Saturday, January 20, 2018

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Today + Tonight! Here are some more Free and low-cost events to choose from in DC on SAT, Jan 20

Saturday, January 20

Here is a list of more Free and low-cost events from the Current Newspaper daily events page (Thanks to The Current Newspaper staff for compiling!). Events are organized by start time. Some events may require advance RSVP, if so that will also be noted. If more information is needed about the event or the venue you can search google or refer to the links included if they are listed. For public transit access by bus or metro, see metro trip-planner.


  • Kids: Author Sonia Panigrahy will read from her children’s book “Nina the Neighborhood Ninja,” which describes the adventures of a female superhero, Nina, who rescues neighborhood animals in trouble. 10 to 11 a.m. Free. The Potter’s House, 1658 Columbia Road NW. 202-232-5483.
     11:00am - 2:00pm 
  • The National Building Museum will host a family-friendly afternoon encouraging children of all ages to build forts using newspapers and triangle shapes, all while local author Megan Wagner Lloyd reads from her children’s book “Fort Building Time.” 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448.

     12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm & 3:00pm
  • Film: The National Geographic Museum will screen “Jerusalem 3-D,” which features aerial footage of the ancient city of Jerusalem. Noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. $7. Grosvenor Auditorium, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. The film will be shown Saturdays and Sundays until August.
  • Author Talk:  American University Professor Dan Fulsom will discuss his third book on Richard Nixon: “The Mafia’s President: Nixon and the Mob.” 1 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.

  • Youth Poetry Open Mic:  Busboys and Poets will have their monthly Youth Open Mic, which will be hosted by D.C. Youth Slam Team that encourages middle school and high school students to share their poetry, music and acting skills. 5 to 7 p.m. $5. Busboys and Poets, 5th and K streets NW. 202-789-2227.
  • Concert: 40 artists from the Young Artists of America at Strathmore will perform some of the greatest works of Leonard Bernstein, including selections from “West Side Story,” “Wonderful Town” and “1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.” 6 to 7 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. You can also watch the live stream online on facebook if you don't make it in person. 202-467-4600.

UPCOMING: Today! The National Museum of Women in the Arts hosts a Free Community Day in Honor of the Women’s March on Washington SAT, Jan 20 from 10:00am - 5:00pm, Free Admission to the Museum

National Museum of Women in the Arts
Special Community Day 
Saturday, January 20
10:00am - 5:00pm

The NMWA is offering free admission on Saturday, an opportunity to celebrate the creative contributions of women and champion women through the arts. 

On View:

Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today places abstract works by multiple generations of black women artists in context with one another—and within the larger history of abstract art—for the first time, revealing the artists’ role as unrecognized leaders in abstraction.

Photo credit: Emily Haigh
Hung Liu In Print: Adapting figures from historical photographs, and using an array of printing and collage techniques, Hung Liu’s highly textured and richly colored works transform their subjects and explore narratives of struggle and migration in China and the United States.

1250 New York Avenue, NW (see map)
near the corner of 13th & H St NW 
Metro: Metro Center or McPherson Sq

Friday, January 19, 2018

UPCOMING: MEDITATION: Meditate in Community on SUN, Jan 21 and most Sunday Mornings at the Science of Spirituality DC Center, Silent Meditation from 10:00am - 11:00am, Meditation Talk from 11:00am - 12:00pm, Vegetarian lunch to follow, Free

Weekly Meditation on Sunday Mornings
except for the first Sunday of the month
at the Science of Spirituality  DC Center

Sunday Morning Silent Meditation
10:00am - 11:00am
Sunday Morning Meditation Talk
11:00am - 12:00pm
All welcome regardless of level of experience

Meditation Talk and Meditation at 11:00am is recommended for new folks. Feel free to arrive when you can to meditate with the group in a silent format so if you are an experienced meditator you are welcome to arrive anytime starting from 10:00am for a silent meditation sit. Vegetarian lunch is provided after the meditation talk. at noon, for those who participate in the morning program.

