Wednesday, June 29, 2016

UPCOMING: MEDITATION: Tonight! Free Meditation Workshop at the Southwest Library by the Waterfront Metro on WED, June 29 from 7:00pm - 8:30pm

"Meditation for Stress Reduction"
led by David Newcomb
Wednesday June 29
7:00pm - 8:30pm

Join David Newcomb, a long time meditator, for a deep and engaging meditation workshop. David lectures regularly on the benefits of meditation and has been practicing himself for 40 years.  During this workshop he will talk about the journey of finding lasting peace, happiness and a greater sense of well being. David will share a simple technique of spiritual meditation (explained and practiced during the session) that can help us achieve a lasting state of peace and happiness found through no outer experience.  For new or advanced adult meditators.

Southwest Library 
900 Wesley Pl SW
Metro: Waterfront

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Today! Free events this WED, June 29 - SUN, July 3 + Fireworks and more on MON, July 4 in DC, VA & MD - Highlights from!

Here is a list of free arts and culture events from! This site is a fantastic resource for free and ticketed events presented by nearly 300 Metro DC Arts Presenters. For quick way to find even more FREE arts and culture events check out the Free events in Metro DC page on is another great program where you can find discount tickets to performances throughout metro DC @TICKETPLACEDC on twitter and at

Note: New Format! All events below are FREE and are organized by date and start time. Be sure to click through the links for time, location and event details. Some may require advance RSVP. All of the events below are in DC unless otherwise noted

Metro: See metro trip-planner for best metro or bus access or see the new user promotions for uber and lyft at the bottom of this post, and on on the ride sidebar of this site.

