Sunday, September 25, 2016

UPCOMING: MEDITATION: Today! Free Meditation & Talk on SUN, Sept 25 from 11:00am - 12:00pm at the Science of Spirituality Center, Arizona & Cathedral Ave NW, every SUN except for the first one of the month

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

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

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

Meditation Talk and Meditation at 11:00am is recommended for new folks. Feel free to arrive when you can to meditate with the group in a silent format so if you are an experienced meditator you are welcome to arrive as early as 10:00am. Vegetarian lunch is provided for those who participate in the morning events.

SOS DC also offers free meditation workshops at area libraries. You can learn more about SOS DC and Jyoti Meditation on their website and connect with them on twitter @SOS_WashDC.
Science of Spirituality - DC Center
2950 Arizona Ave NW
at the intersection of Cathedral and Arizona Ave.
Metro: Not that close to a metro but accessible by bus. See metro trip-planner for best bus acces looks like the M4 and D6 buses get you pretty close but they don't run that often. For those with cars, street parking is available. For those of you with smart phones who don't own cars you may want to consider taking uber or lyft there from wherever you are or from the Tenleytown Metro, which is closest. See promo below.

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UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Today! More Free and low-cost events to choose from on SUN, Sept 25

Highlights Post - Sunday, September 25
click through the links for complete details

FYI: For those with cars able to get to George Mason University in VA, the "Fall for the Book" Festival is on, with free events running through September 30. In addition to the events at Mason there are also events at venues in NoVa, MD & DC, with 150+ visiting authors throughout the festival. See full schedule here! Events today from 12:00pm - 8:00pm.

Free
Annual event by the Washington Monument, postponed from original date this summer. 
Metro: Smithsonian 


Karma Kitchen September Edition at Himalayan Heritage  in Adams Morgan 
12:00pm - 3:00pm
Pay-it-Forward/No-Set-Cost, Monthly Community Meal
by donation meal, Indian food, made by and served by a team of volunteers. Karma Kitchen is a volunteer-driven experiment in generosity started in Berkeley, California on March 31st 2007 based on the principles of a "gift economy." Your meal experience is gifted by volunteers: prepared, cooked and served from the heart to you. People of all backgrounds join together for a healthy vegetarian meal in a very set menu. You can eat as much or as little as you wish. All are welcome to join and to invite others to join as well. 
Himalayan Heritage Restaurant
2305 18th St NW - at Kalorama
Metro: Woodley Park and walk or take the Circulator bus a bit closer to Adams Mill, cross over Columbia Rd and walk down 18th St a few block, or Dupont Circle and walk up 18th St or take the 42 bus the stop closest to Kalorama or Belmont and walk downhill one block to 18th St.

Free
Read more about the event on eventbrite
Explore local art, home goods, culinary delights, and tasty beverages in the heART of the Gateway Arts Distric
t at Recreative Spaces, including arts activities for all ages, face painting by Shanna Lim from 1pm-3pm, a summer blowout sale, $5 'All-You-Can-Fit' bags for ReCreative Party supplies (jars, candles, decorative branches), coffee from Zeke's Coffee and 10% off coupons for your next event @ ReCreative Spaces Perry Street. Vendors include: Cheryl Brown, Danielle Carter, Made by a Black Woman and Mixx & Measure Homemade Baking Company. 
3501 Perry St - Mount Rainier, MD
Metro: See metro trip-planner for best bus access from metro

Luce Artist Talk with Nicole Salimbene, inside of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Chinatown
1:30pm talk, beverages served until 3:30pm
Free
"Luce Artist Talks" is a monthly series produced in partnership with CulturalDC's Flashpoint Gallery. This month they welcome Nicole Salimbene, whose art explores themes of mindfulness and conflicts between the internal and external worlds. She will discuss how she uses form and idea in her art to encourage contemplation and provoke dialogue.
Luce Foundation Center
3rd Floor, Smithsonian American Art Museum
8th & G St NW
Metro: Gallery Pl - Chinatown

