Wednesday, June 1, 2016

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Free events in DC, MD & VA this THURS, June 2 - TUES, June 7 from, a fabulous resource for events in the DC Metro Area!

Here is a list of free arts and culture events from! This site is a fantastic resource for free and ticketed events presented by nearly 300 Metro DC Arts Presenters. For quick way to find even more FREE arts and culture events check out the Free events in Metro DC  page on is another great program where you can find discount tickets to performances throughout metro DC @TICKETPLACEDC on twitter and at

Note: New Format! All events below are FREE and organized by date and by start time. Be sure to click through the links for time, location and event details. Some may require advance RSVP. All of the events below are in DC unless otherwise noted

Metro: See metro trip-planner for best metro or bus access or see the new user promotions for uber and lyft at the bottom of this post, and on on the ride sidebar of this site.

See the Free events in Metro DC page on CultureCapital for more free events + exhibits!

Thursday,  June 2
  • Thursdays at Noon: Slow Looking at the National Portrait Gallery in Chinatownat 12:00pm. "Slow looking encourages visitors to slow down and take a look at a single artwork in the National Portrait Gallery’s collection. Writing, sketching, music, movement and other activities may be added to enhance the experience. Sketch and discuss with educator Blair Kirkbaumer at Nelson Shanks’s painting of Denyce Graves."
  • U.S. Constitutional Amendments at the National Archives at 2:00pm, Free but RSVP is required. Co-curator Christine Blackerby will discuss the records in our new exhibit, “Amending America,” which celebrates the 225th anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights.
  • Happenings Happy Hour at Shakespeare Theatre Company's Sidney Harman Hall in Chinatown at 6:00pm, Free but RSVP is required. Happenings Happy Hour will take place in the Mezzanine Lobby. In Conversation with The Taming of the Shrew: Jeremy Garcon, Boy I Adore. Poet Jeremy Garcon reads from his book. "His poems and prose touch on gender roles, wealth disparity, societal expectation and the intricate, complex, comedic, and sometimes tragic make up of romantic relationships. Listen, drink and join the conversation about relationships, sex, power and social convention."
  • Jueves de Luna (En Español) / Thursdays at La Luna (In Spanish) with Teatro de la Luna at Casa de la Luna at 7:00pm. Note: Event will be in Spanish. Teatro de la Luna will showcase video highlights from its first 25 years. Works scheduled to be presented include: “El Día que me Quieras”; “Venecia”; “Las Quiero a las Dos”; “FRIDA Kahlo, la Pasión”; “Cuentos de Hadas”; “Volvió una Noche”; “Tango Turco”; “Rosa de Dos Aromas”; “Amor al Aire Libre”; “Justo en lo mejor de mi vida”).
See the Free events in Metro DC page on CultureCapital for more free events + exhibits!

Friday, June 3
  • Jazz in the Garden: Deanna Bogart at the NGA Sculpture Garden from 5:00pm - 8:30pm. This week features Deanna Bogart, winner of 20 Wammies (Washington Area Music Awards). Bogart incorporates musical influences from New Orleans, Memphis and Chicago, setting herself apart from other contemporary blues artists by blending country, swing, jazz and rock into her barrelhouse/boogie blues piano style of "Bluesion."
  • Art Walk in the Park at Glen Echo Park in MD (Note for those without cars, this is not the easiest place to reach without a car but there is a bus that goes there. See metro trip-planner for directions). "Every First Friday, May through September from 6:00pm - 8:00pm, the Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture hosts open studios and artist demonstrations in Glen Echo Park's many visual arts studios and galleries. Each month features different activities."
  • Talk of the Hill with Bill Press: Alan Furst at DC's newest bookstore, East City Bookshop near the Eastern Market Metro at 7:00pm. "Hill Center and Bill Press welcome Alan Furst, today’s premier writer of historical espionage thrillers about his new book A Hero of France, a tale of the French resistance in Nazi occupied Paris. No spy author “is better at summoning the shifting moods and emotional atmosphere of Europe before the start of World War II than Alan Furst,” said the The Wall Street Journal. Bill Press is host of the nationally syndicated "Bill Press Show" on talk radio, and his weekly column is distributed by Tribune Media Services."
Saturday, June 4

Sunday, June 5
  • Artist Talk: Jess T. Dugan “The Outwin 2016: American Portraiture Today” Discuss Self-Portrait (Muscle Shirt) with artist Jess T. Dugan. Meet at the exhibition entrance inside of the National Portait Gallery in Chinatown at 2:00pm
Events below are all at the National Gallery of Art
See the Free events in Metro DC page on CultureCapital for more free events + exhibits!

