Sunday, October 22, 2017

UPCOMING: MEDITATION: Today! Meditate in Community this SUN, Oct 22 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
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.

Sunday, October 22
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 - 11:30 am Spanish Satsang
1:00 - 2:00 pm Hindi Satsang

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. See promo below.

New User Promotions: $10 off your first Lyft ride with promo code FREEINDC10 when you sign up at $20 off your first Uber ride when you sign up at and use the promo code FREEINDC14. I don't think the credit will apply to uber pool or lyft line for your first trip so select uber x from the best price and then select uber pool (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 future rides.

UPCOMING: IMPROV: Today! Curious about Improv? RSVP to attend a Free Improv Workshop at The Unified Scene Theater in Bloomingdale this SUN, Oct 22 from 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Free Improv Workshop at Unified Scene Theater
Sunday, October 22
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Free, please RSVP to ensure your space

Unified Scene Theater's free monthly workshop returns on Sunday, October 22. Ever thought “Hey, this improv stuff looks fun. But I’m not sure I could do it. Wouldn’t mind giving it a test run before I do.” Well, now’s your chance! Unified Scene, located in Bloomingdale, hosts a free 2-hour improv workshop with Shawn Westfall and they invite you to give it a try! You might surprise yourself.

The Unified Scene Theater
80 T St NW
Metro: Shaw - Howard U and walk about 12 minutes or take a bus. You can also catch the 80 line towards Fort Totten right to T and North Capitol, and walk a block West to the theater, or the G8 which drops you off right across the street from the theater on Rhode Island Ave Also, a Capital Bikeshare station (located at 1st and RI Avenue, NW) is within mere steps of the theater.

UPCOMING: DRUM CIRCLE: Today! Drum Circle for Peace & CommUNITY with Katy Gaughan and friends at Westminster Church in SW, by the Waterfront Metro, SUN, Oct 22 from 12:30pm - 2:00pm, family-friendly, no experience necessary, by donation

Monthly Drum Circle for Peace & CommUNITY with Katy Gaughan and friends at Westminster Church in SW
Sunday, October 22
12:30pm - 2:00pm
by donation, as you are able, $5 - $10 suggested
all ages welcome, no experience necessary, family friendly
Drums provided or bring your own. 

"In today’s stressed out world, let’s drum together to release our stress, connect with our wellness and bond with our community." 

Drumming is an activity that is accessible to everyone, regardless of age or ability. Katy Gaughan provides the drums and instruments and her joyful facilitation gets everyone drumming and making music together in minutes! Impromptu, collaborative music making creates connections and breaks down barriers. 

Save the dates for the next circles! Sunday, November. 19 & Sunday, December 17

400 I St, SW (map and directions here)
Metro: Waterfront, seems to be a short walk from the metro
For those with cars, parking is available in the church lot or on the street.

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Today + Tonight! More Free and low-cost events to choose from on SUN, Oct 22

Sunday, October 22

For more Free and low-cost events see highlights from the the daily post on the Current Newspaper events page, organized by start time. Search google for event or venue information if you need more details. You can visit metro trip-planner online for metro and/ or bus directions.


