National Parks are FREE November 11 Veterans Day!

November 8, 2009 |  by  |  Uncategorized  |  No Comments

Whether you want to spend Veterans Day at a national monument honoring those who have served in the military or commune with nature in a national park as a way to bring peace to the world, this Nov. 11 there are hundreds of options open to you for FREE.

All national parks, monuments, preserves and other public recreation lands are admission FREE on Veteran’s Day Nov. 11. Joining the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation , is the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which is waiving all entrance frees to National Forests. Click here to find a U.S. Forest or Grassland.


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Free Zombie Walks in the U.S.!

October 29, 2009 |  by  |  Uncategorized  |  No Comments

Halloween is over, but the undead still plan to roam U.S. city streets for free fun and for charity!

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Check out the annual San Diego Zombie Walk on Nov. 28, the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Zombies will be collecting blankets and socks to donate to local homeless and San Diego families in need.

Got a Zombie Walk in your neighborhood? Let us know about it! Email us or Tweet us! @FreeFunGuides


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Free Fun Expert Troy Corley Signs Free L.A. @ Costco!

October 22, 2009 |  by  |  Uncategorized  |  No Comments

Free Fun Guides editor and publisher, Troy Corley, will sign copies of the budget travel guide, Free L.A. The Ultimate Free Fun Guide to the City of Angels (Los Angeles) Friday, Oct. 23, 11am to 2pm at Costco in Marina del Rey. For directions click the Costco Sign.

Free L.A. 2nd edition features 400+ fun free things to do in the Los Angeles metro area. Ask Troy about how to find even more free things to do no matter where you live.

BTW, Troy will be featured on a segment of the Time Warner Cable show, 28:30, November 10. It will air on Channel 36 WEHO.

FREE Night of Theater Across the U.S. in October

September 29, 2009 |  by  |  Uncategorized  |  No Comments

Hark! ‘Tis a chance to see this thing called the play,free night of theater and not just Mr. Shakespeare’s! It’s the annual run of the Free Night of Theater, when hundreds of theaters in 120 U.S. cities give away thousands of tickets to local productions.

Started by Theatre Bay Area, in San Francisco 5 years ago, the Free Night of Theater began to raise curtains on stages in other cities, such as Los Angeles, Seattle, Minneapolis, Houston, NYC.

Last fall, 650 theatre companies opened their doors to more than 65,000 new theatergoers. This year, the number of FREE tickets is expected to top 75,000.

While the kickoff date is October 15, many of the theaters start releasing their FREE tickets by Oct. 1 or in waves during the month of October for performance dates throughout the month. Ticket seekers are limited to two tickets for one performance in any metro area.

Find your city on the Free Night of Theater Website and check the listings for performances, their dates and their ticket giveway times and locations (some cities such as San Francisco hold a physical giveaway in addition to online reservations).

Anon! Time is precious, so hither to the Website forthwith!

Volunteer Sept. 26, Get FREE Admission to National Public Lands!

September 22, 2009 |  by  |  Uncategorized  |  No Comments

Every good deed is rewarded on the 16th Annual National Public Lands Day, this Saturday, Sept. 26, when volunteers get down and dirty to improve and enhance the nation’s public lands.

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Whether your inner Kermit says “it’s not easy being green,” you would be hard pressed for a better reason to take off for Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam or the U.S. Virgin Islands. Especially since “being green” comes with the reward of free admission to hundreds of national parks and other national public lands. (Another FREE admission opportunity on Sept 26, Smithsonian Museum Day, is posted below)

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Smithsonian Free Museum Day Sept. 26: Visit 1000+ U.S. Museums for FREE

September 22, 2009 |  by  |  Uncategorized  |  2 Comments

Wish you could visit a favorite museum or museum you’ve never visited for FREE? You’ll get your chance this Saturday, Sept. 26 during the annual , when 1000+ museums and cultural venues across the U.S. open their doors for FREE!

It’s easy to find a participating museum. Visit the Smithsonian Magazine’s Website and use the drop down menu to find museums in any state. Then click on the individual venue’s link to find out more about it. How about the Air & Space Museum in San Diego? The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston? Or the South Street Seaport Museum in NYC? Or click on our city page links to find a list of local museums, too.

What’s the catch? You just need to flash the Smithsonian Museum Day card at the door. It’s easy to get one. Download it from the Website and print it out! Yep, it’s that simple. Be sure to print up one for every person in your party.

Can’t get out to a museum on Saturday? There’s always next year!

California Coastal Cleanup Day Brings Beach Lovers Together for Free!

September 18, 2009 |  by  |  Uncategorized  |  No Comments

Love the beach? Or other California waterways?

Well, here’s your chance to show your love and hangout with other beach lovers. For FREE.

California Coastal Cleanup

Join thousands of volunteers tomorrow at 750 locations around the state from 9am to noon to clean up the shorelines. Sponsored by the California Coastal Commision, California Coastal Cleanup Day is celebrating its 25th anniversary. On the third Saturday in September every year, beach combers spend the morning combing the coast for trash, have fun meeting other eco-friendly folks and savor an afternoon enjoying the cleaner sand and surf.

