Tuesday, May 22, 2018

UPCOMING: MUSIC: Today! Piano Concert on TUES, May 22 as part of the Tuesday Concert Series at the Church of the Epiphany, near Metro Center, 12:10 pm - 1:00 pm, Concerts every Tuesday, Artists vary each Week, Free, donations appreciated

Tuesday Concert Series at the Church of the Epiphany
lunchtime concerts every Tuesday
12:10 pm - 1:00 pm
Free, donations appreciated to
 support music program and artists

View the schedule of performances for more details and see Brochure for Winter/Spring 2018.

Tuesday, May 22
Charles Timbrell, piano, local musician and music professor at Howard University, offers Franz Joseph Haydn, Claude Debussy, and Robert Schumman’s Davisdundlertanze, Op.6.

If you're able to get here Tuesday at lunch, recommend this series!

1317 G St NW
Metro: Metro Center

Monday, May 21, 2018

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Today + Tonight! Here are some more Free and low-cost events to choose from in DC on TUE, May 22

Tuesday, May 22

For additional directions by public tranit see Metro trip-planner

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
DCPS Music Festival Week: The Columbia Heights Educational Campus (CHEC), a Kennedy Center DC Partnership School, is proud to present the Lincoln Middle School Band, CHEC Orchestra, CHEC Concert Band, and the CHEC Choir in an evening at the Millennium Stage. Performances will feature a wide variety of styles within each ensemble as well as several outstanding soloists.
2700 F St NW
Metro: Foggy Bottom and take the free shuttle bus from right outside of the metro there, runs frequently

Author Talk at Politics and Prose Priya Parker - The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters — introduced by Sally Quinn7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Politics and Prose
5015 Connecticut Avenue NW
Metro: Van Ness and walk one mile north on Connecticut, about 15 minute walk uphill a bit, or take the L1 or L2 bus from the Van Ness Metro Station north to the stop right by the store.

Author Talk at Politics and Prose at The Wharf Christopher Buckley - The Judge Hunter — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
70 District Sq SW
Metro: Waterfront and walk 0.5 miles, about eleven minutes

Tuesday Night Open Mic Hosted by Regie Cabico 5.22.2018
at Busboys and Poets 14th & V in the Langston Room
9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
$5 cover. Wristbands are available for purchase online here and in the restaurant starting at 10:00 AM (cash only). No refunds. Ticket purchase limit of 4 per person. Guests must have their wristbands (tickets) on upon entering the event. A Busboys and Poetry event! 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. Note: Seating is available on a first come, first seated basis.
Busboys and Poets
14th & V St NW
Metro: U St

UPCOMING: CONCERT + PHOTO EXHIBIT: The Austrian Cultural Forum Washington presents "Schoenberg, Schubert and the Odyssey of Exile" with PostClassical Ensemble and special guest performers in conjunction with the Exhibit "Arnold Schoenberg: Through the Lens of Richard Fish" at the Embassy of Austria on FRI, May 25 from 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Free, RSVP Required

Arnold Schoenberg
"Schoenberg, Schubert and the Odyssey of Exile" Concert and Exhibition at the Embassy of Austria, presented by the Austrian Cultural Forum Washington
Friday, May 25
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Free, RSVP is required
view and share the facebook event page here

In conjunction with the exhibition Arnold Schoenberg: Through the Lens of Richard FishACF Washington and PostClassical Ensemble present a special event, sponsored by the Arnold Schoenberg Center Vienna, at the Embassy of Austria. 

This unique concert explores the condition of exile in the music of four composers, ranging from the existential estrangement of Franz Schubert’s Wanderer to Hanns Eisler’s wartime exile in Los Angeles. Songs and piano works by Franz Schubert, Alban Berg, Arnold Schoenberg, and Hanns Eisler presented will include.
  • Franz Schubert: An die Musik
  • Franz Schubert: Andantino from Piano Sonata in A major, D. 959
  • Alban Berg: Piano Sonata
  • Arnold Schoenberg: Six Little Piano Pieces
  • Arnold Schoenberg: Songs
  • Hanns Eisler: Songs from the Hollywood Songbook
  • Franz Schubert: Songs from Winterreise
The concert will feature one of America’s best-known concert singers, baritone William Sharp, along with award-winning pianist Alexander Shtarkman, who last appeared with PostClassical Ensemble in music by Arnold Schoenberg and Hanns Eisler at Washington National Cathedral. Commentary by Angel Gil-Ordóñez, Conductor and Music Director of the PostClassical Ensemble, and Joseph Horowitz, Executive Director of PostClassical Ensemble, and the author of Artists in Exile: How Refugees from European War and Revolution Transformed the American Performing Arts

