Wednesday, December 7, 2016

UPCOMING: COMEDY: Tonight! "No Pulp Comedy" features Matty Litwack at The Black Squirrel in Adams Morgan WED, Dec 7 from 8:00pm - 9:30pm, Free

Wednesday, December 7
8:00pm - 9:30pm
Free

Come on out for a free comedy show featuring some of the best comics in the DMV. This month features Matty Littwack ( Fox Laughs, National Geographic, DC IMPROV, SF Sketchfest, and Washington Post). Other comics perfomring at the show include: Dylan Meyer (DC Improv, Magoobys), Katherine Jessup (Drafthouse, DC Imporv), Martin Amini (Kennedy Center, Complex), Chelsea Shorte (Howard Theatre, DC Improv). Hosted by Laughing Like Crazy.

The Black Squirrel
2427 18th St NW
Metro: Woodley Park or Columbia Heights and take the Circulator bus to Adams Mill/ 18th St or take the 42 or 43 bus from Connecticut Ave or Dupont Circle toward Mt Pleasant and get off at 18th & Columbia Rd and walk down 18th St about a block or so.

UPCOMING: COMEDY: Tonight! "Comedy on the Table" Fifth Anniversary Celebration continues with "Sometimes Pop-Up Comedy Show" at Wonderland Ballroom featuring 8 female comics WED, Dec 7 from 8:00pm-10:00pm, benefit show, by donation + Comedy Show at the Velvet Lounge on FRI, Dec 9 at 7:00pm, $8


Comedy on the Table's Fifth Anniversary Celebration Week
features four comedy shows 
Monday, December 5 - Friday, December 9
Free - $8 

Comedy on the Table started back in October 2011 as a space where female stand-up comics can not just receive representation -- but highlighted status. Over the years 58 female comics have been featured, some of whom have gone on to have TV credits, performed at both locally and nationally renowned venues and festivals and some have even gone on to produce their own shows. These shows have also supported organizations like House of Ruth, Martha's Table, Capital Pride, Planned Parenthood, HIPS and Collective Action of Safe Spaces among others. This celebration is a collaboration with Valerie Paschall (Lousy Humans), hosted by Michele Sometimes (Love Sometimes, Sometimes Pop-Up Comedy Show) and Kandace Saunders (Pretty Funny Entertainment) and 26 of the 58 performers return to the stage, along with some new faces. Come on out for some laughs and show your support for local organizations and women in comedy.
hosted by Michele Sometimes of the Sometimes Pop-Up Comedy Show
8:00pm - 10:00pm
by donation, to support This Donors Choose Project for Houston Elementary School
It's Michele Sometimes' Birthday and this year she'll be  partnering with Comedy on The Table to celebrate their anniversary with a line up of ladies who have performed for Valerie Paschall's Comedy on the Table Showcase! Come out to hear comedy from these fabulous 8 female comics!
Alyssa A. CowanJess FeeneyChelsea ShorteKasha PatelFranqi FrenchNicki FuchsTiffany Cain and Gina Brown.
The Wonderland Ballroom
1101 Kenyon St NW
Metro: Columbia Heights, walk north on 14th one block, turn right on Kenyon, left on 11th, about a 7 minute walk from the metro

Friday December 9
hosted by Valerie Paschall of Lousy Humans
7:00pm - 9:00pm
$8
This edition of This Show Will Only Bring You Happiness is especially curated for the Fifth Anniversary of Lousy Humans' show, Comedy on the Table. Feast your eyes and ears.
Headlining the show will be Kandace Saunders (Tours with Pablo Francisco, DC Improv). The show will also feature: Jamel Dotson (Whiteologist), Kandyce August (Pretty Funny Entertainment, DC Improv) and Michele Sometimes (Love Sometimes, DC Improv),
The Velvet Lounge
915 U St NW
Metro: U St, take the African American War Memorial exit 

UPCOMING: COMEDY: Tonight! "Historical Roast of Cleopatra" at Rendezvous Lounge in Adams Morgan on WED, Dec 7 from 8:00pm - 10:00pm, Free

Historical Roast of Cleopatra
Hosted by Laugh Owens Laugh
Wednesday, December 7
8:00pm - 10:00pm
Free

From the event page: "The longest running comedy roast in existence returns! Since the beginning of time, mankind has roasted each other as a sign of respect. Disrespect is super respectful. Join us as history's greatest names assemble to roast an important historical figure and their good friend. The Main Event: Cleopatra. Featuring: Yasser Arafat, Jeffrey Dahmer, Genghis Khan, Janis Joplin, Bob Marley, Edgar Allan Poe, Saint Patrick, Hosted by:  A Snake"

Rendezvous Lounge, on the second floor
2226 18th St NW, in Adams Morgan 
Metro: Woodley Park or Columbia Heights and take the Circulator bus to Adams Mill/ 18th St or take the 42 or 43 bus from Connecticut Ave or Dupont Circle toward Mt Pleasant and get off at 18th & Columbia Rd.


