Sunday, February 25, 2018

UPCOMING: MEDITATION: Today! Meditate in Community on SUN, Feb 25 and most Sunday Mornings at the Science of Spirituality DC Center, Silent Meditation from 10:00am - 11:00am, Meditation Talk from 11:00am - 12:00pm, Vegetarian lunch to follow, Free

Weekly Meditation on Sunday Mornings
except for the first Sunday of the month
at the Science of Spirituality DC Center

Sunday Morning Silent Meditation
10:00am - 11:00am
Sunday Morning Meditation Talk
11:00am - 12:00pm
Free
All welcome regardless of level of experience

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

Next gathering will be on Sunday, February 25
10.00 - 11:00 am Meditation
11:00 - 12:00 pm English Satsang/ Talk
12:00 - 1:00 pm Vegetarian Lunch

Meditation Talks in Other Languages
10:30 - 11:30 am Spanish Satsang
1:00 - 2:00 pm Hindi Satsang

The Science of Spirituality Meditation DC Center opened in the Fall of 2013 and offers many free workshops and events. The center focuses on using the practice of Jyoti Meditation. 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.

SOS DC also offers free meditation workshops at area libraries. You can learn more about SOS DC and Jyoti Meditation on their website and connect with them on twitter @SOSMeditate.
Science of Spirituality - DC Center
2950 Arizona Ave NW
at the intersection of Cathedral and Arizona Ave.
Metro: Not that close to a metro but accessible by bus. See metro trip-planner for best bus acces looks like the M4 and D6 buses get you pretty close but they don't run that often. For those with cars, street parking is available. For those of you with smart phones who don't own cars you may want to consider taking uber or lyft there from wherever you are or from the Tenleytown Metro, which is closest.

UPCOMING: IMPROV CLASS: Today! The Unified Scene Theater in Bloomingdale hosts their Monthly Free Improv Workshop on SUN, Feb 25 from 1:00pm - 3:00pm, RSVP to ensure your space

Monthly Free Improv Workshop at The Unified Scene Theater in Bloomingdale 
Sunday, February 25
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Free, RSVP to info@unifiedscenetheater.com

Ever thought “Hey, this improv stuff looks fun. But I’m not sure I could do it. Wouldn’t mind giving it a test run before I do.” Well, now’s your chance! Come out this Sunday afternoon for a free 2-hour improv workshop at The Unified Scene Theater in Bloomingdale. You might surprise yourself — and have fun doing it!

Space is limited, so please email to let them know you’re coming info@unifiedscenetheater.com

The Unified Scene Theater
80 T St NW
Metro: Shaw - Howard U and walk about 12 minutes or take a bus. You can catch the 80 line towards Fort Totten right to T and North Capitol, and walk a block West to the theater, or the G8 which drops you off right across the street from the theater on Rhode Island Ave Also, a Capital Bikeshare station (located at 1st and RI Avenue, NW) is within mere steps of the theater, or you can hop in an uber or lyft there, see promotions for new users below.

UPCOMING: Today! Monthly Karma Kitchen at Himalayan Heritage in Adams Morgan SUN, Feb 25 from 12:00pm - 2:30pm, by donation

Karma Kitchen February edition at Himalayan Heritage in Adams Morgan 
Sunday, February 25
12:00pm - 2:30pm
Pay-it-Forward/No-Set-Cost, Monthly Community Meal, by donation meal

Enjoy a sit down Indian meal, made by and served by a team of volunteers, at Himalayan Heritage in Admas Morgan. Karma Kitchen is a volunteer-driven experiment in generosity started in Berkeley, California on March 31st 2007 based on the principles of a "gift economy." 

Your meal experience is gifted by volunteers: prepared, cooked and served from the heart to you. People of all backgrounds join together for a healthy vegetarian meal in a very set menu. You can eat as much or as little as you wish. All are welcome to join and to invite others to join as well.

Himalayan Heritage Restaurant
2305 18th St NW - at Kalorama
Metro: Woodley Park and walk or take the Circulator bus a bit closer to Adams Mill, cross over Columbia Rd and walk down 18th St a few block, or Dupont Circle and walk up 18th St or take the 42 bus the stop closest to Kalorama or Belmont and walk downhill one block to 18th St. 

UPCOMING: CONCERT: Today! Howard University's Premier Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Afro Blue, performs a Free Concert at All Souls on SUN, Feb 25 at 4:00pm

Afro Blue performs at All Souls
Sunday, February 25
4:00pm
Free and open to the public!

All are welcome to attend a concert "Celebrating the Power of Music in the Civil Rights Era" with a Afro Blue, Howard University's Premier Vocal Jazz Ensemble.

at the corner of 16th & Harvard St NW
Metro: Columbia Heights, walk a few blocks, or take the S2 or S4 bus along 16th to Harvard

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Today + Tonight! Here is a list of more Free events happening in DC on SUN, Feb 25

Sunday, February 25

Here is a list of more Free events in DC 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 included if they are listed. For public transit access by bus or metro, see metro trip-planner. Some events may require advance RSVP, if so that will be noted.

