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Located on the lawn of the art museums of Colonial Williamsburg, the concerts take place each Wednesday from 6 pm to 9 pm. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy the free music from these artists:
June 20 - Bobby Blackhat Band
June 27 - Jacob Vanko Band
July 4 - USAF Band and the Brasswind Band (fireworks follow at 9:20 pm)
July 11 - Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Cha's
July 18 - Buddha Council
July 25 - Chisman Creek
Aug. 1 - The Grey Riders
Aug. 8 - English Channel
Aug. 15 - Party Fins
Aug. 22 - Air Force Rhythm in Blue
Aug. 29 - Brandon Bower Band
Sept. 5 - Raw Beets
Sept. 12 - BJ Griffon and the Galaxy Groove
Sept. 19 - 504 Supreme & Two Tone Honeys
There are a surprising number of free or cheap things to do in the Williamsburg area, including how to see much of the Historic Area for free. Here are a few ways to see this wonderful area on the cheap:
Seriously, who wouldn't?
It's not as possible as you might think. Fact is, buying a membership at one museum may well get you free admission to dozens of other museums in your state-- or even museums across the country or worldwide.
There are two great programs which make this deal possible:
Click on the links to learn how these programs work, and how we were able to get a family membership at one Virginia museum which then gave us free admission to other museums in Virginia, as well as museums in California and Bermuda.
This is a good one, folks. You'll be able to visit both parks over a three-day period for just $50 instead of the usual $120. It doesn't get much better than that. You'll be able to visit the parks three days over 7 consecutive calendar days.
By like all Groupon deals, this could end any moment, so Act fast to check out this 58% off Groupon deal.
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Today (June 17) is the last day to activate all Kings Dominion Pre-School Passes.
If you didn't already register to get the free pass for your pre-schooler, it's too late, but you still need to activate it by coming to the park. Remember that your child must be present and you must bring an original or copy of their birth certificate or a travel passport.
What about the rest of the family?
Don't worry: I have a total of 12 active deals and/or promo codes which can get you into the park for as little as $21. Here are the deals.
And remember, if your dad is military or a veteran, why not take him to Busch Gardens this weekend and take advantage of their deal for military members?
If you saw my Father's Day freebies post yesterday, you're already aware of some food freebies and deals this week. But I found some more freebies which are good today only:
- Taco Bell - From 2 pm to 6 pm today only, get a free Doritos Locos Taco at participating locations - nor purchase necessary.
- Krispy Kreme - Buy one dozen original glazed donuts, get another for $1 - ends today
- Auntie Annie's - BOGO free pretzels and Cinnabon class rolls - ends June 18.
- Baskin Robbins - Free scoop with app purchase - ends soon.
Maybe you can treat Dad to an early treat?
James Madison's Montpelier estate is offering free admission for kids from July 5-August 31.
Kids ages 14 and younger are free with a paying adult during that time. This is a savings of $9 per child.
They are also offering special family tours, which are geared for younger visitors, on Saturdays and Sundays at 10 am.
If you really want to go cheap, take advantage of their free "Journey from Slavery to Freedom" walking/driving tour which is offered Saturdays at 2:30 pm. You won't get to visit the house, but you'll get to learn some history and enjoy the beautiful grounds. A great place for a picnic!
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Still, a deal is a deal, and it's always good to bless Dad with something fun while saving money, so check out these Father's Day freebies.
And if your dad is military or a veteran, why not take him to Busch Gardens this weekend and take advantage of their deal for military members?
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Now through July 4, Busch Gardens Williamsburg is offering a free one-day admission to all veterans and up to three dependents.
They offer a similar program for active duty military and their dependents, as well as their new Military Pass, which gives the bearer unlimited admission to the park (and Christmas Town- that's really unusual) as well as free parking all year.
This week marks the kickoff of Regal Cinemas' annual Summer Movie Express, a great opportunity to keep the kids busy with two movies on two different days for just $1 each.
