Wednesday, February 22, 2017

UPCOMING: Tonight! Come out for an Evening of "Intimacy & Compassion: Tools for Creating a New Culture" at Chrysalis Community in Arlington, VA on WED, Feb 22 from 7:00pm - 9:30pm, doors 6:30pm, Free, donations welcome

New Culture Summer Camp East - Main Dome
Intimacy & Compassion: Tools for Creating a New Culture
at Chrysalis Community, Arlington VA
with Sarah Taub and Indigo Dawn Wednesday, February 22
7:00pm - 9:30pm, doors 6:30pm
Free, donations welcome $5 - $15
No RSVP is necessary, but they’d appreciate if you send an email or RSVP on the event’s Facebook page. If you need address, directions or parking information (there is no parking right in front of the house), email and they'll send them along. You can also email any questions.  Light snacks will be served-- feel free to bring a snack contribution.

How do we turn our dreams of love and harmony into powerful, long-lasting connections? Conflict is inevitable, but broken relationships are not. Let's practice a core skill for creating a "New Culture": Radical Intimacy is made possible by Radical Compassion.  New Culture comes out of examining every aspect of our existing cultures and experimenting to find out how to create a world based on love and freedom, rather than fear and violence. At this evening’s workshop, we will explore New Culture values through intimacy games and deep conversation. There’s more information about New Culture at the bottom of this announcement. Feel free to invite friends who might be interested.

Note: A number of people in the community are sensitive to fragrances and other chemicals, so please don't wear perfume, cologne, or other scented products, including “natural” scents. The house is pet-free, so no worries for people with pet allergies.

What is New Culture? "New Culture" is about creating sustainable, rich, intimate personal relationships, along with a sustainable world to enjoy them in, based on transparency, delight, freedom, and community. In order to create a New Culture in our lives and in the larger society, we put on events that help us develop the skills we need to make that real, including communication, self-knowledge, presence, conflict resolution, and effective activism.

These events can be an evening or weekend, and some last 10 days or more, so that we can "live" New Culture and turn new skills into daily practices. You can see descriptions of many of the 4 day and longer events on the Web: Cascadia Camp (Washington State, June/July), Summer Camp East (Mid-Atlantic, July); Summer Camp West (Oregon, August,); Winter Camp Hawaii (January), and more here.

Along with building community skills, the New Culture community asks questions about what a healthy, violence-free culture might look like – for example, how do we raise children? How do we care for elders? What might intimate relationships look like? What’s an ethical and sustainable way to grow our food? We have lots of questions and not too many answers. The fun part is looking at these issues together and trying out possible solutions while we practice being non-attached, curious, and transparent and also being playful, creative, and connected. We have no gurus and no dogma – a diversity of opinions is welcomed and appreciated.
Reminder: You'll need to contact the organizer by phone or email to get the exact address and directions for parking if you plan to drive. Email or call 703-534-2298. If you need a ride from the metro, they may be able to coordinate or you can take a bus from the metro close by or uber or lyft, see promo below. You'll easily be able to get a ride back to the metro if you need.

Chyrsalis Community - Arlington, VA
N Arlington Mill - off of Wilson Blvd
Please email or call for exact address
Metro: This location is just under 2 miles from the Ballston Metro, located close to Seven Corners as well, just off of Wilson Blvd. You can catch a bus from the Ballston metro that runs along Wilson to N Arlington Mill Drive or call Micheal and Sarah to see if someone might be able to pick you up at the Metro. It's also not too far if you want to hop a cab, uber or lyft, and someone can easily drop you back at the metro.

You can also take uber or lyft from the metro. New users with smart phones can download uber and lyft apps and get $10 off your first lyft ride with promo code FREEINDC10 and $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 if you're not in a hurry!

UPCOMING: OPEN MIC: Tonight! Weekly: "Fun Fun at 121" Open Mic for Comedians, Musicians and others on WED, Feb 22 - and every WED night - 8:00pm - 10:00pm at Acre 121 right by the Metro in Columbia Heights, 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, February 22
view this week's facebook event page

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 There will also be a limited amount of sign-ups on the night of each performance. Seating is on a first come, first serve basis, so come early if you want to catch happy hour and a great seat.

