Sunday, August 2, 2015

UPCOMING: Today! Entry to the Newseum is just $10 instead of $22.95+ tax on SUN, August 2 in celebration of the new exhibit “Nationals at 10: Baseball Makes News”

Reduced Entry to the Newseum in celebration of the new exhibit “Nationals at 10: Baseball Makes News” 
Sunday, August 2
9:00am - 5:00pm
just $10 for adults and seniors this weekend, regularly $29.95 plus tax
Plus, Newseum also has a Summer Fun Deal where kids 18 and under visit free through Labor Day 

555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial 

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Today! More Free events SUN, August 2 - MON, August 3 from, a Fabulous Resource for Arts & Culture events in the DC Metro Area

Here are some great free arts and culture events sent to us by! 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 in DC" Inside Out feature, curated by the staff of is another great program where you can find discount tickets to performances throughout metro DC @TICKETPLACEDC on twitter and at You can also see the special "Free in DC" Inside Out feature on for more free events!

Sunday, August 2

Afternoon - Talk on the History of Fort Reno Park at the Smithsonian Anacostia Anacostia 
Fort Reno was built at the highest point of the city. Its construction started in August 1861, and eventually it would contain 3,000 troops, making it the largest of the forts surrounding Washington. Curator Alcione Amos will discuss how this bustling military installation was transformed into an urban neighborhood after the war and eventually turned into a park run by the U.S. Park Service in addition to be the location for a water reservoir and a school.
Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
1901 Fort Pl SE
Metro: Anacostia, see metro trip-planner for bus options from metro or take uber or lyft there, see special promotion codes for new users below.

Afternoon -  Open Mic for Poetry and Prose at The Writer's Center - Bethesda, MD 
Poetry & Prose Open Mic
2:00pm - 4:00pm, sign-up begins 1:30pm
Share something new you've written or a favorite piece from your ouvre. Sign-up starts at 1:30 pm. The reading starts at 2:00 pm and will be followed by a reception.
4508 Walsh St - Bethesda, MD
Metro: Bethesda, elevator exit is closest, not that Walsh St is only accessible from the northbound lanes on Wisconsin Ave so you'll want to cross Wisconsin when you exit the metro.

See the "Free in DC" Inside Out page on for more free events and exhibits on view and visit TICKETPLACE for half-price tickets to performances in the DC metro area! You can also Follow on facebook and @TICKETPLACEDC on twitter.

Monday, August 3

Evening  - Taffety Punk Theatre Co. performs at the Folger - Capitol South
Bootleg Shakespare: The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Presented by Taffety Punk Theatre Company at the Folger Theatre
7:30pm, tickets handed out starting at 6:00pm, see note below. Shakespeare’s spirited comedy about how sucky men are. Proteus loves Julia. His best friend, Valentine, moves to Milan and falls in love with Sylvia. Proteus then moves to Milan and promptly falls in love with Sylvia. Julia follows Proteus and sees firsthand what a rat her boyfriend is. Will the boys get their $#!% together before the girls justifiably kill them? Will the dog be sent to the stocks? Can you really take a boat from Verona to Milan? All will be revealed. Note:  A maximum of two free tickets will be distributed at the Folger Theatre on the day of the performance starting at 6:00pm. No phone or web reservations available. If all tickets are gone by show time, there will be a queue for potential standing room availability. If you get there early for tickets, there are lots of restaurants nearby that you can have dinner at while you are waiting for the show to begin. 
Folger Theatre
201 East Capitol Street, SE
Metro: Capitol South, also walking distance from Union Station 

See the special "Free in DC" Inside Out feature on for more free events!

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

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Today! Monthly: "Community Day" at The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Free admission on SUN, August 2 - 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

Next Community Day - Sunday, August 2
Free Community Day: August

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

UPCOMING & ONGOING: MUSIC: Today! Weekly: Live Music Jam Series at the O St Mansion in Dupont Circle! Bluegrass Jam on SUN, August 2, Jams every SUN - Bluegrass, Classical, Americana and Blues! Themes vary eachweek,11:00am - 2:00pm, Free, RSVP Required

O St Mansion hosts different Jams most Sundays on the month! 
every Sunday - themes vary each week!
upstairs, in one of the more plush living rooms
11:00am - 2:00pm
Free, RSVP Required, Note: Select "stuff" when you go to check out otherwise they'll ask you for a donation amount. You can donate stuff to the mansion if you like. They accept all kinds of quirky things which they sell to visitors on site. I have some great espresso cups with saucers I picked up there.