  • A park ranger will lead a “Fall Foliage Stroll” along Rock Creek with a visit to one of the most picturesque spots in the park. 10 a.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070.
  • The Sunday Forum will present a conversation on “The Jesus Movement in the World” with the Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry, the presiding bishop and primate of the Episcopal Church, and Washington National Cathedral Dean Randy Hollerith. 10:10 a.m. Free. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW.
  • As part of the Kids Euro Festival, the National Gallery of Art will present celebrated French animator and storyteller Michel Ocelot’s 2016 film “Ivan Tsarevitch and the Changing Princess” (in French with English subtitles). 11:30 a.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.
  • The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s classic movie series will present “Singin’ in the Rain,” at 1 p.m.; “Center Stage,” at 3:30 p.m.; and “Waiting for Guffman,” at 7 p.m. $10 per screening. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-5688.
  • “The Fantastic Tenleytown Block Party,” sponsored by Citizens Heights Church, will feature free burgers, hot dogs, drinks and desserts; an inflatable obstacle course for teens and adults; a children’s ferris wheel; face painting and balloons; a DJ and other live entertainment; a viewing tent for live NFL games; cornhole; a basketball tournament; a cupcake baking competition; and service opportunities. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. Citizen Heights Church, 4100 River Road NW.
  • A park ranger will lead a planetarium program about the season’s brightest stars, planets and constellations (for ages 5 and older). 1 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070.
  • Children will hear a story about Frida Kahlo and then create a special piece of art. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000.
  • Kenneth T. Walsh will discuss his book “Ultimate Insiders: White House Photographers and How They Shape History.” 1 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • Musicians of “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band will perform works by Beethoven, Andriessen, Gabaye, Popper and Bartók. 2 p.m. Free. John Philip Sousa Band Hall, Marine Barracks Annex, 7th and K streets SE. 202-433-4011.
  • The D.C. Public Library and Goethe-Institut Washington will present “Jazz in the Basement,” featuring pianist Harry Appelman and bass clarinetist Todd Marcus. 2 to 4 p.m. Free. Goethe-Institut Washington, Suite 3, 1990 K St. NW.
  • George Washington University’s Corcoran School of the Arts and Design will present Yasmina Reza’s “God of Carnage,” the story of a playground altercation between 11-year-old boys that brings together two sets of Brooklyn parents for a meeting to resolve the dispute. 2 p.m. $10 to $20. Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre, George Washington University, 800 21st St. NW. 202-994-0995.
  • Adriaan Waiboer, head of collections and research at the National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin, and Arthur K. Wheelock Jr., curator of northern Baroque paintings at the National Gallery of Art, will offer an introduction to the exhibition “Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry.” 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.
  • Lise Hamlin, director of public policy at the Hearing Loss Association of America, will discuss advocacy work, including passage of legislation to make over-the-counter hearing aids available. 2 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW.
  • Meryl Gordon will discuss her book “Bunny Mellon: The Life of an American Style Legend.” 3 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • Artist Vincent Valdez will discuss his works in the exhibition “The Face of Battle: Americans at War, 9/11 to Now.” 3 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000.
  • Theodore Fuller will discuss his book “The Third Migration: African Americans in Paris.” 3 to 5 p.m. Free; reservations requested. The Potter’s House, 1658 Columbia Road NW.
  • Violinist Lina Bahn and cellist Matt Haimovitz will collaborate with choreographer Lynn Neuman and her Artichoke Dance Company and poet Melissa Tuckey to celebrate music that promotes awareness of our oceans. 3:30 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.
  • The Bahá’í community of Washington, D.C., will mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh, the prophet-founder of the Bahá’í Faith, with a citywide celebration focused on upholding the principle of the oneness of humanity. Program from 3:30 to 5 p.m.; reception from 5 to 6 p.m. Free. Auditorium, Wilson High School, 3950 Chesapeake St. NW.
  • A park ranger will lead a “Spooky Night Sky” planetarium program about strange and unusual astronomical occurrences (for ages 5 and older). 4 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070.
  • “From Vault to Screen: Czech National Film Archive” will feature a screening of Gustav Machaty’s 1932 movie “Ecstasy.” 4 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.
Evening/ After Five

