For Incoming Fellows: Free and/or Affordable Things to Do and See

There are lots to do and see in D.C., despite the heat. Take the time to access the myriad free (and almost free) activities and venues available all throughout D.C. Below is only a small start to all of the things you can enjoy while you are here for the summer.

First, outdoor activities:

Follow Georgetown’s cobblestone streets to Old Stone House, a National Park Service site and DC’s last pre-Revolutionary building standing on its original foundation.

Experience the serenity of the monuments at sunrise. Start with the sun behind you at the Grant Memorial (just in front of the U.S. Capitol), and jog the 2 miles down to the Lincoln Memorial, passing the Washington Monument and the World War II Memorial along the way.

The National Theatre’s free performance series Saturday Morning at the National is designed for the whole family. The lineup changes weekly, showcasing puppetry, magic, music and ballet. Seating is limited, and tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis 30 minutes before the curtain goes up. Check the theater’s website for its performance schedule.

Take in a free performance at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage every evening at 6 p.m. Acts include everything from performances by the National Symphony Orchestra to poetry slams. The Kennedy Center offers deep discounts to patrons ages 17-25 through its Attend program.

Check out the “Screen on Green 2014” Film screenings here, by following the link:
All of the screenings will be held at:
National Mall
Between 7th and 12th Streets
Washington, D.C.

Eateries and Dining out:
Watch the chef make ropes of skinny noodles in the window of Chinatown Express before ordering a big bowl for under $5.

Even sushi has a happy hour in DC. Try Café Asia, where Nigiri is $1 a piece and maki rolls are discounted.

Dance your way to Café Citron in Dupont Circle. On Wednesday nights, free salsa lessons are offered from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Support Local farmers:
Capitol Riverfront Market
New Jersey Avenue SE & M Street SE
Thursday, 3 p.m.-7 p.m. (May-November)

Dupont Circle FRESHFARM Market
20th Street & Massachusetts Avenue NW
Sunday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (April-December);
Sunday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (January-March)

Eastern Market
7th Street & North Carolina Avenue SE
Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m.- 6 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m.-4 p.m. (year ’round)

Fish Wharf
1100 Maine Ave. SW
Daily, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. (year ’round)

Foggy Bottom FRESHFARM Market
I Street NW between 24th Street & New Hampshire Avenue
Wednesday, 2:30 p.m.-7 p.m. (April-November)

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