Sunday, August 2
first Sunday - Bluegrass Jam

The first Sunday of every month - Bluegrass Jam
The second Sunday of every month - Classical Revolution DC
The third Sunday of every month - Americana Jam
The fourth Sunday of every month - Blues Acoustic Jam
If there is fifth Sunday, contact the O St Mansion directly to ask

The Mansion on O Street
2020 O Street NW
Metro: Dupont Circle, South

UPCOMING & ONGOING: YOGA: Today! Weekly: Practice With Love Pop Up Yoga Classes outside of the Southeast Neighborhood Library, or inside if weather is bad, SUN, August 2 - and every Sunday through August 30 - from 1:30pm - 2:30pm, Free

Practice With Love Pop Up at the Southeast Neighborhood Library
every Sunday through August 30
1:30pm - 2:30pm

Next Yoga Class - Sunday, August 2
Kat leads this class

"Bring your mat and come flow with us!" The response from the classes held before at the Southeast Neighborhood Library was so positive that they invited the yoga teachers back to continue offering gatherings throughout the summer  Join our yoga guides, Chantae, Clare, and Heather for 3 months of pop up yoga!  "Classes will gather on Sundays from 1:30pm - 2:30 pm. On sunny days we will practice on the grass across from the library in front of the Eastern Market Metro. On cloudy or rainy days we will be inside the Southeast Neighborhood Library in the basement meeting room."

Remaining Classes in this series: 
Aug 9 Lisa Marie
Aug 16 Heather
Aug 23 Kat
Aug 30 Lisa Marie

Southeast Neighborhood Library
Note: May be Outside or Inside the Library
403 7th St SE
Metro: Eastern Market

UPCOMING & ONGOING: YOGA: Today! Weekly: Yoga Co-op DC's Weekly Intermediate-Advanced Community Yoga Class now at Flow Yoga's new space on 14th St in Logan Circle every SUN from 2:45pm - 4:15pm, Teachers Vary each Week, by donation, $9 or more suggested

Yoga Co-op DC Community Class - for intermediate and advanced yogis - now at Flow Yoga's new location n 14th St every Sunday afternoon
2:45pm - 4:15pm
by donation, minimum $9 suggested, please give as you can, cash donations can be made on site

YCDC has a new home! Flow Yoga Center. 1508 14th Street NW. There is no preregistration so please arrive a bit early to secure your spot in the class. The room fits about 50 people. Teachers vary each week, join the Yoga Co-op DC (YCDC) group on facebook to see who is teaching. See the facebook page to learn more about the special guest teacher and style of yoga they will be offering each week. All classes are 90 minutes long. Connect with Yoga Co-op DC on facebook for details each week.

Next YCDC - Sunday, August 2

Flow Yoga Center - new location
1508 14th St NW
Metro: McPherson Sq or U St and take the Circulator bus to 14th & P St or Rhode Island Ave or walk over P St from Dupont Circle or take any bus along 14th St or 16th St to P St 

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Today! The Philadelphia Jazz Orchestra performs on SUN, August 2 as part of the Daily Millennium Stage Performance Series at The Kennedy Center from 6:00pm- 7:00pm, Performers vary Daily, Free

Free performances at The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage 
Performances every night, 365 days a year
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Click here for a complete schedule of performances

Sunday, August 2 
Philadelphia Jazz Orchestra

Upcoming Performances:

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Today! Weekly: Relax, Dance, Drum and People Watch every SUN in Malcolm X/ Meridian Hill Park from Afternoon - Dark, Free

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

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

UPCOMING & ONGOING: OPEN MIC: Tonight! Monthly: *Sparkle* Queer-Driven Open Mic for Poets, Musicians and all styles SUN, August 2 - and every first SUN of the month - from 8:00pm - 10:00pm at Busboys and Poets 14th & V St NW, All ages, $5

*Sparkle* monthly queer-driven open mic for poets, musicians and all styles of performance at
Busboys and Poets 14th & V St NW
every first Sunday of the month
8:00pm - 10:00pm, sign up 7:45pm
All ages, $5
see the facebook page for details
Tickets available at the door and online 24 hours before the show

*Sparkle* is a queer OPEN MIC open to all.
Hosted by Regie Cabico & Danielle Evennou

Next *Sparkle* - Sunday, August 2
Venus Hinyard and a Bon Voyage Homage for Tyler French
8:00pm - 10:00pm, sign up 7:45pm
All ages, $5
click link above to read more about this month's featured poets

Sparkle is queer-driven open mic for all. Co-hosted by Regie Cabico and Danielle Evennou, Sparkle houses a unique community of queer writers and allies. Sign up begins at 7.45pm space is limited. 5 minutes. Acoustic and/or Spoken Word: Comedy, Poetry, Fiction. Please refrain from transphobic, homophobic and misogynistic works or any kind of "istic"

Busboys and Poets
14th & V St NW
Metro: U St or take the Circulator bus, Woodley Park/14th St/McPherson Sq line, right to 14th & U

