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Looking for things to do that won’t cost a lot? Well, I’ve got you covered! Here’s a list of free things to do tonight through Sunday from my site, Free in DC. Lots of neat stuff going on, including the grand opening parties for Arena Stage’s new home and 826DC on Saturday, and the final few days of Zestfest!
Tonight Head to Chinatown for some live jazz with Take Five! at the Kogod Courtyard inside the American Art Museum/National Portrait Gallery. This event takes place every third Thursday of the month from 5 to 8 p.m.
Over at the Corcoran Gallery near Farragut West, the DC Commission for the Arts and Humanities celebrates National Arts and Humanities Month from 6 to 8 p.m.
In NoMa, as part of Zestfest, you can check out a free salsa performance at the New York Avenue Metro plaza from 6 to 8 p.m.
The Jewish Literary Festival at the D.C. JCC continues, tonight with a free discussion with author Samuel Heilmanabout The Rebbe: The Life and Afterlife of Menachem Mendael Schneerson.
Friday In the evening you can pack a picnic and BYOB to the field by the new Loree Grand apartments at 2nd and L St. NE, and check out the Retro Bike Show. The organized by Dandies & Quaintrelles, also features badminton and a Beatles tribute band, and goes from 6 to 11 p.m.
My friend, Graciela Lopez, performs her one woman show “Mother, Traitor, Lover: A Tale of Three Mestiza Spirits”—in which she brings to life three Latina women with dance, poetry and storytellling—during American University’s GLBT History Month celebration, from 7 to 8 p.m. Donations encouraged.
Author and Filmmaker Chris Palmer discusses his book Shooting in the Wild: An Insider’s Account to Making Movies in the Animal Kingdom from 8 to 10 p.m. at BloomBars in Columbia Heights. The event is free; donations encouraged.
Saturday Super excited for the grand opening of 826DC, the sister space to Dave Eggers’ 826 Valencia in San Francisco. The non-profit, located in Columbia Heights on the 14th St. plaza between Kenyon and Park Roads, will host after-school writing programs for youth ages 6-18, and also features a store called “The Museum of Unnatural History.” Check out the new space—and pick up some fabulous cheeses, breads and produce at the Columbia Heights Community Marketplace while you’re at it—from noon to 4 p.m.
Arena Stage hosts the opening celebration of their home, the Mead Center for American Theater, at the new facility near the Waterfront Metro. The festivities, which take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., include performances, conversations with Arena Stage artists, and presentations by local arts groups.
From 4 to 5 p.m., join two yogi-moms—Lil Omm Yoga founder Pleasance Lowengard Silicki and BE Yoga’s Krista Zember—for a free Kirtan for everyone at Lil Omm’s studio in the Palisades, 4830 V St, NW. Kirtan is a call and response style of singing and chanting, and this event is open to all ages. No experience necessary. Sign up on Lil Omm’s website here.
Sunday Aat 6:30 p.m. you can attend the fabulous Sunday evening concert series at the National Gallery of Art, this week featuring the D.C.-based Great Noise Ensemble with music by Dutch composer Louis Andriessen.
Amy Melrose is the creator of Free in DC, an arts, culture, and consciousness blog highlighting free and low-cost events that are all Metro accessible in the D.C. area. You can also follow Free in DC on Twitter and Facebook.