There are many free things to do in Greenville, North Carolina, that will surpass your expectations of free entertainment. Finding something to do in Greenville that is both free and fun isn’t as hard as you think. There are many nonprofit organizations, like Uptown Greenville, that put on free events for the community throughout the year. We’ve listed some of our favorite free things to do in Greenville to help you have fun without spending money.

Enjoy foot-stompin’ good music, food, and fun at Freeboot Fridays.

Freeboot Fridays is a free event in Greenville with live music, food, drinks, arts and crafts, and special activities for children like an inflatable pirate ship. The event takes place at Five Points Plaza in the Uptown district on ECU home football game Fridays and activities last from 5-8 p.m. Local businesses and nonprofit organizations come together to put on this event with Uptown Greenville. Attending the event is a fun and free way to share in a sense of community with your neighbors!


Explore the Greenville Greenways.

Taking a walk or bike ride through Greenville’s greenway system is a free activity you can do any day of the week. There are over 20 miles of intertwined trails that meander through the woods and past rivers, collectively known as the Greenville Greenways. The trails are wide and paved. While you’re exploring the trails, you’ll come across many parks. The greenway connects Town Commons Park, Green Springs Park, and Elm Street Park. There is also a dog park you can access via the greenway and more information on it further down. View a map of the greenway.

Green Trail Outside


Exercise and play with your dog at the Greenville Off-Leash Dog Park.

Dogs give people a great reason to get outside and play. There’s nothing a dog loves more than chasing down a tennis ball or frisbee. You can play with your dog and let him run freely at the Greenville Off-Leash Dog Park. The park is fully fenced with separate areas for large and small dogs. You can find the park at 200 North Ash Street between First Street and the Tar River. Before you go, get detailed park information online.


Students can attend ECU athletic games for free.

Greenville, North Carolina, is home to the East Carolina University Pirates. They have 19 men’s and women’s athletic teams that compete throughout the year. Just a few of the teams include football, basketball, soccer, lacrosse, and tennis. Tickets are available online to the general public, and students can claim their free ticket with a valid ECU 1 Card. There are also live radio and TV broadcasts of the game if you can’t make it in person.

ECU Football Player

Photo by Mark Ramelb via Wiki Commons, CC 3.0

Volunteer with the organizations that provide these free activities in Greenville.

Another great thing to do in Greenville without spending any money is volunteer. It’s a great way to spend your time and save money while making a difference. All of the organizations that run the free activities mentioned above appreciate the help of volunteers. You can help them continue to provide free activities for the community by reaching out to them using the contact information below.

  • To volunteer with Uptown Greenville in conjunction with Freeboot Fridays, contact them at (252) 561-8400.
  • To volunteer with the Greenville Greenways or Off-Leash Dog Park call the City of Greenville’s Recreation & Parks Department/Friends of the Park at (252) 329-4567.
  • To support ECU athletics, join your local chapter of the Pirate Club to support ECU athletics. Find the closest chapter here.