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DC is known for its famous monuments and museums, many of which are accessible for free, but what about the city's lesser-known attractions? Here are four off-the-beaten-path places, events, and tours to put on your radar!
1) Tiny House Tours with Boneyard Studios
After a brief hiatus (and a couple of moves!), Tiny House Tours are back! Organized by Boneyard Studios, an experimental collective of sustainably built "tiny houses" in DC, these tours introduce the general public to the benefits of tiny-house living. Want to check it out for yourself, 3333 Wisconsin Apartments? Tours of the Matchbox, a 145-square-foot residence, will take place during the DC State Fair on Sept. 12 and 13.
2) Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
True, the MLK Library hosts 400,000 square feet of books, periodicals, research materials, but there's way more on offer here. Need proof? Just check out the library's events listing, which offers free workshops and classes geared toward community members of all ages and interests. From trading card clubs and family meetups to computer instruction, there's something for everyone here, and it's all free!
3) Meridian Hill Park Drum Circle
Taking place at the 12-acre Meridian Hill Park, this Sunday drum circle has been a summer tradition since 1965. Drummers and dancers congregate in the park on Sunday nights and provide an upbeat soundtrack to picnics, leisurely strolls, and people-watching. It's free to watch!
4) Shakespeare Theatre Company's 'Free for All'
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Back for its 25th year, the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s 'Free For All' invites the general public to experience live Shakespearean theatre at no charge. This year, the company will present A Midsummer Night’s Dream between Sept. 1 and Sept. 13 at Sidney Harman Hall. Tickets are complimentary but must be secured in advance; see website for details.