September 27-29 Cheap and FREE Fort Worth Entertainment Roundup | Frugal & Fun Weekend Events Edition

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This weekend’s highlights include:

  • FREE Smithsonian’s Museum Day Live ~ Get 2 FREE tickets to a long list of museums in DFW and other world-class cultural institutions around the country.
  • FREE Entrance to Fort Worth’s Top Museums at Day in the District ~ Enjoy free  admission and family events at 10 destinations throughout the Cultural District.
  • Fun! Texas State Fair at a Discount ~ Pop over to Dallas for the Grand Opening weekend of the annual State Fair.
  • FREE Admission to All National Parks ~ Enjoy all national parks on National Public Lands Day for FREE.
  • FREE South St. Art Festival in Arlington ~ showcasing 75 juried artists  and a full schedule of  live music.
  • FREE Fall Concert Series at the Levitt Pavilion in Arlington ~ Featuring performances by Ronnie Milsap, Deryl Dodd, and more
  • FREE Rock the Park Family Event in Keller ~A fun & FREE event for the entire family.
  • FREE Autumn Container Gardening Class at Calloway’s ~ Combine classic harvest elements to decorate your home and garden.
  • FREE Cowtown Opry Performance  ~ Enjoy vintage and contemporary western music in the Fort Worth Stockyards.


:: FREE Entrance to Local Museums and Cultural Centers
Saturday, September 28, 2013

Smithsonian Museum Day ~ Fort Worth

Museum Day Live is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day Ticket…for FREE. You do need to sign up to get your 2 free tickets ahead of time, here.

Local museums offering FREE entrance on Saturday include:

Details, details
What: Learn more about National Museums Day, here.  To get your free tickets (limited to 2 tickets), go here.
Where: Find participating museum locations around the country, here.
When: Saturday, September 28, 2013
Cost: FREE with museum tickets.


:: FREE Admission To Fort Worth Museums and
Cultural District Destinations At Day In The District
Saturday, September 28, 2013

Day in the Cultural District Fort Worth logo

Fort Worth’s cultural side will shine during its annual Day in the District open-house event ~ Saturday, September 28th. Ten museum and cultural district destinations will offer FREE admission AND FREE family friendly performances, activities, and other special events throughout the day. Free destinations include:

  1. Amon Carter Museum
  2. Kimbell Art Museum
  3. Fort Worth Botanic Garden 
  4. Fort Worth Museum of Science and History 
  5. National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame
  6. Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
  7. Log Cabin Village
  8. Fort Worth Community Arts Center
  9. Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT)
  10. Cattle Raisers Museum

Details, details
What: Learn more about the 10 participating venues here.  For the complete schedule of special programs and events at each location, click here .
Where: For a map and venue location details, go here.
Saturday, September 28, 2013 ~ 10:00am to 5:00pm
Cost: FREE all day. Go here to learn about free parking and  transportation by The T.


:: Enjoy a Day in Dallas at the Texas State Fair
Now through October 20, 2013

This is the grand opening weekend of the month-long State Fair of Texas entertainment extravaganza in Dallas, and you can attend for FREE or cheap (learn how here). The Texas State Fair runs now through October 20th and covers just about every area of interest. There are literally hundreds of entertainment choices and music performances throughout the month including many well-known names. There is something for everyone!

Details, details
What: Check out daily line up of concerts herethe list of celebrity chef demonstrations here, and the full schedule of events here.
Where: Fair Park, 3921 Martin Luther King Blvd ~ Dallas, TX
When: Daily, now through October 20, 2013
Cost: Go here to learn how to get FREE or cheap discount tickets.


:: FREE Admission to All National Parks
Saturday, September 28, 2013

This Saturday, the National Parks are offering FREE entrance in honor of National Public Lands Day. As part of the celebration, you can enjoy any of our almost 400 National Parks for FREE. Do note that not all national parks charge fees, but those that do will waive their costs these days (for example, $20 a car at Big Bend or $25 a car + $12/person at Yellowstone ). There is a long list of participating locations within a drivable distance of Fort Worth, here.

Details, details
What: Go here to learn more about this national event
Where: For a list of participating national parks in Texas, go here.
Saturday, September 28, 2013
Cost: FREE at all locations!


:: FREE South St. Art Festival in Downtown Arlington
Friday to Sunday, September 27-29, 2013

This weekend, launches the 1st Annual South St. Art Festival in Downtown Arlington.  The festival showcases 75 of the nation’s finest artists at this juried art show.  You’ll also find savory food, live concerts, performance artists, and more!

Details, details
What:  Learn more about South St. Art Festival here.
Where:  East South St. in Downtown Arlington.  The main entrance to this festival is on Mesquite St. with other entrances at Elm St. off of Border St., Elm St. off of Abram St., and East St. off of Border St.
When: September 27-29, 2013.  See the full schedule here.
Cost:  FREE!


:: FREE Concert Series at the Levitt Pavilion in Arlington
Friday through Sunday ~ September 27-29

Join your family and friends for an evening of FREE music 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: Grammy-winning country/crossover master Ronnie Milsap, country artist Deryl Dodd & the Homesick Cowboys, and bluesy favorite Mingo Fishtrap.

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 to Sunday.  See complete schedule of concerts, here.
Cost: FREE admission (food is extra).


:: Keller Rock the Park Outdoor Festival
Saturday, September 28, 2013

The City of Keller is hosting a fun family friendly celebration this Saturday at Bear Creek Park. There will be plenty of live entertainment for all ages including bounce houses, a petting zoo, climbing wall, food trucks, fireworks and much more. Make sure to bring your blanket or lawn chairs to enjoy your favorite music.

Details, details
What: For more info, go to the Keller Rock the Park website.
When: Saturday, September 28, 2013 ~ View the schedule of events here.
Where: Keller ~ Bear Creek Park, 1100 Bear Creek Parkway


:: Attend a FREE Fall Container Gardening Class at Calloway’s
Saturday, September 28, 2013

This Saturday, Calloway’s Nursery is hosting a FREE class focused on combining classic harvest elements to decorate your Texas home and garden. You’ll discover how to combine old favorites and a number of brand new plants into gorgeous container gardens. The event is FREE and open to the public.

Details, details
What: For more info about Calloway’s and this event, click here.
When: Saturday, September 28, 2013 ~ 10:15am.
Where: Any Calloway’s store location in DFW. Find a store near you, here.
Cost: FREE!


:: FREE Cowtown Opry Performance at the Fort Worth Stockyards
Sunday, September 29, 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 29, 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!


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