Guide: Free Things to Do in Spring

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As these winter storms come to an end, it will be spring before you know it! But this doesn’t mean you have to burn a hole in your wallet to enjoy the fresh air post-hibernation. Here are five fun things to do in spring that are totally free.

Free Art Classes

Spring is all about breathing new life into projects. Restart an old project or start completely from scratch. Either way, don’t let your awesome ideas go to waste!

If your art skills are a little rusty, sign up for a free art class or two during spring break.  Here are a few hacks you can use to find free creative things to do in spring:

  • Craigslist is your friend. If you frequently check the community section, you can find free art classes, art events, and even free art supplies for your classes.
  • Check your favorite museum websites for free lectures, museum tours, and other free art events available to the public.
  • Don’t want to leave the backyard? Surf the web for free art tutorials and courses to plan your own outdoor art activities. Make your own terrarium tutorials, dried flower crafts, or learn more about origami to make classic springtime animals.

Free Things to Do in Spring Outdoors

Spring is fleeting, so take advantage! It’s the perfect time to play outdoors before those hot sticky summer days creep in.

If you don’t want to pay for pricey rock-climbing classes, gym memberships, or surf lessons, there are plenty of free things to do in spring that don’t cost a dime. Here are a few ideas to get started:

  • Camp for free at any of these locations in the United States. Just use the interactive map at to zoom in on free camping sites. You can also read reviews from fellow thrifty campers.
  • Go hiking at free national parks and nearby city trailers. You can use websites like or to find a local hiking trail near you or trails that allow dogs, bikes, and other accommodations.
  • Plant an herb garden with your leftover cuttings. I’m thinking basil and lavender.
  • Attend a free movie in the park.

Plan a Garage Sale

The neat freak gods didn’t coin ‘spring cleaning’ for nothing. But they were on to something. Clearing out clutter improves your mood and productivity (and I should probably take this advice lol). That’s why holding a garage sale is one of the most rewarding things to do in spring . And who knows, you may get more than you expected for that ugly Christmas sweater or ’90s VHS collection.

Watch this video guide to learn how to plan, price, and set up your garage sale:

Get a Library Card

If you don’t have a library card, get one ASAP. They’re free after all and your taxes pay for it! Not only do local library branches offer free books to check out, but you can also take advantage of free activities, author talks, community events, and more free opportunities.

Spring break is also the best time to kickoff that reading challenge you’ve been meaning to start. You can use Goodreads’ reading challenge feature to keep track of your progress and share your finished books on social media.

Luckily, you don’t have to wait long to get in on the fun. The snow is melting and spring is right around the corner. Just bookmark this guide and check back for more tips on free things to do in spring.