Wednesday, May 24, 2017

UPCOMING: Today! Eye Street Massage Celebrates 20 Years of Business this month! Swing by their place near Farragut Sq on WED, May 24 to celebrate with them from 4:00pm - 7:30pm and get discounts on future services

Eye Street Massage 20th Birthday Celebration
Wednesday, May 24 
4:00pm - 7:30pm
Free, RSVP requested
view and share event on facebook 

My friend Pam Moyer and the entire team at Eye Street Massage invite you to come by to celebrate 20 years business at Eye Street Massage, offering massage and energy bodywork in the heart of DC at Farragut Square next to the 17th St Farragut West metro exit. Come by for some birthday cake, bubbly, beverages and treats and a chance to win raffle prizes!

They'll also have gifts for those who swing by and discount coupons for future appointments. You'll also have a chance to chat with Pam and others who work there, a truly lovely group of people. 

Eye Street Massage Therapy
1634 Eye St, NW
Lower Level, Suite 125
("Eye" St is for I St, between H and K St,)
between 17th St & Connecticut Ave.)
Metro: Farragut West - entrance is just one door down - or Farragut North or take any number of buses - the 42, any of the 30 line buses and others - to the stop closest to 17th & I "Eye" St. 

UPCOMING: MEDITATION: Tonight! Free Meditation Workshop at Library in Mt Pleasant on WED, May 24 at 7:00pm + Additional free workshop on THURS, May 25 at the library near Congress Heights in SE


Wednesday, May 24 - in Mt Pleasant

"Reducing Stress Through Meditation" 
7:00pm 
led by David Newcomb 
3160 16th St NW
Metro: Columbia Heights and walk over or take any of the S line buses along 16th St to Lamont or the 42 or 43 bus along Connecticut Ave or Columbia Rd toward Mt Pleasant to the final stop at Lamont

Thursday May 25  - Congress Heights

7:00pm 
Join long time mediator David Newcomb at the Parklands-Turner Neighborhood Library as he connects meditation and spiritual development to important aspects of our lives. This program is ideal for adults of all ages. All are welcome.
- Reducing stress through meditation
- Meditation for health and wellness
- Meditation for optimum well-being
- Explore inner peace withing through meditation
1547 Alabama Ave SE 
Metro: Congress Heights, a short, 0.4 mile walk from the metro along Alabama Ave, 8 minutes or less, turn left on Alabama when you exit the metro 

ON VIEW: EXHIBIT: Today! "The Iconic and the Everyday: Creative Finland in America" on view at The Embassy of Finland WED, May 24 from 3:00pm - 7:00pm and SAT, June 3 & SUN, June 4 from from 11:00am - 4:00pm and select weekends 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
Free

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

and select Weekend days noted below, 11:00am - 4:00pm 
  • Saturday, June 3 
  • Sundays: June 4 & 11
  • 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 lyft.com. New Uber users get $20 off your first ride, sign up: uber.com/with 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.

UPCOMING: THEATER: Starting Tomorrow ~ Avant Bard offers Pay-What-You-Will tickets to their new production of "King Lear" THURS, May 25 - SAT, May 27 and all THURS evenings and SAT matinees through SUN, June 25 at The Gunston Arts Center in VA, by donation

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 previews Thursday, May 25 - Saturday, May 27 and 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. 

"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 lyft.com. $20 off your first Uber ride when you sign up at uber.com 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: HIGHLIGHTS: Tonight! Two more events to choose from in DC, by donation, on WED, May 24

Wednesday, May 24

Samasama Art Show & Gathering at Ten Tigers Parlour by the Georgia Ave - Petworth Metro
6:00pm - 10:00pm
by donation, suggested $5 or more, 21+
May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. In celebration, Soul & Ink and Batang Kankaloo host a one night only pop-up art show and gathering. Proceeds + 10% of art sales will go to AALEAD's youth programs which provides academic and enrichment support to low income and underserved youth in the DC metro area.  Come out for an even of art and atmosphere at Ten Tigers Parlour and enjoy live screen printing by Soul & Ink and an all-vinyl set of music by Asian American and Pacific Islander artists spun by Les Talusan a.k.a. The Pinstriped Rebel. The eve will feature over 25 participating artists, see full list here. phrase “SAMASAMA” is derived from the Malay language and is Tagalog/Pilipino for “you are welcome”; “all together”; “united.”
Ten Tigers Parlour
3813 Georgia Avenue NW
Metro: Georgia Ave - Petworth, walk about one block or so, very close to the metro

9:30pm - whenever the show ends
Free, $5 donation suggested
Lisa Said with Andrew Toy (drums) and Big Lux (violin), Nice Breeze and Sunshowers Overnight. "Folk and rock with dark edges"
Bossa
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.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

UPCOMING: IMPROV: WIT Road Show at the DCAC in Adams Morgan continues this THURS, May 25 - SUN, May 28 + Additional shows THURS - SUN nights thru SUN, June 18 Use Promo Code FREEINDC for $10 discount tickets!

