Saturday, April 30, 2016

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Today! Fabulous Free events - many Family-Friendly- in DC, MD & VA this SAT, April 30 - TUES, May 3!

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

Note: New Format! All events below are FREE and organized by date and start time. Be sure to click through the links for location and event details. Some may require advance RSVP.  Metro: See metro trip-planner for best metro or bus access or see the new user promotions for uber and lyft at the bottom of this post, and on on the ride sidebar of this site.
Saturday, April 30 - Daytime

  • Quilting Workshop with Daughters of Dorcus and Sons at the Smithsonian Anacostia Museum Members of the esteemed quilting consortium, Daughters of Dorcus and Sons will demonstrate making a quilt block inspired by the 1970s DC Washington Color School, which was distinguished by its generous application of color and bold, geometric shapes. Participants should have basic sewing or quilting knowledge and experience. Kits will be provided and will contain pre-cut & marked fabric squares, hand-needles, & thread. 10:30am 
  • Family Day 2016 at Glen Echo Park! Celebrate the opening of Glen Echo Park's historic Dentzel Carousel for its 96th season and highlights the full range of programs offered at the Park. Visitors will enjoy art activities, open studios, face painting, performances, magic shows, storytelling, and carousel rides! Learn more here! 11:00am - 4:00pm (Note: Glen Echo, MD is easiest reached by car, see directions, but you can also take the Montgomery County Ride-On bus #29, operating daily from Friendship Heights and Bethesda metro stations on the Red Line to get there.
  • Family-Friendly: Twelve Years to Treasure Tours at the Smithsonian Anacostia Museum - Families can sign up for a docent-led tour of the exhibition Twelve Years That Shook and Shaped Washington, 1963-1975. Kids then go on a self-guided treasure hunt with an exhibition family guide to test their knowledge. Kids receive a free gift after completing their treasure hunt. 11:00am and 12:00pm
  • ACM Teen Slam organized in collaboration with Split This Rock, local area teens compete in a slam competition for prizes and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards. This is the "best of the best" chosen from an open mic audition held earlier in the year. Stop by and support our local teen poets during this special National Poetry Month program at the Smithsonian Anacostia Museum 1:00pm
Saturday, April 30 - Evening 
See the Free events in Metro DC page on CultureCapital for more free events + exhibits!

Sunday, May 1 - Daytime
  • Yoga Inspired By Sculpture with artist and certified yoga instructor Lisa Marie Thallhammer at Verizon Plaza 1320 N. Courthouse Rd in Arlington, VA, bring a yoga mat along and settle in to  postures, intentions and breathing inspired by and focused on public art 11:00am
  • Jackson Art Center Open Studios in Georgetown, meet and greet 40+ local artists, explore our old Victorian school building, and enjoy live music and refreshments 12:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Free Community Day every first Sunday of the month at the National Museum of Women in the Arts 12:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Concert: PostClassical Ensemble performs music by Daniel Schnyder and Min Xiao-Fen in honor of Asian Heritage Month at the National Gallery of Art, West Building, West Garden Court: 3:30pm
Sunday, May 1 - Evening 
See the Free events in Metro DC page on CultureCapital for more free events + exhibits!

Monday, May 2 - Early Evening

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

Tuesday, May 3 - Daytime + Early Eve
See the Free events in Metro DC page on CultureCapital for more free events + exhibits!

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

UPCOMING: SPECIAL EVENT: Today! "Meditate the Vote" at the Meditation Museum in Silver Spring, MD near the Forest Glen Metro on SAT, April 30 from 10:30am - 12:00pm, Free, RSVP Requested

Meditate the Vote at the Meditation Museum in Silver Spring, MD by the Forest Glen Metro
Saturday, April 30
10:30am - 12:00pm
Free, RSVP here
Join "Meditate the Vote," a grassroots movement conceived by the America Meditating Radio Show and an alliance of Friends from around the country who are concerned citizens, wishing to contribute a greater awareness for ourselves and our country.

"Meditate The Vote" will be launched on May 1st, which is also National Meditation Month, leading up to Election Day on November 8th. Through questions, videos, messaging and social media it aims to bring together folks from all backgrounds to engage in building a compassionate and wise dialogue regardless of party lines.

"Meditate The Vote is a national campaign spearheaded by the America Meditating radio and many of it's Guests. How are you feeling about the current political climate? Meditate The Vote asks you to think deeper through questions to raise the level of conversation. It invites us into greater ownership and inclusion. Join us for the launch event of Meditate The Vote, and focus on how much we have in common and how much we belong to a greater story. We owe it to ourselves, to Meditate The Vote."

