Monday, September 26, 2016

UPCOMING: MUSIC: Weekly: Free Lunchtime Concert at The Church of the Epiphany, near Metro Center, every TUES from 12:10pm - 1:00pm, Artists vary each Week, Free, donations appreciated

Tuesday Concert Series at the Church of the Epiphany
lunchtime concerts every Tuesday
12:10pm - 1:00pm
Free, donations appreciated to
 support music program and artists

View the schedule of performances for more details

If you're able to get here Tuesday at lunch, recommend this series!

Tuesday, September 27
Mayron Tsong, piano: music by Haydn, Mozart, Chopin, and Prokofiev, view program details here.

Church of the Epiphany
1317 G St NW
Metro: Metro Center

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Four more Free and low-cost events to choose from on TUES, Sept 27

Highlights post - Tuesday, September 27

Detail: Mark Bradford, "Amendment #8," 2014
Contemporary Art Crash Course: Art Since 1980
5:30pm - 7:00pm
From the event page: "Join Joanna Marsh, senior curator of contemporary interpretation, for a fast-paced, tightly-focused introduction to contemporary art. This new series of single-session “crash courses” will provide the tools and vocabulary for understanding the work of individual artists and contemporary artistic trends. This course surveys major developments in contemporary art and considers the ways that artists are responding to and reflecting the social, political, and technological realities of American life. Topics include: questions of identity and social visibility, art’s relationship to the environment, and the rise of new media in a digital age."
Smithsonian American Art Museum
MacMillan Education Center
8th & G St NW
Metro: Gallery Pl - Chinatown, elevator exit or 9th & G exit are closest

Book Reading | Kingdom of the Unjust at Walls of Books
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CODEPINK, who has been cited by the L.A. Times as “one of the high-profile members of the peace movement” shines a light on one of the most perplexing elements of American foreign policy in her new book Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S. - Saudi Connection. From the event page: "Saudi Arabia is perhaps the single most important source of funds for terrorists worldwide, promoting an extreme interpretation of Islam along with anti-Western sentiment, while brutally repressing non-violent dissidents at home. With extremism spreading across the globe, a reduced U.S. need for Saudi oil, and a thawing of U.S. relations with Iran, the time is right for a re-evaluation of our close ties with the Saudi regime." Learn more about the campaign here
3325 Georgia Ave NW
Metro: Georgia Ave - Petworth and walk south on Georgia Ave, about an 8 minute walk 

Studs Terkel - Author Talk with Alan Wieder at The Potter's House in Adams Morgan
7:00pm - 9:00pm
From the event page: "Studs Terkel was an American icon who had no use for America’s cult of celebrity. He was a leftist who valued human beings over political dogma. In scores of books and thousands of radio and television broadcasts, Studs paid attention – and respect – to “ordinary” human beings of all classes and colors, as they talked about their lives as workers, dreamers, survivors. Alan Wieder’s Studs Terkel: Politics, Culture, But Mostly Conversation is the first comprehensive book about this man. Drawing from over one hundred interviews of people who knew and worked with Studs, Alan Wieder creates a multi-dimensional portrait of a run-of-the-mill guy from Chicago who, in public life, became an acclaimed author and raconteur, while managing, in his private life, to remain a mensch."
The Potter's House
in the events room in the back
1658 Columbia Rd NW
Metro: Columbia Heights or Woodley Park and walk or take the Circulator

9:00pm - 1:00am
$10 or $5 if you sign up for the Mousai newsletter
BYOB event. Three half hour jams, with the first jam starting at 10:30pm. Hosted by Dior Ashley Brown Music, Scooby Smackk and BYOB Jam All Stars. Plus a Lounge Dance Party from 10:00pm-1:00am. 
411 New York Ave NE
Metro: NoMa-Galludet and walk about 15 minutes, near Union Market. Take a right on Florida and walk to 4th, take a left and walk a few blocks to the top of the hill. Union Arts is at the corner of 4th St., Penn St., and New York Ave. If you prefer not to walk through the warehouse neighborhood you can also take a short taxi, or see uber and lyft promotions below. There is also a free parking lot behind the building in the alley.

Smart phones users can download the uber and lyft apps. New users get $10 off your first lyft ride with promo code FREEINDC10, sign up at You can also get $20 off your first Uber with the promo code FREEINDC14 at - be sure to select uberx for best price!

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Find more events taking place @FreeinDCBlog on twitter! Additional events and giveaways not posted on the main sitemay be found there

For more events please check out @FreeinDCBlog on twitter and the Free in DC page on facebook, search for "Free in DC" or click here! Much of the event content I cover comes from facebook and I don't always have time to craft individual posts on this site for every event I come across and I often post links to events on  @FreeinDCBlog on twittter and/or FreeinDC on facebook that aren't on the main site.

I tweet most every day, focusing on events happening that day, and some other events coming soon or ones that you might not find on the main site or on facebook. Also, if you aren't a twitter user you can just look at the page without needing to sign up for an account! 

