Tuesday, July 26, 2016

UPCOMING & ONGOING: MUSIC: Today! Free Lunchtime Concert at The Church of the Epiphany, near Metro Center, every TUES from 12:10pm - 1:00pm, Artists vary each Week, Free, donations appreciated

Tuesday Concert Series at the Church of the Epiphany
lunchtime concerts every Tuesday
12:10pm - 1:00pm
Free, donations appreciated to
 support music program and artists

View the schedule of performances for more details

Tuesday, July 26
Rebecca Collaros, flute, Darya Gabay, piano, & Kenneth Stilwell, oboe. The trio will perform 20th Century and Contemporary works. This performance is part of an ongoing partnership with the Levine School of Music. See Program details for July 26.

If you're able to get there Tuesday at lunch, recommend this one!

1317 G St, NW
Metro: Metro Center

UPCOMING: OUTDOOR WORKOUTS: Today! Free Yoga in Farragut Sq at 5:30pm on TUES, July 26 - Give Yoga, Pilates and Barre Classes a try with Free Outdoor Workouts every MON, TUES & THURS from 5:30pm - 6:30pm May 17 - Sept 29 as part of the Golden Triangle's TriFit series!

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

Update: @GoldenTriDC Monday, July 25  
"Due to the record-breaking heat, we are cancelling tonight's #TriFit #barre class. Stay cool out there!" Weather permitting, there will be a free yoga class in Farragut Sq tomorrow at 5:30pm"

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, now on Mondays, 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
  • Mondays: Barre, Outdoor Plaza,  2100 M St NW
  • Tuesdays: Yoga, Farragut Park, 17th & K St NW
  • Thursdays: Pilates, Farragut Park, 17th & K St NW

UPCOMING & ONGOING: FILM: Tonight! Weekly: BloomScreen Independent Film Night every TUES at BloomBars, Films vary each week and are followed by a discussion and Q&A, 7:00pm - 9:00pm, All ages, $10 donation suggested

every Tuesday night, films vary each week
Discussion with Q&A after, often with the director
7:00pm - 9:00pm, or earlier if the film is shorter
All ages, by donation, $10 suggested, no one turned away.
Free organic popcorn served.

Search bloomscreen on facebook or see the BloomBars calendar to find invites each week

BloomScreen Indie Film Night is a weekly series of independent and foreign films, accompanied by discussions with filmmakers, experts and other guests. Note that BloomBars does not serve any food or alcohol so be sure to eat beforehand.


BloomBars
3222 11th St NW
Metro: Columbia Heights, walk north on 14th one block to Kenyon, turn right and walk over to 11th and turn left, right next door to Wonderland.

UPCOMING & ONGOING: IMPROV: Tonight! Weekly: Washington Improv Theater "Harold Night" Improv every TUES at Source Theatre on 14th St, choose from 8:00pm - 9:00pm or 9:00pm - 10:00pm Shows, Open Jam Follows, Free

WIT's "Harold Night" Longform Improv at Source Theatre
every Tuesday night
now two shows! 8:00pm - 9:00pm + 9:00pm - 10:00pm, followed by a free jam where audience members can give improv a try side by side with experienced players.
Free/ Pay-What-You-Choose
Seating 7:45pm and 8:45pm
RSVP here or just come by, walk-ins welcome

Washington Improv Theater (WIT) puts on Harold Night every Tuesday night at Source. Each week is a demonstration, celebration, and experiment in the world-famous improv longform, Harold. "A breeding ground for up-and-coming talent, Harold Night is an homage to the world-famous longform improv format, the Harold, created by actor/teacher Del Close and used by improv theaters such as New York and LA's Upright Citizens Brigade and Chicago's iO Theater. It starts with an audience suggestion. From there, WIT’s five Harold teams create unique worlds full of vibrant characters. Every Harold Night ends with a “jam," giving the audience an opportunity to try improv in a welcoming environment alongside the performers.

Harold Night has been running in DC every Tuesday since March 18, 2010. Come down to Source and check them out, every Tuesday night!


