Local author George Pelecanos will be one of the writers reading during the District of Literature's "Our Literary District" program. (Photo by Ian Allen)
Local author George Pelecanos will be one of the writers reading during the District of Literature's "Our Literary District" program. (Ian Allen)

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

District of Literature

The Folger Shakespeare Library and the Library of Congress team up to host a day full of activities about Washington's literary landscape, from panel discussions on D.C. poetry to curated readings. Events will be held at both locations. Visit the Folger Shakespeare Library's Web site, www.folger.edu, for a full schedule.

9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Morning events at the Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE. www.loc.gov. Evening events at Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 212 East Capitol St. NE. 202-707-5394.

Comedy show

Need a good laugh to set your week in the right direction? The Old Dominion Brewhouse is hosting its first Last Resort Comedy Show. Hosted by Max Rosenblum, the free comedy shows will feature some of the best Washington comedians every Tuesday.

9 p.m. Old Dominion Brewhouse, 1219 Ninth St. NW. 202-289-8158. www.olddominionbrewhouse.com.

Introductory tango lesson

Three words: free dance class. Head to Jordin's Paradise dance and fitness studio in Dupont Circle to learn the Argentine tango, complete with a lesson on the music and culture surrounding the dance.

7:30 and 8:30 p.m. Jordin's Paradise, 1215 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-997-8211. www.jordinsparadise.com.

Fall outdoor movie night

Don't miss Mount Pleasant Main Street's last outdoor movie screening of the season. This week, the movie is "Best in Show," the hilarious 2000 mockumentary about a national dog show. A few local businesses will be offering food and drink specials, including Radius Pizza, which will take orders in the back of the park and send customers a text when their food is ready.

7:15 p.m. Lamont Park, 3258 Mt. Pleasant St. NW. www.mtpmainstreet.org.

Curator talk and open house

Pop by Renwick Gallery to hear curator Nicholas Bell talk about the gallery's new exhibition, "A Measure of the Earth: The Cole-Ware Collection of American Baskets," which features 105 baskets made by 63 American basket weavers between 1983 and 2011. After Bell's discussion, guests can head to the gallery to hear some of the artists discuss their work.

Noon. Renwick Gallery, 1661 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-633-7970. www.americanart.si.edu/renwick.

Taste of Bethesda

Hop on the Red Line to enjoy entertainment, face painting, crafts and food from 60 Bethesda restaurants at the 24th annual Taste of Bethesda. Admission is free, but "taste tickets" are four for $5.

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Woodmont Triangle, Bethesda. 301-215-6660. www.bethesda.org.

Takoma Park Street Festival

If you're looking for even more community fun, head to this annual neighborhood event, complete with art, food trucks, dancing and a musical lineup that includes performances by Christylez Bacon, Chopteeth, Billy Coulter and more.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Carroll Avenue, Takoma Park. 301-891-6789. www.takomafestival.com.