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Saturday, February 13, 2016

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UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Today! Free events from SAT, Feb 13 & SUN, Feb 14

Here are some great free arts and culture events from! This site is a fantastic resource for free and ticketed events presented by nearly 300 Metro DC Arts Presenters. For quick way to find even more FREE arts and culture events check out the “Free in DC” Inside Out feature, curated by the staff of is another great program where you can find discount tickets to performances throughout metro DC @TICKETPLACEDC on twitter and at

Saturday, February 13

Film and Director Q&A with Ellie Walton: Fly By Light (2014; 60 min)
Local film! The museum is proud to screen this engaging look at Washington, DC teens facing emotional challenges and renewal during a trip into West Virginia. The film’s director, Ellie Walton will direct an audience Q&A after the screening. The film’s producer, Rajeev Kasat (aka HAWAH), will also be present.
Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
1901 Fort Place, SE
Metro: Anacostia

14th Annual Poet In Progress Reading Series
Free, RSVP requested
The Poet-In-Progress program is the first of its kind in Washington, DC, and serves local poets who demonstrate great promise despite limited publishing. The program provides these poets with a unique opportunity to celebrate their accomplishments and embrace future career prospects. All are welcome to attend this evening of readings of original works from our P.I.P poets and DC Poet Laureate, Dolores Kendrick.
Folger Shakespeare Library
201 East Capitol Street, SE
Metro: Capitol South

Final Day! On view thru Saturday, February 13 

Leigh Merrill: This Place at Flashpoint Gallery
Merrill’s work examines the construction of fiction and beauty in the urban environment. By digitally re-assembling numerous photographs, she creates images of imaginary spaces that function as a metaphor for the ways in which desire is physically constructed in the landscape. Merrill will present several large-scale composite works of the urban landscape juxtaposed against still life photographs to further explore this idea of desire and control.
Flashpoint Gallery
916 G St NW
Metro: Gallery Pl – Chinatown

Find more free events and exhibits on view in DC, MD & VA on the “Free in DC” Inside Out page on!

Sunday, February 14

Portrait Story Days: Martin Luther King, Jr.
Listen to a story from our friends at the DC Public Library about humanitarian and civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr., then complete an art project. In partnership with MLK Library
Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery
8th & F St NW
Metro: Gallery Pl – Chinatown

Lecture and Book Signing: Procession: The Art of Norman Lewis
Procession: The Art of Norman Lewis is the first comprehensive museum overview of the work of this influential artist. Norman Lewis (1909-1979) became committed to issues of abstraction at the start of his career and continued to explore them over its entire trajectory. His art derived inspiration from music (jazz and classical) and nature (seasonal changes, plant forms, and the sea). A book signing of Procession: The Art of Norman Lewis follows.
National Gallery of Art
East Building Auditorium
401 Constitution Ave NW
Metro: Archives

Concert: The Cann Duo
Program: Duo piano works by Leonard Bernstein, Margaret Bonds, Stephen Foster, Astor Piazzolla, and George Walker. Presented in honor of African American History Month
National Gallery of Art
West Building, West Garden Court
601 Constitution Ave NW
Metro: Archives

Film Series: New Greek Cinema: Forever
Costas, a driver on the Athens rapid transit green line (ISAP), finds himself enamored of Anna, a passenger he notices daily taking his train from Athens to Piraeus. Too wary to reach out, Costas remains content to quietly watch as Anna makes the daily trek to her job as a ticket seller. An unforeseen event finally offers Costas his golden opportunity. Forever’s poetic mood, monochromatic palette, and stylized mise-en-scène establish a sense of place without dialogue. Alluding to the beauty of silent film and one of early cinema’s key motifs — trains — director Manda describes Forever as “an homage to every filmmaker I consider a teacher, from Dreyer and Bresson to Antonioni and Angelopoulos.” (Margarita Manda, 2014, DCP, subtitles, 82 minutes)
National Gallery of Art
East Building Auditorium
401 Constitution Ave NW
Metro: Archives

Final Day! On view thru Sunday, February 14 

Three exhibits at VisArts at Rockville

VisArts at Rockville
155 Gibbs Street – Rockville, MD
in the Rockville Town Center
Metro: Rockville

Find more free events and exhibits on view in DC, MD & VA on the “Free in DC” Inside Out page on!

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UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Today! More Free and low-cost events this Valentine’s Day Weekend! SAT, Feb 13 & SUN, Feb 14

