Free Weekend Events All Across the USA

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Find out what is fun, cheap, or free this weekend! Find national retailers with hands-on workshops and have some fun on a budget!

I found quite a few free store events taking place this week and others that are coming soon. If you need a place to cool off and give your air conditioner a break, plus try a fun free or practically free event,  then bookmark this master list of free store events or PIN It for later!

Make some memories and try a new workshop, lesson, or craft. We can still have fun on a budget! There are free and fun weekend activities are available all across the USA!

 Be sure to share this money-saving list with your friends and family. If you know of any others to include, please let us know! I update this list every Thursday.

 It is always best to call ahead and make sure that your local store or retailer is participating to avoid disappointment.


:: FREE National Parks Entrance Day August 25th

Most national parks will have free entrance on August 25th for National Park Service Birthday. Go to the National Park Service website for more information and to find all participating national parks.



:: American Girl Store Events

Special events differ by location. During August they include Celebrate Pets, a Summer Flower Anklet Craft, Summer Fun Celebration, Doll ‘Dos and How-To’s, Bitty Baby and Me Story Time, and Meet the Author Tours.

Many of the American Girl in store events are free, however some have a fee and some have age restrictions. Get the details here and find participating stores.

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:: Barnes & Noble

Free Story Time and Author Events - Find the times and participating Barnes and Noble stores here.

Also during the month of August, you can participate in reading, Spanish word practice and activities. The dates and times vary by store.

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:: Container Store

Learn the Tricks of Organization on Saturdays and Sundays, now thorough August 24th. Find more information and find your closest Container Store here. Times and event dates vary by location. 

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:: Disney Stores

Disney Stores are offering Summer Play Days every day this summer now through September 1, 2014. The fun includes Art of Animation, Trivia, Story Time and Showtime. Check your local store for event details and times. Kids will receive a free button for participation each week.

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:: Guitar Center 

Saturday, August 23rd {no age restriction}

10 AM - Recording Made Easy for Pro Tools

10:15 AM – Group Guitar Lesson

Free Classes through their Music Mentor Series. Register at the Guitar Center website here.


:: Home Depot Workshop for Adults

Saturday, August 23rd from 10AM to 11:30AM

Sunday, August 24th from 1PM to 2:3oPM

 Come Improve DIY Skills. Learn home improvement skills at your favorite local store. Contact your local store for individual topics. You can pre-register online here.


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 :: Lakeshore Learning Store

Saturday, August 23rd from 11 AM-3 PM  and a few locations offer crafts every Sunday. 

Kids make and take a Silly Face Magnetic Note Holder. Get more information here

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:: Lowe’s Build and Grow

Saturday, August 23rd at 10AM ~kids build and take a Monsters vs Aliens Robot. You can pre-register right here.

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:: Michael’s Kids Club

Saturday, August 23rd – 10AM – 12 Noon

Personalized Chalkboard Wood Plaque

Kids Club – for $2 per child, you can reserve 30 minutes for kids to create while you shop at Michael’s. Sessions start every half hour from 10AM – 11:30. See a store associate to sign up.Get more information here.

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:: Microsoft Camp 

Registration is open for free weekly in-store camps, now through August 29th. Camps are broken up into two age groups for Jr. Designers (recommended for ages 8-10) and Designers (recommended for ages 11-13), so choose the camp that fits your student’s interest and sign up today.

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:: Petco Small Pets Event

Saturday, August 23rd from 1-3PM

Bring the whole family to this fun and educational event. They will have games, trivia, and a free activity booklet with stickers for the kids. Plus you will learn how to hold, care and handle small pets safely. Find your closest Petco here.

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:: Williams-Sonoma Free Technique Classes

Saturday,  August 23rd {for kids} at 10 AM ~ Jr. Chefs will learn how to make delicious Panini sandwiches, from a warm, melted cheese Panini to a sweet Panini made with chocolate.This Jr. Chef Class is suitable for ages 9-13. To reserve a spot, contact your closest store right here

Sunday, August 24th {for adults} ~ Learn how to prep artichokes for cooking whole as well as using the rich artichoke heart.To reserve a spot, and find out specific class times, contact your closest store right here.


: FREE Museum Weekend for Bank of America Customers

Saturday, September 6th and Sunday, September 7th

Bank of America’s Museums on Us is offering free admission to more than 150 museums nationwide. Simply present your Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card along with a photo ID to gain free general admission to any participating institution. Cardholders only; guests are not eligible for free admission.  For more information about Museums on Us, visit:

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:: Bass Pro Shops

August 30th and August 31st – Hometown Festival with Free Family activities.

