Free and cheap things to do in August


San Diego & OC Fair Bounceback  (click here for the official website)
Save your San Diego County Fair or Ventura County Fair ticket stub for one free admission at the OC Fair, July 15-August 14. If you are a San Diego Fair Best Pass Ever holder, visit Guest Services during the San Diego County Fair and receive one complimentary ticket to the OC Fair.

Physical ticket must be presented. E-tickets on mobile devices will not be accepted for promotion.

Active Military & Veterans

Active-duty military and veterans receive free OC Fair admission and are eligible to purchase ½ price general admission tickets. Promotion is valid all 23 days of the 2016 OC Fair. Military ID required.

Free admission is not applicable for spouses or dependents. A maximum of six ½ price tickets may be purchased.

Read & Ride
Bookworms ages 5-11 can read 2 books to earn 3 free carnival rides.
Click here to download the book report form.

Completed book report forms can be redeemed for ride tickets at the Centennial Farm Information Booth during Fair hours. Tickets are valid July 15-August 14, 2016 only.
Official OC Fair Read & Ride Form must be used in order to participate in program.


*Free movie at Skyline Park- movie begins ad dusk with entertainment an hour before.  August 6- Grease (made possible by  Southwest Airlines)
*Monday movie at Infinity Park – gates open at 7pm and movie starts at 8pm.  FREE August 8- Aladdin




Field Museum:  Free admission for state residents with proof of residency August: 11, 27, 29
Shedds Aquarium:  Illinois resident discount days:  August: 29, 30   Active Military: From Memorial Day, May 30, through Labor Day, September 5, 2016, active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve plus up to 5 of their family members are eligible for free Shedd Passes as part of the Blue Star Museums program. Just bring your DD Form 1173 ID Card, or DD Form 1173-1 ID Card, for active duty military family members. For more information, visit the Blue Star Museums FAQ page.
Bank of America members will receive one free admission on: Aug. 6-7

New York:

Brooklyn Botanic Garden Free admission on Tuesdays.  Free admission any day for “under 12”click here for their site.
Staten Island Zoo–  Free every Wednesday year round from 2-4:45pm.  click here for website



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