Thursday, June 21, 2018

NOTE: I'm likely be offline all weekend, site will be updated on Sunday eve. Have a Great Weekend Everyone!

UPCOMING: MEDITATION: Tonight! Free Workshop on "Meditation: Connecting Body, Mind and Spirit" led by Davinder Khanna on THURS, June 21 at 6:30pm in Downtown DC at the Library Express on 20th St between K St and I St NW

Meditation: Connecting Body, Mind and Spirit
Introduction to Meditation Workshop led by Davinder Khanna at the Library Express, downtown, near 20th & K St NW
Thursday June 21
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm 
Free

Medical research has uncovered amazing facts about meditation and the body-mind-spirit connection. Join Davinder Khanna long-time meditator, to learn about how mediation can be used to minimize the effects of stress and speed healing. Learn the tools needed to make meditation a part of daily life. The program will include a meditation sitting and a question-and-answer discussion period.

1990 K St. NW
Entrance is on 20th St between K and I St 
Metro: Farragut West or Farragut North

UPCOMING: THEATER: Tonight! See Avant Bard's production of Shakespeare's "The Tempest" on THURS, June 21 at 7:30 pm and SAT, June 23 at 2:00 pm Pay-What-You-Will + THURS & SAT Shows throughout the run at The Gunston Arts Center in Arlington, VA, by donation/ PWYW

Pay What You Will performances of Avant Bard's production of "The Tempest" by William Shakespeare, directed by Tom Prewitt
Show runs from May 31 - July 1
Tickets available online or by phone 703-418-4808

A perfect storm of love and magic. Shakespeare’s classic comedy The Tempest—the only play he set in the New World—is filled with dazzling magic, young love, cross-cultural strife, and ultimately forgiveness. In Avant Bard’s offbeat update, The Tempest tells a story of colonials, refugees, and first peoples that asks, “How can we all get along on this island Earth?” Starring Acting Company Member Christopher Henley as Prospero. Run time is 2 hours, plus a 10 minute intermission for a total of two hours and ten minutes.

Pay What You Will Thursday evenings
Thursday, June 21
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
and every Thursday through June 28

Pay What You Will Saturday matinees
Saturday, June 23
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
and every Saturday through June 30
Saturday matinees are followed by Unscripted Afterchats with members of the cast and creative team.

Thursdays and Saturday matinees are Pay What You Will, which means you can name your ticket price, any price, at the door. You can also reserve a Pay What You Will ticket online in advance with a $10 minimum. If you can't make it on Thursday night or Saturday afternoon, general admission tickets are available for $30 on Fridays; $35 on Saturday evenings and Sundays.

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

UPCOMING: Tomorrow ~ Spend time Outside with "Farragut Fridays" on FRI, June 22 in Farragut Square! Enjoy Pop-Ups this week from Eye Street Massage and the Humane Rescue Alliance from 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm, Outdoor Office with Free Wi-Fi, Seating and Lounge Area from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Fridays from May 11 - Sept 28, Compliments of the Golden Triangle BID

Farragut Fridays in Farragut Square
Friday, June 22
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Free
every Friday from May 11 - September 28

Thanks to the Golden Triangle BID, every Friday from mid-May through September, you can enjoy time outside to enjoy some fresh- air, relax, eat lunch, and perhaps even get in some networking and collaboration or use the wifi to work in the park. Farragut Fridays also features an official outdoor office space for people to use, collaborate and innovate. Each Friday from May 11 - 9 am to 5 pm, a section of Farragut Park transforms into an outdoor office, which includes free Wi-Fi, phone charging stations, tables, chairs and enough space to host your next meeting. The outdoor work space 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!

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.

Picnic in the Park in Farragut Square also happens every Friday from 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm during the Farragut Friday series!

