Free Ice Cream Days, Ice Cream Socials & Cheap Cones

Free Ice Cream Days & Cheap Cones in the Twin Cities

You scream, I scream, did somebody say free ice cream? Free Cone Days at our favorite ice cream shops start in March and run through May. Then, bring on Ice Cream Social season June through August!


2020 Free Cone Dates

As with all outings this spring, while we are trying to keep up with cancellations and postponements, we recommend calling ahead before wasting a trip. 

Cancelled Dairy Queen – Benefits Children’s Miracle Network (Traditionally the first day of spring). Other areas of the country have already begun announcing March 19, 2020. We have not had an official announcement regarding Minnesota, but announcements have come late most years.

Cancelled March 19, 2020 – Celebrate Rita’s First Day of Spring with Free Italian Ice. (Traditionally the first day of spring)

CancelledBen & Jerry’s (April 9th in 2019)

May 12, 2020 – Haagen-Dazs (4-8pm)

 

Family Recipe: Ice Cream Sandwiches

Cheap Ice Cream Anytime:

Fun Idea: It might be a nice idea to pick up and deliver ice cream to isolated neighbors this summer. Just give them a heads up so it doesn’t melt on their porch.

Baskin Robbins | Eagan & West St Paul
The shop’s signature 31 flavors of ice cream are just $1.70 for a scoop on the 31st of the month.

Conny’s Creamy Cone | St Paul
Conny’s claim to fame is her 27 flavors of soft-serve ice cream offered at great prices – kids scoops starting at just over a dollar. Opens mid-March.

Cup and Cone | White Bear Lake
This yummy soft serve joint is the pride of White Bear Lake. The prices will have you crying tears of joy. Opens early March.

Hastings Co-op Creamery | Hastings
Super-budget chocolate shakes!

Nelson’s Ice Cream | Stillwater & St Paul
Look forward to an incredible amount of ice cream for your money. Four kids and one hungry mom were completely satisfied with that sole kiddie scoop. Opens mid-March.

St Paul Corner Drug | St Paul
Though it’s been many years since the cones cost a quarter, the prices still evoke a different era — and are generous enough to split. Open year-round.

And, don’t forget our friends at Blue Sun Soda Shop now have an old-fashioned soda fountain in store! Stop by to experience the “Good Old Days”.


Free Ice Cream Days & Cheap Cones in the Twin Cities
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Community Ice Cream Socials – Free Ice Cream in the Parks

Get your ice cream fix all summer long. Most of these events are free, We have noted events that are charging for the ice cream and/or admission with an “*” by the date. In some cases, additional food and activities have fees. 

Hello Summer! June Ice Cream Socials

Cancelled June 3, 2020: Ice Cream Social | Fuller Park, Minneapolis
Ice cream from the Malt Shop and family fun. In case of rain, the event will still be held indoors. 5:30-7:30pm.

Cancelled June 5, 2020: Ice Cream Social | Keewaydin Park, Minneapolis
Ice cream, music, bounce house and movie in the park. 6-8:30pm.

Cancelled  June 10, 2020: Ice Cream Social and Beach Bash | Firemen’s Park, Chaska
Ice cream, live music and a beach party. 6-7:30pm.

Cancelled June 11, 2020: Summer Kickoff Ice Cream Social | Creekview Park, Minneapolis
Activities, music, games, prizes, ice cream, moon walk and family fun. 6:30-8pm.

Cancelled  June 12, 2020: Ice Cream Social | Wilder Rec Center, Saint Paul
Ice cream, skateboard instruction, games and activities for all ages. 2-3pm.

Cancelled  June 17, 2020: Vadnais Heights Ice Cream Social | Berwood Park, Vadnais Heights
All ages games, live music and free Culver’s ice cream until gone. 5-7pm.

Cancelled June 18, 2020: Ice Cream Social | Folwell Park, Minneapolis
Food, games, music, community informational booths and ice cream. 5-7:30pm.

