs, which are some of the most iconic images of the civil rights movement.

Chisholm ‘72: Unbought and Unbossed

National Archives
Thu. Feb 14
This documentary takes an in-depth look at the 1972 presidential campaign of Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman elected to Congress.


Dawoud Bey: The Birmingham Project

National Gallery of Art
Thru Mar. 17

Staying Alive

Library of Congress
Thu. Jan 24

Baseball Americana

Library of Congress
Thru Jun. 29

What Happened 2 Chocolate City?

Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
Sat. Jan 26

Lara St. John, violin, and Matt Herskowitz, piano

National Gallery of Art
Sun. Feb 17

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

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
Jan. 26 – Mar. 17

Curtis Opera Theatre Vocal Quartet

National Gallery of Art
Sun. Feb 24

Juggling the Middle Ages

Dumbarton Oaks
Thru Feb. 28

Winter Opening Reception at the AU Museum

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
Sat. Jan 26
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