Wednesday, August 23, 2017

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Today + Tonight! More Free and low-cost events to choose from on WED, August 23

Highlights Post for Free and low-cost events - Wednesday, August 23

Organized by start time

“Live! Concert Series on the Plaza”
Outta the Blue performs classic rock
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Outside
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Metro: Federal Triangle

Tour of the "Revival" exhibit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts 
12:00pm - 12:30pm
Digital editorial associate Emily Haight will discuss several works in the special exhibition “Revival.”
National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Ave. NW
Metro: Metro Center

From their website: "As part of our outreach ministry, St. Paul’s Rock Creek is offering an opportunity for our members and the community at large to engage in one of the healthiest forms of exercise with little risk of injury. Beginners are welcome to join the ongoing classes, taught by the Instructor, Glenn Moy, who also teaches Tai Chi classes at Holy Cross Hospital’s, Senior Source and NOAA in Silver Spring, MD. The class goes through the movements of Qigong, pronounced Chigong (warm-up exercises) and Tai Chi the (37 short form) as students learn the various movements, synchronized breathing and meditations. Tai Chi is an integrated system of health and meditation. And is an ancient Chinese martial art form composed of slow body movements designed to help promote health and improve energy of mind and body. The exercise is considered a moving meditation because it occupies the mind with slow, rhythmic and regimented movements."
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Rock Creek
201 Allison St NW
Metro: See metro trip-planner for bus options based on where you are coming from

Georgetown BID "Twilight Shop" special event, at various locations
5:00pm - 9:00pm
see facebook event page for details
The Georgetown Business Improvement District and 50-plus stores and restaurants in the historic neighborhood will feature end-of-summer shopping deals, sips and bites. 5 to 9 p.m. Free admission. Various locations, including shoppers’ lounges at Dean & Deluca, 3276 M St. NW; Living Room at The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown, 3100 South St. NW; the Rosewood Washington, D.C., 1050 31st St. NW; and The Graham Georgetown, DC, 1075 Thomas Jefferson St. NW.
Metro: Take the red Circulator bus that runs along K St or see metro trip-planner for bus options based on where you are coming from

“Sunset Fitness in the Park” weekly event at the Georgetown Waterfront Park
one-hour class presented by barre3
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Free, RSVP suggested
The series will continue Aug. 30
Georgetown Waterfront Park
Potomac and K streets NW
Metro: Take the red Circulator bus that runs along K St or see metro trip-planner for bus options based on where you are coming from

Special performance at the Anderson House, Society of the Cincinnati
The program will include songs from the show performed by Biehl and the Maryland Heritage Vocal Ensemble. Historian William Biehl will share the story of “Atta Boy,” a successful 1918 military show by the Quartermaster School at Camp Meigs in D.C. that was performed locally and on Broadway in 1918 and 1919.
Anderson House, Society of the Cincinnati
2118 Massachusetts Ave NW
Metro: Dupont Circle 

Interactive Family Concert with Levine Music 
at The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Faculty members will present an interactive family concert in celebration of their newly released CD of early childhood and elementary music.
The Kennedy Center
2700 F St NW
Metro: Foggy Bottom and take the free Kennedy Center shuttle bus that runs about every ten minutes

“Spies on Screen” will feature the 2003 film “Bon Voyage,” featuring German spies, the French Resistance, romance and a corpse in Paris in the final days before the Nazi occupation.
International Spy Museum
800 F St NW
Metro: Gallery Pl - Chinatown

Film Screening of  “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” at the West End Interim Library
Film starring Tina Fey as a cable news producer who becomes a war correspondent in Afghanistan.
West End Interim Library
2522 Virginia Ave NW
Metro: Foggy Bottom

6:30pm - 7:30pm
Marlena Chertock, poetry editor at District Lit, will discuss her book “Crumb-sized,” a collection of poems focused on femininity, gender and sexuality as they relate (or don’t relate) to her disability.
East City Bookshop
645 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Metro: Eastern Market

