October 26-28 FREE Fort Worth Weekend Events & Entertainment

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This weekend’s highlights include:

  • FREE Trick or Treat and Fall Festival Family Events
  • FREE Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering Events at The Fort Worth Stockyards
  • FREE Denton Food Truck Festival
  • Fort Worth’s Annual Boo at the Zoo Event
  • FREE Guitar Concert Featuring Lynn McGrath
  • FREE Cowtown Opry Performance 
  • FREE Cooking Technique Class at Williams Sonoma


It’s that time of year ~ crisp air, pumpkins decorating front porches, kids dressed up as their favorite characters, and enough candy to keep every dentist in business! I do love the sights, sounds and tastes of fall.

:: Lots of FREE Trick or Treat and Fall Festival Community Events


Are you looking for a fun and safe way to celebrate the weekend’s fall festivities with your family? Lots of churches, schools, and businesses in the community have put together fun festivals with safe places to trick or treat and play games.

There are an abundance of choices, but here are a few FREE suggestions for alternatives to traditional Halloween trick-or-treating to get you started:

• Harvest Moon Celebration in Granbury ~ Saturday and Sunday
Granbury Town Square (Pearl and Crockett streets) • October 27 & 28
Enjoy fall festivities at the annual Harvest Moon Festival in Granbury’s historic town square.  Highlights include contests,  parades, live music, arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, lots of entertainment, and much more.  Get more details here.

• Bass Pro Shops Charlie Brown Pumpkin Event ~ Daily
Grapevine Location (2501 Bass Pro Drive)  • Daily through October 31
FREE daily events vary and include trick or treating throughout the store, kids’ costume parade, crafts, scavenger hunt, studio quality photos, and more. Get more details and a daily event schedule here.

• Central Market Stores Fall Carnival ~ Saturday
Fort Worth Location (4651 West Freeway) • October 27, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Start out at the main entrance to Central Market, grab a map, then wind your way through the store, stopping at each Scavenger Hunt station to get a treat! Once you have scavenged all there is to hunt, make your way out to the patio for games, cookie decorating, cake walk and a costume parade. They’ll have prizes galore and tons of fun for the kids! More details here.

• Treat Street in the Fort Worth Stockyards ~ Wednesday
Fort Worth Stockyards Station • October 31, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Join Historic Fort Worth’s Stockyards Station and RADIO DISNEY for a safe, family friendly family party that’s FREE and FUN! Event includes trick or treating at Stockyards Station shops, FREE hay rides, costume contest, pumpkin decorating, games, prizes and more. More details here.

• Trunk or Treat at the Met Church ~ Sunday
Met Church in Ft. Worth, 11301 Old Denton Rd • October 28, 2-4:30 p.m.
Bring your whole family for a great time! Trick-or-Treat while enjoying a variety of carnival games and fun family activities. There will be lots of candy, prizes and safe fun for everyone. More details here.

Other local carnivals and festivals (lots of family friendly choices)
Click here for a terrific line-up 
of family safe, Halloween alternatives and fall festivals put on by churches, businesses and schools throughout Fort Worth, Dallas and surrounding areas. Thanks to radio station KLTY 94.9 for putting together this lengthy and helpful list.


:: Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering & Western Festival
Friday to Sunday, October 26-28, 2012

Join the Red Steagall Cowboy gathering in the Fort Worth Stockyards to celebrate the 22nd year of this première celebration of the West. Weekend activities include chuck wagon camp and competition, horsemanship clinics, cowboy music, Cutting Horse Association Rodeo Finals, fiddle contest, cowboy church, and lots more! Voted Best Gathering and Best Family Event by the readers of American Cowboy Magazine.

Details, Details
Get more event info at the Red Steagall website, here.
When: Friday to Sunday, October 26-28. See the full schedule, here.
Where: Fort Worth Stockyards. Find a map & directions here.
Most outdoor street events on the schedule are FREE to the public. To get access to indoor events (like the rodeo), get tickets here Children under 12 are FREE to most events.


:: Friday Nite Bites, Foodie Truck Festival in Denton
Friday, October 26, 2012

Friday Nite Bites, the Denton Food Truck Festival brings together gourmet food trucks, FREE live music, and entertainment!

Details, Details
When:  Friday, October 26, 2012 ~ 5:00 to 10:00pm
Where: Downtown Denton Transit Center, 604 E Hickory St.
Cost: FREE to attend the festival.  All food is extra.


:: Annual Fort Worth Boo at the Zoo Event
    Friday to Sunday ~ October 26-28

This year’s annual Boo at the Zoo fun family event will feature events, games, trick-or-treating, and the most popular attraction: Zoo animals! Daytime event hours will make the entire Zoo open to Boo at the Zoo guests, allowing keepers to incorporate themed activities into the animal exhibits throughout the entire park. Children are invited to wear their favorite costumes.

Details, details
For more details about Boo in the Zoo, click here.
1989 Colonial Parkway, Fort Worth.
October 26-28, 2012 ~ Noon to 5:00 p.m.
Cost: Boo at the Zoo is $3, after paying zoo admission. Regular zoo
admission prices: $12 for adults, $9 for children ages 3-12, $9 for seniors ages 65 and up, and free for toddlers 2 and under.  Tickets may be purchased at the Zoo ticket window. Plan ahead and get Fort Worth Zoo discount tickets at Albertsons or Keller Parks & Recreation.


:: FREE Fort Worth Guitar Guild Concert ~
Featuring Lynn McGrath – “Platero y yo”

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Spend an afternoon listening to amazing classical guitar performed by Lynn McGrath. She has played at such prominent venues as the Troy Savings Hall (Troy, NY), the National Hispanic Cultural Center (Albuquerque), and the Skirball Cultural Center (Los Angeles).  Abroad she has been featured in festivals in Mexico, Peru, Italy, Montenegro and has presented at University of Veracruz and the Victoria Conservatory of Music.

Details, details
What: For more information, click here.
When: Sunday, October 28, 2012, 2:30PM
Where: In the Tandy Lecture Hall of the Fort Worth Central Library.  You 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, no ticket required.


:: FREE Cowtown Opry Performance at the Stockyards
Sunday, October 28, 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, October 28, 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, October 28, 2012

Learn a new cooking technique! 
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, this is a great time to polish up on your cooking skills! During this free class, Williams-Sonoma will teach you how to start your Thanksgiving off right with the perfect nibbles and a delectable first course. Learn how to make tasty appetizers that will satisfy hungry diners yet won’t spoil appetites for the feast to come. Note: You’ll want to call to reserve your spot since class size is limited.

Details, details
What: For more information, click here.
When: Sunday, October 28 ~ 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.

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