Sunday, March 18, 2018

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Today + Tonight! Here are some more Free, low-cost and donation-based events in DC, VA and MD on SUN, March 18

Sunday, March 18

Artist Talk: Textured Travels at Martha Spak Gallery at the Wharf
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Come see Renee Regan's Fine Art Photography series "Textured Travels." The artist will be giving a talk this Sunday about the series, followed by a Q&A.
Martha Spak Gallery at the Wharf
40 District Square SW
Metro: Waterfront

From the event page: The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music & The Latin American Center for Graduate Studies in Music presents Latin American Music Series, Mostly Tango. The second concert of our Latin American Music Series features the music of Argentine tango composer Astor Piazzolla performed by Tango Camerata (Diana LeGrand, violin; Dorotea Racz, cello; and Jason Solounias, piano), with Gustavo Ahualli, baritone, and Anamer Castrello, mezzo-soprano. Please call 202-319-5414 or email to request disability accommodations.
Benjamin T. Rome School of Music
Ward Recital Hall
620 Michigan Ave NE,
Metro: Brookland

Kirtan with Gita's Dream at Unity Woods in Arlington
4:30pm - 6:00pm
$10 minimum donation for this special fundraiser event
Gita is now living at Yogaville and she doesn't have a lot of Kirtans in the DC area on the calendar. This Sunday she'll be at Unity Woods in Arlington. All are welcome to come out for singing, drumming, immersing yourself in sounds, quieting the distractions of the minds, and turning us towards ourselves.
Enjoy light refreshments and feel free to bring your family if you have children. This special event is open to all!
"Your donation is an opportunity to practice selfless service, Seva. Gita’s Dream Kirtan donates ALL money from their Kirtans to organizations they have personal relationships with. These amazing groups help give children opportunities ateducation and a better life."
Unity Woods Yoga Center
4001 North 9th Street, Arlington, Virginia 22203
Metro: Walking distance from Virginia Sq and Ballston, on N 9th, near N Quincy

Split This Rock 10th Anniversary Celebration week continues with a Poetry event Sunday Kind of Love: Lauren May and Jeanann Verlee
at Busboys and Poets 14th & V
5:00pm - 8:00pm
All ages, $5 can be purchased online the day of the event or at the doorFrom the event page: This month, Sunday Kind of Love Reading & Open Mic Series celebrates Split This Rock's 10th Anniversary! In addition to the regular program, the event will feature an extra hour of open mic, 7-8 pm, hosted by Split This Rock co-founder Regie Cabico. We will screen video from past festivals and invite community members to share their favorite Split This Rock story or poem! Would you like a slot on the mic? It could be anything that takes 4 minutes or less: A meaningful moment at a reading, festival, rally, or workshop. A poem by a Split This Rock poet that changed or inspired you. A poem of your own written from the fellowship you found with other Splitistas. Or perhaps you want to invite others to join you in supporting the organization. Just email Rasha Abdulhadi at to sign up in advance.  We will also be serving 10th anniversary cake donated by Ravenhook Bakehouse! This month's event features Lauren May and Jeanann Verlee!  The program is presented in partnership with the Poetry Coalition's month-long series "Where My Dreaming and My Loving Live: Poetry & the Body." Read more about the series here.
Sunday Kind of Love Reading & Open Mic Series offers a stage for emerging and established poets from the Washington, DC area and around the nation. Co-hosted by Sarah Browning and Katy Richey, Sunday Kind of Love includes featured poets and an open mic segment. Cosponsored by Busboys and Poets and Split This Rock.
Busboys and Poets
2021 14th St NW, at V St
Metro: U St or take the Circulator bus or any bus along 14th St or U St there

IMCW Sunday Night Meditation at The Potter's House in Adams Morgan, near Columbia Heights
6:00pm - 7:30pm
by donation, $10 or more suggested, all are welcome to give as they can
This week will be peer led by Rich Pliskin on the theme of Metta/Loving Kindness.
The Potter's House
1658 Columbia Rd NW
Metro: Columbia Heights or Woodley Park or take the Circulator or 42 bus

Kirtan and Potluck in Silver Spring
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Kirtan 7:00pm, Potluck at 6:00pm
by donation, please bring food to share if you are coming to the potluck.
The Inner Journey Institute hosts a community potluck and kirtan. From the event: Please join us as we build community through sharing food and chanting to the divine. “Kirtan is a means of finding our way back to the core of our being, To our hearts and to our connection with each other” -Ragani
Metro: Silver Spring, about .6 mile, 14 minute walk from the metro.