WIT Road Show at DC Arts Center
Shows Thursday - Sunday nights
continuing Thursday, May 15 - Sunday, June 18
Line-ups vary nightly!
Get $10 ticket tickets with promo code FREEINDC regularly $12 online, $15 at door
Note: All online sales shut off at 6:00pm the night of the show
See calendar and buy tickets here

"What will happen at the WIT Road Show? Your guess is as good as ours! Harold Night Harold Night WIT’s company ensembles and special guests take over DC Arts Center in Adams Morgan with our thrilling, unpredictable performances! Each show’s line-up is unique and every performance is one-of-a-kind. These shows are presented at DC Arts Center in the heart of Adams Morgan."

For all shows, unclaimed tickets may be resold at curtain time. Late arrivals will be seated at WIT’s discretion. Washington Improv Theater strives to ensure its shows are accessible to all audiences at our home stage at Source. However, our guest venue DC Arts Center is not accessible to wheelchair users and may be challenging to patrons with limited mobility. If you have accessibility questions, please email us at wit@witdc.org. DCAC Members can call DCAC for the member discount code.

Thursday, May 25 - Sunday, May 28
7:30pm shows Thursday - Sunday nights
9:30pm shows on  Friday and Saturday nights
Remember: Use promo code FREEINDC for $10 tickets!
regularly $12 online, $15 at door
Note: All online sales shut off at 6:00pm the night of the show
See calendar and buy tickets here

Thursday, May 25
7:30pm

Friday, May 26
7:30pm 

Saturday, May 27


Sunday, May 28
Additional shows Thursday - Sunday nights from Thursday, June 2 -  Sunday, June 18!

Get $10 ticket tickets with promo code FREEINDC regularly $12 online, $15 at door

Note: All online sales shut off at 6:00pm the night of the show, see calendar and buy tickets here

DCAC (DC Arts Center)
  1. 2438 18th St, NW
    Metro: Woodley Park and walk across the bridge or take the Circulator bus to Adams Mill from the Woodley Park or Columbia Heights metro. From Dupont Circle, take the 42 bus toward Mt Pleasant to 18th & Columbia.

UPCOMING: VARIETY OPEN MIC: Glover Park Social, a new Variety Open Mic at Mason Inn! THURS, May 25 - and every Thursday night - from 8:00pm - 10:00pm, Free

New! Glover Park Social: Variety Open Mic
now every Thursday night at Mason Inn 
(No Glover Park Social March 16 for March Madness)
8:00pm - 10:00pm 
Free

Next event - Thursday, May 25
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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 gloverparksocial@gmail.com.  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 lyft.com. You can also get $20 off your first Uber with the promo code FREEINDC14 at uber.com/go/freeindc14 - 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: HIGHLIGHTS: More Free and low-cost events to choose from this THURS, May 25 - SUN, May 28


Thursday, May 25
7:00pm - 11:00pm
Free
Live art making event plus music from DJ Hav Mercy at venue near H St NE. "Sketch Lounge – A live art making event to to provide a regular gathering for artists and the creative community that aims to give exposure to local artists, build relationships, and community. Also, a venue to watch the creative process and start your original art collection." Art made that night will be available for purchase! Scale will be $5 - $30
Shopkeepers
1231 Florida Avenue NE
Metro: See metro trip-planner for best bus access or take uber or lyft there, see promotions for new users below. 

at The Potter's House in Adams Morgan
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Free
Come out for a night of music from Nico Sarbanes, a jazz vocalist, trumpeter and composer from Baltimore. At 23, he is already emerging as one of the city’s most talented young performers, combining a virtuosic technique on the trumpet with an impressive command of the vocal repertoire of the Great American Songbook.
The Potter's House
1658 Columbia Rd NW
Metro: Columbia Heights and walk about 12 minutes or take the 42 or 43 bus toward Mt Pleasant to Mozart Pl or the Circulator bus from Woodley Park Metro to the Ontario Rd stop and walk about a block, or walk from the metro about 20 minutes or so