5:00pm / 6:00pm
  • “Comedy at the Kennedy Center” will feature The Cooties, a musical comedy trio based in Los Angeles. 6 p.m. Free; tickets distributed in the Hall of States starting at approximately 5 p.m. Family Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • The Catherine & Mary Roth Concert Series will present “A Gala Benefit Concert for Hurricane Relief,” featuring singers Alessandro Marc, Debra Lawrence, Laura Choi Stuart, David Steinhorn, Brian Quenton Thorne and Alvy Powell. 5 p.m. Free; donations will benefit Catholic Relief Services. Annunciation Catholic Church, 3810 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-441-7678.
  • Students of Gjinovefa Sako will perform a Halloween recital. 5 and 6 p.m. Free. Middle C Music, 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-244-7326.
  • Julie Lythcott-Haims will discuss her book “Real American: A Memoir,” about the challenges she faced growing up as the biracial daughter of an African-American father and a white British mother.  5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • Independent Lens will present John Scheinfeld’s film “Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary.” A discussion will follow. 5 to 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets 14th & V, 2021 14th St. NW.
    • Guest organist Jacob Reed from Yale University will present a recital. 5:15 p.m. $10 donation suggested. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW.
    • Simba Sana — co-founder and former leader of Karibu Books, a major indie-bookselling phenomenon and perhaps the most successful black-owned company in the history of the book industry — will discuss his memoir “Never Stop.” 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Ancient Rivers, 2121 14th St. NW. 202-332-9672.
    • The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s classic movie series will present “Waiting for Guffman,” at 7 p.m. $10 per screening. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-5688.

      UPCOMING: THEATER: Today! Get $10 tickets to see Avant Bard's "Emilie" on SUN, Oct 22 + Pay-What-You-Can shows every THURS at 7:30pm and SAT at 2:00pm at the Gunston Arts Center in Arlington, VA, by donation, $10 minimum to reserve online or by donation at the door if available

      Pay-What-You-Will shows for Avant Bard's production of "Emilie" every Thursday 7:30pm & Saturday 2:00pm during the run of the show
      by donation/ Pay What You Will 
      See calendar for dates and times

      You can name your ticket price, any price, at the door. If you are able to, they recommend that you reserve your PWYW ticket online in advance with a $10 minimum.

      "A smart comedy about a brainy and badass woman, written by the most-produced playwright in America"

      This Weekend Only! October 20 - 22. See this smart comedy about a brilliant math genius for $10. Go to and enter discount code SMART.

      Avant Bard’s first production of the season is Lauren Gunderson’s Emilie: La Marquise Du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight—a witty reincarnation of a passionate and defiant woman who in 18th-century France dazzled Voltaire and blazed a trail for women in science. She was smarter than the men around her. And she made it in their world.

      Lauren Gunderson was recently ranked most-produced playwright in the 2017/2018 season by American Theatre magazine in a national survey of nonprofit theaters.  

      click on image to view larger version
      In Emilie, her seductively theatrical rediscovery of one of history’s most intriguing women, Emilie du Châtelet returns to life in the present, determined to answer the question she died with: love or philosophy, head or heart? During this inspiring and surprising comic drama, Emilie defends her life and loves, and in the process creates a legacy that alters the course of physics.

      Emilie is directed by Helen Hayes Award winner Rick Hammerly. Starring as Emilie is Sara Barker, recently seen at Avant Bard in King Lear, Othello, and Orlando and a company member with Avant Bard.

      While WSC Avant Bard is still the formal name of the company ("WSC" stands for the original name, Washington Shakespeare Company), increasingly the company refers to itself as simply Avant Bard. You can learn more about Avant Bard here

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

      New User Promotions: You cam get $10 off your first Lyft ride with promo code FREEINDC10 when you sign up at $20 off your first Uber ride when you sign up at and use the promo code FREEINDC14. I don't think the credit will apply to uber pool or lyft line for your first trip so select uber x from the best price and then select uber pool (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 future rides. Please notify me if these promo codes are no longer valid, they've been up for a while.

      Saturday, October 21, 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!

      UPCOMING: WRITING WORKSHOP + OPEN MIC: Free Writing Workshop with Janae Johnson on MON, Oct 23 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm, Free, please RSVP, followed by Monday Night Open Mic hosted by Lissa Piercey at Busboys and Poets, Brookland 9:00pm - 11:00pm, $5

      Free Writing Workshop with touring slam poet Janae Johnson, (see Janae perform)
      Monday, October 23
      6:00pm - 8:00pm
      Free! RSVP to

      followed by Monday Night Open Mic hosted by Lissa Piercey at Busboys and Poets, Brookland
      9:00pm - 11:00pm
      $5, see note below

      A Busboys and Poets event hosted this week by Lissa Piercey. For two hours, audiences can expect a diverse chorus of voices, and a vast array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians and a different host every week. Expect to be moved, expect a packed house, expect the unexpected, but above all come with an open mind and ear.

