Free and Easy: Labor Day Parade, ‘Canstruction’ and Petworth’s Fashion Night Out

(Photo by Erin Kelleher) Capital Bikeshare bike made of canned goods from Canstruction D.C. 2012.

(Photo by Erin Kelleher) Capital Bikeshare bike made of canned goods from Canstruction D.C. 2012.

The Going Out Guide recommends free things to do for every day of the week.

MONDAY
Labor Day Parade

Need Labor Day plans? Head to Olde Town Gaithersburg for the 75th annual Labor Day Parade, complete with high school marching band performances, horses, clowns and more. This year's celebration is dedicated to the City of Gaithersburg's Law Enforcement Community in honor of the 50th anniversary of the City of Gaithersburg Police Department.

1 p.m. Olde Towne Gaithersburg, Intersection of Summit and Diamond Avenues, Gaithersburg, MD. 301-258-6350. www.gaithersburgmd.gov.

TUESDAY
International Young Artist Piano Competition

Prize-winning young pianists from the 2013 competition perform classical European and Chinese works on the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage.

6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 2020-467-4600. www.kennedy-center.org.

WEDNESDAY
"Canstruction"

Head to the National Building Museum to check out the Washington Architectural Foundation's Canstruction 2013 competition. Local architecture and construction teams build structures out of canned goods. The theme for this year's competition is the National Mall. Cast your vote for your fave and donate canned goods to the Capital Area Food Bank.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. go.nbm.org.

THURSDAY
Make your own comic

Watch Rafer Roberts work on the spring 2014 edition of "Magic Bullet," a local, semi-annual comics newspaper presented by DC Conspiracy, a collaborative group of local comic writers, editors, artists, fans and creators. Guests can also make their own comic and leave it to be displayed at the gallery.

6:30 p.m. Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA. 703-875-1100. www.artisphere.com.

FRIDAY
Petworth's Fashion Night Out

Willow Fashion and Fia's Fabulous Finds host a "Fashion Night Out" complete with a fashion show and a preview of new fall fashions from local boutiques. After the fashion show, there will be a "swag bag" giveaway at Fia's and a 10 percent off sale at Fia's Fabulous Finds and Willow Fashion. There will also be an on-site, professional stylist to help guests rework their wardrobes for fall.

7 p.m. Fia's Fabulous Finds, 806 Upshur St. NW. 202-492-8278. www.fiasfabulousfinds.com. Registration required.

SATURDAY
5th Annual Green Living Expo DC

A day of events geared toward helping you go green. Learn how to get the most out of your Community Support Agriculture (CSA) boxes in the 5 a Day CSA cooking class. Sit in on panel discussions on energy efficiency, renewable energy, recycling, gardening and water. There will also be venders selling food and green products, as well as face painting courtesy of the Wilson High School Art Club. D.C. locals who register in advance can enter to win a year's supply of free Honest Tea.

10 a.m. University of the District of Columbia, Dennard Plaza, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-274-5000. www.udc.edu. Registration required.

SUNDAY
Freecycle Fete

Score some free stuff at DC Home Buzz's Freecycle Fete, "a garage sale for everything is free." Part of Adams Morgan Day, Freecycle Fest gives neighbors an opportunity to get rid of the junk that's been clogging up their closets and bargain seekers a chance to find treasure in their neighbor's trash.

3 p.m. Adams Morgan, 18th Street NW, between Florida Ave and Columbia Road. www.dchomebuzz.com.

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