"#MeditateTheVote is a community of individuals from diverse spiritual, cultural, political and faith backgrounds. The goal is to engage in conversations that bring us closer together to create a more cohesive and deeper understanding of just how much we have in common and how much we belong to a greater story. During this highly contentious political climate, our hope is that #MeditateTheVote acts as a subtle tool to create more trust, and partnership with others and to unite our country for the greater good." Here are some ways to join the journey!

Sister Jenna is the director and founder of the Meditation Museum in Silver Spring, Maryland and host of the America Meditating Radio Program.

Meditation Museum
9525 Georgia Avenue, Suite 101 - Silver Spring, MD
Metro: Forest Glen,  walking distance from the metro. See map/directions

UPCOMING: GRAND OPENING: Today! East City Bookshop opens on Capitol Hill! Celebrate their Grand Opening and Independent Bookstore Day on SAT, April 30 with special events and activities from 10:00am - 8:00pm, Free

East City Bookshop Grand Opening and
Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day!
Saturday, April 30
10:00am - 8:00pm

Come out to the East City Bookshop, a new, independent, community-focused bookstore on Capitol Hill, to celebrate their  grand opening this Saturday! Enjoy an all-day lineup of free events, featuring bestselling authors, local musicians, and a multitude of giveaways!

To celebrate their opening and Independent Bookstore Day, they are offering an exciting lineup of activities all day, including:
  • Writing and storytelling workshops for all ages
  • Live Music by Local Artists
  • Frequent Giveaways
  • Games and Activities for Children, including story time and a scavenger hunt
  • Exclusive Independent Bookstore Day releases from Neil Gaiman, Ann Patchett, and Kate DiCamillo
  • Author Signings by New York Times bestselling author Louis Bayard, and many more Washington-area writers
  • Food and Fun!
This jam-packed day will transition from family-oriented events in the morning and early afternoon to the East City Bookshop After Dark program in the evening, featuring music and readings for teens and adults. Readers who participate in three or more activities on opening day will qualify for a special in-store coupon. Each reading will also be followed by a special giveaway, culminating in a grand prize drawing.  View the full schedule of activities at their events page. Attend three or more Grand Opening activities and earn a special in-store coupon.

You can continue the word-filled fun on Sunday, May 1st at the Literary Hill Bookfest! Celebrate authors who have an integral connection to Capitol Hill--they live here in real life, or their true stories lived here in a past life, or their imaginary stories live here in a present life--you get the idea. East City Bookshop will be at the Literary Hill Bookfest to provide books from all your favorite local authors.

East City Bookshop will carry fiction and nonfiction new books for all ages, as well as gifts and book-related items, toys, and art and craft supplies. Located in a 3,200-square-foot shop, they will also be carrying letterpress cards, and a curated selection of prints and locally made items. The shop will host author events, book clubs, story times for children, and other events inspired by the community.

You can stay connected with them on facebook and twitter too.

East City Bookshop
645 Pennsylvania Avenue SE
Metro: Eastern Market, super close to the metro

UPCOMING: SPECIAL EVENT: Today! Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day at Reiter’s Books at 19th & G St NW this SAT, April 30 from 9:00am - 5:00pm, with special events at 12:00pm and 2:00pm, Free

Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day at Reiter’s Books!
Saturday, April 30
9:00am - 5:00pm
Independent bookstores nationwide will celebrate Independent Bookstore Day this Saturday, April 30th with literary parties around the country. Reiter’s Books, a long time treasure for the inquisitive, located at 1900 G St NW, will be celebrating with events and specials all day!

Special events include:

"Walking Washington, D.C." Author Talk with Barbara Saffir & Short Walk
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Author of  “Walking Washington, D.C.: 30 Treks to the Newly Revitalized Capital's Cultural Icons, Natural Spectacles, Urban Treasures, and Hidden Gems“ Each walk tells the story of a neighborhood: a snapshot of some of its history and how it has transformed over the years. After the talk there will be a  short walk too!- weather permitting.

“World Film Locations: Washington, D.C." Author Talk with Katherine Larsen and Michael Svoboda
2:00pm - 3:00pm 
A collection of essays and articles about Washington film history and locations. Featuring explorations of carefully chosen film scenes and key historical periods, the book examines themes, directors, and depictions and is illustrated with evocative movie stills, city maps, and location photographs. Taken as a whole, this is essential reading for any cinephile who has ever wondered how a bill becomes a law.

