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It’s the last week in August, and the forecast looks like fun here on the free side! Hope you enjoy this week’s Freestylin’ DC weekend edition, where you’ll find some of the coolest and most interesting events free and low cost highlights from my site, Free in DC.
Thursday Feeling like engaging your mind tonight? There’s a panel discussion at the National Archives on the 90th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote, at 7 p.m.
For more political conversation, check out “Beyond Bias,” a discussion series on racial justice, at the YWCA in Chinatown at 6 p.m.
It’s the last weekly Phillips After Fiveevent before they go back to their once a month schedule. Tonight is the End of Summer White Party, paying homage to Snowpacalypse and featuring Caribbean music and food. Be sure to ask for a ticket to the permanent collection as you enter—this donation-based event excludes the $12 special exhibit.
The Emergence Community Arts Collective (ECAC) hosts the Spit Dat all ages open mic event near Howard University with a $1 cover from 8:45 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. The weekly event is hosted by Droopy the Broke Baller and Mister Mysterious Dwayne B.
Hear some live jazz from the ’30s and ’40s at 1905 restaurant, at the intersection of 19th and T NW, starting at 9 p.m. Call ahead to find out who’s playing if you’re picky—three bands play on a rotating schedule, and tonight may be Brazilian jazz.
Friday Head over to the National Gallery of Art for the free weekly event Jazz in the Garden, from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Tonight’s featured performer is smooth jazz violinist Miles Stiebel.
The 6th Annual DC Poetry in the Parktakes place at Carter Barron Amphitheatre at Rock Creek Park, at 7:30 p.m. Look for special performances by some awesome individuals and groups, including The Last Poets andCornel West Theory.
For some comic relief, head over to Rosslyn around 8 p.m. for the “I Love the ’90s” outdoor film series—tonight’s film is The Birdcage.
Saturday It’s the annual Columbia Heights Day at Harriet Tubman Elementary Field. The all-day celebration starts at 10 a.m. and goes past 6 p.m. The event features live bands, dance performances, a kids zone with a petting zoo, a farmers market, cupcake eating contest, and more! Neighborhoos bars and restaurants will also be offering special discounts.
The string trio Virginia Virtuosi perform at the Corcoran Gallery of Art three times today— 11 a.m., 12 p.m., and 1 p.m. Each performance is 30 minutes. Admission to the museum, including the Chuck Close exhibit, is free.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is the first of two free films this weekend at Carter Barron Amphitheatre.You’ll need tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show—pick up them up from the box office starting at noon today.
Sunday Nurture your body and mind at a free community yoga class at Quiet Mind Yoga in Columbia Heights from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Carter Barron Amphitheatre hosts a free screening of Invictus at 7:30 p.m. You’ll need tickets to get in—pick up them up from the box office starting at noon today.
It’s the final film of the Asian Film Series at 5th and I NW. This week’s film, Munnabhai Meets Gandhi (Lage Raho Munna Bhai), will be in Hindi with subtitles in English. Screening starts around 8 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, visitFree in DC or follow Free in DC onFacebook.