January 13-15 Cheap and FREE Fort Worth Events Roundup | Frugal & Fun Weekend Edition

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This weekend’s highlights include:

  • FREE Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo Western Parade
  • FUN! 2012 Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo
  • FREE Cowtown Opry Performance at the Stockyards
  • FREE Fort Worth Photography Gallery Exhibit
  • FREE Houseplant Repotting Event and Garden Seminar at Calloway’s Nursery
  • FREE Bedroom Decorating Class at Pottery Barn
  • FREE Williams Sonoma Cooking Techniques Class
  • FREE Woodworking Skills Class for Kids at Lowes


:: FREE ~ 2012 Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo Parade
Saturday, January 14, 2012

Oh I love a parade! Over 100,000 people will line the streets of downtown Fort Worth to watch the “All Western Parade” and to celebrate the opening of the 2012 Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. This traditional event is held each year and boasts being the largest western themed parade, as well as the longest 100% non-motorized (no cars) parade in the world. The parade will feature over 4,000 participants including covered wagons, horses, more than 1,000 head of livestock, and of course cowboys!

Details, details
Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 11:00AM
Where: The parade starts in front of the Tarrant County Courthouse (Downtown at Weatherford and Main Streets), turns right on Main
towards the Convention Center, and loops back to the Courthouse on Houston St. Click here to view the official parade route.
Park at one of the many FREE downtown lots (Sundance Square, the parking garage next to Bass Hall, etc.) and walk to your viewing spot. Or, take the TRE train to the Fort Worth ITC station, and walk up 9th Street to the Convention Center (the middle of the parade route).
Cost: FREE!


:: 2012 Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo Starts Today!
Opens Friday, January 13 and runs through February 4, 2012


Kick up your heels and enjoy acres of excitement and western heritage at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo. Events include rodeo (extra ticket required), free musical entertainment, petting zoo, family friendly exhibits, premier livestock shows, and more ~ the schedule of events is fresh each day.  Plus your stock show ticket gets you FREE entry into 3 fantastic museums:  Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, the Cattle Raisers Museum and the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame.

Want to attend for FREE or cheap?   Be sure to check out the list here for a number of ways to save on rodeo tickets and grounds admission.

Details, details
The 2012 Stock Show and Rodeo event schedule changes daily.
• To get the schedule of daily events, click here.
• For the schedule of special activities, click here.
• To see the musical entertainment schedule, click here.
When: The 2012 Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo takes place January 13 through February 4.  Learn more here.
Where:  3400 Burnett-Tandy Dr. Click here for driving directions. A Special Park & Ride shuttle will be available Saturdays and Sundays during the Stock Show.  It will take you directly from Ridgmar Mall or Billy Bob’s to the front gate, pick you up, and return you to your vehicle parking lot for only $1.00 each way (pretty slick!). To find out more, click here.
For opportunities to attend the Stock Show and Rodeo for FREE or Half Price, click here. Otherwise, General Admission is:  Adults $10, Kids 6 to 16 $5, and Children 5 & Under FREE


:: FREE Cowtown Opry Performance at the Fort Worth Stockyards
Sunday, January 15, 2012

Hear classic western music come to life as Cowtown Opry members perform a free music exhibition on the steps of the Livestock Exchange building. This live family friendly music event will take place every Sunday and will feature a different theme each week ~ Western Gospel music will be featured on the 5th Sunday of the month.

Details, Details
For more information, visit the Cowtown Opry website.
When: Sunday, January 15, 2012, 2:00PM.  See the complete performance schedule here.
Where: The live performance will take place on the steps of the historic Livestock Exchange building ~ 131 East Exchange Ave. in the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District.
Cost: FREE!


:: FREE! Fort Worth Photography Exhibit at the Central Library
Last Weekend (Now Through January 15, 2012)


Three Fort Worth photographers have joined talents to put the city of Fort Worth and their art in the spotlight. This Central Library Gallery exhibit reveals different views of the city, provides a fresh look at familiar icons and landmarks, and displays new images of less familiar places. From downtown’s skyscrapers to neighborhood parks, viewers will enjoy seeing Fort Worth’s urban scenes in a new light.

Details, Details
What: For more information about the exhibit, click here.   For an excellent review of the show, pop over here to Fort Worth Business Press.
When: Available for viewing during normal library hours ~ now through January 15, 2012.
Where: On display in the Gallery at the Fort Worth Central LibraryYou 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


:: FREE Calloway’s Nursery Houseplant Repotting Event
Saturday, January 14, 2012

Rejuvenate your interior plants by giving them room to spread their roots during Calloway’s plant repotting event. Bring your own plants and pots to Calloway’s protected nurseries for the Repotting Festival and skip the mess and guess work of doing it yourself.  They will provide all the complimentary potting soil, fertilizers and top-dressing needed to complete your project.   You might want to also attend their 10:00AM seminar on indoor gardening and houseplants.

Details, details
 For more information about Calloway’s plant repotting event, go hereTo learn about the indoor gardening seminar, go here.
 Saturday, January 14, 2012 ~ Attend the repotting event anytime between 9:00AM to 6:00PM.  The Indoor Gardening seminar starts at 10:00AM
Where: All Calloway’s locations. Click here to find one near you.
Cost: FREE!


:: Learn How to Design Your Dream Bedroom at a
FREE Pottery Barn Class

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Get new ideas for creating a beautiful bedroom!
Join Pottery Barn for a fun in-store class, where they will share helpful tips for selecting and arranging bedroom furniture, choosing window treatments, and accessorizing for comfort and style.

Details, details
What: For more information, click here.
Classes take place January 15, 2012. Times differ by store so be sure to call your local store to verify class time.
Where: Go here to find a Pottery Barn store near you.


:: Take a FREE Cooking Technique Class at Williams-Sonoma
And, Get 10% OFF Your In-store Purchase!
Saturday & Sunday, January 14-15, 2012

Join Williams-Sonoma for two cooking classes this weekend.  Saturday features an in-store class on making “Comfort Foods” (count me in!).  And, Sunday is the 2nd in a three-part series focusing on healthy cooking techniques, fresh flavors and inspiring ideas for great meals for the whole family. You’ll learn how to correctly sauté and steam – two techniques that yield delicious golden-tinged vegetables with just the right amount of crunch, bright flavors and perfect textures. Plus, if you attend this class, you can enjoy 10% OFF savings on same-day purchases from their stores.

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

Details, details
What: For more information and to view the current month’s schedule for Williams-Sonoma Cooking classes and demonstrations, click here.
When: Saturday and Sunday, January 14 & 15,  2012. 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.


:: FREE Lowes Build and Grow Clinic: Make a Working Castle
Saturday, January 14, 2012

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, January 14, 2012 ~ 10:00-11:00AM
Where: Lowes Home Improvement Stores
To find a participating location, click here.


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