Discounted fare

Trinity Hall Irish Pub & Restaurant, 5321 Mockingbird
214. 887.3600,
The Deal: Sign up for Trinity Hall’s online newsletter and get a voucher for a buy-one-get-one-free entrée. Plus, free live music Thursday through Sunday nights.
The Catch: You have only about two weeks to use your free voucher from the day you sign up, plus they’ll e-mail you a monthly newsletter once you join.

Bread Winners
 Café & Bakery, 5560 W. Lovers
The Deal: Stop in for dinner on Sunday night and get a free dessert.
The Catch: Dine-in customers only.

Celebration Restaurant, 4503 W. Lovers
The Deal: Join Celebration’s VIP Guest List online, and get a voucher for a free entrée on your birthday, plus a coupon for a free dessert on your anniversary.

Riccardi’s, 2800 Routh
The Deal: Free happy hour appetizer buffet Mondays through Fridays 4:30–7 p.m.
The Catch: To get the free food, you must order a drink.

Steel Restaurant & Lounge, 3102 Oak Lawn
The Deal: Free sushi with happy hour drink specials every Wednesday night.
The Catch: Only if you sit at the bar and order drinks.

Café Express, 5307 E. Mockingbird
The Deal: Get a free three-course boxed meal when placing an order of $75 or more.
The Catch: Sign up for the VIP program to qualify.

Drinks on them

Café Izmir, 3711 Greenville
Free sangria Tuesdays from 6-7 p.m. with tapas.*

Fat Daddy’s Burger House, 9540 Garland
Free beer.*
*Limit two per person.

Stoney’s Fine Wines & Market, 2804 Greenville
Free wine tastings Fridays and Saturdays 4-6 p.m.

Goodies from Goodman, 4222 Oak Lawn
Free wine samples Saturdays 2-5 p.m.

Brüt, 5330 E Mockingbird
Free champagne and sparkling wine tastings Fridays 5-7 p.m.

Bypass the box office

Victory Park, 3090 Olive
The Deal: Watch classics such as “Wizard of Oz”, “E.T.” and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” on the giant Victory Plaza screens on Tuesdays May through August.
The Catch: It’s an outdoor event that can get a little hot and itchy come July.

The Magnolia, 3699 McKinney

Studio Movie Grill, 11170 N Central Expressway

The Angelika, 5321 Mockingbird Station,
The Deal: Catch free sneak peaks of everything from blockbusters to independent films at the Magnolia, Studio Movie Grill or The Angelika simply by joining their clubs. The theaters will e-mail you printable passes whenever there’s a free screening or special event.
The Catch: Free screenings are usually overbooked to guarantee a full house, so get there early.

Bath House Cultural Center, 521 E. Lawther
The Deal: Attend one of Echo Theatre’s free readings or “pay what you can” performances. Plus, admission to the center’s art gallery and museum is always free.

Shakespeare in the Park,
The Deal: Shakespeare Dallas presents “Othello” and “All’s Well That Ends Well” in June and July at the Samuell-Grand Amphitheater.
The Catch: Other than Friday and Saturday nights, there’s no admission charge, but if you enjoy the show, Shakespeare Dallas requests that you leave a donation on the way out.

Complimentary concerts

Terilli’s, 2815 Greenville
The Deal: Free live jazz Tuesday through Sunday nights.

White Rock Coffee, 10105 E. Northwest Highway
The Deal: Jam to local acoustic acts Thursdays through Sundays at 8 p.m.

Jazz Under the Stars at the Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood
The Deal: Everything from Cole Porter to Parisian café to Afro-Cuban jazz will be played at these free Saturday concerts from May 22 to June 26 at 8 p.m. on the museum’s Ross Avenue Plaza, where picnic baskets and adult beverages are welcome.
The Catch: Bring your own blanket, and don’t expect lots of room to spread out.

Counter Culture, Mockingbird Station
The Deal: Free Saturday concerts all summer long on the mezzanine level.

Bancroft Family Concert Series at the Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood
The Deal: A 30-year tradition of classical music concerts performed by some of the best musicians in North Texas, typically the last Saturday of the month at 3 p.m.
The Catch: First-come, first-serve seating.

So we don’t have Smithsonians — so what?

The African American Museum, 3536 Grand
The Deal: Admission is free most days to this Fair Park museum, home to the region’s largest collections of black folk art and historical articles.
The Catch: Museum admission is free only for groups of 10 or less, and sometimes admission is charged during special exhibitions.

The Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University, 5900 Bishop

The Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood
The Deal: If you know when to stop by, you can get free admission to the Meadows Museum and The Dallas Museum of Art. At the Meadows Museum, view classic Spanish artworks dating all the way back to the 1400s by masters like Picasso and Goya, and at the Dallas Museum of Art, peruse everything from ancient to modern art from all over the world.
The Catch: Admission to the Meadows Museum is free only on Thursdays after 5 p.m., and admission to the Dallas Museum of Art is free only
Thursdays after 5 p.m. and all day on the first Tuesday of the month.

The Nasher Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora
The Deal: The first Saturday of every month means free family activities, like
scavenger hunts, craft projects and story times.
The Catch: The offer is available only from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month.

