October 3-5 FREE And Cheap Things To Do Around Fort Worth This Weekend

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

  • FREE Southlake Octoberfest Family Fun Event
  • Fun! Texas State Fair at a Discount
  • FREE Fall Festival for Families at Calloway’s
  • FREE Noble Planetarium’s Star Gazing Party at Bob Eden Park in Euless
  • FREE Animal Exploration Program at River Legacy
  • FREE Kids Art Class at The Kimbell Art Museum
  • FREE Museum Admission at Fort Worth
    Science and History Museum & Perot Museum
  • FREE Walking Town Hall with Mayor Betsy Price
  • FREE Nasher Sculpture Center’s First
    Saturdays Family Fun Day (In Dallas)
  • FREE Vaquero: Genesis of the Texas Cowboy Exhibit
  • FREE Woodworking Kids Clinics at Home Depot
  • FREE Drawing Classes at The Modern Art Museum
  • FREE Cowtown Opry Performance at The Stockyards


:: FREE 13th Annual Octoberfest in Southlake
Friday to Sunday, October 3-5, 2014

Southlake Octoberfest

Spend this first weekend of October at Southlake Town Square enjoying some of the area’s greatest talents at the Chamber of Commerce sponsored 13th Annual Octoberfest.  This 3-day event provides a lengthy list of entertainment, art booths, food and fun — see the event and entertainment schedule here.

Details, Details
 Learn more about the Southlake Octoberfest and the entertainment line-up here.
When: Friday-Sunday, October 3-5, 2014
Where: Southlake Town Square – Main St. @ Southlake Blvd. (F.M. 1709)
Cost: FREE!


:: Enjoy a Day in Dallas at the Texas State Fair
Now through October 19, 2014

This is the second 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 19th 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: Get links to entertainment schedules, discount ticket details and more State Fair of Texas scoop here.
Where: Fair Park, 3921 Martin Luther King Blvd ~ Dallas, TX
When: Daily, now through October 19, 2014
Cost: Go here to learn how to get FREE or cheap discount tickets.


:: FREE Calloway’s Nursery Fall Harvest Family Festival
Saturday, October 4, 2014

Calloway’s Nursery is hosting a FREE Fall Harvest Festival for Families! There will be fun for all including free pumpkin decorating crafts for kids, a free fall landscaping seminar for adults, refreshments, and more! Don’t forget to bring your camera, as this will be a great spot to take pictures of the kids.

Details, details
 For more information about Calloway’s fall festival, go here.
Saturday, October 4, 2014, beginning at 9:00AM
Where: All Calloway’s locations. Click here to find one near you.
Cost: FREE!


:: FREE ~ Star Gazing Party at the Noble Planetarium
Saturday, October 4, 2014

Join the Noble Planetarium staff for a FREE Star Gazing party Saturday night at Stars over Euless in Bob Eden Park. You will find plenty of telescopes for viewing and lots of experts available to help you and your family navigate your way through the skies.

Details, details
What: For more info about the star party, click here.
When: Saturday, October 4 ~ begins at dusk (weather permitting)
Where:  Bob Eden Park in Euless
Cost: FREE

P.S. Noble Planetarium recommends a wonderful & FREE resource for star-gazing from the comfort of your backyard. If you would like a fun way to navigate the night sky, visit this link.


:: FREE Animal Exploration Program at River Legacy
Living Science Center in Arlington
Saturday, October 4, 2014

Discover the habits and adaptations of one of River Legacy’s native animals during a live animal observation with a Naturalist at River Legacy Living Science Center. RSVP to 817.860.6752.

Details, details
 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, October 4, 2014 ~ 2:00pm
Cost: FREE, but donations are appreciated and space is limited.


:: FREE Kids Art Class at The Kimbell Art Museum
Saturday, October 4, 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, October 4, 2014 ~ 1:00 PM to 1:45 PM
Where: The Kimbell Art Museum ~  3333 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth.
Cost: FREE!



:: Bank of America Cardholders: Take advantage of FREE
ADMISSION to the Fort Worth Museum of Science &
History and the Perot Museum in Dallas

Saturday and Sunday, October 4 & 5, 2014

Bank of America’s 2014 national program, Museums On Us offers FREE admission, the first full weekend of every month, to 150+ participating museums throughout the country. In DFW, this FREE Admission program takes place this weekend at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History and in Dallas at The Perot Museum of Nature & Science.

