Lower Your Expenses

26 Creative & Fun Things To Do For Free on Saturday Night

Updated on June 14, 2022 Updated on June 14, 2022
Listen Money Matters is reader-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. How we make money.
fun things to do for free

Do you need some quality ideas for fun, free things (or cheap) to do on a Saturday night? You don’t always have to go out drinking with your friends at a bar or ditch everyone and decide to stay in just because you don’t have money. We’ll show you some fun, free activities to do. You may even earn some money.

I always say, “constraint breeds creativity,” so you have to get creative. So, instead of coming up with ideas on your own, I’ve put together this list of things you can do for free any weekend you want. The only thing left to consider will be figuring out what to do.

Board Game Night

Host a monthly or weekly board game night. It is the perfect excuse for a laid-back night with a few of your favorite peeps. Pick up some snacks and ask your friends to bring some booze. Viola, you got yourself a fun-filled night of friendly competition and laughs. You can also make it a family-friendly fun night.

fun things to do saturday board games

Some of our favorite strategy games are Small World, Settlers of Catan, and Pandemic. If you want something a little more lighthearted and amusing, try Exploding Kittens, Disturbed Friends, or The Voting Game. A simple game of Poker works too. With the suitable matches and people, it will be your new favorite thing to do on Saturday night.

Night Hike/Bike

fun things to do on saturday night biking

Get out your bike, put on your sneakers, and go outside to get some fresh air. Tour your neighborhood, and take a hike through the safe part of some local woods. Perhaps find lit hiking trails at a local or state park or biking trails. Watch the sunset. Be one with nature! But remember, safety first, kids. Reflective gear and helmets if you are riding in the dark.

Check local websites to see if there are any group nighttime rides in your area, like this Moonlight Bike Ride in Central Park NYC. But remember, safety first, kids. Reflective gear and helmets if you are riding in the dark.

Want to get your money under control?

This is our guide to budgeting simply and effectively. We walk you through exactly how to use Mint, what your budget should be, and how to monitor your spending automatically.

Get the Course

Make Some Extra Money

Too broke to go out? It sounds like you need to make some more money. But, don’t worry; you won’t have to leave your couch. Survey Junkie pays you to give your opinion on brands so they can deliver better products & services.

Survey Junkie

Want to get paid for your opinion? Survey Junkie lets you share yours to help brands deliver better products and services. After creating your profile, they'll start matching you to online surveys you can take anywhere.

Your friends aren’t going to do that. It just takes a few minutes to build your profile. Then, they will start matching you to surveys. Complete the surveys to earn virtual points that can be redeemed for PayPal or e-Giftcards.

Start saving money so you can go out next weekend with Earny. As it turns out, stores always owe you money, but they don’t pay if you don’t ask.

That’s where Earny comes in – they automate everything.

Price drop? Get cash back for the difference. Deliveries arrive later than advertised? Get cash back. Effort required? Zero, how we like it.

Do a Brewery or Vineyard Tour

free things to do on saturday night

Touring breweries is one of my favorite things, and I look for ones that give you free beer at the end. However, I have difficulty not buying more beer after the tour. So I suggest touring a few breweries or wineries on a single Saturday night.

Geocaching

Geocaching is a unique game that you play with your phone. Go to the website, create an account, and search for a cache near your location. Players hide treasures worldwide for others to find, and it will take you places you’ve never been. It’s a lot like a scavenger hunt that you can play anytime you’re looking for something unique to do.

Learn Something New

There are endless so many ways to learn something new. Podcasts are a great and enjoyable way to educate yourself on new topics and are available to you for free.

Into science and culture? Check out Radio Lab or This American Life. Want to get your finances in check finally? Listen, Money Matters is, of course, our favorite, but we love Marketplace too. Finally, history buffs, you must listen to Hardcore History with Dan Carlin.

Are you looking for something a little more hands-on? Skillshare is an online learning community with over seventeen thousand culinary and HTML classes.

