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Free things to do in Washington, DC aren't difficult to find. Most of the District's museums, monument, memorials, parks and gardens are free and open to the public. I've put together a list of 101 free things to do in Washington, DC to help you plan your visit. Some are seasonal (and labeled as such) while others are free and open year round to visitors from around the world.

Free Things to Do in DC Year Round

  1. Tour the White House
  2. Tour the U.S. Capitol
  3. The National Gallery of Art
  4. The National Portrait Gallery
  5. The Air & Space Museum
  6. Smithsonian American Art Museum and its Renwick Gallery
  7. Hirshhorn Museum & The National Sculpture Garden
  8. The National Museum of Natural History
  9. The National Museum of the American Indian
  10. The National Postal Museum
  11. The National Zoo
  12. Anacostia Community Museum
  13. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
  14. Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
  15. National Museum of American History
  16. National Museum of African Art
  17. Smithsonian Institution Building, the Castle
  18. The Washington Monument
  19. The Lincoln Memorial
  20. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  21. The World War II Memorial
  22. The Thomas Jefferson Memorial
  23. The Theodore Roosevelt Island
  24. Lyndon B. Johnson Grove
  25. Library of Congress
  26. FDR Memorial
  27. Bureau of Printing & Engraving
  28. The National U.S. Holocaust Museum
  29. Arlington National Cemetery
  30. The U.S. Supreme Court
  31. C&O Canal Tow Path
  32. The National Cathedral
  33. The National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
  34. The John Paul II Center
  35. Rock Creek Park
  36. Old Stone House
  37. Old Post Office Pavilion
  38. The U.S. Botanic Gardens
  39. Constitution Gardens
  40. National Arboretum
  41. Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
  42. Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
  43. Folgers Shakespeare Library
  44. National Archives
  45. U.S. Navy Memorial & Museum
  46. Walter Reed Medical Museum
  47. National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden
  48. Albert Einstein Memorial
  49. National Building Museum
  50. A stroll through Eastern Market
  51. The National Arboretum
  52. Rock Creek Park Planetarium
  53. Cultural Tourism DC Walking Tours
  54. Great Falls
  55. Capitol Dome Tour
  56. U.S. Marine Corps. Memorial
  57. White House Visitor Center

Seasonal Free Things to Do in DC- Performances, Parades & Festivals

  • Shakespeare Free For All
  • National Theatre’s Saturday Mornings
  • The Cherry Blossoms
  • National Geographic Museum
  • The Smithsonian Folklore Festival
  • July 4th Fireworks on the National Mall
  • Screen on the Green
  • Free Summer Concerts
  • Lighting of the National Christmas Tree & Menorah
  • Multicultural Children’s Book Festival at the Kennedy Center
  • St. Patrick’s Day Parade
  • Japanese Street Festival
  • Marine Parade
  • Pentagon Memorial
  • Spy Museum’s Community Nights
  • Chinese New Year Parade
  • Presidents Day Parade
  • Smithsonian Kite Festival
  • Cinco de Mayo Festival
  • Easter Egg Roll at the White House
  • Redskins Training Camp
  • Friendship Fire House Festival
  • Duke Ellington Jazz Festival
  • National Book Festival
  • Scottish Christmas Walk
  • Memorial Day Parade
  • DC Caribbean Carnival Parade
  • Labor Day Capitol Concert
  • Capitol Fourth Concert
  • Independence Day Parade
  • Page to Stage Festival
  • Opera in the Outfield
  • Free Summer Concerts at National Zoo
  • Spy Museum’s Community Night
  • Corcoran’s Summer Saturdays
  • Potomac Whitewater Festival
  • Watch the Washington Capitals for Free
  • Twilight Tattoo Military Pageant
  • H Street Festival
  • Adams Morgan Day
  • Penn Quarter Arts on Foot Festival
  • Kids Euro Festival
  • Wreath Laying Ceremonies on Veterans Day
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