Tuesday, November 24, 2015

UPCOMING & ONGOING: Tonight! Armenian-born pianist Sofya Melikyan performs on TUES, Nov 24 as part of the Daily Millennium Stage series at The Kennedy Center, 6:00pm - 7:00pm, Performances 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

Tuesday, November 24
Sofya Melikyan
Armenian-born pianist Sofya Melikyan is recognized as an artist with a unique voice and enthusiastic zeal for her work. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, she performs compositions by Aram Khachaturian, Komitas Vardapet, Eduard Sadoyan, Alexander Arutunian, and Arno Babadjanian.
Remaining Performances this month:
Nov 25  Charm City Junction
Nov 26  Thanksgiving Day Swing: Jive Aces with Gottaswing
Nov 27  East River Jazz presents Billy Strayhorn's Birthday Celebration: The Lovejoy Group
Nov 28  Listen Local First: The Harry Bells
Nov 29  Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra: Harold Lloyd
Nov 30  James A. Johnson Young Artist Series presents In Song: Celebrating Youth Voices

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 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: Happy Thanksgiving to all! Here is a list of Free events from CultureCapital.com for FRI, Nov 27 - MON, Nov 30

Here are some great free arts and culture events from CultureCapital.com! This site is a fantastic resource for free and ticketed events 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 try our "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.

Friday, November 27

All Day - Art Sale at Brentwood Arts Exchange Craft Store - Brentwood, MD
Black Friday Sale at the Brentwood Arts Exchange Fine Craft Store
10:00am - 7:00pm
"One day a year, fittingly the day after Thanksgiving, we reduce our commission on sales and mark down everything in the Brentwood Arts Exchange Fine Craft Store 20% - but still pay the artists the same as with a regular sale. Support artists who are of course themselves also small businesses. Our Craft Store features unique, one-of-a-kind handmade jewelry, blown glass, ceramics, handbags, cards, and more." Enjoy your Black Friday shopping in a calm, friendly, local craft store full of beautiful gift options.
Brentwood Arts Exchange 
at the Gateway Arts Center
3901 Rhode Island Ave - Brentwood, MD
Metro: See metro trip-planner for best bus access from metro based on where you are coming from
Morning - Chamber Music at the Strathmore Mansion - Grosvenor, MD
Friday Morning Music Club Student Recital
Winners of FMMC student competitions will perform classical works.
The Mansion at Strathmore
10701 Rockville Pike -  Bethesda, MD - see map
Metro: Grosvenor, follow the walkway from the metro exit to the left, cross the street, go up the grassy hill, the Mansion is on the left across from the main Strathmore building.

Daytime - Free Portraits at Artomatic - New Carrollton, MD
Artomatic: Pithy Portraits: Free Professional Photo Session
Friday at 11:00am & 5:00pm
Also on  Saturday at 11:00am
Professional photographer and Artomatic veteran Bernardo Santos-Lachenal will offer brief headshot/portrait sessions free of charge! At Artomatic - read more about Artomatic here!
8100 Corporate Drive - Hyattsville, MD
Metro: New Carrollton, short walk from metro, just about 5 minutes or so

See the "Free in DC" Inside Out page on CultureCapital.com for more free events
Saturday, November 28

Five more Free events at Artomatic - New Carrolton, MD
Artomatic is a Huge Art event that takes place every few years, thru mid-December, read more here!

* Doodle Bot Workshop
Drop in and build a robot that wiggles, hops and shimmies! At the end you will have a functioning doodle-bot that can move across the floor and draw on its own. With teaching artist Grayson Heck.

* Pithy Portraits: Free Professional Photo Session
Professional photographer and Artomatic veteran Bernardo Santos-Lachenal will offer brief headshot/portrait sessions free of charge!

* Re-Mapping the US Workshop
This workshop will be about making the new map of America. Participants will learn that Math and Art are not two different things, they both can work together, to create an art piece that's ingenious yet attractive. Led by Ebtisam Abdulaziz.

* Building A Global Eco-Design Lecture
Tereneh Mosley of Idia'Dega Elegant Ethical Apparel will discuss building a global eco-design collaboration with Indigenous communities, looking at building a new fashion system and challenging the notion of appropriation/inspiration.

