Looking for places to eat for free in 2020? Many restaurants, fast food chains, and ice cream shops across the U.S. offer free eats to celebrate national food days. Use our list of food holidays to find out when and where you can eat for free! Then, visit a participating location during a free food day to nab treats, like donuts, Slurpees, bagels, pancakes, and more! What are you waiting for? Mark your calendars, get set, and go eat!
National food days for 2020 by month…
1/4 (National Spaghetti Day): Start your New Year’s exercise regimen off by carbo-loading on the cheap. On National Spaghetti Day, the popular Italian food chain Carrabba’s generally offers a steep discount on one of their most popular dishes (Creamy Alfredo, anyone?). Also, check out Maggiano’s, for a buy-one-get-one-free deal on take-home pasta bowls during National Spaghetti Day.
1/19 (National Popcorn Day): Pop by your local movie theater to discover deals on popcorn for National Popcorn Day! Typically, AMC Theatres, Paragon Theaters, and Regal Cinemas offer coupons online for free bags of this popular movie snack. Additionally, check out snack delivery services like Mom & Popcorn or Garrett Popcorn for BOGO deals, free shipping, and more savings on National Popcorn Day.
2/9 (National Bagel Day): Bagel chains like Einstein Bros typically offer promotions on National Bagel Day. Joining their Shmear Society loyalty club could help you score a free bagel at participating locations on this day. Your neighborhood bagel shop or bakery may also have deals on bagels.
2/9 (National Pizza Day): Pizza lovers, rejoice! On National Pizza Day, follow your favorite pizza restaurants like Domino’s, Pizza Hut, Papa John’s, Chuck E. Cheese, California Pizza Kitchen, and Sbarro to get special deals, coupons, and freebies. Don’t miss out on your slice of the pie! Additionally, visit your favorite frozen pizza brand’s social media for coupons and offers on bake-it-yourself pies.
2/25 (National Pancake Day): National Pancake Day falls on Shrove Tuesday, or Fat Tuesday, which is a holiday traditionally celebrated by eating pancakes. On this day, IHOP gives customers a complimentary short stack of original, buttermilk pancakes. Don’t forget the syrup!
3/14 (International Pi Day): Math fans celebrate 3.14 (π) on Pi Day, but pastry fans celebrate pie! A number of punny restaurants and bakeries use the play on words to offer deals and freebies. Boston Market often offers a coupon for a free rotisserie chicken pot pie with purchase. And grocery stores like Kroger and Whole Foods sometimes mark pies down to $3.14.
3/20 (First Day of Spring): On the first day of spring, enjoy the warmer temperatures with a free, small soft-serve cone from Dairy Queen, and/or complementary Italian ice from Rita’s Italian Ice. Celebrate spring and your savings! Be sure to visit their official pages for further details and participating locations.
4/15 (Tax Day): For some, Tax Day can be painful. However, free food could help lift your spirits! Cash in on Tax Day by following your favorite restaurants like Hardee’s, Arby’s, Cinnabon, Boston Market, Chuck E. Cheese’s, Quizno’s, and Potbelly Sandwich Shop which have been known to offer free food or discounts on this day. Once you sign up or follow them, they’ll notify you about their offers! Plus, if doing your taxes costs you the strength to leave your house, get free first-time delivery from Amazon Restaurants using promo code EAT7.
4/26 (National Pretzel Day): What better way to celebrate National Pretzel Day than by eating a hand-baked pretzel? The famous pretzel maker, Auntie Anne’s, is known to offer customers free or discounted treats on this day. Wetzel’s Pretzels is also recognized for giving away free pretzels without requiring coupons or app downloads.
5/10 (Mother’s Day): Take your mother, or mother-figure, to a participating TCBY for free frozen yogurt! Frozen yogurt is healthy, right? In 2019, Tim Horton’s also took part in the Mother’s Day festivities by giving all moms (even dog moms) a free mom-sized (52 oz.) cup of iced coffee. Though we can’t confirm or deny that they’ll do it in 2020, we can assure you it’s worth giving your local Tim Horton’s a call!
5/12 (Haagen-Dazs Free Cone Day): Like Ben & Jerry’s and Dairy Queen, Haagen-Dazs also has a free cone day, and in 2020, they’re dedicating it to their buzziest workers, the honey bees! Find a participating Haagen-Dazs to claim your free mini cone.