Skillshare

Skillshare is an online learning community offering thousands of classes from design to marketing to analytics. Discover hidden passions and explore new skills taught by industry leaders. Or, become a teacher, share your expertise, and make money.

We earn a commission if you click this link and make a purchase at no additional cost to you.

Maybe you can finally up your Street Photography game or learn the basics of hand lettering. You get a free month of unlimited classes when you sign up, which is a pretty sweet deal. You’ll have the next four Saturday nights covered.

Volunteer

Do some good, why don’t cha? Volunteering may not sound like much fun, but it’s free, something to do, and it can be fun when you meet new people. Also, you can bring a friend to make it even more fun, and you’ll feel good about yourself.

Not sure where to volunteer? Check out Volunteer Match to find volunteer information and listings in your local community. With a quick google search, you can find local soup kitchens, children tutoring facilities, and religious organizations looking for help.

Girls (or Boys) Night In

things-to-do-on-saturday-night-night-in

This is my go-to. Girls’ or guys’ night in are some fun things to do. Find a friend who wants to stay in on a Saturday night and join them. Bring some food and drinks over and have a movie night. Technically, you’re not staying in when you’re out at a friend’s house. I always do this when I’m looking to lay low and not spend any money—one of my favorite things to do on a Saturday night with friends.

Subscribe for a free chapter of our book on automating your finances - Mastering Mint.

Check Your Community Calendar

Most communities have a calendar of events or visitor centers that you can check for what to do on a Saturday night. In our town, there are always cheap or free events going on around town- live music, walking tours, historical sites, etc. Check your town’s website, visitor center, or follow local bloggers on social media to be up and up on what’s happening near you – music events, grand openings, street fairs, farmers markets, and comedy shows.

Visit a Free Museum, Zoo, or Botanical Garden

The Smithsonian in Washington D.C. is accessible, and so are plenty of other museums. And I don’t care what you might be thinking, but museums are an excellent way to spend a Saturday. Enjoy art installations or special events while educating yourself and saving money instead of sitting on your couch.

Play a Sport

fun things to do on saturday night play sports

Do you know how easy it is to get a group of guys together to play Saturday night football at your local park? Seriously, I’m asking; I have no idea. I figured it was because they did it in Invincible with Mark Wahlberg. I’m not a big sports fan, but I bet if you wanted to play a sport at night, you could get some people to join. Try Basketball (I call it Night Court), football, tennis, hockey, or baseball.

Have an Outdoor Film Festival

Lug your flat-screenT.V.V outback or use a projector and watch movies outside. My neighbor put a flat-screen next to his hot tub, and he watchesT.V.V out there all the time. Get creative here – throw a theme night or set up a retro concession stand. Teenagers in the 1960s used to pay a lot for the privilege of watching a movie under the stars on a Saturday night.

Go to a Local or National Park

I love parks. There are wide-open spaces, trails, tennis courts, water fountains, pavilions, and playgrounds… a large-ish public park is filled with things to do on a Saturday night. So bring a picnic and a deck of cards and enjoy the outdoors.

Parks are also great for people-watching. People watching sounds creepy, but it can be a lot of fun. Park yourself somewhere with a friend or two and watch the world as it passes by.

free things to do on saturday night

If you want to drink and not spend money, find an art gallery — they usually serve free wine! Bare minimum, you could probably make do with some free cheese. And the art could be cool too. Nothing d clears your mind and boosts your creativity like visiting art galleries.

Nights Are Made for Star Gazing

As a huge nerd, I could look up at the sky and get real deep in conversation about our universe with just about anyone who would listen to me. My dad is even worse. And you don’t need a fancy telescope to discover the sky.

Sky View is a hand-held planetarium for your phone. Point your phone at the sky to identify stars, constellations, planets, and satellites. I use it constantly, and it’s a lot of fun.

Hang At A Book Store or Public Library

If you’re wondering what to do on a Saturday night alone, I’ll tell you what I do when I’m bored and flying solo; I’ll go to a Barnes & Noble in a heartbeat. I usually bring my laptop and order a coffee, but sometimes I’ve found a comfy chair and read magazines or a few books. Best thing ever!

