25+ Free Activities to Enjoy This Summer

Today we are going to be discussing 25+ free activities to enjoy this summer.  The other day I asked my Twitter followers what they do in the summer to save money?  Some of the answers I received included:  I don’t save money in the summer, I just count the summer as an L, and that I avoid my bank account for the summer.

Although I was saddened by the answers, I am not going to lie.  When it is nice outside, it is tough to stick within your budget.  If you are anything like myself, then you want to enjoy the happy hours, rooftops, and other activities after work as well as on the weekend.  On top of that, there are concert announcements and flight deals every week!  The thing is, you can’t let all of your good financial habits throughout the year go to waste over a few month in the summer.

That is why I decided to come up with this list of 25+ free activities to enjoy this summer.

Free Activities to Enjoy this Summer

Go to a Free Music Festival

One of the best parts of summer is to enjoy music in the warm weather.  Check your local newspaper or online media outlet for free music festivals.  You never know, you could discover a new favorite band or artist.

Visit a Free Museum

Similarly to finding a free music festival, many museums will have discounted or free entry on certain days in the summer.  Grab some friends and visit a museum that you haven’t been to in a while.

I am currently planning a trip to DC in September and one of my favorite parts of every trip to DC is to visit the Smithsonian museums.  Besides the fact that each museum is loaded with tons of history, they are free to visit!

Find a Free Brewery or Winery Tour

You’d be surprised but many breweries and wineries offer free tours to local residents.  Check out establishments in your area (they may even come with complimentary samples).

Take a Road Trip to a Near Beach or Lake

Do you live near a body of water like a local beach or lake?  Grab a towel, bathing suit and sunscreen and enjoy the view or go for a swim.

Ride a Bike

I grabbed my bike out last month for the first time in years.  It reminded me that riding a bike is not only a great way to stay in shape, but it is also a free activity that you can do with yourself or with friends.  Hit a local trail or just ride around the city.

Attend a Parade

On of the great things about the summer is that there are always parades going on.  Recently, there was Pride parade in a variety of cities.  Find out the next parade in your city online and enjoy the sites.

Visit the Library

I feel like as a kid the library was a regular free activity for my family.  Besides the fact that you can check out a new book, most libraries have regular free events available for the community.  Visit your local branch for a schedule of activities and while you are it, rent a book.

Attend a Book Reading

Like I mentioned previously, the library typically has regular events for members of the community.  One of the events that your local library may have is book readings.  Although book readings come in various forms, many times authors will come and read selections from their most recent book as well as answer questions.  Book readings can also be found at local coffee shops.

Visit a Nature Park

I always forget that there is an awesome nature park only about 10 minutes from my house.  Do some online searches and see if there is anything similar near you.  It is a great chance to get outside and look at beautiful views.

Fly a Kite

I haven’t flown a kite in so long and I really wonder why!  It is such a fun activity that is free (as long as you or a friend already own a kite).

Do some Gardening

Although gardening is not one of my favorite free activities, it definitely can be therapeutic.  Gardening can even be an activity to enjoy with the whole family.  You will be pleased that you decided to make the outside of your dwelling more beautiful.

Free Activities to Enjoy this Summer

Take your Dog (or friends dog) for a walk

Although you may take your dog for a walk regularly, use the nice weather to explore a new path.  Don’t worry if you don’t have a dog, borrow a friends dog in order to explore.

Have a Picnic at the Park

I love picnics when the weather is nice.  You can make meal and home and enjoy it at the park.

Have a Water Balloon or Water Gun Fight

It can get extremely hot in the summertime.  Take time and cool off while having a water balloon or water gun fight with friends or family.


Volunteering is an awesome way to give back to your community and it is also free!  Find a charity or organization that is close to your heart and contact them to find out how you can help.

Visit a Playground and Pretend to Be a Child Again

Why do kids get to have all the fun?!?  Head to a playground and pretend to be a child again.  The sky really is the limit in terms of the number of free activities available when you actually arrive at the park.

Watch the Sunset Outside

Although simple, watching the sunset can be so peaceful.  Grab a chair or blanket and watch the sunset outside tonight.

Go Swimming at a neighborhood or Apartment Pool

Do you or a friend have access to a pool through your gym or neighborhood organization?  Take advantage of the warm weather and the free amenities!

Play a sport (ultimate frisbee, soccer, baseball, etc…)

Since the weather is nice, grab some friends and play a sport outside.  There really are a ton of options depending on what you enjoy the most and what equipment you have available.  Ultimate frisbee, soccer, and baseball are just a few to choose from.

Watch a Fireworks Show

Okay, fireworks may not always be available in your city.  However, on a weekend like the 4th of July you should be able to see free fireworks multiple days.  Grab a lawn chair or blanket in order to get comfortable while you watch the show.

Join a Meetup Group

Meetup is an online network that connects people regarding a common interest like sports, politics, health, and more.  Meetup is great if you are new to a city or if you have been there for a while.  There are free activities and paid events posted to Meetup.  For example, I got involved with a natural hair group that I found on the site a few years ago.  The natural hair group would hold a variety of activities related to natural hair and other topics that the group members would enjoy.  It opened me up to a whole new world of activities in my town.

Play Board or Card Games

Who doesn’t love board and card games?!?  I know I do.  Invite a few friends over and see who is the ultimate winner at the game of choice.

Start or Join a Book Club

Have you used your library card lately?  Dust it off and head to the library to find a good book.  If you prefer to read with others to discuss the book, start or join a book club.  You can meet you the group at a free location like a part or even a local coffee shop.

Have a Yard Sale

Instead of just not spending money, you can even make money!  While you are doing your summer cleaning, set aside anything that you no longer use and don’t plan on using in the future.  As long as it is in good condition, have a yard sale.  Advertise within your community as well as to friends and family.

Practice Yoga Outside

Namaste.  Grab your yoga mat and try to practice a few your poses outside.  If you are up for it, try this when the sun is rising or setting for a beautiful environment.  It will help you to become more peaceful and one with nature.  If you haven’t taken yoga before or don’t remember any of the basic phones, youtube is a great resource for the basics.


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What other free activities do you like to enjoy in the summer?


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  1. Great list! I was that person last year that went way over budget with all the summer activities but to cure the problem for this year I actually made a separate savings account for a summer slush fund. When I was spending less on going out in the winter I was able to set aside some funds for the summer.
    There’s also so many free or cheap activities you can participate in, like all those mentioned. I actually put together a similar post with things specific to my hometown.

  2. This is a fantastic list! I try to take advantage of the Minnesota summers…since snow is literally a few short months away 😩

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