From coffee-tastings to DJ-ing, fill up your calendar with these free events.

Who would have guessed some of the coolest things happening in Maryland are also free? When we think concerts or music workshops, we usually assume they cost money. That's not the case! Here are five free things to do during the month of March, no wallet required.

Vigilante Coffee Cuppings | Friday, March 1 | 1-2 p.m. 

Courtesy of Vigilante Coffee Company

It's a given that people love coffee, but do you know how coffee gets its rich, delicious taste? The experts at Vigilante Coffee can tell you all about it with their "cupping" events, AKA tastings. Kick-start your afternoon with a shot of caffeine and interesting facts about coffee! Visitors will get to try a variety of blends and learn about the methods that create coffee's distinct flavors. Informative and interactive, these tastings are free and held every Friday. You can register for your spot here.

Where: 4327 Gallatin Street, Hyattsville, MD 20781

Annual Mardi Gras Parade | Friday, March 8 | 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Courtesy of Explore Havre de Grace

"Laissez les bons temps roulez," or let the good times roll, with Havre de Grace's Annual Mardi Gras Parade. Starting appropriately between Bourbon Street and Washington Street, the parade will go through downtown and end at the veteran's organization American Legion on St. John's Street. The affair will be colorful and full of life, exactly fitting with celebrating the city's French heritage. While you're there, be sure to snag a string of Mardi Gras beads, straight from the heart of New Orleans. You can find more information here.

Where: Bourbon Street to St. John's Street, Havre de Grace, MD 21078

Free DJ Workshop by Beat Refinery | Tuesday, March 12 | 6-8 p.m. 

Courtesy of Bach to Rock Bethesda


Have you ever wanted to be a DJ? Let Beat Refinery at Bach to Rock music school teach you the basics in this all-inclusive workshop. The pros will show you how to properly scratch a turntable, introduce old and new techniques, and make the perfect mix for your next set. It's the perfect place to start for beginners, but all skill levels are welcome. You can register for the workshop here.

Where: 4819 Saint Elmo Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814

Peabody Gospel Concert | Saturday, March 16 | 3 p.m.

gospel concert

Courtesy of Peabody Institute

Vocalists and musicians from the renowned Peabody Institute will meet with local gospel singers in a rousing musical combination. Held at the Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall, the concert will cover classics of the genre and keep performers and attendees swaying to the music's enthralling power. The concert is free and open to the public, so no registration necessary. Find more information about the event here.

Where: 1 E Mt. Vernon Place, Baltimore, MD 21202

Women's History Month Poetry Festival 2019 | Saturday, March 30 | 2-5 p.m. 

Courtesy of Creative Suitland

March is Women's History Month, and local community arts strategy Creative Suitland is honoring women and the "Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin with a poetry festival. Bring your fellow queens and watch poetesses Ladi D, Poetry4TheSoul, Sistah Fire, and Lady Fire enchant crowds with their poetic prowess. Along with open mics, this family-friendly event will feature vendors, door prizes, and more. Get in on the fun here.

Where: 4719 Silver Hill Road, Suitland-Silver Hill, MD 20746

Are there any free events you're attending this March? Tell us your plans in the comments below!

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