Thursday, June 22, 2017

UPCOMING: MEDITATION: Tonight! "Reducing Stress Through Meditation" at the Arlington Central Library in VA on THURS, June 22 from 7:00pm - 8:30pm, Free

“Reducing Stress Through Meditation"
Thursday, June 22
7:00pm - 8:30pm

The scientific community has recently been exploring the use of meditation as a healing modality. Join David Newcomb, who has been meditating for over 36 years, as he discusses the extraordinary effect of meditation to reduce stress. He wll present a simple, yet powerful, meditation technique that can enrich one's life personally, professionally and spirituality.

Arlington Central Library
1015 N. Quincy Street Arlington, VA
Metro: located between Virginia Sq & Ballston Metro stations, walking distance from both  

UPCOMING: THEATER: Tonight! Last Chance to see Avant Bard's "King Lear" by donation, Pay-What-You-Will, on THURS, June 22 at 7:30pm and SAT, June 24 at 2:00pm at The Gunston Arts Center in VA

Pay-What-You-Will shows for Avant Bard's production of King Lear
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Tom Prewitt
Thursday, May 25 - Sunday, June 25
All Thursday evening and Saturday matinees are by donation/ Pay What You Will!
You can name your ticket price, any price, at the door. If you are able to, they recommend that you reserve your PWYW ticket online in advance with a $10 minimum. See calendar for dates and times.

Final two PWYW shows! Thursday, June 22 at 7:30pm and Saturday, June 24 at 2:00pm

"An epic parent-child drama and then some. Shakespeare's greatest tragedy begins as fairy tale (“Once upon a time there was an old king who had three daughters...”) and ends in nightmare—of homelessness, alienation, family strife, and civil war. Starring local acting legend Rick Foucheux as Lear. Also starring Acting Company members Sara Barker as Edgar, Frank Briton as Cornwall, Christopher Henley as The Fool, and Cam Magee as Gloucester. A once-in-a-lifetime performance that's not to be missed." Learn more about the cast members here.  Learn more about Avant Bard here,

Gunston Arts Center, Theatre Two
2700 South Lang St - Arlington, VA 22206 (see map)
Metro: Crystal City and catch the 23A or 23B bus from bus bay two (the thoughtful folks at Avant Bard even made a video you can watch on how to get there using metro and bus which is especially great for visual folks) and get off at South Arlington Ridge Rd and South Lang St, nine stops, about a six minute bus ride.  You can use metro trip-planner for metro and bus schedules. It's about 1.5 miles from the metro if you want to bike or walk, or you can also uber or lyft there if that makes more sense, see promotions for new users at the bottom of this post. If you have a car and plan to drive you can see driving directions here. Ample free parking available. 

New User Promotions: You cam get $10 off your first Lyft ride with promo code FREEINDC10 when you sign up at $20 off your first Uber ride when you sign up at and use the promo code FREEINDC14. I don't think the credit will apply to uber pool or lyft line for your first trip so select uber x from the best price and then select uber pool (if you don't mind sharing the ride with someone and aren't in a hurry) or lyft line (shared ride option) for best price when you request future rides.

UPCOMING: VARIETY OPEN MIC: Tonight! The Capital City Showcase presents Glover Park Social, a weekly Variety Open Mic at Mason Inn on THURS, June 22 and every Thursday night from 8:00pm - 10:00pm, Free

New! Glover Park Social: Variety Open Mic
now every Thursday night at Mason Inn 
8:00pm - 10:00pm 

Next event - Thursday, June 22
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The producers of the monthly variety show The Capital City Showcase have just launched a new weekly variety show open mic every Thursday night at Mason Inn in Glover Park.

Come out to see some of the DC area's finest comedians, musicians, and performing artists at this free show! Interested in performing? Artists can sign up by emailing  Mason Inn opens at 6:00pm and seating is on a first come, first serve basis, so come early to make sure you get a great seat.

Mason Inn
2408 Wisconsin Ave NW
north of W Pl NW and south of Calvert, just past the Whole Foods  (see map)
Metro: See metro trip-planner for all bus options. You can get there by taking any of the 30 line buses (except for the 38B) that run along Wisconsin Avenue NW or by the Circulator bus, yellow line (see route map), which gets you a short distance south of the venue. You can catch the 30 lines buses north on Wisconsin from the Tenleytown Metro or from Foggy Bottom area along Pennsylvania Ave or you can take uber or lyft there, see promotions for new users below.

