Special Events that Will Cost you Nothing

Want something to do, but don’t have the cash? Activities are popping up all over the U.S. that won’t even require you to bring your wallet!


Like art? Need some theatre? Free Night of Theatre, a national program of Theatre Communications Group, Inc., offers participants up to 4 free tickets to several showings across the country! 50 cities will be offering a free showing at some of the best not-for-profit theatres in the U.S. Check the website for locations and showtimes.  We were also told about free tickets to hundreds of museums, compliments of Smithsonian Magazine and a participating museum near you on September 29th! (Thanks for the tips, Jonathan !)


Get healthy with a free screening sponsored by Kelloggs. Get your blood-pressure and cholesterol checked by health professional for no charge! You will also have access to fiber intake and body mass index to get you started in the right direction for a healthy lifestyle. Look up a screening at a retailer near you for the date and time.


Have you ever been fishing? Would you like to try? While most states hold their annual free fishing days in June, some (including California, New Mexico, and parts of New York) have a second day in September or October. These days allow anyone to fish without a license and are a great way to get outdoors! This website lists all the days for each state.


If you’ve ever wanted to be a member of a live studio audience, check out Audiences Unlimited, Inc. Studios in both CA and New York are offering free tickets to the shows seen on FOX, NBC, Disney Channel and more! Check the schedule for shows starting 30 days in advance of the taping. Some of the current shows include ‘Til Death, Two and a Half Men, According to Jim, and Rules of Engagement.


Need some free samples? Want to try new products? Walmart will be offering a Dove Hair Care Event on Sept. 12th and 13th at these locations.


Are you a DIY’er? The Home Depot offers in-store clinics to show you how to do projects around the home. For even more fun, their Kids Clinics offer fun hands-on-projects for children to do with an adult. Build a birdhouse, toolkit, or stepstool to take home, and all kids receive a free child-sized orange apron and achievement pin! For locations and times, check out their website.


Do you know of another free national event taking place this fall? Let us know at tips@wisebread.com or post in the comments. We would love to hear about all the free fun to be had in your community!

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Myscha Theriault's picture

Boy, you are really cranking out the material lately, Linsey. Great job!

Guest's picture

We recently had a similar debate on this subject in our finance forum. We are finding most major cities both in the US & Canada no longer offer free or close to free events. Everything nowadays costs money or a small entrance fee. Even the government and our political leaders will no longer cover a $10,000 small event fee. Our society is turning into a money for all mentality! "Money For All" meaning my own pocket.

Guest's picture

Don't forget to always check with your local zoo (the ones that aren't free), museums and movie theaters. Many, at one time during the year, offer a discounted or "free day", you just have to call and ask (or check their website). Some venues, including some amusement parks, are free to military members....some restaurants even give out free meals to veterans on Veteran's Day. Thanks for the tips!