UPCOMING & ONGOING: YOGA: Today! Weekly: Community Yoga Class at Kali Yoga in Columbia Heights every FRI from 6:30pm - 7:45pm and every SUN from 4:00pm - 5:00pm, by donation, RSVP online recommended

Kali Yoga Studio is happy to offer two donation-based, community classes to enjoy each week! Friday nights and Sunday afternoons

Next Class - Friday,  August 7
Yoga, Asanas and Meditation led by my friend Sachin
every Friday night
Sachin Kandhari
6:45pm - 7:45pm class, 6:30pm doors open for arrival
Note: They recommend that you sign up online
Class begins and doors lock promptly at 6:45pm
All welcome, by donation, please give as you can

My friend Sachin Kandhari will be teaches a donation-based yoga class on Friday nights! "A holistic yoga session including asana, pranayama, and meditation. All levels are welcome, and a sliding scale means you can pay whatever you want, whether it's $10, $5, or $0. Whatever you can afford, you are welcome & encouraged to attend."

Next Class - Sunday, August 2

Community Yoga Classes at Kali Yoga with various teachers most Sundays*
4:00pm - 5:00pm
by donation, please give as you can
suggest you arrive a little early for this one too
Note: They recommend that you sign up online and to confirm online that the class is happening that week as sometimes there may be teacher training sessions.

Kali Yoga
3423 14th St, NW
formerly Quiet Mind Yoga, above Zeba Bar
Metro: Columbia Heights and walk about three blocks north on 14th St, on the right, or you can take any of the 50 line buses that run along 14th St there. 

UPCOMING & ONGOING: MEDITATION: Today! Weekly: IMCW meets every SUN at the Church of the Holy City on 16th St near Corcoran, formerly atAll Souls, every SUN from 6:00pm - 7:30pm, by donation

Insight Meditation Community of Washington hosts a Meditation & Talk 
every Sunday evening 
6:00pm - 7:30pm
dhana, donation, based, $10 suggested, no one turned away
Hosted by IMCW
Note: While All Souls is undergoing renovations the sangha will be at the Church of the Holy City

"Insight meditation cultivates our natural wisdom and compassion. Meditation practice develops concentration, which allows us to calm and steady the mind. This class includes a 30-minute guided meditation, 45-minute dharma talk, and then discussion. Newcomers to meditation and long time practitioners are welcome to attend our classes in metro D.C. No registration is necessary. Chairs are always provided or you may bring your sitting gear."

This evening meditation is usually led by Hugh Byrne, sometimes by others. You can check out all of the teachers bios here.

New location as of March 2nd, 2014

Church of the Holy City
in the upstairs room
1611 16th Street, NW
Metro: Dupont is closest but best reached by the S2 or S4 bus along 16th St to the stop closest to Corcoran, also just a few block walk from 14th & RI Ave/ P St stop if you take the Circulator bus

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Today! Weekly: Contact Improv Jam every SUN afternoon on Capitol Hill, 2:00pm - 5:00pm, Donation $5 - $10 suggested

Contact Improv Sunday Afternoon Jam
every Sunday afternoon
2:00pm - 5:00pm
$5 to $10 donation
Read more here

Contact improv jams take place every Sunday on Capitol Hill. Best to arrive on the early end if you are new so you can get acquainted with the jam, and jamming in general! All donations support the church's community outreach program.

The first Sunday jam of the month there will be a guided improv structure, usually an Underscore, which is especially helpful for those who are new.  Anyone interested in practicing CI, or just getting a glimpse it in practice, are welcome to attend any of the Sunday sessions. 

Please note: As part of the insurance coverage that our hosts require, every sunday jam participants are asked to sign a liability release/waiver which you can print and sign if it's your first time (they should also have some at the door).

St. James/St. Monica Church parrish hall, Capital Hill
222 8th St. NE (map, walking from Union Station)
Metro: Union Station, it's about a 15 minute walk from there

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Today! Weekly: Highlights post for free and low-cost events every SUN

Weekly events every Sunday, organized by start time

Contact Improv Jam on Capitol Hill
2:00pm - 5:00pm
by donation, $5 - $10 suggested
Metro: Eastern Market 

When it's Nice Out... Relax, Dance, Drum, & People Watch in the Park!
Sunday's when it's Warm out  in Malcolm X/ Meridian Hill Park
Mid-afternoon until it gets dark
Warmer weather, outdoors in Park
Between 15th & 16th -  Euclid & W St NW
Metro: Columbia Heights or take the S2 or S4 bus along 16th St to Euclid and enter at the top of the park or walk from U St metro to the bottom of the park and follow the stairs/ path up to the upper level

The Insight Meditation Community of Washington hosts a Sunday eve Sangha Meditation Group 
now at the Church of the Holy City on 16th St near Corcoran  (they're doing renovations at All Souls)
6:00pm - 7:30pm
by donation
Metro: Dupont Circle, best reached by the S2 or S4 bus along 16th St

Saturday, August 1, 2015

OF NOTE: Bridj expands their service to Petworth starting on MON, August 3 connecting to Foggy Bottom, Farragut Sq and Metro Center with Weekday morning and evening rush hour service! Download the App to your smartphone by FRI, August 7 and use the freeindc promo code for 10 free rides, a $50 value!