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

UPCOMING: MEDITATION: Tomorrow ~ Free Guided Meditation with Lisa Wilder at Eye Street Massage by Farragut Sq on THURS, Feb 23 from 6:30pm - 7:30pm, please arrive at 6:15pm and be sure to RSVP as space is limited

Free Thursday Night Guided Meditation with Lisa Wilder at Eye Street Massage Therapy at Farragut Sq in downtown DC
Thursday, February 23
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Free, RSVP Required 
No experience is necessary, all welcome
Please arrive around 6:15pm as doors will close at 6:30pm

Note: Space is limited to 8 participants so please RSVP, click on "Book An Appointment" and choose "Book Classes" or call, (202) 463-0987 to reserve your space.  Read more here!

During the months of  February and March, Eye Street Massage Therapy will be offering free weekly group meditation sessions on Thursday nights, as well as monthly on the second Saturday, with resident cranio-sacral practitioner, Pranic healer and Usui Reiki Master, Lisa Wilder. The meditation will be designed to help you unwind, relax, develop a stronger state of awareness, settle busy minds, and visualize goals with guided meditations. 

In addition to the monthly meditation on the second Saturday of the month, in February and March, Lisa will be facilitating a weekly group guided meditation on Thursday nights from 6:30pm-7:30pm in February and March. While the session is being offered free of charge, donations are welcome and will go directly to the healer.

Save the dates and RSVP now for the remaining Thursday evening sessions!
Thursdays: March 2, 9, 16 & 23

Save the date and RSVP now for the next Saturday morning meditation:
Saturday, March 11 from 11:00am - 12:00pm

Eye Street Massage Therapy
1634 "Eye" I Street NW
Note: In an office building, on the Lower Level, Suite 125
Metro: Farragut West or Farragut Sq, right at Farragut Sq on "Eye" St NW near the corner of 17th St

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Here's a list of some Free, low-cost and donation-based events in DC this WED, Feb 22 - SUN, Feb 26

Highlights post for free and low-cost events this Week! 

Wednesday, February 22

**Update: This Event is Sold Out as of  2/21**
Spoken Word Masterclass with STICS
hosted by Words Beats & Life
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Free, RSVP here to reserve your space
view and share the facebook event page 
The international poetry group, STIC,  Sound That Inspires Conscious Souls, comes to St. Stephen's for an evening performance and workshop presented by Words Beats & Life. The workshop will help students glean insights into the business of creating an artist tour as well as other aspects of being a professional poet. Here's some information about our guests: About S.T.I.C.S: This collective plays music intended to inspire and provoke their audience with lyrics and music that challenges the boarders of acoustic soul, hip-hop and spoken word. The collective was founded by four individuals who in 2004 merged their individual cultural backgrounds and musical influences from Bosnia, Denmark, Zanzibar & Sweden. The group has since then been performing around the world from Beijing to London, warming up for the legendary acts like Talib Kweli, Angie Stone, Yasiin Bey (Mos Def), toured with the American rapper One Be Lo, playing alongside Seinabo Sey, Amir Sulaiman and were in 2010 shortlisted for Best Upcoming Act at the Best African Achievement Awards. Read more about them on the event page here.
St. Stephen's Church
1525 Newton St NW
at the corner of 16th & Newton
Metro: Columbia Heights or take the S2 or S4 bus along 16th St right to Newton, in front of the church

Thursday, February 23

The Facebook Monologues- Hosted by Dee Ahmed & Max Wolfson
9:00pm - 10:45pm
Free, 18+
No minimum purchase at this venue either
From the event page: "The Facebook Monologues is an unconventional monthly comedy show. Some of DC's best comedians will be performing monologues inspired by the weird world of Facebook. Epic fights, random comments, and regrettable statuses from your past. If it's embarrassing, and/or unintentionally hilarious, we're taking it to the stage. All Star Cast Includes: Katherine Jessup, Steven Chen, Shelley Kim, Yoki Danoff, Denise Taylor, Andrew Hall, Michele Sometimes-Grey, and Pete Musto."
Drafthouse Comedy
1100 13th St NW
Metro: McPherson Sq

Friday, February 24

Jazz Vespers at the Washington National Cathedral, part of the Festival of Sacred Music
Free and open to all, please RSVP
view and share the facebook event page 
From the event page: "For centuries, people have asked God for guidance and care as day turns to night. This night, we ask God to refresh, inspire and call us to action. Enter into song, silence and Scripture as you feel moved. Allow jazz rhythms and harmonies to transform beloved melodies. Free and open to all!"
Washington National Cathedral
3101 Wisconsin Ave, NW
Wisconsin & Mass Ave basically
Metro: My personal recommendation would be to take uber/ uberpool or lyft/ lyftline there. See promotions for new users below. If you decide to take metro and/ or bus you can get off at Dupont Circle and catch a bus along Mass Ave or take the metro to Tenleytown and take any of the 30 line buses, which run often, south along Wisconsin Ave. You can also wait for the 96 line to McLean Gardens (which doesn't run often) from the Woodley Park metro to the intersection of Woodley Rd and Connecticut.

