Monday, June 26, 2017

UPCOMING: MEDITATION: Tonight! The next Free 4-Week Introduction to Meditation series begins on MON, June 26 and continues the following three Mondays, thru MON, July 17 from 7:00pm - 8:30pm at the Science of Spirituality DC Center in NW, close to American University

Free Intro Series on Monday Nights
Sign up now for the next session!
Monday Night Introduction to Meditation classes
Introductory classes begin every four weeks
Facilitated by Sangeeta Prasad and Paola Neyra
Introductory classes begin every four weeks.

Note: If you aren't able to attend the first session on Monday, June 26 you're welcome to join in the second session, Monday, July 3, just RSVP to let them know you plan to attend.

Next 4-Week Series begins - Monday, June 26
continues the next three Mondays, thru July 17
7:00pm - 8:30pm
No experience necessary, all welcome to attend!
Free, RSVP required, email DCinfo@sos.org or call (937) 361-4515 or  (630) 597-5174

"Jyoti meditation provides the experience of inner light, the joy of self discovery, and the lasting value of spirituality as a complement to physical, intellectual, and cultural attainments." Introductory classes will run in four-week cycles which repeat. For those who wish to go on after the intro sessions, there will be intermediate and advanced classes continuing throughout the year.

SOS DC will also continue to offer free meditation workshops at area libraries. You can learn more about SOS DC and Jyoti Meditation on their website and feel free to connect with the Mid-Atlantic region on facebook and with Science of Spirituality on twitter at @SOSMeditate.

Science of Spirituality - DC Center
2950 Arizona Ave NW
at the intersection of Cathedral and Arizona Ave.
Metro: Not that close to a metro but accessible by bus. See metro trip-planner for best bus access. It looks like the M4 and D6 buses get you pretty close. For those with cars, street parking is available. You may want to consider taking uber or lyft there from wherever you are coming from or from the Tenleytown Metro. See promo codes below for new users.

Special uber and lyft promotions for Free in DC followers: Smart phones users can download the uber and lyft apps. New users get $10 off your first lyft ride with promo code FREEINDC10, sign up at lyft.com. You can also get $20 off your first Uber with the promo code FREEINDC14 at uber.com/go/freeindc14 - be sure to select uberx for best price instead of uber. You can also select uber pool or lyft line if you aren't in a hurry and don't mind the possibility of sharing the ride. Note: they may not let you select uberpool or lyftline if it's your first time using the app and you want to apply the discount.

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Tomorrow ~ Free Workshop on "Meditation for Health and Wellness" at the Petworth Library on TUES, June 27 at 7:00pm & "Reducing Stress Through Meditation" on WED, June 28 at the Southwest Library at 7:00pm, Free

Free Meditation events at Libraries in DC later this month

Tuesday, June 27 - in NW
"Meditation for Health and Wellness"
7:00pm
Petworth Library DC Public Library
4200 Kansas Avenue NW
Metro: Georgia Ave - Petworth, walk north on Georgia Ave, just past Upshur


Wednesday, June 28
- in SW
"Reducing Stress Through Meditation"
7:00pm
Southwest Library
900 Wesley Pl SW
Metro: Waterfront, just a 5 minute walk from the metro, Head north on 4th St SW, past the Safeway, turn right on the field path walkway to get to Wesley Pl SW and make a right on Wesley, library is right there.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

UPCOMING: Today! "Farragut Fridays" in Farragut Square continue on FRI, June 30, Picnic in the Park from 12:00pm - 2:00pm + Outdoor Office, Lounge Area and Free Wi-Fi from 9:00am - 5:00pm, Compliments of the Golden Triangle BID, every FRI through FRI, Sept 29

Farragut Fridays & Outdoor Office in the Golden Triangle
Friday, June 30
9:00am - 5:00pm
Free
every Friday through September 29

Farragut Fridays is a free all-day, summer event that brings together area workers, local residents, and visitors to enjoy fun and innovative activities throughout the entire day. Hosted by the Golden Triangle BID on Fridays from May through September, this outdoor event is designed to inspire people in the area to get out and enjoy some fresh- air, relax, eat lunch oustide , and perhaps even get in some networking and collaboration or use the wifi to work in the park.

Farragut Fridays also features an outdoor office space for people to collaborate and innovate. Each Friday, a section of Farragut Park transforms into an outdoor office, which includes free Wi-Fi, tables, chairs and enough space to host your next meeting. The outdoor workspace allows area workers to enjoy the free space as an alternative to their traditional office by simply bringing their laptop, colleagues, and coffee to the park. Escape the indoors!

Plus Picnic in the Park every Friday
12:00pm - 2:00pm

Each Friday, Picnic in the Park serves as the perfect place to enjoy lunch, fun lawn games, table tennis competitions, and other activities. The park provides a space where people can gather together to relax and eat lunch at the bistro tables and chairs throughout Farragut Park. There will also be pop-up events from noon - 2:00pm on select Fridays such as meeting puppies available for adoption, enjoying some live jazz music, collaborative painting in the park, and more.

Note: In case of weather-related concerns, please check the Golden Triangle website or connect with them on twitter @GoldenTriDC or on the GoldenTriangleDC page on facebook.