As part of Halcyon’s By The People festival, Transformer is honored to present Crochet Jam, led by San Francisco based artist Ramekon O’Arwisters, on Friday, June 22, 2018, 11:30 am - 2:30 pm at Farragut Fridays. Crochet Jam engages the public to think differently about the role of art within community and the power of art within society. A public, art-making event that’s embracing and inclusive, with no attempt made to dictate the creative process nor judge the finished project — Crochet Jam is meditative, liberating, and empowering. Also this week, play lawn games and join Plaza Arts for a craft workshop from noon to 2 p.m.
Friday, Picnic in the Park serves as the perfect place to enjoy lunch, fun lawn games, table tennis competitions and other activities. Thousands of people join together to relax and eat lunch at the bistro tables and chairs throughout Farragut Park.

Picnic in the Park expands to two other locations in June, July and August! On Wednesdays from June 6 - August 29 in Murrow Park – 18th & H St NW and on Thursdays from June 7 - August 30 in Monroe Park – 20th & I St NW from 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from Tuesday, May 1 - Thursday, September 27 there will also be free fitness classes outside in the park with TriFit! At all three of the TriFit offerings, exercise enthusiasts, as well as beginners, enjoy exercising together. Please bring your own mat and water along. To register, please visit Eventbrite, select the first date that you plan to attend, fill out your information, and agree to the TriFit waiver agreement. Feel free to email the Golden Trinagle folks with any questions

Farragut Square TriFit Schedule
5:30 pm  - 6:30 pm
  • Yoga on Tuesdays
  • Barre on Wednesdays
  • Pilates on Thursdays
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
Connecticut & K St NW (map)
Metro: Farragut North or Farragut West or take the Circulator or a bus along K or I St

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!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

UPCOMING: OUTDOOR FILM: Free Screening of "La La Land" in Farragut Square this FRI, June 22 at sunset as part of the "Golden Cinema" series, hosted by the Golden Triangle BID, Fridays through August 3, Free

"Golden Cinema" Friday Night Film Screenings in Farragut Square presented by the Golden Triangle BID
Friday nights June 1 -  August 3
films at sunset, pre-show activities begin 7:30 pm
Free

Golden Cinema is a free 10 week long outdoor movie series that is hosted by the Golden Triangle BID. Every Friday beginning on June 1st and running through the beginning of August, everyone is invited to enjoy free movies in Farragut Park. Remember to bring a blanket or backjack or cushion to sit on so you can relax and enjoy the film under the stars.

Movies begin at sunset as the concluding event of the Farragut Fridays event series, which includes an outdoor office space, picnics in Farragut Park, lawn games, and table tennis competitions. This event series provides lively entertainment and activities in Farragut Park from 9 a.m. through the conclusion of Golden Cinema around 11 p.m.

Friday, June 22
La La Land
While navigating their careers in Los Angeles, a pianist and an actress fall in love while attempting to reconcile their aspirations for the future. Starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone.

Save the dates! Remaining Films in the Golden Cinema series:
June 29 – Beauty and the Beast (2017)
July 6 – Back to the Future
July 13 – Coco
July 20 – Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)
July 27 – Casablanca
August 3 – Black Panther

Rain dates: August 10 and 17

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

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

UPCOMING: COMEDY: Attack of the Comics is back at Drafthouse Comedy on FRI, June 22, and every Friday night, 10:30pm doors, 10:45pm show, Free and open to those 18+

Attack of the Comics Friday Night Comedy Show at Drafthouse!
Friday, June 22
10:30pm doors, 10:45pm show
Free, RSVP requested here
venue is open to those 18+ great for college students 

Drafthouse Comedy presents Attack of the Comics: DC's longest running Stand-up Open Mic, because seasoned comics need to work things out, and young comics need to work things out and sometimes they come together on the same stage, and at a venue open to those 18 and up! Of course drinks are available for those 21+ but no minimum purchase is required. Laughing highly encouraged though.