Bridj, a Boston-based smart mass transit system, launched service in DC at the end of April and and will expand their service to Petworth starting on Monday, August 3! New users can download the Brigdj app to their iPhone or Android here! Sign up with promo code freeindc for 10 free rides, a $50 value! FYI: The buses have free WiFi service on board.

The current service area offers rides from Cathedral Heights and Glover Park to Foggy Bottom, Farragut Sq and Metro Center, with morning rush hour service, weekdays from 7:00am - 9:30am.

Expansion: Beginning on Monday, August 3 service will also be offered from Petworth! All areas will also offer service in the late afternoon/early evening for the commute home!

Rides are regularly $5 each. Promo runs through Friday, August 7 so be sure to download the app and set up your account with the promo code before this post comes down.

How it works: Pickup spots vary, but if you're anywhere within the areas of service you can get picked up/dropped off within a 5 minute walk of your destination. Reserve your seat through the Bridj app. Tell them where you want to go and they’ll match you up with others headed in the same direction. After a short walk to close by pick up point, you can track your ride as it arrives, show the driver your pass, and enjoy a stress-free commute.

The 16th St. NW Corridor has been dealing with overcrowded public transit for years, and the frequent stops slow down everyone’s commute. Bridj hopes to help combat this issue with express trips that can be routed to avoid heavily congested areas. Passengers will experience fewer stops between start and end points, resulting in a quicker, more comfortable trip.

Download the Bridj app now! Use the promo code freeindc for 10 free rides, a $50 value!

UPCOMING: OPEN HOUSE + FAIR: **New Date: Rescheduled to SUN, Sept 6*** Come on out to ReCreative Spaces Perry Street Collective Open House + Maker's Fair this SUN, August 2 from 12:00pm - 4:00pm Free, donations welcome

Update: Just found out, Open House Rescheduled for Sunday, September 6 

ReCreative Spaces Perry Street Collective Open House + Maker's Fair
Sunday, August 2
12:00pm - 4:00pm
Free, donations welcome, RSVP Requested

Come out for a first look at ReCreative Spaces newest space, The Perry Street Collective, in pARTnership with The Menkiti Group, located in Mount Rainier, MD, in the heART of Mount Rainier and the Gateway Arts District! During the Open House you'll have the chance to check out the newly finished space, learn more about the intended uses and how you can get involved, plus hang out for an afternoon of food, music, and local shopping!

Plus, you'll have a chance to shop at their Maker's Fair, with vendors selling handcrafted goods from jewelry to journals. You won't want to miss these one-of-a-kind, local pieces! Feel free to bring a drum or other instrument, your dancin' feet, and/or art supplies! They'll have tunes spinning, local food and beverage options, and would love to make art with you! Questions on what is appropriate to bring or interested in setting up a more structured performance/jam session? Contact Emily Arden. Her info is on the invite.

3501 Perry Street - Mount Rainier, MD
Metro: See metro trip-planner for best bus access from metro based on where you are coming from

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Find more events taking place @FreeinDCBlog on twitter! Additional events may be listed there that are not featured on this site

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 (especially when I am traveling a lot during the summer) I might share 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! 

Friday, July 31, 2015

UPCOMING: COMEDY: Cash Funny Mondays, a New Comedy Show, kicks off at Recessions this MON, August 3 at 8:00pm! Continues every 1st & 3rd MON of the month, hosted by Kandyce August, Free, 21+

Pretty Funny Entertainment presents a brand new comedy show! Cash Funny Mondays, hosted by Kandyce August
Monday, August 3
and continuing every 1st and 3rd Monday
8:00pm show, 7:30pm doors
Free, 21+

Every first and third Monday of the month the DC areas funniest comics will compete for a cash prize at Cash Funny Mondays. There will also be a couple spots for newbies who want to drop by and try their hand at standup.

Recessions Bar & Grill
1823 L St NW
Metro: Farragut West or Farragut North

OF NOTE: New Local Car Service Split offers Shared Rides in DC! Service will expand to Mt Pleasant and Petworth the first week in August

New local car service Split is now in DC! Share your ride, Save money and know 
the price before you book
All rides are just $2 - $8 starting with a $2 base fare + $1 per mile + No surge pricing ever! 

Split is a new way to get around town. Tell them where you're going, and their technology instantly connects you with people traveling in the same direction. Everyone saves money, every time and #nosurgenotever

Starting in the first week of August they will begin service in Petworth and Mt Pleasant.  See updated service area map below! 

