August 10-12 Cheap and FREE Fort Worth Entertainment Roundup | Frugal & Fun Weekend Events Edition

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This weekend’s highlights include:

  • FREE Perseid Meteor Shower Star Gazing Show
  • FREE Friday on the Green Outdoor Evening Concert
  • FREE Friday Night Fireworks over Grapevine Lake
  • FREE Zach King Band Outdoor Show ~ Richland Hills
  • FREE Gnomeo and Juliet Family Movie Showing
  • FREE River Legacy Living Science Center Nature Walk
  • FREE Lowe’s Woodworking Skills Workshop for Kids
  • FREE Family Fun Day at the Amon Carter Museum
  • FREE Mayor’s Reading Challenge Grand Celebration
  • FREE Cowtown Opry Performance 
  • FREE Grill Master Technique Class at Williams-Sonoma
  • FREE Summer Decorating Class at Pottery Barn


:: 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, NASA recommends heading to the edge of town to get away from the city lights). The Perseids Shower is one of the best meteor showers to observe every year in August.  It produces up to 60-100 shooting stars per hour at the peak viewing times which take place this weekend.

Details, details
What: Learn more about viewing the Perseids meteor show here. You will be able to see the Perseids without aid of a telescope ~ but perhaps not without coffee since the best viewing takes place between 10:00pm and the wee hours of the morning (yawn).
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. Look about half way up the sky facing northeast.
When: View the peak of the shooting star meteor show Friday to Sunday, August 10 to 12, between 10:00pm-4:00am. However, NASA indicates that the best time to look is during the dark hours right before dawn. If interrupting your sleep this weekend is not in the plans ~ not to worry ~ you should be able to see Perseids meteor activity during these same hours from now until August 24.
More Info: 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”. You can also download a Meteor Shower App from NASA (go here for Android and here for iPhone).


:: FREE Friday On The Green Outdoor Concert
Friday, August 10, 2012

Enjoy a fun evening with your family and friends at Friday on the Green, a FREE monthly live music series sponsored byFort Worth South. Bring your blankets and chairs (and even Fido if you want), and enjoy an evening of live music from great bands in a relaxing setting.

Details, Details
What: Fort Worth South, Inc. (FWSI) is the non-profit org behind Friday on the Green. Get more info here.
When: Friday, August 10, 2012 ~ 7:00-10:00PM
Where: Head to Magnolia Green Park ~ 1100 Block of Lipscomb, between Magnolia and Rosedale (across the street from the Village Homes row houses).
Cost: FREE!


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

Friday, August 10, 2012 (and Every Friday through Labor Day)

Friday nights over Grapevine Lake will sparkle with spectacular fireworks 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.  They will have a music DJ, games for kids, giveaways, 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.
Every Friday through Labor Day
8:00-10:00PM ~ Family friendly games and activities
9:30PM ~ Fireworks over Lake Grapevine (weather permitting)
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 fireworks viewing sites around Grapevine Lake here.
Cost: FREE for both local and hotel guests to attend. There is a fee to park at the hotel for those who are not guests.


:: FREE Zack King Band Outdoor Concert ~ Richland Hills
Saturday, August 11, 2012

Spend Saturday evening at Richland Hills’ Rosebud Park enjoying a fun show by the Zack King Band ~ a local favorite that combines Southern Rock, blues, and jazz into a unique sound of their own. Bring your own blanket and lawn chairs for a fun and relaxing evening with your family.

Details, Details
What: Learn more about the Arts Council music series here.
When: Saturday, August 11, 2012, 7:00 – 8:00 PM
Where: Richland Hills Rosebud Park ~ 2701 Rosebud Lane
Cost: FREE!


:: FREE Gnomeo and Juliet Family Movie Showing
Saturday, August 11, 2012

Join the Fort Worth Central Library for a free showing of the fun children’s movie Gnomeo and Juliet on Saturday, August 11. This event 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: Gnomeo and Juliet are two young garden gnomes who are in love. Before they can find lasting happiness, they must overcome their feuding neighbors, plastic pink flamingos and racing lawnmowers. James McAvoy and Emily Blunt provide voices. Rated G. 84 minutes.  Read movie reviews here.

Details, details
What: For more information about this movie event, click here.
When: Saturday, August 11, 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, August 11, 2012

Explore the nature trails surrounding the River Legacy Living Science Center on a FREE family friendly guided 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, August 11, 2012, 10:00AM
Cost: FREE, but donations are appreciated.


:: FREE Lowes Build and Grow Clinic: Make a Shrek Toy
Saturday, August 11, 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, August 11, 2012 ~ 10:00-11:00AM
Where: Lowes Home Improvement Stores. To find a participating location,click here.
Cost: FREE


:: Summer Reading Celebration with Mayor Becky Price,
Deborah Ferguson (KXAS) & Bob Ray Sanders (Star-Telegram)

Sunday, August 12, 2012

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, refreshments and lots of fun for families. There will be lots of great prizes for the reading challenge participants, including iPads, Kindles, netbook computers, and more. This fun event will be hosted by Mayor Price and 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 Mayor’s Summer Reading Challenge 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 12, 2012 1:00 to 5:00PM
Cost: FREE!


:: FREE Family Fun Day at the Amon Carter Museum
Sunday, August 12, 2012

The Amon Carter museum is offering a fun afternoon for the whole family with their program, Hot! Hot! Hot! Family Fun Day. The whole family will enjoy exploring artworks in the galleries, creating  art projects, and eating ice cream. 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 to receive helpful information.
When: Sunday, August 12, 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, August 12, 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, August 12, 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
    Sunday,  August 12, 2012

Join Williams-Sonoma for another fun vegetable canning class! They’ll discuss creative ways to can and pickle vegetables and relishes to enjoy long after summer is gone. This class will cover the basics: what pickling means, how to make pickling spice and how create your own favorite flavors for relishes. 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
For more information, click here.
August 12, 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 Pottery Barn Class ~ How to Organize Your Home
Sunday, August 12, 2012

Join Pottery Barn for a fun in-store class where you will get expert advice for organizing your home and creating a stylish workspace.

Details, details
What: For more information, go to Pottery Barn Store Events.
Classes take place Sunday, August 12, 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.

Have a fun weekend!

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