Free Weekend Events All Across the USA

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Fun, Free or Cheap Weekend Activities with Something for Everyone! 

If you are looking for some fun on a budget, we have compiled a list of national retailers with hands-on workshops, classes and free in-store events for this weekend and many more that are coming soon.

May the Force Be With You! #ForceFriday is a big deal! You will see special store events at Disney Stores, Toys “R” US, Target, and Walmart.

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 Make some memories and try a new workshop, lesson, or craft. If you enjoy these free activities, be sure and bookmark this master list of free store events or PIN It for later!

Share this fun,money-saving list with your friends and family. And, if you know of any others to include, please let us know! It is always best to call ahead and make sure that your local store or retailer is participating to avoid disappointment.

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FREE National Parks Admission for 4th Graders 

Starting in September 2015, every 4th grader will get an Every Kid in the Park pass food for FREE admission to all of America’s National Parks. The pass will be good for one full year and will be good for the 4th graders & their families as most parks charge admission per car. This is part of President Obama’s Every Kid in the Park initiative. 


american-girl-store-events-125x150 American Girl Special Store Events

Special events differ by location. During September, they include meet the author events, Grace’s Apron Craft & Cookie Decoration, Discover Truly Me Event, Doll ‘Dos & How-Tos: Bright Highlights, Meal & Memories with a Grandparent and more.

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. Call ahead and make sure that your local store or retailer is participating to avoid disappointment.



Barnes & Noble

Saturday, September 5th at 11:00 AM

Storytime and activities featuring The Full Moon at the Napping House 

Find the times and participating Barnes and Noble stores here


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September 5th and September 6th from 12 PM – 5 PM

Hometown free fun family event featuring  photo downloads, face painting, crafts, Funnel Cake (1pm-4pm) Hot Dogs (1-4pm) & Dutch Oven Apple Cobbler (2-5 pm) and more! Check your local store here for participation.


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Disney Stores

Force Friday – Call your store for special store open times!

Celebrate at Disney Stores September 4. Exciting events will take flight through the day. Free Star Wars Pin to the first 100 guests who make a purchase.

Visit for details



 Guitar Center 

Saturday, September 5th {no age restrictions for free music lessons}

10:15 AM – Group Guitar Workshop

More free classes are offered during the week with their Music Mentor Series. Register at the Guitar Center website here.

Home Depot Kids Workshops

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Saturday, September 5th from 9 AM to 12 PM

Make a football toss game. Get more information and register online here.

lakeshore learning desktop easelLakeshore Learning Store

Saturday, September 5th from 11 AM-3 PM  and a few locations offer crafts on Sunday.

Kids design and take a nameplate desk easel craft. Get more information here.

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Michael’s Kids Club

Saturday, September 5th from 10 AM to 12 Noon

Kids can make and take a football windsock craft. The cost is $2 per session. Get more information here. 

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Friday, September 4th/Saturday, September 5th Doors open at 12:00 midnight on Friday night)

At over 200 Target stores, for Share the Force Saturday on September 5th, there will be photo ops, giveaways, and more. Visit to locate a store near you. 
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Toys ” R”  US

Friday, September 4th/Saturday, September 5th Doors open at 12:01 AM (just after midnight on Friday night)

Get a free poster and LEGO Commemorative while supplies last.


walmart force fridayWalmart

Friday, September 4th/Saturday, September 5th Doors open at 12:01 AM (just after midnight on Friday night)

Find Topps’ Galactic Connexions, a trading disc game featuring the Star Wars characters, customers on September 4 will receive a free two-pack of Galactic Connexions discs, including a rare blue star field disc that will only be available in packs given away on Force Friday, and customers that preorder Star Wars Battlefront in Walmart stores will receive a $5 credit to use on Vudu

To find Force Friday events happening in your neighborhood, visit

williams sonoma free jr chefsWilliams-Sonoma Free Technique Classes for Kids

Saturday, September 5th at 10 AM

Making Air Fryer Snacks and Treats- Kids will have a blast preparing yummy snacks in an air fryer.ease. Suitable for ages 5–13. Get more information by contacting your closest store right here.

at williams sonoma free technique class for adultsWilliams-Sonoma Free Technique Classes for Adults

Sunday, September 6th

Best of Air Frying. Learn how to use an air fryer to prepare the tastiest foods using little or no oil. To find specific class times, contact your closest store right here.


:: Smithsonian Free Museum Day

Saturday, September 26th

Participating museums across the United States will offer free admission to those who download a Museum Day Live! ticket. Tickets are available for download now.

:: Free National Park Entrance

Saturday, September 26th – National Public Lands Day – Find out the list of participating parks right here.

:: Bass Pro Shops

Ongoing- free archery workshops, merit badge classes, freshwater fishing clinic and family friendly store events.  Check your local store for specific events, times, and details.

:: Home Depot Workshop for Adults

Saturday, September 12th from 10 AM – 11:30 AM – Make a Hanging Basket Wooden Stand

Sunday, September 13th from 1 PM – 2:30 – Learn to Install a Faucet

You can pre-register online here.

:: Lego Stores Free Model Build

Usually held monthly in stores, kids ages 6 to 14 can build and binoculars. Contact your closest LEGO® Store here for details.

:: Lowe’s Build and Grow

Saturday, September 26th at 10 AM

Fire Truck with Safety Cards. Registration opens on September 14th at the website here.

:: Michael’s Classes for Adults

Find out more information right here about creative classes happening all week long.

:: Microsoft High Tech DigiCamp for Girls (free)

Microsoft is proud to offer technology programs specifically for youth. Find out more information here.

:: Pottery Barn Kids

September 19th from 3-5PM

Enjoy sips, snacks and pumpkin decorating with the little ones. For more information, visit the website here.

More to Explore Throughout the Year:

:: 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.

:: Athleta Stores

Free fitness classes, group runs and special events at your local store. Visit your local store page here for more information.

:: Beauty Events in Stores

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

:: Factory Tours

Find factory tours all across the USA, go here The site has 570 tours and counting! Many are free but some may have an admission fee. (Thanks to the Happy Housewife for sharing this!)

:: 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.

:: 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.

:: Lululemon Fitness Classes

Lululemon locations offer free yoga classes, go here for schedules and locations.

:: 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.

:: Playground Finder

If you find yourself in a new location and are looking for a playground, use the free KaBoom Map of Play, playground finder and just type your location into the search bar.

:: REI Running Classes

Learn or get back into running with training and techniques classes. Find our more at

:: Sephora: Free In Store Beauty Classes

Join the Sephora Beauty club , 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.

:: 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.

:: 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.

:: 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.

:: 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 and Fun Holidays 

Make memories and celebrate fun holidays with your family. This week you can celebrate College Colors Day, Cheese Pizza Day, Pet Rock Day and more. See the schedule here at Days of the Year.

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!

Free Weekend Events All Across the USA first appeared on More With Less Today.


DaysofTheYear May 3, 2014 at 8:37 am

or 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, for less! These vouchers make great gifts too!

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