Frugal & Fun Fort Worth Weekend Events: August 12-14 Cheap & FREE Entertainment Roundup

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This weekend’s highlights include:

  • FREE Family Fun Festival at the Amon Carter Museum
  • FREE Fireworks and Family Fun Event in Grapevine
  • FREE Perseid Meteor Shower Star Gazing Show
  • CHEAP Kids Cow Camp at the Ft. Worth Stockyards
  • FREE Mayor’s Summer Reading Grand Celebration
  • FREE Woodworking Skills Class for Kids at Lowes
  • FREE Lunch Cooking Technique Class at Williams-Sonoma

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:: FREE Amon Carter Family Fun “50 Fest” ~ Live Music, Free
Food, & More ~ Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Carter
Saturday, August 13, 2011

Art. Bands. Food. Fun. Free. Find it all at 50 Fest, a free celebration of 50 years at the Amon Carter.  Things to do at 50 Fest:

  • Visit your favorite works of art.
  • Create your own masterpieces.
  • Boogie to live music by the Marshall Ford Swing Band and Del Castillo.
  • Blow bubbles and hula hoop with your friends on the plaza.
  • Cast your vote for the ultimate Amon Carter anniversary cake.
  • Say cheese in a photo booth.
  • Munch on hotdogs and ice cream.

To help visitors stay cool at the event, they’ll have shaded areas, misters, bottled water and ice cream outdoors plus you can really cool off when you step inside the galleries that are kept at 70 degrees. All ages welcome. No reservations required. Please leave your alcohol, coolers, and pets at home.

Details, details
What: Go here to learn more about Amon Carter’s 50 Fest.
Reservations are not required, but you can call 817.989.5030 or
email visitors@cartermuseum.org to receive helpful information.
When: Saturday, August 13, 2011 – 5:30 – 9:00PM
Where: The museum is located at 3501 Camp Bowie Boulevard.
Directions and parking details can be found by clicking here.
Cost: FREE! Entrance to this event and the Amon Carter’s permanent
collection is always FREE (but donations are appreciated)!

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

Friday, August 12, 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.
When:
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.

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:: FREE ~ Cosmic Show Tonight: FREE & Live From Your
Backyard!  (a.k.a. The Perseid Meteor Shower)

Take in the Perseid Meteor Shower that will sparkle the big Texas sky tonight, with a star-gazing party from the comfort of your own backyard (or for the best view, go to the edge of town to get away from the city lights). The Perseids Shower is one of the best meteor showers to observe, producing up to 60-100 meteors per hour at the peak which takes place Friday and Saturday during the predawn hours.

Details, details
What: You will be able to see the Perseids without aid of a telescope ~ but perhaps not without coffee since the peak viewing time takes place between 11pm and the wee hours of 4am.   Look approximately half way up the sky facing northeast. Learn more about viewing the Perseids here.
Where: From the comfort of your own backyard OR even better, head to the outskirts of town, away from city lights for best Perseids viewing.
When: Friday and Saturday, August 12 & 13  between 11pm-4am is the peak of the meteor shower show.  If interrupting your sleep tonight is not in the plans ~ not to worry ~ you should be able to see Perseids meteor activity from now until August 24.
More Info: To learn more about Perseid Meteor Showers, click here.  And for the serous Perseid viewer, follow the Perseid Meteor shower on Twitter with a group of “intrepid stargazers” who will be holding a Twitter “meteor star gazing party”

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:: Fun! Fort Worth Cow Camp for Kids at the Stockyards
    Saturday, August 13, 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.
When:
Saturday, August 13, 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.
Cost:
$1

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:: Summer Reading Program Celebration with Mayor Becky Price, Deborah Ferguson (KXAS-TV) & Bob Ray Sanders (Star-Telegram)
Sunday, August 14, 2011

Wrap up a wonderful summer of reading with Mayor Betsy Price and the Fort Worth Central Library’s Grand Celebration for families.  They will have live music, storytellers, face painting, refreshments and lots of fun for families.  There will be more than 30 grand prizes, including netbook computers, iPod shuffles and more. This fun event will be hosted by the program’s honorary co-chairs, Deborah Ferguson of KXAS-TV and Bob Ray Sanders of the Star-Telegram.

Details, details
What: To find out more about the Summer Reading Grand Celebration, go here.
Where: At the Fort Worth Central Library, downtown. You can park on the street or in the 3rd St. & Taylor Parking Garage. The parking garage is FREE on weekends.
When:  Sunday, August 14, 2011  1:00 to 5:00PM
Cost: FREE!

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:: FREE Lowes Build and Grow Clinic: Make a School
House Photo Holder
Saturday, August 13, 2011

This Saturday, bring your child to a Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinic to help them learn a new woodworking skill and make a FREE project to take home.

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 more information and to register, click here.
When: Saturday, August 13, 2011 ~ 10:00-11:00AM
Where:
Lowes Home Improvement Stores
To find a participating location, click here.
Cost: FREE

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:: Take a FREE Cooking Technique Class at Williams-Sonoma
Sunday, August 14, 2011

August technique lessons at Williams-Sonoma will focus on honing your everyday family cooking skills.  This week’s lesson will focus on making lunch a nutritious and delicious part of the day while staying on budget! Pack your kids’ brown bags—and your own—with favorite foods-to-go, plus homemade snacks that will stave off midday hunger pangs.  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
What:
For more information, click here.
When:
Sunday, August 14 ~ 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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