Source Theatre
1835 14th St, NW
Metro: U St or take the Circulator bus to 14th & U or any bus along 14th St to T St

UPCOMING & ONGOING: OPEN MIC: Tonight! Weekly: Poetry Open Mic at Busboys and Poets 14th & V and also at the Takoma Busboys! Hosts vary each Week, every TUES night, 9:00pm - 11:00pm, All ages, $5

Tuesday Night Open Mic Poetry at Busboys and Poets, hosts and feature varies each week - now at 14 & V and Takoma locations
every Tuesday night
9:00pm - 11:00pm
Open mic sign up starts at 8:30pm
$5, available online or at the door if seats are still available

Open Mic Night every Tuesday night, usually with a new feature and host. Expect a diverse chorus of voices and a vast array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians and a different host every week.

Tuesday Open Mic at 14th & V
9:00pm - 11:00pm
Open mic sign up starts at 8:30pm
$5, available online or at the door if seats are still available
Note: seating is first come, first seated, no saved seats allowed
Busboys and Poets
14th & V St, NW
Metro: U St
Tuesday Open Mic at the Takoma Busboys 
Tuesday Night Open Mic at Busboys newest location!
9:00pm - 11:00pm
Open mic sign up starts at 8:30pm
$5, available online or at the door if seats are still available
Note: seating is first come, first seated, no saved seats allowed
Nicolás Guillén Room
234 Carroll St NW
Metro: Takoma, walk a block or so north, just past the 7-11, on Carroll St

Monday, July 25, 2016

UPCOMING: SPIRITUALITY: Science of Spirituality DC hosts a Multi-Faith Celebration, Master's Day, on the theme of "Love, Unity and Peace" this SAT, July 30 from 4:00pm - 6:00pm, Free

Annual Multi-Faith Celebration: Master's Day 
dedicated to “Love, Unity, and Peace”
with Guest Speakers from various faithsat Science of Spirituality's DC Center
Saturday, July 30
4:00pm - 6:00pm
Free
complimentary vegetarian meal served after the program

All are welcome to attend this free inter-faith celebration highlighting speakers from different faiths this Saturday afternoon.

Master’s Day, an international day of observance in which people of all faiths can honor their own spiritual founders. Speakers from many of the major religions - including Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Islamic, Jain, Sikh and Buddhist - will focus on the themes of love, unity and peace at an annual Interfaith Celebration hosted by Science of Spirituality DC (SOS DC).

This special day was introduced by Sant Darshan Singh Ji Maharaj on 27th July 1980 in honor of his Spiritual Master Hazur Baba Sawan Singh Ji.

SOS DC offers free meditation workshops at their center and at area libraries. You can learn more about them and Jyoti Meditation on their website and connect with SOS DC on twitter at @SOS_WashDC.

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.

Smart phones users can download the uber and lyft apps. New users get $10 off your first lyft ride with promo code FREEINDC10 when you sign up at lyft.com. 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 their shared ride, reduced fare option.

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Find more events taking place @FreeinDCBlog on twitter! Additional events and giveaways 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: OPEN MIC: Weekly: "Fun Fun at 121" Open Mic for Comedians, Musicians and others WED, July 27 - 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, July 27

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, just past the five guys across from Panera

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Weekly: Art Soiree hosts Rooftop events at the Beacon Hotel Sky Bar every THURS through Labor Day! "Caribbean Sunset Vibe" features beats by DJ Dromme on THURS, July 28 from 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Free with RSVP, 21+

Art Soiree Summer Series of Rooftop events!
Thursday nights at the Beacon Hotel Sky Bar
every Thursday from June 16 - September 1
Free, Please RSVP

Thursday, July 28
Final event of the Caribbean Sunset Vibe series
5:00pm - 11:00pm
Free, RSVP here

Soak up the summer sun from plush lounge chairs to the latest Deep, Soulful, Afro, Latin-Brazilian House beats by DJ Dromme and refresh with a cooling spritz or specialty cocktail, available for purchase. Happy Hour 5:00pm - 6:30pm. Continuing Thursdays in July 14, 21 & 28. 

