FREE STUFF: Things to do and get free

Posted at 6:38 PM, Jun 20, 2012
and last updated 2012-06-20 18:40:44-04

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – Check out this week’s Free Stuff  I found for you and check back often, I’m  always adding new listings.

FREE ADMISSION: “Heart of the Arts” festival, Sunday, June 24, noon-5p.m. at the Children’s Museum of Richmond-Short Pump location at West Broad Village.  Activities inclue music and dance performances, yard games, art activities and a watermelon eating contest .  Details [HERE]

FREE CONCERT:  Featuring `90`s alternative rockers, Toad the West Sprocket.  Thursday June 21 in the main plaza at  Short Pump Mall.   6 8p.m.  The free concert series continues weekly through mid-August. Schedule [HERE]

FREE CANAL CRUISES:   Cruise the historic Kanawha Canal downtown Thurs. June 21  from noon to 4p.m.,  It’s free if you mention ‘Freedom Fest’ .  Tours run on the hour.  The canal cruises depart from 139 Virginia Street in Shockoe Slip directly across from the 14th and Dock Street intersection.

FREE COMEDY SHOW:   Enjoy a free performance by national gospel and radio personality Marcus D. Wiley., better known at “Bishop Secular”. 7p.m June 20 and 21  at Saint Paul’s Baptist Church, 4247 Creighton Road.  Food, music, children’s entertainment, lecturers and more.  Details [HERE]

FREE ADMISSION:  10th Annual Richmond Vegetarian Festival.  Sat. June 23  noon-6p.m. Azalea Garden at Bryan Park.  Details [HERE]

FREE ADMISSION:  Cultsha Xpo.  Sat. June 23  10a.m. to 5p.m. at the Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad St., Richmond.   Free performances: musical, visual art, theatrical, historical, dance and more. Plus, get free “CultshaBucks” to use at the event. Get more details [HERE]

FREE ADMISSION:  Berkeley Plantation for “Birth of an American tradition: the 150th anniversary commemoration of “taps”.   From June 22 to the 24th, activities include Civil War living history, period music and more from 10a.m. to 4p.m. at Berkeley at 12602 Harrison Landing Road. Details [HERE]

FREE ADMISSION;  Join the Virginia Boat Club at Rocketts Landing for its 9th annual regatta. Watch clubs from several states comptete in this  rowing competition.  There will also be music, and refreshments available.  Details [HERE]

FREE THEME PARK ADMISSION :  You can get a free unlimited admission  pass for your children ages 5 and younger for Busch Gardens Williamsburg.   It’s good through October 28th.   You must be a Virginia resident, and sign up in advance.  Lick [HERE] for the link to do so.

FREE FLAG CLEANING: Plan ahead for the 4th of July.   Get your American flag cleaned for free at any Puritan Cleaners any day of the year at any of their 13 locations in the metro area.

FREE MOVIES:   The City of Richmond will host free outdoor family movie nights throughout the summer, at a different city park each Friday night.   All movies start at sunset, approximately 8:30p.m.  

$1.00 MOVIES:      Regal Cinemas is once again offering $1 family movies on Tuesday and Wednesdays at 10am, starting June 19th.  A portion of proceeds from the Summer Movie Express will be donated to the Will Rogers Institute.  Get the full movie schedule [HERE].

FREE BOOKS:  Children can earn a free book by participating in Barnes and Nobles’ summer reading program.To earn a book, children in grades 1-6 have to read a total of eight books and complete a short reading journal by September 4, 2012.  Click [HERE] for more information or to register your child.

FREE JAZZ: The Virginia Museum has free admission to it’s Jazz Cafe program every Thursday evening from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Upcoming performances include Carlton Blount (6/21) and Ban Caribe (6/28)  .  Jazz Cafe and general VMFA Museum admission are always free.

FREE FOR ACTIVE MILITARY: Free annual passes to America’s National Parks (value $80) are now  available to members of the military and their families free of charge.  The pass allows entrance  to more than 2,000 national parks, wildlife refuges and other public lands. The free pass will be made available for activated members of the National Guard and Reserves but not to military veterans or retirees. Military personnel can get the passes by showing their military I.D at any national park or wildlife refuge that charges an entrance fee.

FREE CONCERTS:   Enjoy free concerts through the summer at Forest Hill Park near the Old Stone House.   Concerts are from 6p.m. to 8p.m.  Bring a picnic dinner if you`d like. Get a full concert schedule [HERE].

FREE LESSON: Check out a free introductory lesson, ice skating or ice hockey at either SkateNation Plus in Short Pump or Richmond Ice Zone in Midlothian.

LOTS OF FREE STUFF: How about getting and giving stuff free? The Freecycle Network is made up of nearly five thousand groups and nearly 70-thousand members around the world who are getting and giving away stuff free. Membership is free It’s a great way to recycle, get rid of items you don’t want, and get things you do.

FREE CREDIT REPORTS:  Get a free copy of your credit report from each of the three major credit bureaus.  Your personal information is completely protected. This site is sponsored by Equifax,Trans-Union and Experian.

FREE KIDS MEALS: Kids eat free at McAlister’s Deli every Tuesday from  9 p.m. with the purchase of an adult entree.  There are two locations in the Richmond area, Gayton Crossing and Westchester Commons in Midlothian.

FREE DINNERS:  The Ministry  Without Walls offers a free community dinner on the fourth Friday of every month. 6 to 8 p.m. at 5780 Hull Street Road.  Call them for more information at (804) 381-6928.

FREE E-BOOKS: Harlequin books has a free offer for you. Download up to 16 free e-books. Click here for the link.

FREE LONG DISTANCE: Make free, 10-minute long distance and international calls to select locations, just by listening to a short, ten-second ad first. Get your local access number to “Freephone2phone” here.

FREE STUFF: If you’re a Facebook member, a lot of restaurants are currently offering freebies, if you “like” them on Facebook. Search for your favorite and see if they have an offer. And while you’re on Facebook, stop by the  CBS 6 page and “like” us too.

FREE QDOBA: Children eat free at Qdoba on Sundays with the purchase of an adult entrée.

FREE FIREHOUSE SUBS: A lot of restaurants offer birthday clubs that you have to sign up for, to get freebies on your special day. At Firehouse Subs, just show up on your birthday with I.D with your birth date, and get a free medium sub. There are several locations in the metro area.

FREE GIFT CARDS: Spend some time reading, and earn extra money. You can earn free gift cards and books for your book reviews. Click the link here for more information.

FIND FREE WI-FI ACCESS: Want to know which local restaurants and coffee shops offer free wireless internet access? Get a directory for Greater Richmond or any city worldwide, by clicking here.

FREE 411 CALLS: Never pay to call information again. 800-FREE-411 works for both residential and business listings across America. All you have to do is listen to a 10-second commercial before getting the listing you want, but the service is free.

FREE JEWELRY: The Silver Jewelry Club offers an assortment of free, pure sterling silver jewelry every day. From pendants to rings to earrings, all you pay is the shipping and handling.

FREE COMPUTER TECH HELP: If you have a problem with your computer, and no budget to fix it, Protonic offers free computer support and computer-related information online and by e-mail. This free service is manned by volunteers world-wide.

FREE ADMISSION: Enjoy free admission all year long  to The Virginia Historical Society,  with access to the museum galleries and research library. The museum is at 428 North Boulevard in Richmond.

If you know of any event, or great free offer, e-mail is to us at or you can post it to my Facebook page.