Saturday, February 25

Family Reggae Night Feat: Love Judah Sound & Baba Ras D at BloomBars5:30pm - midnight
All ages welcome, by donation, suggested $10 adults, $5 kids
you can click on the image to view details larger
From the event page: "Rise up and let the Reggae take you to a better place....and bring the whole family! A new twist on date night where you can bring the kids, or not. The point is to let the rythms move your body and soul."
3222 11th St NW
at Kenyon, next door to Wonderland
Metro: Columbia Heights

Start Ups - new dance works! Dance Performance
New dance pieces and works in progress
hosted by Nancy Havlik's Dance Performance Group
8:00pm - 9:00pm
$10, reservations and more info 240.802.2480
Choreography: Nancy Havlik & Ken Manheimer. Dancers: Margarita Castro, Jonathan DeVilbiss, Seth Dellinger, Juliana Ponguta Forero, Ken Manheimer, Sandra Roachford, Shay Turner
Musicians: Daniel Barbiero (double bass), Gary Rouzer (cello), Nate Scheible (percussion)
Dance Exchange
7117 Maple Ave
Takoma Park, MD
Metro: Takoma 

Cryfest - The Cure vs The Smiths Dance Party at The Black Cat
9:30pm - 2:15am
$10 advance purchase, buy tickets here
Come out and celebrate 15 years of CRYFEST with us on 2/25/2017  FYM Productions Presents:
The largest Cure/Smiths dance party in the US! 15 Year Anniversary Party  w/DJ Steve E P . DJ Missguided . Killa K . Krasty McNasty. For those of you who have never attended before, this is a dance party dedicated music and visuals of these two seminal bands!
1811 14th St NW
Metro: U St 

Sunday, February 26

Luce Artist Talk with Sparkplug Collective
1:30pm - 2:30pm
Talk starts 1:30pm, Beverages served til 3:30pm
From the event page: "Luce Artist Talks is a monthly series produced in partnership with CulturalDC's Flashpoint Gallery. This February, we welcome Sparkplug Collective, DC Arts Center’s visual arts community, to the Luce Center. They will discuss how collaboration and continued education help local D.C. artists thrive in their artistic tradition whether that is photography, painting or ceramics."
Luce Foundation Center
Third Floor, Smithsonian American Art Museum
8th & G St NW
Metro: Gallery Pl - Chinatown

  1. 4:00pm - 9:00pm 
    Drop-in jam, come by when you like and stay as long as you like during these hours. In warmer months the jam is free and held in Malcom X Park/ Meridian Hill Park. 
    Dance Loft on 14
    4618 14th St NW
    Walk up a bunch of stairs, on the loft level
    between Buchanan St. & Crittenden St NW
    Metro: Columbia Heights and take any of the 50 line buses north on 14th to Buchanan, about ten min, or uber or lyft there, see new user promotions at the bottom of this post.

    Not using Uber or Lyft yet? 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 You can also get $20 off your first Uber with the promo code FREEINDC14 at - be sure to select uberx for best price instead of uber. You can also select uber pool or lyft line if you aren't in a hurry and don't mind the possibility of sharing the ride. Note: they may not let you select uberpool or lyftline if it's your first time using the app and you want to apply the discount.

Monday, February 20, 2017

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Find more Free and low-cost events everyday @FreeinDCBlog on twitter - and if you don't use twitter, no worries, you don't need an account to view the page!

For more events please check out @FreeinDCBlog on twitter and the Free in DC page on facebook, search for "Free in DC" or click here! Much of the event content I cover comes from facebook and I don't always have time to craft individual posts on this site for every event I come across and I often post links to events on  @FreeinDCBlog on twittter and/or FreeinDC on facebook that aren't on the main site.