Drafthouse Comedy is a unique comedy arts space located in the heart of downtown DC at the corner of 13th & L St NW that is styled after a black box theater, with tall ceilings, great sight lines, and an intimate setting. They opened in back in April of 2016 and are operated by the same folks who run Arlington Drafthouse

1100 13th St NW - enter on L St between 13thth &14th St
Metro: McPherson Sq is closest, also walking distance from Metro Center or you can take the Circulator bus, Woodley - McPherson Sq route, or any of the metro buses along K St or 14th St, to the stop closest to 14th & K St NW

UPCOMING: COMEDY GAME SHOW: Brainy Girls Productions hosts a Brunch Edition of "Black Card Declined" at The Bier Baron in Dupont Circle this SUN, June 24 from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, doors and brunch available at noon, Free

Brainy Girls Brunch Edition of Black Card Declined at The Bier Baron in Dupont Circle
Sunday, June 24
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, doors and brunch available at noon
Free, RSVP Recommended, 18+ to get in
Brunch menu available for those wishing to order food, and bar available for those 21+

Brainy Girl Productions is doing a brunch version of Black Card Declined, a comedy game show that quizzes comedians on various aspects of African American culture and history. If they get the questions wrong, a minute gets chopped from their comedy set, and the audience gets a chance to answer. For each question the audience gets correct they get a ticket in a raffle that could be the winning ticket to great prizes! Click here to see a trailer of the show.

The Bier Baron Tavern 
1523 22nd St NW - just north of P St
Metro: Dupont Circle, Q St north exit

UPCOMING: STAGED READING: Hendrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler will be performed in a Staged Reading at the Church of the Holy City, in collaboration with Scena Theatre this SAT, June 23 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, $10

Staged Reading of Hendrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler at the Church of the Holy City, in collaboration with Scena Theatre
Saturday, June 23
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$10 + small fee if you buy online here

The Scena Theatre presents a staged reading of Hendrik Ibsen's Hedda Gabler at Church of the Holy City. Henrik Ibsen, known as the father of modern drama, creates the ultimate femme fatale archetype in the form of Victorian housewife Hedda Gabler. Scena Theater's Natalia Gleason will direct and Karoline Troger will be performing the enigmatic role of Hedda.

SCENA Theatre brings the best in international plays to DC, stimulate cultural exchange between local and international artists, and nurture original material for the stage. Founded in 1987 under the leadership of Artistic Director Robert McNamara and Managing Director Amy Schmidt, SCENA produces an annual season of plays, embassy events, and a Workshop Series of staged readings aimed at developing bold new plays from around the globe.

1611 16th St NW
Metro: Dupont Circle and walk across P St, turn left on 16th, or take the S2 or S4 bus along 16th St to the stop closest to Corcoran, between Q & R Streets.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

UPCOMING: MEDITATION: Meditate in Community on SUN, June 24 and most Sunday Mornings at the Science of Spirituality DC Center, Silent Meditation from 10:00am - 11:00am, Meditation Talk from 11:00am - 12:00pm, Vegetarian lunch to follow, Free

Weekly Meditation on Sunday Mornings
except for the first Sunday of the month
at the Science of Spirituality DC Center

Sunday Morning Silent Meditation
10:00am - 11:00am
Sunday Morning Meditation Talk
11:00am - 12:00pm
Free
All welcome regardless of level of experience

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 anytime starting from 10:00am for a silent meditation sit. Vegetarian lunch is provided after the meditation talk. at noon, for those who participate in the morning program.

Next gathering will be on Sunday, June 24
10.00 - 11:00 am Meditation
11:00 - 12:00 pm English Satsang/ Talk
12:00 - 1:00 pm Vegetarian Lunch

Meditation Talks in Other Languages
10:30 - 12:00 pm Spanish Satsang
1:00 - 2:00 pm Hindi Satsang

Meditación en Español Domingos (2º, 3º, 4º y 5º de cada mes) de 10:30 am a 12pm.

The Science of Spirituality Meditation DC Center opened in the Fall of 2013 and offers many free workshops and events. The center focuses on using the practice of Jyoti Meditation. 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.

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 @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 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.

