Saturday, February 13, 2016
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Here are some great free arts and culture events from CultureCapital.com! 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 CultureCapital.com.TICKETPLACE.org is another great program where you can find discount tickets to performances throughout metro DC @TICKETPLACEDC on twitter and at TICKETPLACE.org.
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
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.
916 G St NW
Metro: Gallery Pl – Chinatown
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
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
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
Final Day! On view thru Sunday, February 14
VisArts at Rockville
155 Gibbs Street – Rockville, MD
in the Rockville Town Center
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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
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
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
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.
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
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 lyft.com. You can also get $20 off your first Uber with the promo code FREEINDC14 at uber.com/go/freeindc14 – 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.
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 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
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
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.
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
every Sunday evening
Hosted by IMCW
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
“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.
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
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
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
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.
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!
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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.
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
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.
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
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.
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 lyft.com. You can also get $20 off your first Uber with the promo code FREEINDC14 at uber.com/go/freeindc14 – 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
10:00am – 11:00am
Class limited to 8 students, RSVP to ensure your space: Arg.firstname.lastname@example.org 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 DCinfo@sos.org 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.
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 lyft.com. New Uber users get $20 off your first ride, sign up: uber.com/go/freeindc14 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
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: www.Hawah.life
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
every Monday Night
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 MoveYourBelly.com
“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+
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.
- Tuesdays at Bier Baron (Dupont Circle)
- Wednesdays at Town Tavern (Adams Morgan)
- Thursdays at Science Club (Downtown/ Dupont Circle South)
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:
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
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:
- Mondays at Shenanigan’s (Adams Morgan)
- Tuesdays at Bier Baron (Dupont Circle)
- Wednesdays at Town Tavern (Adams Morgan)
- Thursdays at Science Club (Downtown/ Dupont Circle south)
Metro: Dupont Circle, south
Monday, December 21, 2015
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.
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.
1145 17th St NW – two buildings, other one has an entrance on M St
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.
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”
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).
Metro: Dupont Circle, south exit, walk down O Street, between 20th and 21st
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
- Anderson House – Society of the Cincinnati
- Dumbarton House
- Fondo del Sol
- Heurich House Museum
- Mary McLeod Bethune Council House
- The National Museum of American Jewish Military History
- The Phillips Collection, see note above
- The Textile Museum
- Woodrow Wilson House
P.S. Looking to get out of the house? Here is a list of Coffee Shops and Cafes with Free Wi-Fi!
- 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
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
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.
Please message me to let me know if there are any changes to note in this list.
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.
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)
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),
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
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 MeditationMuseum.org. 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.
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.
1:00pm – 4:00pm
Free, 21+ to taste
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.
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!
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
- 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
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+
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
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.
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
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
Note – they have a cute outdoor area
really delicious coffee drinks, cute spot
1st & R St NW
nearest metro is NoMa, closest by bus
8th & D St, NE
standard benches and chairs, delicious espresso
now serving beer, wine and absinthe!
COLUMBIA HEIGHTS & MT PLEASANT
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
smaller venue, community table and some smaller tables
Counter Culture espresso, hand poured coffee
You get a 2 hour free wifi ticket with purchase
1400 Irving St NW
Sticky Fingers Bakery
Note: they do not offer cream for your coffee
Note: I heard that they turn off their wifi on Saturdays
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
(didn’t see website, reviews online) please
call for info 202- 463-7646
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
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 – 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.
“fresh off the roast” coffee beans roasted on site
3917 Georgia Ave NW
just a few blocks north of the Georgia Ave – Petworth metro
where Mocha Hut used to be
1301 U St NW
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
201 F St NE
Steam Cafe & Lounge
Busboys & Poets – two locations in DC
(waiter service only)
2021 14th St NW – 14 & V
large outdoor seating area and semi-outdoor space
Sister restaurant to Tryst, good coffee drinks
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
great espresso drinks, good food
OUTDOOR PARKS with Free WiFi!
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
Au Bon Pain
Metro Center, L St, Chinatown, etc…
13th & G – 601 13th St
15th & M – 1156 15th St
17th & L – 1101 17th St NW
1800 M St NW
14th and H 1399 New York Ave NW
15th and K 1432 K St NW
17th and K 1701 K St NW
Note: No WiFi at this one
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
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)
Irving at 14th St, NW
H St NW between 6th and 7th
Panera also has locations by metro in MD & VA:
lots of locations all over the city
BARS & RESTAURANTS IN DC
4529 Wisconsin Avenue NW
2233 Wisconsin Ave, NW
1330 19th St NW
3718 14th St NW (at Quincy)
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
1000 Jefferson Drive, SW
Great quiet places to work throughout DC!
View the list of Library locations!
Virginia Sq or Ballston
Wed – Fri: 4:00pm – 11:00pm*
Sat: Noon – 11:00pm
Sun: Noon – 5:00pm
Mon – Tues: Closed
Open later pending programmed events
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!
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
between Courthouse and Rosslyn
in the Ballston Commons Mall
7356 Baltimore Ave.
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