Dowload the Split app and sign up with the promo code FREEINDC 4 free rides. 

Reduce your cost and your carbon footprint with smarter shared rides in DC.  Split uses a special algorithm that is optimized so that everyone gets to their destination quickly and efficiently.

How Split shared rides work:

1. Request a Ride -  Split technology instantly finds the best ride for you and shows you the price before you book.
2. Walk to Your Pickup - Just a block or so away.
3. Grab a Seat - We'll pickup and dropoff other people along the way.
4. Share & Save - Save money every time, no matter how many people ride.

Split is improving the city and communities by providing smart, sustainable, and affordable shared rides. With Split, everybody wins - the passengers, drivers and the local community.

Dowload the Split app and sign up with the promo code FREEINDC 4 free rides!

UPCOMING & ONGOING: CONCERTS: The Singing Sergeants from the U.S. Air Force Band perform Free Concerts at select locations Now - FRI, August 28

The Singing Sergeants from the United States Air Force Band perform free concerts all summer
select days Friday, May 29 - Friday, August 28
8:00pm unless otherwise noted

Note: Outdoor concerts are subject to weather cancellation. Please view their Facebook or Twitter feed for concert cancellation status. See full schedule here

Metro: See metro trip-planner for metro and bus access. See right sidebar on Free in DC for special promo codes for new Uber and Lyft users to get to the Air Force Memorial, which is not close to metro. 

Thursday, July 30, 2015

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Free Bilingual Yoga Class for English & Spanish speakers every SAT from 11:00am - 12:00pm + Free Meditation on SUN, August 9 from 9:00am - 12:00pm at the Science of Spirituality DC Center at Arizona & Cathedral Ave NW

Science of Spirituality  now has a home in DC!
All programs are free and open to the public
See the schedule or calendar page for more program information.

The Science of Spirituality Meditation Center opened in the Fall of 2013 and launched its first community outreach program in the 2014. The classes will practice Jyoti meditation, a discipline focusing on the experience of inner light. Although its Meditation Center is new, Science of Spirituality has been continuously active 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 on Saturdays 
Bilingual Yoga class en Espanol/English -Argeny Rodriguez
Saturdays - August 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 
Yoga class for English & Spanish speakers, open to all 

Weekly on Sundays - except the first Sunday of the month
English and Spanish Language Meditation & Satsang
Sundays - August 9, 16, 23 & 30
Group Meditation - 9:00am - 11:00am
English & Spanish Satsangs - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Vegetarian Langar 12:00pm - 2:00pm
All are Welcome

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 SOS DC on twitter at @SOS_WashDC.
Science of Spirituality - new home in Washington, DC
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.

Special Promo: New Lyft users get $10 off your first ride with promo code FREEINDC10 when you sign up at New Uber users get $20 off your first ride, sign and use the promo code FREEINDC14 - be sure to select uberx for best price when you request a ride!

UPCOMING: ART LECTURES: Lectures on Fragonard TUES, August 4 & SUN, August 9 at the National Gallery of Art West Building

Free Talks listed below will be in the West Building Lecture Hall

Jean-HonorĂ© Fragonard, Young Girl Reading,
c. 1770, oil on canvas, Gift of Mrs. Mellon Bruce
in memory of her father, Andrew W. Mellon,
1961.16.1 - image from NGA website
Tuesday, August 4 
Lecture by Yuriko Jackall

Sunday, August 9
Summer Lecture Series: Fragonard and the Question of Portraiture in 18th-Century French Painting
Lecture by Yuriko Jackall.

National Gallery of Art
West Building Lecture Hall
6th & Constitution Ave NW
Metro: Archives, closest entrance from the metro is the side entrance on 7th St just past Constitution

UPCOMING: OUTDOOR CONCERT: The Fort Dupont Summer Concert Series comes to a close on SAT, August 8 with Marc Cary, presented by the National Park Service, Gates 5:30pm, Music 6:00pm, Free

Saturday, August 8
6:00pm, gates 5:30pm

Marc Cary performs on August 8 along with Steven B and friends and the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington Jazz Band with DJ Jahsonic at the final concert of the series. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to this free summer concert series in Fort Dupont Park, hosted by Michael Wright of Majic. Learn more here.