Tuesday, June 7

  • Herbert Hoover in the White House: The Ordeal of the Presidency Author Talk & Book Signing at the National Archives at 12:00pm, Free, RSVP Required. In his book, "Charles Rappleye draws on rare and intimate sources—memoirs and diaries and thousands of documents kept by members of his cabinet and close advisers—to reveal a very different figure than the one often portrayed."
Exhibitions On View

On view through Saturday, June 4

On view through Sunday, June 5 
On view through Wednesday, June 8
See the Free events in Metro DC page on CultureCapital for more free events + exhibits!

Uber & Lyft Promtions for New Users! Free in DC has special promotions for those new to uber and lyft car services. It might make more sense to get certain places this way depending on where you are coming from. If you have a smart phone and don't already have the apps, you can download the lyft app and get $10 off your first lyft ride with promo code FREEINDC10 and download the uber app to get $20 off your first Uber ride with the promo code FREEINDC14 when you sign up here: uber - Note: Be sure to select uberx or uber pool (shared ride with people en route) for best price! 

UPCOMING: OUTDOOR WORKOUTS: Today! Give Yoga, Pilates and Barre Classes a try with Free Outdoor Workouts every TUES, WED & THURS from 5:30pm - 6:30pm in The Golden Triangle as part of the "TriFit" series! May 17 - Sept 29

Three Days of Free Outdoor Fitness Classes with Golden Triangle TriFit
Tuesdays, Wednesday, and Thursdays
Tuesday, May 17 - Tuesday, September 29
5:30pm - 6:30pm

In addition to the Tuesday and Thursday lineup of "Pilates in the Park" Yoga and Pilates classes that they offered last year in Farragut Square Park, this year the folks at Golden Triangle are also offering a free Barre class on Wednesdays at the Plaza at 2100 M St NW.

Barre combines Pilates, yoga and ballet moves to give you beautiful, sculpted, lean muscles – without the impact and injuries dancers endure. If you have never taken a Barre class before, be prepared for a workout using repetitive movements and muscles you may not even know you had. Barre focuses on isometric strength training (holding your body still while you contract a specific set of muscles) combined with high reps of small range-of-motion movements. Classes often incorporate light handheld weights to bring the burn during all those reps, as well as mats for targeted core work.

Yoga and Pilates classes will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays, respectively, in Farragut Park. At all three of the TriFit offerings exercise enthusiasts as well as beginners enjoy exercising together, as well as learning health tips, watching demonstrations, and sampling healthy food from neighborhood restaurants.

Note: In case of weather-related concerns, please check the Golden Triangle website or connect with them on twitter @GoldenTriDC or on the GoldenTriangleDC page on facebook.

Schedule Overview
  • Tuesdays: Yoga, Farragut Park, 17th & K St NW
  • Wednesdays: Barre, Outdoor Plaza,  2100 M St NW
  • Thursdays: Pilates, Farragut Park, 17th & K St NW

UPCOMING: POETRY FESTIVAL: This Weekend! Capturing Fire 2016: International Queer Poetry Summit and Slam hosted by Regie Cabico FRI, June 3 - SUN, June 5 with lots of $10 events or Enjoy the entire Summit & Slam for just $75

Capturing Fire 2016: International Queer Poetry Summit & Slam
Friday, June 3 - Sunday, June 5
cost of events vary, details below
Attend the entire festival for just $75
Most events are $10 each if you just want to pick a few
Festival Schedule below
Friday, June 3  - Three Evening events at Coffy Cafe
in Columbia Heights
Festival Registration begins at 6:00pm Cost: $10 each, or included if you purchase the festival pass or are a registered slam poet
Location: Coffy Café in Columbia Heights, on 14th St at Park Rd, 3310 14th St NW
Saturday, June 4 - Four Daytime events at Keegan Theatre 
in Dupont Circle near the 17th St strip
Cost: $10 each, or included if you purchase the festival pass or are a registered slam poet
Location: Daytime Workshops are at the Keegan Theatre-Holly Hassett Rehearsal Room
1742 Church St NW, between P & Q St NW
Metro: Dupont and walk over or take S2 or S4 bus along 16th St closer