Saturday, February 13

Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery at Smith Center
3:30pm – 5:30pm
Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery proudly presents: The Night and the Desert Know Me, an exhibition in partnership with Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here DC 2016, a unique cultural festival standing in solidarity with the people of Iraq and celebrating freedom of expression. Coming to DC January–March 2016. The Night and the Desert Know Me is a lush and thoughtful display of artworks created by Iraqi and Western artists, inspired by selected past and present Iraqi poetry. National and regional artists participating in this important exhibition include: Shakir Al-Alousi, Najwa Al Amin, Qais Al Sindy, Ahmed Alkarkhi, Mawada Allak, Joan Belmar, Wafaa Bilal, Spencer Dormitzer, Michael Platt, Phyllis Plattner, Vian Sora andNasir Thamir.
at Smith Center for Healing and the Arts
1632 U St, NW
Metro: U St, and walk about 10 minutes along U St, or take the S2 or S4 bus along 16th St to U St
Zeba Bar
$5, 21+
Join the Meso Creso flying caravan for the next installment of 1,001 Beats! This Valentine’s Day edition will bring some of the best global bass beats from the dance floor, straight to your heart.
3423 14th St NW
Metro: Columbia Heights, walk about 4 blocks or so north on 14th, Zeba is on the right side
Sunday, February 14
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
3:00pm – 5:30pm
Local poets influenced by Surrealism present short readings and performances in the galleries of Marvelous Objects: Surrealist Sculpture from Paris to New York. Bewilder Sensation takes its title from a 1935 lecture by founding Surrealist André Breton titled “Surrealist Situation of the Object: Situation of the Surrealist Object.
7th & Independence Ave, SW
Metro: L’Enfant Plaza
Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery
3:00pm – 5:00pm
Come enjoy Valentine’s Day with classical music!
Pianist Jenny Lin performs a program entitled The Composer-Pianists: The Art of Transcriptions and Arrangements. Lin has performed at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Museum of Modern Art, earning accolades from the New York Times for her “remarkable technical command” and “gift for melodic flow.”
8th & G St NW
Metro: Gallery Pl – Chinatown

UPCOMING: KIDS: Today! Frosty Films, Animated Shorts for Kids ages 4 and up, at the National Gallery of Art, SAT, Feb 13 – MON, Feb 15 at 10:30am or 11:30am, Free

Frosty Films at the National Gallery of Art East Building

Saturday, February 13 – Monday, February 15
for ages 4 and up

Saturday at 10:30am, Sunday and Monday at 11:30am
Total running time approximately 45 minutes

Cozy up with heartwarming animated shorts celebrating the beauty of winter. From the deep forest of Robert Frost’s poem Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening (Amy Schatz, USA, 2008), to the icy crystals beneath the microscope in Snowflake Bentley (Sarah Kerruish, USA, 2004), this selection shows that winter is a season of quiet wonder and discovery. Other films will include Winter Has Come (Vassiliy Shlychkov, Russia, 2012), Knitted Nights (Gil Alkabetz, Germany, 2009), and The Mitten (Clémentine Robach, France, 2014).

National Gallery of Art
East Building Auditorium
401 Constitution Avenue, NW
Metro: Archives

UPCOMING: PRESIDENTS DAY: The George Washington Birthday Parade in Old Town, Alexandria, VA on MON, Feb 15 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm, Free

The George Washington Birthday Parade, Alexandria, VA
Presidents Day Celebration in Old Town!
Monday, February 15
1:00pm – 3:00pm

The nation’s largest George Washington Birthday parade marches a one-mile route through the streets of Old Town Alexandria. With nearly 3,500 participants, this community parade honors one of the city’s favorite sons. Read more details about the event here!

Market Square in Old Town
301 King St – Alexandria, VA
Metro: King St and walk down King or take a bus that runs down King St closer, or take the free trolley down to the last stop by the Waterfront

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Tonight! Cry, the Beloved Country! ft. Rev. Nolan Williams Jr. at The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage on SAT, Feb 13 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, acts vary daily, Free

Free performances at The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage 
Performances every night, 365 days a year
6:00pm – 7:00pm
Can’t join in person? Live-stream the performance here! 
Click here for a complete schedule of performances

Saturday, February 13
Cry, the Beloved Country! ft. Rev. Nolan Williams Jr.
Rev. Nolan Williams Jr., artistic director, presents a concert of freedom songs from the South African liberation movement featuring combined choirs, Voices of Southern Africa and Williams’s D.C.- Voices of Inspiration, in performance with the Simunye Dance Ensemble of Southern Africa. Produced by NEWorks Productions as a community engagement initiative in support of Washington National Opera’s Lost in the Stars.

Upcoming Performances:
Feb 14 Curtis Institute of Music
Feb 15 University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance
Feb 16 Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University
Feb 17 San Francisco Conservatory of Music

The Kennedy Center – Millennium Stage

2700 F St NW
Metro: Foggy Bottom and take the free Kennedy Center shuttle that runs every ten minutes. If it makes more sense for you based on where you are coming from to get a ride there, new lyft and uber users can take advantage of the special promotions for Free in DC followers.Download the uber and lyft app to your smartphone. New users get $10 off your first lyft ride with promo code FREEINDC10, sign up at You can also get $20 off your first Uber with the promo code FREEINDC14 at – be sure to select uberx for best price!

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Find more events taking place @FreeinDCBlog on twitter! Additional events not posted on the main site may be found there

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!

Friday, February 12, 2016

UPCOMING & ONGOING: MUSIC: Weekly: Live Music Jam Series at the O St Mansion in Dupont every SUN, with Bluegrass, Classical, Americana and Blues themes varying each week, from 11:00am – 2:00pm, Free, RSVP Required

O St Mansion hosts different Jams most Sundays on the month! 
every Sunday – themes vary each week!
upstairs, in one of the more plush living rooms
11:00am – 2:00pm
Free, RSVP Required, Note: Select “stuff” when you go to check out otherwise they’ll ask you for a donation amount. You can donate stuff to the mansion if you like. They accept all kinds of quirky things which they sell to visitors on site. I have some great espresso cups with saucers I picked up there.