Fort Dupont Park
3600 Minnesota Ave SE 
Note: If traveling by car please use the following address for reference: 3600 F and Minnesota St S.E. Washington, DC 20019
Metro: The closest metro rail stops are Potomac Avenue and Minnesota Avenue on the orange line, Benning Road on the blue line. Fort Dupont Park is served by several Metrobus routes. The most direct buses are the V7 and U2 buses on weekdays, or the V8 bus on weekends. To obtain directions using public transportation, use Metro's website. You can also
see directions here on the NPS site

UPCOMING & ONGOING: JAZZ: Weekly: The "Jazz in the Garden" Outdoor Concert Series continues with Jazz Violinist Miles Stiebel on FRI, August 7 in the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, 5:00pm - 8:30pm, Live Jazz every Friday through FRI, August 28

Jazz in the Garden is back!
Friday nights in the NGA Sculpture Garden
Friday, May 22 - Friday, August 28
5:00pm - 8:30pm
Free, weather permitting
Please see @ngadc on twitter for show updates related to weather

The free series features an array of jazz artists performing a range of styles--including salsa, blusion, vibraphone, and Afrofunk--every Friday evening from 5:00 to 8:30 at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, rain or shine. Food and drinks are available for purchase at the cafe. Coolers and alcohol are not allowed. You can purchase some alcoholic beverages, such as pitchers of sangria, at the cafe. Best to bring a blanket along if you want to sit on the grass.

Next Jazz in the Garden - Friday, August 7
Jazz Violinist Miles Stiebel

National Gallery of Art - Sculpture Garden
between 7th & 9th St, NW- Constitution Ave & Madison Dr, NW (see map)
Metro: Archives - Navy Memorial or take the S2 bus that runs along 16th St to the final stop, walk to Constitution Ave and turn left, walk a block or so, park is on the right side.

UPCOMING & ONGOING: POETRY: Monthly: "Pure Poetry" Open Mic for Poets, Musicians and Vocalists on WED, August 5 - event every first WED of the month - at Pure Lounge on U St, 8:00pm show, doors 6:00pm, $10, 21+

"Pure Poetry" Monthly Open Mic Night
for Poets, Singers and Musicians at Pure on U St
Hosted by by Orville Walker aka "Orville the Poet.
every first Wednesday of the month
8:00pm show, 6:00pm doors
$10, 21+

Next Pure Poetry event - Wednesday, August 5
see the facebook August event page

1326 U St, NW
Metro: U St

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

UPCOMING & ONGOING: OUTDOOR OFFICE: "Farragut Fridays" Outdoor Office and Picnic in the Park in Farragut Square! Work under shade structures in the Park, Tables and Free Wi-Fi provided every FRI from 9:00am - 5:00pm + Picnic set up from 12:00pm - 2:00pm from FRI, May 1 - FRI, Sept 25, Compliments of the folks at the GoldenTriangle BID!

Farragut Fridays in Farragut Square! A new program from the folks at the Golden Triangle BID
Free Outdoor Office every Friday!
9:00am - 5:00pm
Friday, May 1 - Friday, September 25
Plus Picnic in the Park every Friday too!
12:00pm - 2:00pm
Plus, additional events on select Fridays

Get out of the office and work outside instead! Bring your laptop out and enjoy working outside every Friday from 9:00am - 5:00pm in Farragut Park on Fridays. 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 as an alternative to your office and schedule your meeting in the park! All are welcome! 

They'll have special events as well on select Fridays as well. Tech Trends events will take place from 11:00am - 12:00pm on select Fridays. Join members of the tech community co-working outside in Farragut Park for tech demos, learning labs, and meet-ups. Plus, connect and collaborate on the next big idea.

Participating tech companies participating include: Cove, UberOffices, WeWork, DC Tech Meetup, General Assembly, MoDev, Tableau, TechShop, Yapper, DC Young Entrepreneurs, and more. You can see a full schedule of events here.

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.

So you don't have to pull out a calendar, here is the list of remaining Friday dates: 

August 7, 14, 21 & 28
September 4, 11, 18 & 25

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

Monday, July 27, 2015

UPCOMING & ONGOING: POETRY: Monthly: Poetry Open Mic Night at IOTA in Clarendon, VA on SUN, August 9 - and every 2nd SUN of the month - from 6:00pm - 8:00pm, Free

Poetry Open Mic at IOTA Club & Cafe in Clarendon
and every second Sunday of the month
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Next Open Mic - Sunday, August 9

"The IOTA Poetry Series is held each second Sunday of the month from 6pm to 8pm and is hosted by poet Miles David Moore. Unless otherwise noted, open readings follow readings by featured artists. Free admission. Poets are encouraged to attend the IOTA Poetry Series and sign up for the open reading."

IOTA Club & Cafe
2832 Wilson Blvd
Metro: Clarendon, just a few blocks

Sunday, July 26, 2015

UPCOMING & ONGOING: DANCE: Weekly: The August Beginner Blues Dance Series begins at the ECAC on WED, August 5 from 8:00pm - 9:00pm, $5, followed by Blues Dancing at Angles Bar in Adams Morgan later in the eve

Beginner Blues Dance Classes at ECAC August series begins on Wednesday, August 5
$5 per class, cash at the door
Come on out to learn more about blues dancing at this beginner dance series! This recurring month-long series starts on the first Wednesday of every month, but no worries if you missed the first one, there's a bit of review at the beginning to catch you up. Although it's recommended to attend the whole month, people are welcome to begin at any point in the series.