      About the host: Lissa a performance poet and entrepreneur who lives mostly out of her olive green suitcase, but is based in Washington, DC. She began writing poems to process her own grief, and continued after discovering the power of poetry, community, and shared experience through open mics. Lissa has performed at conferences around the world, including the Opportunity Collaboration in Ixtapa, Mexico and the Skoll World Forum in Oxford, England. She is a MassLEAP trained teaching artist, a TEDx speaker, and a former National Poetry Slam team member. As a founding member of arts collective Flatline Poetry, Lissa tours Colleges and Universities teaching Residence Life staff how to create safer spaces on their campuses.

      Note: Wristbands are available for purchase online here at midnight and in the restaurant starting at 10:00 AM (cash only). No refunds. Ticket purchase limit of 4 per person. Tickets will be sold at the door if available. Guests must have their wristbands (tickets) on upon entering the event. Seating is available on a first come, first seated basis. No saved or reserved seats are allowed. Failure to check in within 30 minutes of advertised start time may result in forfeiture of seats.

      Busboys and Poets, Brookland
      625 Monroe St. NE
      Metro: Brookland, turn left when you exit the escalators and walk through the market area, turn right on Monroe and walk about a block and a half, on the left side of the street

      Sunday, October 15, 2017

      UPCOMING: MAGIC + COMEDY: Weekly: "Madam's Magical Comedy Show" every Monday Night at Madam's Organ in Adams Morgan with Mentalist + Magician Alain Nu, Comedian Haywood Turnipseed, Jr. and others MON, Oct 23 at 8:30pm, doors at 8:00pm, $3, 21+

      "Madam's Magical Comedy Show" features Comedy + Magic with Haywood Turnipseed, Jr., mentalist and magician Alain Nu and local comics at Madams Organ
      every Monday night 
      8:30pm - 10:30pm or so, 8:00pm doors
      $3, 21+ 

      Every Monday you can enjoy comedy and a comedy open mic hosted by Haywood Turnipseed, Jr and magic and other wow tricks from mentalist Alain Nu, "The Man Who Knows" every Monday night at Madams Organ on their second floor stage. 

      Next Show - Monday, October 23

      Magician Alain Nu: "Throughout his entire life, Alain Nu, The Man Who Knows, has been looking at life with an unusual perspective and doing amazing things. Starting at a very early age, with interests in uncanny phenomena, hypnosis, eastern mysticism and illusions, Alain realized for himself a fantastic world of possibilities and interesting explorations."

      Comedian Haywood Turnipseed Jr. "As a husband/dad/Telephone Man/Jedi by day and a stand-up comic/occasional Sith Lord by night, Haywood Turnipseed still finds time to entertain DC’s masses at comedy spots around the region. Originally from the Holy Land of Indiana, Haywood now resides in DC with his family and is a U.S. Air Force Veteran."

      Madam's Organ
      2461 18th St NW
      in Adams Morgan, next door to Tryst 
      Metro: Woodley Park or Columbia Heights and take the Circulator bus to Adams Mill/ 18th St stop by the FedEx or walk, about 15 minutes from either station, or you can catch the 42 or 43 bus from Connecticut Ave or Dupont Circle toward Mt Pleasant and get off at 18th & Columbia Rd. The 90 bus lines and L2 bus also go to 18th & Columbia if that is better for you. See metro trip-planner for best options. You can also take uber or lyft there. See new user promotions below.

