Seeing Washington, DC – Free!

Brian and I are headed to Washington DC this fall for a work/fun trip.  There is lots to do, but that doesn’t mean we need to spend a lot of money.  Here’s some free events that visitors to Washington DC can check out.


Photo Credit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Cherry_Blossoms_and_Washington_Monument.jpg, Original Author: Wendy Harman

  • The National Theatre’s free performance series “Saturday Morning at the National” is a weekly showcase designed for the whole family.  It features a variety of performances that includes puppetry, magic, music and ballet. Tickets are distributed on a first come, first-served basis 30 minutes before the curtain goes up.
  • On Sundays (weather-permitting) between 3 and 9 p.m, you can stop by Meridian Hill Park to listen to or participate in a drum circle.
  • On Sunday evenings at 6:30pm, the National Gallery of Art features free concerts in the West Building at 6th St. & Constitution Ave.  Again, seats are available on a first-come, first served basis starting at 6pm.  And if you just want to check out the galleries, admission (including guided tours in multiple languages) is free!
  • Over at George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium, free shows happen year-round, including performances by the GW Orchestra and the United States Air Force Band Jazz Ensemble.
  • I’m NOT looking forward to going to the National Museum of Natural History’s Butterfly Pavilion.  I hate butterflies.  However, in case butterflies are your thing, Tuesdays are free.

Any Washington natives out there?  What other free events and attractions are there?

Seeing Washington, DC – Free also appeared in Frugal Friday: DIY Car Repair & Maintenance.

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