Classes are completely drop-in and you don't need to come with a partner, in fact, come out on your own and make new friends. After the class folks usually head over to Angles Bar in Adams Morgan, 2339 18th St NW. 

733 Euclid Street NW  
right off Georgia Ave, next to Howard University
Metro: Shaw - Howard University or Georgia Ave - Petworth and take any of the 70 line buses that run along Georgia Ave to the stop closest to Euclid, or you can walk from Columbia Heights, about 16 minutes, .8 miles, see walking map

Saturday, July 25, 2015

UPCOMING: MEDITATION: The next Free Intro to Meditation series begins on MON, August 17 from 7:00pm - 8:30pm and the following three Mondays, through MON, September 14 at the Science of Spirituality DC Center, Free, RSVP to ensure your space

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

The next series begins on Monday, August 17
7:00pm - 8:30pm
and continues the next three Mondays:
August 24 & 31 and September 7
Free, RSVP required, email or call (937) 361-4515 or (301) 598-3582

Note: If you miss the first session on Monday, August 17 you are welcome to join in the second session on August 24. If you miss the first two session you'll need to wait til the next series begins on September 14.

"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 SOS DC on twitter at @SOS_WashDC.

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. For those with cars, street parking is available. You may want to consider taking uber or lyft there from wherever you are coming from or from the Tenleytown Metro. See promo codes below for new users.

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

UPCOMING & ONGOING: MUSIC: Weekly: Free Gamelan Classes at the Embassy of Indonesia in Dupont Circle every MON & THURS night from6:30pm-8:30pm, Free, Please RSVP

Free Gamelan Classes at the Embassy of Indonesia in Dupont Circle
every Monday & Thursday night
from January 5 - December 22
6:30pm - 8:30pm 
Free, RSVP here

"Gamelan is traditional ensemble music of Java and Bali in Indonesia, made up predominantly of percussive instruments. The most common instruments are metallophones played by mallets as well as a set of hand played drums called kendhang which register the beat." - Wikipedia

Embassy of Indonesia
2020 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Metro: Dupont Circle 

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

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

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

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

314 Carroll Street, NW
Artist: Words Beats and Life

907 Barry Pl NW
Artist: Albus Cavus

1320B Good Hope Road, SE

Artist: Helping Inner City Kids Succeed (HICKS)

615 Division Ave, NE
Artist: Ward 7 Arts Collaborative

See Metro for best bus or metro access

Saturday, July 18, 2015

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Weekly: Highlights post for free andlow-cost events every MON night

Weekly Monday night events organized by start time

"Blue Monday Blues" at Westminster Church, Waterfront Metro artists vary each week - see schedule
6:00pm - 9:00pm
All ages

Meditation Mondays with Richael Faithful at Freed Bodyworks
Best to confirm with Freed that this event is happening each week
every Monday night
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Richael, Freed's new shamanic and energy healer, hosts a free one hour meditation at Freed Bodyworks every Monday night.
Freed Bodyworks
1337 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Metro: Potomac Ave, short walk from the metro

6:45pm - 8:00pm, doors 6:45pm
If you have questions, message Marta directly -
All ages, bilingual class
by donation, $10 suggested

Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra live at Bohemian Caverns on U St
Two sets, 8:00pm and 10:00pm
8:00pm - 11:00pm
All ages

"La-Ti-Do" Musical Theater Cabaret & Spoken Word Night at James Hoban's in Dupont Circle
8:00pm - 10:00pm
$10 when you RSVP in advance online, pay at the door, 21+

featured guest artists vary each week as does the guest co-host
9:00pm - 11:00pm
8:30pm sign up 
All ages, by donation

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Weekly: Highlights post for free and low-cost events every TUES night

Weekly Tuesday night events organized by start time

BloomScreen Independent Film Night at BloomBars
Films vary each week, followed by discussion with Q&A
7:00pm - 9:00pm
All ages, by donation, $10 suggested
Metro: Columbia Heights

8:00pm - 12:00am, Sign-up 7:30pm
Free, 21+
Gypsy Sally's Vinyl Lounge in Georgetown 
Metro: Foggy Bottom, Dupont Circle or Rossyln and take the Circulator bus or metro bus closer

Tuesday Night Poetry Open Mic at Busboys and Poets
14th & V St NW
9:00pm - 11:00pm
All ages, $5
Hosts vary each week
Metro: U St

