Dairy Queen’s Free Cone Day Will Return for Spring 2023

Updated: Mar. 15, 2023

Free Cone Day is back at Dairy Queen, and we can't wait!

Spring is ready to bring us all the things we love about the season: warmer weather, Easter candy and, most importantly, Free Cone Day at Dairy Queen.

That’s right, DQ is bringing back the best day of the year. We’re ready to get in line!

Psst: Don’t have a participating DQ nearby? Recreate the experience at home with Dairy Queen copycat recipes.

What Kind of Ice Cream Is Free?

If you’re not familiar with Free Cone Day, your mind is about to be blown. Every Dairy Queen customer gets one free vanilla soft-serve cone to help usher in warmer weather.

“We like to think of Free Cone Day as the beginning of our favorite season—treat season! As we welcome the first day of spring, we invite all fans to stop by a DQ restaurant, get their free cone and make great memories with friends and family,” says Maria Hokanson, executive vice president of marketing at ADQ.

What’s the catch? Well, there isn’t one. The first day of spring has been dubbed Free Cone Day at Dairy Queen since 2014—minus its cancellation in 2021 due to COVID-19 concerns—making this the ninth year of the tradition.

Don’t forget to check out DQ’s Blizzard of the Month for March, too!

When Is Free Cone Day at Dairy Queen?

Patrons gather inside a Dairy Queen restaurant amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemicMario Tama/Getty Images

Free Cone Day is March 20, 2023. The fast-food chain we all know and love will be handing out free vanilla soft serve! Keep in mind that only participating locations will be handing out those curly-headed cones. If you’re concerned about finding this freebie, it’s worth it to give your local DQ a call or check DairyQueen.com or the DQ mobile app. The promotion doesn’t include mall locations, so you’ll have to head to a stand-alone store.

If you miss out on Free Cone Day, don’t sweat it. DQ has offers running throughout the year, and we’re definitely expecting some delicious discounts in the summer. Until then, if you want a dose of good old-fashioned nostalgia, swing by DQ for a Jack and Jill Sundae—we promise it’s worth it.

In the meantime, ask for a celebratory Dairy Queen “cupcake.”

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