Saturday, June 4 - Two Evening Slams at Busboys and Poets 
14 & V St NW near the U St Metro
Cost: $20 or $30 for both, included if you purchase the festival pass or are a registered slam poet
Location: Busboys and Poets 14 & V St NW near the U St Metro or take the Circulator bus

Sunday, June 5  - Four Daytime events at Keegan Theatre
Cost: $10 each, or included if you purchase the festival pass or are a registered slam poet
Location: Daytime Workshops are at the Keegan Theatre-Holly Hassett Rehearsal Room
1742 Church St NW, between P & Q St NW
Metro: Dupont and walk over or take S2 or S4 bus along 16th St closer

Sunday, June 5 - Evening Closing event 
Cost: $10, or included if you purchase the festival pass or are a registered slam poet
Come out to close the Summit and Slam at this Monthly Queer Open Mic!
Location: Busboys and Poets 14 & V St NW near the U St Metro or take the Circulator bus

Note: Schedule is subject to change, please check the website for any updates

UPCOMING & ONGOING: POETRY: Today! Twice-Monthly: Free Poetry Writing Workshop at Split This Rock's new location just south of Dupont Circle on WED, June 1 from 6:30pm - 8:30pm, Free

From Split This Rock Poetry Festival,  photo by Kristin Adair
Split This Rock & Beltway Poetry Slam Writing Workshops
every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month
6:30pm, end time may vary 
workshop used to be $5, now Free!
All ages, no need to RSVP, just come ready to write

Wednesday, June 1
Next Free Writing  Workshop
Note: writing workshop in their new location! 1301 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 600
In September 2014, Split This Rock and The Beltway Poetry Slam (the new reigning champions of the National Poetry Slam!) began hosting bi-monthly writing workshops, continuing on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of every month.
1301 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 600
Metro: Dupont Circle, south exit

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Tonight! Find more events taking place @FreeinDCBlog on twitter! Additional events not posted on the main site may be found 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 & ONGOING: FESTIVAL: Today! "IRELAND 100" Festival at The Kennedy Center! Hear the Earth Harp, See Art Installations + Enjoy Free Indoor & Outdoor Performances, Literary Readings and an Outdoor Green Space with Food Trucks! Festival continues Now - SUN, June 5, Free

IRELAND 100: Celebrating a Century of Irish Arts & Culture, at The Kennedy Center
Tuesday, May 17 - Sunday, June 5  
lots of Free events!

Enjoy the Outdoor Green Space
Hang out and hear free live music outside most nights around 6:30pm or 6:45pm and throughout the day on weekends at select times, see the schedule of performanes here. They also have picnic tables, umbrellas, food trucks serving bangers and fish and chips, a Guiness truck with beers on tap and a stand where you can also buy Irish whiskey and some other snacks and drinks. Food and drinks are available for purchase, and yes, they'll be accepting credit cards there.
Food truck hours: Monday - Friday 5:00pm - 8:00pm, Saturday & Sunday 11:00am - 8:00pm and Monday, May 30, Memorial Day, 11:00am - 8:00pm

On view as part of IRELAND 100
Throughout the entire festival: The Egan Harp, a portable harp created by famed Irish harp-maker John Egan that dates back to 1820, and the Ogham Wall, an installation created by Grafton Architects and Graphic Relief that interprets the ancient Irish Ogham alphabet into large "fins" made from concrete and metal to reflect various tree barks. Installation: Gaegile Tamagotichi will be on view the last week of the festival, from Monday, May 30 - Sunday, June 5. In this performance installation by Manchán Magan, participants wind through a labyrinth of Irish linen to receive an endangered Irish word, which they will be tasked with nurturing, nourishing, and protecting.