* Fire Handlers Participatory Event - Fire Spinning!
Try your hand at fire dancing with Danny Goldberg. Come see the show and try your hand at holding fire in a controlled manner.

Read more about Artomatic here!

8100 Corporate Drive - Hyattsville, MD
Metro: New Carrollton, short walk from metro, just about 5 minutes or so
Metro: New Carrollton

See the "Free in DC" Inside Out page on CultureCapital.com for more free events

Sunday, November 29

Afternoon - Want to Write a Book? - New Carrollton, MD
Artomatic: Sunday Literature: From Idea to Craft: Drafts and Editing
Also next Sunday, December 6
Learn how authors write a novel; from the process of inspiration to getting the words on paper. How to overcome challenges in the process, such as writers block. How to prepare a finished manuscript for its “birth” to the world in its book format, from manuscript editing to finalizing book cover. In addition in this session we will review different distribution methods/ venues in which to publish your book.

Afternoon - Silent Film with Live Musical Accompaniment at NGA East Building - Archives
National Gallery of Art Orchestra plays live with Silent Film
Gillian Anderson, guest conductor. Ciné-concert, silent film with live musical accompaniment, featuring Way Down East. Copresented with the Department of Film.
National Gallery of Art
East Building Auditorium
4th & Constitution Ave NW
Metro: Archives (Note: If cold outside or inclement weather, you can walk through the west building, use the 7th St entrance just past Constitution, buildings are connected underground)

See the "Free in DC" Inside Out page on CultureCapital.com for more free events
Monday, November 30

Evening - Korean Percussion Ensemble performs at UMD - College Park, MD

Korean Percussion Ensemble
"Experience the sights, sounds and rhythms of Korean percussion — Samulnori! Samulnori is an ensemble of four percussion instruments: an hourglass drum, a barrel drum, a small gong and a large gong. This exhilarating contemporary form of Korean music will be performed by the UMD Korean Percussion Ensemble. In addition, director Sebastian Wang will be accompanied by trained professionals who will perform some of the great repertoire of Samulnori. All are invited to come and enjoy this great event."
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
Stadium Drive, UMD - College Park, MD
Metro: College Park and take a bus, taxi, uber or lyft. See uber and lyft promo codes for new users at the bottom of this post.

See the "Free in DC" Inside Out page on CultureCapital.com for more free events

New user promos for uber and lyft: Smart phones users can download the uber and lyft apps. New users get $10 off your first lyft ride with promo code FREEINDC10 here and $20 off your first Uber with the promo code FREEINDC14 here - be sure to select uberx for best price!

Monday, November 23, 2015

UPCOMING: MEDITATION: Free Intro to Meditation series begins this MON, Nov 30 from 7:00pm - 8:30pm and continues the following three Mondays, through MON, Dec 21 at the Science of Spirituality DC Center, Free, 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

Series begins Monday, November 30
7:00pm - 8:30pm
and continues the next three Mondays:
Monday, December 7, 14 & 21
Free, RSVP required, email DCinfo@sos.org or call (937) 361-4515 or (301) 598-3582

Note: If you miss the first session on Monday, November 30 you are welcome to join in the second session on December 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 Spirituality - DC Center
2950 Arizona Ave NW
at the intersection of Cathedral and Arizona Ave.
Metro: Not that close to a metro but accessible by bus. See metro trip-planner for best bus acces looks like the M4 and D6 buses get you pretty close. 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!

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 (especially when I am traveling a lot during the summer) I might share 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! 

Sunday, November 22, 2015

UPCOMING & ONGOING: ART + MORE: See works by hundreds of local Artists, Attend Free Workshops & Performances and more at Artomatic, in MD right by the New Carrollton Metro, Open select hours WED - SUN from FRI, Oct 30 - SAT, Dec 12, Free

Artomatic Art show and more! This time in Maryland right by the New Carrollton Metro
Friday, October 30 - Saturday, December 12
Open Wednesdays - Sundays, see hours below
See the Facebook event page and be sure to visit the events calendar for a list of performances and special events!