Next gathering will be on Sunday, January 21
10.00 - 11:00 am Meditation
11:00 - 12:00 pm English Satsang/ Talk
12:00 - 1:00 pm Vegetarian Lunch

Meditation Talks in Other Languages
10:30 - 11:30 am Spanish Satsang
1:00 - 2:00 pm Hindi Satsang

The Science of Spirituality Meditation DC Center opened in the Fall of 2013 and offers many free workshops and events. The center focuses on using the practice of Jyoti Meditation. Science of Spirituality has been offering free meditation workshops actively in the DC area since 1953. As part of an international, nonprofit, multi-faith organization consisting of two thousand centers and a million members world-wide, Science of Spirituality welcomes the community to participate in its meetings and activities. The group’s president is spiritual leader and author, H.H. Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj, world renowned for his books on meditation and spirituality, and for leading conferences and workshops promoting love, unity, and peace, in all lands and among all peoples, through the practice of meditation.

SOS DC also offers free meditation workshops at area libraries. You can learn more about SOS DC and Jyoti Meditation on their website and connect with them on twitter @SOSMeditate.
Science of Spirituality - DC Center
2950 Arizona Ave NW
at the intersection of Cathedral and Arizona Ave.
Metro: Not that close to a metro but accessible by bus. See metro trip-planner for best bus acces looks like the M4 and D6 buses get you pretty close but they don't run that often. For those with cars, street parking is available. For those of you with smart phones who don't own cars you may want to consider taking uber or lyft there from wherever you are or from the Tenleytown Metro, which is closest. See promo below.

New User Promotions: $10 off your first Lyft ride with promo code FREEINDC10 when you sign up at $20 off your first Uber ride when you sign up at and use the promo code FREEINDC14. I don't think the credit will apply to uber pool or lyft line for your first trip so select uber x from the best price and then select uber pool (if you don't mind sharing the ride with someone and aren't in a hurry) or lyft line (shared ride option) for best price when you request future rides.

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Here's a list of more Free and low-cost events happening in DC on SUN, Jan 21

Sunday, January 21

Here is a list of more Free and low-cost events from the Current Newspaper daily events page (Thanks to The Current Newspaper staff for compiling!). Events are organized by start time. Some events may require advance RSVP, if so that will also be noted. If more information is needed about the event or the venue you can search google or refer to the links included if they are listed. For public transit access by bus or metro, see metro trip-planner.


  • Knitting & Crocheting: The Washington National Cathedral will hold a Knitting and Crocheting Ministry, where members of the public are welcome to use their crafting skills to make children’s hats, scarves and booties that will be donated to organizations that serve homeless children and families. 1 p.m. Free. 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-537-6200. The event will repeat several times until March 18.
  • Concert: Marlisa Woods on the violin and Mark Irchai on the piano will play some of the most challenging music written for their respective instruments, including Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata and Prokofiev’s Violin Sonata No. 1. 2 to 3 p.m. Free; donations accepted. Live at 10th and G, 945 G St. NW. 202-628-4317.
  • Concert: Members of the DC Concert Orchestra will play a free concert featuring music by Johannes Brahms on the flute and oboe at the Church of the Epiphany. 3 to 5 p.m. Free concert. Program details: DC Concert Orchestra plays Jean Sibelius, Karelia Suite, Op. 11, Carl Reinecke, Ballade for Flute, Yolanda Cole, Flute. Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari, Idillio - Concertino, Nina Skaya, Oboe, and  Johannes Brahms, Variations on a Theme by Haydn. 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635.
  • Dance Class: The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage will present Joy of Motion Dance Center, which will provide a free Zumba dance class for audience members of all ages. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, The Kennedy Center. I believe this class will also be live streamed over The Kennedy Center's page on facebook as other Millennium Stage events are. 2700 F St NW. 202-467-4600.
  • Author Talk: Gordon Whitman will discuss his new book “Stand Up,” which describes ways that people can make a difference in the world of face-to-face organizing, instead of by sharing social media posts and signing online petitions. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Busboys and Poets, 5th and K streets NW. 202-789-2227.
  • Special Event: On the one-year anniversary of the Women’s March, Sixth and I Synagogue will host “Empow(HER)ed: An Evening of Arts and Activism,” which will feature musicians, spoken word artists, storytellers and thought leaders celebrating the creativity and power of women’s voices. 7 p.m. $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Sixth and I, 600 I St. NW. 202-408-3100.