Saturday, May 27


D.C. Psychedelic Society Meeting #2 
3:00pm - 5:00pm 
Free
Join the D.C. Psychedelic Society for their 2nd general meeting to connect with others who shaare similar interests and take part in planning future events. The Society exists to create a safe space to discuss psychedelics. We offer education, harm reduction, and a community of like minds.
Metro: Takoma 

6:00pm - 9:00pm
Free, space is limited, Register here
Bring a dream journal or one dream to share with the group. Wear comfortable clothes for light movement and guided meditation.  Sleeping bag or yoga mat optional.  Art supplies provided!
"These Dreams" is an experiential workshop where participants use dream imagery to interpret, reinterpret, and produce creative content from dreams. Participants will be invited to share a dream with the group. The dream content will be translated into drawings, collages, short stories, poems, performances, and videos that build bridges to unconscious parts of ourselves. Selected works will be shown in the "Local Legends" exhibition on display at VisArts, Kaplan Gallery, through June 11.
VisArts Gallery
155 Gibbs St -  Rockville, MD
Metro: Rockville, about three blocks from the metro

hosted by The Welders and Fantom Comics7:00pm - 9:00pm
Free
From the event page: "We're teaming up with local playwright collective The Welders to deliver a great and terrible night of fanfiction with plenty of alcohol to be supplied. Participation encouraged!If you've got any fanfic to share--whether it's your own or the internet's, whether it's great or terrible--we'd love to have you get up and read it to the crowd. We haven't done one of these in a while, but you've been demanding it and this is the perfect night to bring it back!" Comment note: "We've had a lot of questions about time constraints. If you plan to read a story, we're requesting that you let us know by posting a comment to this post (on the facebook event page).  If you want to give just the title, that's fine, or just a description, or even just a note saying "yes, I plan to read a story." This will help us ensure everyone gets a chance."
2010 P Street NW
Metro: Dupont Circle

Sunday, May 28

Yoga for Every Body x Brookland
led by Simone Jacobson 
10:00am - 11:15am 
Free, Space is limited, RSVP Required
RSVP to simone.jacobson @gmail.com 
"Open to all levels including true beginners to yoga, this Dharma-Inspired Yoga and Breathwork class is free! Structured around a simple set sequence of postures designed by Sri Dharma Mittra over his 50 years of dedicated practice, this class combines pranayama (breath) and static poses (asanas) giving students the opportunity to re-align and center in a supportive environment. This class is taught by a former hip-hop dancer and current entrepreneur, Simone Jacobson, who discovered yoga after a traumatic injury during her healing process. Simone hopes to cultivate spaces where everyone feels empowered to breathe and move with freedom from the rigors of daily life. She recently did her 200-hour yoga teacher training at Yoga District. This community offering is #3 of 5 classes as part of completing her program."
Dance Place
3225 8th St NE
Metro: Brookland

Monthly Songwriting Workshop with Elena Lacayo at Bloombars
New time and day! Let's give it a whirl!
5:30pm - 7:30pm
by donation, $10 suggested
"Have you ever wanted to write a song? Don't know where to start? Do you have a song you have been working on? A musical idea you want to develop into a song? A song you want to get feedback on? Join Elena Lacayo, Artist in Bloom resident, bilingual singer-songwriter and lead for Elena & Los Fulanos for a Songwriter's Workshop where participants will learn about the essential elements of songwriting including best practices on song structure, melody, and lyric-writing and how to work through song ideas to create a complete song. This workshop will also serve as an opportunity to perform songs or ideas and receive feedback from peers. We may even write a song! Bring your instruments and songs you have been working on to share (if you have them)! All levels welcome!"
3222 11th St NW
Metro: Columbia Heights, walk north on 14th one block to Kenyon, turn right, make a left on 11th, about an 8 minute walk from the metro.

Uber & Lyft Promotions: New Lyft users get $10 off your first ride with promo code FREEINDC10 Sign up at lyft.com. New Uber users get $20 off your first ride, sign up: uber.com/with 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.

Monday, May 22, 2017

UPCOMING: MEDITATION: The next Free 4-Week Introduction to Meditation series begins on Memorial Day, MON, May 29 and continues the following two three Mondays, thru MON, June 19 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.