Make a Backyard Bonfire

free things to do on saturday night backyard bonfire

As a former boy scout, I have a deep affection for fires. I could build a fire and sit around it for hours, staring at it without a thought crossing my mind. All you need is an open space away from trees, a few bricks to make a fire ring, and wood. Then, boom! Make some smores, drink some beers, and sing kumbaya. Maybe even tell a few ghost stories.

Modern Scavenger Hunt

Gather your friends, create a list of weird things to find throughout your area, set a timer, and do it. A little friendly competition never hurt anybody.

Discover new things about your neighborhood and come back with many fun stories. And it gets you outside and moving around. Get those steps in. Here’s a great video to help you get started with your game.

Be a Designated Driver

Do you want to go to a bar with your friends and not spend any money? Drive them. I’m not going to lie and say this is the most excellent idea, but I’ve done it and certainly did save money. I danced too. Plus your friends will love you. Or be a designated driver and get paid for it.

Watch a Play at the Local Theater

what to do on saturday night theater

You know, not all local theater is terrible. I should know because I used to perform in my community and high school. Many theater troupes put on free shows, or at the very least, really cheap or free admission. You’ll be surprised at how entertaining this can be to do on a Saturday night.

Window Shopping/Flea Markets

Have you ever gone to the mall and not bought anything. I bet we all have at one point, and I bet it wasn’t a complete waste of time. You can walk the mall, local boutiques, or a flea market and check out all the awesome stuff you won’t buy. It sounds lame, but it can be a good time too. And you might be surprised at how interesting the crowd gets at night. Stop at a local; coffee shop and treat yourself to a latte.

Subscribe for a free chapter of our book on automating your finances - Mastering Mint.

Find a Friend with a Kick-Ass Community Clubhouse

I lived in a condo complex with a friendly community center. There were two pool tables and two poker tables, and although technically I paid to use it every month, it was free for that night for my friends. So find a friend or relative who has access to one of these and use it.

Camping

what to do on saturday night camping

Again, as a former boy scout, nothing gives me wood-like camping…for fire, of course. You don’t need a tent if you want to do it right. Just camp out on the ground as God intended. Make a fire—roast Marshmallows. Sleep outside.

Just Drive

Although gas costs money, it can still be pretty cheap. I love driving. Since I work from home, I don’t get to do it as often, but driving is more enjoyable when I don’t spend the day stuck in traffic.

I’ve gone on long night driving trips with friends and had a blast. One time, we even searched for a White Castle-like in that movie.

Visit Your Parents

It might sound lame to some, but I do this at least once — if not twice — a week. Eat their food, drink their beer, and watch theirT.VV. But, of course, you could also sit around drinking their coffee and chat with them. That’s what I do.

Go to The Library

I truly hate that this is an option, but I would be doing you a disservice if I didn’t at least mention it. Does it make me sound lame if I tell you there is a lot that you can do at your local library? It doesn’t even have to be YOUR library. Find a vast kick-ass library. You can go on the internet, read books, watch movies, and hit on the opposite sex/meet people.

What Would YOU Do?

These are just some ideas to help jumpstart a fantastic free and fun weekend — whether by yourself or with friends and family. I’m sure you have some ideas, so please share them with us in the comments below. We’d love to hear from you.

Also, you can check out our infographic and share it with your friends!

Get our best strategies, tools, and support sent straight to your inbox.

Candice Elliott - Senior Editor Candice Elliott is a substantial contributor to Listen Money Matters. She has been a personal finance writer since 2013 and has written extensively on student loan debt, investing, and credit. She has successfully navigated these areas in her own life and knows how to help others do the same. Candice has answered thousands of questions from the LMM community and spent countless hours doing research for hundreds of personal finance articles. She happily calls New Orleans, Louisiana home-the most fun city in the world.
learn courses podcast popular toolbox