Washington, D.C., is a great destination for those who want to have fun on the cheap. Here are Five Free Things to do in the District, whether you’re a local or visitor.
1. Free Performances at Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center – Every night at 6 p.m. the Kennedy Center hosts a free performance on the Millennium Stage. Expect to see vocalists, musicians or even dancers.
2. The Thomas Jefferson Memorial at Sunset – Sitting on the steps of the Jefferson at sunset, looking out over the tidal basin, offers a chance to reflect on the day while enjoying the beauty–and significance–of the memorials on the National Mall.
3. Rock Creek Park – The sprawling park in the center of Northwest D.C. offers a range of activities and beautiful sites to see. There is the Nature Center, trails and even a planetarium. The serenity of the park may even make you forget you’re in the middle of a major metropolitan area.
4.Summer Outdoor Movies – Summer movie festivals in the District and suburbs include Bethesda Outdoor Movies: Stars on the Avenue, Crystal Screen, Capitol Riverfront Front Row Films, NoMa Summer Screen. Find even more at DC Outdoor Films. Most only play during the summer.
5. Jazz in the Garden – a great chance to enjoy the National Art Gallery’s sculpture garden and enjoy live music at the end of the day. This is a Friday night summer ritual for many locals who enjoy the chance to gather in this relaxing setting for a night of music in the warmer months.
If you’re looking for more free things to do, Destination D.C. has a list of 100 free (and almost free) things to do in D.C.
— Rose Overbey