Concert Celebrating the Music of Enrique Granados, at Catholic University of America in Brookland
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Free
The Latin American Center for Graduate Studies in Music presents a concert celebrating the music of Spanish composer, Enrique Granados (1867-1916) in Ward Recital Hall. The program, which is free and open to the public, includes selections from his piano music, chamber music, songs and his opera, Goyescas. The music will be performed by School of Music faculty, students and alumni, and several special guests.
Catholic University of America
Benjamin T. Rome School of Music
Ward Hall, 620 Michigan Ave NE
Metro: Brookland - CUA

4:00pm - 6:00pm
Free
From the event page: "The DC Guerrilla Poetry Insurgency (GPI) Lyrical Ambush creates a space for artists to explore social justice, racism, campaign finance, international events, police brutality, war vs peace, corporate domination vs meaningful democracy, the “war on drugs,” and the misuse of fear to degrade civil liberties.  2016 is an unprecedented year in American politics and we KNOW this community is holding onto some bombs and fire – come kick it with us -- guerrilla style at Sunday Open Mics in (one more next month on Sunday, October 23 from 4:00pm - 6:00pm). We welcome families with bubbles, sidewalk chalk and encourage kids to share the mic alongside seasoned artists and passerbys. Musicians, drummers, percussionists would add spice. A GPI Ambush includes whoever shows up to listen and share their truth."
Dupont Circle, by the founatin
Metro: Dupont Circle 

5:00pm
Free
From the event page: " Join us to hear the work of four writers from two great local presses, Stillhouse Press and the Santa Fe Writers Project, as part of the Fall for the Book festival, which runs from September 25-30. From Stillhouse Press: Bryan Borland, author of the poetry collection DIG and Matthew Fogarty, author of Maybe Mermaids & Robots are Lonely: Stories. From Santa Fe Writers Project, Elizabeth Hazen, author of the poetry collection Chaos Theories and Stephen G. Eoannou, author of the short story collection Muscle Cars.
827 Upshur St NW
Metro: Georgia Ave - Petworth, walk north on Georgia Ave a few blocks, and keep to the right at Taylor St, walk one more block to get to Upshur

The DC Jazz Jam at The Brixton feature Saxophonist Leigh Pilzer
6:30pm-9:30pm
Free
Saxophonist Leigh Pilzer returns to headline the jam. Come sit in with Leigh and the rest of our terrific Fourth Sunday house band. No cover!  Featuring the Brixton House Band of: Leigh Pilzer - sax, Peter Runk - keys, Alex Martin - guitar, Ethan Philion - bass and
Alan Kirschenbaum - drums.
The Brixton
901 U St NW
Metro: U St

Fall Reading 2016 at Upshur Street Books
7:00pm - 9:30pm
$10 cover "includes libations, substantial nibbles, and juicy words"
The Mid-Atlantic Bennington Reader's Series Returns. Featuring Alice Mattison (fiction) along with Danuta Hinc (fiction),  William Vandegrift (nonfiction) and Martha Wolfe (nonfiction).
827 Upshur St NW
Metro: Georgia Ave - Petworth, walk north on Georgia Ave a few blocks, and keep to the right at Taylor St, walk one more block to get to Upshur

UPCOMING: Today! Weekly: Highlights post for free and low-cost events every SUN

Weekly events, every Sunday

Contact Improv Jam on Capitol Hill
2:00pm - 5:00pm
by donation, $5 - $10 suggested
Read more here
Contact improv jams take place every Sunday on Capitol Hill. Best to arrive on the early end if you are new so you can get acquainted with the jam, and jamming in general! All donations support the church's community outreach program.
St. James/St. Monica Church parrish hall, Capital Hill
222 8th St. NE (map, walking from Union Station)
Metro: Eastern Market or Union Station and walk, or uber or lyft there

