Frugal and Fun Fort Worth Weekend Events: August 5-7 Cheap & FREE Entertainment Roundup

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This weekend’s highlights include:

  • FREE Outdoor Evening Concert ~ Featuring Tim Halperin (American Idol Finalist) & Soul Track Mind
  • FREE Fireworks and Family Fun Event in Grapevine
  • FREE Star Gazing & Vesta Fiesta Party ~ Fort Worth Science & History Museum/Noble Planetarium
  • CHEAP Kids Cow Camp at the Ft. Worth Stockyards
  • FREE Entrance to Fort Worth Science & History Museum
  • FREE Family Event at the Nasher Sculpture Center – Dallas
  • FREE Woodworking Skills Class for Kids at Home Depot
  • FREE Breakfast Cooking Technique Class at Williams-Sonoma


:: FREE Tim Halperin (American Idol Semi-finalist) 
Outdoor Concert ~
First Friday On The Green
Friday, August 5, 2011

Enjoy a fun evening with your family and friends at First Friday on the Green, a FREE monthly live music series rolled out by Fort Worth South. This month brings fantastic local talent Tim Halperin, American Idol Semi-finalist and Soul Track Mind from Austin. Bring your blankets and chairs (and even Fido if you want), and enjoy an evening of live music from great bands in a relaxing setting.

Details, Details
What: Fort Worth South, Inc. (FWSI) is the non-profit org behind 
    First Friday on the Green. Get more info here.
When: Friday, August 5, 2011 ~ 7:00PM
Where: Head to Magnolia Green Park ~ 1100 Block of Lipscomb,
    between Magnolia and Rosedale (across the street from the Village
    Homes row houses).
Cost: In lieu of admission (which is FREE), you are encouraged to make
    a donation of school supplies to Southside Church of Christ (to help
    children in need).


:: FREE Grapevine Lake Fireworks Show & Summer Blast
Family Event at the Gaylord Texan

Friday, August 5, 2011 (and Every Friday through Labor Day)

Friday nights over Grapevine Lake will sparkle with spectacular firework shows each Friday through the summer, now through Labor day. If you want to add some extra fun to your family evening, plan to view the fireworks from the Gaylord Texan Resort parking garage roof ~ a great viewing platform ~ and they will have a DJ, games for kids, and food and beverages for purchase.

Details, details
What: This event is for all ages. For more information about the fireworks
show, click here. For more about the Gaylord Texan event, go here.
Every Friday through Labor Day
8:00-10:00PM ~ Family friendly games and activities
9:00PM ~ Fireworks over Lake Grapevine
Where: Gaylord Texan Resort ~ Level 5 of the Resort Garage. Click
here for directions to the Gaylord Texan Resort. Fireworks can also
be viewed from any Grapevine Lake park at 9:00PM. Find a map of
viewing sites around Grapevine Lake here.
Cost: FREE for both local and hotel guests to attend. 


:: FREE ~ Star Gazing Party at the Noble Planetarium
Saturday, August 6, 2011

Join the Noble Planetarium staff for a FREE Star Gazing party Saturday night. Saturday’s party, Vesta Fiesta will be dedicated to celebrating NASA’s Dawn Missions adventures as the spacecraft orbits around the asteroid Vesta.You will find plenty of telescopes for viewing and lots of experts available to help you and your family navigate your way through the skies and honor this rare astronomical occurrence.    

Details, details
What: For more information about Noble Planetarium’s Star Parties,
click here.  For more details about Vesta and viewing tips, go here.
When: Saturday, August 6 ~ begins at dusk (weather permitting)
until 1:00AM.  Prime Asteroid viewing will be from 11:00PM to 1:00AM,
but Vesta will be visible throughout the night.
Where: In the parking lot, just south of the Science & History Museum
at the corner of Montgomery and Harley. Click here for directions.
Cost: FREE

P.S. Noble Planetarium recommends a wonderful & FREE resource for star
gazing from the comfort of your backyard. If you would like a fun way to
navigate the night sky, visit this link.


:: Fun! Fort Worth Cow Camp for Kids at the Stockyards
    Saturday, August 5, 2011

Fort Worth’s herd cowboys will present a fun and educational demonstration about the tools, equipment and techniques used during the cattle drive era of the late 1800′s at Fort Worth Cow Camp. Children and adults will have the opportunity for hands on, interactive experiences including roping sorting, saddling, cattle drive demonstrations, and more.

Details, details
What: For more information, click here.
Saturday, August 5, 1:30 PM- 2:30 PM
Where: Saddle up behind the Fort Worth Livestock Exchange Building,
located at 131 E. Exchange Avenue. For directions, click here.


:: Bank of America Cardholders: Take advantage of FREE
ADMISSION to the Fort Worth Museum of Science & History
Saturday and Sunday, August 6 and 7, 2011

Bank of America’s 2011 national program, Museums On Us offers FREE admission, the first full weekend of every month, to 120 participating museums throughout the U.S. This FREE Admission program takes place this weekend (August 6 & 7) in Fort Worth at the recently renovated Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.

Details, details
What: To find out more about Bank of America’s Museums On Us
program, go here. To learn more about The Fort Worth Museum of
Science & History, click here.
Show a photo ID and any Bank of America Card to get FREE admission.
Where: The Fort Worth Science & History Museum, 1600 Gendy St.
(corner of Montgomery and Burnett Tandy). Click here for directions.
Saturday and Sunday, August 6 & 7 10:00AM to 5:00PM
Cost: FREE to Bank of America Cardholders (Reg: $14 Adults, $10 Children)

Other DFW Museums With FREE Admission This Weekend:


:: Take an “Art-Full” Trek to Dallas to the Nasher Sculpture
Center’s First Saturdays Family Fun Day.
Saturday, August 6, 2011

Nasher Sculpture Center, First Saturdays

The Nasher Sculpture Center and Target present First Saturdays for families. Held the first Saturday of every month, this special event features FREE admission and a fun schedule of activities for the kids.

Details, details
What: For details, including complete schedule, click here.
Saturday, August 6, 2011 ~ 10:00AM to 2:00PM
Where: For directions to Nasher Sculpture Center, click here.


:: FREE ~ Home Depot ~ Build. Learn. Create. Kids Workshop
Saturday, August 6, 2011

This Saturday, bring your child to Home Depot’s Kids Workshop to help them learn a new woodworking skill and make a FREE PencilBox ~ a perfect back-to-school project!

Each Kids Workshop participant will receive a kid-sized orange apron (similar to a Home Depot associate apron) and an achievement pin. All workshops are free, but you should probably show up early to insure you have a kit for your little ones.

Details, details
What: For ages 5-12. Get more information about the workshop, here.
When: Saturday, August 6, 2011 ~ 9:00AM to Noon
Where: Home Depot Home Improvement Stores
To find a participating location, click here.
Cost: FREE!


:: Take a FREE Cooking Technique Class at Williams-Sonoma
Sunday, August 7, 2011

August technique lessons at Williams-Sonoma will focus on honing your everyday family cooking skills.  This week’s lesson will focus on the most important meal of the day, breakfast. This class will provide plenty of inspiration and easy recipes to energize your family, whether they’re heading out the door to school or to work.  You’ll also get an opportunity to try delicious samples, and save 10% off on purchases made the same day!

Note: You’ll want to call to reserve your spot since class size is limited.

Details, details
For more information, click here.
Sunday, August 7 ~ Note: 1 hour class times vary from store to
store, so be sure to call for exact times & date.

Where: Click here to find a Williams Sonoma store near you.
Cost: FREE! Call your local store to RSVP.


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