There’s a lot of great free stuff happening tonight and throughout the weekend here! Happy to share these highlights with you from my site, Free in DC. Enjoy!
Thursday The Sonic Circuits Festival of Experimental Music is back tonight at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage with a free performance at 6 p.m. by the D.C.-based ensemble, STYLUS. They group, which performs exclusively with turntables, will premiere a new work with 20 turntables playing locked groove records.
Those with bikes can join WABA for a free Moon Light Ride tonight starting starting at 8:30 p.m. at The Yards, a new park near the Navy Yard Metro at 3rd & N SE. The 11-mile ride will head west along the Potomac, exploring sights along the Capitol riverfront including Hains Point, the Lincoln Memorial, and the National Mall. Check-in begins at 7:30 and there will be a turn-around point for those wishing to make their ride shorter.
You can Metro up to Bethesda for an Evening of Danish Literature at The Writer’s Center from 7 to 9 p.m. where Danish writers Pia Tafdrip, Naja Marie Aidt, and Simon Fruelund will be reading from and discussing their work.
The Studio Gallery in Dupont hosts a “Vision Salon” organized by Allyson Behnke and Max Fowler Cohen, the folks who recently brought you Art x Law. Reception starts at 6 p.m. and the panel discussion, which will includes Affinity Lab co-founder Charles Planck, experimental cosmologist and a NASA cryogenic engineer Amy Weston, and filmmaker/writer Nora Maccoby will begin at 7 p.m. RSVP is requested as space is limited.
Friday If you can get over to the Sumner School at 17th & M NW on your lunch break, the new season of free performances from the Friday Morning Music Club kicks off with a performance featuring works by Schubert, Schumann, Faure, and Debussy, along with others, from noon to 1 p.m.
You’ve probably already heard that Chuck Brown, the Godfather of Go-Go, will be performing Live! on Woodrow Wilson Plaza at the closing performance of the series at 5 p.m, but just in case you haven’t, I figured I’d mention it here.
Jonathan Franzen‘s appearance for his new novel Freedom has created such a huge interest that the author event, originally scheduled at Politics and Prose, was moved to GWU’s Lisner Auditorium, so there will be plenty of room for those interested. The event is still free and will begin at 7 p.m.
Saturday Today and Sunday, Cultural Tourism DC hosts their annual WalkingTown DC and BikingTown DC weekend, where you can enjoy free tours throughout the city. It’s a great way to explore and learn about areas of the city you might not have been before, or gain a new perspective on those you have been to.
Take Metro to Eastern Market for the annual Barracks Row Fall Festival, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. along 8th Street SE between E and I Streets. The street fair include live music, craft booths, a petting zoo, tours of the Barracks and the Commandant’s home, and more. The Redskin’s Cheerleaders will also be on hand, and area restaurants will run a lot of great speciala.
Curious what would happen if beat-boxing met Kirtan? Check out MC Yogi, who will be doing a free show at the Sackler Gallery at 7 p.m. Should be an interesting mix of folks in the crowd, yet another great reason to love DC.
Sunday At 2 p.m. in Bethesda, The Writer’s Center’s Open Door Series celebrates The Delmarva Review with a reading by authors featured in the latest issue, including Sue Ellen Thompson, Anne Colwell, Amanda Newell, J. Wesley Clark, Margaret Adams, and Sunil Freeman.
Enjoy the Edvard Munch exhibit at the National Gallery of Art and attend a lecture on Edvard Munch: Understanding His Master Prints at 2 p.m.
The Season of Concerts, the National Gallery of Art’s amazing series of free concerts every Sunday evening, kicks off for the 69th time with pianistCarlos Rodriguez, who will play a set of Latin American music in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. The program begins at 6:30 p.m.
Amy Melrose is the creator of Free in DC, a blog that highlights low-cost and free events in the D.C. metro area. For complete details about the events mentioned above, visit Free in DC or follow Free in DC on Facebook.