Free, Fun Things to Do on the Weekend

Enjoy the weekend, even if you're feeling broke

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Being bored or restless on a Saturday or Sunday can lead to trouble. Boredom often prompts people to spend money on unnecessary items or distractions. If you're you're on a tight budget, you run the risk of hitting the mall and doing damage to your pocketbook or going to a movie you're not really that interested in just to pass the time.

Don't worry, there are plenty of free things to do on the weekend with your family and friends or by yourself. None of the activities require spending any money, and you can do all of them whether you reside in a city or live in the country.

27 Free, Fun Weekend Activities

  1. Check out neighborhood or religious festivals, including street fairs.
  2. Take your kids (or yourself or your friends) to the park. Pack a picnic and a frisbee or a kite.
  3. Host a potluck barbecue. Ask everyone to bring a side dish, or dessert, or a package of meat or veggies for the grill or stove.
  4. Invite friends or neighbors over for card games like bridge, poker, or crazy eights.
  5. If you like to cook, experiment with new recipes or invent one of your own using only the ingredients on hand in your kitchen.
  6. If you have a lawn, run through the sprinklers whatever age you are.
  7. Crank up the radio or iTunes and dance in your living room—it's a free workout!
  8. Grab your camera (or your cell phone) and take landscape or architectural pictures of your neighborhood. Edit the photos on your computer, experimenting with lighting, angles, and composition. Everyone can be a photographer today!
  9. Surprise your spouse with a love letter, or write a heartfelt letter to your BFF, parents, or a sibling. 
  10. Drive through the countryside to get a breath of fresh air.
  11. Visit a free museum or art gallery.
  12. If you have glue and paper in the house, make a collage out of photos clipped from magazines.
  13. Use the internet to research a new skill, like how to repair cars, how to design a website, or how to knit or sew.
  14. Whether you're a senior citizen or 16 years of age, climb trees—like people did in the old days!
  15. Ride your bicycle along local bike trails.
  16. Organize albums of old family pictures by decade.
  17. Go to a library (or browse the Kindle or Amazon Prime Lending Library) to check out interesting books.
  18. Get into the DIY spirit by cutting up old clothes and turning scraps into costumes or crafts items.
  19. Pamper yourself with an at-home pedicure, facial, and deep-conditioning scrub.
  20. Browse the web to learn about fascinating topics like Roman history or world religions.
  21. Visit a friend to shoot pool, watch the game, or just hang out.
  22. Go to a Little League baseball game with your kids or the neighborhood kids.
  23. Try out new hairdos.
  24. Organize and tag your Facebook photos.
  25. Play Monopoly or another board games with friends and family. Or, if you don't own a board game, play charades.
  26. Go for a run or an aerobic speed walk.
  27. Volunteer at a local animal shelter, homeless shelter, or other worthwhile organization.