Many Washington theaters and concert halls offer great discounts and deals on seats—some even give them away free. You just need to know where to look.
For more great information on fall theater and arts, check out the October issue of The Washingtonian, on stands now.
Free Night of Theater. The League of Washington Theatres holds its fourth annual Free Night of Theater, with Ford’s Theatre, the Folger Theatre, MetroStage, and many other venues participating. Tickets are limited, and they go fast—last year the league gave away about 4,800. The promotion is nationwide, and many cities expand it beyond the official “free night” of October 15. In Washington, tickets are valid for shows between October 6 and November 8. Online reservations can be made beginning October 1 at noon via lowt.org, with a two-ticket limit per person.
Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. Free, non-ticketed concerts every evening at 6.
Monday Night/Saturday Morning at the National. The Helen Hayes Gallery at the National Theatre offers free performances Monday nights and free children’s productions Saturday mornings. Tickets are released 30 minutes before showtime on a first-come, first-served basis. 1321 Pennsylvania Ave., NW; 202-783-3372.
Shakespeare Theatre Company. Ten-dollar tickets for ages 35 and under are available Tuesday at 10 AM for the week’s shows. Shakespeare Theatre also offers young-professionals events, where you can socialize and see a show for $10 to $25. Lansburgh Theatre, 450 Seventh St., NW; Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW; 877-487-8849.
Strathmore. National Philharmonic concerts are free for children ages 7 to 17. Free tickets are not available online. 5301 Tuckerman La., North Bethesda; 301-581-5100.
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. People under age 25 can purchase $15 tickets for any performance except pre-discounted limited-run performances. 641 D St., NW; 202-393-3939.
PAY WHAT YOU CAN
American Century Theater. Most preview nights—and at least one Wednesday performance of each show—are “pay what you can” (PWYC). Gunston Arts Center, Theater II, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington; 703-998-4555.
MetroStage. Every show’s first preview is PWYC. 1201 N. Royal St.; Alexandria; 703-548-9044.
Round House Theatre. The Bethesda theater offers two PWYC performances per production. Tickets go on sale an hour before curtain at the box office and are cash only. 4545 East-West Hwy., Bethesda; 240-644-1100.
Washington Improv Theater. Non-ticketed events are PWYC or free. Doors open 15 minutes before the show. 1835 14th St., NW; 202-204-7770.
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. The first two nights of a new production—usually Monday and Tuesday—are PWYC. Limit two tickets per person. Tickets are available 90 minutes prior to showtime. 641 D St., NW; 202-393-3939.