UPCOMING: TOURING EXHIBIT: "Forced From Home" Interactive Educational Exhibit on The National Mall, SAT, Oct 1 - SUN, Oct 9, Open Daily from 9:00am - 5:00pm, Free Guided One Hour Tours offered by Doctors Without Borders Aid Workers + Special events MON, Oct 3 - THURS, Oct 13, Free

“Forced From Home" an interactive educational exhibit
presented by Doctors Without Borders
comes to The National Mall in Washington, DC
Saturday, October 1 - Sunday, October 9
9:00am - 5:00pm daily
Tours are one hour long
RSVP Now to Reserve your preferred time slot!
Note: If the tour time slot you want is "sold out" you can still come and join the “walk-up” line. There are seven tours each hour and they’ll keep spaces open in each for walk-up attendees.
On view on The National Mall near the Smithsonian Metro from October 1 - October 9

Forced From Home is an interactive, educational exhibition presented by Doctors Without Borders to raise public awareness about the experience of the world’s refugees and internally displaced people. The traveling exhibit will be making a stop in DC for eight days, from Saturday, October 1 - Sunday, October 9. All are encouraged to come out to the National Mall to tour the exhibit and learn more about the plight of the world's 60 million + refugees. Questions: See FAQ page here.

With Doctors Without Borders aid worker as your guide, you’ll see, hear, and interact with images, stories, and materials gathered from refugee camps, rescue missions, and emergency medical projects around the world. During the one hour tour you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by those who have been forced from their homes, and the humanitarian solutions offered by Doctors Without Borders. 

Forced From Home is free, fully accessible, and open to the public. Learn more about the event on the press release here and see educational brochure here.

School field trips are welcome for students in grades 7 - 12. Students will meet experienced aid workers who will lead them on a tour of the exhibition that include a variety of hands-on and immersive experiences. For more information about bringing your students to the exhibition, click here

The exhibit will be located between 14th and 15th St NW
and between Madison Dr NW & Jefferson Dr SW (see google map)
101 14th St NW (near the Washington Monument 
Metro: Smithsonian (blue, orange or silver line) or take the DC Circulator, National Mall route, there. Click here for more information about the location and directions on how to get there.

Related Free Events, Please RSVP: 

Monday, October 3
Free, RSVP here
Journalists, photojournalists, and Doctors Without Borders representatives will talk about telling the stories of people who’ve been forced from home in the largest displacement crisis the world has known since World War II. The panel will feature Deb Amos of NPR, photographer Brian Sokol, and Phil Zabriskie, editorial director of Doctors Without Borders USA. Learn more here. 
The Newseum - Knight Studio 
555 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Metro: Archives

Thursday, October 6 
Migrant or Refugee? Central America's Migration Reality at National Geographic
Free, RSVP here
Join Doctors Without Borders executive director Jason Cone, Doctors Without Borders aid worker Sue Averill, and regional expert Mary Speck, for a discussion about the humanitarian crisis in Central America. Learn more here.
National Geographic 
Grosvenor Auditorium
1600 M Street NW - entrance is between 16th & 17th St on M St 
Metro: Farragut North or take the S2 or S4 bus along 16th St or the 42 bus to M St, see metro trip-planner for best access based on where you are coming from

Thursday, October 13
Recruitment Information Session
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Free, RSVP here
The event will include a Q&A. Learn more here. 
On Thursday, October 13th, medical and non-medical professionals are invited to attend an evening presentation to learn more about joining Doctors Without Borders’ pool of dedicated aid workers. An aid worker and Field Human Resources Officer will discuss requirements and the application process, and you’ll meet experienced Doctors Without Borders aid workers from the area and hear their firsthand stories of “life in the field.” Please take a moment to review their recruitment requirements before registering for this event. 
Martin Luther King Jr. Library
901 G St NW
Metro: Gallery Pl - Chinatown, 9t & G exit, or Metro Center and walk a few short blocks

Sunday, September 25, 2016

UPCOMING: CONCERT: "Chant4Change" comes to the steps of The Lincoln Memorial, Uniting for Peace and Harmony in the same spot where MLK delivered his "I Had a Dream" speech, with Free Performances by Sweet Honey in the Rock, Jai Uttal, MC Yogi, Mikey Pauker, The Kirtan Rabbi, Ajeet Kaur and others on SAT, Oct 8 from 12:00pm - 11:00pm, Free!

Chant4Change on the steps of The Lincoln Memorial and Celebrate "The Dream" of MLK one month before election day with Jai Uttal, Sweet Honey in the Rock, MC Yogi, Mikey Pauker, Ajeet Kaur and others
Saturday, October 8
12:00pm - 11:00pm

On the same steps where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his powerful, "I Have a Dream," speech 53 years ago, Chant4Change offers a powerful reminder to the world that mankind can live in harmony together. All are welcome to attend this unique multi-denominational sacred chant event and to help the ripples of peace and unity created at this free event outward to help send healing out to the world.

Leading sacred musicians from Gospel, Hebrew, Sufi, Hindu, Sikh, Native American and Hindustani classical music traditions will gather to lead thousands in singing Divine Names together, gathering in love to heal the divisiveness that has - until now - dominated the political and social climate this election year.