Special uber and lyft promotions for Free in DC followers: 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 instead of uber. You can also select uber pool or lyft line if you aren't in a hurry and don't mind the possibility of sharing the ride. Note: they may not let you select uberpool or lyftline if it's your first time using the app and you want to apply the discount.

UPCOMING: Tomorrow ~ "Farragut Fridays" in Farragut Square continue on FRI, June 23, Picnic in the Park from 12:00pm - 2:00pm + Outdoor Office, Lounge Area and Free Wi-Fi from 9:00am - 5:00pm, Compliments of the Golden Triangle BID, every FRI through FRI, Sept 29

Farragut Fridays & Outdoor Office in the Golden Triangle
Friday, June 23
9:00am - 5:00pm
every Friday through September 29

Farragut Fridays is a free all-day, summer event that brings together area workers, local residents, and visitors to enjoy fun and innovative activities throughout the entire day. Hosted by the Golden Triangle BID on Fridays from May through September, this outdoor event is designed to inspire people in the area to get out and enjoy some fresh- air, relax, eat lunch oustide , and perhaps even get in some networking and collaboration or use the wifi to work in the park.

Farragut Fridays also features an outdoor office space for people to collaborate and innovate. Each Friday, a section of Farragut Park transforms into an outdoor office, which includes free Wi-Fi, tables, chairs and enough space to host your next meeting. The outdoor workspace allows area workers to enjoy the free space as an alternative to their traditional office by simply bringing their laptop, colleagues, and coffee to the park. Escape the indoors!

Plus Picnic in the Park every Friday
12:00pm - 2:00pm

Each Friday, Picnic in the Park serves as the perfect place to enjoy lunch, fun lawn games, table tennis competitions, and other activities. The park provides a space where people can gather together to relax and eat lunch at the bistro tables and chairs throughout Farragut Park. There will also be pop-up events from noon - 2:00pm on select Fridays such as meeting puppies available for adoption, enjoying some live jazz music, collaborative painting in the park, and more.

Note: In case of weather-related concerns, please check the Golden Triangle website or connect with them on twitter @GoldenTriDC or on the GoldenTriangleDC page on facebook.

Continuing on Fridays :
June 23, 30
July 7, 14, 21, 28
August 4, 11, 18, 25
September 1, 8, 14, 22, 29

Farragut Square Park
Connecticut & K St NW (map)
Metro: Farragut North or Farragut West or take the Circulator or a bus along K or I St

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Tonight! Three more events that are Free or low-cost to choose from on THURS, June 22

Thursday, June 22

Summer Evenings at the Arboretum with IntiLuna with Mister G
6:00pm - 8:30pm
Mister G 6:15pm
IntilunaDC 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Free, RSVP required
Gates open at 6:00pm Note: Please enter through the R St NE Gate at 2400 R St NE
FONA and the Washington Youth Garden present seven free evenings of music in the Meadow for the 2017 Summer Evenings at the U.S. National Arboretum. Pack a picnic, bring a lawn chair or blanket, and relax below the Capital Columns. All these events hosted by the Friends of the National Arboretum are free, but reservations are required. Sorry, dogs and alcohol are not permitted. This evening features local Latin-fusion band IntiLuna. The group was born in 2015 after a series of summer evening jam sessions on a porch in the Mt. Pleasant neighborhood. Andean and other Latin American folk music are central to the group's repertoire, which incorporates rhythms and styles from throughout the region--ranging from Cuban son to Uruguayan candombe. Through its music, IntiLuna celebrates the vibrant musical tradition and cultural heritage of its individual members and of the region at large. Opening the evening will be Latin GRAMMY Award winner for Best Children’s Album, Mister G (Ben Gundersheimer).
National Arboretum
2400 R St NE
Metro: See metro trip-planner for bus options, no metro nearby. Best reached by car, uber or lyft.