The first Sunday of every month – Bluegrass Jam
The second Sunday of every month – Classical Revolution DC
The third Sunday of every month – Americana Jam
The fourth Sunday of every month – Blues Acoustic JamIf there is fifth Sunday, contact the O St Mansion directly to ask
The Mansion on O Street
2020 O Street NW
Metro: Dupont Circle, South

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Weekly: Contact Improv Jam every SUN afternoon on Capitol Hill from 2:00pm – 5:00pm, by donation, $5 – $10 suggested

Contact Improv Sunday Afternoon Jam
every Sunday afternoon
2:00pm – 5:00pm
$5 to $10 donation

Read more here

Contact improv jams take place every Sunday on Capitol Hill. Best to arrive on the early end if you are new so you can get acquainted with the jam, and jamming in general! All donations support the church’s community outreach program.

The first Sunday jam of the month there will be a guided improv structure, usually an Underscore, which is especially helpful for those who are new.  Anyone interested in practicing CI, or just getting a glimpse it in practice, are welcome to attend any of the Sunday sessions.

Please note: As part of the insurance coverage that our hosts require, every sunday jam participants are asked to sign a liability release/waiver which you can print and sign if it’s your first time (they should also have some at the door).
St. James/St. Monica Church parrish hall, Capital Hill
222 8th St. NE (map, walking from Union Station)
Metro: Union Station, it’s about a 15 minute walk from there

UPCOMING & ONGOING: MEDITATION: Weekly: IMCW meets every SUN at the Church of the Holy City on 16th St near Corcoran, every SUN from 6:00pm – 7:30pm, by donation

Insight Meditation Community of Washington hosts a Meditation & Talk 
every Sunday evening 

6:00pm – 7:30pm
dhana, donation, based, $10 suggested, no one turned away
Hosted by IMCW
“Insight meditation cultivates our natural wisdom and compassion. Meditation practice develops concentration, which allows us to calm and steady the mind. This class includes a 30-minute guided meditation, 45-minute dharma talk, and then discussion. Newcomers to meditation and long time practitioners are welcome to attend our classes in metro D.C. No registration is necessary. Chairs are always provided or you may bring your sitting gear.”

This evening meditation is usually led by Hugh Byrne, sometimes by others. You can check out all of the teachers bios here.Church of the Holy City
in the upstairs room
1611 16th Street, NW
Metro: Dupont is closest but best reached by the S2 or S4 bus along 16th St to the stop closest to Corcoran, also just a few block walk from 14th & RI Ave/ P St stop if you take the Circulator bus

Thursday, February 11, 2016

UPCOMING & ONGOING: MUSIC: Weekly: Open Mic for Musicians at IOTA in Clarendon, VA every WED night, 8:00pm – 12:30am, Free

Open Mic for Musicians at IOTA in Clarendon
every Wednesday night

Two sign-ups: 7:30pm and 10:00pm

Show is from 8:00pm – 12:30am

“Bring your own instruments. Bring your fans and friends.” PA system provided. No drum kits. Acoustic music is the most common genre. Hosted by Todd and James of Brother Shamus. From 9:30pm – 10:00pm there is a featured musician, often Todd and/or James.

IOTA Club & Cafe

2832 Wilson Blvd
Metro: Clarendon, just a few blocks

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

UPCOMING & ONGOING: JAZZ: Monthly: The next “Take 5!” Jazz event will feature the Kenny Nunn Quartet on THURS, Feb 18, Live Jazz every third THURS of the month in the Kogod Courtyard at the American Art Museum in Chinatown from 5:00pm – 7:00pm, Free

Relax and “Take 5!” Free, Live Jazz at SAAM/ NPG

usually every third Thursday of the month
5:00pm – 7:00pm
FreeRelax and Take 5! with free, live jazz in the Kogod Courtyard. Take 5! takes place once a month in the Kogod Courtyard at SAAM/ NPG in Chinatown. The huge, glass-ceiling and open space allow you to look up to the sky, making it one of DC’s loveliest and most unusual architectural spaces!

Next Take 5! – Thursday, February 18

Saxophonist Kenny Nunn and his quartet of Howard University musicians perform Hank Mobley’s “hard bop” music, covering Mobley’s entire 1960 Soul Station album from Blue Note Records.

Smithsonian American Art Museum/ National Portrait Gallery

between 7th &a 9th St, F & G St, NW
in the Kogod Courtyard inside, pictured above
Metro: Gallery Place – Chinatown

UPCOMING & ONGOING: FILM: Weekly: BloomScreen Independent Film Night every TUES at BloomBars, new Films each week, followed by a discussion and Q&A, from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, All ages, $10 donation suggested

BloomScreen Independent Film Night at BloomBars
every Tuesday night, films vary each week
Discussion with Q&A after, often with the director

7:00pm – 9:00pm, or earlier is the film is shorter
All ages, by donation, $10 suggested, no one turned away.
Free organic popcorn served.
Search bloomscreen on facebook or see the BloomBars calendar to find invites each week

Tuesday, February 16
BloomScreen presents: Nothing But a Man – film & discussion

Join BloomBars for a landmark independent film – one of the most sincere and sensitive pictures made about the struggles and hardships of Black life in 1960s America – and Malcolm X’s favorite film.The screening will be followed by audience discussion and Q&A with BloomBars founder and CEO, John Chambers.
Nothing But a Man (1964, 95 min,
view trailer) by Michael Roemer – tells the story of a black railroad worker who falls in love with the town’s preacher’s daughter, and tries to maintain his respect in the white racist South in the early 1960s. The story depicts their struggle to find a “meaningful place” in their society. Ivan Dixon and Abbey Lincoln star in this painfully honest, enormously moving drama about African-American life in the South. NOTHING BUT A MAN is widely regarded as one of the very finest American films of the 1960s and a masterpiece of independent cinema. The film was added to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress in 1993.
BloomScreen Indie Film Night is a weekly series of independent and foreign films, accompanied by discussions with filmmakers, experts and other guests. Note that BloomBars does not serve any food or alcohol. You may bring snacks/food and non-alcoholic beverages if you think you might get hungry.
3222 11th St NW
Metro: Columbia Heights, walk north on 14th one block to Kenyon, turn right and walk over to 11th and turn left, right next door to Wonderland.

