Free Ice Cream Days, Ice Cream Socials & Cheap Cones in the Twin Cities – 2022

Free Ice Cream Days & Cheap Cones in the Twin Cities

You scream, I scream, did somebody say free ice cream? Free Cone Days at some of our favorite Twin Cities ice cream shops start in March and then bring on ice cream social season June through August!

2022 Free Ice Cream Cone Dates

March 20, 2022: Rita’s Italian Ice – First Day of Spring

1016 Diffley Road, Diffley Marketplace Suite 300, Eagan MN 55123
15594 Pilot Knob Rd, Cobblestone Lake Commercial Suite #400Apple Valley MN 55124

It’s a longtime Rita’s tradition to give away Italian ice freebies on the first day of spring. Get yours and celebrate the end of winter in Minnesota! (Or pretend to?)

March 21, 2002: Dairy Queen Free Cone Day

A classic! Enjoy a free small vanilla cone at participating non-mall locations. All day, limit one per person. 

Free Ice Cream Cone Days we hope to enjoy in 2022

Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day

This delicious day has traditionally taken place in April. Watch for more information! – It looks like this is cancelled for 2022, but we hope to see it back in 2023.

Haagen-Dazs Free Cone Day

We’ll be dreaming of this free scoop of ice cream this spring offering the option of a kiddie scoop in a cup, sugar cone or cake cone. Traditionally this has taken place in May, but will be postponed in 2022! In the meantime, Häagen-Dazs offers a rewards program. Get the app to earn sweet treats and rewards by earning points and get a FREE cup or cone after your first purchase.

Insomnia Cookies

This cookies and ice cream shop has a Minnesota location in Dinkeytown and traditionally offers a FREE ice cream scoop for National Ice Cream Day on the third Sunday in July. They offered the annual deal in 2021, so we hope to see it again in 2022.

Your Birthday Can Be Your Own Special Free Scoops Day!

Check out these Birthday Freebies and Deals for Minnesota Kids to find Several Opportunities to get coupons for a scoop of free ice cream on your birthday, these include Baskin’ Robbins Birthday Club, Broadway Pizza Kids Birthday Club, Cold Stone Creamery, Dairy Queen Blizzard Fan Club and Julius League and Rita’s Italian Ice. Plus, we’ve found a lot of fun birthday deals for kids that have nothing to do with Ice Cream.


Cheap Scoop Shops & Cool Discounts in the Twin Cities

Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream

1224 S Robert St, West St Paul, MN 55118
1420 Yankee Doodle Rd, Eagan, MN 55121
7668 150th St W Ste 101, Apple Valley, MN 55124
16179 Kenrick Ave Ste 100, Lakeville, MN 55044
The shop’s signature 31 ice cream flavors are just $1.70 for a scoop on the 31st of the month. Please call ahead to verify your local shop is participating in this sweet deal.  If you LOVE Baskin-Robbins, consider getting their mobile app to get one regular scoop awarded immediately. After that you’ll get deals and coupons periodically.

Cold Stone Creamery

Silver Lake Village, 2700 39th Ave NE, Ste A116, St. Anthony, MN 55421
The Shops at National Market Center, 10400 Baltimore St NE, Ste 150, Blaine, MN 55449
Market Lofts, 768 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN 55343
Arbor Lakes Shopping Center, 7765 Main Street North, Maple Grove, MN 55369
Village Shopping Center, 720 Main St Hwy, Suite 133, Mendota Heights, MN 55118
Mall of America 3rd Floor Food Court, 382 South Avenue, Bloomington, MN 55425
Mall of America, 134 East Broadway, Bloomington, MN 55425
A pint-sized Family Pack services 4-5 people for $15.99. It includes 2 pints of ice cream, yogurt or sorbet plus your choice of two toppings.  If you plan to do this often, sign up for the eClub to earn points on purchases to earn free ice cream and other special offers. Look for annual National Ice Cream Day deals in July.

Conny’s Creamy Cone

1197 Dale St N, Saint Paul, MN 55117
Conny’s claim to fame is her 27 flavors of soft-serve ice cream offered at great prices – cone sizes range from “baby” to large and are all $3 or under. Opens for the season in mid-March.

Cup and Cone

2126 4th St, White Bear Lake, MN 55110
This yummy soft serve joint is the pride of White Bear Lake – and the prices will have you crying tears of joy. Opens for the season in early March.

