The best free dates in DC

Dating in DC can be expensive, but you don’t have to break the bank every time you meet up with a potential romantic partner. There are many free options around town that you can take advantage of. We’ve put together a list of five solid, totally free activities that also make great date spots.

Choose your own art adventure with the Murals DC project

Build a customized art walk that spans the neighborhood and choose from over 50 murals in over a dozen neighborhoods on display as part of the Murals DC public art project. Use the map view on her website to create your own must-see list, or follow her favorite walking tour of the U Street Corridor to see 10 murals spread over just 12 blocks. muralsdcproject.com // @muralsdc

Visit the Dupont Circle Farmers’ Market

The year-round Dupont Circle Farmer’s Market is a great post-brunch spot to stroll around and explore some quality groceries from vendors in and around the DMV area. Or skip brunch altogether, grab some free samples and grab some fresh produce and head back to your seat to whip up an impromptu dish with your date and show off their problem-solving skills and culinary prowess in one fell swoop to test. Sunday 8:30 am to 1:30 pm 1600 20th St. NW, DC; freshfarm.org // @freshfarmdc

Watch a show at the Kennedy Center

The Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center is an invaluable resource for music discovery and free live entertainment. With acclaimed musicians from around the world, there’s always something new and exciting happening, a perfect hangout for open-minded couples looking to check out well-curated live music. There are also occasional film screenings and live comedy shows, making this a great place for budget dates. Wednesday to Saturday, 6 p.m 2700 F St. NW, DC; kennedy-center.org // @kennedycenter

Spend time with the animals at the National Zoo

We can’t think of many places better than a fancy, chilled, free date than a visit to the zoo. Stroll around the grounds and chat about the various silly animals with your new friend. Sure, they close at 4 every day, so maybe grab a round of drinks and an early dinner? Anyway, the National Zoo is a great place to hang out for a few hours with a date. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW, DC; nationalzoo.si.edu // @smithsonianzoo

Drive to Glenstone

A short drive northwest to Potomac, MD brings you to the super cool and always free Glenstone Museum of Modern Art. Their intentionally limited capacity and sparse layout maximizes the time you and your date can spend together strolling the grounds and discussing pieces from the likes of Cy Twombly, Doris Salcedo and Simone Leigh. Thursday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m 12100 Glen Rd. Potomac, MD; glenstone.org // @glenstonemuseum

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