Looking for something fun (and inexpensive!) to do over the weekend? You’re in luck! This weekend is jammed packed with fun activities, many of them free! Here is a list of Restaurant/Food Promotions and Family Activities in the DC area, all happening today through Sunday. If you’re interested in visiting DC-area waterparks to stay cool, be sure to check out our list, complete with discounts and coupons! And, here is a list of museums(read: air condition!) in DC that offer free admission!
Complimentary Starter with Any Entree at P.F. Chang’s
Go to P.F. Chang’s Facebook page to print your coupon for a complimentary starter with the purchase of any entree. Offer valid 8/22/12 through 9/30/12, at P.F. Chang’s in the Continental U.S. Limit one per check. Valid for dine-in and takeout. May not be combined with any other offer or discount.
Free Dinner from Eat24
First 100 people to share a pic of themselves high fiving their delivery guy get a $20 Coupon Code. That’s right, $20. Have we gone crazy? Yes. Crazy about you. Crazy is our middle name. (Just kidding, Wilfred is our middle name). Show your driver some love, and we’ll love you back. Tweet us your pic (or post it on our Facebook wall), and score a meal on us. In the meantime, use foodguy34 to get $3 off your order of $10+ at Eat24!
Buy 1, Get 1 Free at Coldstone Creamery
Coldstone Creamery released a printable coupon for Buy Any Creation, Get A Second Creation Of Equal or Lesser Value for Free! Valid for Like It, Love It, or Gotta Have It sizes only. This coupon expires August 30, 2012.
$2 Drinks at Starbucks in the Afternoon
Starbucks Treat Receipt is returning for the month of August. Just save your morning receipt and come back the same day to a participating Starbucks after 2 pm and get any handcrafted cold grande (16 fl. oz.) beverage for $2.00 (plus tax where applicable).
Free Iced Latte at Wawa
On the road this weekend? Be sure to sign up for Wawa’s email list to get a coupon for a free 16 oz. iced latte!
Free Breakfast at Mimi’s Cafe
Want coupons & deals from Mimi’s? Sign up for their eClub! You’ll get a FREE breakfast (with the purchase of a breakfast entree) just for signing up!
$5 Gift Card to Cracker Barrel
Just register for Cracker Barrel’s All-American Spin ‘n Win, and you will be emailed a printable $5 gift card. It took about three days for us to receive ours. Limit one per household!
Family Entertainment in Washington, DC
Jack Diamond-Jim Steed Band: Sounds of Summer Concert Series
On Friday, August 24th, head to Lansdowne Hotel for a concert between 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM on the outdoor terraces. No coolers or outside food is permitted. Seating available on a first come-first serve basis.
Dave: Movies on the Potomac
Pack your picnic and chairs, and head to the National Harbor’s big screen for a free evening of ocean breezes and all-ages fun! Tonight, August 24th, they will be showing the movie, Dave! And, on Sunday, August 26th, they will be showing My Dog Skip, a family classic.
BBQ Rendezvous by Northern Virginia Magazine
You’re invited to a summer festival with free BBQ and entertainment for the whole family! You won’t want to miss the live band, great raffle prizes and moon bounce and art station for the kids! RSVP with the number of people in your party here before the event. This event is completely free! Upon arrival, check in at the NoVA Mag table to get your free raffle ticket! See you there, rain or shine!
Back to School Event at ALL Wegmans Stores
On Saturday, August 25, 2012 from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, head to your local Wegmans store for a Back-to-School Event! There will be free family fun, helpful tips for packing lunches, and quick, easy meal ideas!
Sample Sale at National Harbor
National Harbor is holding its inaugural Sample Sale on August 25 from 11:00am-6:00pm featuring merchandise up to 70% off! Participating retailers include Angst, Blink Blanco, Critique Boutique, The Dandelion Patch, Hats in the Belfry, Jos. A Bank, Occasions to Remember, S.O.A.P., SimplySoles, The Maris Elaine Gallery, and The Black Dog! Score great deals on clothing, shoes, accessories, gifts, artwork and much more. With designer names like Tory Burch, Kate Spade, Ark & Co., BB Dakota, Lillybee, Collective Concepts, Daniel Rain, THML, Angie, Very Bradley, Crane & Co., and countless more – you can’t afford to miss National Harbor’s Sample Sale! Join them for great savings at 181 American Way (just a few steps away from Nando’s Peri Peri).
National Harbor Dragon Boat Regatta
The inaugural National Harbor Dragon Boat Regatta, is being held on Saturday, August 25th, with the first race beginning at 9 AM. It is a family-oriented event for the whole community in and around the Washington DC area. The regatta celebrates Asian cultures, diversity, ethnicity, roots and history. An important part of the Chinese traditional calendar, dragon boat racing originated over 2,300 years ago in southern China. The dragon boat races at National Harbor are an open competition to anyone 12 years of age or older and is free to the public to watch the event.
The 36th Annual Maryland Renaissance Festival
The Maryland Renaissance Festival kicks off this weekend, Saturday, August 25th. It is open from 10 AM – 7 PM, rain or shine and is located on Crownsville Road, in Anne Arundel County in Crownsville, just outside of Annapolis, MD. This festival features everything from archery demonstrations and knighting ceremonies to Shakespearean plays and knife juggling! Tickets for $17/adult and $8/child (ages 7-15). This weekend (8/25 – 8/26) is Children’s Weekend, so all kids 11 and under will be admitted FREE! Special guest peformers include Robin Hood and Maid Marian.
The Battle of Blandensburg: A Bicentennial Celebration
On Saturday, August 25th, from Noon to 5 pm, come and celebrate the War of 1812 Bicentennial with family activities, music, re-enactments, demonstrations by 1812 soldiers, and more. Visit the newly opened Battle of Bladensburg Visitors Center that tells the story of the County’s involvement in this important war against the British. This event is FREE!
Jennifer Daniels: Acoustic on the Green
On Saturday, August 25th, from 7-9 PM, head to Leesburg’s Town Green (25 West Market Street, Leesburg, VA) for a concert by Jennifer Daniels. This is a free performance – lawn chairs and blankets are advised! Picnics are encouraged.
Kung Fu Panda: Starlight Cinema
Enjoy Kung-Fu Panda in grand drive-in theater style on Saturday, August 25th. Gates open at 6 PM. (At dark, the movies will start.) These movies are free for the public to enjoy. The atmosphere is relaxed and informal. Feel free to bring a picnic, blanket, and chairs and enjoy the movies – this is the last one for the 2012 summer season!
Free Fireworks Show at Gaylord National
Be dazzled by Gaylord National’s free fireworks shows over the Potomac River, every Saturday night at 9:30 PM. It’s an unforgettable way to end a summer evening. Weather permitting. Subject to change without notice. No coolers, glass, or outside food and beverages allowed on hotel property or waterfront areas.
Kids Visit Free at the Newseum All Summer
The Newseum will waive its admission fee for all youth visitors ages 18 and under, regularly $12.95, from July 1 through Labor Day, Sept. 3, 2012. The Newseum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Admission is $21.95 for adults, $17.95 for seniors (65 and older), and $12.95 for youth (7 to 18).
Loudoun County Farmers’ Markets
Over the weekend, Loudoun County offers a number of wonderful Farmers’ Markets throughout the area. I attended the Leesburg Market last weekend, and was very pleasantly surprised to find the wealth of fresh and delicious fruits and vegetables they offered! While prices are comparable (or a little more expensive) than you would find in our nearby grocery stores, the produce is definitely fresher and lasts considerably longer. For more information and to find a Farmers’ Market near you, click here.