Hastings Co-op Creamery

1701 Vermillion St, Hastings, MN 55033
Otherwise known as the Hastings Dairy Store on the town’s main drag. Super-budget and the best chocolate shakes we’ve ever tasted.

Ice cream cup from Hastings Dairy Store in Hastings Minnesota
Hastings Dairy

Nelson’s Ice Cream

454 Snelling Ave S, St Paul, MN 55105
920 Olive St W, Stillwater, MN 55082
Look forward to an incredible pile of ice cream for your money. Four kids and one hungry mom were completely satisfied with that sole kidding scoop. You need to trust us. Opens for the season in mid-March.

St Paul Corner Drug

240 Snelling Ave S, St Paul, MN 55105
Though it’s been many years since the cones cost a quarter, the prices still evoke a different era (a sundae is $3.50) and the sizes are generous enough to split. Open seasonally.

If you’re in search of an old-timey soda fountain experience in the Twin Cities northern suburbs, we recommend our friends at the BLUE SUN SODA SHOP.

Sugar Mamas Ice Cream Truck

This family-owned ice cream truck cruises metro neighborhoods and can be booked for events. In 2021, they were the only Minnesota ice cream shop to be picked when Blue Bunny picked up the tab at local parlors across the U.S. for National Ice Cream Day. Let’s watch and see if Blue Bunny does it again in 2022.

University of Minnesota Dairy Salesroom

1354 Eckles Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55108
The Dairy Salesroom is a tiny hidden gem stocked with freezers of delicious ice cream made by UofM students and sold for $4 a pint. We love to visit in the summertime when we can enjoy our treats on the lawn. The salesroom is only open Wednesdays from 2-5pm but there’s also the option of purchasing inexpensive cones of homemade ice cream from the
St Paul Student Center.


Twin Cities Community Ice Cream Socials – Free Ice Cream in the Parks

Get your ice cream fix all summer long! Most of these ice cream social events are free; we have noted events that are charging for the ice cream and/or admission. In some cases, additional food and activities have a fee. Most of these socials serve free vanilla soft serve cups, but they are all different, so it is fun to checkout a few each summer to find your favorite.

Please note, we are coming out of a couple years marked with uncertainty and cancellations. Unless there is a date specified, the following events are what we hope to see announced in 2022. You will ALWAYS want to check ahead directly with the venue for the latest details.

I Feel Summer Creeping In… May Ice Cream Socials in the Twin Cities

May 15, 2022: Children First Ice Cream Social

St Louis Park Recreation Outdoor Center, 3700 Monterey Drive, St. Louis Park, Minnesota 55416
Enjoy ice cream, entertainment and activities. 2-5pm.

Hello Summer! June Ice Cream Socials in the Twin Cities

June 15, 2022: Highwood Hills Ice Cream Day

2192 Londin Ln E, St Paul, MN 55119
Outdoor games and free ice cream in the park. 4-5pm.

June 15, 2022: Phalen Park Ice Cream Day

1600 Phalen Dr, St Paul, MN 55106
Outdoor games and free ice cream in the park. 4-6pm.

June 15, 2022: Vadnais Heights Ice Cream Social

Berwood Park, 780 W Berwood Ave, Vadnais Heights, MN 55127
Free ice cream, live music and activities for all ages in the park. Meet reps from community organizations. 6-8pm.

June 26, 2022: Bruentrup Farm Dairy Day

2170 County Rd D E, Maplewood, MN 55109
Activities on Dairy Day have included learning how to milk a cow and make butter, taking a hayride, playing lawn games, touring the farmhouse and listening to live music. Ice cream and other food items available for purchase. Free admission.

June 27, 2022: Battle Creek Ice Cream Days

75 Winthrop St S, St Paul, MN 55119
Outdoor games and $1 ice cream most Mondays thru August 2022. 6-7pm.

June 27, 2022: Victory Park Ice Cream Social

4414 N Upton Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55412
Activities include a bounce house, face painting, musical performances, ice cream (of course), pony rides and a petting zoo. Small fees for activities.

June 29, 2022: Martin Luther King Park 20th Annual Ice Cream Social

4055 Nicollet Ave S, Minneapolis, MN, US 55409
A summer evening with music, face painting, crafts, rides for kids and FREE Sebastian Joe’s ice cream!

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Hot Enough For Ya? July is National Ice Cream Month

The entire month of July is National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of July is National Ice Cream Day, by proclamation of President Ronald Reagan. Yes, this is an official food holiday. That makes it’s our patriotic duty to find some ice cream this month!

