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Saturday, August 12, 2023, is National Bowling Day, which means it’s time to bring out your competitive side. We’ve got all the best National Bowling Day freebies so you can take your friends and family out for a fun day without spending a fortune.

Each year, National Bowling Day takes place on the second Saturday of August. We’ve found a handful of centers offering free bowling this Saturday. So grab your fam, lace up your rental shoes, and let’s get rolling.

It is worth noting that while these larger bowling chains celebrate big, some local lanes might have less-advertised promos on Saturday. It’s worth calling your local lanes to check.

NOTE: Most of these deals do not include shoe rentals.

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Visit GoBowling.com to score a free game at a center near you.

One of the best bowling deals going right now is through Gobowling.com. When you sign up for the Go Bowling Squad, you immediately get a free game at participating bowling alleys. Plus, you’ll get more deals in your inbox after you’re signed up.


KidsBowlFree.com offers up two free games every week for free through the summer.

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This isn’t technically a National Bowling Day deal — it works all summer. Register your kids for the Kids Bowl Free program and they can play two bowling games free per child every day through the summer months at participating bowling alley locations. The duration of the bowling coupons varies by bowling center. Most free bowl seasons run through the end of August, and several run through mid to late September.

If you want to bowl alongside your kid for cheap, the site also has family passes for one to four adults for $21.95 – $36.95.

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Bring the bowling alley home for National Bowling Day with VR.

Man on couch using VR 2020

Want to keep bowling long after your lanes have closed for the day? You can still bowl some strikes from home with the Meta Quest VR.

You can buy a Meta Quest 2 for $299 if they’re available. After that, download Premium Bowling, a game a lot of people think feels like real-life bowling, for just $19.99.

While $320 may sound like a lot for bowling, you can use it endlessly and never worry about paying for shoes (or overpriced food) at the alleys again.


Dust off your Nintendo Wii for some Wii bowling.

Wii remote being held 2020

Time for some nostalgia! Over 100 million Nintendo Wiis were sold, so there’s a decent chance yours is still in the attic. And, since most consoles came with Wii Sports, you can have a free Wii Bowling experience with the whole family. Aren’t you glad you didn’t throw it into the garage sale pile now?

Or get outside for some lawn bowling.

Man lawn bowling 2020

Feel like getting some fresh air and trying something new? Give lawn bowling a shot on National Bowling Day. It’s super simple to set up in your backyard.

You can grab lawn bowling sets for under $30. It’s a heck of a lot cheaper than bringing the family to the alley when the free games aren’t available.

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National Bowling Day is August 12 — Here's How to Celebrate