I tweet most every day, focusing on events happening that day, and some other events coming soon or ones that you might not find on the main site or on facebook. Also, if you aren't a twitter user you can just look at the page without needing to sign up for an account!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

UPCOMING: MUSIC: The "Music with the Angels" Concert Series returns with Music on Clarinet and Piano on SAT, Feb 25 from 7:30pm - 8:30pm at the Church of the Holy City, on 16th St near P St, Free, donations appreciated

Adam Ebert, assistant clarinetist with the U.S. Army Band, and Raffi Kasparian, piano
Saturday, February 25
7:30pm - 8:30pm
Free, donations appreciated, $10 suggested
Meet the Artists following performance 

Come out the the Church of the Holy City this Sunday afternoon for an intimate concert featuring:
  • Brahms – Sonata No. 2 in E-flat major, Op. 120 No. 2
  • Schumann – Fantasies, Op. 73
  • Chopin – Barcarolle, Op. 60
  • Leroy Anderson – The Penny-Whistle Song; Fiddle-Faddle
  • Debussy – Premiere Rhapsodie
hurch of the Holy City
1611 16th Street, NW
Metro: Dupont Circle and walk over or take the S2 or S4 bus along 16th St right there, stop closest to Corcoran.  

Saturday, February 11, 2017

UPCOMING: MEDITATION: Curious about the Benefits of Meditation? Come out to a Free Workshop on "Meditation for Health and Wellness" at the Southeast Library near Eastern Market on TUES, Feb 28 from 7:00pm - 8:30pm, Free

"Meditation for Health and Wellness" at the Southeast Library near Eastern Market
Tuesday, February 28
7:00pm - 8:30pm

Meditation is being prescribed by many medical practitioners and has been widely recognized as a means to enhance one’s health and reduce stress. Throughout the nation, meditation has become a positive force for health and well-being. Join David Newcomb, long time meditator, for this lively and engaging workshop.

Southeast Library 
403 7th Street SE 
Metro: Eastern Market 

ON VIEW: ART: "Us + Them = U.S. Finding Common Ground in a Divided Nation" at the Joan Hisaola Healing Arts Gallery on U St on view FRI, Jan 13 - SAT, March 4, Free

Us + Them = U.S. Finding Common Ground in a Divided Nation  on view at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery on U St
On view Friday, January 13 - Saturday, March 4

Us + Them = U.S. Finding Common Ground in a Divided Nation, is presented as a visual response confronting the division our country faces. A group of the DC area's most influential artists and activists examine and investigate our nation's current political and cultural rift and explore how we can find a collective understanding through contemporary art-making methods.

The show features works by: Kate DeCiccio, Michael Fischerkeller, Otessa Ghadar, Claudia Aziza Gibson Hunter, Akemi Maegawa, Carolina Mayorga, Tsedaye Makonnen, Stan Squirewell, Lisa Marie Thalhammer, T. Thompson, Workingman Collective (w/ Colby Caldwell) and Helen Zughaib. Curated by Dierdre Darden and Philippa PB Hughes.

Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Friday 11:00am - 5:00pm and Saturday from 11:00am - 3:00pm. You can also schedule to come by appointment, please give 48 hours notice.

The mission of Smith Center for Healing and the Arts is to develop and promote healing practices that explore physical, emotional, and mental wellness and lead to life-affirming changes. We offer programs for the community and specialize in serving people with cancer and utilizing the arts in healing. The Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, founded in 2008, is a nonprofit arts space in Washington, DC dedicated to exhibiting fine art that explores the innate connection between healing and creativity. Art has the rare ability to mend social, psychological, and physical ills by building community, inspiring change, and celebrating life. A rotating exhibition schedule features contemporary, international and national artists addressing a diversity of significant themes, such as spirituality, social change, multiculturalism, health, environmentalism, and community.

The Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery
1632 U St NW
Metro: U St or take the S1, S2 or S4 or S9 bus along 16th St right to U St to get closer

Monday, January 30, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

UPCOMING: ART: List of Artists selected to participate in EMULSION 2017 has been releasted! Save the date for the show, which will be at Pepco Edison Gallery in Chinatown this time, from March 3 - 16

EMULSION 2017 - Artists have now been selected!
See the list of participating artists here
Fourth Annual East City Art Regional Juried Show
This year at Pepco Edison Gallery on 8th St NW in the heart of Chinatown

Save the Date! The exhibit will be on view from Friday, March 3 - Thursday, March 16 and is free to attend. Events include artists talks, opening and closing receptions. This year the show moves from H St NE to the Pepco Edison Gallery located on 8th St NW between G & H Streets in the heart of Chinatown and walking distance from Metro Center so it will be easily accessible by all of the metro lines. 