You can also connect with local designer, Sara Austin, from TheLetterPile. She will be creating and selling colorful hand lettered home decor, cards, and more from 9am - 4pm. Custom orders will be available.

Reiter’s Books
1900 G St NW
Metro: Farragut West

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Today! More Free events to choose from on SAT, April 30

Saturday, April 30 

The 26th Annual Garden Fair and Plant Sale at the National Arboretum hosted by Friends of the National Arboretum
9:00am - 4:00pm
Held in conjunction with Arbor Day, this year’s event offers both traditional favorites and rare plants from nurseries across the country, including everything from perennials, annuals and heirloom vegetables to many rare and new offerings. One example, a beautiful evergreen introduced by horticulturalist Dan Hinkley, is the Schefflera taiwaniana ‘Yuan Shan’. Hailing from the high mountain areas of Taiwan, this hardy container plant will provide distinctive texture to shade gardens.  
The Garden Fair and Plant Sale is one of the top gardening events in the D.C. area for novice to expert gardeners in search of plants perfect for your growing conditions. See the full list of this year’s plant offerings. Come out for the plant sale and explore the Arboretum Collections, which are in gorgeous bloom this time of year!
The National Arboretum
3501 New York Avenue, NE
Metro: See driving and transit directions here, and from the organizer: "The B2 bus line runs along Bladensburg Road with a stop adjacent to the Arboretum’s R Street gate, with transfer service from the orange and blue lines at Stadium Armory and Potomac Avenue Metro Stations. Riders should disembark at the Rand Street and Bladensburg Road stop and enter through the R Street Gate."

International #JazzDay Free Public Concerts in DC
10:00am - 9:00pm
See full schedule of events in DC
RSVPs required for the Kennedy Center and the Smithsonian, please register at
International Jazz Day is the biggest Jazz Event in the world, with concerts or events in over 195 countries every year on April 30.
This year, for the 5th Annual Jazz Day, the host city is DC!  The celebration comes as a recognition of the strength of Jazz to unify people around the world. 
Select venues throughout DC 
Metro: See metro trip-planner for metro and bus access

12:00pm - 7:00pm
Note: If rained out, paint jam will move to Sunday, May 1 - see facebook page for updates
Join Words Beats & Life for their annual Paint Jam behind the Rhode Island Avenue Shopping Center, you will find a sea of visual artists painting over 900ft of wall to live music. "Take a spray can to the community wall and leave your mark on public art history, step onto a bus filled with skateboards, cop some gear from SpacyCloud, get the freshest custom bowties from Cambo3, reload with some free Red Bull, get a free health check, grub on some peruvian chicken, peep the free art gallery, maybe even buy a painting or two or twelve, and soooo much more!" This event is organized in partnership with One Love Massive, sPACYcLOUd, International Jazz Day, Red Bull, Master Ink Studios, Whitman-Walker Health, Real Talk DC, Blick Art Materials, The Fridge, HOLE IN THE SKY DC, BicycleSPACE, Cambo3, PIXofDC, Critical Exposure, and  DC Pollo.
514 Rhode Island Ave NE
Metro: Rhode Island Ave

DC Free Store - April 2016
4:00pm - 7:00pm
Free stuff! Take or Donate. Click link for details.  
"A free store is a “store” where all goods are free. Whether it is a book, furniture, a shirt, or a haircut, it is all freely given away. It’s a place where anyone can participate by leaving stuff they don’t want or taking stuff they do. No strings attached. The items in the store are either given as gifts to the free store or found in the streets."
The Peace House 
1005 Rhode Island Ave NE
Metro: Rhode Island Ave

UPCOMING: ART: Today! East City Art Weekend Round Up! Four Art Openings in DC and MD this SAT, April 20 & SUN, May 1, Free

East City Art Weekend Round Up!

