Frugal & Fun Fort Worth Weekend Events (Oct. 2-4) ~ Texas State Fair, Miniature Horses, and More!

Each Friday, we post ideas for free (or almost free) weekend entertainment for you and your family. Here are this weekend’s tips…


Frugal Weekend Entertainment Option #1

Enjoy a day in Dallas at the Texas State Fair – Week #2
Plan ahead and you can save on admission, too!

This is the 2nd weekend of the month-long Texas State Fair in Dallas. Be sure to check out our post from last week for a comprehensive savings guide to the fair (click here), which includes some helpful info, as well as a long list of ways to save on admission every day of the week (some days you can even get in FREE!).

The Texas State Fair runs now through October 18 and covers just about every area of interest. This weekend’s line up runs the gamut from Lebanese Folk dancers to Celebrity Chef cooking shows, to the Pirates of the Caribbean Diving Show.  There is something for everyone!  There are literally hundreds of music performances throughout the month.  Joey + Rory will be performing tonight (10/2, 8:30pm), the Casey Donahew Band will be performing Saturday night (10/3, 5:30pm), with Little Big Town closing (10/3, 8:30pm). Check out the line up of concerts here and the full schedule of events here.

Details, details
What: There is so much to see and do at the fair. Click here for the schedule of events and other details. The event schedule changes daily.
Where: Fair Park, 3921 Martin Luther King Blvd, Dallas, TX
When: Daily, Now through October 18, 2009
How much:
Discount Tickets: (Click here for FREE/discount ticket details) 
  • General Admission:
  • Kids under 48” tall: $11
  • Seniors 60 and over: $11
  • Children 2 and under: Free


FREE Weekend Entertainment Option #2

Abraham Lincoln, 200th Birthday Travelling Exhibit

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Sunday is the last day of the premier exhibit of “Abraham Lincoln: A Man of His Time, a Man for All Times,” a national traveling exhibit that examines Abraham Lincoln’s life, accomplishments, and legacy. The Downtown, Central Library is the ONLY STOP in Texas for the collection.

Guests who visit this exhibit will be among the first to view the Abraham Lincoln Collection from the Dow Foundation as well as The Pate Lincoln Collection.

What: For more details, go to
When: Ongoing Exhibit, Through October 4 during normal library hours
Where: 500 West 3rd Street, Fort Worth, TX
How Much: FREE and open to the public (FREE downtown parking, too).


FREE Weekend Entertainment Option #3

American Miniature Horse Association World Championship Show

Horses, Miniature

Attend the American Miniature Horse Association’s World Championship Show,  and get a “small” :) taste of Fort Worth’s Western Heritage.

What: For more details, go to
     Or for the show program, click here.
When: Now through October 4, Judging events begin at 8:00am each day.
Where: Will Rogers Memorial Center – John Justin Arena, Fort Worth
How Much: FREE and open to the public


FREE Weekend Entertainment Option #4

Lake Worth Fall Family Bash

Fort Worth Nature Center Hay Ride

Take a short trek out to the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge at Lake Worth for Saturday’s Fall Festival for the Family.  Enjoy hay rides, bison feeding, canoe tours, vendors, festival, guided hikes & storytelling. Live Music will be performed by the Skip Pullig Band.

What: For more details, go to
When: October 3, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge ~ 9601 Fossil Ridge Road
How Much: $4 (adults), $3 (3-17 years old), FREE (under 3)  – Some Activities like canoe rentals are extra.

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