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Here's a list of more Free and low-cost events happening in DC on MON, Jan 22

Monday, January 22

Here is a list of more Free and low-cost events from the Current Newspaper daily events page (Thanks to The Current Newspaper staff for compiling!). Events are organized by start time. Some events may require advance RSVP, if so that will also be noted. If more information is needed about the event or the venue you can search google or refer to the links included if they are listed. For public transit access by bus or metro, see metro trip-planner.

  • Ralph Buglass, an independent scholar on school segregation in D.C., will hold a discussion on the history of the local Thaddeus Stevens School, which was built 150 years ago for African American students, and the segregation in D.C. until the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision. Noon. Free; no reservations required. The George Washington University Museum and the Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-5200.

  • The Georgetown University Department of Performing Arts will host a lecture by Timberlake Wertenbaker on The Limits of Freedom. Wertenbaker returns to give this talk in conjunction with the American premiere of her multiracial play Jefferson’s Garden at Ford’s Theatre. 5 p.m. Free. Georgetown University, Gaston Hall, Healy Building, 37th and O St. NW. 202-687-2787.
  • Concert: Eight violinists from the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University will perform works by musicians including Bridge, Mendelssohn, Maurer and Piazzolla, followed by other musicians in the group for the Performance Academy Festival Orchestra performance. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, The Kennedy Center. 2700 F St NW. 202-467-4600.
  • The Potter’s House will hold a “Death Cafe,” where people of all cultural or religious backgrounds are welcome to discuss death and dying, as part of a discussion led by Nicole Heidbreder, a local D.C. Hospice nurse who will be launching “The Magical Deathcast” podcast about death. 6 p.m. Free. The Potter’s House, 1658 Columbia Rd. NW. 202-232-5483.
  • Author Talk: Rebecca Boggs Roberts will discuss her book “Suffragists in Washington, D.C. The 1913 Parade and the Fight for the Vote,” detailing women protesting and picketing outside the White House for the right to vote. 7 p.m. Politics and Prose at The Wharf, 70 District Square SW. 202-488-3867.
  • Poetry Reading and Open Mic: Cafe Muse will host poets Marlena Chertock and Sean Enright as they read from their works. Open mic will follow. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 South Park Ave., Chevy Chase.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

UPCOMING: IMPROV CLASS: The Unified Scene Theater in Bloomingdale hosts their Monthly Free Improv Workshop on SUN, Jan 28 from 1:00pm - 3:00pm, RSVP now to ensure your space!

Monthly Free Improv Workshop at The Unified Scene Theater in Bloomingdale 
Sunday, January 28
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Free, RSVP to

Ever thought “Hey, this improv stuff looks fun. But I’m not sure I could do it. Wouldn’t mind giving it a test run before I do.” Well, now’s your chance! Come out this Sunday afternoon for a free 2-hour improv workshop at The Unified Scene Theater in Bloomingdale. You might surprise yourself — and have fun doing it!

Space is limited, so please email to let them know you’re coming

The Unified Scene Theater
80 T St NW
Metro: Shaw - Howard U and walk about 12 minutes or take a bus. You can catch the 80 line towards Fort Totten right to T and North Capitol, and walk a block West to the theater, or the G8 which drops you off right across the street from the theater on Rhode Island Ave Also, a Capital Bikeshare station (located at 1st and RI Avenue, NW) is within mere steps of the theater, or you can hop in an uber or lyft there, see promotions for new users below.

UPCOMING: MAGIC + COMEDY: "Madam's Magical Comedy Show" is back on MON, Jan 22 and every Monday Night at Madam's Organ in Adams Morgan with Mentalist + Magician Alain Nu, Comedian Haywood Turnipseed, Jr. and others, 8:30pm, doors at 8:00pm, $3, 21+

"Madam's Magical Comedy Show" features Comedy + Magic with Haywood Turnipseed, Jr., mentalist and magician Alain Nu and local comics at Madams Organ
every Monday night 
8:30pm - 10:30pm or so, 8:00pm doors
$3, 21+ 

Every Monday you can enjoy comedy and a comedy open mic hosted by Haywood Turnipseed, Jr and magic and other wow tricks from mentalist Alain Nu, "The Man Who Knows" every Monday night at Madams Organ on their second floor stage. 

Next Show - Monday, January 22

Magician Alain Nu: "Throughout his entire life, Alain Nu, The Man Who Knows, has been looking at life with an unusual perspective and doing amazing things. Starting at a very early age, with interests in uncanny phenomena, hypnosis, eastern mysticism and illusions, Alain realized for himself a fantastic world of possibilities and interesting explorations."