They aren't first-run movies, and some have been out a few years (like this week's Despicable Me and Ice Age: Collision Course), but hey, they're a buck and you're seeing them on the big screen, so even with a few kids it's almost like seeing them for free. (Plus the $1 per person fee goes to support the Will Rogers Charity.)
For details on this, as well as totally free movies, like the ones offered on select nights this summer at Williamsburg's Prince George Street, check out my free Summer Fun info. You'll also find details on free summer reading programs and ideas for more ways to find free summer fun.
Today is the last day to save $50 off Busch Gardens Williamsburg's regularly-priced single-day tickets. Normally $90, you can get admission for just $40-- not a typo!--with this deal. It's all to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their Loch Ness Monster ride.
If you miss this deal, or if you want to visit more than one time or visit Water Country USA or another local park as well, I've got deals which can help you with that. Check them out here.
Note that you have until July 1 to use your $40 discount tickets, so be sure to check the park's hours and operating schedule before planning your visit.
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Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest estate is offering two free events during the month of June.
As usual, they are offering free admission to all dads on Father's Day, June 17. (Note for next year: they also offer free admission for all moms on Mother's Day.)
The day before, on June 16, they are also offering free admission plus access to their special Juneteenth event which is the nation's oldest commemoration of the abolition of slavery in America.
The event includes a reading of Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation and the Virginia Resolution Abolishing Slavery, followed by music and dance performances, furniture making demonstrations, and food for purchase from food trucks.
Poplar Forest is usually overlooked in favor of its more famous cousin, but is definitely worth a visit as the nation's first octagonal house.
Once again, Newport News' Mariners Museum is offering $1 admission to the museum all summer long.
It's a great opportunity to check out this family-friendly, maritime history museum which offers plenty of buttons and movie reenactments to keep the little ones' attention.
They also offer free events for kids, plus a beautiful park and trail that's a great place for a totally free family outing or picnic.
I almost missed this one, but you might still have time to use it (especially if you're on the west coast).
On June 5, teachers and school administrators who visit participating Red Robin locations and present a valid school ID can get a free Tavern Double Burger and Bottomless Steak Fries on dine-in and to-go orders.
No coupon necessary.
This is one time I like being wrong.
Earlier today I posted that thanks to the 40th anniversary of Busch Gardens Loch Ness Monster ride, you can get $40 off single-day tickets for a limited time.
But the deal is even better than I realized. You can actually save $50 off their regularly-priced $90 tickets-- so you'll pay just $40. But-- and here's the but-- you must buy your ticket by June 10.
Even if you miss this deal, or if you want to go multiple days or to multiple parks, I've got deals which can help you with that. Check them out here.
And if you're planning your visit to Busch Gardens Williamsburg, be sure to check out their hours and operating schedule.
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Kings Dominion will offer a special Memorial Weekend Salute featuring a fireworks extravaganza May 26-28.
In addition, they're offering free admission for all members of the military, as well as veterans with an honorable or medical discharge. Just present your DD214 card or valid government ID. You can also get discounted tickets for dependents.
It's also a great weekend to take advantage of Soak City's longer hours - 10:30 am to 11 pm.
Even if you're not military, I still have some discounts-- and one promo code--which can still get you tickets for less.
Groupon has started a new program designed to help regular users save even more on Groupon deals.
Called the Groupon Select Program, the paid membership program charges $4.99 a month. What do you get in return? Here's what they offer if you join:
- Additional 25% off local deals
- Additional 10% off tickets and events
- Additional 10% off tickets and events
- Additional 10% off travel
- Free shipping on Groupon goods
Is it worth it for you? Depends on how much you use Groupon. If you're a regular user, it might be worth it simply in savings on shipping. On the other hand, if you only purchase Groupon deals a couple of times a year, it's probably not worth it for you.
And for details on their Groupon Student Program, that lets college students save 15%-25%, click here.
You may not have heard that Groupon offers a Groupon Student Program for college students. Membership saves you 25% off local deals for the first 6 months, then 15% off local deals for the remainder of a year since initial sign up. You'll have to renew your membership after a year.
The deal is open to students are most colleges in the US. You need only fill out a simple form so they can confirm that you are indeed a student.
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