Installation: A Girl's Bedroom runs through Saturday, June 4. Director Enda Walsh presents his absorbing text in this immersive theatrical installation featuring the voice of actress Charlie Murphy. Presented three times per hour for an audience of five at a time. Free, timed-entry tickets required.

The Earth Harp is also at The Kennedy Center as part of IRELAND 100. Special installation with free, live performances on select days and times,

The Earth Harp, by William Close, who you may have seen on America's Got Talent or on YouTube, where you can also watch him perform by the Temple at Burning Man.

William Close is an installation artist and musician who has developed over 100 new types of musical instruments. He is the inventor of the majestic stringed instrument The Earth Harp, the world's largest stringed instrument. Close's work explores the connection between architecture and music--taking inspiration from the Frank Lloyd Wright quote "architecture is frozen music," he creates musical installations that use the architecture as part of the instrument. William studied sculpture and sound design at the Art Institute of Chicago. For IRELAND 100, Close has created a special Earth Harp to fill the Hall of States. Visitors will be able to view this stunning installation, as well as hear it played by Close or his colleague, during daily short performances.
This installation is free, no tickets required, and open from 10 a.m. until the building closes at midnight.

Remaining Earth Harp performance dates and times

Today! Wednesday, June 1
   5:30pm-5:50pm and 7:05pm-7:20pm

Thursday, June 2 - Friday June 3 
   5:30pm-5:50pm and 7:05pm-7:20pm
Saturday, June 4 & Sunday, June 5
   12:30pm-12:50pm, 3:10pm-3:30pm, 5:30pm-5:50pm and 7:05pm-7:20pm

Free performances at The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage 
Performances every night, 365 days a year
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Can't join in person? Live-stream the performance here! 
Click here for a complete schedule of performances..

Millennium Stage IRELAND 100 events

Tonight! Tuesday, May 31
Ireland 100: Skylark (Washington, DC)

Wednesday, June 1
   Ireland 100: St. Patrick's Cathedral Choir (New York, NY
Saturday, June 4 
    Ireland 100: The Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance (Maryland/DC)
Sunday, June 5
    Ireland 100: Liz Carroll with Jake Charron (Chicago, IL & Toronto, Canada)

Free Literary Events as part of IRELAND: 100
Free but tickets are required, see links for ticket info
all events will take place in the Family Theater

Wednesday, June 1
Colm Tóibín and Eavan Boland in Conversation
Join two of Ireland’s finest writers as they read from and discuss their most recent work. Colm Tóibín is the author of many acclaimed novels, including the award-winning novel Brooklyn, the 2015 film adaptation of which was nominated for three Academy Awards®, including Best Film. His latest novel is Nora Webster.Eavan Boland is a Professor of Humanities and Director of the Creative Writing Programme at Stanford University. Her numerous collections include The War Horse, Night Feed, Domestic Violence, and A Woman Without a Country.

Thursday, June 2
An Evening with Ireland’s Foremost Irish Language Artists: Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Iarla Ó’Lionáird, Louis de Paor, and Ronan Browne
Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill and Louis de Paor are considered two of the foremost poets writing in the Irish language today. They will be joined by award-winning piper Ronan Browne and traditional singer Iarla Ó’Lionáird (of The Gloaming).

Friday, June 3
Colum McCann in Conversation with Ron Charles
National Book Award–winning writer Colum McCann will read from his novels This Side of Brightness andTransAtlantic, and from his recent collection of stories, Thirteen Ways of Looking. He will be interviewed by Ron Charles, editor of the Washington Post’s “Book World.”

Saturday, June 4
An Afternoon with Ireland’s Laureates: Anne Enright, Paula Meehan, and Siobhán Parkinson
Anne Enright is Ireland’s first Laureate for Fiction and is particularly acclaimed for her bestselling novels The Green Road and The Gathering, the latter of which won the Booker Prize in 2007. Award-winning poet Paula Meehan, an artist especially renowned for her visceral readings, is currently serving as Ireland’s current Professor of Poetry. Siobhán Parkinson is Ireland’s first Laureate for Children’s Literature.

