Free Stuff: Things to do and get FREE

Posted at 3:54 PM, Aug 22, 2012

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

FREE ADMISSION:  Richmond Multi-Cultural Day Festival Sat. Aug. 25  featuring music, food, and children’s activities  10am-5pm  at Forest Hill Presbyterian Church, 4401 Forest Ave.

FREE MOVIES: Enjoy free classic movies outside in the Courtyard at First Baptist Church on Monument Avenue every Thursday evening in August.  Showtime is 8:30p.m. This week’s feature is West Side Story (8/23) and South Pacific (8/30) wraps up the season.   Details [HERE].

FREE KIDS HAIRCUTS:   Get the kids back-to-school ready withfree haircuts at a JC Penney salon.  The offer is good for rising K thru 6th graders all this month of August. Call for an appointment.

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  Carol Covell and Company (8/23), Eastern Standard Time Trio (8/30), Debo Dabney Trio (9/6), Desiree Roots Centeio (9/13), Robbie Cunningham Trio (9/20) and the Barbara Martin Trio (9/27). Jazz Cafe and general VMFA Museum admission are always free.

FREE DANCE CLASSES:  The Heart of Ireland School of Dance invites you to take a Free Irish dance classes. The next free one hour class for all ages is Sat. Sept. 8th at 11:30a.m. at their Midlothian studio.  Registration is required. Here’s the [LINK].

FREE ADMISSION: Celebrate the 96th birthday of the National Park Service by holding special programs Saturday, August 25.  Here in Richmond:  1) “History Hunt at Cold Harbor” at Cold Harbor Battlefield.  Meet a Civil War soldier and watch a rifle demonstration, make guidons (Civil War flags), take a Ranger-guided tour, and become a Battlefield Junior Ranger, exploring the battlefield using the popular children’s book “History Hunt at Cold Harbor.”  10a.m. to 2p.m.,   5515 Anderson-Wright Dr., Mechanicsville .  2)   “History Hunt at Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site”, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m..  Children’s activities and tours and even participating in children’s parades 600 N. 2nd St., Richmond’s Jackson Ward.

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 MUSEUM ADMISSION:    You can download tickets now for Smithsonian magazine’s 8th annual Museum Day Live! on Sat. Sept. 29, 2012.  Get  free admission for two people per household to participating museums on that day. Download your tickets [HERE].

FREE BOWLING:  Kids 15 and under can bowl two free games a day at AMF lanes all summer long, through September 3.  Shoe rental is not included in the deal.  Sign up [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.  Click [HERE] for the link to do so.

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 CONCERT:  Enjoy free concerts through the summer at Forest Hill Park near the Old Stone House.  From 6 to 8 p.m., bring a picnic dinner if you’d like.  Next up, on September 16, is the American Folk Rock sounds of Blue Line Highway.  Details [HERE]

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

FREE FLAG CLEANING:  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.

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

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 DINNER:  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 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.

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.

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 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 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 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.

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