May 23-26 FREE and Cheap Things to Do in Fort Worth Memorial Day Weekend

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This weekend’s FREE & Cheap Fort Worth entertainment roundup includes:

  • FREE Outdoor Evening Concert Series ~ Featuring Grammy-winning guitar legend, Jimmie Vaughan
  • FREE Friday Night Fireworks over Lake Grapevine
  • FREE Old Fashioned Memorial Day Veteran’s Celebration and Parade in Historic Granbury
  • FREE Neil Sperry Book Signing at Calloway’s Nursery
  • FREE Kids Art Class at the Kimbell Art Museum
  • FREE Junior Chef Class at Williams-Sonoma
  • FREE Sunday Jazz Series in Sundance Square Plaza
  • FREE Cowtown Opry Performance at The Stockyards
  • FREE Cooking Technique Class at Williams-Sonoma

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:: FREE Concert Series at the Levitt Pavilion in Arlington
Featuring Jimmie Vaughan and Other Great Artists
Friday to Sunday ~ May 23 to 25, 2014

Kick off your summer with a weekend filled with free music under the stars! The third annual Downtown Arlington Center Stage Music Festival runs May 23-25 with a true Texas original, Bob Schneider; Texas blues guitar legend, Jimmie Vaughan; and more. Opening acts will perform before each headliner, plus the Levitt will be surrounded by food and art vendors — the perfect way to start the summer!

Tip:  Be sure to bring along a lawn chair or blanket to comfortably 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.
Where:
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: Concerts start at 7PM.  See the schedule of concerts, here.
Cost: FREE Admission (food is extra).

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:: FREE Lake Grapevine Fireworks Show Summer Blast Event
 Friday, May 23, 2014 (and Every Friday through Labor Day)

See the skies light up over Lake Grapevine every Friday at the Summer Blast Fireworks Show starting at 9:30 p.m. Beginning Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, this weekly show can be viewed on the rooftop of the parking garage at Gaylord Texan Resort, as well as at parks around Lake Grapevine. For the best viewing experience, download the accompaniment music here.

Details, details
What: This event is for all ages. For more information about the fireworks show, click here.
When:
 Every Friday through Labor Day  9:30PM (weather permitting)
Where to watch: 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 Lake park. Find a map of parks around the lake here.
Cost: FREE

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:: Old Fashioned Memorial Day Veteran’s Celebration and
Parade in Historic Granbury
Saturday to Monday, May 24 to 26, 2014

Botanic Gardens

Extend a well-deserved “thank you” to America’s veterans by joining the city of Granbury for their Memorial Day Veteran’s weekend Celebration. This 3-day event will include A Veterans ceremony, an old-fashioned Memorial Day parade, arts and crafts for purchase, contests, a variety of foods from local restaurants and more.

Details, details
What: For more information about the Memorial Day Weekend Veteran’s Celebration in Granbury, click here.
When: Saturday to Monday, May 24-26, 2014.  See schedule details here.  Memorial Day Veterans Parade ~ Monday, May 26 – 10:00AM
Where: Downtown Granbury Historical Square (Shanley Park)
Cost: Attendance is FREE!

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:: FREE Neil Sperry Book Signing at Calloway’s
Saturday, May 24, 2014

Join the Calloway’s on Hulen Road for a special Book Signing event with Neil Sperry.  You’ll have the chance to meet him and buy a signed copy of his latest book,  Neil Sperry’s Lone Star Gardening. He will be happy to sign copies of his earlier books as well!

Details, details
What:
For more information about the book signing, go here.
When: Saturday, May 24, 2014 ~ 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Find other book-signing dates here.
Where: Calloway’s Nursery, 2651 South Hulen, Fort Worth.
Cost: FREE!

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:: FREE Kids Art Class at The Kimbell Art Museum
Saturday, May 24, 2014

The Kimbell Art Museum ~ Fort Worth Art Program

Families with young children are invited to drop-in, hang out, and play around with color all summer long in the Kimbell Museum’s new seasonal learning environment designed for ages 5 and younger. Summer Fun in Studio A will feature thematic “do-it-together” activities focusing on color, along with a reading nook and digital interactive station. This Saturday’s event includes art activities for little ones and mini-classes for parents. Plus, visitors will receive a special “colorific” gift.  Do note that you may want to arrive early to sign up as space is limited.  

Details, Details
What: For more info, visit the the Kimbell’s event websiteClick here for more information about monthly themes and learning activities.
When: Saturday, May 24, 2014 ~ 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  Click here for the schedule of events.
Where: The Kimbell Art Museum ~ 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd
Cost: FREE!

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:: FREE Junior Chef Cooking Class at Williams-Sonoma
Saturday, May 24, 2014

Join Williams-Sonoma’s weekly Junior Chef Class where they will show kids how fun and easy cooking can be.  They’ll learn to make delicious recipes, from main courses to desserts and snacks, with plenty of tasting along the way.  At this week’s class, kids will discover how much fun it is to make stuffed burgers plus a vegetable burger that tastes amazing. For ages 8 and up.  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 Junior Chef Cooking classes and demonstrations, click here.
When: Saturday, May 24, 2014. Note: 1 hour class times vary from store to store, so be sure to call for exact time & date.
Where: Go here to find a Williams Sonoma store near you.
Cost: FREE! Call your local store to RSVP.

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::  FREE Sunday Afternoon Jazz Series at Sundance Square
      Sunday, May 25, 2014

Stroll over to Sundance Square Plaza on Sunday for a FREE afternoon of live jazz by the Dan Cavanagh Trio.  This performance is part of the Sundance Square Plaza Sunday Jazz Series that runs through June.

Details, details
What: Learn about the Sundance Square Jazz series here.
When: Sunday, May 25, 2014 ~ 3:00 to 4:30PM
Where: 
Sundance Square Plaza in Fort Worth.  Go here to find FREE parking options.
Cost: FREE!

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:: FREE Cowtown Opry Performance at The Stockyards
Sunday, May 25, 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
What:
For more information, visit the Cowtown Opry website.
When: Sunday, May 25, 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!

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:: Take a FREE Cooking Technique Class at Williams-Sonoma
And, Get 10% OFF Your In-store Purchase!
Sunday, May 25, 2014

Join Williams-Sonoma for  a cooking technique class that shares grilling tips along with delicious recipes that you can enjoy all summer long. 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 technique classes and demonstrations, click here.
When: Sunday, May 25, 2014. Note: 1 hour class times vary from store to store, so be sure to call for exact times & date.
Where: Go here to find a Williams Sonoma store near you.
Cost: FREE! Call your local store to RSVP.

 

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