Friday, April 20, 2018

UPCOMING: POETRY: Today! Public Action on FRI, April 20 from 8:30am - 10:00am + Tonight! Featured Readings as part of Split This Rock Poetry Festival are Free and Open to the Public! FRI, April 20 at 7:00pm + SAT, April 21 at 4:15pm and at 7:30pm + Open Mics 10:00pm - Midnight on THURS & FRI $5, Free Book Fair & Youth Focused Programs during the Day on SAT & Dance Party and Closing Celebration SAT night $10

Featured Poets Friday, April 20 at 7pm
Did you know? All of the Featured Readings as part of the Split This Rock Poetry Festival are Free and open to all!
Thursday, April 19 & Friday, April 20  
7:00pm - 8:30pm  
Saturday, April 21 - two readings!
4:15pm - 5:45pm & 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Free and open to all! 

Today! All are Welcome! Public Action Friday Morning
Friday, April 20 
8:30am - 10:00am
Free and Open to the Public
Join us for a Poetry Speak Out, Louder Than a Gun: A Poem for Our Lives, calling for an end to gun violence. As young people plan another massive school walk-out on the 9th anniversary of the Columbine massacre, poets gathered in DC of Split This Rock Poetry Festival will join students in front of the White House to create a group poem calling for an end to gun violence. Please bring a line of poetry – yours or another’s – that demands an end to the violence and celebrates lives free from the threat posed by guns.The line should not exceed 12 words. Write it on a piece of paper, to be handed to an organizer after you read it. Include the name of the poet, your name (if not using your own work), and your hometown.

Split This Rock Poetry Festival is one of the rare occasions you’ll find national slam champs, Pushcart and Pulitzer Prize winners, and emerging talents presented together on one stage.

The 2018 festival lineup includes Elizabeth Acevedo, Kazim Ali, Ellen Bass, Sherwin Bitsui, Kwame Dawes, Camille T. Dungy, Ilya Kaminsky, Sharon Olds, Sonia Sanchez, Solmaz Sharif, Terisa Siagatonu, Paul Tran, Javier Zamora. You can read full bios for all of the 13 featured poets here.

All of the Featured Readings are Free and Open to the Public. Poets will be available to sign books after each reading. Busboys and Poets Books will be on site with books for sale. The venue is wheelchair accessible & the readings will also be ASL interpreted. Busboys and Poets 5th & K location ,where some of the other events are happening, is also wheelchair accessible.

Remaining Featured Readings:

Tonight! Friday, April 20
Featured Poets Saturday, April 21 at 4:15pm
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Free and open to the public!

Saturday, April 21
4:15pm - 5:45pm
Free and open to the public!
See schedule for Saturday
Featured Poets Saturday, April 21 at 7:30pm

Ilya Kaminsky + Sonia Sanchez + Paul Tran
7:30pm - 9:00pm
Free and open to the public!
See schedule for Saturday

National Housing Center
Note: Located inside of the National Association of Home Builders
1201 15th St NW, near M St 
Metro: Farragut North and walk or take the S2 or S4 bus along 16th St
2018 Festival Focus Statement from Split This Rock:

Poetry helps us find our voice when we feel powerless. It helps us be our best selves, so we can continue the long-term activism our current climate demands. As we selected sessions for the 2018 festival, we were particularly interested in sessions designed to help us combat despair (or ride through it), learn from one another across generations, celebrate cultures targeted by hate, figure out what it means to live in this time, and equip us all as creative and effective citizens and activists.
Special areas of interest were sessions focused on disability, transgender issues, reproductive rights, xenophobia/immigration, health care issues, confronting white supremacy, poverty and economic inequality, and eco-justice.

It was our desire to offer a schedule that included opportunities to learn ways that poetry is being engaged in resistance efforts against oppressive measures by political leaders that put our civil rights, health, education system, environment and lives at risk. As always, we were also on the look out for sessions that reflect diversity, creative ways of interacting, intergenerational conversations, and ideas that are new to us.
View footage of featured poets from previous years on Split This Rock's YouTube channel. Past festivals have featured poets such as Jan Beatty, Franny Choi, Martín Espada, Ross Gay, Ocean Vuong, Linda Hogan, Yusef Komunyakaa, Naomi Shihab Nye, Sonia Sanchez, Tim Seibles, Danez Smith, Patricia Smith, Anne Waldman, and Alice Walker. In 2016, the festival even included the then newly appointed Poet Laureate of the United States, Juan Felipe Herrera. 
Additional Events Open to the Public that are Free or low-cost include:

Friday Night Open Mic
Friday, April 20
10:00pm - Midnight 
Free for festival registrants, $5 others 
Visit the Facebook event page
Come out and share your poem, your song, your enthusiastic attention! Sign up list will be available at the door. Hosted by Drew "Droopy the Broke Baller" Anderson & Dwayne Lawson Brown
Busboys and Poets, 5th & K 
1025 5th St NW - in the Cullen Room
Metro: Mt Vernon Sq or Gallery Pl - Chinatown and walk or take the Circulator a Metrobus closer

Special Youth Programming at the Charles Sumner School - Saturday Open House
Three Youth Focused Sessions 
Saturday, April 21
Free and Open to the Public!
View more info on the schedule page
In partnership with the Charles Sumner School Museum & Archives, Split This Rock is pleased to present 3 youth-focused sessions on Saturday, April 21 that are free and open to the public. All sessions are located at the Charles Sumner School Museum & Archives, 1201 17th Street, NW.

Exploring The Quarry: A Social Justice Poetry Database, A Professional Development Session for Educators
9:00am - 10:30 am
Presenters: Joseph Green and M. F. Simone Roberts
Charles Sumner School Museum & Archives Conference Room

Youth-Led Writing Workshop
11:00am - 12:30pm
Led by Members of Split This Rock's Ushindi Performance Tribe
Charles Sumner School Museum & Archives Conference Room

Youth Open Mic - Hosted by Festival Featured Poet Terisa Siagatonu
1:30pm - 3:00pm
Mic Open to Young People 20 & Under—Audience Open to All!
Charles Sumner School Museum & Archives Memorial Hall

Charles Sumner School Museum & Archives 
1201 17th St NW
Metro: Farragut North or Dupont Circle, south exit, venue is at the corner of 17th & M St 

Social Change Book Fair on Saturday 
Saturday, April 21
10:00am - 3:30pm 
Visit the Facebook Page

You're invited to Split This Rock’s 2018 Social Justice Book Fair at Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation and Witness 2018. Featuring the critically important work of socially engaged poets, writers, organizations, progressive presses, literary magazines, and independent newspapers. Exhibitors include: Anomalous Press, Baltimore Review, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Black Mermaids, Busboys & Poets, Capturing Fire Press, Central Square Press, Danielle Robinson, DC Chapter - Delta Sigma Theta Sorority - My Voice Matters Youth Anthology Committee, Ecotone, Get Fresh Books LLC, Harvard Square Editions, Haymarket Books, The Head and The Hand, K. Ulanday Barrett, Lookout Books, Lora Reina, MelaNation Zine, The Northern Virginia Review, Plamen Press, Poet Lore, Pyramid Collections, RedBone Press, Rose Metal Press, Settlement House Books, Shout Mouse Press, University of Hawaii Manoa/Hawai'i Review, Warrior Writers, Washington DC Area Literary Translators, The Word Works, The Writer's Center, Zozobra Publishing
National Housing Center
1201 15th St NW
Metro: Farragut North and walk or take the S2 or S4 bus along 16th St to M St

Split This Rock 10th Anniversary Party - Saturday Night
Saturday, April 21
10:00pm - 1:00am
Free for festival registrants, $10 for others at the door or in advance online.
Featuring DJ Mane Squeeze
Join us for dancing, mingling, and fun in celebration of 10 Years of Poetry, Witness, and Resistance!
National Housing Center
1201 15th St NW
Metro: Farragut North and walk or take the S2 or S4 bus along 16th St to M St 

HIGHLIGHTS: Today + Tonight! Here are some more Free events to choose from in DC on FRi, April 20

Friday, April 20

Here are some free events in DC, highlights from the Current Newspaper daily events page (Thanks to The Current Newspaper staff for compiling!). Note that some events may require advance registration or have a small admission fee, $10 or less. If so, that will be noted. Events are organized by start time. If more info is needed about the event or the venue, search google or refer to the links if they are included. For public transit access by bus or metro, see metro trip-planner.