All are welcome to come together to Chant4Change on Saturday, October 8th with the intention of unifying and healing the nation exactly one month before Election Day. The event will be multicultural, multi-denominational, nine-hour festival of love and tolerance on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

More than a dozen leading artists and thinkers will perform, dedicated to countering messages of hate and division that have dominated the 2016 election season, and healing the nation through song, prayer and devotion.

Enjoy live performances all day long from the following performers, and more, sure to uplift and inspire!
  • Grammy-winning Sweet Honey in the Rock, an a-capella gospel/jazz/spiritual ensemble that has inspired audiences worldwide. 
  • MC Yogi, a musical pioneer who has created a new genre of yoga-inspired hip hop.
  • Jai Uttal, a Grammy-nominated pioneer in the world music community. 
  • Gaura Vani and Visvambhar Sheth, whose audience-engaging world beat/Kirtan sounds reflect their upbringing at Hindu - Hare Krishna ashrams worldwide. 
  • Fanna-FI Allah, a Sufi Muslim group whose ecstatic, trance-like vibe celebrates the love of the Divine through poetry. 
  • The "Kirtan Rabbi" Andrew Hahn, who performs mystical Hebrew chants in dreamy loops and hypnotic world rhythms. 
  • Ajeet Kaur, who sings in Kundalini and Sikh traditions 
  • Mikey Pauker, a Folk/World artist from California whose music, written in Hebrew, English and Sanskrit, is described as “Medicine Music” inspired by mystical teachings and spiritual experience and connects to people from all faith. 
  • Cherokee musician and storyteller Yona FrenchHawk. 
Presenters include the following, and others, which you can read more about here:
Thank you to the sponsors of this event for helping to make this happen, and free for all to attend!
Want to learn more or volunteer at the event? See the main Chant4Change site, where you can also pledge to attend. You can also learn more about sponsorship and make a tax-deductible donation there. You can also connect and follow the event on social media at #Chant4Change.

Be sure to check out the FAQ page about the event before you attend.

Want to share more about the event and stay connected? You can view and share the facebook event page and connect with @Chant4Change on twitter, Chant4Change on facebook and chant4changeofficial on Instagram.

The Lincoln Memorial
2 Lincoln Memorial Circle NW (see map)Metro: Foggy Bottom and walk down 23rd St or uber or lyft there. See promotions for new users below.

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UPCOMING: IMPROV: Final Weekend! WIT presents "Road Show" FRI & SAT nights at Studio 1469 in Columbia Heights from 8:00pm - 9:30pm FRI, Sept 9 - SAT, Oct 1 regularly $14, Use Promo Code FreeinDC for $10 tickets! 18+

Washington Improv Theater - Road Show: Studio 1469 
Shows Friday and Saturday nights from
Friday, September 9 - Saturday, October 1
8:00pm - 9:30pm
Special Promo for Free in DC followers!
regularly $12 plus $2 fee, $15 at the door
get tix for just $10 total with promo code FREEINDC
Show is 18+ and BYOB for those 21+

WIT's ensembles go wild at the hip, hidden venue Studio 1469 in Columbia Heights, tucked away in an alley off 15th St. The event is also BYOB! Line-ups vary nightly. Please verify the performing acts on your individual curtain times.

Friday, September 30
Stovëtron + The October Issue + Love Onion
8:00pm - 9:30pm
$10 online with promo code FREEINDC

Saturday, October 1
The Wonder Years + King Bee + Madeline
8:00pm - 9:30pm
$10 online with promo code FREEINDC

Note: WIT strives to ensure that shows are accessible to all audiences at their home stage at Source. However, this guest venue may be challenging to patrons with limited mobility with it being located in the alley and having a few stairs, see pictures. If you have accessibility questions please email

1469 Harvard St NW, rear - in the alley, enter on 15th St
Entrance to the alley is on 15th St between Harvard and Columbia, directions 
Metro: Columbia Heights and walk a few blocks or take the S2 or S4 bus along 16th St to Harvard St 

UPCOMING: COMEDY: This Weekend! Underground Comedy at The Big Hunt features Rising Comics from around the Country every FRI and SAT night, just $10, plus small service fee online, 21+

Underground Comedy at The Big Hunt presents Rising Comics from around the Country
every Friday and Saturday night
$10, plus small service fee online, 21+

Check out $10 shows on Fridays and Saturdays featuring rising comics from around the country. Many of these comics are nationally touring headliners with television credits. Shows take place in the basement of The Big Hunt, conveniently located near the Dupont Circle Metro, south exit at 1345 Connecticut Ave NW.

Named one of the Best Dive Bars in America by Maxim Magazine, The Big Hunt was also the selected as the Washington Post Editor's Pick for Best Beer Selection in DC.

Note: There is some seating for the show but also room for standing. If you want to grab a seat be sure to get there a little early as seating is on a first come, first served basis.

