Free Weekend Events and Activities: 4/27 – 4/29/12

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We’ve rounded up the latest free events, activities and crafts going on at various locations in the Twin Cities, Minnesota area and also nationwide this weekend (4/27-4/29). Please leave a comment if you know of any others and we’ll add them to this list.

Your turn: What other free weekend events and activities do you know of?

Nationwide Events

American Girl Store
Girls ages 8 and up can enjoy various crafts, cooking classes and tours at the American Girl Store. At the Mall of America location, this weekend’s free events include:

Barnes & Noble
Check your local Barnes & Noble for events. My closest store has Children’s Storytime on Tuesdays and Fridays at 10am.

Cabela’s offers various samples and demonstrations each weekend. Events vary by location, but the Rogers (MN) location is hosting seminars on home defense and personal protection.

Guitar Center
Guitar Center offers a free recording workshop every Saturday from 10-11am. This Saturday’s lesson is about Mixing and Publishing. Find a Guitar Center location near you.

Home Depot
This month’s weekend adult workshops include Raised Gardening Bed, Create Entry Door Appeal and Door Lock Basics, Outdoor Power Equipment, and How to Choose a Countertop. Check the Home Depot website for dates and times.

Lakeshore Learning
Kids can make a Fancy Feathered Bird craft this Saturday from 11am-3pm. Find a Lakeshore Learning Store near you.

Kids can build a Terrarium at Lowe’s Build & Grow Workshop this Saturday from 10am-12pm. Be sure to sign up in advance online.

Pottery Barn
This Sunday at 10am, check out a class on The Art of Botanical Arranging at Pottery Barn. Learn how to artfully arrange botanicals and customize your very own display for the perfect Mother’s Day gift. Find a Pottery Barn location near you.

Select your city to find free and/or reduced-price admission to arts and cultural events in your area, sponsored by Target. If you live in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, the Walker Art Center is free every Thursday night as a part of Target Free Thursday Nights.

Enter your zip code in the Walmart Event Finder to see what’s going on in your area. Events at my store include a Capri Sun Super V and Del Monte Diced Peaches Sampling Event, a Barilla Sauce Sampling Event, a Red Baron Hand Tossed Pizza, Dr. Pepper TEN, Hershey’s Kisses and Reese’s Miniatures Sampling Event, and a Dole Fruit Bowls Sampling Event.

Williams-Sonoma stores offer various special events and cooking classes, some of which are free to attend.

This Sunday, stop by for a free Juicing workshop. They’ll provide easy recipes, tips and expert advice from Joe Cross, founder of Reboot Your Life. Reservations are recommended; contact your local Williams-Sonoma for more information.

Local Events

Thanks to A Traveling Thought for some of this information.

Friday, 4/27

Saturday, 4/28

Sunday, 4/29


  1. christy says

    Thanks for posting the free event Feed the Amphibians at the Coon Rapids Dam on Sunday!!! I'm teaching this program. I'll have a toad, treefrog and salamander, and we'll be watching them eat crickets and worms. Great photo opp. There is also an exhibit area with live animals on display and stuff for kids to play with, and hiking trails by the river and across the dam. :)

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