UPCOMING: OPEN MIC: Tonight! Weekly:"Fun Fun at 121" Open Mic for Comedians, Musicians and others on WED, Dec 7 - and every WED night -at Acre 121 in Columbia Heights from 8:00pm - 10:00pm, All Ages, Free

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

Next Open Mic-  Wednesday, December 7

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

Comedians, musicians and artists wanting to perform can sign up in advance by emailing acre121openmic@gmail.com. There will also be a limited amount of sign-ups on the night of each performance. Seating is on a first come, first serve basis, so come early if you want to catch happy hour and a great seat.

Acre 121
1400 Irving St NW
Metro: Columbia Heights, right by the metro, a few doors down from the Five Guys, across the street from Panera

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

UPCOMING: IMPROV: Washington Improv Theater presents "Seasonal Disorder" unscripted shows this THURS, Dec 8 - SAT, Dec 10 + Additional shows THURS, Dec 15 - FRI, Dec 30 at Source, tickets regularly $14 with fee, use special promo code for $10 tickets!

Washington Improv Theater presents "Seasonal Disorder" unscripted shows at Source
Thursday, December 1 - Friday, December 30
Special Promotion for Free in DC followers - Regularly $12 plus $2 service fee, use promo code FREEINDC to get $10 tickets, no fee!
Line-ups vary nightly. See the full schedule here!

"Seasonal Disorder" is WIT’s holiday stocking, chock full of fun surprises. The holiday grab bag features everything from from chilling murder mysteries to holiday-themed comedy. In addition to performances by WIT's company ensembles, you'll have a chance to see Citizens’ Watch—an original production based on the TV series Broadchurch. Directed by Mike Hendrix, the show features members of King Bee, Nox!, as well as new faces to the WIT stage.


**Use the promo code FREEINDC to get tickets for $10, no additional fees!**

Thursday, December 8
Sabado Picante + Bombay Vindaloo + Citizens’ Watch 
7:30pm

Friday, December 9
7:30pm

9:30pm

Saturday, December 10
7:30pm

9:30pm

**Remember to use the promo code FREEINDC to get tickets for $10, no additional fees!**

Thursday - Sunday, December 15 - 18
Purchase tickets and get more info here

Thursday & Friday, December 22 & 23
Purchase tickets and get more info here

Thursday & Friday, December 29 & 30
Purchase tickets and get more info here

Source Theatre
1835 14th St NW
near the corner of 14th & T
Metro: U St and walk to 14th St, turn left, Source is about a block or so down on the left side. You can also take the Circulator bus or any number of buses along 14th St to U or along U St to 14th

Special Promo: New Lyft users get $10 off your first ride with promo code FREEINDC10 when you sign up at lyft.com. New Uber users get $20 off your first ride, sign up here: uber.com 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.

Monday, December 5, 2016

UPCOMING: MEDITATION: Learn more about ways of "Reducing Stress this Holiday Season through Meditation" at a Free Introductory Workshop on SAT, Dec 10 from 11:00am - 12:00pm at the Lamond-Riggs Library near Fort Totten

"Reducing Stress this Holiday Season through Meditation" an Introductory Workshop with Sangeeta Simha at the Lamond-Riggs Library near Fort Totten
Saturday, December 10
11:00am - 12:00pm
Free

Curious about meditation and how it can help you to reduce sress? Come on out to this free workshop led by Sangeeta Simha, who'll also be available to answer any questions you may have about the practice.

During this workshop you'll learn a bit about how meditation can help to achieve a feeling of peace, happiness and greater well being. Sangeeta will share a simple technique of a spiritual meditation practice and you'll also have a chance to practice this technique. For new or advanced meditators.

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

UPCOMING: COMEDY: This Weekend! Harrison Greenbaum features at Underground Comedy this FRI, Dec 9 & SAT, Dec 10 at 8:00pm & 10:00pm downstairs 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+

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.

This Weekend will feature Harrison Greenbaum (Last Comic Standing)

Now living in Manhattan, Harrison has quickly become one of the most in-demand comedians in New York, performing in more than 600 shows a year and thus leading both Time Out New York and the NY Daily News to call him "the hardest-working man in comedy." One of Comedy Central's "Comics to Watch," Harrison has also received many awards and honors for his comedy, including the Andy Kaufman Award for creativity and originality in comedy, the Shorty Award in collaboration with Comedy Central and the New York Comedy Festival for "Best Emerging Comic," and the Magners Comic Stand-Off. Harrison was featured on NBC's Last Comic Standing, AXS TV’s Gotham Comedy Live, and National Geographic Channel's Brain Games, was a regular panelist on CurrentTV’s Viewpoint, and has appeared on MTV, SPIKE TV, the Discovery Channel, and the Science Channel.