The Kennedy Center
2700 F St NW
Metro: Foggy Bottom and take the free Kennedy Center shuttle that runs every ten minutes. If it makes more sense for you based on where you are coming from to get a ride there, new lyft and uber users can take advantage of the special promotions for Free in DC followers.

Download the uber and lyft app to your smartphone. New users get $10 off your first lyft ride with promo code FREEINDC10, sign up at You can also get $20 off your first Uber with the promo code FREEINDC14 at - be sure to select uberx for best price!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

OF NOTE: FITNESS: Get Fit in 2016! Fitiverse is a new local, social network site that helps you find Free Fitness & Wellness activities in DC! Started by locals, Fitiverse shares a similar mission to Free in DC, with a Fitness Spin!

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 a new 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!
Special Contest this Month! Add your pic to your profile to enter for a chance to win a $15 gift card to . One winner every week in May. Fitiverse is encouraging members to complete their profiles on the site to create more of a sense of openness and community when you are looking for fitness partners, it's really nice to see a smiling face there. To qualify for a chance to win, you'll need to have a fitiverse profile with at least a profile pic but they'd love you to also add some content too so feel free to add your favorite activities, availability and more pics.

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!  

Monday, May 30, 2016

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Weekly: "Farragut Fridays" in Farragut Square continues on FRI, June 3 with Wolf Trap and the Washington Animal Rescue League on site from 12:00pm - 2:00pm + Outdoor Office, Lounge Area and Free Wi-Fi from 9:00am - 5:00pm every Friday Now - thru September, Compliments of the Golden Triangle BID

Free Outdoor Office and lounge area every Friday as part of Farragut Fridays in Farragut Sq
brought to you by the Golden Triangle BID
9:00am - 5:00pm
Friday, May 6 - Friday, September 30

Come out for the Pop-Up events every Friday from 12:00pm - 2:00pm, through August 19, and enjoy Free movies in Farragut Sq. every Friday night at sunset, through July 22, as part of the Golden Cinema series! They'll also have cornhole, foosball and table tennis set up for you to play every Friday!

Upcoming Pop-Up events and Picnic in the Park Fridays from 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Friday, June 3
Washington Animal Rescue League & Wolf Trap
Friday, June 10
Lucky Dog Animal Rescue
Friday, June 24
National Geographic Museum & the National Park Service Jazz Band
and more events every Friday through August 19
Sign up for Outdoor Office reservations, between 9am-11am & 3pm-5pm, up to an hour and a half.
  • Reservations cannot be stacked.
  • Only the yellow rectangle tables are available for reservation.
  • Space can accommodate up to 24 people. Groups less than 4 do not need to reserve a space.
  • A reservation will be held for no longer than 15 minutes past the reservation time.
If you'd like to reserve meeting space, please email the folks at Golden Triangle with the Contact Person’s name, phone number and affiliated company along with the date of reservation, time and length of reservation and number of participants and a high quality logo or company name for reservation sign.

Get out of the office and enjoy some time outside instead! Schedule you appointments for the outdoors or just hang out and work outside from your laptop every Friday through the end of September from 9:00am - 5:00pm in Farragut Square Park. There will be a full set up that includes free Wi-Fi, tables, chairs, and games to get your creativity flowing. Enjoy the free work space and get some fresh air and sunshine. 

Note: In case of weather-related concerns, please check the Golden Triangle website or connect with them on twitter @GoldenTriDC or on the GoldenTriangleDC page on facebook.

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

OUTDOOR FILM: "Golden Cinema" Outdoor Film Series continues on FRI, June 3 in Farragut Square with a screening of Tim Burton's "Mars Attacks!" at sunset, Free

Golden Triangle presents Golden Cinema in Farragut Square
Friday nights May 20 - July 22
7:30pm or so, films at sunset

The Golden Cinema series kicks off on Friday, May 20 with a “Hail to the Chief” theme in honor of the presidential election this year.

"Mark your calendar and join hundreds under the stars for a night of entertaining movies and activities. Make a night of it and plan to take advantage of the array of restaurants and retailers in the neighborhood."

Note: In case of weather-related concerns, please check the Golden Triangle website or connect with them on twitter @GoldenTriDC or on the GoldenTriangleDC page on facebook.

