Free Weekend Events and Activities: 5/3 – 5/5/13

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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 (5/3-5/5). 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:

Bank of America
Bank of America offers free general admission to 150 museums nationwide on the first full weekend of every month as part of the Museums on Us program. (Note that you must be a Bank of America cardholder to receive free admission.)

Minnesota residents can visit the Mill City Museum in Minneapolis or the Minnesota History Center or James J. Hill House in St. Paul for free.

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.

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.

  • Introduction to Pro Tools 10 is the topic for this Saturday’s workshop

Home Depot Epic Planter

Home Depot
Bring your child to Home Depot this Saturday from 9am-12pm for the free Kids Workshop: Come Discover the EPIC World Right in Your Own Back Yard!. These workshops are designed for children ages 5-12 and are held the first Saturday of every month. Each child receives a free project kit, kid-sized orange apron, and achievement pin.

 fabric button craft ring Jo-Ann

Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores
JoAnn Fabric & Craft Stores offers free make-it take-it crafts on select weekends. This weekend, check out:

Lakeshore Learning I Love My Teacher card

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

  • I Love My Teacher Card this Saturday

Frame It Chic Wall and Table Displays Pottery Barn

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

  • Frame It: Chic Wall and Table Displays: Sunday at 10am (RSVP)

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:

Toys R Us May the Fourth Be With You

Toys R Us
Toys R Us has a May the Fourth Be With You event going on this Saturday from 12-2pm where kids can build an exclusive version of Jek-14’s Stealth Starfighter.

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)

Friday, 5/3

Saturday, 5/4

Sunday, 5/5


  1. Hpli says

    Sorry, I see it now… Could you add a link to the top graphic and highlight the date of Vehicle Day at Southdale. The City of Edina website is not very clear in highlighting the event date as Sat, May 4th on its website and press release.

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