Johnny Azari: Live in D.C. at Bossa Bistro in Adams Morgan
along with Muhammad Seven and Sherwin Shokraei
three unique Iranian-American musicians
7:00pm - 9:00pm, doors 6:00pm
Free,  21+
The Aftab Committee is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that supports Iranian-American artists and their works. By raising awareness, promoting education, and facilitating various events and exhibits, we aim to increase public consciousness and appreciation of Iranian-American artists. From the event page: The Aftab Committee is pleased to host Johnny Azari, blues musician and comedian, at Bossa Bistro in Adams Morgan. Azari’s brand of the Mississippi Delta Blues is raw and one-of-a-kind, and his performances are always interwoven with hardcore comedy. Boston-based singer-songwriter Muhammad Seven and Richmond-based heavy metal punk musician Sherwin Shokraei are the opening acts. 
Johnny Azari was born in Shiraz, and currently lives in New Orleans, where he plays his own take on Mississippi Delta Blues. His live shows blend music with storytelling and comedy.  Azari has been on national tour since 2013, and he recorded his fourth LP, Songs From A Motel Room, during his 2016 tour. Johnny has scored film (Illusions and Mirrors, starring Natalie Portman), served as guest lecturer and performer at Brown University, and seen two of his videos, “Occupation Blues” and “Freedom Glory Be Our Name” gain viral success. Opening Acts: Muhammad Seven (Nima Samimi) is a singer-songwriter born and raised in Boston, MA. His narrative lyricism pays as much homage to Hafiz and Saadi as it does to Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen, with deeply personal and political statements nestled amongst metaphors and vivid specificity. You might also listen carefully for the unmistakable influence of ‘90’s era hip-hop. Sherwin Shokraei is a Richmond-based musician that plays anything from experimental/improv to punk/garage rock.
2463 18th St, NW
Metro: Woodley Park or Columbia Heights and take the Circulator bus to Adams Mill/ 18th St or take the 42 or 43 bus from Connecticut Ave or Dupont Circle toward Mt Pleasant and get off at 18th & Columbia Rd.

Incredible Change, Honest Haloway, The Jaguar Club at the Velvet Lounge on U St
8:00pm - 12:30am
The Jaguar Club plays their final DC show. Also playing this evening will be Honest Halowayand Incredible Change.
The Velvet Lounge
915 U St NW
Metro: U St

UPCOMING: FILM: Tomorrow ~ The "Golden Cinema" Outdoor Film series features the cult classic "The Princess Bride" on FRI, June 23, Film screens at sunset in Farragut Square, Series runs every FRI thru August 4, Free

Golden Triangle presents Golden Cinema in Farragut Square
Friday nights June 2 -  August 4
films at sunset, pre-show activities begin 7:30pm

Golden Cinema kicks off another season this Friday, June 2.  Every Friday beginning early June and running through the beginning of August, everyone is invited to enjoy free movies in Farragut Park.

Make a night of it and plan to take advantage of the array of restaurants and retailers in the neighborhood. Remember to bring a blanket or backjack or cushion to sit on so you can relax and enjoy the film under the stars.

Next film - Friday, June 23
The cult classic, The Princess Bride
(PG, 1h 38min, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, 1987)
While home sick in bed, a young boy's grandfather reads him a story called The Princess Bride. Director: Rob Reiner. See film info on IMDB here.

Additional Friday Night Movies: 
June 30: Dirty Dancing
July 7: Ghostbusters (2016 version)
July 14: Finding Dory
July 21: Big
July 28: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
August 4: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Rain Dates: August 11 &18 

Note: In case of weather-related concerns, please check the Golden Triangle website or connect with them on twitter @GoldenTriDC or on the GoldenTriangleDC page on facebook.

Farragut Square Park
17th St/ Connecticut Ave, I St & K St NW (map)
Metro: Farragut North or Farragut West or take the Circulator or a bus along K or I St 

UPCOMING: SPECIAL EVENT: "America Now: JFK 100" Celebration at the American Art Museum in Chinatown features performances from The Washington Ballet, Liner Notes and more this SAT, June 24 from 4:00pm - 7:00pm, Free

America Now: JFK 100 Celebration in the Kogod Courtyard at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Chinatown, free performances from The Washington Ballet, Liner Notes and more!
Saturday, June 24
4:00pm - 7:00pm
view and share the event page on facebook

President John F. Kennedy’s administration is often associated with a golden age for art and culture in the United States. As part of the nationwide commemoration of Kennedy’s centennial this year, the Smithsonian American Art Museum presents performances by The Washington Ballet and the musical group Liner Notes. There will also be a photo op with wax figures of President Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy from Madame Tussauds, a photo booth, a museum-wide scavenger hunt and a message board where you can share what JFK means to you. 