Hours: Wednesdays & Thursdays 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Fridays and Saturdays 11:00am - midnight & Sundays 11:00am - 8:00pm

ARTOMATIC is a non-profit, volunteer-run 501(c)3 organization that organizes and hosts a large arts festival occurring every 12-18 months in the DC metropolitan area, usually in a commercial location slated for demolition.  The event is unjuried (first-come-first-served) and showcases creative work in visual art, music, film, performance, and fashion. The 2012 Artomatic attracted about 1700 artists and performers and over 70,000 visitors. They also license other events in other locations, such as Artomatic@Frederick, held in Frederick, MD, and are currently expanding and building their licensing program stateside and internationally. Artomatic’s mission is to create community, build audience and expand economic development by transforming available space into a playground for artistic expression.

8100 Corporate Dr - Hyattsville, MD 20785
Metro: New Carrollton, just by the metro, a few minute walk

Sunday, November 15, 2015

UPCOMING & ONGOING: COMEDY: Weekly: Last Resort Comedy Show now in Adams Morgan every WED night at Town Tavern at 8:00pm, Free, 21+

Last Resort Comedy Show - now in Adams Morgan
every Wednesday night at Town Tavern!
Free, RSVP requested here, 21+

Last Resort Comedy hosts a free show now every Wednesday in Adams Morgan featuring some of DC's best stand-up comics who have performed at the DC Improv, Arlington Drafthouse, Laugh Factory and more. 

Last Resort hosts free comedy shows in DC:
2323 18th St NW - Adams Morgan
Metro: Woodley Park and take the Circulator bus one stop to Adams Mill, by the FedEx, and walk across Columbia Rd to 18th St, about a block down on the left side, or take the 42 bus from Dupont Circle to 18th & Columbia  

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

Saturday, November 14, 2015

UPCOMING: COMEDY: Weekly: Last Resort Monday Night Comedy now in Adams Morgan every MON night at 8:00pm at Shenanigan's, 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.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

OF NOTE: FITNESS: 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 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!  

Saturday, October 31, 2015

UPCOMING & ONGOING: POETRY WORKSHOP: Twice-Monthly: Split This Rock & Beltway Poetry Slam's Poetry Writing Workshop WED, Dec 2 - and every first and third WED of the month - 6:30pm, end time may vary,used to be $5, now Free!

Split This Rock & Beltway Poetry Slam Writing Workshops
every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month
6:30pm, end time may vary 
workshop used to be $5, now Free!
All ages, no need to RSVP, just come ready to write

Next Workshop - Wednesday, December 2

Starting in September 2014, Split This Rock and The Beltway Poetry Slam (the new reigning champions of the National Poetry Slam!) began hosting bi-monthly writing workshops, continuing on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of every month, downtown at the Split this Rock main headquarters on 16th St between L & M St NW.

1112 16th St NW, Suite 600 - between M and L St 
Metro: McPherson Sq, Farragut North or S2 or S4 bus along 16th to M St

UPCOMING & ONGOING: MUSIC: Weekly: "Blue Monday Blues" every MON night at Westminster Church by the Waterfront Metro, Performers vary each week, 6:00pm - 9:00pm, $5

every Monday night
6:00pm - 9:00pm
All ages, $5, free for those 16 and under
view schedule hereview pics on flickr here

Monday, November 23

"Blue Monday Blues" brings together great local blues players for an evening of down-home blues. Food and beverages available for purchase from SW Catering Company, featuring Southern and Mediterranean cuisine, from 5:30pm - 8:30pm.

400 I St, SW (map and directions here)
Metro: Waterfront, seems to be a short walk from the metro
For those with cars, parking is available in the church lot or on the street.

UPCOMING & ONGOING: MEDITATION: Weekly: IMCW meets every SUN at the Church of the Holy City on 16th St near Corcoran, formerly at All Souls, 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
Note: While All Souls is undergoing renovations the sangha will be at the Church of the Holy City

"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.

New location as of March 2nd, 2014

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

Friday, October 30, 2015

UPCOMING & ONGOING: KARAOKE: Twice-Monthly: Kostume Karaoke-every first and third WED of the month - at Little Miss Whiskey's on HSt NE from 9:00pm - 1:30am, Free, 21+

every first and third Wednesday of the month
9:00pm - 1:30am, or so
Free, 21+
plus, weekly event every Thursday at Solly's!

Next Kostume Karaoke - Wednesday, Deceomber 2

Some people come for the karaoke, some come for the costumes, some come for both... and a lot of silliness! Costumes provided, and you must be in costume to take the mic.
Kostume Karaoke now takes place every 1st & 3rd Wednesday at Little Miss Whiskey's on H St, NE. Connect Kostume Karaoke on facebook here.

