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Feel the beat with these top music and dance events across the U.S. Did we mention they’re free? Get a sneak peek of the list below, then find all 20 online. Plus, we want to hear from you. Tell us about your favorite (and free!) music or dance event.

Daily Kennedy Center Concerts Washington, D.C.

Every single day of the year, the renowned Kennedy Center offers a free performance on its Millennium Stage. Acts have included Egyptian jazz, Chinese string trios, and American classics. Performances take place every day at 6 p.m. at the Grand Foyer. No tickets are required.

Boston Landmarks Orchestra Boston, Massachusetts

This professional orchestra performs in some of Boston’s most notable architectural, historical, and geographic settings, and the shows are always the same price—free. Most performances are at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade.

South by Southwest Austin, Texas

This Austin music and film festival has become one of the nation’s biggest names. It’s easy to drop a lot of cash here, but SXSW also features a free three-night concert series and other cool events, like Gear Alley Expo—which is ground zero for music equipment. And the music doesn’t stop when this March festival ends. The Texas Music Series presents great free bands from July to September.

Fremont Street Experience Las Vegas, Nevada

There’s no place quite like Las Vegas, and even in Vegas there’s nothing quite like the Fremont Street Experience. The Viva Vision light, sound, and special-effect shows feature pounding soundtracks to get crowds rocking during favorites like “A Tribute to Queen” and “KISS Over Vegas.”

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