     10:00am - 2:00pm 
  • Special event: Join the U.S. Botanic Garden for a celebration of Earth Day, featuring hands-on activities and representatives from environmental organizations who can demonstrate ways to make the planet a healthier place. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free; no pre-registration required. U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory National Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.
  • Local musicians will perform compositions by Zhang Zhao, Theobald Boehm, Rebecca Clarke and Malcolm Arnold for the piano, flute and clarinet. Noon to 1 p.m. Free. Calvary Baptist Church, 733 Eighth St. NW. 202-347-8355. This performance is part of the Friday Morning Music Club, FMMC, Concert Series that repeats every Friday.
  • Concert: Organist David K. Houston will perform selections from “Suite Brève,” “California Evocation” from “American Suite” and “Trois Paraphrases Grégoriennes. 12:15 p.m. Free. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202-232-0323. This performance is part of the Friday Music at Midday series that repeats every week.

  • Concert: The National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellows will offer a night of solo performances at the Kennedy Center. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

UPCOMING: COMEDY: Tonight! Catch Some Laughs with Capital Laughs DC at Shaw's Tavern this FRI, April 20 from 8:00pm - 9:30pm, doors 7:30pm, $10 + small fee online, 21+

Capital Laughs DC presents "General Shaw's Chicken Comedy Showcase"
at Shaw's Tavern
Friday, April 20
8:00pm - 9:30pm, dors 7:30pm
$10  + $1.42 fee online, $12 cash at door, 21+

Come out for a local Comedy show with Capital Laughs DC"General Shaw's Chicken Comedy Showcase", at Shaw's Tavern featuring some of DC's funniest comedians!

Your Friday, April 20th Lineup:
  • Rahmein Mostafavi (Fox, PBS, Sirius/XM)
  • Eddie Morrison (DC Improv)
  • Naomi Karavani (Redacted Tonight)
  • Ryan Neser (Cellar Door)
  • .... and more!
Shaw's Tavern
520 Florida Ave NW
Metro: Shaw

UPCOMING: COMEDY: Tonight! Attack of the Comics is back at Drafthouse Comedy on FRI, April 20, 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, April 20
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: HIGHLIGHTS: Today + Tonight! Here are some more Free and low-cost events to choose from in DC on FRI, April 20 from 2:00pm - Midnight

Friday, April 20

More Free and low-cost events in DC, from @FreeinDCBlog on twitter, organized by start time

@TonicTheater presents a Free reading of “Natural Shocks”
A one woman play (that features Lise Bruneau and is directed by Cara Gabriel) by Lauren Gunderson.  Learn more here.
Kogod Cradle 
1101 6th St SW 
Metro: Waterfront 
Truckeroo Live Music + Food Trucks
4:00pm - 11:00pm
Free entry, food and beverages available for purchase, all ages welcome. Learn more here.
The Fairgrounds
1299 Half St SE
Metro: Navy Yard, Ballpark exit. Metro: Navy Yard, Ballpark exit.

Free Concert at the Church of the Epiphany
Church of the Epiphany 
1317 G St NW 
Metro: Metro Center
8:00pm doors
Note:  $10 + small fee online, 21+ 
Live music from Nkula, reggae Dub pioneer Dr Dubenstein and The Loving Paupers + DJ's Diaspora and Randy White, hosted by MC Charity. Learn more here
U St at 14th St NW, below the Subway shop
Metro: U St. .

hosted by Reggie Melbrough at Wonderland Ballroom in Columbia Heights 
8:00pm - 10:00pm
$3, 21+ 
Wonderland Ballroom
corner of 11th & Kenyon St NW 
Metro: Columbia Heights

"Art After Dark DC" at the @SmithsonianACM Anacostia Museum
9:00pm - Midnight
See exhibit + Live music & more to delight the senses: The Crossrhodes Band (Raheem DeVaughn & Wes Felton) and The Legendary Bobbito Garcia a.k.a. Kool Bob Love. Learn more here.
Smithsonian Anacostia Museum 
1901 Fort Pl SE
Metro: Anacostia and take bus, uber, lyft or via. Parking available for those who plan to drive. 

Thursday, April 19, 2018

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: MEDITATION: "Meditation for Inner Peace" an Introduction to Meditation Workshop at the West End Library at 23rd & L St NW on TUES, April 24 from 7:00pm - 8:15pm, Free

"Meditation for Inner Peace" an introduction to meditation workshop with David Newcomb at the West End Library near Foggy Bottom 
Tuesday, April 24
7:00pm - 8:15pm or so depending on Q&A time

Learn how meditation can bring a healing power to help you in all spheres of your life. Please join David Newcomb for this engaging and informative workshop. David will share a simple-yet-powerful technique that will be explained and practiced during the session. This can help you achieve a lasting state of peace and happiness found through no outer experience. There will be time for Q&A at the end of the workshop.
West End Neighborhood Library
newly renovated and reopened at the original location
2301 L St NW
Metro: Foggy Bottom or take the Circulator bus to the stop closest to 23rd St NW 

Wednesday, April 18, 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! Free to join
Find new fitness buddies and activities and 50+ Free weekly classes in DC

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

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

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

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, April 15, 2018

UPCOMING: MEDITATION: Meditate in Community on SUN, April 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.