The Washington Ballet
4:15pm performance
4:45pm performance

Dancers from The Washington Ballet perform from Who When Why, a newly commissioned work by choreographer Mimmo Miccolis inspired by JFK’s famous quote “If not us, who? If not now, when?” 

Liner Notes performance
Live music, poetry, and visuals inspired by 60's
5:30pm - 7:00pm

Liner Notes present an electrifying multimedia show of live music, poetry, and visuals inspired by 1960's music and culture that speak to JFK's ideals of courage, freedom, justice, service, and gratitude.

While at the museum, be sure to also visit the exhibit currently on view honoring the life of JFK American Visionary: John F. Kennedy’s Life and TimesThe exhibit, which is on view through September 17, brings together seventy-seven images that show the dramatic scope of Kennedy’s life. Selected from the Kennedy Library, Getty Images, private collections, and the Kennedy family archives, these images remain as indelible evidence of JFK’s personal charisma and political accomplishments. 

Smithsonian American Art Museum
8th and F Streets NW
entrances on F St & G St NW
Metro: Gallery Pl - Chinatown, on the red, yellow or green line, the elevator exit and the 9th & G exit are closest. If you're traveling along the blue, orange or silver line, the museum is also walking distance from Metro Center, just a few short blocks from the station.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Find more Free and low-cost events every day @FreeinDCBlog on twitter - and if you don't use twitter, no worries, you don't need an account to view the page!

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!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

ON VIEW: EXHIBIT: "The Iconic and the Everyday: Creative Finland in America" at The Embassy of Finland WED, June 28 and every WED from 3:00pm-7:00pm and select weekend days through August 13, Free

The Embassy of Finland hosts a special exhibit The Iconic and the Everyday: Creative Finland in America showcasing how Finnish design and architecture have been a part of American life in the last century, presented as part of Finland’s centennial celebration.
Thursday, May 18 -  Tuesday, August 15

Open to the public select Weekends, and Wednesdays  from Saturday, May 20 - Sunday, August 13, See specific dates and times below!

The Iconic and the Everyday exhibit explores the contemporary presence and influence of Finnish architecture, design and industry in the lives of everyday Americans. The exhibit focuses on iconic architecture in the United States by Finnish masters such as Eero Saarinen, Alvar Aalto and the likes, as well as, the everyday items by Finnish companies, such as Marimekko and Fiskars, known not only for their design but also, functionality. The exhibition is curated by Professor Peter MacKeith, Dean of Architecture at the Fay Jones School of Architecture + Design in University of Arkansas. The exhibition designer is architect Jonathan Boelkins.

The exhibition also has a reading nook where children and the childlike can get to know Moomins, the loved cartoon characters from Tove Jansson. Moomins live in Moominvalley and go on many wondrous and often accidental adventures. Even adults can learn something from the surprisingly philosophical and laidback characters.

Open Wednesdays from May 24 - August 9, 3:00pm - 7:00pm

Open also Weekend days noted below, 11:00am - 4:00pm 
  • Sundays: July 2, 9, 16 & 30
  • Sundays: August 6 & 13
  • Saturday, August 12
Embassy of Finland - on Embassy row
3301 Massachusetts Ave NW
Metro: Nearest metro is Woodley Park, it's about a 1.1 miles, 24 minute walk. Head north on Connecticut Ave and turn left on Woodley Rd, which turns into Garfield, take a left on 34th St and walk two blocks to Mass Ave, turn left and you'll see the Embassy. Dupont Circle metro station is 1.5 miles, straight shot on Mass Ave. You can may want to consider taking uber/ uberpool or lyft/ lyft line there, see promotions for new users below, or you can see metro trip-planner for best bus access depending on where you are coming from. For those with cars planning to drive, the closest street parking can be found on Fulton Street, NW.