Saturday, April 30

The Art of Freedom - Art by Veterans and Active Duty Members of the U.S. Armed Forces 
at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex Learning Lane Gallery in Hyattsville, MD
2:00pm - 4:00pm
The Art of Freedom: War, Peace, and Everything Between features art from ten veterans and active duty members of the United States Armed Forces.
Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex Learning Lane Gallery
8001 Sheriff  Rd - Hyattsville, MD
Metro: See metro trip-planner for bus access from metro depending on where you are coming from

Post Katrina Photography Exhibit at the White Room
6:00pm - 10:00pm
Photographer Ben Carver weaves a visual narrative of the Crescent City ten years after Hurricane
Katrina in New Orleans.
White Room
1240 9th St NW
Metro: Mt Vernon Sq - Convention Center

Sunday, May 1

Art Opening at Adah Rose Gallery in Kensington, MD
12:00pm - 3:00pm
Histories, Heroes and Small Moments features the works of American realist oil painter, Nathan
Loda. Loda examines his American identity and family stories through his paintings.
Adah Rose Gallery
3766 Howard Ave - Kensington, MD
Metro: See metro trip-planner for bus access from metro

Opening for Historic Photo Exhibit at the Congress Heights Arts & Culture Center
4:00pm - 7:00pm
Honoring Congress Heights – Past, Present, & Future exhibition features historic photographs
from the community alongside paintings from students who currently attend schools in the community.
Congress Heights Arts & Culture Center
3200 Martin L. King Jr. Ave. SE
Metro: Congress Heights and walk .7 mile

Jess Oros is the Editor of East City Art. You can get more information about East City Art on Facebook, by following them on Twitter, or click here to sign up for their newsletter.

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Tonight! Live Performance at The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage from 6:00pm - 7:00pm, acts vary daily, Free

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

Saturday, April 30
Offlines Project feat. Yinon Muallem & Guy Mintus

Sunday, May 1


Monday, May 2 
School Without Walls

Tuesday, May 3
Yale Whiffenpoofs

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

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

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

UPCOMING: SPECIAL EXHIBIT: Explore Cape Town South Africa at "Passport Destination: Cape Town" a Multi-Media Exhibit + Documentary Film on WED, May 4 at The Fridge, near Eastern Market, 7:00pm - 10:45pm, Free

Multi-Media Event at The Fridge - Passport Destination: Cape Town Exhibition and Documentary Film by Matthew Frazier, aka MkAmericana
Wednesday, May 4
7:00pm - 10:45pm

check out this video trailer
Come out for a unique event at The Fridge! "Passport Destination: Cape Town" is a multimedia exhibit designed to transport you to Cape Town, South Africa without having to leave DC. Designed to promote social inclusion, tolerance and camaraderie between cultures through the use of interactive technology. Experience Cape Town’s culture, art and design and gain insight into how these elements work together to bring to life this vibrant and exciting modern African society. The digital interactive media used - augmented reality, photography and a documentary - will engage viewers by creating an atmosphere different from traditional classrooms. 
The exhibition will also feature a documentary film (see preview) that will provide an in-depth view of Cape Town’s creative culture and how it plays a role in both preserving the history of, as well as revitalizing, the local society. This lively and intimate experience with life in Cape Town will entice participants to learn more about what the city has to Cape Town as a melting pot, incubator and hub for creativity, arts, innovation, culture and design. It will promote cultural tourism, inspire attendees to use creative channels including, photography, film making and design to create a better world around them.

About the artist: NAACP Award winning videographer, entrepreneur and exhibition curator, Matthew Frazier, (also known as MkAmericana), has worked for a variety of organizations including ABC News, The United States House of  Representatives, The Dallas Cowboys and The Four Seasons Hotel. Frazier has also been sponsored by various camera companies to digitally document the role creativity plays in European and African societies.

The Fridge
516 8th St SE, in the alley 
Metro: Eastern Market, turn right on 8th St and walk down, turn left into the alley after Belga Cafe, across from matchbox

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Find more events taking place @FreeinDCBlog on twitter! Additional events not posted on the main site may be found there

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

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

Saturday, April 9, 2016

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

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

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

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

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!  

Sunday, February 7, 2016

ON VIEW: ART: "Wonder" at the Renwick features 9 different large scale Installation Art Works! Truly Inspiring! FRI, Nov 13 - TUES, May 8, Free

"Wonder" Exhibit at the Renwick Gallery
Large, Room Sized Installation Art! 
On view Friday, November 13 - Tuesday, May 8 - see note below

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

Note: On view until May 8: John Grade, Maya Lin, Jennifer Angus, Chakaia Booker. Closing July 10: Tara Donovan, Gabriel Dawe, Patrick Doherty. Remaining indefinitely: Leo Villareal, Janet Echelman

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

Monday, December 21, 2015

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

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

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

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

Museums and other places "Off The Mall" 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, August 20, 2015