The Big Hunt 
1345 Connecticut Ave NW
Metro: Farragut North or Dupont Circle south exit, walk toward the circle and cross Connecticut Ave 

UPCOMING: MEDITATION & REST: Unplug at recharj, a new mindfulness studio near McPherson Sq, Specials for first time visitors + Free lunchtime Meditation every Friday, including this FRI, Sept 30, from 12:00pm - 12:20pm

Need some quiet time? Unplug at recharj, a new mindfulness studio just steps from the White House and the McPherson Sq Metro
between 15th & 14th St just south of H St NW
see special promos below! 
  • $1 first visit for any class through September 30, or $10 after, meditation or nap
  • Free meditation class every Friday at noon starting on Friday, September 23
  • When classes aren't in session, the meditation room is open to for self-guided practice, $5
In addition to meditation, recharj also offers power naps and they have yogibo bean bag loungers, which you can see here in the pictures of the studio space. 

1445 New York Ave NW
between 15th & 14th St, H & G St NW
Metro; McPherson Sq or take the Circulator bus or any number of buses there

UPCOMING: FILM: Tonight! Weekly: BloomScreen Independent Film Night every TUES at BloomBars, Films vary each week and are followed by a discussion and Q&A, 7:00pm - 9:00pm, All ages, $10 donation suggested

every Tuesday night, films vary each week, Discussion with Q&A after, often with the director
7:00pm - 9:00pm, or earlier if the film is shorter
All ages, by donation, $10 suggested, no one turned away, Free organic popcorn served

Tuesday, September 27
BloomScreen presents Music Is Our Weapon
by donation, view film trailer
Screening will be followed by audience discussion and Q&A with filmmaker and director, Taye Balogun.

Join BloomBars and filmmaker Taye Balogun for the DC premiere of Music Is Our Weapon (2016, 110 min), by Taye Balogun – is a film portraying the philosophy, history and fight-for-justice of the most enthralling band in Kenya, SARABI, and their growing influence across the world. MUSIC IS OUR WEAPON is a metaphorical journey of a young vibrant band that never ceases to believe that music is a weapon for CHANGE.  The film features dynamic live performances of SARABI, whose music is an Afro Fusion blend of traditional East African rhythms, Benga and Afro Beat, fused with Rock and Reggae. (Film is in English).

BloomScreen Indie Film Night is a weekly series of independent and foreign films, accompanied by discussions with filmmakers, experts and other guests. Note that BloomBars does not serve any food or alcohol so be sure to eat beforehand. Search bloomscreen on facebook or see the BloomBars calendar to find invites each week

3222 11th St NW
Metro: Columbia Heights, walk north on 14th one block to Kenyon, turn right and walk over to 11th and turn left, right next door to Wonderland.

UPCOMING: COMEDY: This Weekend! Dojo Comedy Improv & Sketch Comedy Venue near Petworth hosts Longform Improv Shows every FRI & SAT at 8:00pm & 9:30pm, $10 + a Free ArmanDojo show every SUN at 7:00pm, Recommended for those 18+

Dojo Comedy Improv & Sketch Comedy Venue in Park View, on Georgia Ave, near Petworth
Shows most every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night!
See the calendar for shows each week!
Friday and Saturday shows are $10 or less, RSVP here
Sunday shows are free! No RSVP needed. First come, first seated
Tickets are available at the door for all shows so long as they are not sold out. Cash only at the door

Note: Shows are 55-75 minutes long, end time fluctuates since it's an improv show. No age restrictions, recommended for those 18+

Soda, water, and candy for sale on site. No alcohol on site but there are a bunch of great bars just up the street for anyone looking to grab some drinks before or after.

Friday and Saturday nights - Two shows!
8:00pm - 9:00pm 
9:30pm - 10:30pm

Sunday nights - Free show
7:00pm - 8:00pm

Welcome to ArmanDojo, the weekly celebration of the Armando format popularized around the country. At this show, top improvisers from DC will perform scenes inspired by a single storyteller or "monologist", who will base their shared stories off of an audience suggestion. Prepare for fun and funny, lock in for laughs, and get ready for a good time!

Dojo Comedy
3503 Georgia Ave NW
Metro: Georgia Avenue-Petworth Metro Station, green and yellow line, is just a few blocks away, or you can take the 63, 64, 70 or H8 bus. Also a short walk from 62 and 79 bus routes. Driving? Street parking, both paid and free, is often available, but you'll want to leave some extra time to look for parking if you're planning to come out on the weekend to see a show.

UPCOMING: MUSIC: PorchFest returns to Adams Morgan this SAT, Oct 1 from 2:00pm - 6:00pm with 36 acts playing at 12 different locations throughout the neighborhood, Free

PorchFest turns the neighborhood porches of Adams Morgan into stages for a day!
Saturday, October 1
2:00pm - 6:00pm

Please join the Adams Morgan Partnership BID for their fourth annual celebration of local sound at PorchFest this Saturday afternoon, with 36 musicians/bands from the area playing outside throughout the neighborhood. Music maps will be available at PorchFest headquarters at 18th and Columbia, NW and online here.

