8 Chains Offering Free or Cheap Ice Cream This Weekend

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If you scream for ice cream, this weekend will be a thrill. Popular parlors, restaurants and grocery store chains across America are offering deals to celebrate National Ice Cream Day on Sunday, July 18.

We’ve got the scoop on who is offering free cones, coupons and other sweet prizes. Some of these deals are available through July 31, so you can enjoy the summer savings all month long.

Note: Before heading out for a sweet treat, consider calling ahead to confirm that locations in your area are participating in these offers.

For more deals available right now, check out “17 Things That Are Free in July.”

1. Baskin-Robbins

Baskin-Robbins is celebrating National Ice Cream Day by giving away free ice cream-scented Kinetic Sand with any purchase of $10 or more. Customers must make the purchase on July 18 in order to receive the gift.

The ice cream retailer has also partnered with Uber Eats, DoorDash and Postmates. Place a Baskin-Robbins order of $20 or more through these delivery services, and you’ll get $5 off. This offer is valid July 18 through July 24.

Locations: Visit Baskin-Robbins’ website to search for one near you.

2. Bruster’s Real Ice Cream

Bruster’s Real Ice Cream is celebrating National Ice Cream Month by giving away free ice cream for a year. Enter to win by sharing a photo or video of your favorite Bruster’s treat.

Upload your image to Instagram or Twitter. Or, you can visit brusterssweetlife.com to enter. The contest ends July 31.

Locations: Enter your ZIP code, city or state on Bruster’s website to search for a Bruster’s near you.

3. Carvel

Try Carvel’s new Churro Ice Cream & Crunchies collection on National Ice Cream Day, July 18, and they’ll give you a sweet surprise to redeem on your next visit (through Aug. 30). Some of the surprise offers include buy one, get one free soft-serve cups or cones, free toppings and a $1 off coupon for a Sundae Dasher.

Locations: Carvel has shops in about 20 states and Puerto Rico. Visit its website to search for one near you.

4. Dairy Queen

Download the Dairy Queen mobile app to score $1 off a Dipped Cone. This is a one-day only offer valid on Sunday, July 18.

Locations: Visit their website and search for a Dairy Queen location by city, state or ZIP code.

5. Lidl

The grocery store chain is giving away a year’s worth of free ice cream to three lucky people. Enter to win by tweeting your favorite Lidl Gelatelli frozen treat product, using the hashtag #HowDoYouGelatelli. Sweepstakes entries must be made by Saturday, July 17. Winners will be announced on National Ice Cream Day (July 18).

No purchase necessary for this sweepstakes offer, but do read through the terms and conditions before you enter.

Locations: Visit the Lidl website to find a location near you.

6. Meijer

Meijer’s mPerks members who spend $20 on select ice cream brands get $5 off their next purchase. This offer ends July 28.

Locations: Meijer has more than 240 stores across six states, including Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois and Wisconsin.

7. Whole Foods

Save 35% on ice cream and other frozen treats at participating Whole Foods markets. Call ahead to your nearest Whole Foods to confirm the savings before you shop.

Locations: Visit the Whole Foods website to find a location near you.

8. Yogurtland

Yogurtland is hosting a summer giveaway series every Friday in July. Prizes vary each week. Follow @yogurtlandinc on Instagram to learn more and enter for a chance to win.

Locations: Visit Yogurtland’s website to search for one near you.

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