What’s cheaper than a dollar store?
DC’s Fringe Festival brings more than art to the District … it’s also brings free clothes, books, and music. The Free Store promotes donating, recycling, and reusing among festival attendees, so if you want to add to your wardrobe—or empty out your closet—visit 1013 7th Street NW on Wednesdays through Sundays while Festival shows are running. The Free Store only has a few rules: clothes must be washed, and no Kenny G CDs or Danielle Steele books.
Free beer … seriously!
This Friday, Dixie Liquor will host the Great Lakes Brewing Company for a free beer tasting. The Ohio-based beer peddler will sample three different beers: Dortmunger Gold Lager, Lake Erie Monster, and (the delightfully named) Eliot Ness Amber Lager. The tasting runs from 5 to 8 p.m.
Smithsonian: There’s an app for that
Ever felt that your trips to the Smithsonian museums needed more of a purpose than just seeing artwork? Well, then you’re in luck (at least until July 24). The Smithsonian has created the GoSmithsonian Trek competition that will bring players to nine different museums. Competitors just need to download the app and head on over to the museums. The top two scorers in the competition win an Apple iPad. The app is free to download for iPhone and Android users.
Music and mime
The winner of the 2009 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, Ben Williams, is headlining a free concert at 7 p.m. on July 21 at the Strathmore Music Center. Williams is a rising star on the jazz scene that not only plays the bass (both acoustic and electric), but he also composes music. An hour-and-a-half before the show there will be a mini-street festival including a mime and clown, as well as plenty of food for purchase. Since it’s an outdoor concert, make sure to bring a blanket or chair. The Strathmore is located off the Red Line at the Grosvenor Metro station.