Metro: Woodley Park and walk or take the Circulator bus to Adams Mill, or the 42 bus from Dupont toward Mt Pleasant to 18th & Columbia.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

UPCOMING: COMEDY: Weekly: Late Night Dirty Comedy Show "Dirty Laundry" SAT, Oct 1 at Drafthouse Comedy, 13th & L St NW, 11:00pm show, doors10:40pm, Show is 18+, $5, Free for College Students

Dirty Laundry: DC's Only Late Night Dirty Comedy Show 
at Drafthouse Comedy, DC's newest comedy venue
every Saturday night
11:00pm show, 10:40pm doors
now every Saturday!
$5 (plus  service fee if you buy online) and Free for college students 18+ with valid ID if seats are available.
Plus, no minimum purchase at this venue

Next Show - Saturday, October 1

Come out and see DC's best stand up comics do the jokes they can't do at other venues.

In April, the owners of the Arlington Drafthouse opened up a comedy arts performance space at 13th & L St NW, in the heart of DC. Drafthouse Comedy is styled after a black box theater, with tall ceilings, great sight lines, and an intimate setting. The venue has beer, wine, liquor, and some light fare available for purchase. There are no minimum purchase requirements for patrons, nor is there table-side service.

Note: Cash tickets available at the door for $5 if you wish to bypass the $2.75 online service fee, and Students who wish to get in free will also be allowed in once doors open, providing space is available.

1100 13th St NW - enter on L St between 13th & 14th St
Metro: McPherson Sq is closest, also walking distance from Metro Center 

Sunday, September 18, 2016

OF NOTE: FITNESS: Join the #FVChallenge for a chance to win a Fitbit! Fitiverse helps you to Connect with new Workout buddies and to Find Free Fitness Activities in the DC Metro area!

Want to get fit? Connect on Fitiverse!
No gym, no problem! Free to join
Find new fitness buddies and activities and 50+ Free weekly classes in DC

Join the #FVChallenge for a chance to win a Fitbit Blaze ($220 value). Challenge ends September 30th. See details and rules for entry here!

Fitiverse is a new local, social network that will help you to find new, fun and social ways to workout! Fitiverse focuses on fitness and connects you with compatible workout buddies who have access to the same fitness zones, which are like neighborhoods.

Find Free Workouts, Yoga Classes, Meet-ups and more, on Fitiverse. The local place to go for Free Fitness activities! Create your free account here!

Fitiverse wants to encourage DC area fitness enthusiasts to stay active and connect with one another this summer. The Fitiverse Summer Challenge began on July 15 and ends on September 30. One lucky participant will win a Fitbit Blaze ($220 value). See details and rules for entry here!  

If you're wondering why am I sharing Fitiverse on Free in DC when technically it's not an arts, culture or consciousness event, it is because Fitiverse shares a similar mission, to help people connect to fabulous, local, free things to do. In their case, they just focus on fitness. It's also free to join! The site was founded by two brothers who live in the DC area who share a passion for fitness and well-being. They wanted to help others in the greater community find people who live nearby, share similar schedules and are interested in similar ways of working out and having fun.

So go ahead, check it out, what do you have to lose? Create your free account, find some new free activities, have some fun burning calories and maybe even make some new friends!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

OF NOTE: WIFI: Keep Cool Indoors - Here's a list of Where to Wi-Fi for Free in DC! Coffeeshops, Cafes, Museums, Libraries, Parks, Bars and Restaurants with Free Wireless Internet in DC, MD and VA

Updated December 29, 2015. Here is a list of coffee shops and other spots with free wireless internet in DC, and parts of VA and MD. I am sure there are more I haven't listed yet... Please add any additional locations in DC or next to a metro in MD or VA along with the address, area, and link if you have it in the comment section and I will add it to the list! If you know of any changes, please let me know of those as well. You can comment tweet me @FreeinDCBlog or message me on Free in DC's facebook page or send an email to if you have any updates to this list (new places or places listed here that may be closed, etc...) Thanks!

My personal favorite independent coffee shops to work from, listed alphabetically: Blind Dog Cafe, Bourbon, Chinatown Coffee, Coffy Cafe, Filter, Flying Fish, Pleasant Pops, Tryst, Tynan and Vigalante. All are self serve except for Tryst which has waiter service. 

INDEPENDENT COFFEE SHOPS & CAFES (without waiter service)
For ease of use, this list is organized alphabetically by neighborhood, and rest is alphabetical too. 