Thursdays August 4 - September 1
Sunset Bossa Nova 
To celebrate the month of summer Olympics in Brazil Art Soiree will present live bands performing Brazilian Jazz (Bossa Nova) and live broadcast of the Olympics games

Beacon Hotel Sky Bar
1615 Rhode Island Ave NW - corner of 17th St near N St
Metro: Dupont Circle, or you can take the 42 bus along Connecticut Ave to N St or the 16th St bus, S2 or S4 bus along 16th St to M St

UPCOMING: OUTDOOR FILM: Weekly: "Golden Cinema" Outdoor Film series features "Mars Attacks!" this FRI, July 29 in Farragut Square, at sunset, Free

Golden Triangle presents Golden Cinema in Farragut Square
Friday nights May 20 - July 22
films at sunset, pre-show activities begin 7:30pm
Free

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.

"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." Captions provided.

Friday, July 29 - Rain Date: postponed from June 3
Mars Attacks! (1996)

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 

UPCOMING: Weekly: "Farragut Fridays" in Farragut Square on FRI, July 29 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, July 29

Pop Up Partners: Brigade and MedStar – Deskercise

Every Week "Look for the Golden Triangle tent for a chance to win prizes, learn about the neighborhood, and play fun lawn games, foosball, or table tennis. All are welcome to bring a lunch from their favorite nearby eatery and enjoy this relaxing and fun setting. Bring your entire office and play games against other companies and organizations from the around the city — not only is it a blast, but it’s also a great way to network and raise your organization’s visibility!" + more events Fridays 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

Sunday, July 24, 2016

UPCOMING: MEDITATION: Free Workshop on "Meditation: A Tool to Balance Your Life" on SAT, July 30 from 11:00am - 12:30pm at the Lamond Riggs Library in Fort Totten

"Meditation: A Tool to Balance Your Life" 
Saturday, July 30
11:00am - 12:30pm
Free

Join Sangeeta Sinha, for a deep and engaging meditation workshop. Sangeeta will share a simple technique of Jyoti meditation which will be explained and practiced during the session. Learn how meditation can help you find a sense of peace, happiness and well being.

Open to new and experienced meditators.

Lamond Riggs Neighborhood Library
5401 South Dakota Avenue, NE
Metro: Fort Totten, walking distance from the metro

UPCOMING: COMEDY: WIT Improv presents "Summer Camp" Longform Improv, continuing THURS, July 28 - SAT, August 6 with shows every THURS at 7:30pm & FRI & SAT at 7:30pm & 9:30pm, at Source Theater on 14th St near U St, Use Promo Code FreeinDC for $10 discount tickets!

Washington Improv Theater presents "Summer Camp" shows at Source Theater on 14th St
Thursday, July 7 - Saturday, August 6
regularly  $12 online, $15 at door

Thursday, Friday & Saturday 7:30pm
late shows Friday & Saturday 9:30pm  

Every show is an unscripted, one-of-a-kind experience. Line-ups vary nightly. Most of the shows will be done by WIT ensembles, made up of the most experience longform improvisers in DC. At each show, WIT will also be spotlighting their production of Die! Die! Die! -- an improvised slasher movie.

Thursday, July 28
7:30pm
$10 tickets with promo code FreeinDC
regularly $12 online, $15 at door

Friday, July 29
7:30pm & 9:30pm
$10 tickets with promo code FreeinDC
regularly $12 online, $15 at door

Saturday, July 307:30pm & 9:30pm
$10 tickets with promo code FreeinDC
regularly $12 online, $15 at door

According to WIT: "Summer Camp is a romp through the great indoors that doesn’t require you to check yourself for ticks afterward. These shows may or may not feature fire-marking, bunk beds, or archery—but they will offer a welcome refreshing adventure."