Afternoon

1:00pm
  • Author Talk: William Stixrud and Ned Johnson will discuss parenting advice from their book “The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives” as part of Politics and Prose Parenting Series. 1 to 2 p.m. Free admission. Politics and Prose bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
2:00pm
  • Lecture: To commemorate the bicentenary of Frederick Douglass’ birth, University of Edinburgh black studies professor Celeste-Marie Bernier will lecture on his and his childrens’ activism in the abolition movement. 2 p.m. Free. National Gallery of Art, 6th and Constitution Avenues NW. 202-737-4215.
  • Book event: John C. Hirsh will hold a signing for his book, “Power and Probity in a D.C. Cooperative: The Life and Death of Sursum Corda,” which details the history and destruction of the Sursum Corda apartment complex following the 2004 murder that took place there. Free. 2 to 4 p.m. Middle C Music, 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-244-7326.
3:30pm
  • Concert: Cellist and 2011 International Tchaikovsky Competition winner Narek Hakhnazaryan will join pianist Noreen Polera in a recital of Brahms, Massenet, Schumann and other classical composers. 3:30 p.m. Free. National Gallery of Art, West Building, 6th & Constitution Ave NW. 202-737-4215.
4:00pm
  • Book Club: The New Fiction Book Club at East City Bookshop will discuss “Call Me By Your Name” by André Aciman. 4 p.m. Free. East City Bookshop, 645 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-290-1636.
  • Film + Music: Pianist Gabriel Thibaudeau and percussionist Frank Bockius will perform live to accompany a screening of “Kean ou Désordre et génie.” This 1924 silent film focuses on the troubled career of renowned Shakespearean stage actor Edmund Kean. 4 p.m. Free. National Gallery of Art, East Building Auditorium, 4th and Constitution Avenues NW. 202-737-4215.
Evening

5:30pm
  • Film: The PBS Independent Lens series will host a pre-broadcast preview of “Dolores,” Peter Bratt’s documentary about labor and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.
6:00pm
  • Performance: The United Voices of Metropolitan AME Church will present “To Serve This Present Age,” which explores how social, political and religious movements have influenced the tradition of gospel music. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

UPCOMING: MUSICAL: Avant Bard brings back the Musical "The Gospel at Colonus" Feb 22 - March 25! Final Pay-What-You-Will Preview MON, Feb 26 at 7:30pm at The Gunston Arts Center in Arlington, VA

Avant Bard brings back the legendary gospel musical The Gospel at Colonus for a second run! Remaining Pay-What-You-Will Previews (see video clip)
Monday, February 26
7:30pm
by donation/PWYW so you name your price at the door* Regular admission $30 on Friday, $35 for Saturday night & Sunday shows

Additional Pay-What-You-Will shows every Thursday night and every Saturday afternoon 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.

"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. 

Friday, February 23, 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!

Friday, February 16, 2018

UPCOMING: ART PARTY: Artists and Makers in Rockville, MD celebrates their Third Anniversary, at both of their locations, on FRI, March 2 with a First Friday Opening Reception for “at 3(three)” featuring art work from more than 150 residents artists, live Music, Open Mic, food and drink on FRI, March 2 from 6:00pm - 9:00pm, Free

Artwork pictured created by Barbara Colnes Quinn
Artists & Makers - Third Anniversary Celebration!
Opening Reception for “at 3(three)” and First Friday - Enjoy Art, Live Music, Open Mic, food and drink!
Friday, March 2
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Free, view and share facebook event page here

Artists & Makers Studios 1 and 2 invite you to attend the Third Anniversary Celebration at their two locations in Rockville, MD and a chance to see the work of resident artists in five galleries. Their “at 3(three)” exhibit features artwork of more than 150 resident artists in the galleries and studios of both studio centers. A five gallery exhibit will open for First Friday festivities between 6pm and 9pm on March 2nd, and will showcase artists open studios for browsing as well. Read more on the Press Release for the exhibits

Enjoy celebratory food and drink at A&M1 and tour the 3 main galleries and open studios on Parklawn Drive in Rockville, along with Words Out Loud spoken word event and open mic hosted by Philip Wexler and featuring Ellen Cole, and Martin Shapiro in the Compass Atelier at the Parklawn location starting at 7pm. Open Mic will begin around 8pm. 

Artwork pictured created by Cathy Abramson  
Additionally A&M2 is proud to present wine and light refreshments along with more resident artists’ work in the galleries and studios, exhibits in Gallery 209, The Compass Atelier Thesis Exhibit,  and the Montgomery County Camera Club with “Abstract Minimalism” by Ron Ames. You can also hear live music from the band Paradise Bill and throughout the evening you can also hear the theremin played by Arthur Harrison, all just 9/10’s of a mile from the flagship location on Parklawn.