Ongoing – Outdoor Skills Workshops – free classes offered on a regular basis on topics such as bass fishing, fly fishing, hunting and more. Contact you local store here for details.

:: Home Depot Workshop for Kids

Saturday, September 6th from 9 AM to 12 PM ~ Build a Wizard of Oz Birdhouse. You can pre-register online here.

:: Lego Mini Model

Usually held monthly in stores, kids ages 6 to 14 can build and take home a FREE Lego® Monkey Mini Build, while supplies last. Contact your closest LEGO® Store here for details.

:: Pottery Barn

Sunday, September 14th at 11 AM ~ Decorate Your Living Room. Find a participating store and RSVP here.

:: Smithsonian Magazine Free Museum Day- 1500 Participating Museums

September 27th get FREE general admission for 2 people to many fabulous museums all across the USA! Request your tickets here, print them out and bring them with you.

More to Explore Throughout the Year:

:: Apple Camp

Enrollment is open for kids ages 8-12 to attend Apple Camp. This is popular free camp where kids can learn to make movies or create interactive books complete with their own illustrations and sound effects. Hurry, spots fill up quickly. Go here to sign up.

:: Apple Store

Free workshops – learn the basic of Mac, iPad, iPhone, or iPod. Learn how to create slideshows with iPhoto. Edit home movies with iMovie and more! Find your local store and make a reservation for a free workshop here.

:: Bass Pro Shops Free Classes

You can sign up for free workshops such as archery basics for kids, hunting, fishing, fly-fishing, camping, and boating. Contact your local store for their schedule.

:: FREE Beauty Events

Find free beauty events at local stores with free samples and demonstrations. Visit the website that keeps track of these right here.

:: Sephora: Free In Store Beauty Classes

Join the Sephora Beauty club {it is free} and attend free beauty classes inside Sephora stores to learn everything from building a skin care routine to creating the perfect smoky eye. Classes are held on Sunday at more than 60 stores across the USA. Check with your local stores for schedules and times.

:: Home and Garden Shows

If you like Home and Garden shows, this site will give you a free pass. Check the ACS Home Show site.

:: Michael’s Show In Tell {for adults}

Learn something new with in-store demonstrations for new craft ideas, techniques, and creative new trends. From cake decorating, jewelry making, art painting, paper crafting and more, get your local calendar of events right here.

:: FREE Major League Baseball Clinics

Through the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association, kids can attend a free baseball clinic in many locations across the country. The free program is called Free Legends for Youth Kids Clinics.

:: FREE Bowling

Kids Bowl for Free at select bowling centers. Just join their mailing list to get notified of the next Kids Bowl Free Day.

:: Free Fitness Classes

Lululemon locations offer free yoga classes, go here for schedules and locations. Athleta stores offer free in store fitness classes, go here for schedules and locations.

:: Free Flying Lessons

Young Eagles - kids ages 8 to 17 experience aviation and get free rides in private aircraft flown by experienced pilots. Get more information here.

:: FREE Roller Skating

Kids Roller Skate for Free: Find the closest participating facility right here.

:: FREE SKI Passport for 5th Graders

Go to to get a free pass in Idaho or the Pacific Northwest. For other areas, search for your state with the words “5th grade ski pass + your state”, or the name of your local ski resort.

:: FREE Wine Tasting

Total Wine stores offer free wine tasting classes each weekend. Learn about specific producers, regions and varietals. Where allowed by law, participants receive special discounts on the wine being tasted. View the FREE Wine Tasting Schedule here.

:: Target – Free Community Events

Target is also sponsoring FREE community events ranging from free museum admission, free theater tickets, family activities and tours at some of our countries most famous venues. Times and locations vary by city. Find free family activities sponsored by Target in your area right here.

:: More Free Museum Dates

This site,, tracks free museum days in the following cities: Boston, Chicago,Los Angeles, New York, Portland, San Francisco Bay Area, and the Seattle Area.

:: Celebrate Crazy Holidays 

Have some silly fun on a budget! Celebrate Poets Day, Dog Day, Spumoni Day and more! Get the schedule here.

For more ideas for family fun, be sure and check Groupon, Amazon Local and LivingSocial in your area. Join each site for free and start having more fun on a budget! These vouchers make great gifts too!

For inexpensive and sometimes free tickets to local events, I am a fan of Goldstar tickets. Watch your emails for the heading “Comp Train” from Goldstar. If you are new, you can set up a free account here.

Be sure and check out your local library and parks and recreation departments for free programs and events right in your hometown!




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