Monday, February 27, 2017

UPCOMING: MUSICAL: Tonight! Avant Bard offers Pay-What-You-Will tickets to see the Musical "The Gospel at Colonus" this MON, Feb 27 at 7:30pm at The Gunston Arts Center in VA by donation + Additional PWYW shows throughout the run, thru SUN, March 26

Avant Bard presents the legendary gospel musical The Gospel at Colonus with Pay-What-You-Will previews Friday, February 24 & Saturday, February 25
7:30pm - 9:00pm, tickets 7:00pm
by donation/PWYW so you name your price at the door* Regular admission $30 on Friday and $35 for Saturday evenings & Sunday shows
If you prefer to reserve a seat in advance you can purchase a PWYW ticket online with a $10 minimum donation here.

Avant Bard proudly presents the legendary gospel musical The Gospel at Colonus, a soaring celebration of transcendence and the fragility of life that transforms Sophocles' timeless tale of the last days of Oedipus into a parable for our times. Its message of redemption is sorely needed right now.

Avant Bard gives The Gospel at Colonus new life in an up-close and intimate production directed by Jennifer L. Nelson (Resident Director, Mosaic Theater Company of DC; Founding Artistic Director, African Continuum Theatre Company) with musical direction by e’Marcus Harper-Short (Musical Director of Theater Alliance’s acclaimed Black Nativity). Unlike previous productions of the show, which had a megachurch setting, the Avant Bard production will evoke a sacred site that draws from and honors the Greek and African roots of the source material.

With its epic poetry and magnificent score, The Gospel at Colonus reminds us that out of the deepest sorrows, the highest and most uplifting hope can emerge. This musical was a global sensation when it premiered in 1983. The story combines Greek tragedy and African American heritage. The score is an inspiring fusion of Black church gospel with elements of blues and Motown. Written by Lee Breuer and composer Bob Telson, The Gospel at Colonus was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for Best Drama in 1985 and won the Obie for Best Musical in 1984.

*Note that the number of seats available at each show will vary based on how many people reserved tickets online in advance so you'll want to get there about 30 minutes early to get your ticket. All ages welcome, Recommended for ages 14 and up, performance is about 90 minutes, no intermission 

Show runs Thursday, February 23 - Sunday, March 26 with additional PWYW performances on Monday, February 27 & Thursday evenings at 7:30pm and Saturday matinees at 2:00pm, Check out this short video to get a sense of some of the music you will here. 

PWYW Evening Shows 
Monday, February 27 
Thursdays March 9, 16 & 23

PWYW Saturday Matinee Shows
Saturdays March 4, 11, 18 & 25

Gunston Arts Center, Theatre Two
2700 South Lang St - Arlington, VA 22206 (see map)
Metro: Crystal City and catch the 23A or 23B bus from bus bay two (the thoughtful folks at Avant Bard even made a video you can watch on how to get there using metro and bus which is especially great for visual folks) and get off at South Arlington Ridge Rd and South Lang St, nine stops, about a six minute bus ride.  You can use metro trip-planner for metro and bus schedules. It's about 1.5 miles from the metro if you want to bike or walk, or you can also uber or lyft there if that makes more sense, see promotions for new users at the bottom of this post. If you have a car and plan to drive you can see driving directions here. Ample free parking available. 

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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 

Sunday, February 26, 2017

UPCOMING: MUSIC: Weekly: The Tuesday Concert Series at the Church of the Epiphany, near Metro Center, TUES, Feb 28 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

If you're able to get here Tuesday at lunch, recommend this series!

Tuesday, February 28
Daniel Heagney, marimba
Music by Michael Burritt, Peter Klatzow, and Agustin Barrios Mangoré. See full program.

1317 G St NW
Metro: Metro Center

UPCOMING & ONGOING: FILM: Weekly: BloomScreen and the Africa World Now Project present "Pieces of Identity" on TUES, Feb 28 at BloomBars, Films vary each week and are followed by a discussion and Q&A, 7:00pm - 9:00pm, All ages, $10 donation suggested

BloomScreen Independent Film Night at BloomBars
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

Tuesday,  February 28 
BloomScreen & the AWNP present: Pieces of Identity
The screening will be followed by a Q&A discussion hosted by Mwiza Munthali, host of the radio show "Africa Now," on WPFW 89.3FM.