July 6, 2022: Lakeville Pan-o-Prog Ice Cream Social

20150 Highview Ave, Lakeville, MN 55044
The community festival includes an ice cream social with free ice cream and cookie dough plus carnival games and live music
. 1-3pm.

July 7, 2022: Robbinsdale Whiz Bang Days Ice Cream Social

Citizens Independent Bank, 3700 W Broadway Ave, Robbinsdale, MN 55422
Free Johnny Pops, face painting, live music and a vehicle fair. 4-6pm.

July 8, 2022: Hiawatha School Park Ice Cream Social

4305 E 42nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55406
Free fun in the park: ice cream, bounce houses and a movie. Likely 7:30-9pm.

July 8, 2022: Duluth & Case Rec Center Ice Cream Day

1020 Duluth St, St Paul, MN 55106
Free outdoor games and an ice cream treat for kids ages 7-17. Must register beforehand. 1:30-2:30pm.

July 11, 2022: Golden Valley Ice Cream Social & Concert in the Park

Brookview Park, 200 Brookview Parkway N, Golden Valley MN 55427
Weekly concerts are held in the park; this particular date also hosts an ice cream social. 7pm.

July 11-25, 2022: Hazel Park Ice Cream Mondays

945 N Hazel St, St Paul, MN 55119
Treat yourself to dollar banana splits at the park each Monday. 6-7pm.

July 11-25, 2022: Battle Creek Ice Cream Days

75 Winthrop St S, St Paul, MN 55119
Outdoor games and $1 ice cream most Mondays thru August 2022. 6-7pm.

July 12-26, 2022: Hazel Park Ice Cream Tuesdays

945 N Hazel St, St Paul, MN 55119
Treat yourself to dollar ice cream cones at the park each Tuesday. 6-7pm.

July 12, 2022: Waite Park Movie in the Park & Ice Cream Social

1810 34th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418
Free ice cream treats and games prior to a free screening of “Sing 2” in the park. 7-11:15pm.

July 13-27, 2022: Hazel Park Ice Cream Wednesdays

945 N Hazel St, St Paul, MN 55119
Treat yourself to dollar build-your-own sundaes at the park each Wednesday. 6-7pm.

July 14-28, 2022: Hazel Park Ice Cream Thursdays

945 N Hazel St, St Paul, MN 55119
Treat yourself to a dollar surprise ice cream treat at the park each Thursday. 6-7pm.

July 14, 2022: Pershing Park Ice Cream Social

3523 W 48th St, Minneapolis, MN 55410
Another summer evening with music, face painting, crafts, rides for kids and FREE Sebastian Joe’s ice cream. Same treats, different park. 6:30-8pm.

July 14, 2022: Windom South Park Ice Cream Social

5821 Wentworth Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55419
Bring an picnic dinner and enjoy ice cream, music, kids games and more in the park. 6-8pm.

July 14, 2022: Waite Park Ice Cream Social

1810 34th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418
Free ice cream treats and activities while parents can learn about fall youth sports and program registration at Waite Park. 7-9pm.

July 14, 2022: Stillwater Community Ice Cream Social

 101 W. Pine Street, Stillwater, MN 55082
If tradition is kept, the ice cream social will be held on the grounds of the historic Washington County Courthouse. The event is part of the rousing Stillwater Lumberjack Days community festival in July. (Did you know that Stillwater also hosts an annual free ice cream social in the midst of winter? Yep, since 1950 area families have gathered to keep this tradition alive.)

July 18, 2022: Corcoran Park Ice Cream Social

3334 20th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Gather the neighbor kids to play in the bounce house, enjoy free ice cream, and watch a movie in the park at dusk. 5:30-7:30pm.

July 18, 2022: Cone With A Copy

Cullens Ice Cream, 10905 Douglas Dr N, Champlin, MN 55316
Police Officers will be handing out vouchers for free cones to the first 300 people in in line at 1pm. 1pm-3pm.

July 19, 2022: National Ice Cream Day

What a perfect excuse to explore our tasty list of the BEST ICE CREAM SHOPS IN THE TWIN CITIES, chock full of spots to get cones, dips, sundaes, malts, double-decker scoops, waffle cones and toppings galore. You need not limit yourself to one day of celebration this summer, of course.

ice cream

July 21, 2022: Keewaydin Park Ice Cream Social

3030 E 53rd St, Minneapolis, MN 55417
Free ice cream, activities for kids and a free movie in the park to follow. Classic summer stuff here. 6-8:30pm.