During the month of arch, there will also be a resident artist anniversary exhibit in all five galleries. The exhibits at both locations will be on view from Friday, March 2 - Wednesday, March 28. Viewing hours are 10:00am - 4:00pm Tuesday-Saturday, and Sundays/Mondays by chance or appointment.

About: Artists & Makers Studios on Parklawn Drive in Rockville, established in October 2014 by artist and arts community builder Judith HeartSong, is a 13,000 sq. ft. facility is now home to 66 resident artists. Artists & Makers Studios 2 on Wilkins Avenue in Rockville is a 23,000 sq. ft. facility with 88 resident artists and more to come. A&M Studios is dedicated to providing a supportive and vibrant environment for artists to realize their creative goals – through studio practice, collaboration, education, opportunities, networking and connecting with the community beyond our doors.


Artists & Makers Studios 1
11810 Parklawn Dr., Suite 210 - Rockville, MD
Metro: White Flint and walk, or you can catch the Ride-On 38 Wheaton via HP or the C8 to College Park Station. It's about a 16 minute walk, see google maps. See directions and map here.

Artists & Makers Studios 2
12276 / 12280 Wilkins Avenue - Rockville, MD
Metro: Twinbrook and walk about .8 miles, 16 minutes, according to google maps.

Friday, February 9, 2018

UPCOMING: TRIVIA: Thursday Night Trivia at DC Brau hosted by Christian Hunt from Capital City Showcase THURS, March 1 from 7:30pm - 9:30pm, Free, 21+

Thursday Night Trivia at  DC Brau Brewing Company
Hosted by Christian Hunt from Capital City Showcase
Thursday, March 1
and every Thursday
7:30pm - 9:30pm
Free, 21+

You can now come out to DC Brau every Thursday for Trivia with Christian Hunt, host of The Capital City Showcase and win great prizes, including gift certificates to local establishments and free beer! There will also be food for sale, courtesy of Tamales Pachuca!

3178 Bladensburg Rd NE Ste B
Metro: Best to see metro trip-planner for best bus options depending on where you are coming from. I know that from the Rhode Island Ave you can take the B8 bus, or you can uber or lyft there, prices for uber pool and lyft line shared rides are usually pretty affordable.

UPCOMING: KIDS: Science of Spirituality invites Kids 4-14 and their Parents to an Afternoon of Meditation SAT, March 3 from 2:00pm - 4:00pm, Free, RSVP required

Meditation Retreat for Kids and Families at the Science of Spirituality Meditation Center
for children ages 4 to 14, accompanied by at least one parent or legal guardian
Saturday, March 3,
2:00pm - 4:00pm

Kids will have a chance to learn more about Jyoti meditation, a simple meditation on the inner light. No prior meditation experience needed. Optional meditation class will be available for parents. Vegetarian snacks that are kid-friendly will also be provided. The theme for the month of March will be on Unity & Team Work. The afternoon will include a Meditation Class for kids that will include ice breakers, stories and short meditation session, a hands-on activity of the month and an optional workshop for parents.Please note that at least one parent must attend with the child, no drop-offs. If you have any questions, feel free to email or call DCInfo@sos.org or 202.810.9780

Driving? Plenty of street parking is available in this residential neighborhood!

Science of Spirituality DC Center
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. Uber and lyft have also been pretty affordable as of late if you don't have a car and want to get there.


Friday, February 2, 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 freeindcblog@gmail.com if you have any updates to this list (new places or places listed here that may be closed, etc...) Thanks!

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

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

ADAMS MORGAN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Port City Java
701 North Carolina Ave. SE


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

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

H ST CORRIDOR, NE
417 H St NE

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

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

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

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

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

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

UNION STATION
Ebenezers Coffeehouse
201 F St NE

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

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

Foggy Bottom/ K St Area

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CHAIN STORES & CAFES in DC
Au Bon Pain
Free wifi, locations all over the city
Metro Center, L St, Chinatown, etc...

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

Corner Bakery
locations throughout the city!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

lots of locations all over the city

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

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

Buffalo Billiards
1330 19th St NW
Dupont Circle

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

Red Derby
3718 14th St NW (at Quincy)

Georgia Ave/Petworth

Z Burger
4321 Wisconsin Ave, NW

Tenlyetown


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

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

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

NORTHERN VIRGINIA
Arlington Central Library
1015 N Quincy St
Virginia Sq or Ballston 

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

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

1000 N. Randolph St
Ballston

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

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

in the Ballston Commons Mall
Ballston

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

Monday, December 21, 2015

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

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

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

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

Museums and other places "Off The Mall" 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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