In honor of Black History Month, BloomScreen and the Africa World Now Project present Pieces of Identity (Pièces d'identités) (1998, 97 min), by Mweze Ngangura - The fable of an old African king and his wayward daughter is updated to present day Brussels to point out some of the most troubling issues of cultural identity facing people of African descent in the ever-widening Diaspora of the late 20th century. (view film trailer)

Mani Kongo, the king of the Bakongo, sets out for Belgium in search of his lost daughter, who left years earlier to study medicine. Upon arrival, the king must cope with the very best and worst of the black Diaspora, including the prejudices rampant in European society. He himself will find good friends amongst poor low-class whites showing that nothing is ever black or white… (In French with English subtitles).

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

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: OPEN MIC: Weekly: "Fun Fun at 121" Open Mic for Comedians, Musicians and others tthis WED, March 1 - and every WED night from 8:00pm - 10:00pm at Acre 121 right by the Columbia Heights Metro, 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, March 1
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: INTERACTIVE ARTS: Gather in Community to Connect & Create together! The Sanctuaries, a diverse group of artists and musicians, hosts a Dinner & Huddle on the theme of Artistic Resilience this WED, March 1 from 6:30pm - 9:00pm, Free

The Sanctuaries, a diverse group of musicians and artists, hosts a Dinner & Huddle on the theme of Artistic Resilience
Wednesday, March 1
6:30pm gather, socialize, enjoy some food
7:00pm - 9:00pm Huddle 
Note: Please arrive before 7:00pm to participate in the evening activities

From the event page: :What is a Dinner & Huddle? Take a break from the daily grind to meet other soulful and artistic people over a delicious meal. Then team up for meaningful conversation or to collaborate using di fferent art forms, from hip hop to poetry to dance and more. All experience levels welcome. This time with a focus on "artistic resilience" -- how can art empower and sustain us right now?  This month's gathering is part of the #100Days100Dinners campaign.

Universalist National Memorial Church
1810 16th St NW - at S St NW
Metro: U St and walk over to 16th, turn left on 16th St and walk down to S St or Dupont Circle and walk. Best access is by bus, take the S2 or S4 bus along 16th St to the stop closest to S St.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

UPCOMING: MEDITATION: Free Guided Meditation with Lisa Wilder at Eye Street Massage by Farragut Sq on THURS, March 2 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, March 2
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 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

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!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

UPCOMING: DISCUSSION & DOCUMENTARY: The Embassy of Finland hosts a Discusison with the Artist behind the "Nanoq - Imag(in)ing Climate Change" exhibit followed by a Screening of "Tale of a Forest" on SAT, March 4 from 2:00pm - 4:00pm, Free

Discussion and Documentary Film Screening at the Embassy of Finland Nanoq - Imag(in)ing Climate Change exhibit discussion with the artist followed by a Screening of Tale of a Forest (see film trailer)
Saturday, March 4
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Free, All ages welcome
No RSVP needed, seating  first come first-served

The Embassy of Finland invites the public to attend special lecture and discussion with artist Ilona Mettiäinen about the exhibition Nanoq - Imag(in)ing Climate Change followed by a screening of the documentary Tale of a Forest (Metsän tarina, 2012, 75 minutes), one of the most viewed documentaries in Finland.

The film takes the audience to a Finnish forest to meet the creatures that live in the captivating environment. In addition to the beautiful visuals, the film soundtrack, by Panu Aaltio won the esteemed International Film Music Critics Association’s (IFMCA) prize for the best composition in 2012.

About the exhibit: In the Arctic, average temperatures are rising due to climate change almost twice as fast as in the rest of the world, but what does it mean for Arctic communities and nature? The photo exhibition Nanoq – Imag(in)ing Climate Change by Ilona Mettiäinen visualizes some imaginary, possible and even impossible worlds that may result from climate change.

The exhibition at the Embassy of Finland is part of the 100th Anniversary celebrations of Finland’s independence, held in collaboration with the Arctic Centre of the University of Lapland and funded by a grant from the Otto A. Malm Foundation in 2015. Learn about additional events throughout the United States on the Finland 100 site.