The Potter's House
Now Renovated! "Cafe, Bookstore, and Community Space - Rooted in Adams Morgan Since 1960"
1658 Columbia Rd NW
between 16th & 17th St NW 
beautiful space, light food available, variety of coffee drinks  
Monday - Friday | 7am - 9pm Saturday | 8am - 10pm Sunday | 8am-6pm

Pleasant Pops
delicious veggie sandwiches, soups, salads, a great section of local foods and really good espresso drinks from Ceremony Coffee
1781 Florida Ave NW
near the intersection of 18th & Florida Ave, by Mint Gym
at the bottom of Adams Morgan, north of Dupont

Sugar Daddy's
2006 18th St NW
bakery near Florida Ave 
at the bottom of Adams Morgan, north of Dupont

Big Bear Cafe
Note - they have a cute outdoor area 
really delicious coffee drinks, cute spot
1st & R St NW
nearest metro is NoMa, closest by bus

Jacob's Coffee House
8th & D St, NE 
walk or bus from Eastern Market

Chinatown Coffee Company
standard benches and chairs, delicious espresso
if you're looking for cushy sofas, not your spot
now serving beer, wine and absinthe!
475 H St NW

Compass Coffee 
650 F Street NW
New location opened in May 2016

Bakers & Baristas
501 Seventh St NW
click link to read more about the venue

Coffy Cafe
At Park Rd, across from the Tivoli large community space, retro vibe.
Large space with a small upper level, yummy coffee and espresso from Ceremony coffee, and crepes
3310 14th St NW

Flying Fish Coffee
smaller venue, community table and some smaller tables
Counter Culture espresso, hand poured coffee
3604 Mt Pleasant St, NW

Tynan Coffee and Tea 
You get a 2 hour free wifi ticket with purchase
open 'til 8:00pm daily, next to metro and Five Guys
1400 Irving St NW

Sticky Fingers Bakery
*vegan food only* good for gluten free too
Note: they do not offer cream for your coffee
pink glittery furniture with old school diner vibe
Note: I heard that they turn off their wifi on Saturdays
so check first if you go on a weekend
1370 Park Rd, NW

gelato and coffee bar, ritual coffee
some seating and community table
1704 Connecticut Ave, NW -near R St
Note: locations also in Bethesda and Georgetown 
but not sure if they have wireless there

note - they also have a small outdoor area
nice place, good coffee, but super small
inside can be hard to find seating sometimes
1726 20th NW (between R & S)

note - they also have an outdoor area 
one of DC's very first coffeeshops!
(didn't see website, reviews online) please
call for info 202- 463-7646
2150 P St NW

Peregrine Espresso
660 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Note: They have a small shop also on 14th St, near U, that does not offer wireless internet

Port City Java
701 North Carolina Ave. SE

Bourbon Coffee 
"crop to cup" beans from Rwanda!
Super comfy, nice decor! Great story/mission.
try the ice kaffe in summer - ice cream + espresso!
2101 L St NW

Baked and Wired
Cupcakes and coffee, the only indie coffee shop in the area.
Just past canal from M St between 30th & 31st St, K & M St
1052 Thomas Jefferson St NW

417 H St NE

Dolcezza - New location with late night hours!
at the corner of
14th & P St NW
Monday - Thursday: 7am-11pm Friday 7am-12am
Saturday 8am-12am Sunday 8am - 11pm
They also have a location in Dupont Circle
Metro: best reached by the Circulator bus, Woodley-McPherson route that also goes up 14th St and by the Columbia Heights Metro, right to 14th & RI Ave or P St, you can also take any bus along 14th St.

Qualia Coffee
"fresh off the roast" coffee beans roasted on site
note - they also have a small outdoor area in the back!
3917 Georgia Ave NW
just a few blocks north of the Georgia Ave - Petworth metro

Kafe Bohem
Viennese-style coffeehouse, open until 5pm daily, attached to Bistro Bohem
600 Florida Ave NW

Compass Coffee 
One of the newest places in DC, beans roast in house!
Interesting story behind this place too, learn more here
Daily form 7:00am - 8:00pm
1535 7th St NW - near Q St 
Note: They have two additional locations now! One in Chinatown and another in Shaw

Compass Coffee at The Shay
located inside The Shay building
1921 8th St NW

The Wydown 
Now on 14th St right next to the Trader Joe's
Mon - Fri 6am-10pm Sat & Sun 8am-10pm
1924 14th St NW

The Coffee Bar - TCB
1201 S St NW
they also have a large area for outside seating

Ebenezers Coffeehouse
201 F St NE

OTHER PLACES (without waiter service)
Steam Cafe & Lounge
note - they also have an outdoor area
1700 17th St NW around R St
Dupont Circle/ 17th St

Bruegger's Bagel Bakery
2101 L St NW
(next door to Bourbon Coffee)
See their 
website for hours and more info.

Foggy Bottom/ K St Area

INDEPENDENT CAFES & RESTAURANTS (with coffee, food, and waiter service) 
Busboys & Poets - two locations in DC
(waiter service only)
1025 5th St NW  - 5th & K 
Chinatown/ Mt Vernon Sq
2021 14th St NW - 14 & V 
U St Area

Open City
large outdoor seating area and semi-outdoor space
Sister restaurant to Tryst, good coffee drinks
2331 Calvert St NW, close to Connecticut
Woodley Park

The Coupe
upscale diner, coffee shop and bar  open late
owned by the same folks that own Tryst, Open City and The Diner
Sun - Thurs 6:00am - 12:00am
Fri - Sat 6:00am - 1:00am
3415 11th St NW
Columbia Heights

(waiter service only)
Note: Wi-Fi turned off on weekends
great espresso drinks, good food
2459 28th St NW
Adams Morgan

Farragut Square
17th St & I St
Yes, there is Free Wifi in the Park!
Select Golden Triangle Wireless
it will direct you to 
Golden Triangle BID site

which is also a great resource for local spots
Farragut West or North

free wireless in courtyards and park areas, see map
Crystal City

Au Bon Pain
Free wifi, locations all over the city
Metro Center, L St, Chinatown, etc...