See the Free events in Metro DC page on CultureCapital for more free events + exhibits
Smithsonian Folklife Festival! Wednesday, June 29 - Monday, July 4
  • Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2016 on The National Mall celebrating Basque Country "This year the Folklife Festival celebrates resilient communities around the world. Discover how the Basque Country sustains culture, drawing on traditions to innovate in a rapidly changing world. Learn renowned cooking techniques and phrases in the Euskara language. Experience bertsolaritza poetry competitions and stone-lifting matches. Drink a refreshing glass of cider or rioja wine and meet master artisans. Explore the Sounds of California through the music and stories of immigrant communities shaping the diverse state. Interact with artists in music workshops and stretch out on the lawn for an evening concert series."
Last Chance to see the Exhibits in Old Town Alexandria, VA
Wednesday, June 29
Thursday, June 30 - Evening
  • Anne Smith: Post- Graduate Talk, Smith has created a series of screen prints based on her observations and research of the Potomac River, ans she'll speak about how the Potomac has inspired her work, her process, and what she’s learned over the course of her time at the Torpedo Factory at 6:00pm
Friday, July 1 - Daytime
  • PanLara Youth Steel Orchestra Performance DC’s own steel pan orchestra shares some African Caribbean culture with a performance on the steps of the National Archives on Constitution Avenue, NW at 12:00pm
  • #ArchivesJuly4 Transcribe-a-thon at the National Archives 2:00pm, Free but RSVP is Required, Join online or in-person from 2:00pm - 5:00pm to transcribe documents related to the founding of our nation, the July 4th holiday, and more.
Friday, July 1 - Late Afternoon/ Early Eve
  • First Fridays with ACAS (Adinkra Cultural Arts Studio) at the Prince George's African American Museum 4519 Rhode Island Avenue in North Brentwood, MD. Celebrate Black Arts and Culture with a dance workshop and a live performance by Sound of the City band. Food trucks will also be on site if you wish to purchase food. Tunes provided by DJ 2 Tone Jones. 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Friday, July 1 - Evening
Saturday, July 2 - Daytime
  • DC Legendary Musicians, featuring D.C. born, raised, and resident musicians of all ages, perform on the steps of the National Archives on Constitution Avenue, NW at 12:00pm
  • Early Keepers at the Prince George's African American Museum in North Brentwood, MD at 12:00pm. Free program for Kids 3-7 years old (Parent/Guardian Participation Required) where they can explore multicultural heritage through story-telling, music, movement/dance, and arts & crafts.
  • Happy Birthday, America and Happy Birthday, Tudor Place! at Tudor Place. Please Note: Free only for Veterans + military families. Members: $3,  all others $5 Happy 200th Tudor Place Historic House and Garden! America’s Story Lives Here – now marking a rare American Bicentennial. Play traditional American outdoor games, take self-guided garden tours, make patriotic crafts, and of course, enjoy a piece of the giant Tudor Place birthday cake from Dog Tag Bakery (while it lasts) in the historic gardens at 1:00pm
  • Film: The Big Broadcast (preceded by Me and the Boys) "All-star musical revues were all the rage by the early 1930s. The Big Broadcast, riding this wave with dazzling style, assembled a line-up that includes Bing Crosby (in his first major movie role) and many more. (Frank Tuttle, 1932, 35mm, 80 minutes) and (Victor Saville, 1929, 35mm, 7 minutes) film screenings at the National Gallery of Art, East Building, Audiotrium at 2:00pm
  • Film: Her Sister's Secret film screening (Edgar G. Ulmer, 1946, 35mm, 86 min, click link to read film description) at the National Gallery of Art, East Building, Auditorium at 4:00pm 
Saturday, July 2 - Early Eve
Saturday, July 2 - Evening
  • Mary Ann Redmond at Lubber Run Amphitheater "Winner of a staggering 24 Washington Area Music Awards (WAMMIES) for best female jazz, rock-pop, roots rock/traditional R & B, the vocalist has toured with Mary Chapin Carpenter and opened for The Pointer Sisters and The Neville Brothers" She'll perform a free outdoor concert in the park in Arlington, VA at 8:00pm
Sunday, July 3 - Daytime 
  • Film: Spring Night, Summer Night "Director J. L. Anderson and writer-producer Franklin Miller spent time getting to know the counties of rural southeastern Ohio where they set their tale — an account of illicit love in a hardscrabble corner of mid-century America." (J. L. Anderson, 1967, 35mm, 82 min) at the National Gallery of Art, East Building, Auditorium at 4:00pm 
Saturday, July 3 - Early Eve
  • The Sweater Set at Lubber Run Amphitheater, Winners of five WAMMIE Awards for "Best Folk Duo" and "Best Contemporary Folk," The Washington Post says Sara Curtin & Maureen Andary "...will pluck at your heartstrings [with] an intimidating number of instruments" and soaring soprano harmonies, play a free show in Lubber Run Park in Arlington, VA at 6:00pm
Sunday, July 3 - Evening
  • A Capitol Fourth Concert Rehearsal on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Skip the crowds and head down to the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol a day early for a dress rehearsal of the performance (minus the fireworks). Guest artists include host Tom Bergeron, Smokey Robinson, Kenny Loggins, The Voice winner Alisan Porter, Cassadee Pope, Gavin DeGraw, Amber Riley, Jackie Evancho, Sutton Foster, Yolanda Adams, Scott Hamilton & On Your Feet! Annual performers include: Jack Everly, National Symphony Orchestra, Choral Arts Society of Washington, The U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own", The U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, and much more. 8:00pm
    Monday, July 4 - Happy Fourth of July!

