FREE STUFF: Things to do and get free

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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:   To  one of the summer’s biggest street parties.  The 29th annual Carytown Watermelon Festival is  Sunday, Aug. 5, from 10am to 6pm.  Music, food, fun, and wall to wall people!

FREE JAZZ FEST ADMISSION:   The 3rd annual Richmond Jazz Festival at Maymont is next weekend, August 10-12.  Volunteer for the event, and get free admission. Click [HERE] for details and application.

FREE KIDS HAIRCUTS:   Get the kids back-to-school ready with free 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 CONCERT:  Enjoy a free performance featuring the Fort Lee Concert Band and the Petersburg Symphony Orchestra on Friday Aug. 3.  7p.m. on the north lawn of  Appomattox Plantation, 1001 Pecan Avenue,  Hopewell.

FREE PERFORMANCE:  The 2012 Dogwood Dell Festival of Arts wraps up this weekend with free performances of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”.   8:30pm nightly, Friday and Saturday, August 3rd and 4th.  Details [HERE].

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 “Oklahoma”.  Next , The King and I (8/9). The Music Man (8/16) West Side Story (8/23) and South Pacific (8/30).   Details [HERE].

FREE MOVIES: Enjoy family-friendly  flicks in the park.Sat. Aug. 4, “The Little Rascals”.  8:30p.m, The Armour House & Gardens, 4001 Clarendon Road in Henrico. 

FREE WORKOUT: Join New YorkCity  fitness gurus Lisa and Priest Priestly of WholeLifeStyles Inc. for a free workout in Byrd Park’s Fountain Lake on Saturday, Aug. 4, at 9 a.m. designed for all fitness levels. After the workout, pick up some personal tips and  free health and fitness information.

FREE FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT: Henrico Teen Theater Company presents “Stories Under the Big Top”.  A program of all ages; a lively storytelling and performance session. Aug 1, 2, 3, & 4 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day. Call for reservations at 501-5859.

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 approximately 8:30p.m. On  Fri. August 3, enjoy “Kung Fu Panda 2” at Battery Park, 2803 Dupont Circle.  Bring a blanket, chairs, and snacks if you’d like.  

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 Charles Darden (8/2), Claudia Carawan (8/9), Sharon Rae North (8/16), Carol Covell and Company (8/23), Eastern Standard Time Trio (8/30), Debo Dabney Trio (9/6), Deseiree 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 ADMISSION: Bollywood Dance and Film Party.  Fri. Aug. 3 6-8p.m. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. 200 N. Boulevard..  Details [HERE].

FREE MUSEUM ADMISSION:  Starting August 1st,  you can  download tickets for Smithsonian magazine’s 8th annual Museum Day Live!  Get  free admission for two people per household to participating museums on Saturday, September 29, 2012. Download your tickets [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 BOWLING:  Kids 15 and under can bowl two free games a day at AMF lanes all summer long.  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.

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

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 August 19, Surf Rock music from “3rd Wave” Details [HERE]

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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