Next gathering will be on Sunday, April 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 - 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.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

UPCOMING: BIG BAND JAM: The Blues Alley Jazz Society's 14th Annual Big Band Jam will take place outside of the National Museum of American History, weather permitting, inside if not, with Free Performances all day! FRI, April 27 - SUN, April 29 + the 2nd Annual Ella Fitzgerald Jazz Vocal Competition takes place on SAT, April 28, Free

The 14th Annual Big Band Jam! at the National Museum of American History
Friday, April 27 - Sunday, April 29
Times vary, see full schedule here 

Enjoy a weekend filled with interactive educational opportunities including classes, seminars, performances and awards. Discussions will occur on the history, pedagogy and business side of jazz. 

The theme of this year's festival will be the "Antonio Carlos Jobim" legacy and will coincide with the 2nd Annual Ella Fitzgerald Jazz Vocal Competition, which takes place on Saturday. The festival will culminate on Monday, April 30th with "International Jazz Day." 

This year, the museum joins Blues Alley Jazz Society to present the 14th Annual Big Band JAM. Developed to educate students about America’s unique jazz heritage and help them hone their own performance skills, Big Band Jam presents adjudicated performances by local college and high school jazz bands to the public. Participating judges will include members of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra. For a list of participating bands, please visit here.

Learn more about the events scheduled on the National Museum of American History's website here.

Ella Fitzgerald Vocal Competition - Saturday, April 28
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Presidential Reception Suite
First Floor, Center
Free; No tickets required
Attend the final day of competition for the second annual Ella Fitzgerald Vocal Competition, initiated by Blues Alley Jazz Society. Judged singer-guitarist John Pizzarelli, competitors will perform selections from the Antonio Carlos Jobim songbook as recorded for the seminal 1981 recording “Ella Sings Jobim.”

Performances at the National Museum of American History

Friday, April 27

11:00 AM   Washington-Lee HS (Arlington, VA)
12:00 PM   James Madison HS (Vienna, VA)
1:00 PM     John T. Baker MS (Damascus, MD)
2:00 PM     Richard Montgomery HS (Rockville, MD)
3:00 PM     Yorktown HS (Arlington, VA)
4:00 PM     Georgetown Day School (DC)
5:00 PM     Wilde Lake HS (Columbia, MD)

Saturday, April 28
11:00 AM   Annandale Jazz Ambassadors (VA)
12:00 PM   East of the River Steel Band (DC)
1:00 PM     Blues Alley Youth Orchestra (DC)
2:00 PM     Jazz Academy Orchestra (Silver Spring, MD)
3:00 PM     George Washington University (DC)
4:00 PM     American University (DC)
5:00 PM     Jazz Band Master Class (Annapolis, MD)

Sunday, April 29
12:00 PM    Bowie State (Bowie, MD)
1:00 PM      Louie Cruz Beltran (Los Angeles, CA)
2:00 PM      Mason Jazz Vocals (Fairfax, VA)
3:00 PM      Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra (DC)

National Museum of American History
on The National Mall  between 12th & 14th 
on Constitution Avenue NW 
Performances will take place on the Madison Drive terrace, outside 
Rain location: Wallace H. Coulter Performance Plaza, First Floor, West Wing
Metro: Federal Triangle or Smithsonian

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."

Best to Call to check current schedule
Tranquil Space
- Near Virginia Sq Metro 3528 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA (703) 829-6428
Near Dupont Circle Metro 17th St location 1632-34 17th Street NW (202) 328-9642
and at Yoga Works in DC 14th St location 2301 ½ 14th Street, NW (202) 836-7680
They used to offer $10 Yoga On the Go classes every Thursday night in Arlington from 8:30pm - 9:30pm. In Dupont Circle they used to have a  $5 Class every Wednesday at 4:30pm and on the Second Sunday on the month 3:30pm - 4:30pm, all-levels class, donations benefit different charities each month and feature different teachers each month as well. $5 suggested.

Friday night in Bethesda, 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)

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 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

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

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

Ebenezers Coffeehouse
201 F St NE

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

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

Foggy Bottom/ K St Area

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Corner Bakery
locations throughout the city!

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

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

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

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