When it's Nice Out... Relax, Dance, Drum, & People Watch in the Park!
Sunday's when it's Warm out  in Malcolm X/ Meridian Hill Park
Mid-afternoon until it gets dark
Warmer weather, outdoors in Park
Between 15th & 16th -  Euclid & W St NW
Metro: Columbia Heights or take the S2 or S4 bus along 16th St to Euclid and enter at the top of the park or walk from U St metro to the bottom of the park and follow the stairs/ path up to the upper level

The Insight Meditation Community of Washington hosts a Sunday eve Sangha Meditation Group 
6:00pm - 7:30pm
by donation
Metro: Dupont Circle and walk over or take the S2 or S4 bus along 16th St closer

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

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

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

UPCOMING: COMEDY: Tonight! Dojo Comedy Improv & Sketch Comedy Venue near Petworth hostsa Free ArmanDojo show every SUN at 7:00pm, Recommended for those 18+

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

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

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

Friday and Saturday nights - Two shows!
8:00pm - 9:00pm 
$10
9:30pm - 10:30pm
$10

Sunday nights - Free show
ArmanDojo
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Free

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

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

SAVE THE DATE: "Forced From Home" Interactive Educational Exhibit on The National Mall, SAT, Oct 1 - SUN, Oct 9, Open Daily from 9:00am - 5:00pm, Free Guided One Hour Tours offered by Doctors Without Borders Aid Workers + Special events MON, Oct 3 - THURS, Oct 13, Free

“Forced From Home" an interactive educational exhibit
presented by Doctors Without Borders
comes to The National Mall in Washington, DC
Saturday, October 1 - Sunday, October 9
9:00am - 5:00pm daily
Tours are one hour long
Free
RSVP Now to Reserve your preferred time slot!
Note: If the tour time slot you want is "sold out" you can still come and join the “walk-up” line. There are seven tours each hour and they’ll keep spaces open in each for walk-up attendees.
On view on The National Mall near the Smithsonian Metro from October 1 - October 9

Forced From Home is an interactive, educational exhibition presented by Doctors Without Borders to raise public awareness about the experience of the world’s refugees and internally displaced people. The traveling exhibit will be making a stop in DC for eight days, from Saturday, October 1 - Sunday, October 9. All are encouraged to come out to the National Mall to tour the exhibit and learn more about the plight of the world's 60 million + refugees. Questions: See FAQ page here.

With Doctors Without Borders aid worker as your guide, you’ll see, hear, and interact with images, stories, and materials gathered from refugee camps, rescue missions, and emergency medical projects around the world. During the one hour tour you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by those who have been forced from their homes, and the humanitarian solutions offered by Doctors Without Borders. 

Forced From Home is free, fully accessible, and open to the public. Learn more about the event on the press release here and see educational brochure here.

School field trips are welcome for students in grades 7 - 12. Students will meet experienced aid workers who will lead them on a tour of the exhibition that include a variety of hands-on and immersive experiences. For more information about bringing your students to the exhibition, click here

The exhibit will be located between 14th and 15th St NW
and between Madison Dr NW & Jefferson Dr SW (see google map)
101 14th St NW (near the Washington Monument 
Metro: Smithsonian (blue, orange or silver line) or take the DC Circulator, National Mall route, there. Click here for more information about the location and directions on how to get there.

Related Free Events, Please RSVP: 

Monday, October 3
2:00pm
Free, RSVP here
Journalists, photojournalists, and Doctors Without Borders representatives will talk about telling the stories of people who’ve been forced from home in the largest displacement crisis the world has known since World War II. The panel will feature Deb Amos of NPR, photographer Brian Sokol, and Phil Zabriskie, editorial director of Doctors Without Borders USA. Learn more here. 
The Newseum - Knight Studio 
555 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Metro: Archives

