January 18-20 FREE and Cheap Fort Worth Events Roundup | It’s Fort Worth Stock Show Time!

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This weekend’s highlights include:

  • FREE Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo Western Parade
  • CHEAP FUN! 2013 Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo
  • FREE Rodeo Film Festival Screening Featuring “8 Seconds
  • FREE Houseplant Repotting Event and Garden Seminar at Calloway’s Nursery
  • FREE Bedroom Decorating Class at Pottery Barn
  • FREE Cowtown Opry Performance at the Stockyards
  • FREE Williams Sonoma Cooking Techniques Class


:: FREE ~ 2013 Fort Worth Stock Show All Western Parade
Saturday, January 19, 2013


Oh I love a parade! Over 100,000 people will line the streets of downtown Fort Worth to watch the “All Western Parade” and to celebrate the opening of the 2013 Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. This traditional event is held each year and boasts being the largest western themed parade, as well as the longest 100% non-motorized (no cars) parade in the world. The parade will feature over 4,000 participants including covered wagons, horses, more than 1,000 head of livestock, and of course cowboys!

Details, details
Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 11:00AM
Where: The parade assembles at the corner of Weatherford and Commerce streets, heads south on Commerce, west on Ninth Street, north on Houston Street before ending at the corner of Houston and Weatherford streets. Click here to view the new 2013 parade route.
Park at one of the many FREE downtown lots (Sundance Square, the parking garage next to Bass Hall, etc.) and walk to your viewing spot.
Cost: FREE!


:: 2013 Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo Starts Today!
Opens Friday, January 18 and runs through February 9, 2013


Kick up your heels and enjoy acres of excitement and western heritage at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo. Events include rodeo (extra ticket required), free musical entertainment, petting zoo, family friendly exhibits, premier livestock shows, and more ~ the schedule of events is fresh each day.  Plus your Stock show ticket gets you FREE entry into 3 fantastic museums:  Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, the Cattle Raisers Museum and the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame.

Want to attend for FREE or cheap?   Be sure to check out the list here for more than 10 ways to get free tickets and save on admission.

Details, details
The 2013 Stock Show and Rodeo event schedule changes daily.
• To get the schedule of daily events, click here.
• For the schedule of special activities, click here.
• To see the musical entertainment schedule, click here.
When: January 18 through February 9.  Learn more here.
Where:  3400 Burnett-Tandy Dr. Click here for driving directions. A special Park & Ride shuttle will be available Saturdays and Sundays during the Stock Show.  It will take you directly from Ridgmar Mall or Billy Bob’s to the front gate, pick you up, and return you to your vehicle parking lot for only $1.00 each way (pretty slick!). To find out more, click here.
For opportunities to attend the Stock Show and Rodeo for FREE or Half Price, click here. Otherwise, General Admission is:  Adults $10, Kids 6 to 16 $5, and Children 5 & Under FREE


:: FREE Rodeo Film Festival Screening Featuring “8 Seconds” 
Saturday, January 19, 2013

As a complement to this year’s Stock Show & Rodeo, the Central Library is inviting teens to join them for special screenings of four action-packed movies celebrating all that is rodeo.  This Saturday’s FREE movie showing features “8 Seconds” starring Luke Perry and Stephen Baldwin.

About the movie: This film chronicles the life of the 1987 Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Bull Riding World Champion, Lane Frost. This true story follows Lane’s marriage, friendships with three-time World Champion, Tuff Hedeman and the road to becoming a rodeo legend.  Rated PG-13. 105 minutes.

Details, details
What: For more information, go here. For more information about the movie or to read reviews, go here.
When: Saturday, January 19, 2013, 2:00PM
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 Calloway’s Nursery Houseplant Repotting Event
Saturday, January 19, 2013


Rejuvenate your interior plants by giving them room to spread their roots during Calloway’s FREE plant repotting event. Bring your own plants and pots to Calloway’s protected nurseries for the Repotting Festival and skip the mess and guess-work of doing it yourself.  They will provide all the complimentary potting soil, fertilizers and top-dressing needed to complete your project.   You might want to also attend their 10:15AM seminar on Houseplants for Fresh Indoor Spaces.

Details, details
 For more information about Calloway’s plant repotting event, go hereTo learn about the indoor gardening seminar, click here.
 Saturday, January 19, 2013 ~ Attend the repotting event anytime between 9:00AM to 6:00PM.  The Indoor Gardening seminar starts at 10:15AM
Where: All Calloway’s locations. Click here to find one near you.
Cost: FREE!


:: FREE Boat Show and Seminars at Bass Pro Shops
Starts Friday ~ January 18-27, 2013

This weekend, bring your family to Bass Pro Shops’ FREE Boat Show and enjoy several FREE boating and fishing seminars, family activities (like kids fishing), FREE refreshments and more. Activities vary by day with most happening on the weekends.  Take a look at the full schedule of events here.

Details, details
What: For more details on activities and events, click here.
When: Daily activities January 18-27, 2013
Where: Bass Pro Shops, 2501 Bass Pro Drive, Grapevine
Cost: FREE!


:: Learn How to Design Your Dream Bedroom at a
FREE Pottery Barn Class

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Get new ideas for creating a beautiful bedroom!
Join Pottery Barn for a fun in-store class, where they will share helpful tips for selecting and arranging bedroom furniture, choosing window treatments, and accessorizing for comfort and style.

Details, details
What: For more information, click here.
Class takes place January 20, 2013. Times differ by store so be sure to call your local store to verify class time.
Where: Go here to find a Pottery Barn store near you.


:: FREE Cowtown Opry Performance at the Fort Worth Stockyards
Sunday, January 20, 2013

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, January 20, 2013, 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, January 20, 2013

Join Williams-Sonoma for the last of a three-part series focusing on healthy cooking techniques, fresh flavors and inspiring ideas for great meals for the whole family. In this week’s class you’ll learn how to make some tasty vegetarian dishes that everyone will love. You’ll also learn to season foods and enhance the flavor without using salt. 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, January 20,  2013. 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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