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Free Things to Do: Arts & Culture in Washington, DC

Washington, DC has so many free things to do for those who love to admire creativity, from art museums to cultural events and so much more. Explore the free activities and locations below and you will be amazed at the incredible arts and culture scene in the nation’s capital.

Free arts and culture experiences in Washington, DC - Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum at the Sculpture Garden free modern art museum on the National Mall
Free Things to Do: International Experiences in Washington, DC

As the nation’s capital, DC is, by nature, an international city. Through free events, festivals, museums and activities, DC shows its global side. So, during your family trip to Washington, DC, make sure to check out all the wonderful international things to do that we’ve detailed below.

Free Things to Do in DC - International experiences, attractions, events and more in Washington, DC
Free Things to Do: Museums in Washington, DC

Washington, DC is filled with free museums, from Smithsonians including the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the National Museum of Natural History and the National Air and Space Museum, to art-filled museums like the Freer|Sackler Galleries and the National Gallery of Art...

Free museum experiences in Washington, DC - Family at the National Gallery of Art East Building on the National Mall
Bites on a Budget: The Best Affordable, Cheap Eats in Washington, DC

You don’t have to spend an entire paycheck in order to eat an unforgettable meal in Washington, DC. The nation’s capital has spawned a host of successful fast-casual eateries from sweetgreen to CAVA, and is also home to affordable restaurants that have practically become institutions in the city...

Couple dining in DC's Brookland neighborhood - Fast casual and affordable places to eat in Washington, DC
Which Attractions & Museums in Washington, DC Require Tickets?

Many of Washington, DC's major attractions are open to the public and do not require tickets, including the Smithsonian museums , the Smithsonian National Zoo , the National Gallery of Art , and the monuments and memorials on the National Mall . You can buy tickets for some of Washington, DC's most...

Family at the Freer Gallery of Art on the National Mall - Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC
Free Things to Do: Events, Festivals & More in Washington, DC

With access to free museums, the monuments and memorials, the Library of Congress and more, Washington, DC is unrivaled for its many free attractions . But at any given time, you can also take advantage of free one-of-a-kind events, groundbreaking exhibits and unique festivals, making DC the...

Free Events, Festivals and More in Washington, DC - No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man Exhibit at the Smithsonian Renwick Gallery
Visiting the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC

What and where is the National Gallery of Art? The National Gallery of Art and its gorgeous Sculpture Garden (which features an ice rink in the winter time) are located on Constitution Avenue NW between 3rd and 9th Streets NW. Through its East and West Buildings, the museum preserves, collects and...

National Gallery of Art East and West Buildings at night - Museums in Washington, DC
Free Things to Do: Outdoor Activities in Washington, DC

You will have no issue finding free outdoor activities in DC. From hiking and running trails such as the Billy Goat Trail in Great Falls Park to awesome places like Rock Creek Park, there are so many things to do outdoors in the nation’s capital, including activities just for kids. Check out some...

Free Outdoor Activities and Things to Do in Washington, DC - Runners at sunrise on the National Mall
8 Must-See Monuments & Memorials on the National Mall

According to the American Institute of Architects, half of Americans’ top 12 favorite architectural gems line the National Mall . There’s no denying the significance of the Mall for its symbols to American history and for its uniquely designed marvels. Check them all out here, then it's time to...

@travelmemories74 - Visitors at the World War II Memorial and Lincoln Memorial - National Mall in Washington, DC
Free Things to Do: Summer in Washington, DC

As you plan your family trip to DC, we’re here to remind you of all the free things to do this summer in the District. From July 4th fireworks and holiday concerts to special events like the Memorial Day parade, summer in Washington, DC makes for an unforgettable time, and it doesn’t have to hurt...

Free Things to Do This Summer in Washington, DC - July Fourth Fireworks, Parades, Free Festivals and More