Free Weekend Events and Activities: 5/17 – 5/19/13

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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 (5/17-5/19). Please leave a comment if you know of any others and we’ll add them to this list.

We’ve partnered with Family Fun Twin Cities to present a free Twin Cities events calendar for kids and families. You should be able to click on the title of each event for more information, including location/address and a website (if applicable).

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 Dr. Seuss Storytime

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

Some special events this month include:

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

Guitar Center
Guitar Center offers a free recording workshop every Saturday from 10-11am. Register in advance online as seats are limited. Find a Guitar Center location near you.

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

Exciting Outdoor Living Updates Home Depot

Home Depot
Home Depot offers free workshops for adults to help you improve your DIY skills. Check the Home Depot website for details and to register online.

  • Exciting Outdoor Living Updates: Saturday from 10-11:30am

Critter Creations Lakeshore Learning

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

  • Critter Creations this Saturday

Perfect Summer Party Ideas Pottery Barn

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

  • Perfect Summer Party Ideas: Sunday at 10am (RSVP)

Nursery Style Event Pottery Barn Kids

Pottery Barn Kids
Stop by Pottery Barn Kids for a Nursery Style Event on Saturday from 4-6pm. Check out a showcase of their latest baby collections and get design advice. 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 Gear Up for Grilling – Homemade Condiments & Toppings. Times for this one-hour class vary by location and reservations are recommended. Contact your local Williams-Sonoma for more information.

Twin Cities Events

We’ve partnered with Family Fun Twin Cities to offer a free family fun calendar for the Twin Cities area (look below for more adult-friendly events). In addition to these, be sure to check the MELSA calendar for free events at your local library.

Free Twin Cities Events (For Families & Kids)

Free Twin Cities Events (for Adults)

PhenoMNal Twin Cities also has a calendar with Twin Cities events (not just free events) for adults.

Friday, 5/17

DIRECTED The Intersection of Book, Film and Visual Narrative Minnesota Center for Book Arts

Saturday, 5/18


Sunday, 5/19

Other Local Areas

If you know of a website or blog that highlights free events for a particular area in Minnesota or Wisconsin, please leave a comment or email me at laura @ (remove spaces) so we can highlight it here:


  1. carol says

    The Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and the Minnesota Chorale will performBeethoven’s 9th Symphony (this is the one with the “Ode to Joy” theme) andDvorak’s Te Deum on May 18 at 8pm & May 19 at 4pm. Admission is FREE. Check for details.

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