September 21-23 Cheap and FREE Fort Worth Entertainment Roundup | Frugal & Fun Weekend Events Edition

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This weekend’s highlights include:

  • FREE USS Fort Worth Commissioning Watch Party ~ Join the fun at Sundance Square as the first U.S. Navy ship to be named after our city is commissioned.
  • FREE Fort Worth Day in the District ~ Get FREE admission to world-class museums & cultural district destinations.
  • FREE Fall Concert Series at the Levitt Pavilion in Arlington ~ Featuring Stars Go Dim, Cas Haley, & Josh Weathers.
  • FREE Preservation is the Art of the City ~ An extended Gallery Night  event supporting historic preservation in Fort Worth.
  • FREE Star Gazing Party ~ Navigate your way through the skies with Fort Worth’s Science & History Museum & Noble Planetarium.
  • FREE Woodworking Kids Clinic at Lowe’s ~ Help your kids learn a new woodworking skill.
  • FREE Cowtown Opry Performance  ~ Enjoy vintage and contemporary western music in the Fort Worth Stockyards.
  • FREE Williams-Sonoma Cooking Technique Class ~ Refine your essential cooking skills.
  • FREE Pottery Barn Decorating Class ~ Learn how to make over your living room with simple updates.


:: FREE USS Fort Worth Commissioning Watch Party
Saturday, September 22, 2012

The state-of-the-art littoral combat ship (LCS) – the first U.S. Navy ship to be named after our city – will be commissioned in Galveston, and you can watch the festivities live on the big screen beginning at Sundance Square’s Gateway Parking Lot.  Family fun will be provided by Clowning Around Entertainment throughout the morning.

Details, details
What: Learn more about the USS Fort Worth Commissioning watch party at Sundance Square, here.  Find out more about the USS Fort Worth ship, here.
Where: Gateway Parking Lot in Sundance Square ~ bordered by 4th Street, Houston Street, 5th Street and Throckmorton Street. Saturday, parking is FREE at many Sundance Square parking lots and garages. Click here to find available FREE parking options.
When: Saturday, September 22, 9:30am to 12:30pm
Cost: FREE. You can rent a chair and purchase food if you wish.


:: FREE ~ 9 Fort Worth Museums & Cultural District Destinations
Saturday, September 22, 2012

Day in the Cultural District Fort Worth logo

Tomorrow, Fort Worth’s cultural side will shine during its 7th annual
Day in the District.
Nine museum and cultural district destinations will offer FREE admission and FREE family friendly performances, activities, and other
special events all day.

Details, details
What: Read our post from earlier in the week for more information, here
or go to the Day in the District website here. There are lots of choices on how to spend your time at each venue.
Where: For a map and location details, go here.
Saturday, September 22, 2012 ~ Click here for the complete schedule of special programs and venue events.
Cost: FREE at all locations!


:: FREE Concert Series at the Levitt Pavilion in Arlington
Friday through Sunday ~ September 21-23

Join your family and friends for a FREE concert at the Levitt Pavilion in Arlington – part of the Fall series of free music, dance and performing arts under the stars. The entertainment schedule includes a wide span of music genres including jazz, country and even reggae.

Details, details
To learn more about the Levitt Pavilion’s FREE fall concert series,
click here.
Where: 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: Concerts start at 7:30PM. See complete schedule of concerts, here.
Cost: FREE Admission (food is extra).


:: Preservation is the Art of the City ~ Last Weekend!
Now Through September 22

Preservation is the Art of the City is a 2-week public art show and sale featuring jury-selected artists. This will be the last weekend of this non-profit gallery event which promotes and supports local studio artists as well as historic preservation in Fort Worth.

Details, details
What: For more info, go to the Preservation is the Art of the City website.
Now through September 22, 2012
Monday-Friday 9:00am — 5:00pm   &  Saturday 10:00am — 5:00pm
Fort Worth Community Arts Center, 1300 Gendy Street
FREE to attend


:: FREE ~ Star Gazing Party at the Noble Planetarium
Saturday, September 22, 2012

Join the Noble Planetarium staff for a FREE Star Gazing party Saturday night. You will find plenty of telescopes for viewing and lots of experts available to help you and your family navigate your way through the skies.

Details, details
What: For more info about Noble Planetarium’s Star Parties, click here.
When: Saturday, Sept. 22 ~ begins at dusk (weather permitting) until 10:30PM
Where: In the parking lot, just south of the Science & History Museum at the corner of Montgomery and Harley. Click here for directions.
Cost: FREE

P.S. Noble Planetarium recommends a wonderful & FREE resource for star-gazing from the comfort of your backyard. If you would like a fun way to navigate the night sky, visit this link.


:: FREE Lowes Build and Grow Clinic: Make a Firetruck Toy
Saturday, September 22, 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, September 22, 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, September 23, 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, September 23, 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, September 23

Improve your kitchen skills!
This week’s technique lesson at Williams Sonoma will demonstrate braising, a technique that transforms relatively tough cuts of meats and fibrous vegetables into tender, full-flavored fare. Learn how to braise correctly ~ from which pan to use to how to adjust a recipe if you are making it on the stove, in the oven or in an electric slow cooker and more.

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.
September 23, 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.


:: Learn new Decor Tips at a FREE Pottery Barn Design Class
Sunday, September 23, 2012

Get new ideas for a living room makeover!
Join Pottery Barn for a fun in-store class, where they will share helpful tips for designing a relaxing and stylish spot for friends and family to gather.

Details, details
What: For more information, go to Pottery Barn Store Events.
Classes take place, Sunday, September 23~ 10:00AM.  Times differ by store so be sure to call your local store to verify class time.
Where: Click here to find a Pottery Barn store near you.


We hope you have a fantastic weekend!

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