Thursday, October 27, 2016

UPCOMING: MEDITATION: Tonight! "Meditation for Stress Reduction and a Healthier Lifestyle" at the Lamond-Riggs Library near the Fort Totten Metro on THURS, Oct 27 from 7:00pm - 8:30pm, Free

"Meditation for Stress Reduction and a Healthier Lifestyle" with David Newcomb at the Lamond-Riggs Library near the Fort Totten Metro
Thursday, October 27
7:00pm - 8:30pm

Join David Newcomb, long time meditator for this 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 meditators.

5401 South Dakota Avenue NE 
Metro: Fort Totten and walk about 9 minutes 

UPCOMING: COMEDY: Tonight! Special Show on Comedy, Science & Psychedelics "A Good Trip" with Shane Mauss THURS, Oct 27 at 8:00pm + Comedian Brian Parise features on FRI, Oct 28 at 7:30pm & 9:30pm at Underground Comedy at The Big Hunt, $10, plus small service fee 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+

Note: This Week - Thursday and Friday shows instead of Friday and Saturday

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.

Thursday, October 27 
Shane Mauss (Comedy Central, Showtime)*
Special theme on psychedelics "A Good Trip"
$10 plus small fee online, buy tickets here

From the description: "Unlike a typical stand-up act that is 45 minutes of set-up, punch, repeat. This is an hour and a half show that is part stand-up, part hilarious stories of experiences, and part Ted Talk. I will take us on a funny journey through the stigma, history, laws, and science of psychedelics. I will share personal experiences and talk about the effects of hallucinogens like mushrooms, LSD, and DMT. (Don’t worry if you aren’t familiar, I’ve worked hard to articulate the experience for all.) My hope is that I’m helping to both destigmatize and demystify hallucinogens in a fun way. I am an advocate for psychedelic studies and rights. I’m in no way encouraging everyone to do them. They aren’t for everybody. They just happen to be for me. WARNING: This show is about PSYCHEDELICS! It’s about learning about ourselves and looking at life differently. If you are a fan of meth, heroin, or any other idiotic drug like that, this show will probably only make you feel worse about yourself than you likely already do."

Friday, October 28  - early show
Brian Parise (Montreal Comedy Festival)
$10 plus small fee online, buy tickets here

Brian Parise started out comedy in Washington DC and then moved to New York City after being selected to perform as one of the New Faces for the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal. He's performed at the Boston Comedy Festival. Laugh Your Asheville Off Comedy Festival, and Laughing Devil Comedy Festival. Brian has also been recognized as a sharp political comic, winning Pardon the Pundit’s Political Comedy Competition and then roasting Washington’s political elites at DC’s Funniest Celebrity. He's performed with great comedians like Dave Attell, Patton Oswalt, Patrice O’Neal, Bill Burr, and he brings smart, fresh humor whenever he gets on stage.

Brian mostly performs in NYC and hosts a monthly show called It’s All Happening at Frank’s Lounge in Brooklyn. Co-hosted by the hilarious Janelle James, it showcases some of the best comics in the city and presents original sketch videos.

Friday, October 28  - late show
Brian Parise (Montreal Comedy Festival)
$10 plus small fee online, buy tickets here

Named one of the Best Dive Bars in America by Maxim Magazine, The Big Hunt was also the selected as the Washington Post Editor's Pick for Best Beer Selection in DC.

Note: 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.

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

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Tonight! Three more Free events to choose from in DC on THURS, Oct 27

Highlights Post - Thursday, October 27

at The Potter's House in Adams Morgan 
7:00pm - 9:00pm
The Ethan Philion Trio is a local jazz group that features Chris Barrick (vibraphone), Ethan Philion (bass), and Ele Rubenstein (drums). The group plays a mix of jazz standards and original compositions. In addition to various concerts throughout the year, you can always hear the group play on the first Saturday of each month at 8407 Kitchen Bar in Silver Spring.The Potter's House
1658 Columbia Rd NW
Metro: Columbia Heights and walk about 12 minutes or take the 42 or 43 bus toward Mt Pleasant to Mozart Pl or the Circulator bus from Woodley Park Metro to the Ontario Rd stop and walk about a block, or walk from the metro about 20 minutes or so

Thursday Night Live - Big D Birthday Bash w/ An'jahla & Ilavibez
at Tropicalia on U St
10:00pm - 1:00am
Free, 21+
Note: While the image says doors 8:00pm there is another event taking place as part of the Washington Jewish Music Festival, Pitom performs at 7:30pm, doors 7:00pm, $8 cover for that one. Guessing doors for this event will be around 9:30pm or 10:00pm.
From my friend, Big D, who says: "This event will celebrate the birthdays of all my Scorpio and Libra friends in the biz. Thursday night live this month has been converted into this event and will be entertaining." Special guest An'JahLa & Ilavibez Band will play along with Leon City Sounds and Keep itLoud Crew.  DC massive will also be in the building so expect some random reggae jams to be dropped from the areas best players and singers of instruments.
2001 14th St NW
at the corner of U St, below Subway
Metro: U St or take the Circulator bus or any metro bus along 14th St to U or along U St to 14th.

