August 29-31 FREE And Cheap Fort Worth Labor Day Weekend Events Roundup

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

  • FREE ESPN College GameDay From Sundance Square
  • CHEAP Bedford Blues & BBQ Festival
  • FREE Music Under the Stars Concert Series at
    Levitt Pavilion in Arlington
  • FREE Outdoor Live Music Series at West 7th
  • FREE Friday Night Fireworks over Lake Grapevine
  • FREE Sustainable Landscapes How To Class at River Legacy Living Science Center in Arlington
  • FREE Kids Art Class at The Kimbell Art Museum
  • FREE Outdoor Family Event at Bass Pro Shops
  • FREE Cowtown Opry Performance at The Stockyards


::  FREE ESPN College GameDay, Live From Sundance Square
      Friday and Saturday, August 29 & 30, 2014

ESPN will begin and end its coverage of this year’s college football season from Sundance Square Plaza, bringing its hugely popular College GameDay broadcast to downtown Fort Worth, broadcast live from Sundance Square Plaza!

Details, details
What: Learn more about the ESPN College GameDay Broadcast from Sundance Square here.  
: Friday, August 29 – 8AM-2PM — SportsCenter segments, 8AM & College Football Live, 1:30PM
Saturday, August 30 – 8AM-11AM  — ESPN College Gameday
Check back here for additional details or time updates.
Sundance Square Plaza in Fort Worth.  Go here to find FREE parking options.
Cost: FREE!


:: Bedford Blues & BBQ Labor Day Weekend Festival
Friday to Sunday, August 29 to 31

Bedford Blues BBQ 2014

Music lovers with an appetite for rich “blues” and mouth-watering barbecue will find the 2014 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 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 29 to 31
Go here for the complete schedule.
Cost: $7 online and $10 at the gate.  There is a $15 weekend pass sold online  also.  Go here to find parking for as cheap as $7


:: FREE Concert Series at the Levitt Pavilion in Arlington
with Brave Combo, Ambrosia, Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis
Friday to Sunday ~ August 29 to 31, 2014

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 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.
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 8PM.  See the schedule of concerts, here.
Cost: FREE Admission (food is extra).


:: FREE Outdoor Live Music Series at West 7th
 Friday and Saturday, August 29 & 30, 2014

Enjoy live music from several local favorites in West 7th’s Crockett Square.  Friday evening’s lineup features guitarist Deanna Valone and Saturday evening’s set features The Brehms.

Details, details
What: For more information about the West 7th music series, including details on future lineup dates, go here.
When:  August 29 and 30, 2014 ~ 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Where: West 7th’s Crocket Square – click here for directions.
Cost: FREE


:: FREE Lake Grapevine Fireworks Show Summer Blast Event
 Friday, August 29, 2014 (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.   For the best viewing experience, download the accompaniment music here.

Details, details
What: For more information about the fireworks show, click here.
Friday, August 29, 2014 (last weekend of Fireworks)
Fireworks begin at 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


:: FREE Sustainable Landscapes with Native Plants Class
at River Legacy
 Living Science Center in Arlington
Saturday, August 29, 2014

Learn how to create a healthy habitat in your yard using native plants during this adult workshop led by Gailon Hardin of the Native Plant Society of Texas, at River Legacy Living Science Center. It’s free, but space is limited. RSVP to 817.860.6752.

Details, details
What: To find out more about the FREE  seminar, go here.
Where: River Legacy Living Science Center, 703 NW Green Oaks Boulevard (at the intersection of N. Cooper Street and Green Oaks) in Arlington.
When: Saturday, August 29, 2014, 10:00am
Cost: FREE, but donations are appreciated and space is limited.


:: FREE Kids Art Class at The Kimbell Art Museum
Saturday, August 30, 2014

The Kimbell Art Museum ~ Fort Worth Art Program

The Kimbell Kids drop-in program introduces children (ages 12 and under) and their adult companions to fun and inspiring ways to enjoy art together. Each session features a brief gallery activity and a related studio-art project. Sign up at the entrance to the education studios in the Renzo Piano Pavilion one hour before the program. Do note that you may want to arrive early to sign up as space is very limited.

Details, Details
What: For more information, visit the the Kimbell’s event site.
When: Saturday, August 30, 2014 ~ 1:00 PM to 1:45 PM
Where: The Kimbell Art Museum ~  3333 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth.
Cost: FREE!


:: FREE Family Fun ~ Hometown Festival at Bass Pro Shops
Saturday to Sunday, August 30 to 31, 2014

This weekend, bring your family to Bass Pro Shops’ FREE Hometown Festival Family Fun Weekend Event. There will be FREE face painting, games, food, crafts, outdoor activities, contests and more!  Saturday from 2-4pm, there will even be giveaway drawings for our hometown heroes including a $50 store gift card, a YETI cooler, and Maui Jim sunglasses (must show a valid ID to participate in the drawing — teachers, military, police, firefighters, and paramedics qualify).

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 30 to 31 ~ Noon to 5:00PM.  Click here for a schedule of events.
Where: Bass Pro Shops, 2501 Bass Pro Drive, Grapevine
Cost: FREE


:: FREE Cowtown Opry Performance at The Stockyards
Sunday, August 31, 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, August 31, 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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