Poets on the Fringe - Free Weekly Poetry Workshop 
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Georgetown Library
3260 R St NW
Metro: See metro trip-planner for bus options based on where you are coming from

Ibram X. Kendi, professor of history and international studies at American University, will discuss his book “Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America.” Joining him in conversation will be Wesley Lowery, a national correspondent for The Washington Post and author of “They Can’t Kill Us All.”
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW.
Metro: Van Ness and walk up hill on Connecticut Ave about 17 minutes or take the L2 bus that runs along Connecticut Ave right there basically. See metro trip-planner for bus schedules.

Outdoor Screening of “White House Down” 
as part of the NoMa Summer Screen film series
7:00pm gates, screening at sunset
Storey Park Lot
1005 1st St NE
Metro: NoMa

Learn about the work being done at the Cobb Research Lab at Howard University 
Fatimah Jackson, director of the Cobb Research Laboratory at Howard University and a leader in forensic anthropological research, will discuss the laboratory’s work in reconstructing African-American biological history.
Georgetown Library
3260 R St NW
Metro: See metro trip-planner for bus options based on where you are coming from

Weekly Meditation Class at The Kadampa Meditation Center in Adams Morgan
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Note: $6 for students/seniors/unemployed, $12 otherwise
See details on the calendar page
Each class includes a teaching, guided meditations, and time for Q&A. Suitable for beginners as well as those with experience. Everyone is welcome. Each class is self-contained. Feel free to drop in any time.
Kadampa Meditation Center
1787 Columbia Road NW
Metro: Woodley Park and walk over the Calvert St bridge, or take the 42 bus or the red Circulator bus  Circulator bus to 18th & Columbia. See metro trip-planner for other bus options as well.

Weekly “Yoga for All” Restorative Yoga Class
led by Tara Bishop at the Thornton/Shepherd Park Library
Destress and come back to your natural state of balance with this restorative yoga practice led by Tara Bishop, Chopra Center Yoga Certified Teacher. Make sure to wear comfortable clothing and bring a mat, or a few mats will be available for use. First-time attendees will be asked to sign a participation waiver.
Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library
7420 Georgia Ave. NW
Metro: Takoma Park and walk about 15 minutes, or take the 70 bus that runs along Georgia Ave

The Marine Dixieland Band will perform at the U.S. Capitol
8:00pm - 9:00pm
The Marine Dixieland Band will perform at the West Terrace of the U.S. Capitol Building. See Concert program, Note: In case of inclement weather, cancellations will be made by 6:00pm on the Marine Band Concert facebook page and on their Information Line (202) 433-4011.
U.S. Capitol, West Terrace
Metro: Capitol South

Pages performs at an open mic night
Open Mic Poetry night at Busboys and Poets 5th & K 
hosted by Dwayne Lawson-Brown
9:00pm - 11:00pm
Busboys and Poets
5th & K St NW in the Cullen Room
1025 5th St NW
Metro: Mt Vernon Sq or Gallery Pl - Chinatown and walk or take a bus or the Circulator to the stop closest to 5th & Mass Ave NW. See metro trip-planner for best options based on where you are coming from.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

UPCOMING: COMEDY: Enjoy some laughs at "Off the Rails!" Comedy Storytelling Show this FRI, August 25 at 6:00pm, Doors 5:30pm, at Drafthouse Comedy on L St NW, Free, RSVP, 18+

Off the Rails! Comedy Storytelling Show 
Hosted by Katherine Jessup at Drafthouse Comedy on L St NW
Friday, August 25
6:00pm show, 5:30pm doors
Free, RSVP here!
Drafthouse is an 18+ venue, no minimum purchase required

Called "D.C.'s weirdest storytelling show" by The Washington Post "Off the Rails!" features favorite local performers making up stories on the spot! Every story starts in reality only to be interrupted and redirected by a champion digresser and tangent-maker. Watch as seasoned comedians are thrown wonderfully off balance and tell stories they'd never imagined. Each show features a different theme! This week's theme is "Stranger than Fiction!"