    Free Events in DC 
    • July 4th Celebration at the National Archives - see full schedule of events starting on July 1 here! Explore the National Archives Museum and view the original Declaration of Independence in the Rotunda, participate in hands-on activities for all ages, sign a facsimile of the Declaration of Independence and much more. There will also be a Declaration of Independence reading by historical reenactors and performance by the 3rd U.S. Infantry "The Old Guard" Fife and Drum Corps, event begins at 8:00am
    • National Independence Day Parade along Constitution Avenue between 7th and 17th Streets 11:45am The Parade consists of invited bands, fife and drum corps, floats, military and specialty units, giant balloons, equestrian, drill teams, VIP's, national dignitaries, and celebrity participants. 
    • Sylvan Theater Stage Concert at the National Sylvan Theater by the Washington Monument on The National Mall featuring the The United States Army Band’s popular ensemble Downrange at 6:00pm
    • A Capitol Fourth Concert & A Capitol Fourth Fireworks on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Broadcast live on PBS from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, this top-rated extravaganza features coverage from 20 cameras positioned around Washington DC, ensuring viewers are front and center for the greatest display of fireworks in the nation. Guest artists include host Tom Bergeron, Smokey Robinson, Kenny Loggins, The Voice winner Alisan Porter, Cassadee Pope, Gavin DeGraw, Amber Riley, Jackie Evancho, Sutton Foster, Yolanda Adams, Scott Hamilton & On Your Feet! Annual performers include: Jack Everly, National Symphony Orchestra, Choral Arts Society of Washington, The U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own", The U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, and much more. Concert starts at 8:00pm but you probably want to arrive sooner if you want to get a spot. Fireworks begin just after dark and can be seen from around the area. 
    Free Events in VA
    • July 4th Celebration at Long Bridge Park, Arlington at Long Bridge Park in Arlington, VA  Event-goers can take part in the various activities happening at the park that day, including a food truck rally, drop-in kickball games and contests, drop-in lawn games, free face painting, moon bounces (weather permitting) and balloon art, live music from exciting acts and great views of the Washington, DC fireworks display. Event is listed as starting at 5:00pm
    • Fairfax Evening Show & Fireworks at Fairfax High School in VA with music starting at 6:00pm, the 1812 Overture by the City of Fairfax Band at 9:20pm and fireworks at 9:30pm
    Free Events in MD
    • College Park Independence Day Concert and Fireworks at the University of Maryland, College Park. Music from The Nightlife Band starts at 7:00pm and a 30 to 40 minute fireworks program starts around 9:00pm. Concessions open at 5:00pm,  alcohol is not permitted.
    • Rockville's Independence Day Celebration at Mattie J.T. Stepanek Park in Rockville, MD features musical performances by The Nighthawks, The Fugitive Brass Quintet, Rockville Concert Band, and fireworks at 9:15pm
    Uber & Lyft Promtions for New Users! Free in DC has special promotions for those new to uber and lyft car services. It might make more sense to get certain places this way depending on where you are coming from. If you have a smart phone and don't already have the apps, you can download the lyft app and get $10 off your first lyft ride with promo code FREEINDC10 and download the uber app to get $20 off your first Uber ride with the promo code FREEINDC14 when you sign up here: uber - Note: Be sure to select uberx for your own ride or you can select uber pool or lyft line (if you don't mind the idea of possibly sharing a ride with people en route) for the best price!

    UPCOMING: SHOWCASE: Tonight! Monthly: The Capital City Showcase is backat Wonderland Ballroom on WED, June 29 from 8:00pm - 10:00pm, $10

    The Capital City Showcase is back!
    New venue, Acre 121, formerly at DCAC
    Wednesday, June 29

    8:00pm - 10:00pm
    $10, plus small fee if you purchase online

    or cash at the door, 21+

    The Capital City Showcase is the variety show hosted by Christian Hunt that features some of the DC areas best comedians, musicians, and performing artists. For over five years, the Showcase has included DC's best artists of all kinds, including stand-up comedians, improv troupes, bands, acoustic singer-songwriters, and hip-hop artists.

    The June Showcase will feature Comedy Headliner Randy Syphax, who has been featured on NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon" and Musical Headliner Panic Trio, one of the mid-Atlantic's finest pop-bluegrass bands. The Showcase will also feature comedy from Kandyce August and Chris Milner, as well as music from Comet Cowboys.

    The Wonderland Ballroom
    1101 Kenyon St NW
    Metro: Columbia Heights, walk one block north on 14th St to Kenyon and turn right and walk a few blocks, Wonderland is at the corner of 11th and Kenyon

    UPCOMING & ONGOING: OPEN MIC: Tonight! Weekly: "Fun Fun at 121" Open Mic for Comedians, Musicians and others WED, June 29 - and every WED night - at Acre 121 in Columbia Heights from 8:00pm - 10:00pm, All Ages, Free

    Fun Fun at 121: Weekly Open Mic Comedy, Music & More!
    every Wednesday night
    8:00pm - 10:00pm
    All ages, Free

    Next Open Mic - Wednesday, June 29
    this week will be hosted by comedian Pat Riley

    The producers of The Capital City Showcase, the variety show that brings you some of DC’s finest performing artists, bring you Fun Fun at 121, a new variety open mic for all styles! Highlighting comedy, music and other performing arts every Wednesday night in Columbia Heights, right by the metro.

    Comedians, musicians and artists wanting to perform can sign up in advance by emailing There will also be a limited amount of sign-ups on the night of each performance. Seating is on a first come, first serve basis, so come early if you want to catch happy hour and a great seat.