Note: Please verify the performing acts on your individual curtain times. For all shows, unclaimed tickets may be resold at curtain time. Late arrivals will be seated at WIT’s discretion.

Source Theater
1835 14th St NW, near T St NW
Metro: U St, turn left on U st and walk over to U St, turn left on 14th St and walk another block or so, or take the Circulator bus or the 52 or 54 metro bus along 14th St to U St  

UPCOMING: COMEDY: This Weekend! Underground Comedy at The Big Hunt features Phil Hanley (Comedy Central, CBS, NBC) on FRI, July 29 at 8:00pm & SAT, July 30 at 7:30pm and 9:30pm + See Rising Comics from around the Country every FRI and SAT night, just $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 features Phil Hanley (Comedy Central, CBS, NBC)

Phil began standup comedy by performing in Vancouver, often in between bands at music venues. His style can best be described as unpredictably reflective, delivered with sharp accuracy, and rooted in the grand tradition of joke-telling. His jokes and performance at the Just For Laughs Festival were recognized in the Montreal Gazette’s annual "Best jokes of the Festival,” He was also named one of the five “Comics Creating a Buzz” at the festival by The Hollywood Reporter and was rewarded with a featured segment on The Tonight Show. After touring Canada exclusively, Phil relocated to the States where he has appeared on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson twice, John Oliver’s New York Stand Up Show, The Pete Holmes Show, @midnight, and Late Night with Seth Meyers.
Friday, July 29 
Phil Hanley (Comedy Central, CBS, NBC)
8:00pm
$10, plus small service fee when you buy tickets online

Saturday, July 30 - early show
Phil Hanley (Comedy Central, CBS, NBC)
7:30pm
$10, plus small service fee when you buy tickets online

Saturday, July 30 - late show
Phil Hanley (Comedy Central, CBS, NBC)
9:30pm
$10, plus small service fee when you buy tickets 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 but also room for standing. If you want to grab a seat be sure to get there a little early as seating is on a first come, first served basis.

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

UPCOMING: ROOFTOP PARTY: Art Soiree hosts a benefit party this week to support an artist undergoing cancer treatment. Come out for "Art Fusion: Art Can Make a Difference" on the Rooftop of the Liaison Hotel, by Union Station, this SAT, July 30 from 8:00pm - 12:00am, RSVP online for $10 tickets, plus $1.54 service fee, 21+

Art Fusion with Art Soiree every Saturday this Summer at The Liaison Capitol Hill
$10 plus service fee of $1.54 online, $20 at door, 21+
Art Soiree’s Art Fusion Series runs every Saturday, Memorial Day through Labor Day

Blending the elements of electronic and live music, dance, circus arts, and video art projections with the infectious energy of live stage performances, Art Fusion will take you on an artistic journey you won’t encounter elsewhere. All events are 21+

Saturday, July 30
Art Can Make a Difference 
8:00pm - 12:00am
$10 + $1.54 fee online, $20 at door
see details and RSVP here

From the invite: "DC area artists, musicians, and performers join forces to support a friend and help one wonderful woman fight cancer during Art Fusion series! You too can make a difference! Join us for a night of art, charity and good vibes where the power of art makes a difference by raising awareness of cancer and funds to fight it! Enjoy the beautiful summer night out on a rooftop at Liaison Capitol Hill grooving to the old and new tunes from DJ Adrian Loving and witnessing live painting by Katya Krupko (who this event is being  held in support of) and don’t miss special live performance of 90's house interpretations and some original songs by Melon Cola." 

This week's show is a benefit and all artists performing for free. Art Soiree has donated time to make this event possible. Ticket proceeds are being gifted directly to Mrs. Inna Krupko (mother of a talented Katya Krupko) to go towards her medical bills and support her recovery! Few months ago Inna was diagnosed with breast cancer and now after a double mastectomy, she faces a lengthy treatment.

Are you an artist or performer interested in being a part of this series? Shoot Art Soiree an email here.