Embassy of Finland
3301 Massachusetts Ave NW
Metro: Nearest metro is Woodley Park, it's about a 1.1 miles, 24 minute walk. Head north on Connecticut Ave and turn left on Woodley Rd, which turns into Garfield, take a left on 34th St and walk two blocks to Mass Ave, turn left and you'll see the Embassy. Dupont Circle metro station is 1.5 miles, straight shot on Mass Ave. You can may want to consider taking uber/ uberpool or lyft/ lyft line there, see promotions for new users below, or you can see metro trip-planner for best bus access depending on where you are coming from.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

UPCOMING: ART: The Opening Reception for EMULSION 2017 which will be held at the Pepco Edison Gallery in Chinatown this year, will be on FRI, March 3 from 6:00pm - 8:30pm, the exhibit will be on view from FRI, March 3 - THURS, March 16, Free

Opening Reception for EMULSION 2017 Fourth Annual East City Art Regional Juried Show
Friday, March 3
6:00pm - 8:30pm
on view Friday, March 3 - Thursday, March 16 

This year, for the first time, EMULSION moves from H St NE to the Pepco Edison Gallery on 8th St NW in the heart of Chinatown, easily accessible by multiple metro lines being walking distance from both Gallery Pl - Chinatown and Metro Center

All are welcome to attend the opening reception on March 3. The exhibit will remain on view for just under two weeks, during which time there wil also be artist talks. Before the show closes there will also be a closing reception. 

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.

This year's juror is 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.

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

UPCOMING: ART: Artists and Makers in Rockville, MD celebrates their Second Anniversary and the Grand Opening of their Second location! First Friday Reception on FRI, March 3 from 6:00pm - 9:00pm + Open Studios on SAT, Marc 4 & SUN, March 5 from 10:00am - 4:00pm, Free

Artists & Makers - Second Anniversary Celebration! Events all weekend, including an Opening Reception and Grand Opening of their second location in Rockville, MD
Friday, March 3 - Sunday, March 5

Opening Reception on Friday night and Open Studios on Saturday & Sunday

Artists & Makers Studios 1 and 2 hosts a second Anniversary Celebration with events all weekend at both of their locations in Rockville, MD, on Parklawn Drive and Wilkins Avenue. Come out for the First Friday festivities on March 3 from 6:00m - 9:00pm and an Open Studio weekend on March 4th and 5th between 10:00am and 4:00pm at both locations. The Grand Opening of the second location will features “at 2(two)” with artwork from  more than 120 resident artists in the galleries and studios of both studio centers.

First Friday + Grand Second Anniversary Celebration 
and Opening Reception for “at 2(two)”
Friday, March 3
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Both locations will be open, address details below

Open Studios! - Visit Artists in their Studios, Tour the Galleries
Saturday, March 4 & Sunday, March 5
10:00am - 4:00pm

Come out on Saturday and Sunday to browse the artist’s studios, hallways, and to see the work in all five galleries at Parklawn and Wilkins. Meet more than 120 artists, observe their processes, and ask questions to learn more about what they do. At A&M1 you can tour the 3 main galleries and studios on Parklawn Drive in Rockville. At A&M2 you can see resident artists in the main gallery and studios, as well as mini-solo exhibits in the New Masters Gallery with Ken Bachman, Sara Bardin, Mary Morris, and Lis Zadravec. Also on view “Visualizations” with the Montgomery County Camera Club at Artists & Makers Studios 2, on Wilkins Avenue in Rockville, just .9 miles from the flagship location.

Exhibitions will remain on view through Wednesday, March 29. Regular gallery hours are Tuesday - Saturday from 10:00am - 4:00pm and Sundays and Mondays by chance or appointment.

About Artists & Makers Studios: A&M1 on Parklawn Drive in Rockville, established in October 2014 by artist and arts community builder Judith HeartSong, is a 13,000 sq. ft. facility is home to 68 resident artists. Newly opened Artists & Makers Studios 2 on Wilkins Avenue in Rockville is a 23,000 sq. ft. facility with 50 resident artists and more to come. A&M Studios is dedicated to providing a supportive and vibrant environment for artists to realize their creative goals – through studio practice, collaboration, education, opportunities, networking and connecting with the community beyond our doors. A&M2 opens in March 2017!

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

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

Saturday, February 11, 2017

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!

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)