Little Miss Whiskey's
1104 H St, NE
Metro: Gallery Pl - Chinatown and take the X2 bus there, runs along H St

Monday, September 21, 2015

ON VIEW: Here is a great list of Free, donation-based and low-cost things you can do "Off The Mall"

Explore DC "Off The Mall" Here are some ideas! Lots of Free, discount and low-cost venues!

Did you know? Free in DC has it's own CultureCapital Inside-Out page on CultureCapital listing free events and exhibitions on view!

If you've never been to or heard of the Pepco Gallery in Chinatown, Joan Hisako Healing Arts Gallery on U St, Honfleur Gallery in Anacostia and the Meditation Museum in Silver Spring, you might want to check them out as well. 

Museums and other places "Off The Mall" 

The National Building Museum
Free if you just want to hang out in the space, $8 - $5 if you want to see any of the exhibits on view. The building itself is a beautiful space, huge ceilings, cafe, and one of DC's best gift shops.
401 F St NW
Metro: Judiciary Sq

National Geographic Museum
Admission to this museum varies, lots of the exhibits are free in general
those with kids might enjoy the Meerkats 3-D film currently screening, $7
1145 17th St NW - two buildings, other one has an entrance on M St
Metro: Dupont Circle, south or Farragut North, L St exit, easiest access is by bus, take any of the S line buses along 16th St to M St or the 42 bus to M St

The Wilderness Society - Ansel Adams Gallery
On view Monday - Friday during the day, Free
Photographer Ansel Adams was a Wilderness Society council member and supported the organization for more than four decades. Throughout his career, he photographed dozens of iconic portraits of wildlands, such as Alaska’s Denali and California’s Yosemite. Before his death in 1984, Adams gave 75 signed, original images to The Wilderness Society. Since that time the collection has grown to a total of 88 landscape photographs and one portrait of Adams by photographer Arnold Newman. Hours: Monday - Thursday 10:00am - 4:00pm, Friday 10:00am - 2:00pm. Closed, weekends and federal holidays. 
1615 M St NW, in the Sumner School building 
Metro: Dupont Circle, south or Farragut North, L St exit, easiest access is by bus, take any of the S line buses along 16th St to M St or the 42 bus to M St

The Phillips Collection
Did you know that they Phillips is by donation during the week? Permanent collection only. Click link above for detailed post on Free in DC.
1600 21st St NW
Metro: Dupont Circle, Q St north exit

National Museum of Women in the Arts
General Admission $10, Members/Students/65+ $8, Free for those 18 and under
1250 New York Ave NW
Metro: Metro Center or take any of the S buses along 16th St that run to 13th & NY Ave.

The Mansion on O Street
DC's most unusual and quirky museum if you ask me! Great for all ages.
The basic "Self-Guided/Gift Shopping/Book Tour"
$8 donation/person
Create your own adventure when you explore the museum and its collection of more than 20,000 books and other donated items on your own. Search through 100 rooms and 32 secret doors for new titles, rare volumes, or your all time favorites! Get 2 free books of similar value for every 10 you purchase. Most titles are priced $5 or less. 10% discount off other items (antiques excluded).
2020 O St NW
Metro: Dupont Circle, south exit, walk down O Street, between 20th and 21st
The Corcoran Gallery of Art 
$10, Seniors 62+ Students with valid ID $8, Free for12 and under, Members and Military Active Duty. They also have a side gallery called Gallery 31 that is free during museum hours
500 17th St NW
Metro: Farragut North or Farragut West and walk down 17th St toward E St about ten minutes or so

Museums listed below are part of the Dupont - Kalorama Museums Consortium 
click through for hours and admission details - see map

P.S. Looking to get out of the house? Here is a list of Coffee Shops and Cafes with Free Wi-Fi!

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 Udofia

3904 14th Street, NW
Artist: Words Beats and Life

314 Carroll Street, NW
Artist: Words Beats and Life

907 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 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.

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 Saturday

Enjoy 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 david@gypsysallys.com. 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.com

Gypsy 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 February 2014. 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. 