Continuing on Fridays :
June 30
July 7, 14, 21, 28
August 4, 11, 18, 25
September 1, 8, 14, 22, 29

Farragut Square Park
Connecticut & K St NW (map)
Metro: Farragut North or Farragut West or take the Circulator or a bus along K or I St

UPCOMING: VARIETY OPEN MIC: The Capital City Showcase presents Glover Park Social, a weekly Variety Open Mic at Mason Inn on THURS, June 29 and every Thursday night from 8:00pm - 10:00pm, Free

New! Glover Park Social: Variety Open Mic
now every Thursday night at Mason Inn 
8:00pm - 10:00pm 
Free

Next event - Thursday, June 29
view and share this week's facebook event page 

The producers of the monthly variety show The Capital City Showcase have just launched a new weekly variety show open mic every Thursday night at Mason Inn in Glover Park.

Come out to see some of the DC area's finest comedians, musicians, and performing artists at this free show! Interested in performing? Artists can sign up by emailing gloverparksocial@gmail.com.  Mason Inn opens at 6:00pm and seating is on a first come, first serve basis, so come early to make sure you get a great seat.

Mason Inn
2408 Wisconsin Ave NW
north of W Pl NW and south of Calvert, just past the Whole Foods  (see map)
Metro: See metro trip-planner for all bus options. You can get there by taking any of the 30 line buses (except for the 38B) that run along Wisconsin Avenue NW or by the Circulator bus, yellow line (see route map), which gets you a short distance south of the venue. You can catch the 30 lines buses north on Wisconsin from the Tenleytown Metro or from Foggy Bottom area along Pennsylvania Ave or you can take uber or lyft there, see promotions for new users below.

Special uber and lyft promotions for Free in DC followers: Smart phones users can download the uber and lyft apps. New users get $10 off your first lyft ride with promo code FREEINDC10, sign up at lyft.com. You can also get $20 off your first Uber with the promo code FREEINDC14 at uber.com/go/freeindc14 - be sure to select uberx for best price instead of uber. You can also select uber pool or lyft line if you aren't in a hurry and don't mind the possibility of sharing the ride. Note: they may not let you select uberpool or lyftline if it's your first time using the app and you want to apply the discount.

UPCOMING: FILM: The "Golden Cinema" Outdoor Film series features the cult classic "Dirty Dancing" on FRI, June 30, Film screens at sunset in Farragut Square, Series runs every FRI thru August 4, Free

Golden Triangle presents Golden Cinema in Farragut Square
Friday nights June 2 -  August 4
films at sunset, pre-show activities begin 7:30pm
Free

Golden Cinema kicks off another season this Friday, June 2.  Every Friday beginning early June and running through the beginning of August, everyone is invited to enjoy free movies in Farragut Park.

Make a night of it and plan to take advantage of the array of restaurants and retailers in the neighborhood. Remember to bring a blanket or backjack or cushion to sit on so you can relax and enjoy the film under the stars.

Next film - Friday, June 30
Dirty Dancing

Additional Friday Night Movies: 
July 7: Ghostbusters (2016 version)
July 14: Finding Dory
July 21: Big
July 28: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
August 4: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Rain Dates: August 11 &18 

Note: In case of weather-related concerns, please check the Golden Triangle website or connect with them on twitter @GoldenTriDC or on the GoldenTriangleDC page on facebook.

Farragut Square Park
17th St/ Connecticut Ave, I St & K St NW (map)
Metro: Farragut North or Farragut West or take the Circulator or a bus along K or I St 

Friday, June 23, 2017

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

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

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

Sunday, June 18, 2017

ON VIEW: EXHIBIT: "The Iconic and the Everyday: Creative Finland in America" at The Embassy of Finland WED, June 28 and every WED from 3:00pm-7:00pm and select weekend days through August 13, Free

The Embassy of Finland hosts a special exhibit The Iconic and the Everyday: Creative Finland in America showcasing how Finnish design and architecture have been a part of American life in the last century, presented as part of Finland’s centennial celebration.
Thursday, May 18 -  Tuesday, August 15
Free

Open to the public select Weekends, and Wednesdays  from Saturday, May 20 - Sunday, August 13, See specific dates and times below!

The Iconic and the Everyday exhibit explores the contemporary presence and influence of Finnish architecture, design and industry in the lives of everyday Americans. The exhibit focuses on iconic architecture in the United States by Finnish masters such as Eero Saarinen, Alvar Aalto and the likes, as well as, the everyday items by Finnish companies, such as Marimekko and Fiskars, known not only for their design but also, functionality. The exhibition is curated by Professor Peter MacKeith, Dean of Architecture at the Fay Jones School of Architecture + Design in University of Arkansas. The exhibition designer is architect Jonathan Boelkins.

The exhibition also has a reading nook where children and the childlike can get to know Moomins, the loved cartoon characters from Tove Jansson. Moomins live in Moominvalley and go on many wondrous and often accidental adventures. Even adults can learn something from the surprisingly philosophical and laidback characters.


Open Wednesdays from May 24 - August 9, 3:00pm - 7:00pm

Open also Weekend days noted below, 11:00am - 4:00pm 
  • Sundays: July 2, 9, 16 & 30
  • Sundays: August 6 & 13
  • Saturday, August 12
Embassy of Finland - on Embassy row
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. For those with cars planning to drive, the closest street parking can be found on Fulton Street, NW.

Uber & Lyft Promotions: New Lyft users get $10 off your first ride with promo code FREEINDC10 Sign up at lyft.com. New Uber users get $20 off your first ride, sign up: uber.com/with the promo code FREEINDC14 Be sure to select uberx for your own car. You can also select uberpool (if you don't mind sharing the ride with someone and aren't in a hurry) or lyft line (shared ride option) for best price when you request a ride, but I don't think you can use the new user credit on shared rides.

Thursday, June 15, 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!