    Acre 121
    1400 Irving St NW
    Metro: Columbia Heights, right by the metro, just past the five guys across from Panera

    UPCOMING & ONGOING: Tonight! Daily: Performances at The Kennedy Center from 6:00pm - 7:00pm Millennium Stage series, Artists vary daily, Free

    Millennium Stage events at The Kennedy  Center every night
    6:00pm - 7:00pm
    Artists vary daily

    Wednesday, June 29
    The Soul of Afghan Music: Homayoun Sakhi and Salar Nader
    Afghan music represents the confluence of cultural influences whose sources lie to the east, north, and west of present-day Afghanistan. This program features two of its most celebrated proponents: Homayoun Sakhi is the outstanding rubâb player of his generation and Salar Nader is a highly sought-after percussionist. Together, they are brilliant virtuosi endowed with charismatic musical presence, personality, and inventiveness.

    Thursday, June 30 
    Home Within
    Note: This event takes place in the Family Theater. Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the Family Theater lobby starting at approximately 5:30 pm, up to two tickets per person.
    A beautiful audio-visual performance, Home Within is the newest project of Syrian composer and clarinetist Kinan Azmeh and Syrian Armenian visual artist Kevork Mourad. In this work, art and music develop in counterpoint to each other, creating an impressionistic reflection on the Syrian revolution and its aftermath. Rather than following a narrative, the artists document specific moments in Syria’s recent history and reach into their emotional content in a semi-abstract way.

    The Kennedy Center
    2700 F St NW
    Metro: Foggy Bottom and take the free Kennedy Center shuttle that runs every ten minutes. If it makes more sense for you based on where you are coming from to get a ride there, new lyft and uber users can take advantage of the special promotions for Free in DC followers.

    Download the uber and lyft app to your smartphone. 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!

    Tuesday, June 28, 2016

    UPCOMING & ONGOING: Weekly: Art Soiree hosts Rooftop events at the Beacon Hotel Sky Bar every THURS through Labor Day! The next "Sunset Jazz Night" will be on THURS, June 30 from 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Free with RSVP, 21+

    Art Soiree Summer Series of Rooftop events!
    Thursday nights at the Beacon Hotel Sky Bar
    every Thursday from June 16 - September 1
    Free, RSVP here

    Thursdays June 23 - July 28 
    Sunset Jazz Nights 
    Different jazz bands take stage at the rooftop to perform live jazz

    Thursdays August 4 - September 1
    Sunset Bossa Nova 
    To celebrate the month of summer Olympics in Brazil Art Soiree will present live bands performing Brazilian Jazz (Bossa Nova) and live broadcast of the Olympics games

    Beacon Hotel Sky Bar
    1615 Rhode Island Ave NW - corner of 17th St near N St
    Metro: Dupont Circle, or you can take the 42 bus along Connecticut Ave to N St or the 16th St bus, S2 or S4 bus along 16th St to M St

    UPCOMING: COMEDY: Underground Comedy at The Big Hunt features Ian Abramson on FRI, July 1 & SAT, July 2 + See Rising Comics from around the Country every FRI and SAT night, just $10, plus small service fee if 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+

    Friday, July 1 & Saturday, July 2
    see times below
    This week's featured comedian is Ian Abramson

    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.  The Big Hunt was also named one of the Best Dive Bars in America by Maxim Magazine and a Washington Post Editor's Pick for Best Beer Selection in DC. 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.

    Ian is a Los Angeles based comedian. His stand-up has evolved into a mix of precise wordplay, longer emotionally absurd jokes, and larger conceptual pieces. In the past year, Ian has performed at the world-famous Just for Laughs Festival, SXSW, Oddball Comedy Festival, and the UP Comedy Club. Ian also created Seven Minutes in Purgatory, an experimental show where comedians perform to a camera in one room while the audience watches in another room, resulting in the comics having no idea of how they are doing. Chicago Magazine named Ian “Best Experimental Comedian” and also listed him as one of the “16 Comedians You Should See This Fall.” 

    This week features Ian Abramson (SXSW, Hulu, The Onion)

    Friday, July 1  
    8:00pm show 
    $10, plus small service fee when you buy tickets online

    Saturday, July 2 - early show
    $10, plus small service fee when you buy tickets online

    Saturday, July 2 - late show
    $10, plus small service fee when you buy tickets online

    Save the dates for additional shows this month! 