UPCOMING: FESTIVAL: Experience the Tastes, Sounds and Feel of Asia at the 2018 Chinatown Community Festival on SAT, July 7 from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm in Chinatown Park at 5th & I St NW, Family-Friendly, Free, RSVP Required

New Date! Saturday, July 7
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Family-friendly, Free
RSVP is Required by 11:59pm on Friday, July 6, RSVP now on eventbrite here

Originally scheduled for June 2, postponed due to the weather. You do not need to RSVP again if you already RSVP'd and got a ticket for this event on June 2. That ticket is still valid.

Experience the tastes, sounds and feel of Asia at the 2018 Chinatown Community Festival on Saturday, July 7  from 11 am - 2 pm in Chinatown Park, 5th & I St NW.

You can expect to enjoy:
  • Street food provided by local AAPI restaurants
  • Lively performances including Wushu, a lion dance and a dog tricks show
  • Tinikling, rice flour drawing, kimono dressing, and other cultural demonstrations
  • Live screen printing
  • Fitness demonstrations
  • Free face painting, balloon twisting, henna and other Asian arts and crafts
For more information, or to request reasonable accommodations, contact MOAPIA seven days in advance at 202-727-3120. Feel free to also connect on twitter @dcmoapia and to tag them in any photos you may take at the event. Note: If any changes to the event due to rain I'll update the post, or you can go on twitter to inquire.

Chinatown Park 
5th & I St NW 
Metro: Gallery Pl - Chinatown 

Saturday, June 16, 2018

UPCOMING: ART EXHIBIT: The Embassy of Finland invites you to view the new exhibit "The Finnish Illusion" featuring works by three Finnish female artists on SAT, June 30 from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm and on select Saturdays in July and August, Free

See the exhibit "The Finnish Illusion" at the Embassy of Finland featuring works by three Finnish female artists
Saturday, June 30
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Free
On view select Saturdays in July and August

The Embassy of Finland hosts a new exhibit featuring works by three Finnish female artists: Ilona Cutts, Katja Tukiainen and Maria Wolfram. The exhibit will be on view from June 13 to August 26, 2018 and will be open to the public on Saturday, June 30, and select Saturdays in July and August, noted below.

This trio of Finnish painters brings a sensitive, strong and feminine approach to their medium and subject matter. Their art is fearless and thoughtful. The presence of humor is evident. The Finnish Illusion exhibition consists of figurative paintings and poetic installations. With these works of art, they talk about the world we are living in, leaving the final interpretation to the viewer. This powerful trio conquered the Spruill Gallery of Atlanta in February 2018 and is now ready to continue their adventurous tour.

Ilona Cutts' paintings center on anthropomorphic creatures or girl like figures, surrounded by objects of obscure symbolic and ethereal meaning. Her interest in the concepts of time and “timelessness” are evident in her paintings, a juxtaposition of linear time, versus Spiritual time. Her paintings are exhibited internationally and in important Finnish collections such as the Oulu Museum of Modern Art in Finland.

Katja Tukiainen's primary language is painting and her basic color is pink. With her cute, strong and quick-witted girls, bright oil colors and eloquent brush strokes she talks about serious matters. Her paintings are included in many prestigious collections like KIASMA Museum of Contemporary Art collection and Gösta Serlachius Fine Arts Foundation collection. Her works are exhibited internationally since mid-1990.

In Maria Wolfram's art identity, interaction and power are returning topics. Materialism, experimentation and humor are important elements in her practice. Wolfram does not only draw inspiration from mythology and folklore but also from everyday encounters, and contemporary posing culture where people create a particular identity for themselves. Her paintings are included in many collections such as The Finnish State Collection and collections of Finnish foundations.

The exhibit will also open to the public from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm during movie screenings dates, Saturday, July 7 and 28 and also on Saturday, August 11 and 25.

Embassy of Finland
3301 Massachusetts Avenue 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, 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 St. NW.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

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. Find Fun ways to work out
Fitiverse is Free to join
Find new fitness buddies and free activities and classes

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.

Create your free account to find some free activities, have some fun burning calories and maybe even make some new friends while you are at it.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

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 & Meditation Classes in DC!
Below is a list of some of the more popular centers and studios that offer free, donation-based, and reduced price yoga and meditation lasses 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 email me over gmail at freeindcblog, comment on Free in DC's facebook page or send me a tweet @FreeinDCBlog.