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

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

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

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

314 Carroll Street, NW
Artist: Words Beats and Life

907 Barry Pl NW
Artist: Albus Cavus

1320B Good Hope Road, SE

Artist: Helping Inner City Kids Succeed (HICKS)

615 Division Ave, NE
Artist: Ward 7 Arts Collaborative

See Metro for best bus or metro access

Thursday, July 30, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Throughout the Week at various locations in DC

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

Meditation Classes 

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

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

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

Friday, May 22, 2015

ON VIEW: ART: Enjoy Art on View, as well as Free Workshops, at the Mediation Museum's brand new location in Silver Spring, MD, close to the Forest Glen Metro, Free

Enjoy Art on view and Free Workshops and Events at The Meditation Museum in Silver Spring
Monday - Saturday
11:00am - 6:00pm
and during events in the eve
Free, donations welcome

If you haven't been to the Meditation Museum before, this unique space recently moved to a new location in MD, a short walk from the Forest Glen Metro. In addition to the museum space, which features art ranging from pictures, posters, paintings and sculptures, designed to remind us of our true, highest selves and our responsibility to humanity, there are also lots of workshops and events offered at the Meditation Museum that are all free of charge!

To see a list of upcoming free workshops and events at the museum, please visit their website at You can also stay connected to the museum and their upcoming events through Meetup, facebook and twitter.

The Meditation Museum
9525 Georgia Avenue, Suite 101 - Silver Spring, MD
Metro: Forest Glen, an easy 8 minute walk north along Georgia Ave
Note: They just moved! Further north in MD but a short walk from the metro, just a few blocks. 

Saturday, January 3, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, January 1, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, December 14, 2014

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

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

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

Saturday, December 13, 2014

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

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

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

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


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

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

The Cakeroom
read more about this new spot opened at the end of 2013
2006 18th St NW
near Florida Ave 
at the bottom of Adams Morgan, north of Dupont

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

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

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

Coffy Cafe
Note: They close at 3:00pm
At Park Rd, across from the Tivoli large community space, retro vibe.
Large space with a small upper level, yummy coffee and espresso from Ceremony coffee, and crepes
3310 14th St NW

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Port City Java
701 North Carolina Ave. SE

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

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

417 H St NE

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

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

Dolcezza -
ew location with late night hours!
at the corner of
14th & P St NW
Monday - Thursday: 7am-11pm Friday 7am-12am
Saturday 8am-12am Sunday 8am - 11pm
They also have a location in Dupont Circle
Metro: best reached by the Circulator bus, Woodley-McPherson route that also goes up 14th St and by the Columbia Heights Metro, right to 14th & RI Ave or P St, you can also take any bus along 14th St.
Qualia Coffee
"fresh off the roast" coffee beans roasted on site
note - they also have a small outdoor area in the back!
3917 Georgia Ave NW
just a few blocks north of the Georgia Ave - Petworth metro

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

Compass Coffee 
One of the newest places in DC, beans roast in house!
Interesting story behind this place too, learn more here
Daily form 7:00am - 8:00pm
1535 7th St NW - near Q St 

U St Cafe
2 hour internet ticket with purchase
where Mocha Hut used to be
1301 U St NW

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

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

Ebenezers Coffeehouse
201 F St NE

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

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

Foggy Bottom/ K St Area

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Corner Bakery
locations throughout the city!

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

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

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

CHAINS in DC with locations also in MD & VA
Barnes and Noble
All Barnes and Noble's now offers free wifi!
Locations also in MD & VA
12th & E St
Metro Center
Locations in MD and VA as well. Clarendon, Bethesda, Springfield and Rockville are close to metro I believe. Tysons Corner, Seven Corners and Potomac, car required.

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

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

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

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

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

lots of locations all over the city

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

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

Buffalo Billiards
1330 19th St NW
Dupont Circle

Chief Ikes
1725 Columbia Rd NW
Adams Morgan

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

Red Derby
3718 14th St NW (at Quincy)

Georgia Ave/Petworth

Z Burger
4321 Wisconsin Ave, NW


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

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

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

Arlington Central Library
1015 N Quincy St
Virginia Sq or Ballston 

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

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

1000 N. Randolph St

1737 Wilson Blvd
between Courthouse and Rosslyn

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

Northside Social (former murky)
the food and coffee here is quite good
3211 Wilson Blvd

in the Ballston Commons Mall

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