by Ed Lonsinger
on Wednesday, October 30th, 2019 at 1:28pm.
We’ve all been there, wondering why it costs so much to have a great time in this city. Rents are high, stress levels are high, even our bank account balances aren’t high. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun. So we thought we’d help offer some ideas for free events and activities in your zip code that’ll cost you just that...ZIP!
Visit the Kennedy Center
Did you know that the Kennedy Center offers free performances every day at 6pm? Take in a free performance every evening (no tickets required) at Millennium Stage with performances ranging from The National Symphony Orchestra to poetry slams.
Take a Walking Mural Tour
DC is home to some of the most vibrant displays of art and culture in the form of murals. What was once considered to be a punishable crime is now viewed as a celebrated rite of passage for local artists, who aim to beautify this city one wall at a time. There are plenty to choose from, but here is a fun 2 mile walking tour through Shaw/U St area for you to check out.
View the Decorations on Palmer Alley
City Center DC is home to haute design and hot cuisine. Tucked between the buildings is Palmer Alley, where you’ll find the most charming seasonal displays. While you’re walking around, stop in one of their 35 world-class shops and eateries.
Watch the Supreme Court in Action
Witness history in the making. The Supreme Court is in session from October through April, and offers public viewings of their landmark decisions. The building is open from 9:00am-4:30pm, with a schedule of their argument days posted here.
Join in on a Food Festival
The Smithsonian Food History weekend is a free event offering hands-on learning, dynamic conversations, Smithsonian collections, and beer history. The weekend is filled with super panels, live cooking demonstrations, and more! Celebrity guests include Jacques Pépin, Rick Bayless, Danny Meyer, Mary Sue Milliken, and Susan Feniger. Tickets are free, but required. Register early!
Giving back to your community doesn’t have to cost you. Donating your time is a terrific and rewarding way to help out. Whether it’s cleaning the parks or helping the homeless, here’s a curated list of local volunteer events.
Let us know below what your favorite free activities are!