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Today + Tonight! Here's a list of more Free and low-cost things to do in DC and MD on SUN, March 18

Sunday, March 18

Here are a some more Free and low-cost events in DC and MD from the Current Newspaper daily events page (Thanks to The Current Newspaper staff for compiling!). Events are organized by start time. If more info is needed about the event or the venue, search google or refer to the links if they are included For public transit access by bus or metro, see metro trip-planner.


  • Knitting: Edlavitch D.C. Jewish Community Center will hold its monthly “Handmade for the Homeless” knitting class for all levels, where participants will make hats, scarves, gloves and other warm accessories to be donated. Attendees should provide their own knitting needles (size 8 or 10) or crochet hooks (size H) and a pattern they are working on or want to start. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free. Edlavitch DCJCC, 1529 16th St. NW. Contact Sheryl at 
  • French Art Tours: The National Museum of African Art will offer tours in French to celebrate the 2018 D.C. Francophonie Festival. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free; registration required. National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW. 202-633-4600. 

  • Author Talk: Michele Lent Hirsch will discuss her book, “Invisible: How Young Women with Serious Health Issues Navigate Work, Relationships, and the Pressure to Seem Just Fine.” 1 p.m. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • Knitting & Crocheting: Washington National Cathedral will host its knitting and crocheting ministry, held on the first and third Sundays of each month, to craft warm clothing and accessories for the homeless. All levels welcome. 1 to 3 p.m. Free. Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW.  Contact Mila at 
  • Concert: Piano and flute duo Tabatha Easley and Tracy Cowden will hold a musical reflection honoring the work of prominent female composers including Lili Boulanger, Cecile Chaminade, Jennifer Higdon and Germaine Taileferre. 1 p.m. Donations accepted. Christ Lutheran Church, 5101 16th St. NW. Contact David Lippe at for more information. 
  • Lecture: Carol Troyen, a curator from the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, will talk about the connections between the southwestern United States and female artists in her lecture “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Palette: Rebecca Strand and Georgia O’Keeffe in New Mexico. 2 p.m. Free. National Gallery of Art, 6th and Constitution avenues NW. 202-737-4215. 
  • Concert: The Trio Strata, musicians on the piano, violin and clarinet will perform music by Mozart, Menotti, Bruch as well as jazz-inflected modern works. 3 p.m. Free. Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. 301-318-3240. 
  • Art Tour: Kale C. Lemay, a curator at the National Portrait Gallery, will lead of tour of the exhibition “Marlene Dietrich, Dressed for the Image” the first major exhibition of Dietrich in the United States. 3 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and G streets NW. 202-633-8300.
  • Concert: The Canales Project will present “This I Choose…,” a performance inspired by women who have devoted their lives to helping other women. 3:30 p.m. Free. National Gallery of Art, 6th and Constitution avenues NW. 202-737-4215. 
  • Film: The Environmental Film Festival will present “The Sacrifice,” the last film from Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky, about a man who tries to prevent an impending nuclear disaster. 4 p.m. Free. National Gallery of Art, 6th and Constitution avenues NW. 202-737-4215. 
  • Concert: Washington Conservatory faculty members will present a potpourri of musical instruments, periods, and styles for both soloists and ensembles, in this annual benefit concert for the Washington Conservatory student scholarship fund. 5 p.m. Free; donations welcome. Westmoreland Congregational UCC Church, 1 Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda. 301-320-2770. 
  • Author Talk: Donna Lee Fields, the author of the book “101 Scaffolding Techniques for Language Teaching and Learning,” will lead a discussion on putting the techniques into practice as a way to help students progress faster in learning. 5 to 6:30 p.m. Free. Busboys and Poets, 234 Carroll St. NW. 202- 726-0856.
  • Special Event: Profs and Pints: The Heritage of Tattooing Note: $10 online + $1.34 service fee, $12 at the door. Lars Krutak, a research associate at the Museum of International Folk Art and the co-editor of “Ancient Ink: The Archaeology of Tattooing,” will lead a discussion on the diverse tattoo traditions around the world as part of the Profs and Pints lecture series. 6 p.m The Bier Baron Tavern, 1523 22nd St NW. 
  • Performance: Australian performer Sophia Brous will join New York guitarist Marc Ribot to premiere their new collaboration,” When the World’s on Fire,” along with percussion by Shazhad Ismaily. 6 to 7 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. 