Cancelled June 18, 2020: Ice Cream Social | Kenny Park, Minneapolis
Celebrate summer Solstice with Ice Cream, a community band, and fun on the playground. 6:30-8pm.

Cancelled June 24, 2020 Victory Ice Cream Social | Victory Park, Minneapolis
Bounce house, face painting, musical performances, ice cream, refreshments, pony rides and a petting zoo. 7-9pm.

Cancelled  *June 24, 2020: Dairy Day Ice Cream SocialBruentrup Heritage Farm, Maplewood Learn how to milk a cow or make butter! Visit exhibits, take a hayride, play lawn games, tour the 1912 farmhouse and enjoy live music from the Last Minute Brass Band. Free to attend. Ice Cream and other food, additional charge. 5-8pm.

Hot Enough For Ya? July Ice Cream Socials

National Ice Cream Day is Sunday, July 19, 2020!

Cancelled *July 6, 2020: Ice Cream Days | Hazel Park, Saint Paul
$1.00 Ice Cream Treats – Mondays in July. 6-7pm.

July 9, 2020: Ice Cream Social | Eidem Farm, Brooklyn Park
Music begins at 7pm. Find more information in Brooklyn Park’s “Get Up & Go – Spring/Summer 2020” Guide. 4-8:30pm, FREE.

Cancelled July 9, 2020: Ice Cream Social | Martin Luther King Park, Minneapolis
Music, face painting, crafts and rides for kids. Free ice cream. Pizza for a small fee. 6:30-8:30pm.

Cancelled July 9, 2020: Ice Cream Social and Movie in the Park | Hiawatha School Park, Minneapolis
Free ice cream, Inflatables for kids, followed by a movie in the park. 7:30-9pm.

Cancelled July 10, 2020: Ice Cream Social: Fall Sports Kickoff | Waite Park, Minneapolis Ice cream, treats and family fun. 6-8pm.

*July 13, 2020: Ice Cream Days | Hazel Park, Saint Paul
$1.00 Ice Cream Treats – Mondays in July. 6-7pm.

Cancelled July 15, 2020: Ice Cream Social | Bryant Square Park, Minneapolis
Free Ice cream, live music, face painting, art projects, moonwalk (some food and activities have fees).
6:30-8:30pm.

Cancelled July 16, 2020: Ice Cream Social | Harrison Park, Minneapolis
Music, face painting, crafts, bounce houses and free ice cream. 5:30-7pm.

Cancelled July 17, 2020: Ice Cream Social | Corcoron Park, Minneapolis
Ice cream, bounce house, followed by movie in the park at dusk. 6-8pm.

Cancelled July 18, 2020: Ice Cream & Movie in the Park | Matthews Park, Minneapolis
Ice cream treats and movie in the park. 7-8:30pm.

Cancelled July 20, 2020: Ice Cream Social | Windom South, Minneapolis
Bring a picnic, enjoy free ice cream and music and participate in games. 6-8pm.

Cancelled  *July 20, 2020: Ice Cream Days | Hazel Park, Saint Paul
$1.00 Ice Cream Treats – Mondays in July. 6-7pm.

Cancelled *July 27, 2020: Ice Cream Days | Hazel Park, Saint Paul
$1.00 Ice Cream Treats – Mondays in July. 6-7pm.

Cancelled July 30, 2020: Ice Cream Social | Pershing Park, Minneapolis
Music, face painting, crafts, bounce houses and free Sebastian Joe’s ice cream. 6:30-8pm.

Count Down to School with August Ice Cream Socials

Cancelled Aug 1, 2020: Ice Cream Social | Bottineau Park, Minneapolis
Games, bounce house, entertainment, food, and family fun. 6-8pm.

Aug 12, 2020: Ice Cream Family Fun | Highwood Hills Rec Center, Saint Paul
Ice cream and family fun. 6:30-8:30pm.

Aug 26, 2020: Arlington Hills Ice Cream Social | Arlington Hills Comm Center, St Paul Enjoy ice cream, outdoor games and activities. 4-5:30pm.