Uber & Lyft Promotions: New Lyft users get $10 off your first ride with promo code FREEINDC10 Sign up at New Uber users get $20 off your first ride, sign up: the promo code FREEINDC14 Be sure to select uberx for your own car. You can also select uberpool (if you don't mind sharing the ride with someone and aren't in a hurry) or lyft line (shared ride option) for best price when you request a ride, but I don't think you can use the new user credit on shared rides.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

UPCOMING: MEDITATION: The next Free 4-Week Introduction to Meditation series begins on MON, June 26 and continues the following three Mondays, thru MON, July 17 from 7:00pm - 8:30pm at the Science of Spirituality DC Center in NW, close to American University

Free Intro Series on Monday Nights
Sign up now for the next session!
Monday Night Introduction to Meditation classes
Introductory classes begin every four weeks
Facilitated by Sangeeta Prasad and Paola Neyra
Introductory classes begin every four weeks.

Note: If you aren't able to attend the first session on Monday, June 26 you're welcome to join in the second session, Monday, July 3, just RSVP to let them know you plan to attend.

Next 4-Week Series begins - Monday, June 26
continues the next three Mondays, thru July 17
7:00pm - 8:30pm
No experience necessary, all welcome to attend!
Free, RSVP required, email or call (937) 361-4515 or  (630) 597-5174

"Jyoti meditation provides the experience of inner light, the joy of self discovery, and the lasting value of spirituality as a complement to physical, intellectual, and cultural attainments." Introductory classes will run in four-week cycles which repeat. For those who wish to go on after the intro sessions, there will be intermediate and advanced classes continuing throughout the year.

SOS DC will also continue to offer free meditation workshops at area libraries. You can learn more about SOS DC and Jyoti Meditation on their website and feel free to connect with the Mid-Atlantic region on facebook and with Science of Spirituality on twitter at @SOSMeditate.

Science of Spirituality - DC Center
2950 Arizona Ave NW
at the intersection of Cathedral and Arizona Ave.
Metro: Not that close to a metro but accessible by bus. See metro trip-planner for best bus access. It looks like the M4 and D6 buses get you pretty close. For those with cars, street parking is available. You may want to consider taking uber or lyft there from wherever you are coming from or from the Tenleytown Metro. See promo codes below for new users.

Special uber and lyft promotions for Free in DC followers: 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 instead of uber. You can also select uber pool or lyft line if you aren't in a hurry and don't mind the possibility of sharing the ride. Note: they may not let you select uberpool or lyftline if it's your first time using the app and you want to apply the discount.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

OF NOTE: FITNESS: Fitiverse is Free to Join and helps you to Connect with new Workout buddies and Find Free Fitness Activities in your 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

Fitiverse is 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!

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!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

UPCOMING: MEDITATION: "Meditation: A Tool to Balance Your Life" SAT, June 24 from 11:00am - 12:30pm at the Potomac Library in MD, Free

"Meditation: A Tool to Balance Your Life"
Saturday June 24
11:00am - 12:30pm

Free introduction to meditation workshop led by David Newcomb at the Potomac Library. "Step back, take a little vacation from all the tension and find a place filled with joy, bliss and peace. The practice of meditation contributes to a more positive, healthy lifestyle. Join David Newcomb as he connects meditation and spiritual development to important aspects of our lives."

Potomac Library
10101 Glenolden Dr - Potomac, MD
Metro: Friendship Heights and catch the T2 Ride-On bus toward Rockville and get off at Falls Rd & River Rd

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Free Meditation Workshops in DC on TUES, June 27 & WED, June 28

Free Meditation events at Libraries in DC later this month

Tuesday, June 27 - in NW
"Meditation for Health and Wellness"
Petworth Library DC Public Library
4200 Kansas Avenue NW
Metro: Georgia Ave - Petworth, walk north on Georgia Ave, just past Upshur

Wednesday, June 28
- in SW
"Reducing Stress Through Meditation"
Southwest Library
900 Wesley Pl SW
Metro: Waterfront, just a 5 minute walk from the metro, Head north on 4th St SW, past the Safeway, turn right on the field path walkway to get to Wesley Pl SW and make a right on Wesley, library is right there.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

OF NOTE: WIFI: Here's a list of Where to get Free Wi-Fi! Go online at Coffeeshops, Cafes, Museums, Libraries, Parks, Bars and Restaurants, Places to get 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

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.

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, 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!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

ON VIEW: ART: MURALS: Check out some great Murals throughout DC!

