Free August happenings at Whole Foods Markets

Whole Foods logoWhole Foods Market is like heaven for health-conscious shoppers and eaters and for the month of August, the markets around Miami are hosting a variety of free events.

Here’s what’s happening in…

Pinecrest, 11701 S. Dixie Hwy., 305-969-5800

  • Saturday, Aug. 9. The first 50 kids through the door at 8 a.m. receive a free backpack filled with healthy back to school snacks.
  • Saturday, Aug. 16, from 2-4 p.m. walk throughout the store, sampling various grilled cheeses then vote on your favorite to help decide the winner. Samplers will be entered to win a $50 Whole Foods Market gift card and receive a Whole Foods Market thermal lunch bag.
  • Sunday, Aug. 17, from 2-4 p.m. in the Produce Department, the day before school starts they’ll give away 100 free bagged lunches filled with a healthy lunch option, snacks and a drink.

Coral Gables, 6701 Red Rd., 305-421-9421 

  • Saturday, Aug. 16, from noon until supplies, walk through the store stocking up on free back to school product samples straight from the vendors and enjoy face painting from 12-2 p.m.
  • Saturday, Aug. 23, from 12-2 p.m. enjoy the Back to School Bash Block Party and sample back to school bites at each department and vote on your favorite for a chance to win a $50 Whole Foods Market gift card. The first 20 kids to fill out a voting card receive a free Bento lunch box.

Aventura, 21105 Biscayne Blvd., 305-682-4400

  • Every Friday in August is Food Truck Friday from 12-2 p.m. Each Friday there’s a different tasty treat served up for $6. The remaining schedule is: Aug. 8 – loaded nachos; Aug. 15 – turkey hot dog; Aug. 22 – cheesy waffle fries; Aug. 29 - Philly cheesesteak.
  • Sunday, Aug. 10, from 12-2 p.m. is the Back-to-School Dino-Bash. Walk around the store sampling back to school treats at each department with a report card in hand to grade each area. The department with the best grade is crowned Back to School Party Champ. The first 25 kids to turn in the report card at Customer Service receive a back to school prize and parents can enter to win the Back to School Basket Giveaway loaded with tasty organic treats.

North Miami, 12150 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-5500

Stop in at the newest Whole Foods in the area through Monday, Aug. 18 (the first day of school), and snap a picture with the stores Back-to-School Dino, share it on Instagram and be entered to win a back-to-school car package. The best smile wins.