      New user promotions for uber and lyft! Get $10 off your first Lyft with promo code FREEINDC10 Sign up at Get $20 off your first Uber with promo code FREEINDC14 Sign up at While I don't think the credit will apply to uber pool or lyft line for your first trip so select uber x from the best price and then select uber pool (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 future rides.

      UPCOMING: MEDITATION: Free Introduction to Meditation Series continues on MON, Oct 23 and the next two Mondays, thru MON, Nov 6, 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

      Note: If you weren't able to attend the first session in the 4-Week series on Monday, October 16 you're welcome to join in the second session, Monday, October 23, just RSVP to let them know you plan to attend.

      Series continues - Monday, October 23
      and the next two Mondays, thru November 6
      7:00pm - 8:30pm
      No experience necessary, all welcome to attend!
      Free, RSVP required, email 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 also offers 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.

      (Please let me know if these codes are no longer working) 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 You can also get $20 off your first Uber with the promo code FREEINDC14 at - 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.

      Friday, October 13, 2017

      UPCOMING: COMEDY: Franqi French hosts "Broad Way" at Drafthouse Comedy on L St near McPherson Sq on WED, Oct 25, 8:00pm show, 7:30pm doors, Free, RSVP requested, 18+

      Broad Way hosted by Franqi French
      at Drafthouse Comedy on L St NW
      Wednesday, October 25
      8:00pm show, 7:30pm doors
      Free! RSVP requested here,
      venue is open to those 18+ with no minimum purchase required

      "This isn't your mom's comedy show, so leave your feelings at home and be prepared to LAUGH!! Franqi French and Drafthouse DC is bringing you a series of some of the funniest ladies from here and across the nation!"

      About Franqi French: If you weren't at Caroline's on Broadway in NYC to catch Franqi French with DL Hughley, perhaps you caught one of her several appearances on TV One's "Roland Martin Show." A nationally appreciated talent, Franqi's coast to coast appearances include The DC Improv as well as The World Famous Comedy Store on Sunset Strip, Stand Up NY & DC Drafthouse. An award winning comic, Franqi has shared the stage w/ Todd Glass, Donnell Rawlings, Fortune Feimster, Judy Gold and more!

      About the venue: In April of last year, the owners of the Arlington Drafthouse opened up a comedy arts performance space at 13th & L St NW, in the heart of DC. Drafthouse Comedy is styled after a black box theater, with tall ceilings, great sight lines, and an intimate setting. The venue has beer, wine, liquor, and some light fare available for purchase. There are no minimum purchase requirements for patrons, nor is there table-side service.

      1100 13th St NW - enter on L St between 13th & 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: FOOD + MUSIC: "Kitchen Concerts" at Habana Village in Adams Morgan, Food, Music & Donation Drive TUES, Oct 24 from 7:00pm - 9:30pm, $10 or Free with donation of supplies, 21+

      Kitchen Concerts @ Habana Village
      Plus Donation Drive for the homeless*
      Tuesday, October 24
      7:00pm - 9:30pm
      $10, buy online here, 21+
      *Get in Free if you bring blankets and winter clothes (socks, long underwear, sweaters, etc.) donations for DC's homeless

      Brought to you by The Hues, Pangia, and Chef DJ & Co. Kitchen Concerts merges food and music together for a unique event hosted by DC's own Chef DJ. Enjoy this cooking exhibition alongside an intimate performance by local musical talent Mecha Korrect. Cover includes complimentary appetizers and signature cocktails!

      Habana Village
      1834 Columbia Avenue NW
      in Adams Morgan
      Metro: Woodley Park and walk or catch the Circulator bus to Adams Mill stop by SoHo/BB&T and FedEx (McPherson-Woodley route) or walk from Columbia Heights about 16 minutes or so. You can also catch the 42 bus or any of the 90 line buses or the L2 bus to the corner of 18th & Columbia Rd NW. 

      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

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      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.

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      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!