Last Resort Comedy Show - now at The Bier Baron in Dupont Circle
earlier time as of January 2014, new location as of February 25th, 2014
8:30pm - 10:30pm
Free,  21+
The Last Resort weekly Comedy Show features comedians from the DC Improv, Arlington Cinema Drafthouse, Baltimore Comedy Factory, Laugh Factory and more.
The Bier Baron
1523 22nd St NW
Metro: Dupont Circle

"Harold Night" Improv Night with WIT at Source Theatre
9:00pm - 10:00pm, followed by a Jam
Now every Harold Night ends with a free jam where audience members can give improv a try side by side with experienced players.
Metro: U St

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Weekly: Highlights post for free and low-cost events every WED night

Weekly Wednesday night events organized by start time

Wednesday Night Meditation at the Vajrayogini Buddhist Center in Adams Morgan - Discount for students, seniors and unemployed only
7:00pm - 8:30pm 
*Discount only for students, seniors and unemployed $6* ($12 general)
Please come 10-15 minutes before the class and ring bell to be let in. Once the class starts, they won't be letting people in.  No registration required. Walk-ins welcome. Class led by Gen Kelsang Varahi. "By practicing these meditations over time you will discover that it is possible to experience inner peace without having to rely upon external conditions. Just breathe! This is a 4 week series. Each class is self-contained but you will receive more benefit if you can participate in all 4 classes... for beginners and those with experience as well."
Vajrayogini Buddhist Center
1787 Columbia Rd NW - right in the heard of Adams Morgan near the corner of 18th 
Metro: Woodley Park or Columbia Heights and take the Circulator bus to Adams Mill or take the 42 bus from Dupont north toward Mt Pleasant to 18th & Columbia. 

"Wonderland Wednesdays" at Wonderland Ballroom!
different theme shows every Wednesday, hosts and performers vary each week!
8:00pm - 11:00pm
Note: Some of these events may no longer be happening, please confirm on the Wonderland website 
Free, except for on the 2nd Wed of the month when there is a $5 cover, all donations go to artists, $5 suggested
Metro: Columbia Heights

Wednesday Night Musicians Open Mic
at IOTA in Clarendon, VA
8:00pm - 12:30am
Sign-ups 7:30pm & 10:00pm
Metro: Clarendon

Wednesday Night Comedy Nights in Clarendon, VA
"Ha-Ha at Ri Ra" - apparently this is now called "Crafts and Laughs"
8:00pm - 10:00pm
Free, 21+
Every Wednesday night join us for free comedy and buckets of craft beers, and half price burgers too.
Ri Ra 
Metro: Clarendon

Wednesday Night Late Night Open Mic at Busboys and Poets 5th & K St NW
9:00pm - 11:00pm
All ages, $5, buy online with a small service fee of $1.27 added starting at midnight the day of, or onsite the day of for $5 hosts vary each week, see the calendar of events for details each week
Metro: Mt Vernon Sq or Gallery Pl - Chinatown or Circulator bus

Wednesday Night Late Night Samba Class at BloomBars
9:00pm - 10:30pm
All ages, by donation, believe they are requested $10-$15 for this one
Metro: Columbia Heights 

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Weekly: Highlights post for free and low-cost events every FRI night

Weekly Friday night events organized by start time

Friday Night Jazz Night at Westminster Church
6:00pm - 9:00pm
$5, free for those under 16
often followed by Jazz Night at the Movies
Metro: Waterfront

Friday Night Unplugged Open Mic at Politics & Prose Coffeehouse
7:30pm - 10:00pm
Note: On Feb 28, 2015 the cafe changed ownership and is now being run by Politics and Prose directly as P&P Coffeehouse instead of Modern Times. You might want to call to confirm that they are still doing the open mic nights. The website said that services will continue uninterrupted but that was it. Their number is (202) 362-2408. You can also email
Metro: Friendship Heights or Van Ness and take a bus 

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Weekly: Highlights post for free and low-cost events every SAT

Weekly Saturday highlights

Weekly Stand Up Comedy Show at Shaw's Tavern
"Wake & Bacon"
3:00pm - 4:30pm show
Free with a suggested donation of $10
Note: except for the Drunk Show $10 every third Sunday
2:00pm - 3:00pm brunch service available
Comedians vary each week, RSVP Requested.
New Venue - Old Engine 12 Restaurant - The Firehouse
1626 North Capitol Ave. NW - between Q & R St NW
Metro; NoMa, walk about .5 miles, left on Florida, right on N Capitol

Live Jazz with The James Benson Quartet at Columbia Station in Adams Morgan, often with guest vocalist Abby Nightingale
every Saturday night
9:30pm - 1:30am
Columbia Station
2325 18th St NW
Metro: Woodley Park and walk or take the Circulator bus to Adams Mill Rd stop, near 18th & Columbia and walk about two blocks, or Dupont Circle and take the 42 bus toward Mt Pleasant to Belmont and walk downhill one block to 18th St