OF NOTE: FITNESS: Get Fit in 2016! Fitiverse is a new local, social network site that helps you find Free Fitness & Wellness activities in DC! Started by locals, Fitiverse shares a similar mission to Free in DC, with a Fitness Spin!

Fitiverse for Free.
Get Fit in 2016! Join
No gym, no problem!
50+ Free weekly classes in DCFitiverse is a new 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.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, February 7, 2016

ON VIEW: ART: “Wonder” at the Renwick features 9 different large scale Installation Art Works! Truly Inspiring! FRI, Nov 13 – TUES, May 8, Free

“Wonder” Exhibit at the Renwick Gallery
Large, Room Sized Installation Art!
On view Friday, November 13 – Tuesday, May 8 – see note below


This exhibit is truly amazing! Highly recommend seeing it! Nine leading contemporary artists are each taking over different galleries in the building, creating site-specific installations inspired by the Renwick. Together, these installations will turn the building into a larger-than-life work of art. While the nine artists featured in Wonder create strikingly different works, they are connected by their interest in creating large-scale installations from unexpected materials. Index cards, marbles, strips of wood—all objects so commonplace and ordinary we often overlook them—are assembled, massed, and juxtaposed to utterly transform spaces and engage us in the most surprising ways.  Learn more here.

Note: On view until May 8: John Grade, Maya Lin, Jennifer Angus, Chakaia Booker. Closing July 10: Tara Donovan, Gabriel Dawe, Patrick Doherty. Remaining indefinitely: Leo Villareal, Janet Echelman

Renwick Gallery – Smithsonian American Art Museum
17th & Pennsylvania Avenue, NW – right by The White House
Metro: McPherson Sq or Farragut West and walk or take the S2 or S4 bus or any number of buses there.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

UPCOMING: MEDITATION: Learn to Meditate ~ Free Four-Week Intro series begins on MON, Feb 29 from 7:00pm – 8:30pm and continues the following three Mondays through MON, March 21 at the Science of Spirituality DC Center, RSVP to ensure your space

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

4-Week Series begins Monday, February 29
7:00pm – 8:30pm

continues the next three Mondays:

Monday, March 7, 14 & 21
Free, RSVP required, email or call (937) 361-4515 or (301) 598-3582

Attendance in all four workshops is encouraged but if you are not able to attend the first session on Monday, February 29 you are welcome to join in the second session on March 7.

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 SOS DC on twitter at @SOS_WashDC.Science of SpiritualityDC 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. 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.Special uber and lyft promotions for Free in DC followers: Smart phones users can download the uber and lyft apps. New users get $10 off your first lyft ride with promo code FREEINDC10, sign up at You can also get $20 off your first Uber with the promo code FREEINDC14 at – be sure to select uberx for best price!

Monday, February 1, 2016

UPCOMING: MEDITATION & YOGA: Free Yoga Class at 10:00am + Free Spanish Meditation Talk at 11:00am – every SAT except for the first one of the month – at the Science of Spirituality’s DC Center + Next 3-Part Saturday Morning Intro to Meditation begins on SAT, March 12, All events are Free, Please RSVP

Yoga, in English, with Argeny Rodriguez 
10:00am – 11:00am
Class limited to 8 students, RSVP to ensure your space: or (703) 212-8140Meditation Talk in Spanish with Argeny Rodriguez 
11:00am – 12:00pmNew! Saturday Morning Three-Week Introduction to Meditation Series
Next three week series at the Science of Spirituality DC begins
every second Saturday of the monthNext series begins – Saturday, March 12

11:00am – 12:30pm
continues on Saturday, March 19 & 26
Free, RSVP Required to or call 301-598-3582 (if no answer, be sure to leave a call-back number and your name).

Join long-time meditator and teacher David Newcomb in an interactive course of study that will introduce you to Jyoti meditation (meditation on the inner light), and begin to discover the peace and pleasure of knowing who you are. Saturday Morning Meditation classes run in three-week cycles, beginning on the second Saturday of every month. Since class content is cumulative, they ask that you begin with the first class of a cycle.

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 @SOS_WashDC.

Science of Spiritualitynew home in Washington, DC
2950 Arizona Ave NW
at the intersection of Cathedral and Arizona Ave.
Metro: Tenleytown Metro is closest. See metro trip-planner for best bus acces, the M4 and D6 get you pretty close but they don’t run that often. For those with cars, street parking is available. Recommend uber and lyft from wherever you are or from metro, see promos below.Special Promo for Smartphone users: New Lyft users get $10 off your first ride with promo code FREEINDC10 when you sign up at New Uber users get $20 off your first ride, sign up: and use the promo code FREEINDC14 – be sure to select uberx -or uber pool if you are not in a rush and open to sharing the ride with someone en route- for best price!

