Free Weekend Events and Activities: 1/18 – 1/21/13 (Incl. Monday, MLK Jr. Day)

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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 (1/18-1/21). 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. Most stores have story times 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:

  • How to Correctly Mount a Scope: Saturday at 11am
  • More Play-Off Snacking: Saturday and Sunday from 11am-3pm
  • Cabela’s World’s Foremost Chicken Wing and Mini Corn Dog Demo: Saturday and Sunday from 1-3pm

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

  • Effects is the topic for this Saturday’s workshop

Home Depot
Home Depot offers free workshops for adults to help you improve your DIY skills. Check the Home Depot website for details. Topics this month include:

  • Martha Stewart Living Specialty Finishes: Saturday from 10-11am
  • Kitchen Design: Saturday from 1-2:30pm
  • Design Storage: Sunday from 1-2:30pm

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

  • How Cold Is It? Thermometer this Saturday

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

  • Design Your Dream Bedroom: Sunday at 10am (RSVP online)

Pottery Barn Kids
Visit Pottery Barn Kids on Saturday from 4-6pm for the Nursery Style Event. Stop by for a showcase of their latest nursery collections and enjoy refreshments as well as 10% off for you and a guest (excluding furniture). RSVP required. 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 Vegetarian Cooking. Times for this one-hour class vary by location and reservations are recommended. Contact your local Williams-Sonoma for more information.

Twin Cities Events

In addition to these, be sure to check the MELSA calendar for free events at your local library.

Friday, 1/18

Saturday, 1/19

Sunday, 1/20

Monday, 1/21


  1. Aga says

    Intrigued by Sweet Sciences, I clicked on the link and it looks like the event might be tomorrow, not sun. Thanks for letting us know about all these great activities!

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