      UPCOMING: SHOWCASE: Halloween Weekend! Come out to The Capital City Showcase's Screamin' Halloween Show at Mason Inn on SAT, Oct 28 from 8:00pm - 10:00pm, Costumes encouraged, $10, 21+

      The Capital City Showcase Screamin' Halloween show at Mason Inn Wisconsin Ave
      Saturday, October 28
      8:00pm - 10:00pm
      $10 buy online here with small service fee, or pay at the door is space is available, seating is first come, 21+
      view and share the facebook event here
      Costumes encouraged + Costume Contest 

      The Capital City Showcase is the variety show that features some of the DMV's best comedians, musicians, and performing artists. For over seven years, the Showcase has included DC's best artists of all kinds, including stand-up comedians, improv troupes, bands, acoustic singer-songwriters, and hip-hop artists.

      This month they are putting together an amazing night of comedy and music, where all of our acts will be getting in the spirit with their own Halloween costumes, so attendees to the show are encouraged to do the same. There will be a costume contest with amazing prizes! There will also be drink specials throughout the entire show, and the show will be immediately followed by a DJ dance party.

      The Halloween Showcase will feature comedy headliner: Danny Rouhier, musical headliner: Dr. BadLove and the Remedies, as well as comedy from Mike Garvey and Michele Sometimes, and music from Rachel Levitin.

      Comedy Headliner: Danny Rouhier: Co-host of 106.7's The Fan's "Grant and Danny", Danny Rouhier has long been a staple of the DC comedy scene. He shared the stage with some of the country's finest comedians, and has featured locally at such venues as The DC Improv, Magooby's Joke House, and Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse.

      Musical Headliner: Dr. BadLove and the Remedies:Dr. BadLove and The Remedies have taken their blend of electronic funk, hip-hop, and raw guitar riffs at venues all across the DC area, including most recently at Tropicalia. They are playing in support of their brand new EP "The Remedy".

      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 who have not yet downloaded the lyft or uber apps: 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 You can also get $20 off your first Uber with the promo code FREEINDC14 at - 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. (Please message me if these promo codes are no longer working, thye have been up for a while.) 

      Thursday, September 1, 2016

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

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

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

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


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

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

      Sugar Daddy's
      2006 18th St NW
      bakery near Florida Ave 
      at the bottom of Adams Morgan, north of Dupont

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

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

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

      Compass Coffee 
      650 F Street NW
      New location opened in May 2016

      Bakers & Baristas
      501 Seventh St NW
      click link to read more about the venue

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Port City Java
      701 North Carolina Ave. SE

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

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

      417 H St NE

      Dolcezza - New location with late night hours!
      at the corner of
      14th & P St NW
      Monday - Thursday: 7am-11pm Friday 7am-12am
      Saturday 8am-12am Sunday 8am - 11pm
      They also have a location in Dupont Circle
      Metro: best reached by the Circulator bus, Woodley-McPherson route that also goes up 14th St and by the Columbia Heights Metro, right to 14th & RI Ave or P St, you can also take any bus along 14th St.

      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

      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

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

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

      Corner Bakery
      locations throughout the city!

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

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

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

      CHAINS in DC with locations also in MD & VA
      Barnes and Noble
      All Barnes and Noble's now offers free wifi!
      Locations in MD and VA, all DC stores have closed unfortunately. Clarendon, Bethesda, Springfield and Rockville are close to metro I believe. Tysons Corner, Seven Corners and Potomac, car required.

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

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

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

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

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

      lots of locations all over the city

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

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

      Buffalo Billiards
      1330 19th St NW
      Dupont Circle

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

      Red Derby
      3718 14th St NW (at Quincy)

      Georgia Ave/Petworth

      Z Burger
      4321 Wisconsin Ave, NW


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

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

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

      Arlington Central Library
      1015 N Quincy St
      Virginia Sq or Ballston 

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

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

      1000 N. Randolph St

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

      the food and coffee here is quite good
      3211 Wilson Blvd

      in the Ballston Commons Mall

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

      Monday, December 21, 2015

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

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

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

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

      Museums and other places "Off The Mall" 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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