Please be sure to RSVP for this free event to ensure your space. Also please be sure to have your ticket with you or on your phone to show them when you arrive at the Embassy for the event. 

on view from May 25 - June 15 
at the Embassy of Austria
Free, on view during events and on weekdays during regular Embassy hours

Arnold Schoenberg – composer, painter, teacher, theoretician and innovator – was born in Vienna in 1874 and died in Los Angeles in 1951. He also resided in Berlin, Barcelona, Paris and Boston. In music history Schoenberg’s name is associated with an epoch-making innovation: the “Method of composing with twelve tones which are related only with one another.” The estate of the composer has been preserved at the Arnold Schoenberg Center in Vienna since 1998. In May 1936, the Schoenberg family moved into a house with garden at 116 North Rockingham Avenue, Brentwood Park, Los Angeles. 

In summer 1948, Richard Fish, a young photographer, met Schoenberg at his Brentwood Park house. Fish visited Schoenberg many more times, leaving posterity with a particularly coherent documentation of the composer, teacher and father in his later years. Schoenberg actively participated in designing the pictures; when Fish wanted to photograph him with some of his oil paintings, Schoenberg was on the spot at once with a hammer and nails, arranging three paintings and sitting himself in fourth place as a living portrait. Other photos depict Schoenberg dictating, playing tennis and teaching. Schoenberg underlined his esteem for the photographer on a signed print: “To Mr. Richard Fish cordially thanking for making me so handsome: Arnold Schoenberg September 1950.” 

Embassy of Austria
3524 International Court NW
Washington DC, 20008
Metro: Van Ness - UDC, walk about 12 minutes, .5 miles, from the metro. Slightly uphill walk to get there, easy downhill walk to get back to the metro. See walking directions. Note: If you are calling for an Uber, Lyft or Via it is recommended that you enter the address for the Slovakian Embassy next door instead, 3523 International Court, to ensure that they take you to the front entrance of the building instead of the back entrance, where there is a walking path. Note: If you are driving, street parking on International Court is available after 6:30pm for the duration of the event, parking in the Embassy roundabout is reserved for those with handicapped placards only. Parking also available on 36th Street; access to the Embassy through the park behind the building.

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

Saturday, June 2
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Family-friendly, Free
RSVP requested on eventbrite here

Come out and experience the tastes, sounds and feel of Asia at the 2018 Chinatown Community Festival on Saturday, June 2 from 11 am - 2 pm along the 500-599 block of 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.

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

Sunday, May 20, 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: COMEDIC LECTURES: Come out to Songbyrd in Adams Morgan this SAT, May 26 for "Three Sheets Lecture Series" drunken "Educational Lectures" and benefit event for Nueva Vida from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, door 6:30 pm, by donation, 21+

Three Sheets Lecture Series 
at Songbyrd in Adams Morgan
Saturday, May 26
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, doors 6:30 pm
Pay-What-You-Can/ by donation, 21+

From the event page: A combination of "Ted Talks" and "Drunk History", this unique show is a hilarious and educational way to donate. Our presenters will take you through some of the most interesting and educational topics of their choosing... But they will also be pretty trashed. The topics and presentations will be very, very real but whether the presenters can get through it will be part of the fun.

The entry fee is a pay-what-you-can donation for Nueva Vida. 100% of ticket sales (minus Eventbrite fees) will go directly to Nueva Vida. This organization was founded "by a group of Latina breast cancer survivors and healthcare professionals, Nueva Vida provides a continuum of culturally sensitive cancer support services for Latina families in the Washington DC, Baltimore and Richmond metropolitan areas."

- Hawaii & the Pineapple Pizza
- Laika the Space Dog
- The Shortest War in History
- Excrement in the Anthropocene
- The Opossum: America's Marsupial

Songbyrd Record Cafe and Music House
on the lower level
2475 18th St NW
Metro: Woodley Park and walk over the bridge or you can take the Circulator bus from anywhere along the Woodley-McPherson line to Adams Mill stop, or the 42 bus, L2 bus or any of the 90 bus lines that run to the intersection of 18th & Columbia Rd NW.  See metro trip-planner for bus options.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

UPCOMING: COMEDY: "Speechless: The Ultimate Improvisational Gauntlet" brings their unusual brand of Improv Comedy to Drafthouse, near 13th & L St NW, this THURS, May 24 at 7:30 pm, doors 7:00 pm, $5, RSVP requested, Venue is modeled after a Black Box Theater and open to those 18+

Speechless: The Ultimate Improvisational Gauntlet a special event hosted by Chris Milner, Josh Kuderna and Dylan Meyer at Drafthouse Comedy on L St NW, see video clip here,
Thursday, May 24
7:30 pm show, 7:00 pm doors
$5 plus fee online, or at the door for $5 if available, RSVP requested here, venue is open to those 18+ with no minimum purchase required

Armed only with a laser pointer and a deck of random slides, presenters ranging from stand up comedians to software engineers and Tony Award winners to TED presenters have put their talents to the test in the ultimate improvisational gauntlet--giving a presentation that they've never seen before. Fusing technology with comedy, Speechless is the entertainment experience for the Web 2.0 world.