Remaining Friday night movie schedule:

Friday, June 3 
Mars Attacks! (1996) Earth is invaded by Martians with unbeatable weapons and a cruel sense of humor. Director: Starring: , ,   
  • June 10: Dave
  • June 17: Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
  • June 24: Lee Daniels’ The Butler
  • July 1: Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde
  • July 8: Clear and Present Danger
  • July 15: Manchurian Candidate
  • July 22: National Treasure: Book of Secrets
  • Rain Dates: July 29 & August 5
Farragut Square Park
at the intersection of 17th St near Connecticut Ave, I St and K St NW (map)
Metro: Farragut North or Farragut West or take the Circulator or a bus along K or I St 

ON VIEW: ART: "Wonder" at the Renwick features 5 different large scale Installation Art Works remaining of the 9 original works, on view FRI, Nov 13 - SUN, July 10, Free

"Wonder" Exhibit at the Renwick Gallery
Large, Room Sized Installation Art! 
On view Friday, November 13 - July 10

This exhibit is truly amazing! Highly recommend seeing it! Five of the nine pieces are still on view.  Tara Donovan (paper scultptures), Gabriel Dawe (rainbow), Patrick Doherty (tree branches/ nests) on view through July 10. Remaining indefinitely: Leo Villareal (lighting), Janet Echelman (netting).

No longer on view: Works by John Grade (tree), Maya Lin (glass marbles), Jennifer Angus (pink room with bugs), Chakaia Booker (black rubber) were only on view through May 8 

See photos of all of the works on the Renwick site here! 
 Nine leading contemporary artists are each taking over different galleries in the building, creating site-specific installations inspired by the Renwick. Together, these installations will turn the building into a larger-than-life work of art. While the nine artists featured in Wonder create strikingly different works, they are connected by their interest in creating large-scale installations from unexpected materials. Index cards, marbles, strips of wood—all objects so commonplace and ordinary we often overlook them—are assembled, massed, and juxtaposed to utterly transform spaces and engage us in the most surprising ways.  Learn more here.

Renwick Gallery - Smithsonian American Art Museum
17th & Pennsylvania Avenue, NW - right by The White House
Metro: McPherson Sq or Farragut West and walk or take the S2 or S4 bus or any number of buses there.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Monthly: "Community Day" at The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Free admission on SUN, June 5, and every first SUN of the month, from 12:00pm - 5:00pm

Free "Community Day" at the National Museum of Women in the Arts!
every first Sunday of  the month
12:00pm - 5:00pm

Community Day - Sunday, June 5
12:00pm - 5:00pm 

Visit the NMWA for the June Community Day and enjoy free admission to the museum. Community Days are held on the first Sunday of every month. Regular admission to the museum is $10, $8 for students and those 65+, 18 and under free.

When you are there, I recommend checking out their gift shop, where you can find wearable art and items made from recycled materials. Aside from the gift shop at the Building Museum, this may be my favorite one in town. I got one of my favorite fabric necklaces there a while back.

National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Ave, NW
Metro: Metro Center, use the 13th St exit and up two blocks to NY Ave or take one of many buses that go to 13th & H St NW

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Daily: Free performances at The Kennedy Center from 6:00pm - 7:00pm, Artists vary daily, Free

Millennium Stage events at The Kennedy  Center every night
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Artists vary daily

Most events thru Sunday, June 5 are related to the IRELAND 100 Festival. You can see those events on a separate post. Millennium Stage performances that are not related to the festival are listed below.

Thursday, June 2 
NSO Youth Fellows

Friday, June 3 
National Symphony Orchestra Prelude

Saturday, June 6  
DC Youth Orchestra Program

Sunday, June 7 
National Symphony Orchestra Prelude

Monday, June 8 
Target Family Night: Bigger Than Our Barriers

Tuesday, June 9 
Comedy at the Kennedy Center: John Early

Wednesday, June 10
DC Jazz Festival: Jazz in the 'Hoods: 'Dis is 'Da Drum: Mark Prince Aqua Leo

The Kennedy Center
2700 F St NW
Metro: Foggy Bottom and take the free Kennedy Center shuttle that runs every ten minutes. If it makes more sense for you based on where you are coming from to get a ride there, new lyft and uber users can take advantage of the special promotions for Free in DC followers.