Details, details
To learn more about the Museums On Us program, go here.
How: Show a photo ID and any Bank of America Card to get FREE admission for each Bank of America Card Holder.
Where: The Fort Worth Science & History Museum is located at 1600 Gendy St. (corner of Montgomery and Burnett Tandy). The Perot Museum can be found at 2201 N. Field Street in Dallas.
When: Saturday and Sunday, October 4 & 5, 2014
Cost: FREE to Bank of America Cardholders


:: FREE Walking Town Hall with Mayor Betsy Price
Saturday, October 4, 2014

Mayor Betsy is taking to the sidewalks for Walking Town Halls. Put on some walking shoes and bring your ideas for a casual stroll and an active conversation about your community.

Details, details
What: Learn more about Town Halls for All here.
Highland Hills Recreation Center,
1600 Glasgow Road
When: Saturday, October 4, 2014 ~ 10:00am
Cost: FREE!


:: Take an “Art-Full” Trek to Dallas to the Nasher Sculpture
Center’s First Saturdays Family Fun Day.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Nasher Sculpture Center, First Saturdays
Nasher Sculpture Center, First Saturdays    Nasher Sculpture Center, First Saturdays    Nasher Sculpture Center, First Saturdays

The Nasher Sculpture Center and Target present First Saturdays for families ~ bring the kids and enjoy free admission and fun family programming on the first Saturday of every month. Target First Saturdays are designed especially for children in preschool to elementary school and feature a lineup of activities that encourage creative thought through a monthly “Big Idea.” Children can engage in art projects and experience creativity in action through scavenger hunts, performances, storytime and more.

Details, details
For details, including a complete schedule, click here.
Saturday, October 4. FREE admission: 10 am – 5 pm
Family Tours hourly from 10:15 am – 12:15 pm
Where: For directions to Nasher Sculpture Center, click here.


:: FREE Vaquero: Genesis of the Texas Cowboy Exhibit
at Fort Worth’s Central Library

Now through October 20, 2014

Fort Worth Library Vaquero Exhibit

Fort Worth’s Central Library presents the exhibition, Vaquero: Genesis of the Texas Cowboy, now through October 20, 2014. The collection of more than 100 photos and artifacts explores the centuries‐old vaquero (cowboy) tradition of northern Mexico.

Exhibit highlights: Photographs from the Bill Wittliff Collection, the original model of Vaquero de Fort Worth statue (commemorates the vaqueros’ contribution to Fort Worth history), and artifacts including tools, clothing, hand‐tooled saddles, and more.

Details, details
What: For more information about the exhibit, click here.
When: The exhibit is available to enjoy through October 20, 2014 during normal Central Library hours of operation.
Where: The downtown Fort Worth Central Library gallery, 500 W. 3rd St. You can park on the street or in the 3rd St. & Taylor Parking Garage.  The parking garage and parking meters are FREE on weekends.
Cost: FREE, no ticket required.


:: FREE ~ Home Depot ~ Build. Learn. Create. Kids Workshop
Saturday, October 4, 2014

This Saturday, bring your child to Home Depot’s Kids Workshop to help them learn a new woodworking skill and build their very own EMS Truck (in honor of Fire Safety Month) to take home. Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills, tool safety and instill a sense of pride and accomplishment.  All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin.  All workshops are free, but you should probably show up early to insure you have a kit for your little ones.

Details, details
What: For ages 5-12. Get more information about the workshop, here. When: Saturday, October 4, 2014 ~ 9:00AM to Noon
Where: Home Depot Home Improvement Stores. To find a participating location, click here.
Cost: FREE!


:: FREE Drawing Classes for Kids & Adults at The Modern
Sunday, October 5, 2014

The Modern Art Museum ~ Fort Worth Kids Drawing Program

FREE Drawing From the Collection classes for kids:  Two sessions of this free program for children are offered, one for ages 5 to 8 and one for ages 9 to 12. Each session is led by an artist who takes participants through informal drawing exercises that relate to works in the Modern’s galleries. Children under the age of six must be accompanied by an adult during the program. Bring a sketchbook and pencils. Attendance is limited; early arrival is encouraged. A sign-up sheet can be found at the information desk.

FREE Drawing From the Collection class for adults:  Learn with local artists as they lead free, informal basic drawing classes in the galleries. This class is open to adults at all skill levels. Bring a sketchbook and pencils. Registration is not required, but a sign-in sheet is available at the information desk

Details, Details
For more information, visit the the Modern’s event website.
When: Sunday, October 5, 2014 ~ 2:00PM.
Where: The Modern in Fort Worth ~ 
3200 Darnell Street
Cost: FREE!


:: FREE Cowtown Opry Performance at The Stockyards
Sunday, October 5, 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, October 5, 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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