UPCOMING: MEDITATION: Weekly: New Wednesday night 8-Week Series “Meditate and Elevate: A Guided Practice with HawaH” at Jospehine Butler Parks Center across from Malcolm X/ Meridian Hill Park continues WED, Feb 17 -and every WED from Jan 20 – March 9- from 6:30pm – 7:45pm, Please arrive around 6:15pm, by donation

Meditate and Elevate: A Guided Practice with HawaH
Wednesday Night Meditation with Hawah Kasat
Eight Week series at the Josephine Butler Parks Center right by Malcolm X/ Meridian Hill Park
Wednesday, January 20 – Wednesday, March 9
6:30pm – 7:45pm, please arrive early, 6:30pm prompt start time for the meditation
by donation, RSVP here
100% of class tuition will be donated to the non-profit organization One Common Unity.“Meditation is accessible to all of us, regardless of physical health, strength and flexibility. It spans cultures and traditions and is a beautiful way to release stress, find calmness, and cultivate inner-peace. Enjoy an intimate and integrated practice that includes a guided meditation sit, pranayama (breathing exercises), and a dharma talk. You’ve touched your toes a thousand times, now touch your mind. This is appropriate for both beginner and advanced meditators.”What to Bring: All that’s needed is a pillow (meditation cushion) OR a yoga mat and a blanket/ block. If you have difficulty sitting on the floor, chairs are available too. Please note, there will be no physical asana (postures/ stretching) during this practice.About your Guide: HAWAH holds certifications in both Jivamukti and Sivananda Yoga. He has spent the last 15 years also learning from other traditions including Ashtanga Yoga with Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, Vinyasa Flow, & Iyengar Yoga. He has been studying and practicing Vipassana Meditation since the year 2003 and has produced 3 documentary films, released two musical CDs and published four books (the latest called The Poetry Of Yoga published by WHITE CLOUD PRESS). You can learn more:

This building is a beautiful Historic mansion located on Meridian Hill/ Malcolm X Park and about 5 blocks from the Columbia Heights Metro stop. There is usually plenty of street parking at that hour on both 15th and 16th Streets, just be mindful of no parking during rush hour spots on 16th.

Josephine Butler Parks Center 
2437 15th St, NW
light yellow and white trim building just south of Euclid, across from Malcolm X/ Meridian Hill Park
Metro: Columbia Heights and walk over to 15th and turn left, walk down to Euclid, it’s a few buildings past the corner on the left. By bus you can come up 14th St or 16th St on any bus line and get off at Euclid and walk one block.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

UPCOMING & ONGOING: DANCE: Weekly: All levels Belly Dance/ Interpretive & Folkloric Dance Fusion Class at BloomBars every MON night from 6:45pm – 8:00pm, doors 6:30pm, by donation, $10 suggested

Belly Dance/ Interpretive & Folkloric Dance Fusion Class at BloomBars

Drop in class, bi-lingual, all levels welcome
every Monday Night
6:45pm – 8:00pm, doors 6:30pm
by donation, suggested $10

Learn to dance with Marta Vizueta Bohorquez. No experience necessary. Please wear comfortable, yoga type pant and top, not too baggy as she’ll want to see your body to determine correct posture, etc. Bring a water bottle, yoga mat, and finger cymbals, if you own a pair.”Explore the mechanics of dance posture; soft & hard isolations; how movements initiate, flow & culminate; timing & sinking into the movement; listening & improvisation; deep, internal undulations with careful attention to weight shifts; beautiful hands & arms; shimmy drills & combinations.” Oriental & tribal styles, all levels. Bilingual community classes. More info at

“A nurturing and demanding instructor, Marta approaches teaching from a holistic perspective, emphasizing technique, stylization, and musical interpretation. With a clear historical and cultural foundation, she invites more advanced students to fuse their own styles, where appropriate, allowing for the exploration of each one’s unique voice.”

3222 11th St, NW
near Kenyon next to Wonderland
Metro: Columbia Heights

Friday, January 1, 2016

UPCOMING & ONGOING: COMEDY: Weekly: Last Resort Comedy every MON night at 8:00pm at Shenanigan’s in Adams Morgan, Free, 21+

every Monday starting
Free, 21+

Last Resort Comedy‘s Monday Night show (which used to be at the Salty Dog in Dupont Circle) moved over to Shenanigans, in the heart of Adams Morgan mid-October.

Come out every  Monday night to enjoy some of the best comedy in the city and enjoy the free show! Last Resort features top local comedians and occasional drop-ins from some comedians you may have even seen on TV.

Last Resort hosts free comedy shows four nights a week!


2450 18th St NW
across from Tryst near 18th & Columbia
Metro: Woodley Park and walk across the bridge or take the Circulator bus to Adams Mill from Woodley Park or Columbia Heights metro to Adams Mill. From Dupont Circle, take the 42 bus toward Mt Pleasant to 18th & Columbia.

UPCOMING & ONGOING: COMEDY: Weekly: Last Resort Comedy Show at The Bier Baron in Dupont Circle every TUES from 8:30pm – 10:30pm, Free, 21+

Last Resort Comedy Show at The Bier Baron
every Tuesday night
8:30pm – 10:30pm

Free, RSVP requested, 21+Now in Dupont Circle! The Last Resort weekly Comedy Show features comedians from DC Improv, Arlington Cinema Drafthouse, Laugh Factory and more.