Harrison headlines comedy clubs around the country, including sold-out shows at TBS Just for Laughs Chicago and the legendary Carolines on Broadway (leading Punchline Magazine to name Harrison one of the “Breakout Artists” of the year). Harrison has also been featured in a wide variety of publications, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Boston Globe.
Friday, December 9 
early show 8:00pm
late show10:00pm
$10 plus small fee online

Saturday, December 10
early show 8:00pm
late show 10:00pm
$10 plus small fee online

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 for about 80 people 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 

Sunday, December 4, 2016

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

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
Free

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.

New User Promotions: $10 off your first Lyft ride with promo code FREEINDC10 when you sign up at lyft.com. $20 off your first Uber ride when you sign up at uber.com and use the promo code FREEINDC14. I don't think the credit will apply to uber pool or lyft line for your first trip so select uber x from the best price and then select uber pool (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 future rides.

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! 

UPCOMING: COMEDY: Weekly: The next "Dirty Laundry" Late Night Comedy Show will be on SAT, Dec 10 at Drafthouse Comedy, 13th & L St NW, 11:00pm, doors 10:40pm, 18+, $5, Free for College Students

Dirty Laundry: DC's Only Late Night Dirty Comedy Show 
at Drafthouse Comedy
every Saturday night
11:00pm show, 10:40pm doors
$5 ( + small fee online, see note below), College students 18+ get in Free with valid ID if seats available!
no minimum purchase at this venue

Next Show - Saturday, December 10
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 

ARTIST CALL: Calling local Artists! EMULSION 2017 is now accepting applications for EMULSION 2017 this year at Pepco Edison Gallery in Chinatown March 3 - 16, Applications due by MON, Jan 9, Entry Fee Applies

Call for Art! EMULSION 2017
Fourth Annual East City Art Regional Juried Show
This year at Pepco Edison Gallery on 8th St NW in the heart of Chinatown
**Note: There is a $42.50 entry fee**
Monday, January 9 deadline to apply

Exhibit will be on view from Friday, March 3 - Thursday, March 16 and is free to attend. Events include artists talks, opening and closing receptions.

This year the show moves from H St NE to the Pepco Edison Gallery located on 8th St NW between G & H Streets in the heart of Chinatown and walking distance from Metro Center so it will be easily accessible by all of the metro lines. This year's juror will be Deirdre Ehlen MacWilliams, Public Art Project Manager for Arlington County’s public art program. You can read more about her here. Prizes: $2000 First Place Prize, $1,000 Second Place Prize, $500 Third Place Prize and Two (2) $250 Honorable Mentions.

702 8th Street NW 
located between H St & G St NW
Metro: Gallery Pl - Chinatown, 9th & G exit is closest, or walk a few blocks from Metro Center

Saturday, December 3, 2016

UPCOMING: MEDITATION: Free Four-Week Introduction to Meditation continues on MON, Dec 12 and the next two Mondays, thru MON, Dec 26 from 7:00pm - 8:30pm at the Science of Spirituality DC Center

Free Intro Series on Monday Nights
Sign up now for the next session!
Monday Night Introduction to Meditation classes
Introductory classes begin every four weeks
Facilitated by Sangeeta Prasad and Paola Neyra
Introductory classes begin every four weeks.

Series continues - Monday, December 12
no experience necessary, all welcome to attend
7:00pm - 8:30pm
continues the next two  Mondays, thru Dec 26
Free, RSVP required, email DCinfo@sos.org or call (937) 361-4515 or (301) 598-3582

Note: If you weren't able to attend the first session Monday, December 5 you're welcome to join in the second session, Monday, December 12

"Jyoti meditation provides the experience of inner light, the joy of self discovery, and the lasting value of spirituality as a complement to physical, intellectual, and cultural attainments." Introductory classes will run in four-week cycles which repeat. For those who wish to go on after the intro sessions, there will be intermediate and advanced classes continuing throughout the year.

SOS DC will also continue to offer free meditation workshops at area libraries. You can learn more about SOS DC and Jyoti Meditation on their website and feel free to connect with the Mid-Atlantic region on facebook and with SOS DC on twitter at @SOS_WashDC.

Science of Spirituality - DC Center
2950 Arizona Ave NW
at the intersection of Cathedral and Arizona Ave.
Metro: Not that close to a metro but accessible by bus. See metro trip-planner for best bus access. It looks like the M4 and D6 buses get you pretty close. For those with cars, street parking is available. You may want to consider taking uber or lyft there from wherever you are coming from or from the Tenleytown Metro. See promo codes below for new users.

Special uber and lyft promotions for Free in DC followers: Smart phones users can download the uber and lyft apps. New users get $10 off your first lyft ride with promo code FREEINDC10, sign up at lyft.com. You can also get $20 off your first Uber with the promo code FREEINDC14 at uber.com/go/freeindc14 - be sure to select uberx for best price, or uber pool if you aren't in a hurry and don't mind the possibility of sharing the ride! For lyft, select lyft line for the same shared option.

Thursday, December 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!
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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!

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


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

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.

PETWORTH
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

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!

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)