Comedian Haywood Turnipseed Jr. "As a husband/dad/Telephone Man/Jedi by day and a stand-up comic/occasional Sith Lord by night, Haywood Turnipseed still finds time to entertain DC’s masses at comedy spots around the region. Originally from the Holy Land of Indiana, Haywood now resides in DC with his family and is a U.S. Air Force Veteran."

Madam's Organ
2461 18th St NW
in Adams Morgan, next door to Tryst 
Metro: Woodley Park or Columbia Heights and take the Circulator bus to Adams Mill/ 18th St stop by the FedEx or walk, about 15 minutes from either station, or you can catch the 42 or 43 bus from Connecticut Ave or Dupont Circle toward Mt Pleasant and get off at 18th & Columbia Rd. The 90 bus lines and L2 bus also go to 18th & Columbia if that is better for you. See metro trip-planner for best options. You can also take uber or lyft there. See new user promotions below.

New user promotions for uber and lyft! Get $10 off your first Lyft with promo code FREEINDC10 Sign up at Get $20 off your first Uber with promo code FREEINDC14 Sign up at While I don't think the credit will apply to uber pool or lyft line for your first trip so select uber x from the best price and then select uber pool (if you don't mind sharing the ride with someone and aren't in a hurry) or lyft line (shared ride option) for best price when you request future rides.

UPCOMING: MUSIC: The Church of the Epiphany Tuesday Concert Series returns this TUES, Jan 23 with a Piano performance of the four-hand arrangement of Stravinsky’s ballet score "Le Sacre du Printemps" at the Church of the Epiphany, near Metro Center, from 12:10pm - 1:00pm, Artists vary each Week, Free, donations appreciated

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

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

Tuesday, January 23
Carlos Rodriguez, piano, and Ralitza Patcheva, piano, perform the four-hand arrangement of Igor Stravinsky’s iconic and revolutionary ballet score Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring). See the full program for January 23.

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

1317 G St NW
Metro: Metro Center

UPCOMING: COMEDY: “Who's In Here?" a Crowd Work Comedy Show hosted by Tim Miller THURS, Jan 25 at Drafthouse Comedy on L St near McPherson Sq at 8:45pm, doors 8:00pm, $5 plus fee online, RSVP requested, 18+

"Who's In Here?" hosted by Tim Miller at Drafthouse Comedy on L St NW
Thursday, January 25
8:45pm, doors 8:30pm 
$5 plus service fee when you buy online, or at the door for $5 if room is available, RSVP requested here,
This venue is open to those 18+ with no minimum purchase required

Comedian Tim Miller hosts "Who's In Here?" a comedy show based mostly on crowd work. Who's In Here? features local comics improving material based on the audience. If you're a good sport and don't mind literally being a part of the show, it'll be an experience like no other.

"Tim Miller: Oh, so you want to know more about me huh? Well hang onto your butts ladies and gentlemen. I'm a Stand-up comedian from Texas, born and raised. I joined the Army which, some how led me to Washington D.C. where I currently reside. I've had a passion for comedy all of my life. It was my mother who said, if you can't laugh through life then the hell with ya!"

Unlike some other comedy venues, this venue is open to those 18+ and does not have any minimum purchase requirement. Drafthouse Comedy is styled after a black box theater, with tall ceilings, great sight lines, and an intimate setting. The venue has beer, wine, liquor, and some light fare available for purchase. Opened in April of 2016 and operated by the same folks who run Arlington Drafthouse, Drafthouse is a unique comedy arts performance space located in the heart of downtown DC at the corner of 13th & L St NW.

1100 13th St NW - enter on L St between 13th & 14th St
Metro: McPherson Sq is closest, also walking distance from Metro Center or you can take the Circulator bus, Woodley - McPherson Sq route, or any of the metro buses along K St or 14th St, to the stop closest to 14th & K St NW

UPCOMING: TRIVIA: New Thursday Night Trivia at DC Brau hosted by Christian Hunt from Capital City Showcase THURS, Jan 25 from 7:30pm - 9:30pm, Free, 21+

Thursday Night Trivia at  DC Brau Brewing Company
Hosted by Christian Hunt from Capital City Showcase
Thursday, January 25
and every Thursday
7:30pm - 9:30pm
Free, 21+

You can now come out to DC Brau every Thursday for Trivia with Christian Hunt, host of The Capital City Showcase and win great prizes, including gift certificates to local establishments and free beer! There will also be food for sale, courtesy of Tamales Pachuca!

