National Park Fee Free Days
Come experience the national parks! On five days in 2023, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone. Mark your calendar for these entrance fee–free dates in 2023. Please check operating status at this park and others before traveling as holidays and local weather or safety conditions can affect hours of operation.
Sandburg Home Tour Free Days
On several days throughout the year, tours of the Sandburg Home are free! Advance reservations are not available for tour free days. Tickets will be available first come, first serve on the day of, from the Visitor Center/Park Store in the Sandburg Home.
- Saturday and Sunday, October 14-15, 2023 (Anniversary weekend for Carl Sandburg Home NHS, established on October 17, 1968)
- Saturday, November 11, Veterans Day
- Saturday, December 30, 2023 (Saturday after local school system’s Christmas break)
- Saturday, January 6, 2024 (Carl Sandburg’s birthday)
- Saturday, March 23, 2024 (First Saturday of local school spring break)
- Saturday, June 15, 2024 (Sandburgs’ wedding anniversary)
- Saturday and Sunday, October 19 and 20, 2024 Weekend closest to Carl Sandburg Home NHS October 17, 1968, Anniversary)
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55th Anniversary Event
Sunday, October 15
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Celebrate the park's 55th Anniversary on Sunday October 15 (the park was established on October 17, 1968). The program features a performance by The Gathering Dark.
Christmas at Connemara
Saturdays December 2, 9 & 16
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Celebrate Christmas at Connemara with demonstrations and craft making on three Saturdays in December. The free holiday activities and craft-making are supported by the non-profit Park Store managed by America's National Parks.
Demonstrations and craft making will be offered in the garage adjacent to the Sandburg Home. Activities are free and visitors can come anytime during the event time to participate. Learn more about Christmas at Connemara here.
The Sandburg Home will be decorated in the simple style of the Sandburgs with poinsettias and a traditionally decorated Christmas tree throughout December until January 6th, 2024. Reserve a home tour at recreation.gov.