Last Resort hosts free comedy shows in DC:

The Bier Baron
1523 22nd St NW
Metro: Dupont Circle

UPCOMING & ONGOING: COMEDY: Weekly: After Class at the Science Club brought to you by Last Resort Comedy every THURS from 8:30pm – 10:30pm, Free, 21+

After Class Free Weekly Comedy Show at The Science Club
every Thursday night

8:30pm – 10:30pm
Free, 21+Enjoy comedy and drink specials every Thursday night at The Science Club. After Class is brought to you by Last Resort Comedy and features DC area comedians who have appeared at the  DC Improv, Arlington Drafthouse, Laugh Factory and more. Eve is hosted by David Coulter and Max Rosenblum.

Last Resort hosts free comedy shows in DC:

The Science Club, second floor
1136 19th St, NW
Metro: Dupont Circle, south

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 soMuseums 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!

Also, Great list of Free, donation-based and low-cost Yoga and Meditation Classes!  

    If you know of others, or if anything on this post is out of date, email me to let me know

Thursday, August 20, 2015

ON VIEW: ART: MURALS: Check out some great Murals throughout DC!

Find murals in DC at these, and other locations.
Learn more about Murals DC
Also, see this map on google for Outdoor Art in DC

Walter Pierce Park
2630 Adams Mill Rd, NW – near Ontario Pl

Artist: Aniekan Udofia3904 14th Street, NW
Artist: Words Beats and Life314 Carroll Street, NW
Artist: Words Beats and Life907 Barry Pl NW
Artist: Albus Cavus

1320B Good Hope Road, SE

Artist: Helping Inner City Kids Succeed (HICKS)

615 Division Ave, NE
Artist: Ward 7 Arts Collaborative

See Metro for best bus or metro access

Thursday, July 30, 2015

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 Classes in DC!
Below is a list of some of the more popular studios that offer free, donation-based, and reduced price yoga classes 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 post a comment on Free in DC’s facebook page or send me a tweet @FreeinDCBlog on email me to let me know.
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
Free Community Class on Saturdays 12:30pm – 1:30pm (except during session breaks). More here. All donations benefit the teacher’s charity of choice. No advance registration. View the full schedule of free community classes. Located near Friendship Heights metro and Chevy Chase Circle, about 13 min walk from metro (map),Friday late afternoon
Down Dog Yoga – Georgetown
One hour Community Class on Fridays at 4:30pm I believe they ask fro $10 for drop in folks and $6 for students and I am pretty sure this is a heated yoga studio so you may want to call them to check. 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.

Every day – select classes $10
Studio Serenity / Studio DC – Adams Morgan and Dupont Circle
$10 community classes at both locations every day of the week These two yoga studios are run by the same people and have a strong commitment to making yoga accessible to everyone in the community, regardless of income, with $10 community yoga classes, usually offered between 12:00pm and 1:30pm Monday – Friday and Saturdays & Sundays between 4:00pm and 6:45pm. See the complete schedule of low-cost classes here.Thursday late night in Arlington + 
Wednesday late afternoon and the Second Sunday afternoon in Dupont 
Tranquil Space – Arlington, VA near Virginia Sq Metro and Dupont Circle 17th St locations
In Arlington, VA only, $10 Yoga On the Go every Thursday from 8:30pm – 9:30pm. In Dupont Circle $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
Unity Woods – Bethesda, MD – additional locations in Woodley Park, and Arlington, VA in Ballston
$5 Community class on Fridays, 6:00pm – 7:00pm at the Bethesda, MD location only. Details 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
Monday Night Mindfulness every Monday from 7:00pm – 8:30pm, and an early Intro for newcomers on the first Monday of the month at 6:15pm. The eve includes a sitting and walking meditation and a facilitated discussion. Learn more. Located near Friendship Heights metro and Chevy Chase Circle, about 13 min walk from metro (map),


Saturday afternoon

Stroga – Adams Morgan

Donation based Loving Kindness Meditation class on Saturdays from 1:15pm – 1:45pm taught by Andres Meneses.

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

Friday, May 22, 2015

ON VIEW: ART: Enjoy Art on View, as well as Free Workshops, at the Mediation Museum’s brand new location in Silver Spring, MD, close to the Forest Glen Metro, Free

Enjoy Art on view and Free Workshops and Events at The Meditation Museum in Silver Spring
Monday – Saturday

11:00am – 6:00pm
and during events in the eve

Free, donations welcome

If you haven’t been to the Meditation Museum before, this unique space recently moved to a new location in MD, a short walk from the Forest Glen Metro. In addition to the museum space, which features art ranging from pictures, posters, paintings and sculptures, designed to remind us of our true, highest selves and our responsibility to humanity, there are also lots of workshops and events offered at the Meditation Museum that are all free of charge!

To see a list of upcoming free workshops and events at the museum, please visit their website at You can also stay connected to the museum and their upcoming events through Meetup, facebook and twitter.