    Friday, July 8 & Saturday, July 9 
    featuring Jared Logan (Comedy Central, VH1, CBS)
    $10, plus small service fee if you buy tickets online for 7/8 - 8:00pm7/9 - 7:30pm7/9 - 9:30pm

    Jared Logan is a nationally touring headliner who has appeared on Comedy Central's The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, TJ Miller's Mash Up, John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show as well as in his own Half Hour special. He was a series regular on VH1's Best Week Ever and TruTV's World's Dumbest. His debut comedy album, My Brave Battle, was hailed by Vulture as one of the best stand-up specials of the year. Jared currently writes for The Late Late Show with James Corden and is the host of The Secret Masters podcast. ​

    Friday, July 15 & Saturday, July 16
    featuring Jo Firestone (Fusion, Riot)
    $10, plus small service fee if you buy tickets online for 7/15 - 8:00pm7/16 - 7:30pm7/16 - 9:30pm

    Friday, July 29 & Saturday, July 30
    featuring Phil Hanley (Comedy Central, CBS, NBC)
    $10, plus small service fee if you buy tickets online for 7/29 - 8:00pm7/30 - 7:30pm7/30 - 9:30pm

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

    Monday, June 27, 2016

    UPCOMING: MUSIC: Vinyl Listening Party this THURS, June 30 starting at 6:30pm at Songbyrd in Adams Morgan, All ages, Free

    Highlights for select free and low-cost events at Songbryd in Adams Morgan!

    See the Songbyrd site for a full list of events

    Thursday, June 30
    Vinyl Me Please: The Spins
    Vinyl Listening Party
    Free, Upstairs, All ages, RSVP requested

    Songbyrd Music House & Record Cafe
    2477 18th St NW
    Metro: Woodley Park and walk to Adams Morgan, about 12 minutes or so, or  take Circulator one stop to Adams Mill, walk across Columbia Rd, on the left side of the street. From the Columbia Heights Metro its about 20 minute walk down Columbia to 18th St, or catch the Circulator by the 7-11 on Columbia Rd at 14th St and get off at Adams Mill. The 42 or 43 bus from Dupont Circle or Connecticut Ave downtown will also take you right to 18th & Columbia. 

    UPCOMING & ONGOING: COMEDY: Weekly: New Late Night Shows every Saturday Night at Drafthouse Comedy, 13th & L St NW, with "Dirty Laundry" Comedy on SAT, July 2 at 11:00pm, doors 10:40pm, Show is 18+, $5 or Free for College Students

    New Comedy Venue, Drafthouse Comedy
    Open since April, near 13th St on L St NW
    hosts two new weekly shows
    Shows are just $5 (plus service fee if you buy online) and 18+
    Free for college students 18+ with valid ID if seats are available. Plus, no minimum purchase at this venue, sweet!

    In April, the owners of the Arlington Drafthouse opened up a comedy arts performance space in the heart of DC.  The Drafthouse Comedy Theater is styled after a black box arts theater and is conveniently located at 13th & L St NW.

    continuing every other Saturday
    11:00pm show, 10:40pm doors
    $5, Free for college students with valid ID if seats available, 18+
    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.
    Come out and see DC's best stand up comics do the jokes they can't do at other venues. 
    Every other Saturday: July 2, July 16 & July 30

    Saturday, July 9 - second show
    continuing every other Saturday
    11:00pm show, 10:40pm doors
    $5, Free for college students with valid ID if seats available, 18+
    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.

    Come Out to see comedians and the general public tell compelling stories of love, life and absurdity and if you have a story to tell, sign up for a future show! Every other Saturday, alternating with the Dirty Laundry Show. Upcoming dates: Saturdays July 9 and July 23

    As a black box theater, the Drafthouse Comedy Theater offers concession beer, wine, liquor, and some light fare. There are no minimum purchase requirements for patrons, nor is there table-side service. The theater offers tall ceilings, great sight lines, and an intimate setting.