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
Donation-Based Community Class on Saturdays 12:30pm - 1:30pm (except during session breaks). Suggested $5 minimum donation. "These “all levels” classes are typically yoga classes, though we sometimes offer Pilates, Feldenkrais, or other types of community classes. Check the community class schedule for details." View the full schedule of free community classes. Located near Friendship Heights metro and Chevy Chase Circle, about 13 min walk from metro (map),

Select Days, Times and Locations in DC
DC Public Libraries often host Free Yoga Classes, you can search their calendar here

Friday late afternoon
Down Dog Yoga - Georgetown
One hour Community Class "Flow for $5" on Fridays at 4:30pm I am pretty sure this is a heated yoga studio so you may want to call them to check before you sign up for this class. 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.

Select classes $10
Studio Serenity and Studio DC - locations in Adams Morgan and Dupont Circle
$10 community yoga classes
From their website: "Our studio has a strong commitment to making yoga accessible to everyone in our community, regardless of income. We are offering $10 community yoga classes every day of the week. Check out our class schedule to see which classes are only $10. These reduced $10 classes can only be purchased at the studio. ***Passes not available online, only in person.*** $10 Yoga Policies: *If you have a membership or intro special, you do NOT need to pay in addition for this class *Purchases that expire are not valid for extension, roll-over, or refund. *Not eligible for non-profit/student rate *Not eligible as credit to be applied to a regularly priced class, intro pass, class package, or OM Pass *Only valid for classes listed online as $10 class"  They also offer "Namaste Day - free classes all day: "One day out of the month, the studio offers the community an opportunity to enjoy the invigorating, challenging, joyful, sweaty, and celebratory yoga classes we have to offer....for FREE.***Members and pass holders can guarantee their spot by signing up in advance. Classes will fill up on a first come, first serve basis, so show up early."

Wednesday & Friday nights in Dupont Circle $10 Community Classes 
Tranquil Space - Update from April 24, 2018: The Dupont Circle location has $10 community classes Wednesday night at 8:00pm and Friday night at 7:00pm. Arlington location does not have any at the moment, though they tell me they are working on it!
Near Dupont Circle Metro 17th St location 1632-34 17th Street NW (202) 328-9642
Near Virginia Sq Metro 3528 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA (703) 829-6428

Friday night in Bethesda, MD
Unity Woods - Bethesda, MD location only. $10 drop-in Community Class on Fridays, 6:00pm - 7:00pm. This class may be followed by a free chanting class, Soul-Soothing Chanting, from 7:10pm - 7:40pm. See schedule and find more info 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
Mindfulness Meditation Mondays every Monday from 7:00pm - 8:30pm with The Opening Heart Mindfulness Community. "On Mondays, join us for sitting and walking meditation and a facilitated discussion. Introduction for newcomers is on the first Monday of each month starting at 6:15 pm. Wednesday  6:30-7:30 am and Friday sessions 12:00-1:00pm include sitting and walking meditation, but there is no facilitated discussion."  Located near Friendship Heights metro and Chevy Chase Circle, about 13 min walk from metro (map),

Select Days, Times and Locations in DC
DC Public Libraries host free Meditation workshops on occasion, you can search their calendar here

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

Saturdays
Meditation Museum in Silver Spring, MD and the Meditation Museum II in McLean, VA
Want to learn more about how to Meditate? Join the Meditation Museum every Saturday. Free Intro to #Meditation Workshops from 11:00am - 12:00pm in Maryland 9525 Georgia Ave. Silver Spring, MD, walking distance from the Forest Glen Metro, and in Virginia from 9:30am-10:30am and  2pm-3pm at 1984 Chain Bridge Rd. McLean, VA, walking distance from the Greensboro Metro. RSVP for either location here, just click on the calendar for the list of classes. 

Thursday, September 1, 2016

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


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


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.

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, 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!