Frugal & Fun Fort Worth Weekend Events: October 28-30 Cheap & FREE Entertainment Roundup

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This weekend’s highlights include:

  • FREE Trick or Treat and Fall Festival Family Events
  • Fort Worth’s 20th Anniversary Boo at the Zoo Event
  • FREE Family Festival at the Kimbell Art Museum
  • FREE The Indian in the Cupboard Family Movie
  • FREE Cooking Technique Class at Williams Sonoma


It’s that time of year ~ crisp air, pumpkins decorating front porches, kids dressed up as their favorite characters,  and enough candy to keep every dentist in business! I do love the sights, sounds and tastes of fall.

:: Lots of FREE Trick or Treat and Fall Festival Community Events


Are you looking for a fun and safe way to celebrate the weekend’s fall festivities
with your family? Lots of churches, schools, and businesses in the community
have put together fun festivals with
safe places to trick or treat and play games.

There are an abundance of choices, but here are a few FREE suggestions for alternatives to traditional Halloween trick-or-treating to get you started:

• Bass Pro Shops Charlie Brown Pumpkin Event, Friday to Monday
Grapevine Location (2501 Bass Pro Drive)  • October 28-31
This weekend event includes t
rick or treating throughout the store, kid’s costume parade, crafts, marshmallow roasting, dutch oven apple cobbler, and more. Get more details and a daily event schedule here.

• Central Market Stores Fall Carnival ~ Saturday
Fort Worth Location (4651 West Freeway) • October 29, 2:30-5:00 p.m.
Start out at the main entrance to Central Market, grab a map, then wind your way through the store, stopping at each Scavenger Hunt station to get a treat! Once you have scavenged all there is to hunt, make your way out to the patio for games, cookie decorating, cake walk and a costume parade. They’ll have prizes galore and tons of fun for the kids! More details here.

• Treat Street in the Fort Worth Stockyards ~ Monday
Fort Worth Stockyards Station • October 31, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Join Historic Fort Worth’s Stockyards Station and RADIO DISNEY for a safe,
family friendly family party that’s FREE and FUN! Event includes trick
or treating at Stockyards Station shops, FREE hay rides, costume contest,
pumpkin decorating, games, prizes and more. More details here.

• Trunk or Treat at the Met Church ~ Sunday
Met Church in Ft. Worth, 11301 Old Denton Rd • October 30, 3-4:30 p.m.
Bring your whole family for a great time! Trick-or-Treat while enjoying bounce houses, a variety of carnival games and fun family activities. There will be lots of candy, prizes and safe fun for everyone. More details here.

Other local carnivals and festivals (lots of family friendly choices)
Click here for a terrific line-up of more family safe, harvest and fall festivals put on by churches, businesses and schools throughout Fort Worth and surrounding areas. Thanks to radio station KLTY 94.9 for putting together this lengthy and helpful list. 


:: 20th Anniversary Fort Worth Boo at the Zoo Event
    Friday to Sunday ~ October 28-30

Boo at the Zoo is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year! This fun family event will feature events, games, trick-or-treating, and the most popular attraction: Zoo animals! Daytime event hours will make the entire Zoo open to Boo at the Zoo guests, allowing keepers to incorporate themed activities into the animal exhibits throughout the entire park. Children are invited to wear their favorite costumes.

Details, details
For more details about Boo in the Zoo, click here.
1989 Colonial Parkway, Fort Worth. For directions, go here.
October 28-30, 2011 ~ Noon to 5:00 p.m.
Cost: Boo at the Zoo is $3, after paying zoo admission. Regular zoo
admission prices: $12 for adults, $9 for children ages 3-12, $9 for seniors ages 65 and up, and free for toddlers 2 and under. 
Tickets may be purchased at the Zoo ticket window. Plan ahead and get Fort Worth Zoo discount tickets at Albertson or Keller Parks & Recreation.


:: FREE! Family Festival: On Stage with Caravaggio at the Kimbell
    Saturday, October 29, 2011

Enjoy an afternoon of free family fun for all ages at the Kimbell Art Museum on Saturday. This event will feature creative art-making activities, historic-dress stations, scheduled family tours, a musical instrument “petting zoo” and musical performances by Texas Camerata. No reservations necessary. Admission to the special exhibition Caravaggio and His Followers in Rome is free during this event.

Details, details
What: To learn more about the Kimbell Museum family event, click here.
Where: 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth. For directions, click here.
When: Saturday, October 29, 2011, 1:00 – 4:00PM
Cost: FREE!


:: FREE!  The Indian in the Cupboard Family Movie Showing
Sunday, October 30, 2011

Join the Fort Worth Central Library and other families for a free showing
of the film The Indian in the Cupboard on Sunday, October 30.  Plus, kids who dress up as their favorite story book character will receive a free book!

About the movie: Based on the beloved children’s novel by Lynne Reid Banks, this is the story of Omri, who for his 9th birthday receives a cupboard and a plastic toy Indian. When he discovers that he can magically bring the toy to life, the adventures begin.  Rated PG; 96 minutes.

Details, details
What: For more information, go here.
When: Sunday, October 30, 2011 ~ 2:00PM
Where: In the Discovery Theater of the Fort Worth Central Library.
You can park on the street or in the 3rd St. & Taylor Parking Garage.
The parking garage and parking meters are FREE on weekends.
Cost: FREE, no ticket required.


:: Take a FREE Cooking Technique Class at Williams-Sonoma
     Sunday, October 30, 2011

Learn a new cooking technique! 
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, this is a great time to polish up on your cooking skills! During this free class, Williams-Sonoma will teach you how to prepare a delicious, flaky pie crust that’s perfect to make in advance and freeze for the big day. They’ll share some of their favorite seasonal pie recipes to inspire new ideas for your holiday table.  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, October 30 ~ 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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One response to “Frugal & Fun Fort Worth Weekend Events: October 28-30 Cheap & FREE Entertainment Roundup

  1. Frugal In Fort Worth Blog

    For those looking to go to Boo in the Zoo, here’s some helpful info to be aware of (thanks to our fabulous reader, Heather T. ):

    Love the events for this weekend!  Thanks for such a conclusive list!

    Just wanted to let you know – and your readers – that the “Boo at the Zoo” event at the FW Zoo is charging $3 for ALL kiddos – even babies.  We went this morning and were shocked to have to pay for our 9 month old.  Even a friend we ran into had to pay for her nursing 4 month old.  They did a pretty poor job of promoting the event’s change from last year’s charging.

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