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

Actor Chris Colfer will be at the MLK library on Monday to discuss his new book, "The Land of Stories: A Grimm Warning." (Brian Bowen Smith/FOX)


Author event: Chris Colfer

You know he's an actor and singer, but did you know that "Glee" star Chris Colfer also is an author? His newest book, "The Land of Stories: A Grimm Warning," is about a young man who discovers a clue left by the Brothers Grimm and, with help from a classmate, sets out on a mission across Europe. Join Colfer and the folks at the MLK library in partnership with Politics and Prose for a Q&A session and book signing (signing tickets are free with the purchase of the book for $18).

6:30 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St NW202-727-0321

Karma Kafé

Find your inner peace at a session with Sister Jenna, director of the Meditation Museum in Silver Spring, and during facilitated dialogue, talk with others about life's biggest questions.

7 to 9 p.m. Busboys and Poets, 4251 S. Campbell Ave., Arlington. 703-379-9756. Reservations required.

Milestones in Aviation and Space

Grab the family and head to the Air and Space Museum for educational fun. Spend the day learning about the impact of aviation and space exploration. Presentations will cover such topics as Angel Flights, Amelia Earhart and key moments in aviation history. Guests also will be able to visit activity stations and ask experts questions.

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. National Air and Space Museum, Sixth Street and Independence Ave. SW. 202-633-1000.

Evenings on the Ellipse

Didn't get enough patriotism on the Fourth? The city of Fairfax presents a concert by the United States Air Force's “Singing Sergeants.” The concert series continues through August. There also will be food trucks, wine tastings and more.

5:30 to 7 p.m. Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Pkwy., Fairfax. 703-324-3247.


Considered to be one of the largest arts festivals in the country, Baltimore's Artscape features concerts, an artists' market, children's activities and more. This year's performers include Anthony Hamilton, Emily King, the Kelly Bell Band and many others. More than 100 artists will take part, and there also will be movie screenings.

Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. In the Baltimore neighborhoods of Mount Royal Avenue and Cathedral Street, Charles Street, Bolton Hill and the Station North Arts and Entertainment District.

Thai Village

The Thai Embassy hosts an event in celebration of that country's culture. The festival features Thai food from local restaurants, classical and modern dance, live jazz, traditional Thai massage and more.

11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Grace Church, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-333-7100.

URBNmarket Bethesda

If vintage shopping is your thing, and you love handmade treasures, look no further than this marketplace popping up in Bethesda today. At the URBNmarket, you'll find jewelry, accessories, bath products and much more. Admission is free.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 5020 Battery Lane, Bethesda.