Times are tough—we all know that. But there are plenty of ways to have fun without dishing out cash. Welcome to our new feature, Ten Under $10, where we’ll round up ten fun weekend activities that cost $10 or less—and often are free!
1. A $10 ticket for three great bands? That’s what you’ll get Thursday night when the Title Tracks (John Davis, formerly of Georgie James), Cymbals Eat Guitars, and Sinta bring their melodic guitar rock to the Black Cat’s backstage. 8:30 PM. We’re pretty sure this show will sell out, so get your tickets in advance here.
2. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue hosts one of its great events Thursday night with novelist Jonathan Safran Foer, music by Girls and Trouble, and lots of other activities such as yoga, film, cooking demos, and more. If you sign up by today (Wednesday) at midnight, the event is free. If not, you can get tickets at the door Thursday for just $6. More info is here. 7 PM.
3. Brightest Young Things and the Flying Dog Ale Brewery are cohosting a rooftop happy hour Friday at Marvin. Go early: The first 50 people to mention BYT and Flying Dog will get a free pint. 5:30 PM.
4. Did you know about the Friday happy hour at My Brother’s Place? If you don’t mind divey drinking, this Capitol Hill happy hour is a real deal. The bar’s “beat the clock” special includes domestic draft beers for 75 cents from 4 to 5, and the price goes up a quarter every hour.
5. Art exhibits! Dance and theater performances! Poetry readings, open mikes, and more! It’s the annual wacky, free art festival Artomatic. It kicks off Friday at noon and stays open tonight until 1 AM at 55 M St., Southeast (Navy Yard is the closest Metro). Admission is free.
6. Head to Ceiba for its Saturday bar-menu deal. From 3 to 6 and 9:30 to closing, you can get one of the pan-Latin restaurant’s signature cocktails for $5 plus half-price food off the bar menu.
7. WalkingTown DC is always a treat, especially on a weekend that promises to be as gorgeous as this one. The concept is simple: Cultural Tourism DC puts on dozens of free walking tours—and a few bike tours—in neighborhoods across the city. There’s everything from tours of local cemeteries to stories of spies in Georgetown. Click here for the full schedule. (WalkingTown is taking place Saturday and Sunday.)
8. Into antiquing—or just want to check out a charming town on a fun day trip? Head to the Lucketts Spring Antiques Market on Saturday or Sunday, where for $7 you’ll get to browse the area’s best antique markets from 10 to 5. Get more info and directions at this site.
9. We can’t wait for the original Eastern Market building to reopen in late June after a devastating fire two years ago. But for now we’re happy that the Eastern Market Music Series is going on. Performances are every Sunday at 10:30 and 1. This weekend, it’s Project Natale (a jazz group) at 10:30, and Reverb (a cappella gospel and R&B) at 1.
10. The CoolOut, a popular party on the Beacon Hotel’s rooftop that started last year, is kicking off its summer series on Sunday afternoon. Head to the hotel anytime from 3 to 9 for deejays, prizes, drink specials, and more.