Run (ride, stretch, walk) free

Run On! 5400 E Mockingbird
The Deal: Wednesday night social runs begin at 6 p.m. at the store. Groups run or walk for 2-8 miles at paces from 7-15 minute miles.

Dallas Bike Works, 6780 Abrams
The Deal: Meet at the store Friday nights at 7:30 for a social ride ’round White Rock Lake — all riding levels welcome.

StrollerFit, 6818 Fisher
The Deal: Try out this fitness class for mommas and stroller-bound babies for free, plus take advantage of giveaways during these sessions from local businesses like Super Suppers, Timeless Med Spa, Dallas Symphony and others.

The Little Gym Dallas, 6465 E. Mockingbird
The Deal: Schedule a trial visit for a parent-child class or anything from dance to karate for your 3- to 12-year-olds.

Lululemon Athletica, Mockingbird Station
The Deal: Complimentary yoga classes, plus free stitching on any clothing purchased at the store.

A Pea in the Pod, 7700 W. Northwest Hwy.
The Deal: The store offers free yoga classes for new moms and moms-to-be. Call for a current schedule.

Free style

Artistik Edge Salon, 8420 Abrams
Deal: Free haircut and style when you donate to Locks of Love, the organization that makes hairpieces and wigs for those who have lost hair due to medical treatment.

Have a heart

American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville
Fight heart disease, the No. 1 killer of women, by signing up for the Go Red for Women movement, and get a free red dress pin to show your support, plus access to exclusive merchandise and a free subscription to Heart Insight magazine.

Home free

Home Depot, 11255 Garland
The Deal: Our neighborhood store offers free workshops and clinics for kids and adults. Visit the website for a monthly class schedule.

Lindsey’s Tree Service, 10717 E. Northwest Highway
The Deal: Pick up free mulch for your garden.

North Haven Gardens, 7700 Northaven
The Deal: Their experts give free classes on flowers, herbs, keeping critters out of your garden and more.

Free ride

McKinney Ave Transit Authority, 3153 Oak Grove
The Deal: Ride the trolley through Uptown day and night 365 days a year — 7 a.m.-10 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. weekends.

Hold on to your silver

Castle Gap Jewelry, Mockingbird Station
214. 361.1677,
The Deal: Take your jewelry into the shop for a free professional cleaning.

Be your kids’ superhero

Lone Star Comics, 6465 E Mockingbird
The Deal: This comic book shop hosts a family game night every Saturday from 6-8 p.m.
The Catch: Seating is on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Got a laptop?
A few places to find fee-free Wi-Fi.

Audelia Road Library
10045 Audelia

Asian Mint
11617 N. Central Expressway

2828 Greenville

Flavor Asian Fusion and Dessert Bar
9220 Skillman

5500 Greenville
Kaffa Coffee Roasting Co
10455 N Central Expressway

Kwik Kar Lube and Tune
6424 Greenville

Lake Highlands North Park
9940 White Rock Trail

McCormick & Schmick’s
307 NorthPark Center

Panera Bread
7839 Park Lane

Presbyterian Hospital
8100 Walnut Hill

Primo Brothers Pizza
9310 Forest

Richland College Library
12800 Abrams

Schlotzsky’s Deli
7804 Forest

White Rock Coffee
10105 E Northwest Highway

Your tax dollars at work
Free city services you can cash in on

No smoke and mirrors

Get a free smoke detector from the Dallas Fire Rescue Department by calling 214.670.7016, or arrange a free tour of a local fire station by calling 214.670.4633.

Summer savings

The city’s “Send a Kid to Camp” program offers free summer day camps. Learn registration details by calling 214.671.0271.

Trade your tree

Every January, the city offers free mulch to anyone recycling a Christmas tree. Find a participating recycle center by calling 311.

Home repair on the house

Elderly and low-income residents can receive minor home repair assistance by calling 214.670.3644.

Ask for a loan

Dallas Public Library branches not only stock books but also recently released music and movies. Request any CD or DVD in the library system’s collection by asking a librarian or signing into You may have to spend some time on a waiting list, but the item will be shipped to your neighborhood branch for pick up, and you can keep it for a week before incurring late fees.


5 p.m.             
Whet your palate at Stoney’s with a free wine tasting. $0

6 p.m.             
Take a romantic stroll through the gallery at The Bath House Cultural Center, then sit on the patio and watch the sun set over White Rock Lake. $0

8 p.m.             
Grab burgers and free beer at Fat Daddy’s in Casa Linda Plaza.
$10 (two burgers)
$0 (beer)
Total: $10 plus tax and tip


2 p.m.             
Hop on the trolley at Cityplace and take a scenic ride through Dallas’ Uptown area. $0       

3 p.m.             
Get off at the Dallas Museum of Art and catch a free concert from the Bancroft Family Concert Series. $0

5 p.m.             
After you return to Cityplace, hit the nearby Denny’s, 4400 North Central, where kids eat free Saturday evenings.
$20 (average cost for 2 adult entrees)

6 p.m.
Head to lone Star Comics for free family game night. $0
Total: $20 plus tax and tip