October 25 – 27 Cheap and FREE Fort Worth Entertainment Roundup

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This weekend’s highlights include:

  • FREE Trick or Treat and Fall Festival Family Events
  • FREE Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering
    at The Fort Worth Stockyards
  • FREE Pablo Picasso Birthday Celebration (and 50% OFF
    exhibit admission)
    at the Kimbell Art Museum
  • FREE Park Glen Battle of the Bands
  • Fort Worth’s Annual Boo at the Zoo
  • FREE Cowtown Opry Performance 
  • FREE Cooking Technique Class at Williams-Sonoma,
    Featuring Pie Crust Making Tips


:: FREE Trick or Treat and Fall Festival Family Events

Fall Halloween Family Festivals in Fort Worth and Dallas - Alternatives

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, and we’ve put together a short list of ideas to get you started:

• 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 26, 2:00-5:00 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. Children in costume will receive a coupon for one free Kids’ Gelato.  More details here.

• Treat Street in the Fort Worth Stockyards ~ Thursday
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 27, 3:00-5:30 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)
Pop over 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 25-27, 2013

Join the Red Steagall Cowboy gathering in the Fort Worth Stockyards to celebrate the 23rd 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 25-27.  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


:: FREE Pablo Picasso Birthday Celebration at the Kimbell Museum
Friday, October 25, 2013

The Kimbell Art Museum is rolling out the birthday fanfare to celebrate the 132nd birthday of Pablo Picasso. Visitors will enjoy complimentary birthday cookies provided by Blue Bonnet Bakery. Visitors after 5 p.m. will also enjoy half-price admission to the ticketed exhibition, The Age of Picasso and Matisse: Modern Masters from the Art Institute of Chicago, now on view at the museum.

Details, Details
What:  Learn more about the Pablo Picasso Birthday Celebration and exhibit at the Kimbell Art Museum here.
When: Friday, October 25, 2013 ~ 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Where: The Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth. For directions to the Kimbell, click here.
Cost: Enjoy FREE admission to birthday event.  Go here to learn about ticket prices and the after 5PM 50% OFF admission discounts.


:: FREE 2nd Annual Battle of the Bands in Park Glen
Saturday, October 26, 2013

Park Glen Battle of the Bands October

Enjoy a great evening of top-notch entertainment and up-and-coming talent at the annual Park Glen Battle of the Bands.  This year’s event, will feature several bands including local talent The Signals and The Sonar Lights.  Be sure to bring along a lawn chair, blanket, and picnic/snacks to enjoy the outdoor entertainment and cheer on your favorite bands.

Details, Details
What: Learn more about the Battle of the Bands family event here.
When: Saturday, October 26, 2013 ~ 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Where: Arcadia Trail Park in North Fort Worth ~ Located at Ash River Rd. & Island Park Dr.
Cost: FREE


:: Annual Fort Worth Boo at the Zoo Event
Friday to Sunday ~ October 25-27, 2013

This year’s annual Boo at the Zoo fun family event will feature shows, 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 include 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 25-27, 2013 ~ 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Cost: Boo at the Zoo is FREE with 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  Keller Parks & Recreation


:: FREE Cowtown Opry Performance at the Fort Worth Stockyards
Sunday, October 27, 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, October 27, 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, October 27, 2013

Nervous about making pie crusts? This Williams-Sonoma class is for you! They’ll take a step-by-step approach to preparing beautiful crusts: a tender and flaky standard pie crust, a sweet pie crust and a classic graham-cracker crust. You’ll also learn how to roll and blind bake crusts—just in time for holiday baking. 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
For more information, click here.
October 27, 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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