January 17-19 FREE Fort Worth Weekend Events — 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! 2014 Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo
  • FREE Plein Air in the Plaza Live Artist Event in Grapevine
  • FREE Garden Seminar at Calloway’s Nursery
  • FREE Home Decorating Class at Pottery Barn
  • FREE Cowtown Opry Performance at the Stockyards
  • FREE Williams Sonoma Cooking Technique Classes for Kids and Adults


:: FREE 2014 Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo All Western Parade
Saturday, January 18, 2014

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 2014 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 lots of cowboys!

Details, details
Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 11:00AM
Where: The parade starts in front of the Tarrant County Courthouse (Downtown at Weatherford and Main Streets), turns right on Main towards the Convention Center, and loops back to the Courthouse on Houston St.  Click here to view the new 2014 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!  You can choose pay to secure reserved seats on the new Sundance Square Plaza ~ learn more here.


:: 2014 Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo Starts Today!
Opens Friday, January 17 and runs through February 8, 2014


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 2014 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 17 through February 8.  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 Plein Air in the Plaza Live Artist Event in Grapevine
Saturday, January 18, 2014

Come see artists at work in the historic house museums of Grapevine. Artists will be working all morning to sketch and create images of various scenes around Grapevine.

Details, details
What: For more information, go here.
When: Saturday, January 18, 2014, 8:00AM to 12:00PM
Where: Ted R. Ware Plaza ~ 208 W. Hudgins in Grapevine
Cost: FREE


:: FREE Calloway’s Attracting Birds to Your Garden Seminar
Saturday, January 18, 2014

Calloway's  Garden Seminar Event

Create a backyard haven for birds and beneficial wildlife. Learn how to attract particular species of birds by providing the correct bird foods, housing and environmental conditions at this free seminar offered by Calloway’s.

Details, details
 For more information about Calloway’s gardening event, go here
 Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 10:15AM
Where: All Calloway’s locations. Click here to find one near you.
Cost: FREE!


:: FREE Pottery Barn Class ~ Decorating With Window Treatments 
Sunday, January 19, 2014

Join Pottery Barn for an in-store class, where they will share helpful tips for selecting  window treatments and accessorizing with the right drapery hardware.  You’ll walk away with the know-how to update any window or room in your home.

Details, details
What: For more information, go to Pottery Barn’s store event site.
Class takes place January 19, 2014. 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 19, 2014

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 19, 2014, 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 19, 2014

Join Williams-Sonoma for two classes: Saturday’s class is for kids and will teach juicing basics.  Sunday’s adult class will also focus on making fresh homemade juice packed with vitamins and nutrients ~ a healthy way to start the day and makes a wholesome afternoon pick-me-up. In this class, they’ll show you how easy it is to create fruit and vegetable juices at home.

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 19,  2014. 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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