3178 Bladensburg Rd NE Ste B
Metro: Best to see metro trip-planner for best bus options depending on where you are coming from. I know that from the Rhode Island Ave you can take the B8 bus, or you can uber or lyft there, prices for uber pool and lyft line shared rides are usually pretty affordable.

UPCOMING: FILM: Come out to the Meditation Museum in MD for a screening of the film "PGS Intuition - Your Personal Guidance System" and a video chat with the Filmmaker on SUN, Jan 28 from 3:00pm - 5:00pm, walking distance from the Forest Glen Metro, Free, RSVP Requested

The Meditation Museum in Silver Spring, MD hosts a Free Screening of the Film PGS Intuition - Your Personal Guidance System plus, Filmmaker Bill Bennett will join in live via Facetime for Q&A with the audience.
Sunday, January 28
3:00pm - 5:00pm 
Free, donations welcome, RSVP requested here

All are welcome to attend a free screening of the film PGS Intuition - Your Personal Guidance System (83 min, view trailer ). The film was shot all around the world over a three year period. It documents Bill Bennett’s journey to find the source of a voice which saved his life. The search took him to some of the most remote and sacred places on the planet, to talk to holy men and mystics, sadhus and saints, research scientists and quantum physicists and psychiatrists. Over the three year period Bill spoke to some of the world’s leading experts on intuition, spanning the fields of science, religion, and spirituality. 

The movie features interviews with Dr. Caroline Myss, Dr. Norman Shealy, James Van Praagh, Lee Carroll, Dr. Judith Orloff, Michael Tamura, Dr. Dean Radin, Paul Selig and others. Bill discovered that intuition is part of a subtle energetic system that seeks to protect us and guide us along our life’s journey so that we can achieve our true purpose – and lead a life of fulfillment and contentment. He called it our PGS – our Personal Guidance System.

The movie discusses what intuition is, how it works, and how you can access it. For Bill, the three year journey making this movie not only took him to the furthermost reaches of the planet, it also took him to the innermost depths of his soul. As he says: "Making this movie changed my life. Watching it could change yours."

9525 Georgia Avenue - Silver Spring, MD (see map).
Metro: Forest Glen, an easy 8 minute or so walk north along Georgia Ave, just a few blocks from the metro

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

UPCOMING: COMEDY: Attack of the Comics is back at Drafthouse Comedy on FRI, Jan 26 - and every Friday night! 10:30pm doors, 10:45pm show, Free and open to those 18+

Attack of the Comics Friday Night Comedy Show at Drafthouse!
Friday night late show starting on
Friday, January 26
10:30pm doors, 10:45pm show
Free, RSVP requested here
venue is open to those 18+ so great for college students too

Drafthouse Comedy Presents Attack of the Comics: DC's longest running Stand-up Open Mic, because seasoned comics need to work things out, and young comics need to work things out and sometimes they come together on the same stage, and at a venue open to those 18 and up! Of course drinks are available for those 21+ but no minimum purchase is required. Laughing highly encouraged though.

Drafthouse Comedy is styled after a black box theater, with tall ceilings, great sight lines, and an intimate setting, and is conveniently located in the heart of downtown DC at the corner of at 13th & L St NW.

1100 13th St NW - enter on L St between 13th & 14th St
Metro: McPherson Sq is closest, also walking distance from Metro Center or you can take the Circulator bus, Woodley - McPherson Sq route, or any of the metro buses along K St or 14th St, to the stop closest to 14th & K St NW

UPCOMING: MEDITATION: "Meditation for New Beginnings" Introduction to Meditation Workshop with David Newcomb at the Southeast Library on TUES, Jan 30 from 7:00pm - 8:30pm, Free

Meditation for New Beginnings
Free Introduction to Meditation Workshop with David Newcomb at the Southeast Library
Tuesday, January 30
7:00pm - 8:30pm

In this busy, fast-paced world, peace seems like an elusive commodity. Please join David Newcomb, a longtime meditator, for this engaging workshop. David has been giving programs on meditation for many years. He will offer effective techniques that can reduce stress, enhance relaxation, promote inner growth, and improve our physical mental and spiritual health. David will also include a short meditation sitting. Begin the New Year with meditation and join David as he invites you on this journey.

