The Government shut down doesn’t mean you have to be shut in.

ghk-free-stuff-heart-300Here’s what FREE to do in the DMV this week for Federal workers…and everybody else during the Government Shutdown.

We will be posting things during the shut down of places to see and things to do in our area that are Free or only require a small donation.

Free performances every night at The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage at 6:00pm.

The Kennedy Center will have limited hours during the shutdown but the free performances at the Millennium stage will continue in the evening.  Can’t make it in person? Stream the show liveonline, or watch it anytime after on the online archives!

Tuesday, October 1st
OneBeat – check out this video about the program!
An initiative of the U.S. State Department, OneBeat brings musicians from around the world for a residency and U.S. tour program.

Wednesday, October 2nd

Listen Local First –  Local Music! Black Alley
The group takes funk, jazz, soul, and rock to create a genre-bending sound called “soul garage.”

Thursday, October 3rd

Washington National Opera Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program
The 2013-2014 members of the Young Artist Program perform well-known arias

Get out into DC’s neighborhoods to learn about history beyond the National Mall by experiencing Cultural Tourism DC’s free self-guided walking trails.

They are marked with illustrated signs revealing the stories behind Washington’s historic neighborhoods. Check out some of the great walking tours happening this week.

Cultural Tourism is a nonprofit helping DC residents and visitors discover, experience and celebrate the city’s art, culture and heritage. Visit:

Catch a Free Stage Play

Signature Theatre is offering free tickets to its soon-to-close “Miss Saigon,” while tickets last during the shutdown. Government workers can bring their ID badge to the box office. Shakespeare Theatre Company’s weekly Happenings at the Harman events offer lunchtime culture each Wednesday. Upcoming noon performances include a visit from offbeat theater company Banished? Productions and a sneak peek of the VelocityDC Dance Festival.

Sixth and I Synagogue is labeling itself Shutdown Central

Sixth & I is opening its doors to affected employees and anyone else who needs a place to hang out until an agreement is reached. Throughout the day, they’ll have Political Ping Pong, board games, reading materials, constant streaming of The West Wing TV Show, and an informal meeting space with all of the essentials for non-essentials—free coffee, food, and Wifi.  Visit:

Happy Hour Specials: Eat and drink for less during a government shutdown.

A lot of local eating establishments and watering holes are offering discounts when you show your government ID.  Just google: DC happy hour specials for government workers

Do you have any suggestions for things to do that are free in DC?  Leave your suggestions below.