Kostume Karaoke: Halloween!
at Solly's on U St
8:00pm - 1:30am
Free, 21+
From the event page: "If you can imagine, Halloween is our favorite holiday at Kostume Karaoke.
Because it falls on a Monday, we really don't get to celebrate it with you this year unless you want to. We encourage you to get the most of your Halloween costume and wear it to Karaoke . Our KJ will choose is favorite 3 and buy each of them a drink (and give you a free cut in line)! So come dressed to impress for Kostume Karaoke's favorite holiday."
1942 11th St NW
at the corner of 11th & U St NW
Metro: U St or take the Circulator bus or any metro bus along 14th St to U and walk a few blocks or take a bus along U St to 11th

UPCOMING: MEDITATION: Tomorrow ~ Unplug at recharj, a new mindfulness studio near McPherson, Free Meditation every FRI from 12:00pm - 12:20pm + First meditation or nap $10, self-guided sit for $5 anytime + Author Timber Hawkeye speaks this SAT, Oct 29 from 5:00pm - 7:00pm, Free

Need some quiet time? Unplug at recharj, a new mindfulness studio just steps from the White House and the McPherson Sq Metro
between 15th & 14th St just south of H St NW
see special promos below!
  • $10 for your first visit, choose from meditation or nap
  • Free meditation class every Friday at noon starting on Friday, September 23
  • When classes aren't in session, the meditation room is open to for self-guided practice, $5
In addition to meditation, recharj also offers power naps and they have yogibo bean bag loungers, which you can see here in the pictures of the studio space. 

Free event this Saturday, October 29
Special Free event at recharj with author Timber Hawkeye
5:00pm - 7:00pm 
Timber Hawkeye, bestselling author of Buddhist Boot Camp and Faithfully Religionless, is coming to recharj for a book talk, discussion and Q&A. Hawkeye offers a secular and non-sectarian approach to being at peace with the world (both within and around us). His intention is to awaken, enlighten, enrich and inspire.

1445 New York Ave NW
between 15th & 14th St, H & G St NW
Metro; McPherson Sq or take the Circulator bus or any number of buses there

UPCOMING: YOGA: Tonight! Weekly: Yoga Share Community Class at BloomBars in Columbia Heights every THURS from 7:30pm - 9:00pm,Teachers and yoga styles vary each week, $10 donation requested

Yoga Share DC donation-based Weekly Yoga Class in Columbia Heights at BloomBars!
often Kundalini Yoga, other styles as well, teachers vary each week
every Thursday night
7:30pm - 9:00pm
by donation, $10 or more suggested, cash or credit,  please give as you can, BYO yoga mat
Bring a mat, mug for tea and something warm to wrap yourself in!

Best to join the Yoga Share DC group on facebook to see the invite. Note: You'll need to join the Yoga Share DC group on facebook to RSVP to the facebook invite. You can also sign up for their emails here. See invites each week on the Yoga Share DC page

Each week there are different teachers who practice all kinds of yoga so best to check the invite to read more about the teacher who will be teaching that week and the style of yoga they will be offering.

Thursday, October 27
See the Yoga Share DC facebook group for details each week.
Gather at 7:30. Class starts at 7:45. Tea and snacks at 9:00.

3222 11th St NW - just north of Kenyon
Metro: Columbia Heights, walk north on 14th St one block, turn right on Kenyon, walk to 11th and turn left

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Find more Free and low-cost events @FreeinDCBlog on twitter. You don't need to have a twitter account to view details. Find giveaways and more events listed 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! 

Sunday, October 23, 2016

UPCOMING: COMEDY: Weekly: Late Night Dirty Comedy Show "Dirty Laundry" SAT, Oct 29 at Drafthouse Comedy, 13th & L St NW, 11:00pm show, doors10:40pm, Show is 18+, $5, Free for College Students

Dirty Laundry: DC's Only Late Night Dirty Comedy Show 
at Drafthouse Comedy, DC's newest comedy venue
every Saturday night
11:00pm show, 10:40pm doors
now every Saturday!
$5 (plus  service fee if you buy online) and Free for college students 18+ with valid ID if seats are available.
Plus, no minimum purchase at this venue

Next Show - Saturday, October 29
RSVP online here
Come out and see DC's best stand up comics do the jokes they might not be comfortable doing at other venues at "Dirty Laundry"

In April, the owners of the Arlington Drafthouse opened up a comedy arts performance space at 13th & L St NW, in the heart of DC. Drafthouse Comedy is styled after a black box theater, with tall ceilings, great sight lines, and an intimate setting. The venue has beer, wine, liquor, and some light fare available for purchase. There are no minimum purchase requirements for patrons, nor is there table-side service.

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.

