Free Weekend Events and Activities: 11/9 – 11/11/12

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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 (11/9-11/11). 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

Make a free card and a free treat holder at Archiver’s as part of their Holiday Open House. Dates and times vary by location; check out the full list of Archiver’s store calendars.

Barnes & Noble
Check your local Barnes & Noble for events. Most stores have storytimes once or twice per week.

Cabela’s offers various samples and demonstrations each weekend. Events vary by location, so check for details at your local store.

This weekend, the Rogers, MN Cabela’s is hosting:

  • USA Shooting Team Member Kim Rhode: Saturday from 10am-4pm
  • Basic Firearms Cleaning for Rifles, Handguns, and Shotguns: Saturday at 11am
  • Cabela’s World’s Foremost Fried Chicken Wing Demo: Saturday from 1-3pm

Guitar Center
Guitar Center offers a free recording workshop every Saturday from 10-11am. Find a Guitar Center location near you.

  • Working with Audio in Pro Tools 10 is the topic for this Saturday’s workshop

Home Depot
Home Depot offers free workshops for adults to help you improve your DIY skills. Dates and times vary by location, so check the Home Depot website for details. Topics this month include:

  • Interior Paint
  • Small Updates for Kitchens
  • High Efficiency Lighting

Lakeshore Learning
Every Saturday, Lakeshore Learning offers a free craft for kids from 11am-3pm. Find a Lakeshore Learning Store near you.

  • Flying Fun Airplane Craft this Saturday

Michaels often offers free make-and-take craft events over the weekend. This weekend’s free events include:

  • Passport to Imagination Holiday Ornament (ages 3+): Sunday from 1-3pm

Pottery Barn
Adults are invited to free workshops at Pottery Barn on Saturdays or Sundays. Find a Pottery Barn location near you.

  • Decorating Your Home for the Holidays: Sunday at 10am

Pottery Barn Kids
Visit Pottery Barn Kids on Saturday from 10am-12pm for a LEGO Nameplate Building Event. Create your very own name plaque using LEGO bricks and featuring your favorite DC Universe Super Hero icon. Event for children ages 4-12; must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Find a Pottery Barn Kids location near you.

Target sponsors free and reduced-priced admission opportunities at museums and cultural events nationwide. Select your city to find participating venues and their next scheduled discount day. In the Twin Cities area:

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

  • This weekend’s class is The Side Show. Times for this one-hour class vary by location and reservations are recommended. Contact your local Williams-Sonoma for more information.

Twin Cities Events

Be sure to check the MELSA calendar for free events at your local library (I chose to leave them off the list this week – if you’d like me to include them in future weeks, please let me know).

Friday, 11/9

Saturday, 11/10

Sunday, 11/11


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