UPCOMING: MUSICAL: Last Chance! See Avant Bard's production of the Legendary Gospel Musical "The Gospel at Colonus" by donation/ Pay-What-You-Will this THURS, March 22 at 7:30pm and SAT, March 24 at 2:00pm at The Gunston Arts Center in Arlington, VA

Avant Bard brings back the legendary gospel musical The Gospel at Colonus for a second run!(see video clip)
by donation/PWYW so you name your price at the door* Regular admission $30 on Friday, $35 for Saturday night & Sunday shows
Pay-What-You-Will shows every Thursday night at 7:30pm  and every Saturday afternoon at 2:00pm  throughout the run! See calendar below.

Please Note: The number of seats available day of the show will vary based on how many are sold online. If you want to ensure a seat it is recommended that you purchase a PWYW ticket online with a $10 minimum donation here.

Last Chance! Just two remaining PWYW shows
  • Thursday, March 22 at 7:30pm - final Thursday night PWYW show
  • Saturday, March 24 at 2:00pm - final PWYW show
"Makes you want to rise and clap along!" --The Washington Post

Avant Bard proudly revives its acclaimed production of The Gospel at Colonus, a soaring celebration of transcendence and the fragility of life. The score is an inspiring fusion of Black church gospel with elements of blues and Motown. Unlike some other productions of the show, which had a megachurch setting, the Avant Bard production will evoke a sacred site that draws from and honors the Greek and African roots of the source material.

A sold-out hit last season, the show transforms Sophocles' timeless tale of the last days of Oedipus into a parable for our times. Its message of redemption is needed now more than ever. With its epic poetry and magnificent score, The Gospel at Colonus reminds us that out of the deepest sorrows, the highest and most uplifting hope can emerge.

Director Sandra L. Holloway, who choreographed The Gospel at Colonus last season, will restage the show based on original direction by Jennifer L. Nelson. Musical direction will again be by e'Marcus Harper-Short (Musical Director of Theater Alliance's acclaimed Black Nativity). Avant Bard also welcomes back collaborating producers Minister Becky Sanders and The Women's Ecumenical Choir, which will have a more prominent role in the production this year.

The original cast of the 2017 production, shown singing in the video clip linked to above, has been nominated for a Helen Hayes Award in the "Outstanding Ensemble in a Musical - Helen" category!  Well-known gospel recording artist Kenton Rogers has joined the cast! An actor, singer, and ordained preacher, Rogers headlines The Gospel at Colonus in the role of Singer Oedipus along with local civic legend William T. Newman Jr., who returns as Preacher Oedipus. The remount will feature three other new cast members: Ayana Reed, Jessa Marie Coleman, and Gregory Wright.

With its epic poetry and magnificent score, The Gospel at Colonus reminds us that out of the deepest sorrows, the highest and most uplifting hope can emerge. This musical was a global sensation when it premiered in 1983. The story combines Greek tragedy and African American heritage. The score is an inspiring fusion of Black church gospel with elements of blues and Motown. Written by Lee Breuer and composer Bob Telson, The Gospel at Colonus was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for Best Drama in 1985 and won the Obie for Best Musical in 1984.

*Note that the number of seats available at each show will vary based on how many people reserved tickets online in advance so you'll want to get there about 30 minutes early to get your ticket. All ages welcome, Recommended for ages 14 and up, performance is about 90 minutes, no intermission 

The show runs Thursday, February 22 - Sunday, March 25 with PWYW performances on Thursday, February 22, Friday, February 23, Saturday, February 24 and Monday, February 27 at 7:30pm as well as all Thursday evening 7:30pm shows and Saturday matinees at 2:00pm, Check out this short video to get a sense of some of the music you will here. again this time around! 

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

Monday, March 5, 2018

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

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

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

Thursday, March 1, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

Create your free account to find some free activities, have some fun burning calories and maybe even make some new friends while you are at it.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

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

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

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

Yoga Classes

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

Saturday lunchtime
Circle Yoga - Friendship Heights/ Chevy Chase
Donation-Based Community Class on Saturdays 12:30pm - 1:30pm (except during session breaks). Suggested $5 minimum donation. "These “all levels” classes are typically yoga classes, though we sometimes offer Pilates, Feldenkrais, or other types of community classes. Check the community class schedule for details." View the full schedule of free community classes. Located near Friendship Heights metro and Chevy Chase Circle, about 13 min walk from metro (map),

Select Days, Times and Locations in DC
DC Public Libraries often host Free Yoga Classes, you can search their calendar here

Friday late afternoon
Down Dog Yoga - Georgetown
One hour Community Class "Flow for $5" on Fridays at 4:30pm I am pretty sure this is a heated yoga studio so you may want to call them to check before you sign up for this class. Description online simply says:  "These fun classes are taught by our teachers-in-training. Following our all-levels format, these classes offer an opportunity for you to support the development of our teachers in training, and at the same time offer a reduced rate as an opportunity to give back to the broader yoga community." View schedule here.