Just a short walk from Union Station, The Liaison Capitol Hill 's 7,000 sq. foot rooftop bar with swimming pool is the largest in the city and is the only open-air rooftop bar on Capitol Hill. Enjoy city views, handcrafted cocktails and light fare.  You can check-out photos from past event here.

The Liaison Capitol Hill - a Joie de Vivre Hotel
415 New Jersey Ave NW
Metro: Union Station or take the Circulator bus, Union Station route, to the stop closest to 4th & Mass Ave NW 

UPCOMING: COMEDY: This Weekend! Dojo Comedy, Improv & Sketch Comedy Venue near Petworth, hosts $10 shows on FRI & SAT nights at 8:00pm and 9:30pm and a Free ArmanDojo on SUN nights at 7:00pm

Dojo Comedy Improv & Sketch Comedy Venue in Park View, on Georgia Ave, near Petworth
Shows most every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night!
See the calendar for shows each week!
Friday and Saturday shows are $10 or less, RSVP here
Sunday shows are free! No RSVP needed. First come, first seated
Tickets are available at the door for all shows so long as they are not sold out. Cash only at the door

Note: Shows are 55-75 minutes long, end time fluctuates since it's an improv show. No age restrictions, recommended for those 18+

Soda, water, and candy for sale on site. No alcohol on site but there are a bunch of great bars just up the street for anyone looking to grab some drinks before or after.

Friday, July 29
Wild Goldfish + Company Blood Drive + BEAR COPZ
8:00pm- 9:00pm
$10, buy tickets here

Saturday, July 30
Longform Improv team Brick Penguin performs
8:00pm - 9:00pm
$10, buy tickets here

Longform Improv team Brick Penguin performs
9:30pm - 10:30pm

Sunday, July 24
ArmanDojo
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Free
Welcome to ArmanDojo, the weekly celebration of the Armando format popularized around the country. At this show, top improvisers from DC will perform scenes inspired by a single storyteller or "monologist", who will base their shared stories off of an audience suggestion. Prepare for fun and funny, lock in for laughs, and get ready for a good time!


Dojo Comedy
3503 Georgia Ave NW
Metro: Georgia Avenue-Petworth Metro Station, green and yellow line, is just a few blocks away, or you can take the 63, 64, 70 or H8 bus. Also a short walk from 62 and 79 bus routes. Driving? Street parking, both paid and free, is often available, but you'll want to leave some extra time to look for parking if you're planning to come out on the weekend to see a show.

UPCOMING: MEDITATION: Free Meditation & Talk on SUN, July 31 from 11:00am - 12:00pm at the Science of Spirituality Center, Arizona & Cathedral Ave NW, every SUN except for the first one of the month

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

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

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

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: uber.com/go/freeindc14 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. 

UPCOMING: MEDITATION & YOGA: Free Yoga Class at 10:00am + Free Spanish Meditation Talk at 11:00am on SAT, July 30 - and every SAT except for the first one of the month - at Science of Spirituality's DC Center

Yoga, in English, with Argeny Rodriguez 
every Saturday except for the first Saturday of the month
10:00am - 11:00am
Free
Class limited to 8 students, RSVP to ensure your space: Arg.medit@gmail.com or (703) 212-8140

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

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

Special Promo for Smartphone users: New Lyft users get $10 off your first ride with promo code FREEINDC10 when you sign up at lyft.com. New Uber users get $20 off your first ride, sign up: uber.com/go/freeindc14 and use the promo code FREEINDC14 - be sure to select uberx -or uber pool if you are not in a rush and open to sharing the ride with someone en route- for best price!

UPCOMING: COMEDY: Weekly: Late Night Dirty Comedy Show "Dirty Laundry" is back this SAT, July 30 at Drafthouse Comedy, 13th & L St NW, 11:00pm show, doors 10:40pm, Show is 18+, $5 or Free for College Students


Dirty Laundry: DC's Only Late Night Dirty Comedy Show 
at Drafthouse Comedy, DC's newest comedy venue
Saturday, July 30
11:00pm show, 10:40pm doors
now every Saturday!
$5 (plus  service fee if you buy online) and Free for college students 18+ with valid ID if seats are available.
Plus, no minimum purchase at this venue

Come out and see DC's best stand up comics do the jokes they can't do at other venues.