The Meditation Museum
9525 Georgia Avenue, Suite 101 – Silver Spring, MD
Metro: Forest Glen, an easy 8 minute walk north along Georgia Ave
Note: They just moved! Further north in MD but a short walk from the metro, just a few blocks.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

UPCOMING & ONGOING: JAZZ: Weekly: The James Benson Quartet performs, often with Abby Nightingale on Vocals, at Columbia Station in Adams Morgan, Live Jazz every SAT night from 9:30pm – 1:30am, often with Abby Nightingale on vocals, Free

Live Jazz with The James Benson Quartet at Columbia Station in Adams Morgan, often with the smooth and sultry vocals of Abby Nightingale
every Saturday night
9:30pm – 1:30am

The James Benson Quartet, who play jazz standards, blues, and bossa nova at Columbia Station every Saturday night, often with Abby Nightingale (listen here), performing sultry and smooth vocals. Columbia Station has earned the title of one of DownBeat Magazine’s Best Jazz Venues in DC, and the world and is located in the heart of Adams Morgan along 18th St.

Columbia Station
2325 18th St NW
Metro: Woodley Park and walk or take the Circulator bus to Adams Mill Rd stop, near 18th & Columbia and walk about two blocks, or Dupont Circle and take the 42 bus toward Mt Pleasant to Belmont and walk downhill one block to 18th St

Sunday, March 22, 2015

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Weekly: Free Tours & Tastings at the brand new DC-based One Eight Distilling, Offering DC-made spirits for the first time since prohibition, Free Tours every SAT from 1:00pm – 4:00pm, 21+ to taste

New DC Distillery One Eight Opens on 1/8/15 and will be offerring the first vodka and whiskey produced in DC since prohibition! Starting Saturday, January 10 they will be offering free tours and tastings on Saturday afternoons! They are distilling vodka and white whiskey now and will be working on gin and aged whiskeys in future months.

Next Tour & Tasting – Saturday, March 28
1:00pm – 4:00pm

Free, 21+ to taste

Tours every half-hour, first-come, first-served.
Visit their Tours & Tastings page for info
continuing every SaturdayEnjoy a tour of the distillery, records on the turntable, and samples of their spirits – they will be distilling vodka, gin and whiskey! You can buy some to take home with you if you like + local vendors and food trucks will be offering food for sale most weeks.
Location info from their website: “Ivy City and the New York Avenue corridor is one of the few remaining industrial areas in DC. Less than a mile from Union Market, Gallaudet University, and the Hecht Warehouse Development, we are proud to be part of a movement bringing new business and vitality to northeast dc as well as bringing craft spirits to the DC metro area.”
1135 Okie St NE
Metro:  Accessible by the D3, D4, E2 and E3 bus. Closest Metro is NoMa-Gallaudet U or Rhode Island Ave and from there you can walk or bike, about 25 min walk, or take a taxi or sign up here and get $20 off your first uber with the promo code FREEINDC14 – be sure to select uberx for the most affordable rate – or sign up here to get $10 off your first Lyft with the promo code FREEINDC10. It’s just a 5 min drive so you may not want to use up the $20 on your first ride if you metro, but perhaps from home depending where you live. Driving? Free on-street parking available.

Monday, March 2, 2015

UPCOMING & ONGOING: YOGA: Free Yoga Classes at DC Public Libraries, Select Days and Select Libraries

Free Yoga Classes at DC Public Libraries!
select days and times, select locations

Did you know that there are lots of Free Yoga Classes being offered at DC Public Libraries? The schedule changes often so best to see the current calendar list of Yoga Classes at DC Libraries here!

DC Public Library locations
Metro: See metro trip-planner for best metro or bus access

Saturday, January 3, 2015

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Weekly: Community Kirtan, Yoga and Meditation select days and times every week at Yoga District locations in DC, Free, donations welcome

Community Meditation, Kirtan & Yoga Classes at Yoga District locations in DC

Free, donations welcome
please note that this schedule is subject to change
Meditation – Evenings
Monday        6:45pm – 7:15pm  Dupont
Tuesday        7:00pm – 7:30pm  Dupont
Wednesday   7:00pm – 7:30pm  Dupont – Pranayama: Breathing
                    8:15pm – 9:00pm  14th St – Relax, Breathe, Meditate
Thursday      6:45pm – 7:30pm  Dupont
Saturday       7:45pm – 8:30pm   Dupont
Sunday         6:30pm – 7:05pm  14th St
                    7:00pm – 8:30pm   H St
Meditation – Mornings
Wednesday   7:30am – 8:30am  I St
Kirtan: Chanting
Saturday        8:00pm – 9:00pm  Bloomingdale
Sunday          12:00pm – 1:00pm  H St
Sunday Night  6:30pm – 7:15pm 14th St – Yogic Sleep: Resting Meditation for Stress Relief
                      6:30pm – 7:15pm  Glover Park – Yogic Sleep: Yoga Nidra
Sunday Night  7:15pm – 8:15pm 14th St – Sunday Night with the Sutras: The Yogic Principles
Nonprofit Community Run Yoga Studios
  • Glover Park: 2201 Wisconsin Ave, NW – newest studio
  • Dupont Circle: 1635 Connecticut Ave, NW, 5th Flr
  • U St. Corridor: 1910 14th St, NW, Units 1 & 3
  • Bloomingdale: 1830 1st St, NW
  • Downtown: 1922 I St, NW, 2nd & 3rd Flrs
  • Food and Tea Bar, District Tea, located on the 1st Flr
  • H St. Corridor: 526 H St, NE, 2nd Flr
Metro: Please see metro trip-planner for best metro or bus access