Find murals in DC at these, and other locations.
Learn more about Murals DC
Also, see this map on google for Outdoor Art in DC

Walter Pierce Park
2630 Adams Mill Rd, NW - near Ontario Pl
Artist: Aniekan Udofia

3904 14th Street, NW
Artist: Words Beats and Life

314 Carroll Street, NW
Artist: Words Beats and Life

907 Barry Pl NW
Artist: Albus Cavus

1320B Good Hope Road, SE

Artist: Helping Inner City Kids Succeed (HICKS)

615 Division Ave, NE
Artist: Ward 7 Arts Collaborative

See Metro for best bus or metro access

Thursday, July 30, 2015

UPCOMING & ONGOING: YOGA & MEDITATION: More Free & Low-Cost Yoga & Meditation Classes at Yoga Studios in DC and Metro VA & MD!

Free & Low Cost Community Yoga Classes in DC!
Below is a list of some of the more popular studios that offer free, donation-based, and reduced price yoga classes as part of their weekly schedules.

If you know of any other studios or places where you can find yoga classes that are free, by donation or $10 or less, feel free to post a comment on Free in DC's facebook page or send me a tweet @FreeinDCBlog on email me to let me know. 

Yoga Classes - Organized alphabetically by Studio/ Venue Name:
Please message me to let me know if there are any changes to note in this list.

Saturday lunchtime
Circle Yoga - Friendship Heights/ Chevy Chase
Free Community Class on Saturdays 12:30pm - 1:30pm (except during session breaks). More here. All donations benefit the teacher’s charity of choice. No advance registration. View the full schedule of free community classes. Located near Friendship Heights metro and Chevy Chase Circle, about 13 min walk from metro (map),

Friday late afternoon
Down Dog Yoga - Georgetown
One hour Community Class on Fridays at 4:30pm I believe they ask fro $10 for drop in folks and $6 for students and I am pretty sure this is a heated yoga studio so you may want to call them to check. Description online simply says:  "These fun classes are taught by our teachers-in-training. Following our all-levels format, these classes offer an opportunity for you to support the development of our teachers in training, and at the same time offer a reduced rate as an opportunity to give back to the broader yoga community." View schedule here.

Every day - select classes $10
Studio Serenity / Studio DC Adams Morgan and Dupont Circle
$10 community classes at both locations every day of the week These two yoga studios are run by the same people and have a strong commitment to making yoga accessible to everyone in the community, regardless of income, with $10 community yoga classes, usually offered between 12:00pm and 1:30pm Monday - Friday and Saturdays & Sundays between 4:00pm and 6:45pm. See the complete schedule of low-cost classes here.

Thursday late night in Arlington + 
Wednesday late afternoon and the Second Sunday afternoon in Dupont 
Tranquil Space - Arlington, VA near Virginia Sq Metro and Dupont Circle 17th St locations
In Arlington, VA only, $10 Yoga On the Go every Thursday from 8:30pm - 9:30pm. In Dupont Circle $5 Class every Wednesday at 4:30pm and on the Second Sunday on the month 3:30pm - 4:30pm, all-levels class, donations benefit different charities each month and feature different teachers each month as well. $5 suggested.

Friday night in Bethesda
Unity Woods - Bethesda, MD - additional locations in Woodley Park, and Arlington, VA in Ballston
$5 Community class on Fridays, 6:00pm - 7:00pm at the Bethesda, MD location only. Details here.

Throughout the Week at various locations in DC

Yoga District offers lots of donation based Meditation & Yoga Classes (most on Sundays) 

Meditation Classes 

Monday night 
Circle Yoga - Friendship Heights/ Chevy Chase
Monday Night Mindfulness every Monday from 7:00pm - 8:30pm, and an early Intro for newcomers on the first Monday of the month at 6:15pm. The eve includes a sitting and walking meditation and a facilitated discussion. Learn more. Located near Friendship Heights metro and Chevy Chase Circle, about 13 min walk from metro (map),

Saturday afternoon
Stroga - Adams Morgan
Donation based Loving Kindness Meditation class on Saturdays from 1:15pm - 1:45pm taught by Andres Meneses.

Throughout the Week at various locations in DC
Yoga District offers lots of donation based Meditation & Yoga Classes (most on Sundays)