Next 4-Week Series begins  - Monday, May 29
and the next three Mondays, thru June 19
7:00pm - 8:30pm
No experience necessary, all welcome to attend!
Free, RSVP required, email DCinfo@sos.org or call (937) 361-4515 or  (630) 597-5174

Note: If you aren't able to attend the first session on Monday, May 29 you're welcome to join in the second session, Monday, June 5. Please RSVP to let them know you plan to attend.

"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 lyft.com. You can also get $20 off your first Uber with the promo code FREEINDC14 at uber.com/go/freeindc14 - 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.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

UPCOMING: MEDITATION: Meditate in Community on Sunday Mornings at the Science of Spirituality DC Center, the next Meditation & Talk will be on SUN, May 28 from 10:00am - 12:00pm followed by a vegetarian lunch + New Spanish Meditation at 1:00pm, Free

The Science of Spirituality  DC Center
hosts lots of free programs.
See the schedule or calendar page for more program information.

The Science of Spirituality Meditation Center, which opened in the Fall of 2013, shares the practice of Jyoti meditation, a discipline focusing on the experience of inner light, at their free workshops. Science of Spirituality has been offering free meditation workshops actively in the DC area since 1953. As part of an international, nonprofit, multi-faith organization consisting of two thousand centers and a million members world-wide, Science of Spirituality welcomes the community to participate in its meetings and activities. The group’s president is spiritual leader and author, H.H. Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj, world renowned for his books on meditation and spirituality, and for leading conferences and workshops promoting love, unity, and peace, in all lands and among all peoples, through the practice of meditation.

Weekly Meditation on Sunday Mornings
except for the first Sunday of the month
Sunday Morning Silent Meditation
10:00am - 11:00am
Sunday Morning Meditation Talk
11:00am - 12:00pm
Free
All welcome regardless of level of experience

Meditation Talk and Meditation at 11:00am is recommended for new folks. Feel free to arrive when you can to meditate with the group in a silent format so if you are an experienced meditator you are welcome to arrive anytime starting from 10:00am for a silent meditation sit. Vegetarian lunch is provided after the meditation talk. at noon, for those who participate in the morning program.

New! Sunday Spanish Meditation led by Paola Neyra
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Free
Questions? Call 540-907-0019

SOS DC also offers free meditation workshops at area libraries. You can learn more about SOS DC and Jyoti Meditation on their website and connect with them on twitter @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 acces looks like the M4 and D6 buses get you pretty close but they don't run that often. For those with cars, street parking is available. For those of you with smart phones who don't own cars you may want to consider taking uber or lyft there from wherever you are or from the Tenleytown Metro, which is closest. See promo below.

New User Promotions: $10 off your first Lyft ride with promo code FREEINDC10 when you sign up at lyft.com. $20 off your first Uber ride when you sign up at uber.com 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.

Thursday, May 18, 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!

Wednesday, May 10, 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!

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 freeindcblog@gmail.com 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. 

ADAMS MORGAN

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

BLOOMINGDALE
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

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

CHINATOWN
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

COLUMBIA HEIGHTS & MT PLEASANT
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

DUPONT CIRCLE
Dolcezza
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

Filter 
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

EASTERN MARKET
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


FOGGY BOTTOM / WEST END
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

GEORGETOWN
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

H ST CORRIDOR, NE
417 H St NE

LOGAN CIRCLE
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.

SHAW
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

U ST 
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

UNION STATION
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

OUTDOOR PARKS with Free WiFi!
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

CHAIN STORES & CAFES in DC
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.

Cosi
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
Tenleytown
H St NW between 6th and 7th
Chinatown
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

BARS & RESTAURANTS IN DC
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
Tenleytown

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

Commisary
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

Tenlyetown


MUSEUMS
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

Chinatown
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
Smithsonian

DC PUBLIC LIBRARIES
Great quiet places to work throughout DC!
View the list of Library locations! 
MLK Library at 9th & G St, NW is open latest
Chinatown
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)

NORTHERN VIRGINIA
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
Rosslyn

Busboys and Poets
Shirlington, VA (not near metro, take bus or car)
Buzz 
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
Ballston

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

the food and coffee here is quite good
3211 Wilson Blvd
Clarendon

in the Ballston Commons Mall
Ballston

INDEPENDENT CAFES IN MD
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!