Amy here from Free in DC bringing you some highlights from my site for free things to do tonight and this weekend. Looks like it’s going to be a busy day on H Street with the H Street Festival and related events on Saturday. The fun doesn’t stop there, though, as super cool events are going on all throughout the city.
It’s the monthly Third Thursday so that means… Take Five! Live Jazz, free, in the really beautiful glass-enclosed Kogod Courtyard at the American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery from 5 to 8 p.m. in Chinatown.
Third Thursdays also mean it’s WVSA’s ARTiculate Gallery Reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., with Liberian artist and musician Dehconte performing at the gallery, located in the SAIL building at the corner of 16th and L Streets NW.
Tonight at Long View Gallery, Michael Benson premieres his new show featuring works about the Solar System; the opening reception takes place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Join author and DC Traveler’s Circle founder Mark Laxer for the launch of his new book and multi-media project, The Monkey Bible, which features local musician Eric Maring. The event starts at 7 p.m. at Luther Place Memorial Church,14th and N Streets NW. The event is free and includes live music and food, compliments of Lebanese Taverna.
Free during the day? Head over to the National Archives for Constitution Day, celebrating the 223rd Anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution, with special activities from 1 to 3:30 pm.
In the evening, head over to Georgetown’s Old Print Gallery for the opening reception for Geospatial Art, featuring works from D.C.’s very own “renegade cartographer” Nikolas Schiller, from 6 to 8 p.m.
The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities hosts a special art opening and reception at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel featuring Black Artists of D.C.’s new exhibit, “Omnipresence.” The evening, free with RSVP, will include live jazz, art, mingling and more, from 7 to 9 p.m.
H Street Festival on Saturday
Make it a day in the H Street Corridor. The free H Street Festival begins at noon and goes until 6 p.m. Festivities includes live music on two stages, an open house and performances at Atlas Performing Arts Center, and more. Explore the galleries along H Street and stick around for the art opening for Insoluble afterward at Studio H, from 6 to 9 p.m. Free shuttle bus service will be provided from both Eastern Market and Gallery Place Chinatown Metro stations.
Films on Saturday
Over at the Convention Center, check out two free films screening as part of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Film Series from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Screenings of Money Matters and A Century in Song: A History of The Howard Theater will be followed by a panel discussion. RSVP to the DCCAH before 5 p.m. on Friday.
Start the morning at the Eastern Market Music Fall Series, at the corner of 7th and North Carolina SE. Karen Collins & Backroads play old-school country at 10:30 a.m., and Janine Wilson & Max Evans play acoustic roots at 1 p.m.
Sunday is also the Washington National Opera’s annual Opera in the Outfield free live simulcast of the season opening for Verdi‘s A Masked Ball (Un Ballo in Maschera) at Nationals Park near the Navy Yard Metro. Gates open at noon, simulcast starts at 2 p.m.
Come evening, head over to Local 16 for Dirty District Damage, an evening of art, music and drink specials from 5 to 10 p.m. Featured artists include my brother, Brian Melrose, who will show photographs he took throughout the country and Southeast Asia.
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.