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100 Free Things: LGBT

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1) Make sure your voice is on-key for the Monday-night Showtunes Sing-a-Long at JR's Bar and Grill. Entry is free, and pints are just $3 from 8 p.m. to closing.

2) Catch some rays on sunny days in Rock Creek Park. The grassy “P Street Beach” (P and 17th Streets NW) is a popular spot for picnickers.

3) By day, head out to Adams Morgan and peruse Idle Time Books for a funny postcard or Crooked Beat Vinyl or Smash Records for some music memorabilia. Then, window shop for a new pair of sneaks at formidable shoe and lifestyle store Commonwealth & Stussy.

4) Find friendly faces and a half-price menu on "M is for Mondays" at the Duplex Diner at 18th and U in Adams Morgan. Margaritas, Merlot, mussels, meatloaf, and mac and cheese are all 50-percent off before 10 p.m.

5) Don’t want to stray from your workout routine? Join DC Front Runners, a running, walking and social club that meets at 9:30 a.m. on Saturdays at 23rd and P Streets for a brisk walk, or 10 a.m. for a fun run followed by socializing.

6) At Logan Circle’s Number Nine, happy-hour drinks are two-for-one (5 p.m.-9 p.m.) whether you order a $6 beer or a fancy $11 berry mojito.

7) Admire the work of emerging artists at Gallery Plan B on 14th Street, and then, for as little as $20, catch a performance at Studio Theatre.

8)  Hang with a predominantly African American crowd at The Fireplace. On Wednesdays, rail drinks and domestic beer are $3 all day and night.

9) The oldest continually operating lesbian bar in the U.S., Phase 1 hosts karaoke, Jello wrestling and drag-king shows with few cover charges.

10) Grab some friends and watch a sporting event at Nellie's, DC's first gay sports bar. Wednesday-night trivia is especially popular, so get there early.

The Capital Pride Festival, celebrating the LGBT community, takes place every summer in Washington, DC. In 2012, more than 250,000 people joined the street festival.
The Capital Pride Festival, celebrating the LGBT community, takes place every summer in Washington, DC. In 2012, more than 250,000 people joined the street festival. - Photo by Mr. T in DC
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