Since 2013, Speechless has been selling out shows at comedy clubs and conferences all over the country and the world. Speechless has entertained and trained companies all over the world including Google, Adobe, Microsoft, Uber, Twitter, Salesforce, Zynga, IDEO, eBay, Paypal, Walmart, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and many more. Speechless has been showcased at the Hollywood Improv, SF Sketchfest, Joe’s Pub in New York, as well as many other comedy clubs and festivals. Speechless has been featured in Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, Inc.com, and the New York Times.

This show is created by Speechless, Inc., find out more at www.speechlesslive.com.

About the venue: The folks from Arlington Drafthouse have a comedy arts performance space in the heart of DC at 13th & L St NW, 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: MEDITATION: The Next Four Week Intro to Meditation series begins on MON, May 28 and continues the next three Mondays thru June 18 from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm at the Science of Spirituality DC Center in NW, close to American University, Free, RSVP Required

Free Four Week Intro Series on Monday Nights
Sign up now for the next session!
Monday Night Introduction to Meditation classes
Introductory classes begin every four weeks
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Facilitated by Sangeeta Prasad and Paola Neyra

New Series begins on Monday, May 28
and continues the next three Mondays
Monday: June 4, 11 & 18
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
No experience necessary, all welcome to attend!
Free, RSVP required, email DCinfo@sos.org or call (937) 361-4515 or (630) 597-5174

Note: If you aren't able to attend the first session in the 4-Week series on Monday, May 28 which is Memorial Day you are welcome to join in the second session on June 4th, please RSVP to let them know you plan to attend.

"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.

Monday, May 14, 2018

UPCOMING: Come out for a Vegetarian Indian Meal cooked and served by Volunteers a the monthly "Karma Kitchen" at Himalayan Heritage in Adams Morgan SUN, May 27 from 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm, Pay-It-Forward, by donation

Karma Kitchen May edition at Himalayan Heritage in Adams Morgan 
Sunday, May 27
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm, please arrive by 2:30 pm
Pay-it-Forward/No-Set-Cost, Monthly Community Meal, by donation meal

Enjoy a sit down Indian meal, made by and served by a team of volunteers, at Himalayan Heritage in Admas Morgan. Karma Kitchen is a volunteer-driven experiment in generosity started in Berkeley, California on March 31st 2007 based on the principles of a "gift economy." 

Your meal experience is gifted by volunteers: prepared, cooked and served from the heart to you. People of all backgrounds join together for a healthy vegetarian meal in a very set menu. You can eat as much or as little as you wish. All are welcome to join and to invite others to join as well.

Himalayan Heritage Restaurant
2305 18th St NW - at Kalorama
Metro: Woodley Park and walk or take the Circulator bus a bit closer to Adams Mill, cross over Columbia Rd and walk down 18th St a few block, or Dupont Circle and walk up 18th St or take the 42 bus the stop closest to Kalorama or Belmont and walk downhill one block to 18th St. 

UPCOMING: COMEDY: Attack of the Comics is back at Drafthouse Comedy on FRI, May 25, 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, May 25
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

Sunday, May 13, 2018

UPCOMING: Spend time Outside with "Farragut Fridays" on FRI, May 25 in Farragut Square! Enjoy Pop-Ups, Outdoor Office, Lounge Area and Free Wi-Fi from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, every Friday from May 11 - Sept 28, Compliments of the Golden Triangle BID

Farragut Fridays kick off event this Friday in Farragut Square
Friday, May 25
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Farragut Fridays Outdoor Office Series runs 'til the end of September, every Friday from May 11 - September 28

*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.

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!

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

"Look for the Golden Triangle tent for a chance to win prizes, learn about the neighborhood, and play fun lawn games, foosball, or table tennis. All are welcome to bring a lunch from their favorite nearby eatery and enjoy this relaxing and fun setting. Bring your entire office and play games against other companies and organizations from the around the city — not only is it a blast, but it’s also a great way to network and raise your organization’s visibility!"

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

Friday, May 4, 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, 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)

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. 


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

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!