July 27, 2022: Phalen Park Ice Cream Day

1600 Phalen Dr, St Paul, MN 55106
Outdoor games and free ice cream in the park. 4-6pm.

July 27, 2022: Highwood Hills Ice Cream Day

2192 Londin Ln E, St Paul, MN 55119
Outdoor games and free ice cream in the park. 4-6pm.

July 30, 2022: Open Eye Ice Cream Social

506 E. 24th Street, Minneapolis, MN
An afternoon of puppet shows, carnival games, music, puppet crafts and ice cream. 12-3pm.

Countdown to School with August Ice Cream Socials in the Twin Cities

August 1-22, 2022: Battle Creek Ice Cream Days

75 Winthrop St S, St Paul, MN 55119
Outdoor games and $1 ice cream most Mondays thru August 22, 2022. 6-7pm.

August 2, 2022: Hayden Heights Ice Cream Social Night

1965 Hoyt Ave E, St Paul, MN 55119
A free ice cream treat and other fun activities in the park. 6-7pm.

August 10, 2022: Central Gym Park Ice Cream Social

3416 4th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Free ice cream, music, kids games and more. 6-8pm.

August 17, 2022: Phalen Park Ice Cream Day

1600 Phalen Dr, St Paul, MN 55106
Outdoor games and free ice cream in the park. 4-6pm.

August 17, 2022: Highwood Hills Ice Cream Day

2192 Londin Ln E, St Paul, MN 55119
Outdoor games and free ice cream in the park. 4-6pm.

DIY Ice Cream Treats at Home:


Twin Cities Community Ice Cream Socials Not Yet Announced for 2022

Ice Cream Socials in Minneapolis & St Paul

In the past, ice cream socials have taken place at the following Minneapolis parks: BOTTINEAU PARK, BRYANT SQUARE PARK, CREEKVIEW PARK, FOLWELL PARK, HARRISON PARK, KENNY PARK, MATTHEWS PARK, and PAINTER PARK. We’ll keep checking, but it is unlikely that these parks will host ice cream events this summer. Over in St Paul, a few recreation centers that have hosted ice cream socials in the past have not been announced for 2022 including: ARLINGTON HILLS, PALACE COMMUNITY CENTER, and WILDER RECREATION CENTER. However, do not despair. There’s still free ice cream to be had in Minneapolis & St Paul – see above for park locations.

Pratt School Ice Cream Social

112 Williams Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
The annual ice cream social takes place under the iconic “witch hat” tower in the Prospect Park neighborhood with the thrilling, rare chance to scale it. Typically held the Friday AFTER Memorial Day weekend.

Open Eye Figure Theater Ice Cream Social

506 E 24th St #3732, Minneapolis, MN 55404
The annual ice cream open house is typically the last Saturday in July and includes free puppet shows, carnival games, face painting, make-and-take crafts and ice cream. Our family certainly has enjoyed it!

Kid-Friendly Theater - Kids standing by Open Eye Theare's Puppet Wagon
FFTC kids at Open Eye Figure Theater’s annual ice cream social.

Gibbs Farm Ice Cream Sundays

2097 Larpenteur Ave W, St Paul, MN 55113
We don’t know yet exactly what the 2022 season will look like at Gibbs Farm, but I can tell you that in the past, their old-fashioned Ice Cream Sundays were a driving force behind getting a family membership for the year. Delicious, hand-cranked vanilla ice cream with assorted toppings paired with a wander around the historic farmstead and barnyard animals? Please, Gibbs Farm, bring this sweet event back! Free with admission of $5-$8/pp.

Ice Cream Peanut Butter Jam

Merriam Park Recreation Center, 2000 St Anthony Ave, St Paul, MN 55104
The Union Park Council sponsors this annual community event featuring free ice cream and live music. Jars of peanut butter are traditionally collected for the Keystone food shelf. The event usually takes place in July and almost always when it’s pushing 100 degrees out.

Ice Cream Socials in the Twin Cities North Metro TBA

Firemen’s Park Ice Cream Social & Beach Bash

We don’t want to make assumptions and upset Chaska, but there has typically been a summer ice cream social during the month of June in Firemen’s Park.

Eidem Farm Ice Cream Social

4345 101st Ave N, Brooklyn Park, MN 55443
The historic farmstead typically serves up an ice cream social during the month of July, usually in conjunction with the city’s summer festival.


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