Fun Things to Do in D.C. for $10 or Less

Go for broke without going broke

hanks on the hill!

You know all about the free museums, but you’re in need of excitement beyond the National Mall. We’ve mapped out a dozen monumentally money-saving activities — each costs less than ten bucks.

1. Or hit up The Eddy Bar inside Hank’s Oyster Bar on the Hill, where a glass of crisp Soave ($5) pairs well with $1 oysters (Monday-Thursday, 5-7 p.m. and Friday, 3-7 p.m.).

2. Thirsty? Peckish? Grab a glass of punch and a knish ($7) during happy hour at Buffalo & Bergen, Gina Chersevani’s Brooklyn-inspired soda fountain inside Union Market (Tuesday-Friday, 4-7 p.m.).

3. Warm up to the subtleties of better beans at the free weekly cupping (every Friday, 10 a.m.) hosted by cult roaster Counter Culture Coffee at its Adams Morgan training facility.

4. Skip the corporate corn. Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse runs recent releases before they land on Netflix. Two-dollar tickets on Monday and Tuesday make double features a reel option on date night.

5. Get sudsy on a tour of 3 Stars Brewing Company in Takoma Park. Take your ID to sample brews (get four three-ounce pours for free) and discover the founders’ soft side: They use locally grown grains.

6. Stretch your buck core at The Studio DC, where the owners are so passionate about hot vinyasa they host at least one community class each day ($10). Check the schedule for times.

great falls!

7. With Metro fares set to increase in 2015, try a hike with a flat fee. Admission to Great Falls Park in Fairfax County (pictured above) is just $3. The path is challenging at points, but views of the Potomac dotted with kayaks are worth it.

8. As your fortune rests, see America’s wealth at work during a tour of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Watch as millions of dollars are printed, then quasisplurge in the gift shop on baggies of shredded greenbacks: $2 buys you $150 in destroyed tender; $5 gets you $500.

9. Nerd Nite, the monthly microlecture series hosted at DC9, is brain food with a side of wings. Three science-minded experts present their areas of expertise as you adjust your Warby Parkers. Admission is $10.

10. Tighten your side pony and dance your Spanx off at Breakfast Club, an ’80s night that Khelan Bhatia and Adam Koussari-Amin curate at the Duplex Diner. Held one Friday a month, the party is free to enter; when the clock strikes midnight, some cocktails are slashed to just $4 a pop.

11. Swing for the stars at East Potomac Golf Course, where the driving range has a view of the river and heated stalls. It’s $7 for a bucket of 51 balls, leaving just enough coin for a large order of fries ($3) after your workout.

12. Short on dough? Don’t fret your brows. Have them shaped by a trainee at the Aveda Institute at Gallery Place for $10. Same for eyelash tinting, too.

Wink at your banker.

Photos: Kate Gibbs for DailyCandy; Lalo_Pangue / Flickr

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