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

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This weekend’s highlights include:

  • FREE Tornado Benefit Concert Featuring Melissa Lawson and Betty Buckley in Arlington
  • FREE Saturday Events at the BRIT
  • FREE The Secret Garden Classic Family Movie Showing
  • FREE River Legacy Living Science Center Nature Walk
  • FREE Lowe’s Woodworking Workshop for Kids
  • FREE Cowtown Opry Performance
  • FREE Williams Sonoma Cooking Techniques Class
  • FREE Flower Arranging Class at Pottery Barn


:: Tornado Disaster Relief Benefit Concert Featuring Melissa
Lawson and Betty Buckley ~ Levitt Pavilion in Arlington
..Saturday, April 14, 2012

Join your family and friends at Saturday’s Tornado victim relief benefit concert at the Levitt Pavilion in Arlington.  The concert is free, but cash donations will be collected to be dispersed through the local Salvation Army for those in need. The entertainment schedule includes Betty Buckley, Tony Award-winning actress and recording artist, followed by Melissa Lawson, Arlington country music artist who won NBC’s Nashville Star.

Be sure to bring along a lawn chair or blanket to enjoy the outdoor entertainment! Snacks or a picnic dinner, and beverages are allowed, but no glass containers, please.

Details, details
What: To learn more about the benefit concertclick here.
Founders Plaza in Arlington, 100 W. Abram St. (Corner of
Abram and Center streets, directly across the street from City Hall).
View the parking map for free parking options.
When: Saturday, April 14, 2012 ~ 7:30PM
Cost: FREE Admission, but cash donations are appreciated.  


:: FREE Guided Plant Walk and More Events at the BRIT
 ..Saturday, April 14, 2012

Enjoy a family friendly tour of BRIT (Botanical Research Institute of Texas) and learn something new about plants! Saturday you can choose from a 1-hour docent-led tour (2 choices: 10:30AM or 12:30PM) or a 30-minute guided plant walk with BRIT’s very own Sam Kieschnick (11:45am)!

Other Saturday activities include:
• Meet a BRIT botanist at the Plant Preservation Studio and learn about BRIT’s unique plant collection.
• Self-guided tours of the LEED Platinum building, BRIT’s pocket prairie, geology wall, braided gardens, and the wetland area.

Details, details
What: For more information, go here.
When: Saturday April 14, 2012  10:00AM – 2:00PM
Where:  1700 University Drive ~ Fort Worth (Next to the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens, click here for a map)
Cost: FREE


:: FREE The Secret Garden Family Movie Showing
Saturday, April 14, 2012

Join the Fort Worth Central Library for a free showing of the classic children’s movie The Secret Garden on Saturday, April 14. This movie showing is part of the Central Library’s Second Saturday Film Series which runs monthly family friendly movies through the end of the year.

About the movie: An orphan girl living in her uncle’s British dreary mansion discovers a long-neglected garden. With the help of her cousin, she sets about to restore the garden and, in the process, change their lives. A wonderful film adapted from the timeless book. Rated G. 101 minutes.

Details, details
What: For more information about this movie event and future showings, click here. Learn more about the movie here.
When: Saturday, April 14, 2012 ~ 1:00PM
Where: The Fort Worth Central Library’s Youth Center Discovery Theatre. You can park on the street or in the 3rd St. & Taylor Parking Garage. The parking garage and parking meters are FREE on weekends.


:: FREE River Legacy Living Science Center Nature Walk
Saturday, April 14, 2012

Explore the nature trails surrounding the River Legacy Living Science Center on a FREE family friendly naturalist-led nature walk.  The Living Science Center is the gateway to River Legacy Parks in Arlington.  

Details, details
To find out more about the FREE nature walk and River Legacy Living Science Center, go here. RSVP to 817.860.6752
Where: River Legacy Living Science Center, 703 NW Green Oaks Boulevard (at the intersection of N. Cooper Street and Green Oaks) in Arlington
When: Saturday, April 14, 2012, 2:00PM
Cost: FREE, but donations are appreciated.


:: FREE Lowes Build and Grow Clinic: Make a Chip Drop Game
Saturday, April 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, April 14, 2012 ~ 10:00-11:00AM
Where: Lowes Home Improvement Stores. To find a participating location, click here.
Cost: FREE


:: FREE Cowtown Opry Performance at the Fort Worth Stockyards
Sunday, April 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, April 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!


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

Join Williams-Sonoma for a class on how to make fresh, light meals, gently flavored with herbs. Learn how to select, store and cook with herbs to get the best flavor in your cooking. 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: Sunday, April 15, 2012. Note: 1 hour class times vary from store to store, so be sure to call for exact times & date.
Where: Go here to find a Williams Sonoma store near you.
Cost: FREE! Call your local store to RSVP.


:: FREE Pottery Barn  “Art of Botanical Arranging” Class
Sunday, April 15, 2012

Learn how to artfully arrange botanicals and customize your very own display for your home or to give as a gift at this fun and interactive class.

Details, details
What: For more information, go to Pottery Barn Store Events.
Classes take place Sunday, April 15, 2012.  Note: 1 hour class times vary from store to store, so be sure to call for exact times & date.
Where: Go here to find a Pottery Barn store near you.


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