Pleasant 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

Sugar Daddy's Bakery
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: During the month of February 2015 they will be closing at 4:00pm
At Park Rd, across from the Tivoli large community space, retro vibe
serving rather good espresso from Ceremony coffee, and crepes
3310 14th St NW

Flying Fish Coffee
community table and some smaller tables
Counter Culture espresso, hand poured coffee
now serving beer, wine and cocktails as well
open til 8:00pm every night 

3604 Mt Pleasant St, NW

Tynan Coffee and Tea 
You get a 2 hour free wifi ticket with purchase
open 'til 8:00pm daily, next to metro and Five Guys
1400 Irving St NW

Sticky Fingers Bakery
*vegan food only* good for gluten free too
Note: they do not offer cream for your coffee
pink glittery furniture with old school diner vibe
Note: I heard that they turn off their wifi on Saturdays
so check first if you go on a weekend
1370 Park Rd, NW

gelato and coffee bar, ritual coffee
some seating and community table
1704 Connecticut Ave, NW -near R St
Note: locations also in Bethesda and Georgetown 
but not sure if they have wireless there

note - they also have a small outdoor area!
nice place, good coffee, but super small
inside can be hard to find seating sometimes
1726 20th NW (between R & S)

note - they also have an outdoor area 
one of DC's very first coffeeshops!
(didn't see website, reviews online) please
call for info 202- 463-7646
2150 P St NW

Peregrine Espresso
660 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Note: They have a small shop also on 14th St, near U, that does not offer wireless internet

Port City Java
701 North Carolina Ave. SE

Bourbon Coffee 
"crop to cup" beans from Rwanda!
Super comfy, nice decor! Great story/mission.
try the ice kaffe in summer - ice cream + espresso!
2101 L St NW

Baked and Wired
Cupcakes and coffee, the only indie coffee shop in the area.
Just past canal from M St between 30th & 31st St, K & M St
1052 Thomas Jefferson St NW

417 H St NE

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.


La Colombe Coffee
Cool new spot with clear garage like doors that roll up when the weather is nice. Originally from Philly, this is their first DC location. "Trendy neighborhood coffeehouse offers house-roasted espresso in a sleek, industrial-chic interior." Open daily til 7:00pm, from 7:00am on weekdays and 8:00am on Saturdays and Sundays. 
924 N St NW 
Tucked away in Blagden Alley, not visible from the main road

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

Blind Dog Cafe - at Darnell's 
note - they have two outdoor seating areas, one in back and one in front
super cozy and comfy spot, delicious baked goods, food and coffee, nice staff
only open til 4:00pm
9th & W St, near Florida Ave, a short walk from the 9:30 Club

Ebenezers Coffeehouse
201 F St NE

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

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

Foggy Bottom/ K St Area

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Corner Bakery
locations throughout the city!

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

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

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

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

Harris Teeter - Citadelnow has a fancy coffee machine and wifi in their cafe
1631 Kalorama Rd - between 16h & 17th St
Adams Morgan/ 16th St

IHOP - Open 24 hours!
**This is the only free wireless spot I know of open 24 hours**
Irving &14th St, NW
Columbia Heights (not sure if the one in Ballston has internet)
New: Apparently, most all of the McDonalds in the area now have offer free wireless internet! To see which ones in the area have wi-fi and to learn more, please click here. You'll want to type in your zipcode and look for the ones with a green box on the far right.

1350 Connecticut Avenue
Dupont Circle 
Irving at 14th St, NW
Columbia Heights
Wisconsin Ave, above the metro
H St NW between 6th and 7th
Panera also has locations by metro in MD & VA:
just north on Colesville at Georgia
Silver Spring, MD
in the Ballston Commons Mall
Ballston, VA

many Safeway stores now have free wireless in their cafes so you should call first
some are run by Starbucks. I know for sure that these two have:
1100 4th St, SW
Waterfront Metro
5th & K St, NW
Gallery Place, Mt Vernon Sq, Circulator bus

lots of locations all over the city

pizza and sandwich place, casual
multiple locations, see list online
Tenley has wifi, not sure if the others do, please call
4529 Wisconsin Avenue NW

Breadsoda *Late Night Spot*
beer, billiards, sandwiches, open late!
2233 Wisconsin Ave, NW
Glover Park (bus access from Tenleytown metro)

Buffalo Billiards
1330 19th St NW
Dupont Circle

Chief Ikes
1725 Columbia Rd NW
Adams Morgan

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