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

UPCOMING: COMEDY: This Weekend! Dojo Comedy Improv & Sketch Comedy Venue near Petworth hosts Longform Improv Shows every FRI & SAT at 8:00pm & 9:30pm, $10 + Free ArmanDojo show every SUN at 7:00pm, Recommended for those 18+

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.

Friday and Saturday nights - Two shows!
8:00pm - 9:00pm 
9:30pm - 10:30pm

Sunday nights - Free show
7:00pm - 8:00pm

Welcome to ArmanDojo, the weekly celebration of the Armando format popularized around the country. At this show, top improvisers from DC will perform scenes inspired by a single storyteller or "monologist", who will base their shared stories off of an audience suggestion. Prepare for fun and funny, lock in for laughs, and get ready for a good time!

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.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

UPCOMING: MEDITATION: Free Meditation & Talk on SUN, Oct 30 from 11:00am - 12:00pm at the Science of Spirituality Center, Arizona & Cathedral Ave NW, every SUN except for the first one of the month

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

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

Weekly on Sundays - except the first Sunday of the month
Meditation  - All welcome regardless of level of experience
Meditation & Meditation Talks
11:00am - 12:00pm

Meditation Talk and Meditation at 11:00am is recommended for new folks. Feel free to arrive when you can to meditate with the group in a silent format so if you are an experienced meditator you are welcome to arrive as early as 10:00am. Vegetarian lunch is provided for those who participate in the morning events.

SOS DC also offers free meditation workshops at area libraries. You can learn more about SOS DC and Jyoti Meditation on their website and connect with them on twitter @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 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 up: and use the promo code FREEINDC14 - be sure to select uberx or uberpool (if you don't mind sharing the ride with someone and aren't in a hurry) or lyft line (shared ride option) for best price when you request a ride. 

Saturday, October 15, 2016

UPCOMING: MEDITATION & YOGA: Free Yoga Class at 10:00am + FreeSpanish Meditation Talk at 11:00am on SAT, Oct 29 - and every SATexcept for the first one of the month - at Science of Spirituality's DCCenter

Yoga, in English, with Argeny Rodriguez 
every Saturday except for the first Saturday of the month
10:00am - 11:00am
max of 8 students, RSVP recommended to ensure your space: (703) 212-8140

Meditation Talk in Spanish with Argeny Rodriguez 
every Saturday except for the first Saturday of the month
11:00am - 12:00pm

SOS DC also offers free meditation workshops at area libraries. You can learn more about SOS DC and Jyoti Meditation on their website and connect with them on twitter @SOS_WashDC.
Science of Spirituality - new home in Washington, DC
2950 Arizona Ave NW
at the intersection of Cathedral and Arizona Ave.
Metro: Tenleytown Metro is closest. See metro trip-planner for best bus acces, the M4 and D6 get you pretty close but they don't run that often. For those with cars, street parking is available. Recommend uber and lyft from wherever you are or from metro, see promos below.

Special Promo for Smartphone users: 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 up: and use the promo code FREEINDC14 - be sure to select uberx -or uber pool if you are not in a rush and open to sharing the ride with someone en route- for best price!

Saturday, October 1, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

So go ahead, check it out, what do you have to lose? Create your free account, find some new free activities, have some fun burning calories and maybe even make some new friends!

Friday, September 30, 2016

UPCOMING: Weekly: When the weather is nice... Relax, Dance, Drum and People Watch every SUN in Malcolm X/ Meridian Hill Park from Afternoon - Dark, Free

Drum Circle in Malcolm X/ Meridian Hill Park
People Watching, Picnics, Acro-Yoga and more
every Sunday weather is nice, afternoon - dark

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

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

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

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.

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 
Note: They have two additional locations now! One in Chinatown and another in Shaw

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

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

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

Ebenezers Coffeehouse
201 F St NE

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

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

Foggy Bottom/ K St Area

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Corner Bakery
locations throughout the city!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

lots of locations all over the city

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

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

Buffalo Billiards
1330 19th St NW
Dupont Circle

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

Red Derby
3718 14th St NW (at Quincy)

Georgia Ave/Petworth

Z Burger
4321 Wisconsin Ave, NW


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

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

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

Arlington Central Library
1015 N Quincy St
Virginia Sq or Ballston 

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

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

1000 N. Randolph St

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

the food and coffee here is quite good
3211 Wilson Blvd

in the Ballston Commons Mall

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

Monday, December 21, 2015

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

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

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

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

Museums and other places "Off The Mall" 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, August 20, 2015

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

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

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

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

314 Carroll Street, NW
Artist: Words Beats and Life

907 Barry Pl NW
Artist: Albus Cavus

1320B Good Hope Road, SE

Artist: Helping Inner City Kids Succeed (HICKS)

615 Division Ave, NE
Artist: Ward 7 Arts Collaborative

See Metro for best bus or metro access

Thursday, July 30, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Throughout the Week at various locations in DC

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

Meditation Classes 

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

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

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

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.