Free Weekend Events and Activities: 6/22 – 6/24/12

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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 (6/22-6/24). 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. There’s also a LEGO Building Event going on this Saturday at various locations (Twin Cities locations include Minnetonka and Roseville).

Disney Store
Stop by the Disney Store this Saturday from 10:30am-12:30pm for a Brave Adventure. In-store activities will take place to celebrate the upcoming release of Brave. If you miss this weekend’s event, they’re also having it on June 30. Minimum age for participating is 3 years. Find a Disney Store location near you (there is one in the Mall of America).

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

Home Depot
This month’s weekend adult workshops include Install a Ceiling Fan, Bath Safety, and Outdoor Pest Control. Check the Home Depot website for dates and times.

Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores
Check out two free demos this Saturday: Cricut Cake Mini Machine from 12-1pm and Fabric-Crafting with Rit Dye from 1-2pm.

Lakeshore Learning
Kids can make a Summertime Door Hanger craft this Saturday from 11am-3pm. Find a Lakeshore Learning Store near you.

Kids can build a Madagascar 3 Luxury Assault Vehicle at Lowe’s Build & Grow Workshop on Saturday at 10am or Sunday at 2pm. Be sure to sign up in advance online.

This weekend’s free events include:

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. My closest store is having an Oberto Jerky and Dr. Pepper TEN Sampling Event and a Yo Crunch Yogurt Sampling Event.

Williams-Sonoma stores offer various special events and cooking classes, some of which are free to attend. This Sunday, check out a free Technique Class on The Grill Master: Fish & Seafood. Reservations are recommended; contact your local Williams-Sonoma for more information.

Local Events

Be sure to check the Free Local Summer Entertainment and Events post for more on-going events.

Thanks to A Traveling Thought for some of this information.

Friday, 6/22

Saturday, 6/23

Sunday, 6/24


  1. krista stewart says

    fort he friday night movie it is actually fly away home tonight 6/22, not andre as posted above

    June 22 Fly Away Home

    June 29 Andre

    July 6 Microcosms

    July 13 Homeward Bound

    July 20 A Bug's Life

    July 27 Two Brothers

    August 3 The Lion King

    August 10 Happy Feet

    August 17 Winged Migration

    August 24 Babe

  2. Karen seal says


    What about the Pride events in Minneapolis? Do you have any information on them? Usually that's all free.



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