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

    Sunday, June 26, 2016

    UPCOMING & ONGOING: Weekly: "Farragut Fridays" in Farragut Square continues on FRI, July 1 from 12:00pm - 2:00pm + Outdoor Office, Lounge Area and Free Wi-Fi from 9:00am - 5:00pm every Friday Now - thru September, Compliments of the Golden Triangle BID

    Free Outdoor Office and lounge area every Friday as part of Farragut Fridays in Farragut Sq
    brought to you by the Golden Triangle BID
    9:00am - 5:00pm
    Friday, May 6 - Friday, September 30

    Come out for the Pop-Up events every Friday from 12:00pm - 2:00pm, through August 19, and enjoy Free movies in Farragut Sq. every Friday night at sunset, through July 22, as part of the Golden Cinema series! They'll also have cornhole, foosball and table tennis set up for you to play every Friday!

    Upcoming Pop-Up events and Picnic in the Park Fridays from 12:00pm - 2:00pm

    Friday, July 1

    This week you'll have a chance to connect with the folks from the  Japan Information and Culture Center and Carr Workplaces
    Every Week "Look for the Golden Triangle tent for a chance to win prizes, learn about the neighborhood, and play fun lawn games, foosball, or table tennis. All are welcome to bring a lunch from their favorite nearby eatery and enjoy this relaxing and fun setting. Bring your entire office and play games against other companies and organizations from the around the city — not only is it a blast, but it’s also a great way to network and raise your organization’s visibility!" + more events Fridays through August 19

    Sign up for Outdoor Office reservations, between 9am-11am & 3pm-5pm, up to an hour and a half.
    • Reservations cannot be stacked.
    • Only the yellow rectangle tables are available for reservation.
    • Space can accommodate up to 24 people. Groups less than 4 do not need to reserve a space.
    • A reservation will be held for no longer than 15 minutes past the reservation time.
    If you'd like to reserve meeting space, please email the folks at Golden Triangle with the Contact Person’s name, phone number and affiliated company along with the date of reservation, time and length of reservation and number of participants and a high quality logo or company name for reservation sign.

    Get out of the office and enjoy some time outside instead! Schedule you appointments for the outdoors or just hang out and work outside from your laptop every Friday through the end of September from 9:00am - 5:00pm in Farragut Square Park. There will be a full set up that includes free Wi-Fi, tables, chairs, and games to get your creativity flowing. Enjoy the free work space and get some fresh air and sunshine. 

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

    UPCOMING & ONGOING: OUTDOOR FILM: Weekly: "Golden Cinema" Outdoor Film series continues FRI, July 1 in Farragut Square with a screening of "Legally Blonde 2" at sunset, Free

    Golden Triangle presents Golden Cinema in Farragut Square
    Friday nights May 20 - July 22
    7:30pm or so, films at sunset

    The Golden Cinema series kicks off on Friday, May 20 with a “Hail to the Chief” theme in honor of the presidential election this year.

    "Mark your calendar and join hundreds under the stars for a night of entertaining movies and activities. Make a night of it and plan to take advantage of the array of restaurants and retailers in the neighborhood." Captions provided.

    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.

    Remaining Friday night movie schedule:

    Friday, July 1
    Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde (2003)
    Farragut Square Park
    at the intersection of 17th St near Connecticut Ave, I St and K St NW (map)
    Metro: Farragut North or Farragut West or take the Circulator or a bus along K or I St 

    UPCOMING: COMEDY: Dojo Comedy, a new Improv & Sketch Comedy Venue located on Georgia Ave in Park View, near Petworth, hosts $10 shows most FRI & SAT nights and Free shows most SUN nights

    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.

    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: HIGHLIGHTS: Find more events taking place @FreeinDCBlog on twitter! Additional events and giveaways not posted on the main site may 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 & ONGOING: Monthly: "Community Day" at The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Free admission on SUN, July 3, and every first SUN of the month, from 12:00pm - 5:00pm

    Free "Community Day" at the National Museum of Women in the Arts!
    every first Sunday of  the month
    12:00pm - 5:00pm

    Community Day - Sunday, July 3
    12:00pm - 5:00pm 

    Visit the NMWA for their Free Community Day and enjoy free admission to the museum. Community Days are held on the first Sunday of every month. Regular admission to the museum is $10, $8 for students and those 65+, 18 and under free.

    When you are there, I recommend checking out their gift shop, where you can find wearable art and items made from recycled materials. Aside from the gift shop at the Building Museum, this may be my favorite one in town. I got one of my favorite fabric necklaces there a while back.