Peet's Coffee
13th & G  - 601 13th St
Metro Center
15th & M - 1156 15th St
McPherson Sq
17th & L - 1101 17th St NW
Farragut North 
1800 M St NW
Farragut North

Corner Bakery
locations throughout the city!

Pret A Manger
11th and F 1155 F St NW
Metro Center
14th and H 1399 New York Ave NW
McPherson Sq
15th and K 1432 K St NW
McPherson Sq
17th and K  1701 K St NW
Note: No WiFi at this one
Farragut North
18th and I  1825 Eye St NW
Farragut West
19th and L 1828 L St NW
Farragut North
Union Station 50 Mass Ave NW
Union Station

Saxby's Coffee
Hours vary at each location 
Georgetown, near University
3500 O St NW
Downtown, near K St

1000 Vermont Ave NW
Dupont Circle, South exit
1309 19th St NW

CHAINS in DC with locations also in MD & VA
Barnes and Noble
All Barnes and Noble's now offers free wifi!
Locations in MD and VA, all DC stores have closed unfortunately. Clarendon, Bethesda, Springfield and Rockville are close to metro I believe. Tysons Corner, Seven Corners and Potomac, car required.

locations throughout the city and in MD and VA!
Dupont, Downtown, Capitol Hill, and Ballston in VA

Harris Teeter - Citadelnow has a fancy coffee machine and wifi in their cafe
1631 Kalorama Rd - between 16h & 17th St
Adams Morgan/ 16th St

IHOP - Open 24 hours!
**This is the only free wireless spot I know of open 24 hours**
Irving &14th St, NW
Columbia Heights (not sure if the one in Ballston has internet)
New: Apparently, most all of the McDonalds in the area now have offer free wireless internet! To see which ones in the area have wi-fi and to learn more, please click here. You'll want to type in your zipcode and look for the ones with a green box on the far right.

1350 Connecticut Avenue
Dupont Circle 
Irving at 14th St, NW
Columbia Heights
Wisconsin Ave, above the metro
H St NW between 6th and 7th
Panera also has locations by metro in MD & VA:
just north on Colesville at Georgia
Silver Spring, MD
in the Ballston Commons Mall
Ballston, VA

many Safeway stores now have free wireless in their cafes so you should call first
some are run by Starbucks. I know for sure that these two have:
1100 4th St, SW
Waterfront Metro
5th & K St, NW
Gallery Place, Mt Vernon Sq, Circulator bus

lots of locations all over the city

pizza and sandwich place, casual
multiple locations, see list online
Tenley has wifi, not sure if the others do, please call
4529 Wisconsin Avenue NW

Breadsoda *Late Night Spot*
beer, billiards, sandwiches, open late!
2233 Wisconsin Ave, NW
Glover Park (bus access from Tenleytown metro)

Buffalo Billiards
1330 19th St NW
Dupont Circle

1443 P St NW
Logan Circle
821 Upsher St, NW
Georgia Ave - Petworth

Red Derby
3718 14th St NW (at Quincy)

Georgia Ave/Petworth

Z Burger
4321 Wisconsin Ave, NW


Smithsonian American Art Museum & NPG
Kogod Courtyard + The Luce Foundation Center - 3rd Floor
Open 11:00am - 7:00pm
Two great spots to work from, Luce has a community table and places to plug in
8th & F St NW

Open 8:30am - 5:30pm
they have free wireless in cafe area
coffee and food is pricey if you are hungry
you may want to pack snacks or food
1000 Jefferson Drive, SW

Great quiet places to work throughout DC!
View the list of Library locations! 
MLK Library at 9th & G St, NW is open latest
I know that these are right near metro:
Tenleytown (new library! right by metro)
Shaw (new library! right by metro)
Cleveland Park (about a block or so from metro)

Arlington Central Library
1015 N Quincy St
Virginia Sq or Ballston 

Artisphere *Late Night Spot*
open late! free wi-fi art space
Wed - Fri: 4:00pm - 11:00pm*
Sat: Noon - 11:00pm
Sun: Noon - 5:00pm
Mon - Tues: Closed
Open later pending programmed events

Busboys and Poets
Shirlington, VA (not near metro, take bus or car)
really great coffee shop with cupcakes and other baked goods
I was thrilled to discover this one in Arlington! Try their 9:30 cupcake, it is so good!
818 N. Quincy - entrance is on Wilson Blvd, near sweetgreen 
Ballston (walk to Wilson, turn left and go a few blocks)
Note: They also have a second location in Alexandria, VA but I haven't been there so not sure if it's accessible by metro or if they have wireless there