Can't make it to this show? Save the dates for the next Off the Rails! shows:
Friday, September 8 & Friday, September 22

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: MUSIC: 2017 Labor Day Weekend Music Festival features three nights of Free performances from local artists at The Lincoln Theatre on U St hosted by The DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities FRI, Sept 1 - SUN, Sept 3 at 7:00pm, Free, RSVP requested

Friday, September 1 - Sunday, September 3
7:00pm - 9:00pm or so nightly
Free, RSVP requested
Note: Admission is first come, first served. Tickets not required. RSVP's are for internal tracking purposes and do not guarantee admittance. Artists and schedule subject to change.

The DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities (DCCAH) hosts a Free 3 Day Music Festival at the Historic Lincoln Theatre on U St! Enjoy three nights of free music by local artists. Featuring jazz, blues, rock, pop and more with performances from Flo AnitoMargot MacDonald and Laura Tsaggaris on Friday night, Bohemian Caverns Jazz OrchestraRose Moraes and Harold Little on Saturday night and Pablo Antonio y La FirmaKush and AZTEC SUN closing out the festival on Sunday night.

Jazzy Pop Singer/ Songwriter Flo Anito
Friday, September 1
Read more about the artists 
Saturday, September 2
Aztec Sun
Sunday, September 3
The Lincoln Theatre
1215 U Street NW
Metro: U St or take any of the 90 bus lines that run along U St to the stop closest to the theater or take the Circulator bus to 14th & U and walk a block and a half along U St. 

UPCOMING: MEDITATION: Free 4-Week Introduction to Meditation Series continues on MON, August 28 and the next two Mondays, thru MON, Sept 11, from 7:00pm - 8:30pm at the Science of Spirituality DC Center. located 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

If you weren't able to attend the first session on Monday, August 21 you're welcome to join in the second session, Monday, August 28, just RSVP to let them know you plan to attend.

4-Week Series continues - Monday, August 28
with week two, and the next two Mondays, thru September 11
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 will also continue to offer free meditation workshops at area libraries. You can learn more about SOS DC and Jyoti Meditation on their website and feel free to connect with the Mid-Atlantic region on facebook and with Science of Spirituality on twitter at @SOSMeditate.

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

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Monday, August 21, 2017

UPCOMING: "Farragut Fridays" in Farragut Square, this FRI, August 25 with Picnic in the Park from 12:00pm - 2:00pm + Outdoor Office, Lounge Area and Free Wi-Fi from 9:00am - 5:00pm, Compliments of the Golden Triangle BID, every FRI through FRI, Sept 29

Farragut Fridays & Outdoor Office in the Golden Triangle
Friday, August 25
9:00am - 5:00pm
every Friday through September 29

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

Farragut Fridays also features an outdoor office space for people to collaborate and innovate. Each Friday, a section of Farragut Park transforms into an outdoor office, which includes free Wi-Fi, tables, chairs and enough space to host your next meeting. The outdoor 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!

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

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

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

Continuing on Fridays:
September 1, 8, 14, 22, 29

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

UPCOMING: MEDITATION: Meditate in Community most Sunday Mornings at the Science of Spirituality DC Center, next Meditation & Talk will be on SUN, August 27 from 10:00am - 12:00pm followed by a free vegetarian lunch + Spanish Meditation now offered 10:30am - 11:30am & Hindi 1:00pm- 2:00pm, 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, August 27
10.00 - 11:00 am Meditation
10.30 - 11:30 am Spanish Satsang
11.00 - 12:00 pm English Satsang
12.00 - 1:00 pm Vegetarian Langar
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.