Select classes $10
Studio Serenity and Studio DC - locations in Adams Morgan and Dupont Circle
$10 community yoga classes
From their website: "Our studio has a strong commitment to making yoga accessible to everyone in our community, regardless of income. We are offering $10 community yoga classes every day of the week. Check out our class schedule to see which classes are only $10. These reduced $10 classes can only be purchased at the studio. ***Passes not available online, only in person.*** $10 Yoga Policies: *If you have a membership or intro special, you do NOT need to pay in addition for this class *Purchases that expire are not valid for extension, roll-over, or refund. *Not eligible for non-profit/student rate *Not eligible as credit to be applied to a regularly priced class, intro pass, class package, or OM Pass *Only valid for classes listed online as $10 class"  They also offer "Namaste Day - free classes all day: "One day out of the month, the studio offers the community an opportunity to enjoy the invigorating, challenging, joyful, sweaty, and celebratory yoga classes we have to offer....for FREE.***Members and pass holders can guarantee their spot by signing up in advance. Classes will fill up on a first come, first serve basis, so show up early."

Best to Call to check current schedule
Tranquil Space
- Near Virginia Sq Metro 3528 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA (703) 829-6428
Near Dupont Circle Metro 17th St location 1632-34 17th Street NW (202) 328-9642
and at Yoga Works in DC 14th St location 2301 ½ 14th Street, NW (202) 836-7680
They used to offer $10 Yoga On the Go classes every Thursday night in Arlington from 8:30pm - 9:30pm. In Dupont Circle they used to have a  $5 Class every Wednesday at 4:30pm and on the Second Sunday on the month 3:30pm - 4:30pm, all-levels class, donations benefit different charities each month and feature different teachers each month as well. $5 suggested.

Friday night in Bethesda, MD
Unity Woods - Bethesda, MD location only. $10 drop-in Community Class on Fridays, 6:00pm - 7:00pm. This class may be followed by a free chanting class, Soul-Soothing Chanting, from 7:10pm - 7:40pm. See schedule and find more info here.

Throughout the Week at various locations in DC

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

Meditation Classes

Monday night 
Circle Yoga - Friendship Heights/ Chevy Chase
Mindfulness Meditation Mondays every Monday from 7:00pm - 8:30pm with The Opening Heart Mindfulness Community. "On Mondays, join us for sitting and walking meditation and a facilitated discussion. Introduction for newcomers is on the first Monday of each month starting at 6:15 pm. Wednesday  6:30-7:30 am and Friday sessions 12:00-1:00pm include sitting and walking meditation, but there is no facilitated discussion."  Located near Friendship Heights metro and Chevy Chase Circle, about 13 min walk from metro (map),

Select Days, Times and Locations in DC
DC Public Libraries host free Meditation workshops on occasion, you can search their calendar here

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

Thursday, September 1, 2016

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Port City Java
701 North Carolina Ave. SE

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

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

417 H St NE

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ebenezers Coffeehouse
201 F St NE

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

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

Foggy Bottom/ K St Area

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Corner Bakery
locations throughout the city!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

lots of locations all over the city

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

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

Buffalo Billiards
1330 19th St NW
Dupont Circle

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

Red Derby
3718 14th St NW (at Quincy)

Georgia Ave/Petworth

Z Burger
4321 Wisconsin Ave, NW


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

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

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

Arlington Central Library
1015 N Quincy St
Virginia Sq or Ballston 

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

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

1000 N. Randolph St

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

the food and coffee here is quite good
3211 Wilson Blvd

in the Ballston Commons Mall

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

Monday, December 21, 2015

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

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

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

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

Museums and other places "Off The Mall" 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, August 20, 2015

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

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

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

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

314 Carroll Street, NW
Artist: Words Beats and Life

907 Barry Pl NW
Artist: Albus Cavus

1320B Good Hope Road, SE

Artist: Helping Inner City Kids Succeed (HICKS)