Southeast Library
403 7th St. SE
Metro: Eastern Market

OF NOTE: FITNESS: Fitiverse is Free to Join and helps you to Connect with new Workout buddies and Find Free Fitness Activities in your area

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Fitiverse is local, social network that will help you to find new, fun and social ways to workout! Fitiverse focuses on fitness and connects you with compatible workout buddies who have access to the same fitness zones, which are like neighborhoods.

Find Free Workouts, Yoga Classes, Meet-ups and more, on Fitiverse. The local place to go for Free Fitness activities! Create your free account here!

If you're wondering why am I sharing Fitiverse on Free in DC when technically it's not an arts, culture or consciousness event, it is because Fitiverse shares a similar mission, to help people connect to fabulous, local, free things to do. In their case, they just focus on fitness. It's also free to join! The site was founded by two brothers who live in the DC area who share a passion for fitness and well-being. They wanted to help others in the greater community find people who live nearby, share similar schedules and are interested in similar ways of working out and having fun.

Create your free account to find some free activities, have some fun burning calories and maybe even make some new friends while you are at it.

Monday, January 15, 2018

UPCOMING: HIGHLIGHTS: Find more Free and low-cost events every day @FreeinDCBlog on twitter - and if you don't use twitter, no worries, you don't need an account to view the page!

For more events please check out @FreeinDCBlog on twitter and the Free in DC page on facebook, search for "Free in DC" or click here! Much of the event content I cover comes from facebook and I don't always have time to craft individual posts on this site for every event I come across and I often post links to events on  @FreeinDCBlog on twittter and/or FreeinDC on facebook that aren't on the main site.

I tweet most every day, focusing on events happening that day, and some other events coming soon or ones that you might not find on the main site or on facebook. Also, if you aren't a twitter user you can just look at the page without needing to sign up for an account!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

OF NOTE: WIFI: Here's a list of Where to get Free Wi-Fi! Go online at Coffeeshops, Cafes, Museums, Libraries, Parks, Bars and Restaurants, Places to get Free Wireless Internet in DC, MD and VA

Updated December 29, 2015. Here is a list of coffee shops and other spots with free wireless internet in DC, and parts of VA and MD. I am sure there are more I haven't listed yet... Please add any additional locations in DC or next to a metro in MD or VA along with the address, area, and link if you have it in the comment section and I will add it to the list! If you know of any changes, please let me know of those as well. You can comment tweet me @FreeinDCBlog or message me on Free in DC's facebook page or send an email to if you have any updates to this list (new places or places listed here that may be closed, etc...) Thanks!

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

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


The Potter's House
Now Renovated! "Cafe, Bookstore, and Community Space - Rooted in Adams Morgan Since 1960"
1658 Columbia Rd NW
between 16th & 17th St NW 
beautiful space, light food available, variety of coffee drinks  
Monday - Friday | 7am - 9pm Saturday | 8am - 10pm Sunday | 8am-6pm

Pleasant Pops
delicious veggie sandwiches, soups, salads, a great section of local foods and really good espresso drinks from Ceremony Coffee
1781 Florida Ave NW
near the intersection of 18th & Florida Ave, by Mint Gym
at the bottom of Adams Morgan, north of Dupont

Sugar Daddy's
2006 18th St NW
bakery near Florida Ave 
at the bottom of Adams Morgan, north of Dupont

Big Bear Cafe
Note - they have a cute outdoor area 
really delicious coffee drinks, cute spot
1st & R St NW
nearest metro is NoMa, closest by bus

Jacob's Coffee House
8th & D St, NE 
walk or bus from Eastern Market

Chinatown Coffee Company
standard benches and chairs, delicious espresso
if you're looking for cushy sofas, not your spot
now serving beer, wine and absinthe!
475 H St NW

Compass Coffee 
650 F Street NW
New location opened in May 2016

Bakers & Baristas
501 Seventh St NW
click link to read more about the venue

Coffy Cafe
At Park Rd, across from the Tivoli large community space, retro vibe.
Large space with a small upper level, yummy coffee and espresso from Ceremony coffee, and crepes
3310 14th St NW

