Free & Almost Free

Discover all of the amazing and free things to do in the nation's capital.

100 Free & Almost Free Things to Do: Outdoor Activities

When visiting the District, you should know you're entering a city where locals love to hike, walk and play outside. If you want to eat healthy, explore nature or tap into the city's local fitness bug, you can do it all in Washington, DC. Check out these great ideas of some free and fun outdoor...

Running On NAtional Mall-Photo Kate Warren
11 Reasons to Tour an Embassy in the District During Passport DC

During the entire month of May, the doors of the many embassies along Embassy Row – a stretch of Massachusetts Avenue NW that runs through Dupont Circle and Upper Northwest – open up to the public for Passport DC , a festival paying tribute to the international side of Washington, DC. Thanks to...

Passport DC - Tour Embassies in Washington, DC - Things to Do This Spring
100 Free & Almost Free Things to Do: LGBTQ DC

Did you know the nation’s capital is one of the most gay-friendly cities in the country? In the 19th century, poet and gay icon Walt Whitman championed his ideals here. The city recognized same-sex marriage in 2009, six years before the 2015 Supreme Court ruling making same-sex marriage a national...

Capital Pride Parade - LGBTQ Events in Washington, DC
11 Things to Do This Thanksgiving Weekend in Washington, DC

Thursday Spend Turkey Day in the District If going out on the town for your Thanksgiving meal is on the docket, DC has you covered in so many ways. Art and Soul serves up a home-style feast from 10 a.m. – 8:45 p.m., including four delicious types of pie to choose from. Blue Duck Tavern celebrates...

Nighttime Skating at Top of the Skate at The Watergate Hotel - Where to Skate in Washington, DC
5 Pokémon Go Tips to Become the Very Best in Washington, DC

Since launching this July, the mobile game Pokémon Go has become a viral sensation, and that couldn’t be more true anywhere than in the nation’s capital. As one of the most walkable cities in the U.S., Washington, DC is primed for the free-to-download, augmented reality game in which users stroll...

Pokémon Go - Washington, DC
100 Free & Almost Free Things to Do: Outdoor Concerts

During the spring and summer these outdoor concerts in the nation's capital provide great atmosphere for enjoying a night out, and are often free to attend. Make sure to check official websites for dates, times and specific locations.

Summer Concert at WWII Memorial
100 Free & Almost Free Things to Do: African American History & Culture

Washington, DC’s history is entwined with its large population of African American residents, as evidenced by the more than 200 sites on the African American Heritage Trail in the city. Here are important sites that celebrate the history and experience of African Americans in the nation’s capital.

Funk Parade on U Street - Events and Festivals in Washington, DC
100 Free & Almost Free Things to Do: Off the Beaten Path

Not many cities offer as many amazing and free things to do as Washington, DC. From the National Mall to far-flung neighborhoods, we want to be your guide to free and nearly free activities throughout the city. If you’re interested in experiencing some of the lesser-known things to do in DC,...

Eastern Market - Washington, DC
Visiting the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art

What is the National Museum of African Art and where is it? The Smithsonian National Museum of African Art is located on Independence Avenue SW in DC, on the National Mall . The museum possesses the largest publicly held collection of African art in the United States, with roughly 12,000 objects in...

Smithsonian National Museum of African Art on the National Mall - Free Museum in Washington, DC
How Can I Tour the White House?

Requesting a tour Touring the White House requires some advance planning. Public tour requests must be made through your member of Congress (find your member of Congress and contact information here ) and submitted up to three months in advance and no less than 21 days prior to your visit. If you'...

The White House