April 20-22 Cheap and FREE Fort Worth Entertainment Roundup | Frugal & Fun Weekend Events Edition

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This weekend’s highlights include:

  • FREE Main Street Arts Festival ~ Sundance Square
  • Fort Worth Botanical Garden Spring Plant Sale
  • FREE Family Festival at the Kimbell Art Museum
  • FREE Saturday Family Events at the BRIT
  • FREE Family Fun Day at the Amon Carter Museum
  • FREE Cowtown Opry Performance


:: FREE Main Street Arts Festival ~ Downtown Fort Worth.
.Through Sunday, April 22, 2012


Main St. Arts Festival is finally here!  This juried art fest showcases more than 200 of the nation’s finest artists and is staged around the streets of downtown (mainly around Sundance Square).  It’s a family friendly event with savory food, performance artists, kids activities, and street performers.

The festival also features over 50 live concerts throughout the weekend, including hundreds of performers in just about every music genre (the lineup even includes a bagpiper)! Some of the talent that caught our eyes this year include award-winning country singer Steve Wariner, local crooner Ricki Derek & the Vegas Six (if you love Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennet, you’ll really like this set) and our personal local favorite R&B /jazz group ~ The Buster Brown Band.

Details, details
Learn more about Main Street Arts Fest, hereCheck out the live concert schedule here.
When: Thursday, April 19 to Sunday, April 22, 2012
Where:  Downtown Fort Worth on Main Street and generally around Sundance Square  (between 3rd and 4th streets).  Click here to find available FREE parking options.
Cost:  FREE!


:: Fort Worth Botanic Garden ~ Spring Plant Sale
Saturday, April 21, 2012

Botanic Gardens

Enjoy the beauty of the FW Botanic Gardens while selecting some great new plants for your own garden at the annual Spring Plant Sale! You’ll have the opportunity to browse among cream of the crop perennials, specially selected to stand up to the unique challenges of Texas gardening. Bring your landscape plan and take advantage of the Horticulture Staff’s expertise in selecting just the right plants for your garden.

Details, details
What: For more information, click here.
When: Saturday, April 21, 9:00am – 2:00pm
Where: Fort Worth Botanic Gardens, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd. For directions to the gardens and other details, click here.
Cost: FREE to attend.  Plants priced individually for purchase.


:: FREE! Family Festival: Adventures in Impressionism
at the Kimbell

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Enjoy an afternoon of free family fun for all ages at the Kimbell Art Museum on Saturday. This event will focus on the work of Impressionists and will explore their favorite subjects ~ the wondrous possibilities of color, light, and brushstroke. Highlights will include performances by students from the Texas Ballet Theater School. No reservations necessary. Admission to the special exhibition The Age of Impressionism 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, April 21, 2012, 1:00 – 4:00PM
Cost: FREE!


:: FREE Guided Plant Walk and Family Event at the BRIT
 ..Saturday, April 21, 2012

Saturday morning (10:00AM-2:00PM), BRIT is featuring a fun Family Program ~ “Why Are There Plants On That Roof?”  Kids of all ages can participate in hands on activities  and see specimens representing the flora of the BRIT’s living roof. While you are there, enjoy a a 1-hour docent-led tour of BRIT (Botanical Research Institute of Texas) and learn something new about plants (Tour departure times: 10:30AM or 12:30PM).

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 21, 2012.  See complete schedule here.
Where:  1700 University Drive ~ Fort Worth (Next to the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens, click here for a map)
Cost: FREE


:: FREE Amon Carter Family Fun Day at the Museum
Sunday, April 22, 2012

The Amon Carter museum is offering a fun afternoon for the whole family with their program, Young Masters Family Fun day. The whole family will enjoy discovering artists who created masterpieces at a young age.  Your own young artist will have the opportunity to  create inspired artwork to take home, too! No reservations are required.

Details, details
What: Go here to learn more about Amon Carter’s Family Fun Day. Reservations are not required, but you can call 817.989.5030 or email visitors@cartermuseum.org to receive helpful information.
When: Sunday, April 22, 2012 – 1:00 – 4:00PM
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)!


:: FREE Cowtown Opry Performance at the Fort Worth Stockyards
Sunday, April 22, 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 22, 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!


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