The good folks behind the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood adjoining Nationals Park are outdoing themselves with free events this summer and, shock of shocks, none of them involve baseball (or the league’s worst team…frown). Best of all, did we mention that every one of them is free? F-R-E-E.
First and foremost, the Capitol Riverfront Concerts series is running all summer long (until September 30th, that is), every Wednesday from noon until 2 pm at Tingey Street and New Jersey Ave, SE. Some acts they have lined up include “phatblues” chanteuse Katie Belle this week, to be followed in the coming days, weeks and months by classic rockers Dr. Fu, reggae traditionalists Jah Works, doo wop from The Jewels and the funk/dance stylings of the Monster Band. Click on the pic at right for a peek at the full line-up of more than a dozen performers.

Meanwhile, the ‘Front’s Best of the 80s film fest will kick-off this Thursday, following an unfortunate rain cancellation last week. moviesHead down to the plaza at Tingey and NJ Ave. SE every Thursday at sundown (’round 9 pm) for free weekly showings of hair decade classics including The Princess Bride, Ghostbusters, E.T., Dirty Dancing and a slew of others. DC “eco-vendors” On the Fly will be there serving up food, wine and beer and, for those not ok with kicking it on the grass picnic-style, seating will be provided. Check out the line-up to the left.

And if that’s not enough whet your palate, DC’s super cool summer arts festival, Artomatic 2009 at 55 M Street, SE, remains open through July 5th, while year round thrills and drinks (well, mostly drinks) can still be had at the Ballpark’s newly opened pre and post-game destination, The Bullpen, directly across the Nats’ home turf. Do yourself a favor and pay them a visit…our boys in red could use some support.

Community Free concerts and movies next to Nationals Park on the Capitol Riverfront