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

Note: Cash tickets available at the door for $5 if you wish to bypass the $2.75 online service fee, and Students who wish to get in free will also be allowed in once doors open, providing space is available.

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

UPCOMING: SILENT DISCO: This Weekend! Dance to the DJ you like best this Summer at Rooftop Silent Disco nights hosted by Art Soiree! Every FRI at the Embassy Row Hotel in Dupont and every SAT in Shaw at the Cambria Hotel in Shaw, normally $15 plus service fee online, use Promo Code for discount tickets, just $10.54 total, 21+

Rooftop Silent Disco in DC every Friday & Saturday night this Summer! hosted by Art Soiree, powered by Silent Dance Society
3 Live DJs | 3 Different Music Channels | Open Air Dance Floor
Enjoy some sweet views of the Nation's Capital this Weekend! RSVP is Required online, early arrival recommended, 21+

7:00pm - 11:00pm

Saturdays in Shaw at the Rooftop of the Cambria Hotel
8:00pm - 11:00pm

Special discount for Free in DC fans! Tickets are normally $15 plus a small service fee online or $20 at the door, but the lovely folks at Art Soiree have set up a special promo code for Free in DC fans, so you can get in for just $9 plus $1.54 service fee with promo code FREEINDC for a total cost of $10.54. 

At a Silent Disco you get to grab a pair of wireless headphones, pick your channel and choose your favorite beat to dance to at the volume you prefer.  As you switch between the channels, your headset will light up with a designated color to correspond to each playlist so you know what your fellow dancers are grooving to. Recommended attire: cocktail or fashionable attire that is comfortable enough for you to dance in!

Silent Disco Sunsets series is powered by Silent Dance Society - a unique music and dance experience through wireless headphone technology. Note: Your online registration includes entry and headphone rental only. Wireless headphones are limited and will be available on a first come first serve basis only. Please bring a valid government issued ID for check-in and headset pick-up as a collateral.

Fridays - Embassy Row Hotel Rooftop
2015 Massachusetts Ave NW (view map)
Metro: Dupont Circle, Q St exit

Saturdays - CAMBRIA Hotels & Suites Rooftop
899 O St NW (view map)
Metro: Mt Vernon Sq - Convention Center is a little closer than Shaw but both are walking distance

Saturday, July 23, 2016

UPCOMING: MEDITATION: Learn to Meditate ~ The next Free Four-Week Intro series begins on MON, August 15 and continues on the next three Mondays, thru MON, Sept 5 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.

4-Week Series - begins on Monday, August 15
7:00pm - 8:30pm
continues the next three Mondays, thru Sept 5
Free, RSVP required, email DCinfo@sos.org or call (937) 361-4515 or (301) 598-3582

Note: If you aren't able to attend the first session Monday, August 15 - you are welcome to join in the second session on Monday, August 22

"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.

OF NOTE: FITNESS: Get Fit this Summer + Join the #FVChallenge for a chance to win a Fitbit! Fitiverse helps you to Connect with new Workout buddies and to Find Free Fitness Activities in the DC Metro area!

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

Fitiverse is 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!

Beginning on July 15 you can join the Fitiverse Summer Challenge! Fitiverse wants to encourage DC area fitness enthusiasts to stay active and connect with one another this summer. The Challenge ends September 30th, and one lucky participant will win a Fitbit Blaze ($220 value). See details and rules for entry here!  

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

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

Friday, July 22, 2016

OF NOTE: WIFI: Keep Cool Indoors - 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 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 
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

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

COLUMBIA HEIGHTS & MT PLEASANT
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

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
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 -
N
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.
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 

U 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

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 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.

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

Chief Ikes
1725 Columbia Rd NW
Adams Morgan

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

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
Courthouse

Northside Social (former murky)
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