Free Ice Cream Days & Cheap Cones in the Twin Cities

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 in June through August.

2020 Free Cone Dates

TBA – Dairy Queen – Benefits Children’s Miracle Network (Traditionally the first day of spring)

TBA – Rita’s First Day of Spring – Free Italian Ice. (Traditionally the first day of spring)

TBA – Ben & Jerry’s (April 9th in 2019)

May 12, 2020 – Haagen-Dazs (4-8pm)


Family Recipe: Ice Cream Sandwiches

Cheap Ice Cream Anytime:

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 early 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 March 6.

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. 

5/17/20: Children First Ice Cream Social | Recreation Outdoor Center, St. Louis Park | 2pm-5pm | Enjoy ice cream, entertainment and activities.

5/20/20: Annual Ice Cream Social | Palace Community Center, Saint Paul | 6-7:30pm | Annual Ice Cream social to kick off the summer and bring the community together.

6/24/20: Victory Ice Cream Social | Victory Park, Minneapolis | 7-9pm | Bounce house, face painting, musical performances, ice cream, refreshments, pony rides and a petting zoo.

5/29/20: Ice Cream Social | Pratt School, Minneapolis | 5:30-8:30pm | Enjoy ice cream at Pratt School then tour Witch’s Hat Tower at Tower Hill Park.

6/3/20: Ice Cream Social | Fuller Park, Minneapolis | 5:30-7:30pm | Ice cream from the Malt Shop and family fun. In case of rain, the event will still be held indoors.

6/5/20: Ice Cream Social | Keewaydin Park, Minneapolis | 6-8:30pm | Ice cream, music, bounce house and movie in the park.

6/11/20: Summer Kickoff Ice Cream Social  | Creekview Park, Minneapolis | 6:30-8pm | Activities, music, games, prizes, ice cream, moon walk and family fun.

6/12/20: Ice Cream Social | Wilder Rec Center, Saint Paul | 2-3pm | Ice cream, skateboard instruction, games and activities for all ages. 

6/18/20: Ice Cream Social | Folwell Park, Minneapolis | 5-7:30pm | Food, games, music, community informational booths and ice cream.

6/18/20: Ice Cream Social | Kenny Park, Minneapolis | 6:30-8pm | Celebrate summer Solstice with Ice Cream, a community band, and fun on the playground.

7/9/20: Ice Cream Social | Martin Luther King Park, Minneapolis | 6:30-8:30pm | Music, face painting, crafts and rides for kids. Free ice cream. Pizza for a small fee.

7/9/20: Ice Cream Social and Movie in the Park | Hiawatha School Park, Minneapolis | 7:30-9pm | Free ice cream, Inflatables for kids, followed by a movie in the park. 

7/10/20: Ice Cream Social: Fall Sports Kickoff | Waite Park, Minneapolis | 6pm-8pmpm | Ice cream, treats and family fun. 

7/15/20: Ice Cream Social  | Bryant Square Park, Minneapolis | 6:30-8:30pm | Free Ice cream, live music, face painting, art projects, moonwalk (some food and activities have fees).  

7/16/20: Ice Cream Social | Harrison Park, Minneapolis | 5:30-7pm | Music, face painting, crafts, bounce houses and free ice cream.

7/17/20: Ice Cream Social | Corcoron Park, Minneapolis | 6-8pm | Ice cream, bounce house, followed by movie in the park at dusk.

7/18/20: Ice Cream and Movie in the Park | Matthews Park, Minneapolis | 7pm-8:30pm | Ice cream treats and movie in the park.

7/20/20: Ice Cream Social | Windom South, Minneapolis | 6pm-8pm | Bring a picnic, enjoy free ice cream and music and participate in games.

7/30/20: Ice Cream Social | Pershing Park, Minneapolis | 6:30-8pm | Music, face painting, crafts, bounce houses and free Sebastian Joe’s ice cream.

8/12/20: Ice Cream Social | Bottineau Park, Minneapolis | 6-8pm | Games, bounce house, entertainment, food, and family fun. 

8/26/20: Arlington Hills Ice Cream Social | Arlington Hills Community Center, St Paul | 4pm-5:30pm | Enjoy ice cream, outdoor games and activities.

8/26/20: Ice Cream Social | Painter Park, Minneapolis | 6-8pm | Ice cream, music, kids games, and family fun. 

8/27/20: Phalen Ice Cream Social | Phalen Park Rec Center, St Paul | 5:30pm-7pm | Free ice cream, games and activities for all the ages.

8/28/20: Ice Cream Social | Wilder Rec Center, Saint Paul | 2-3pm | Ice cream, games and activities for all ages. 

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