1000 N. Randolph St

2507 N. Franklin Rd
Arlington, VA 22201
Free wireless on Weekdays and
Until 1:00pm on Sat, Sun & Holidays

the food and coffee here is quite good
3211 Wilson Blvd

in the Ballston Commons Mall

Jason's Deli
7356 Baltimore Ave.
College Park - about a 10 min walk from the Metro

Monday, August 1, 2016

UPCOMING: Weekly: When the weather is nice... Relax, Dance, Drum and People Watch every SUN in Malcolm X/ Meridian Hill Park from Afternoon - Dark, Free

Drum Circle in Malcolm X/ Meridian Hill Park
People Watching, Picnics, Acro-Yoga and more
every Sunday weather is nice, afternoon - dark

Every Sunday, this park attracts a whole array of people from all walks of life. It's almost like a mini-festival every Sunday afternoon.The drum circle there is quite amazing! Definitely worth checking out, it's by the Joan of Arc statue on the upper level, pretty easy to spot with the people dancing and drumming. In the grassy area, you'll usually find people practicing acro-yoga, slacklining or practicing some other sport, as you can see in the video. If you prefer a more relaxed vibe, head down to the hilly part near the fountain closer to W St, there is also a flatter area at the bottom where you can hang out.

Video courtesy of  Eddie Becker, a local videographer 
Meridian Hill/ Malcolm X Park
Between 16th St & 15th St, NW
Top of the park is at Euclid St, bottom is at W StMetro: Columbia Heights or U St and walk or take the S2 or S4 bus along 16th St

Monday, December 21, 2015

ON VIEW: Here is a great list of Free, donation-based and low-cost things you can do "Off The Mall"

Explore DC "Off The Mall" Here are some ideas! Lots of Free, discount and low-cost venues!

Did you know? Free in DC has it's own CultureCapital Inside-Out page on CultureCapital listing free events and exhibitions on view!

If you've never been to or heard of the Pepco Gallery in Chinatown, Joan Hisako Healing Arts Gallery on U St, Honfleur Gallery in Anacostia and the Meditation Museum in Silver Spring, you might want to check them out as well. 

Museums and other places "Off The Mall" 

The National Building Museum
Free if you just want to hang out in the space, $8 - $5 if you want to see any of the exhibits on view. The building itself is a beautiful space, huge ceilings, cafe, and one of DC's best gift shops.
401 F St NW
Metro: Judiciary Sq

National Geographic Museum
Admission to this museum varies, lots of the exhibits are free in general
those with kids might enjoy the Meerkats 3-D film currently screening, $7
1145 17th St NW - two buildings, other one has an entrance on M St
Metro: Dupont Circle, south or Farragut North, L St exit, easiest access is by bus, take any of the S line buses along 16th St to M St or the 42 bus to M St

The Wilderness Society - Ansel Adams Gallery
On view Monday - Friday during the day, Free
Photographer Ansel Adams was a Wilderness Society council member and supported the organization for more than four decades. Throughout his career, he photographed dozens of iconic portraits of wildlands, such as Alaska’s Denali and California’s Yosemite. Before his death in 1984, Adams gave 75 signed, original images to The Wilderness Society. Since that time the collection has grown to a total of 88 landscape photographs and one portrait of Adams by photographer Arnold Newman. Hours: Monday - Thursday 10:00am - 4:00pm, Friday 10:00am - 2:00pm. Closed, weekends and federal holidays. 
1615 M St NW, in the Sumner School building 
Metro: Dupont Circle, south or Farragut North, L St exit, easiest access is by bus, take any of the S line buses along 16th St to M St or the 42 bus to M St

The Phillips Collection
Did you know that they Phillips is by donation during the week? Permanent collection only. Click link above for detailed post on Free in DC.
1600 21st St NW
Metro: Dupont Circle, Q St north exit

National Museum of Women in the Arts
General Admission $10, Members/Students/65+ $8, Free for those 18 and under
1250 New York Ave NW
Metro: Metro Center or take any of the S buses along 16th St that run to 13th & NY Ave.

The Mansion on O Street
DC's most unusual and quirky museum if you ask me! Great for all ages.
The basic "Self-Guided/Gift Shopping/Book Tour"
$8 donation/person
Create your own adventure when you explore the museum and its collection of more than 20,000 books and other donated items on your own. Search through 100 rooms and 32 secret doors for new titles, rare volumes, or your all time favorites! Get 2 free books of similar value for every 10 you purchase. Most titles are priced $5 or less. 10% discount off other items (antiques excluded).
2020 O St NW
Metro: Dupont Circle, south exit, walk down O Street, between 20th and 21st
The Corcoran Gallery of Art 
$10, Seniors 62+ Students with valid ID $8, Free for12 and under, Members and Military Active Duty. They also have a side gallery called Gallery 31 that is free during museum hours
500 17th St NW
Metro: Farragut North or Farragut West and walk down 17th St toward E St about ten minutes or so

Museums listed below are part of the Dupont - Kalorama Museums Consortium 
click through for hours and admission details - see map

P.S. Looking to get out of the house? Here is a list of Coffee Shops and Cafes with Free Wi-Fi!