August 30-September 2 FREE & Cheap Fort Worth Labor Day Weekend Events Roundup

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This weekend’s highlights include:

  • FREE Friday Night Fireworks & Family Fun
    Event at Lake Grapevine
  • CHEAP ~ Blues & BBQ Festival ~ Bedford
  • FREE Music Under the Stars Concert Series at
    Levitt Pavilion in Arlington
  • FREE Outdoor Family Event at Bass Pro Shops
  • FREE Kids Cow Camp at the Fort Worth Stockyards
  • FREE Drawing Class for Kids & Adults at
    The Modern Art Museum
  • FREE Cowtown Opry Performance
  • FREE Williams-Sonoma Cooking Techniques Class


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

Friday, August 30, 2013 (Last Weekend!)

Friday nights over Grapevine Lake will sparkle with spectacular fireworks this evening ~ a fun end of summer celebration! If you want to add some extra sparkle 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.
Friday, August 30, 2013
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).


:: Bedford Blues & BBQ Labor Day Festival
Friday to Sunday, August 30 to September 1

Music lovers with an appetite for rich “blues” and mouth-watering barbecue will find the 2013 Bedford Blues & BBQ Festival a feast for the senses. This 3-day family friendly event returns this weekend with an entertaining lineup that features some of the biggest names in blues.

Details, details
What: For more details or to view the music entertainment line-up, go here.
Where: 1951 L. Don Dodson, Bedford. Located on the grounds adjacent to City Hall. Go here for directions.
When: Friday to Sunday, August 30 to September 1
Go here for the complete schedule.
Cost: $5 General Admission, Go here to find parking for as cheap as $5


:: FREE Music Under the Stars Fall Concert Series
at the Levitt Pavilion in Arlington
Friday to Sunday, August 30 to September 1

Join your family and friends for a weekend of FREE fall concerts at the Levitt Pavilion in Arlington – part of their fall series of free music 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.

This weekend’s line up includes local long-time favorite Brave Combo, NBC’s The Sing-Off! season 3 winners ~ Pentatonix, and legendary Ray Wylie Hubbard.

Details, details
What: To learn more about the Levitt Pavilion’s fall 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: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening concerts through September 29th.  Most concerts start at 8PM. See complete schedule of concerts, here.
Cost: FREE admission (food is extra).


:: FREE Family Fun ~ Hometown Festival at Bass Pro Shops
Saturday to Sunday, August 31 to September 1

This weekend, bring your family to Bass Pro Shops’ FREE Hometown Festival Family Fun Weekend Event. There will be FREE face painting, games, crafts, outdoor activities, contests and more!

Take a look at the full schedule of events here.

Details, details
What: For more details on activities and events, click here.
When: Saturday and Sunday, August 31 & September 1 ~ Noon to 5:00PM.  Click here for a schedule of events.
Where: Bass Pro Shops, 2501 Bass Pro Drive, Grapevine
Cost: FREE


:: FREE Fort Worth Cow Camp at the Stockyards
Saturday, August 31, 2013

Fort Worth’s herd cowboys will present a fun and educational demonstration about the tools, equipment and techniques used during the cattle drive era of the late 1800′s at Fort Worth Cow Camp. Children and adults will have the opportunity for hands on, interactive experiences including roping sorting, saddling, cattle drive demonstrations, and more.

Details, details
What: For more information, click here.
Saturday, August 31, 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Where: Saddle up behind the Fort Worth Livestock Exchange Building, located at 131 E. Exchange Avenue. For directions, click here. You will see the Texas longhorns and authentic Drovers and know you are in the right spot!
Cost: FREE, but donations are appreciated.


:: FREE Drawing Classes for Kids & Adults at The Modern
Sunday, September 1, 2013

The Modern Art Museum ~ Fort Worth Kids Drawing Program

FREE Drawing From the Collection classes for kids:  This fun program for children, held on the first Sunday of each month, includes two sessions ~ one for ages 5 to 8 and the other is for ages 9 to 12. Each session is led by an artist who takes participants through informal drawing exercises that relate to works in the Modern’s galleries. Children under the age of six must be accompanied by an adult during the program. Bring a sketchbook and pencils. Attendance is limited and early arrival is encouraged. A sign-up sheet is located at the information desk.

FREE Drawing From the Collection class for adults:  Learn with local artists as they lead free, informal basic drawing classes in the Modern Art Museum galleries. This class is open to adults at all skill levels. Bring a sketchbook and pencils. Registration is not required, but a sign-in sheet is available at the information desk.

Details, Details
For more information, visit the the Modern’s event website.
When: Sunday, September 1, 2013 ~ 2:00PM.
Where: The Modern in Fort Worth ~ 
3200 Darnell Street
Cost: FREE!


:: FREE Cowtown Opry Performance at The Cowtown Coliseum
Sunday, September 1, 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, September 1, 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
    Sunday, September 1, 2013

Join Williams-Sonoma for a cooking technique class on how to make quick recipes that can be prepped in advance and then heated just before serving. They’ll show you how to incorporate more vegetables into your meals with simple suppertime sandwiches, salads and other healthy options.  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.
Sunday, September 1, 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.


Have a fantastic Labor Day weekend!

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