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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: COMEDY + MUSIC: "Drone Comedy" at Rhizome in Takoma, benefit for the Southern Poverty Law Center, TUES, August 29 at 8:00pm, $10 donation requested

Drone Comedy at Rhizome presented by Lousy Humans
Tuesday, August 29
by donation
$10 donation requested, to support the Southern Poverty Law Center

What happens when experimental musicians collaborate with stand-up comics? It's magical and ridiculous and occasionally awkward.

Music by:
  • Antonia
  • J. Coile (of Park Snakes)
  • Paolo Valladolid 
Comedy by:
  • Dee Ahmed
  • Jamie Benedi
  • Mike "OlMikeB" Brown
  • Christine Ferrera
  • Shelley Kim
  • Curt Mariah
  • Gigi Modrich
  • Valerie Paschall
  • Adrian Rodney
Rhizome DC
6950 Maple St NW
Metro: Takoma

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, August 28 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, August 28

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.

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UPCOMING: FESTIVAL: Save the Date! The DCCAH presents the 202 Arts & Music Festival at 4th & M St SW on SAT, Sept 9 from 9:00am - 9:00pm, Free

Save the date! 202 Arts & Music Festival presented by the DCCAH at 4th & M St SW
Saturday, September 9
9:00am - 9:00pm

Come on out for a full day of free arts and music activities for the entire family! The event will feature live performances on multiple stages, art exhibitions, workshops, city and community vendors and more. Plus DC’s biggest outdoor dance party at Randall Field. More information will be posted as it becomes available. This free event is presented by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities

Outside at 4th & M St SW
Metro: Waterfront

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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!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

UPCOMING: ARTS AWARDS: Save the Date! The 32nd Annual Mayor's Arts Awards presented by the DCCAH at The Lincoln Theatre will be on THURS, Sept 14 at 7:00pm, Free, RSVP requested

The 32nd Annual Mayor's Arts Awards presented by the DCCAH at the Historic Lincoln Theatre 
Thursday, September 14
7:00pm - 9:30pm
Doors and red carpet pre-show 6:00pm
Free, RSVP here
Note: Admission is first come, first served. Tickets not required. RSVP's are for internal tracking purposes and do not guarantee admittance. End time may vary, best guess is around 9:30pm

The Mayor’s Arts Awards are the most prestigious honors conferred by the District on individual artists, teachers and nonprofit organizations. All are welcome to attend the public awards ceremony at the Lincoln Theatre on Thursday, September 14. 

Three individuals will be recognized as special honorees. 
  • Wilhelmina Cole Holladay, co-founder of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, will receive the Mayor's Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement. 
  • Ari Roth, artistic director of Mosaic Theatre Company, will receive the Mayor's Arts Award for Visionary Leadership. 
  • Jazz musician and educator Davey Yarborough will receive the Mayor's Arts Award for Distinguished Honor. 
In addition, twenty-four individuals and organizations are finalists for Mayor's Arts Awards across six categories, listed below. All nominees for these award categories are publicly submitted.

Finalists for the 32nd Annual Mayor's Arts Awards

Excellence in Creative Industries 
  • Paul Marengo
  • Studio Theatre
  • Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital
  • Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts
Excellence in Performing Arts 
  • Washington Improv Theater
  • The Choral Arts Society of Washington
  • Dance Place
  • Only Make Believe
Excellence in the Humanities 
  • Rayceen Pendarvis
  • Kitty Felde
  • Joy Ford Austin
  • Recreation Wish List Committee
Excellence in Visual Arts 
  • Sondra N. Arkin
  • Katherine Tzu-Ian Mann
  • Cory L. Stowers
  • Michael Crossett
The Larry Neal Writers' Award (Adult) 
  • Taylor Johnson
  • Brendan Williams-Childs
  • Mona Nicole Sfeir
  • Dionne Peart
The Mayor's Award for Arts Education 
  • The Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts
  • Inner City-Inner Child
  • Young Playwright's Theater
  • Sitar Arts Center
1215 U Street NW
Metro: U St or take any of the 90 lines buses along U St or the Circulator bus to 14th & U St NW.

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