    National Museum of Women in the Arts
    1250 New York Ave, NW
    Metro: Metro Center, use the 13th St exit and up two blocks to NY Ave or take one of many buses that go to 13th & H St NW

    OF NOTE: CALL FOR ENTRIES: Touchstone Gallery Call for Entries for "Art as Politics" National Juried Show

    Call for Entries! “Art as Politics” National Juried show at Touchstone Gallery
    Deadline to apply: July 5, 2016
    Awards: 1st Prize: $750, 2nd Prize: $500, 3rd Prize: $250
    Entry Fees: $35 for up to 3 images, $5 for each additional image.
    Apply online at Touchstone Gallery click on "Art as Politics" Juried Show Entry, via Entry Thingy

    "Express everything you love and hate in the current election process as a visual art form. Love, anger, concern - get it all out and be part of our show. Abstract, figurative, installation - all original visual media are welcome. Juror - Jayme McLellan, Director/Founder, Civilian Art Projects. Ms. McLellan has organized and curated over 100 exhibitions and has supported art and artists in Washington, DC area since 1996. Exhibition dates: August 5-25, 2016.

    Exhibit will be at
    Touchstone Gallery
    901 New York Ave NW
    Washington DC 20001
    Open: Wednesday-Friday 11-6, Saturday-Sunday 12-5

    ON VIEW: ART: "Wonder" at the Renwick features 5 different large scale Installation Art Works remaining of the 9 original works, on view FRI, Nov 13 - SUN, July 10, Free

    "Wonder" Exhibit at the Renwick Gallery
    Large, Room Sized Installation Art! 
    On view Friday, November 13 - July 10

    This exhibit is truly amazing! Highly recommend seeing it! Five of the nine pieces are still on view.  Tara Donovan (paper scultptures), Gabriel Dawe (rainbow), Patrick Doherty (tree branches/ nests) on view through July 10. Remaining indefinitely: Leo Villareal (lighting), Janet Echelman (netting).

    No longer on view: Works by John Grade (tree), Maya Lin (glass marbles), Jennifer Angus (pink room with bugs), Chakaia Booker (black rubber) were only on view through May 8 

    See photos of all of the works on the Renwick site here!
     Nine leading contemporary artists are each taking over different galleries in the building, creating site-specific installations inspired by the Renwick. Together, these installations will turn the building into a larger-than-life work of art. While the nine artists featured in Wonder create strikingly different works, they are connected by their interest in creating large-scale installations from unexpected materials. Index cards, marbles, strips of wood—all objects so commonplace and ordinary we often overlook them—are assembled, massed, and juxtaposed to utterly transform spaces and engage us in the most surprising ways.  Learn more here.

    Renwick Gallery - Smithsonian American Art Museum
    17th & Pennsylvania Avenue, NW - right by The White House
    Metro: McPherson Sq or Farragut West and walk or take the S2 or S4 bus or any number of buses there.

    Wednesday, June 22, 2016

    OF NOTE: FITNESS: Get Fit in 2016! Fitiverse is a new local, social network site that helps you find Free Fitness & Wellness activities in DC! Started by locals, Fitiverse shares a similar mission to Free in DC, with a Fitness Spin!

    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 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!
    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!  

    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!

    Sunday, December 13, 2015

    OF NOTE: WIFI: 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 on this post, send me a tweet @FreeinDCBlog or message me on Free in DC's facebook page.

    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 
    Newly 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 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

    The Cakeroom
    read more about this new spot opened at the end of 2013
    2006 18th St NW
    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

    Coffy Cafe
    Note: They close at 3:00pm
    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

    gelato and coffee bar, counter culture coffee
    rather limited bar style seating at this one

    1451 P St NW
    right across from Whole Foods 
    Note: They have two other DC locations, one on 7th St near Archives and Chinatown and one at Eastern Market next to peregrine, but I am pretty sure that these locations don't have wireless, you can contact them first to ask.

    Dolcezza -
    ew 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 

    U ST 
    U St Cafe
    2 hour internet ticket with purchase
    where Mocha Hut used to be
    1301 U 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

    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

    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 also in MD & VA
    12th & E St
    Metro Center
    Locations in MD and VA as well. 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

    Chief Ikes
    1725 Columbia Rd NW
    Adams Morgan

    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

    1737 Wilson Blvd
    between Courthouse and Rosslyn

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

    Northside Social (former murky)
    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