5/28 (National Hamburger Day): Most restaurant chains that are known for their hamburgers — McDonald’s, Steak n Shake, Wendy’s, Carl’s Jr, Wayback Burgers, and Jack in the Box — offer coupons for National Hamburger Day. Typically, the burgers aren’t actually free, but you could save some money. Promotions change from year to year, so follow your favorite restaurant to stay in the loop.
6/5 (National Donut Day): On the first Friday of June, donut shops like Krispy Kreme, Dunkin’ Donuts, and Shipley celebrate everyone’s favorite fried dough by offering free donuts, or a deal! Don’t forget to pair that free donut with a piping hot cup of coffee! Yum!
6/12 (National Flip-Flop Day): Tropical Smoothie Cafe started National Flip-Flop Day in 2007 to celebrate its 10th anniversary and donate some proceeds to charity. It has continued ever since. All you have to do is wear flip flops to one of their participating locations to get a free 24oz. smoothie!
6/21 (Father’s Day): Did you take your mother to TCBY for free frozen yogurt in May? Well, for Father’s Day, you can treat your dad, or father-figure, to a free TCBY frozen yogurt, too!
7/11 (Free Slurpee Day): On 7-Eleven Day, also known as Free Slurpee Day, 7-Eleven convenience stores around the country give away a free small Slurpee to each customer.
7/13 (National French Fry Day): Crinkle-cut, curly, waffle, or steak-cut? That’s right, on National Fry Day, you can take your pick and save some cash! Follow McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Wayback Burgers, Steak ‘N Shake, or Checkers for coupons.
7/14 (Cow Appreciation Day): Chick-Fil-A created Cow Appreciation Day to show appreciation to their customers and their “Eat Mor Chikin” Cows. Visit a participating Chick-Fil-A dressed up as a cow to receive a free entree.
8/6 (Root Beer Float Day): From a burger and fries to peanut butter and jelly, some combinations are simply classic. And root beer with vanilla ice cream is certainly one of them! On Root Beer Float Day, A&W Restaurants are known to hand out free small Root Beer Floats. Don’t let this deal float away!
8/24 (National Waffle Day): Did you know the first U.S. waffle iron patent was issued on August 24, 1864? Well, now you know why you can get free (or deeply discounted) waffles on that day. Follow Huddle House, White Castle, Denny’s, Bob Evans, and Waffle House to discover each restaurant’s waffle offers.
9/16 (National Guacamole Day): Guac lovers can’t seem to catch a break—the delicious smashed avocado dip is almost always extra! However, on National Guacamole Day, avo-lovers can rejoice with some savings on their favorite craving. In 2019, Chipotle gave away free guacamole on mobile orders placed via the Chipotle mobile app. In 2020, it’s likely that the burrito-behemoth will do something similar, so call your local store and double-check. Additionally, check Uncle Julio’s and Freebirds’s social media for other smash-worthy deals on National Guac Day.
10/1 (National Coffee Day): Raise your mugs to coffee! To celebrate National Coffee Day, many coffee retailers offer freebies and discounts on java. For example, Dunkin’ Donuts and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts often have yearly coffee promotions, and your local coffeehouse may have one as well! If you’re on the road, stop by your nearest 7/11 or Circle K and ask about their National Coffee Day deals, which have included BOGO free coupons and rebates in the past.
10/4 (National Taco Day): You may already participate in Taco Tuesday deals, but National Taco Day is the whole enchilada of taco savings. Follow your favorite taco restaurants like Taco Bell, Chipotle, or a local establishment to learn about taco promotions to take advantage of!
11/3 (National Sandwich Day): What’s better than a sandwich? How about a free or discounted sandwich? On National Sandwich Day, scope out deals from your favorite sandwich spots like Subway, Schlotzsky’s, or Potbelly. Whether it’s a buy-one-get-one-free deal, a free sandwich with purchase, or special pricing, your sandwich will make help you fill up without emptying your wallet.
11/16 (National Fast Food Day): On National Fast Food Day, restaurants like McDonald’s, Burger King, Arby’s, Subway, Taco Bell, Arby’s, Krystal, Sonic, White Castle, and others typically celebrate by offering free or discounted deals to customers. Visit your favorite restaurant’s website to learn about offers.
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