Thursday, January 1, 2015

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Weekly: Open Mic for Singer/ Songwriters at Gypsy Sally’s Vinyl Lounge in Georgetown every TUES night from 8:00pm – 12:00am, Sign-up 7:30pm, Free, 21+

every Tuesday night!
8:00pm – 12:00am, sign-up 7:30pm
Free, 21+
Singer/songwriter open mic every Tuesday night, while originals are preferred, covers are appreciated as well. All genres are welcome, but no pre-recorded tracks allowed; all music should be played  live. Gypsy Sally’s has a PA system in house and all mics, cables, stands are provided. If you need a keyboard, acoustic guitar, percussion or amp, they are available upon request. The stage is not large enough for full drum kits, but there is room for 3-4 people with a percussionist. Questions, email Drink specials until 10:00pm, all night for participating musicians. Food specials available as well.
If you haven’t been there yet, Gypsy Sally’s is a relatively new venue located above Malmaison on K St on the Waterfront, close to the Key Bridge. You can read more about them in this article in the Georgetowner! The Vinyl Lounge is a separate “no cover” eating and drinking lounge open Tuesday through Saturday, and on Sunday and Monday when there is music in the main room, which has its own entrance behind the building on 34th St. 
Coming Soon! Monday Night Music Showcase. They will soon be starting a singer songwriter showcase in the Vinyl Lounge on Monday nights and working into featured singer songwriter spots on Wednesday nights. The best way to sign up for those nights is to come to the Open Mic or email james@gypsysallys.comGypsy Sally’s
3401 K St NW
Note: Vinyl Lounge has it’s own entrance behind the building on 34th St
Close to the Key Bridge, on K St, right across from the Waterfront Park
Metro: Foggy Bottom, Farragut West, Farragut North or Rosslyn and take the Circulator bus or the 38B bus closer

Sunday, December 14, 2014

ON VIEW: ART: FURNITURE: “Masterpieces of American Furniture from the Kaufman Collection, 1700– – 1830” at the National Gallery of Art, West Building SUN, Oct 7 – Extended past WED, Dec 31, now on view indefinitely, Free

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Chippendale
desk and bookcase, c. 1765,
attributed to Thomas Affleck,
George M. and Linda H. Kaufman

Masterpieces of American Furniture from the Kaufman Collection, 1700– – 1830

Sunday, October 7 –  Wednesday, December 31
Update: This show has been extended indefinitely!

One of the largest and most refined collections of early American furniture in private hands–acquired over the course of five decades by George M. and Linda H. Kaufman–was promised to the Gallery in October 2010. This installation highlights nearly 100 examples of furniture and decorative arts.

West Building, Ground Floor
Metro: Archives – Navy Memorial, closest to the West Building

ON VIEW: ART: Magical Realist Painter Rob Gonsalves at Huckleberry Fine Art in Rockville, MD on view indefinitely, Free

Art by Rob Gonsalves

See the works by surrealist/ magical realist painter, Rob Gonsalves at Huckleberry Fine Art. Worth checking out his work up close and in person if you haven’t yet. (see artist bio and more paintings). His work is great for kids and adults, capturing a magic that stimulates the imagination and the creative mind.

Huckleberry Fine Art
12051 Nebel St – Rockville, MD
Metro: White Flint,walk up Rockville Pike, turn right on Old Georgetown where it dead-ends into Nebel St. The gallery is actually located in a parking lot with various warehouses, so if you think you’re lost when you turn in there, don’t worry, you’re in the right place. The gallery toward the back, to the right, at the back right corner.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

OF NOTE: WIFI: Here’s a list of Where to Wi-Fi for Free in DC! Coffeeshops, Cafes, Museums, Libraries, Parks, Bars and Restaurants with 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 on this post, send me a tweet @FreeinDCBlog or message me on Free in DC’s facebook page.

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

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

ADAMS MORGANThe Potter’s House 
Newly 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-6pmPleasant Pops
delicious 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

The Cakeroom
read more about this new spot opened at the end of 2013
2006 18th St NW
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


Coffy Cafe
Note: They close at 3:00pm
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

Flying Fish Coffee
smaller venue, community table and some smaller tables

Counter Culture espresso, hand poured coffee

3604 Mt Pleasant St, NWTynan 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 thereFilter 
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 NWH ST CORRIDOR, NE

417 H St NE

gelato and coffee bar, counter culture coffee
rather limited bar style seating at this one

1451 P St NW
right across from Whole Foods 
Note: They have two other DC locations, one on 7th St near Archives and Chinatown and one at Eastern Market next to peregrine, but I am pretty sure that these locations don’t have wireless, you can contact them first to ask.

Dolcezza –
ew 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.


Qualia Coffee
“fresh off the roast” coffee beans roasted on site
note – they also have a small outdoor area in the back!
3917 Georgia Ave NW
just a few blocks north of the Georgia Ave – Petworth metro
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

U St Cafe

2 hour internet ticket with purchase

where Mocha Hut used to be
1301 U 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


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 also in MD & VA
12th & E St
Metro Center
Locations in MD and VA as well. 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 VAHarris 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

Chief Ikes
1725 Columbia Rd NW
Adams MorganCommisary
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
1737 Wilson Blvd
between Courthouse and Rosslyn
2507 N. Franklin Rd
Arlington, VA 22201
Free wireless on Weekdays and
Until 1:00pm on Sat, Sun & Holidays
Northside Social (former murky)
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