July 12-14 FREE & Cheap Fort Worth Weekend Events Roundup | Frugal & Fun Edition

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This weekend’s highlights include:

  • FREE Dance Festival at the Modern Art Museum
  • FREE Music Under the Stars Concert Series at
    Levitt Pavilion in Arlington
  • FREE Bike Ride Through the Joint Reserve Naval
    Base With F
    ort Worth Mayor Becky Price
  • FREE Friday Night Fireworks & Family Fun
    Event at Lake Grapevine
  • FREE Star Gazing Party at the Noble Planetarium
    at Fort Worth Science & History Museum
  • FREE Backyard Composting Seminar at River
    Legacy Living Science Center in Arlington
  • FREE Lowe’s Woodworking Workshop for Kids
  • FREE Water-wise Gardening Seminar at Calloway’s
  • FREE Outdoor Family Event at Bass Pro Shops
  • FREE Cowtown Opry Performance 
  • FREE Decorating Class at Pottery Barn
  • FREE Williams-Sonoma Cooking Techniques Class


:: 10th Annual Modern Dance Festival at The Modern
Now through July 28, 2013

The 10th annual Modern Dance Festival at The Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth will feature a series of special events, concerts, films, and more.  The festival kicks off in the Grand Lobby of the Museum on Friday and features an appearance by Seattle solo dance artist Deborah Birrane,

Details, details
What: For more information about the 10th Annual Modern Dance Festival, click here.
When: View full schedule of festival events here.
Where: Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell Street
Cost: FREE!


:: FREE Music Under the Stars Concert Series
at the Levitt Pavilion in Arlington
   Friday to Sunday, July 12-14, 2013

Join your family and friends at the last weekend of FREE summer concerts at the Levitt Pavilion in Arlington – part of their packed summer series of free music, dance and performing arts under the stars. Be sure to bring along a lawn chair or blanket to enjoy the outdoor entertainment. Snacks or a picnic dinner, and beverages are allowed, but no glass containers, please.

Details, details
What: To learn more about the Levitt Pavilion’s summer concert series and weekly artist line-up, click here.
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: Most concerts start at 8PM.  See complete schedule of concerts, here.
Cost: FREE admission (food is extra).


:: FREE Bike the Base: Join Mayor Price For a Ride
Through The Joint Reserve Base
Saturday, July 13, 2013

Join Mayor Betsy Price and local cyclists for a ride through the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base to get a rare view of this Fort Worth landmark from behind the handlebars. Note that this ride is for experienced riders and will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m.  Since the base is a secure facility, there will be no late admittance, and you’ll need to bring a government-issued photo ID.  Also, due to the length of the ride (estimated at about 21 miles), the ride is not recommended for children or inexperienced riders.

Details, details
What: Learn more about the Bike the Base ride with Mayor Price, at the Fort Worth City News website.  Tip:  Be sure to take a look at all the requirements for the ride and note that you need to bring a driver’s license or other government I.D.
Starts at the NAS-JRB front gate, 226 Pumphrey Drive.
View a map for details.
When: Riders should check in at 8:00 a.m. to make sure there is plenty of time to do a bike safety check. The ride will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m.
Cost: FREE!


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

Friday, July 12, 2013 (and Every Friday through Labor Day)

Friday nights over Lake Grapevine 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, and 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 Lake Grapevine park at 9:00PM. Find a map of sites for viewing the fireworks around Lake Grapevine here.
Cost: FREE for both local and hotel guests to attend.  Please note that parking at the hotel is extra (4 hours for $12).


:: FREE ~ Star Gazing Party at the Noble Planetarium
Saturday, July 13, 2013

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, July 13~ 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 Backyard Composting Seminar at River Legacy
Living Science Center in Arlington
Saturday, July 13, 2013

Learn the basics of composting during this workshop led by  Arlington’s Master Gardner volunteers. The class includes demonstrations of proper compost building and tips for using a worm compost bin.  Attendees will also receive a free book.

Details, details
To find out more about the FREE  seminar, go here.
Where: River Legacy Living Science Center, 703 NW Green Oaks Boulevard (at the intersection of N. Cooper Street and Green Oaks) in Arlington.  Class will be held in the Science Center’s parking lot area.
When: Saturday, July 13, 2013
Cost: FREE, but donations are appreciated.


:: FREE Lowes Build and Grow Clinic: Toy Story Truck
Saturday, July 13, 2013

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, July 13, 2013~ 10:00-11:00AM
Where: Lowes Home Improvement Stores.
To find a participating location, click here.
Cost: FREE


:: FREE Water-wise Gardening Seminar at Calloway’s
Saturday, July 13, 2013

Learn how to save water with tips, tricks and expert advice on water wise gardening. At this free clinic, you will discover how to water more efficiently and effectively so that you can save this precious resource and still enjoy a lush green garden.

Details, details
Learn more about the “Water-wise Gardening”
seminar, at Calloway’s website.
When: Saturday, July 13, 2013 ~ 10:15 a.m.
Where: All Calloway’s locations.  Click here to find one near you.
Cost: FREE!


:: FREE Family Fun ~ Outdoor & Camping Event
at Bass Pro Shops
Saturday and Sunday ~ July 13 & 14
, 2013

This weekend, bring your family to Bass Pro Shops’ FREE Family Camping and Outdoor Fun Weekend Event. There will be FREE carousel rides, crafts,  games, workshops, family photos, outdoor activities, contests and even homemade ice cream on Saturday (5-6pm).

Take a look at the full schedule of events here.

Details, details
For more details on activities and events, click here.
When:  July 13 and 14, 2013. For a schedule of activities, click here.
Where: Bass Pro Shops, 2501 Bass Pro Drive, Grapevine
Cost: FREE


:: FREE Cowtown Opry Performance at The Fort Worth Stockyards
Sunday, July 14, 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, July 14, 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!


:: FREE Pottery Barn Decorating Seminar
Sunday, July 14, 2013

Join Pottery Barn for an in-store seminar and demonstration where you will get expert advice on updating a room with pillows, rugs, drapes and other textiles.

Details, details
What: For more information, go to Pottery Barn Store Events.
Sunday, July 14, 2013. Note: 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.


:: Take a FREE Cooking Technique Class at Williams-Sonoma
    Sunday, July 14, 2013

Join Williams-Sonoma for a cooking technique class on canning tomatoes.  This class will provide an excellent introduction to the tricks of the trade for easily preserving summer tomatoes to enjoy throughout the year.  Note: You’ll want to call to reserve your spot since class size is limited.

Bonus: if you attend Sunday’s class, you can enjoy 10% OFF savings on same-day purchases from their stores.

Details, details
For more information, click here.
July 14, 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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