A Broadway Christmas Carol 50% off

A Broadway Christmas Carol turns the Dickens classic on its head with Broadway show-tune parodies that give new meaning to the words “Merry Christmas.” This D.C. tradition, reinvented once again, is directed and choreographed by Michael Sharp, who also stars as Scrooge.

WHERE:MetroStage, 1201 North Royal Street, Alexandria, VA

WHEN: 5 pm and 7 pm, Sunday

DEAL: Sign up here to get $25 tickets (normally $50)


Free tickets to International Gem & Jewelry Shows

Jewelry fanatics and jewelry makers can get FREE admission to the popular Intergem shows below. Founded four decades ago, International Gem & Jewelry Shows were one of the first to sell commercial jewelry to the public, with the broad selection and prices (from $5 to $500k) of a trade show.

More than 100 of these shows are held coast to coast each year, with exhibitors from across the U.S. as well as China, India, Africa, Australia, and Russia. If you don’t have a wholesale ID but want to shop a wide selection of gems, beads, jewelry and accessories, there’s an upcoming show near you. You can buy tickets for $6 through Intergem but certain shows are available free (with a $3 service fee) via Goldstar, including the ones at National Harbor and Chantilly, VA.

Get your passes here by clicking on FREE ADMISSION:

FREE ADMISSION to International Gem & Jewelry Show near Washington DC (Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center, 201 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, MD) held November 2 – 4, 2012

FREE ADMISSION to International Gem & Jewelry Show near Washington DC (Dulles Expo Center, 4368 Chantilly Center, Chantilly, VA) held December 14 – 16, 2012

For the full listing of Intergem Shows offering free admission in the U.S.: International Gem & Jewelry Shows FREE


Double-decker bus tours of DC 50% off

Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour takes place aboard an Open Top double-decker bus – an easy, fun way to get an overview of the nation’s capital, from the monuments to Georgetown to Union Station.

WHERE: Meet at Union Station, 30 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Washington DC

WHEN: through November 2012

DEAL: Sign up here to get $17.50 tickets (normally $35)

CSI Experience at Crime Museum 50% off

Experience a day in the life of a crime scene investigator in this clever simulation at the National Museum of Crime & Punishment. Gather clues and learn to solve a crime at the CSI Lab using forensic science technology such as DNA testing, ballistics, blood analysis, fingerprinting, and dental and facial reconstruction. An interactive touchscreen even demonstrates perception analysis to stimulate memory recall from crime scenes.

WHERE: National Museum of Crime & Punishment, 575 7th Street NW, Washington DC

DEAL: Sign up here for $10 tickets (normally $21)

Potomac dinner cruises half off

Cruise the Potomac River as the sun sets, enjoying cocktails on the observation deck, then sit down to a leisurely four-course dinner prepared by a master chef and dance to a live band as those famous monuments light up.

WHERE: Odyssey Cruises, Sixth and Water Street, SW, Washington, DC

WHEN: through January 12, 2013

DEAL: Sign up here for $76 to $92 tickets (normally $129 to $153)

International Spy Museum half-price

Spy Museum is not among the free-admission museums along the National Mall, but it’s a short walk from Chinatown where you can get a cheap lunch – and it’s well worth the splurge (especially with the deal here). You will choose a secret identity and mission when you enter, and then try out all kinds of interactive exhibits. Depending on how long you linger, you can pick up some fascinating tidbits, especially regarding the evolution of bugging. Warning: you may be a little paranoid for a while afterwards!

WHERE: International Spy Museum, 800 F Street, NW

DEAL ON MUSEUM ADMISSION: Get $10 tickets here (normally $21)

DEAL ON SPY TOUR: Take a one-hour tour for $8 (normally $15.85) of the city’s espionage-related landmarks

(If you love this kind of stuff, you might want to check out the half-price deal for CSI: The Experience at the National Museum of Crime & Punishment.)

Six tickets to Woolly Mammoth 50% off: EXPIRED

If you’re a fan of the kind of progressive theater Woolly Mammoth is famous for, you can buy six tickets for the price of twelve. The company’s 32nd season features the best innovators in the region, including Spoiler Alert: Everybody Dies (a collaboration with Second City’s improvisational comedians), Civilization (a look at humanity’s expiration date, the drag queen/alien comedy Arias With a Twist, and Mr. Burns with music by Obie Award-winner Michael Friedman.

WHERE: Woolly Mammoth, 641 D St. NW, Washington DC

WHEN: Dec. 6, 2011-July 1, 2012

DEAL: Sign up here to get a 6-ticket Flex Pass for $150 (normally $300)

Red Sox and Cincinnati Reds–two games for $22: EXPIRED

Watch the Boston Red Sox and then the Cincinatti Reds go up against the Washington Nationals – on their home turf – two great games for the price of one.

WHERE: Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol Street, NE, Washington DC

WHEN: April 3, 2012, Boston Red Sox vs. Washington Nationals exhibition game

April 14, 2012, 4 pm, Cincinnati Reds vs. Washington Nationals opening weekend game
DEAL: Sign up here to get tickets good for both game for $22-54 (normally $30-72)