October 17-19 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 Harvest Moon Festival in Granbury
  • Fun! Texas State Fair at a Discount — Last Weekend!
  • FREE Inaugural Faces of Impressionism Lectures and Symposia at The Kimbell Art Museum
  • FREE Butterfly Flutterby Festival and Parade
  • FREE Nash Farm Fall Round-up in Grapevine
  • FREE Sunset Concert in the Park in Grapevine
  • FREE Outdoor “Beatles” Concert  in Southlake
  • FREE Vaquero: Genesis of the Texas Cowboy Exhibit
  • FREE Junior Chef Cooking Class at Williams-Sonoma
  • FREE D.I.Y. Fire Alarm Installation & Safety Class
  • FREE Cowtown Opry Performance at The Stockyards
  • FREE Holiday Entertaining Class at Pottery Barn


:: Granbury Harvest Moon Art & Hot Air Balloon Festival
Friday to Sunday, October 17-19, 2014

Granbury Harvest Moon and Hot Air Balloon Festival

Granbury Harvest Moon Festival of the Arts will feature a nationally juried fine art and contemporary crafts show in conjunction with Granbury’s FIRST Hot Air Balloon Festival!   With changing leaves and crisp cool air, it’s the perfect time for families to enjoy the harvest season!

Details, Details
What: For more information about Granbury’s Harvest Moon and Balloon festivals, click here.
When: Hot Air Balloon Festivities takes place October 17-19. The art festival runs October 18-19.  Learn more about both events here.
Where: Granbury Town Square, on the corner of Pearl and Crockett streets.   Hot air balloons will launch from Granbury’s airport
Cost: FREE!


:: Enjoy a Day at the Texas State Fair ~ Last Weekend!
Now through October 19, 2014

This is the last weekend of the 2014 State Fair of Texas entertainment extravaganza, 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: Now through October 19, 2014
Cost: Go here to learn how to get FREE or cheap discount tickets.


:: FREE Inaugural Faces of Impressionism: Portraits from the Musée d’Orsay Lectures and Symposia at Kimbell Art Museum
Saturday, October 18, 2014

The Kimbell Art Museum ~ Fort Worth Art Program

Inaugural lectures, panel discussions, and daylong symposia featuring leading experts from all over the world launch the opening day of the Kimbell’s special exhibit:  Faces of Impressionism: Portraits from the Musée d’Orsay.   This event is free, but seating is limited.

Details, Details
What: For more information, visit the the Kimbell’s event site.
When: Saturday, October 18, 2014 ~ Program will run from 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. with an intermission between the two sessions. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. for the morning session and 1:30 p.m. for the afternoon session.
Where: The Kimbell Art Museum ~  3333 Camp Bowie Blvd
Cost: Inaugral event is FREE!  Learn about exhibit admission here.


:: FREE Butterfly Flutterby Family Festival and Parade
Saturday, October 18, 2014

Grapevine Butterfly Festival

Bring the entire family to celebrate the migration of the monarch butterfly from Canada to Mexico by way of Grapevine. The 17th Annual Butterfly Flutterby is a free, family-friendly event held at the Grapevine Botanical Gardens.

The day begins with a Butterfly Costume Parade that starts at East Wall and Jenkins Streets. After the parade, participate in butterfly crafts, butterfly exhibits, the Migration Station, interactive games, a scavenger hunt, face painting and other activities in the Botanical Gardens. Butterfly Releases will take place at 10:45 a.m., 11:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in the Grapevine Botanical Gardens.

Details, Details
Learn more about the Butteryfly Flutteryby Festival here.
When: Saturday, October 18, 2014 ~ 10:00AM to 2:00PM
Where: Grapevine Botanical Gardens, 411 Ball Street.  Download the Butterfly Flutterby Parade Map here. 
Cost: FREE!


:: FREE Nash Farm Fall Round-up in Grapevine
    Saturday, October 18, 2014

Get a taste of farm life just steps away from the heart of the city. Historic Nash Farm in Grapevine is hosting a FREE Fall Family Fun Round-up and Harvest Festival! There will be a full day of activities for all, including kitchen gardening, live music, farm animals, blacksmith and wood carving demonstrations, cotton picking, heritage toys, heritage games, wood-burning stove cooking demonstrations, petting zoo and more. Concessions will be available for purchase at the event.

Details, details
For more information about the fall family event, go here.
Saturday, October 18, 2014, 10:00AM to 2:00PM
Where: Nash Farm ~ 626 Ball Street ~ near Historic Downtown Grapevine. Free Parking is available 1 Block west of Nash Farm at Cannon Elementary or at the Botanical Gardens and Homestead Dr.
Cost: Admission is FREE but some activities require a participation fee. Donations are appreciated and benefit Heritage Education Programs at Nash Far.


:: FREE Sunset Concert at the Grapevine Botanical Gardens
Saturday, October 18, 2014

Enjoy a relaxing evening of music entertainment by Midnight River Choir and the surroundings of the beautiful Botanical Gardens in Grapevine. Bring a blanket or chair and your own refreshments (no pets, glass or alcohol).

Details, Details
Find out more information from Grapevine Parks and
Recreation, here.
When: Saturday, October 18, 2014 ~ 7:00-9:00PM
Where: Grapevine Botanical Gardens at Heritage Park, 411 Ball St.
Cost: FREE!




:: 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 Junior Chef Cooking Class at Williams-Sonoma
….Saturday, October 18, 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 learn how to make delicious pumpkin treats to share with family and friends. Suitable for ages 9-13. 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, October 18, 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.


:: FREE Fire Safety Class at Home Depot
Saturday, October 18, 2014

This Saturday, join Home Depot for a D.I.Y. Workshop focused on fire safety.  In this class you will learn how to correctly install a CO2/Fire alarm detector as well as develop a family emergency plan.

Details, details
What: Get more information about the workshop, here.
When: Saturday, October 18, 2014 ~ 10:00AM
Where: Home Depot Home Improvement Stores. To find a participating location, click here.
Cost: FREE!


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


:: FREE Thanksgiving Entertaining Class at Pottery Barn
    Sunday, October 19, 2014

Get new ideas for entertaining for the holidays!
Join Pottery Barn for a fun in-store class, where they will share helpful tips for entertaining with style. This week’s class covers all the basics of holiday entertaining ~ from Thanksgiving dinner to a casual buffet for a party.

Details, details
What: For more information, click here.
Sunday, October 19 ~ Times vary by store, so be sure to call.
Where: Click here to find a Pottery Barn store near you.


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