The success of the clean up comes, in part, from people such as Kim Masoner of Seal Beach, founder of Save Our Beach, an organization that for the past 10 years has been dedicated to keeping the muck out of the Seal Beach clean. Last year’s volunteers removed 1.6 million pounds of junk from the Sunshine State’s shores.

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This year, Save Our Beach has three locations to participate in:

1) Pacific Coast Highway at 1st Street, at the San Gabriel Riverbed in Long Beach

2) Ocean Avenue at 1st Street where the San Gabriel Riverbed flows into the Pacific Ocean in Seal Beach

3) Marina Drive at Alamitos Bay Marina in Long Beach

So join Kim in the cleanup. Visit

Photos courtesy Kim Masoner, founder of Save Our Beach.

FREE and Frugal Yoga in L.A.!

September 16, 2009 |  by  |  Uncategorized  |  No Comments

Every day of the week, somewhere in your neck of the woods, there’s a FREE yoga class that’s perfect for you — you just need to know where to find it! Right now we’ve got you covered for Los Angeles and hope to bring you links to FREE yoga in you city!

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You might want to start with a nearby yoga studio; most yoga studios offer a “First Class FREE” deal to new students. Some may restrict the offer to locals, although the definition of “local” can mean anything from a resident of the same city to a resident of the same state! A number of studios also offer FREE introductory classes to newbie yoga students.

All these offers are meant to give you a taste of the facilities, the teachers, the classes, and maybe even the other students. The hope is that you’ll like the studio so much that you’ll want to come back… as a paying student, of course. But not to worry; there usually are discounts available if you belong to a group (like KCRW, students, and seniors) or if you buy a series of classes. Just make sure to ask if your prepaid classes have an expiration date; in most cases, you’ll forfeit them if you don’t redeem them quickly enough.

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Win Free Tickets to S.F. Zoo & Cal Academy for Sunday Streets in San Francisco!

This Labor Day Weekend walk the Sunday Streets of San Francisco without any cars! Go car-free from Golden Gate Park, home of Cal Academy, to the San Francisco Zoo on Sunday Sept. 6, 10am – 2pm.

Sunday Streets offers more than just strolling the car-free black tops. Events are planned along the way, with lots of live music. PLUS we’ve got a giveaway for Cal Academy and S.F. Zoo tickets! Read on…


Last Free Admission to National Parks
August 15 & August 16

Catch your last FREE glimpse of Arizona’s Grand Canyon, Idaho’s Craters of the Moon National Monument and Florida’s Gulf Islands National Seashore this weekend. It’s the final Fee-Free weekend for 100 National Parks that usually charge entrance fees.

Some National Park vendors are offering specials, incentives and giveaways during the fee-free weekend such as a $5 vouchers for retailers at California’s Yosemite National Park, BOGO half-off tram tours at the Everglades National Park and FREE houseboat tours on Lake Powell at the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

Can’t make it to a national park for the Fee-Free weekend? There are parks that do not charge an admission fee. Check out the national parks state by state.

Free Fun for Your Birthday!

June 11, 2009 |  by  |  Uncategorized  |  1 Comment

What are you getting free for your birthday?

There is always the standard “free dessert” that we covet when our birthday rolls around and of course Disney is offering free admission to their parks on your birthday, but what else are getting free for your birthday?free things for your birthday

It’s a little known fact that thousands of businesses across the United States offer a wide variety of enticing birthday freebies to reward their loyal customers. For example, I’ve found the following:

* Free Car Wash
* Free Skiing
* Free Meal
* Free Appetizer
* Free Drinks
* Free Round of Golf
* Free Pet Treat
* Free Ice Cream
* Free Admission – Movie, Comedy Club, Sports Events, etc.
* Free Tanning

Everyday another business jumps on the free birthday bandwagon enticing us to visit their establishments. It’s a tough market out there and as frugal consumers, we can save a bundle taking advantage of these offers. (Check out the summer birthday freebies at the Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, CA, for instance)

How do you get these birthday freebies? Well, you can start by visiting some of your favorite restaurants or retailers’ websites to see if they offer a birthday club or e-club. Some might just require I.D. to prove it’s your birthday, but most will ask that you join their e-club or register for emails.

Now I know we all get a ton of email, so I suggest setting up a separate email address just to receive these email promotions. Not only will you receive your coveted birthday emails, but you might also receive a freebie just for registering as well as periodic coupons to enjoy throughout the year.

You only have one birthday a year, but you can extend it because the majority of these offers are valid for the birthday week and sometimes even the birthday month.

On a final note, the American Cancer Society recently launched their More Birthdays campaign. Join the movement in fighting back against cancer and creating a world with more birthdays by declaring the American Cancer Society as the official sponsor of your birthday.

Julie Northrop is the creator of FreeBirthdayTreats.com, a nationwide directory of businesses offering birthday freebies and discounts to adults, kids and pets.