Thursday, October 6 
Migrant or Refugee? Central America's Migration Reality at National Geographic
7:30pm
Free, RSVP here
Join Doctors Without Borders executive director Jason Cone, Doctors Without Borders aid worker Sue Averill, and regional expert Mary Speck, for a discussion about the humanitarian crisis in Central America. Learn more here.
National Geographic 
Grosvenor Auditorium
1600 M Street NW - entrance is between 16th & 17th St on M St 
Metro: Farragut North or take the S2 or S4 bus along 16th St or the 42 bus to M St, see metro trip-planner for best access based on where you are coming from

Thursday, October 13
Recruitment Information Session
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Free, RSVP here
The event will include a Q&A. Learn more here. 
On Thursday, October 13th, medical and non-medical professionals are invited to attend an evening presentation to learn more about joining Doctors Without Borders’ pool of dedicated aid workers. An aid worker and Field Human Resources Officer will discuss requirements and the application process, and you’ll meet experienced Doctors Without Borders aid workers from the area and hear their firsthand stories of “life in the field.” Please take a moment to review their recruitment requirements before registering for this event. 
Martin Luther King Jr. Library
901 G St NW
Metro: Gallery Pl - Chinatown, 9t & G exit, or Metro Center and walk a few short blocks

Sunday, September 18, 2016

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

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

Join the #FVChallenge for a chance to win a Fitbit Blaze ($220 value). Challenge ends September 30th. See details and rules for entry here!

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!

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

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

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

Thursday, September 1, 2016

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


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

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

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

ADAMS MORGAN

The Potter's House
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

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

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

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

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

COLUMBIA HEIGHTS & MT PLEASANT
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

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

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

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

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

Port City Java
701 North Carolina Ave. SE


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

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

H ST CORRIDOR, NE
417 H St NE

LOGAN CIRCLE
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.

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

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

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

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

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

UNION STATION
Ebenezers Coffeehouse
201 F St NE

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

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

Foggy Bottom/ K St Area

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CHAIN STORES & CAFES in DC
Au Bon Pain
Free wifi, locations all over the city
Metro Center, L St, Chinatown, etc...

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

Corner Bakery
locations throughout the city!

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

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

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

CHAINS in DC with locations also in MD & VA
Barnes and Noble
All Barnes and Noble's now offers free wifi!
Locations 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.

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

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

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

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

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

lots of locations all over the city

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

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

Buffalo Billiards
1330 19th St NW
Dupont Circle

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

Red Derby
3718 14th St NW (at Quincy)

Georgia Ave/Petworth

Z Burger
4321 Wisconsin Ave, NW

Tenlyetown


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

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

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

NORTHERN VIRGINIA
Arlington Central Library
1015 N Quincy St
Virginia Sq or Ballston 

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

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

1000 N. Randolph St
Ballston

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

the food and coffee here is quite good
3211 Wilson Blvd
Clarendon

in the Ballston Commons Mall
Ballston

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

Monday, August 1, 2016

UPCOMING: Weekly: When the weather is nice... Relax, Dance, Drum and People Watch every SUN in Malcolm X/ Meridian Hill Park from Afternoon - Dark, Free

Drum Circle in Malcolm X/ Meridian Hill Park
People Watching, Picnics, Acro-Yoga and more
every Sunday weather is nice, afternoon - dark
Free


Every Sunday, this park attracts a whole array of people from all walks of life. It's almost like a mini-festival every Sunday afternoon.The drum circle there is quite amazing! Definitely worth checking out, it's by the Joan of Arc statue on the upper level, pretty easy to spot with the people dancing and drumming. In the grassy area, you'll usually find people practicing acro-yoga, slacklining or practicing some other sport, as you can see in the video. If you prefer a more relaxed vibe, head down to the hilly part near the fountain closer to W St, there is also a flatter area at the bottom where you can hang out.


Video courtesy of  Eddie Becker, a local videographer 
Meridian Hill/ Malcolm X Park
Between 16th St & 15th St, NW
Top of the park is at Euclid St, bottom is at W StMetro: Columbia Heights or U St and walk or take the S2 or S4 bus along 16th St

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)