This year's juror will be Deirdre Ehlen MacWilliams, Public Art Project Manager for Arlington County’s public art program. You can read more about her here. Prizes: $2000 First Place Prize, $1,000 Second Place Prize, $500 Third Place Prize and Two (2) $250 Honorable Mentions.

The 31 Artists living in Washington, DC proper who were selected to participate include: 

David Bellard, Stephen Benedicto, Paige Billin-Frye, Leda Black, Jo Ann Block, Rachel Bohlander, Adam Bradley, Marion Colomer, Michael Crossett, Spencer Dormitzer, Cheryl Edwards, Rita Elsner, Gregory Ferrand, Michelle Goldchain, Erin Graham, Tom Greaves, Melanie Gritzka del Villar, Emily Hoxworth, Mark Isaac, Joanne Kent, Nara Park, Juan Pineda, Mojdeh Rezaeipour, Samantha Sethi, Andrew Taylor, Lisa Marie Thalhammer, Jessica van Brakle, Ellyn Weiss, Amy Wike, Jordann Wine and Andrew Wodzianski.

The 21 Artists living in Maryland selected to participate include:

Lori Anne Boocks, Wilfred Brunner, Naomi Christianson, Joseph Corcoran, Chris Corson, Jacqui Crocetta, Stuart Diekmeyer, Michael Fischerkeller, Ric Garcia, Marty Ittner, Joyce Jewell, Wayson R. Jones,  Nicole Lenzi, Micheal McCoy,  Kevin Mitchell, BD Richardson, Alexandra Sherman, Michael West, Clare Winslow, Andrew Wohl, and Jenna Wright.

The 14 Artists living in Virginia selected to participate include:

John M. Adams, David Amoroso, Ellen Delaney, Sean Dudley, Abigail Fundling, Matthew Grimes, Becca Kallem, Chee-Keong Kung,  Linda Lowery,  Lisa Noble, Pamela Rogers, Beverly Ryan, Jean Sausele-Knodt  and Ju Yun.

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

Thursday, September 1, 2016

OF NOTE: WIFI: Here's a list of Where to get Free Wi-Fi! Go online at Coffeeshops, Cafes, Museums, Libraries, Parks, Bars and Restaurants, Places to get Free Wireless Internet in DC, MD and VA

Updated December 29, 2015. Here is a list of coffee shops and other spots with free wireless internet in DC, and parts of VA and MD. I am sure there are more I haven't listed yet... Please add any additional locations in DC or next to a metro in MD or VA along with the address, area, and link if you have it in the comment section and I will add it to the list! If you know of any changes, please let me know of those as well. You can comment tweet me @FreeinDCBlog or message me on Free in DC's facebook page or send an email to if you have any updates to this list (new places or places listed here that may be closed, etc...) Thanks!

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Flying Fish Coffee
smaller venue, community table and some smaller tables
Counter Culture espresso, hand poured coffee
3604 Mt Pleasant St, NW

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

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

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

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

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

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

Port City Java
701 North Carolina Ave. SE

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

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

417 H St NE

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

Qualia Coffee
"fresh off the roast" coffee beans roasted on site
note - they also have a small outdoor area in the back!
3917 Georgia Ave NW
just a few blocks north of the Georgia Ave - Petworth metro

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

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

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

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

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

Ebenezers Coffeehouse
201 F St NE

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

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

Foggy Bottom/ K St Area

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Corner Bakery
locations throughout the city!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

lots of locations all over the city

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

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

Buffalo Billiards
1330 19th St NW
Dupont Circle

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

Red Derby
3718 14th St NW (at Quincy)

Georgia Ave/Petworth

Z Burger
4321 Wisconsin Ave, NW


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

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

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

Arlington Central Library
1015 N Quincy St
Virginia Sq or Ballston 

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

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

1000 N. Randolph St

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

the food and coffee here is quite good
3211 Wilson Blvd

in the Ballston Commons Mall

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

Monday, December 21, 2015

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

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

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

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

Museums and other places "Off The Mall" 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, August 20, 2015

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

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

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

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

314 Carroll Street, NW
Artist: Words Beats and Life

907 Barry Pl NW
Artist: Albus Cavus

1320B Good Hope Road, SE

Artist: Helping Inner City Kids Succeed (HICKS)

615 Division Ave, NE
Artist: Ward 7 Arts Collaborative

See Metro for best bus or metro access

Thursday, July 30, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Throughout the Week at various locations in DC

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

Meditation Classes 

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

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

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