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

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

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

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

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

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

Port City Java
701 North Carolina Ave. SE

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

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

417 H St NE

Dolcezza - New location with late night hours!
at the corner of
14th & P St NW
Monday - Thursday: 7am-11pm Friday 7am-12am
Saturday 8am-12am Sunday 8am - 11pm
They also have a location in Dupont Circle
Metro: best reached by the Circulator bus, Woodley-McPherson route that also goes up 14th St and by the Columbia Heights Metro, right to 14th & RI Ave or P St, you can also take any bus along 14th St.

Kafe Bohem
Viennese-style coffeehouse, open until 5pm daily, attached to Bistro Bohem
600 Florida Ave NW

Compass Coffee 
One of the newest places in DC, beans roast in house!
Interesting story behind this place too, learn more here
Daily form 7:00am - 8:00pm
1535 7th St NW - near Q St 
Note: They have two additional locations now! One in Chinatown and another in Shaw

Compass Coffee at The Shay
located inside The Shay building
1921 8th St NW

The Wydown 
Now on 14th St right next to the Trader Joe's
Mon - Fri 6am-10pm Sat & Sun 8am-10pm
1924 14th St NW

The Coffee Bar - TCB
1201 S St NW
they also have a large area for outside seating

Ebenezers Coffeehouse
201 F St NE

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

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

Foggy Bottom/ K St Area

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Corner Bakery
locations throughout the city!

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

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

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

CHAINS in DC with locations also in MD & VA
Barnes and Noble
All Barnes and Noble's now offers free wifi!
Locations in MD and VA, all DC stores have closed unfortunately. Clarendon, Bethesda, Springfield and Rockville are close to metro I believe. Tysons Corner, Seven Corners and Potomac, car required.

locations throughout the city and in MD and VA!
Dupont, Downtown, Capitol Hill, and Ballston in VA

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

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

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

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

lots of locations all over the city

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

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

Buffalo Billiards
1330 19th St NW
Dupont Circle

1443 P St NW
Logan Circle
821 Upsher St, NW
Georgia Ave - Petworth

Red Derby
3718 14th St NW (at Quincy)

Georgia Ave/Petworth

Z Burger
4321 Wisconsin Ave, NW


Smithsonian American Art Museum & NPG
Kogod Courtyard + The Luce Foundation Center - 3rd Floor
Open 11:00am - 7:00pm
Two great spots to work from, Luce has a community table and places to plug in
8th & F St NW

Open 8:30am - 5:30pm
they have free wireless in cafe area
coffee and food is pricey if you are hungry
you may want to pack snacks or food
1000 Jefferson Drive, SW

Great quiet places to work throughout DC!
View the list of Library locations! 
MLK Library at 9th & G St, NW is open latest
I know that these are right near metro:
Tenleytown (new library! right by metro)
Shaw (new library! right by metro)
Cleveland Park (about a block or so from metro)

Arlington Central Library
1015 N Quincy St
Virginia Sq or Ballston 

Artisphere *Late Night Spot*
open late! free wi-fi art space
Wed - Fri: 4:00pm - 11:00pm*
Sat: Noon - 11:00pm
Sun: Noon - 5:00pm
Mon - Tues: Closed
Open later pending programmed events

Busboys and Poets
Shirlington, VA (not near metro, take bus or car)
really great coffee shop with cupcakes and other baked goods
I was thrilled to discover this one in Arlington! Try their 9:30 cupcake, it is so good!
818 N. Quincy - entrance is on Wilson Blvd, near sweetgreen 
Ballston (walk to Wilson, turn left and go a few blocks)
Note: They also have a second location in Alexandria, VA but I haven't been there so not sure if it's accessible by metro or if they have wireless there

1000 N. Randolph St

2507 N. Franklin Rd
Arlington, VA 22201
Free wireless on Weekdays and
Until 1:00pm on Sat, Sun & Holidays

the food and coffee here is quite good
3211 Wilson Blvd

in the Ballston Commons Mall

Jason's Deli
7356 Baltimore Ave.
College Park - about a 10 min walk from the Metro

Monday, December 21, 2015

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

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

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

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

Museums and other places "Off The Mall" 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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