615 Division Ave, NE
Artist: Ward 7 Arts Collaborative

See Metro for best bus or metro access

Friday, May 22, 2015

ON VIEW: ART: Enjoy Art on View, as well as Free Workshops, at the Mediation Museum's brand new location in Silver Spring, MD, close to the Forest Glen Metro, Free

Enjoy Art on view and Free Workshops and Events at The Meditation Museum in Silver Spring
Monday - Saturday
11:00am - 6:00pm
and during events in the eve
Free, donations welcome

If you haven't been to the Meditation Museum before, this unique space recently moved to a new location in MD, a short walk from the Forest Glen Metro. In addition to the museum space, which features art ranging from pictures, posters, paintings and sculptures, designed to remind us of our true, highest selves and our responsibility to humanity, there are also lots of workshops and events offered at the Meditation Museum that are all free of charge!

To see a list of upcoming free workshops and events at the museum, please visit their website at You can also stay connected to the museum and their upcoming events through Meetup, facebook and twitter.

The Meditation Museum
9525 Georgia Avenue, Suite 101 - Silver Spring, MD
Metro: Forest Glen, an easy 8 minute walk north along Georgia Ave
Note: They just moved! Further north in MD but a short walk from the metro, just a few blocks. 

Saturday, January 3, 2015

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Weekly: Community Kirtan, Yoga and Meditation select days and times every week at Yoga District locations in DC, Free, donations welcome

Community Meditation, Kirtan & Yoga Classes at Yoga District locations in DC
Free, donations welcome 
please note that this schedule is subject to change

Meditation - Evenings
Monday        6:45pm - 7:15pm  Dupont 
Tuesday        7:00pm - 7:30pm  Dupont
Wednesday   7:00pm - 7:30pm  Dupont - Pranayama: Breathing 
                    8:15pm - 9:00pm  14th St - Relax, Breathe, Meditate 
Thursday      6:45pm - 7:30pm  Dupont
Saturday       7:45pm - 8:30pm   Dupont
Sunday         6:30pm - 7:05pm  14th St
                    7:00pm - 8:30pm   H St

Meditation - Mornings
Wednesday   7:30am - 8:30am  I St 

Kirtan: Chanting
Saturday        8:00pm - 9:00pm  Bloomingdale
Sunday          12:00pm - 1:00pm  H St

Sunday Night  6:30pm - 7:15pm 14th St - Yogic Sleep: Resting Meditation for Stress Relief 
                      6:30pm - 7:15pm  Glover Park - Yogic Sleep: Yoga Nidra
Sunday Night  7:15pm - 8:15pm 14th St - Sunday Night with the Sutras: The Yogic Principles

Nonprofit Community Run Yoga Studios
  • Glover Park: 2201 Wisconsin Ave, NW - newest studio
  • Dupont Circle: 1635 Connecticut Ave, NW, 5th Flr
  • U St. Corridor: 1910 14th St, NW, Units 1 & 3
  • Bloomingdale: 1830 1st St, NW
  • Downtown: 1922 I St, NW, 2nd & 3rd Flrs
  • Food and Tea Bar, District Tea, located on the 1st Flr
  • H St. Corridor: 526 H St, NE, 2nd Flr 
Metro: Please see metro trip-planner for best metro or bus access

Monday, September 29, 2014

PAST: PILATES + YOGA: The Final Free Class in the "Pilates in the Park" series will be Yogalates on TUES, Sept 29 in Farragut Square from 5:30pm - 6:30pm, Thanks to Golden Triangle BID for this series!

"Pilates in the Park" in Farragut Square! Series sponsored by the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District
Tuesdays Yogalates and Thursdays Pilates
Tuesday, May 5 - Tuesday, September 29
5:30pm - 6:30pm
Free, please bring your own yoga mat
Arrive and check-in by 5:20 p.m. and be entered to win special prizes.

Final Class of the Series!
Tuesday,  September 29 - Yogalates
Join the Golden Triangle BID every Tuesday and Thursday evening this spring for free Pilates and Yogalates class in Farragut Square Park. Instruction will be provided by certified Pilates and Yogalates instructors. Bring your own mat and enjoy these fun and relaxing after work exercise sessions with the Golden Triangle BID.

Note: Weather Permitting in the Park. In case of weather-related location or scheduling changes, please check the Golden Triangle website or connect with them on twitter @GoldenTriDC or on the GoldenTriangleDC page on facebook.

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