Download the uber and lyft app to your smartphone. New users get $10 off your first lyft ride with promo code FREEINDC10, sign up at You can also get $20 off your first Uber with the promo code FREEINDC14 at - be sure to select uberx for best price!

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. 

Saturday, January 3, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, January 1, 2015

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Weekly: Open Mic for Singer/ Songwriters at Gypsy Sally's Vinyl Lounge in Georgetown every TUES night from 8:00pm - 12:00am, Sign-up 7:30pm, Free, 21+

every Tuesday night! 
8:00pm - 12:00am, sign-up 7:30pm 
Free, 21+

Singer/songwriter open mic every Tuesday night, while originals are preferred, covers are appreciated as well. All genres are welcome, but no pre-recorded tracks allowed; all music should be played  live. Gypsy Sally's has a PA system in house and all mics, cables, stands are provided. If you need a keyboard, acoustic guitar, percussion or amp, they are available upon request. The stage is not large enough for full drum kits, but there is room for 3-4 people with a percussionist. Questions, email Drink specials until 10:00pm, all night for participating musicians. Food specials available as well.  

If you haven't been there yet, Gypsy Sally's is a relatively new venue located above Malmaison on K St on the Waterfront, close to the Key Bridge. You can read more about them in this article in the Georgetowner! The Vinyl Lounge is a separate “no cover” eating and drinking lounge open Tuesday through Saturday, and on Sunday and Monday when there is music in the main room, which has its own entrance behind the building on 34th St. 

Coming Soon! Monday Night Music Showcase. They will soon be starting a singer songwriter showcase in the Vinyl Lounge on Monday nights and working into featured singer songwriter spots on Wednesday nights. The best way to sign up for those nights is to come to the Open Mic or email

Gypsy Sally's
3401 K St NW
Note: Vinyl Lounge has it's own entrance behind the building on 34th St
Close to the Key Bridge, on K St, right across from the Waterfront Park
Metro: Foggy Bottom, Farragut West, Farragut North or Rosslyn and take the Circulator bus or the 38B bus closer

Sunday, December 14, 2014

ON VIEW: ART: Magical Realist Painter Rob Gonsalves at Huckleberry Fine Art in Rockville, MD on view indefinitely, Free

Art by Rob Gonsalves
See the works by surrealist/ magical realist painter, Rob Gonsalves at Huckleberry Fine Art. Worth checking out his work up close and in person if you haven't yet. (see artist bio and more paintings). His work is great for kids and adults, capturing a magic that stimulates the imagination and the creative mind.

Huckleberry Fine Art
12051 Nebel St - Rockville, MD
Metro: White Flint, walk up Rockville Pike, turn right on Old Georgetown where it dead-ends into Nebel St. The gallery is actually located in a parking lot with various warehouses, so if you think you're lost when you turn in there, don't worry, you're in the right place. The gallery toward the back, to the right, at the back right corner.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

OF NOTE: WIFI: Here's a list of Where to Wi-Fi for Free in DC! Coffeeshops, Cafes, Museums, Libraries, Parks, Bars and Restaurants with 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 on this post, send me a tweet @FreeinDCBlog or message me on Free in DC's facebook page.

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 
Newly 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 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

The Cakeroom
read more about this new spot opened at the end of 2013
2006 18th St NW
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

Coffy Cafe
Note: They close at 3:00pm
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

gelato and coffee bar, counter culture coffee
rather limited bar style seating at this one

1451 P St NW
right across from Whole Foods 
Note: They have two other DC locations, one on 7th St near Archives and Chinatown and one at Eastern Market next to peregrine, but I am pretty sure that these locations don't have wireless, you can contact them first to ask.

Dolcezza -
ew 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 

U St Cafe
2 hour internet ticket with purchase
where Mocha Hut used to be
1301 U 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 also in MD & VA
12th & E St
Metro Center
Locations in MD and VA as well. 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

Chief Ikes
1725 Columbia Rd NW
Adams Morgan

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

1737 Wilson Blvd
between Courthouse and Rosslyn

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

Northside Social (former murky)
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