Cancelled Aug 26, 2020: Ice Cream Social | Painter Park, Minneapolis
Ice cream, music, kids games, and family fun. 6-8pm.

Aug 27, 2020: Phalen Ice Cream Social | Phalen Park Rec Center, St Paul
Free ice cream, games and activities for all the ages. 5:30-7pm.

Aug 28, 2020: Ice Cream Social | Wilder Rec Center, Saint Paul
Ice cream, games and activities for all ages. 2-3pm.

Say Goodbye to Summer with One Last September Ice Cream Social

Sept 12, 2020:  Ice Cream Peanut Butter Jam | Merriam Park, Saint Paul
Community party featuring free Izzy’s ice cream, an opportunity to donate peanut butter for the Keystone food shelf, family fun and local music. 12-4pm.

Past Dates

6/02/19: Ice Cream Sunday – Homemade Gibbs Farm Ice Cream | Gibbs Farm | 10am-4pm | Ice cream demonstrations and free samples every hour. Free w/ admission: Adults/$8; kids 4 – 16/$5.

6/06/19: Burnsville Senior Center Ice Cream Social | Burnsville Senior Center, 200 W. Burnsville Parkway | 2pm-4pm | Cool off at the Burnsville Senior Center during their open house and ice cream social. All ages are welcome to stop by for a FREE ice cream treat. Part of I Love Burnsville Week.

*6/16/19: Ice Cream Sunday – Make your own Sundae Gibbs Farm | 10am-4pm | Ice cream demonstrations and free samples every hour. Free w/ admission: Adults/$8; kids 4 – 16/$5.

6/20/19: Ice Cream Social and Sidewalk Sale | 56th and Chicago Ave, Minneapolis | 4pm-7pm | Come by for ice cream, hot dogs, shopping, a bouncy house and more!.

6/20/19: Ice Cream Social at Chandler Place | Chandler Place, 3701 Chandler Dr., St. Anthony Village | 7pm-8pm | Delicious Culver’s ice cream in the north parking area near the pond with musical entertainment provided by the St. Anthony Civic Orchestra. 

*6/30/19: Ice Cream Sunday – Patriotic Ice Cream | Gibbs Farm | 10am-4pm | Ice cream demonstrations and free samples every hour. Free w/ admission: Adults/$8; kids 4 – 16/$5.

*7/14/19: Ice Cream Sunday – Root Beer Floats | Gibbs Farm | 10am-4pm | Ice cream demonstrations and free samples every hour. Free w/ admission: Adults/$8; kids 4 – 16/$5. 

7/27/19: 7th Annual Ice Cream Social | Open Eye Figure Theatre, Minneapolis | 12pm-3pm | Puppet shows, carnival games, face-painting, make-and-take puppet crafts, and ice cream!.

*7/28/19: Ice Cream Sunday – Homemade Gibbs Farm Ice Cream | Gibbs Farm | 10am-4pm | Ice cream demonstrations and free samples every hour. Free w/ admission: Adults/$8; kids 4 – 16/$5.

*8/11/19: Ice Cream Sunday – Make your own Sundae | Gibbs Farm | 10am-4pm | Ice cream demonstrations and free samples every hour. Free w/ admission: Adults/$8; kids 4 – 16/$5.

*8/25/19: Ice Cream Sunday – Root Beer Floats | Gibbs Farm | 10am-4pm | Ice cream demonstrations and free samples every hour. Free w/ admission: Adults/$8; kids 4 – 16/$5.

I Feel Summer Creeping In… May Ice Cream Socials

Cancelled May 17, 2020: Children First Ice Cream Social | Recreation Outdoor Center, St. Louis Park Enjoy ice cream, entertainment and activities. 2-5pm.

May 20, 2020: Annual Ice Cream Social | Palace Community Center, Saint Paul
Annual Ice Cream social to kick off the summer and bring the community together. 6-7:30pm.

Cancelled May 30, 2020: Ice Cream Social | Pratt School, Minneapolis
Enjoy ice cream at Pratt School then tour Witch’s Hat Tower at Tower Hill Park. 5:30-8:30pm.

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