May 22-24 FREE and Cheap Things to Do in Fort Worth This Memorial Day Weekend

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

  • FREE Arlington Center Stage Outdoor Music Festival
  • FREE Friday Night Fireworks over Lake Grapevine
  • FREE Texas Guitar Legends Outdoor Concert & Family Fun Event in North Richland Hills
  • FREE 1950s Themed Festival and Memorial Day Ceremony in Historic Granbury
  • FREE Exercise and Recreation Classes at The Trailhead — Rock climbing, Express Barre, Social Run, and more!
  • FREE Star Gazing Party at the Science & History Museum
  • FREE Kids Art Class at the Kimbell Art Museum
  • FREE Saturday Morning Yoga Class at Sundance Square
  • FREE Junior Chef Class at Williams-Sonoma
  • FREE Outdoor Family Event at Bass Pro Shops
  • FREE Admission to the Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth
  • FREE Cowtown Opry Performance at The Stockyards
  • FREE Cooking Technique Class at Williams-Sonoma

:: FREE Concert Series at the Levitt Pavilion in Arlington
Featuring Charlie Robison, Bri Bagwell, Hayes Carll, & more
Friday to Sunday, May 22 to 24, 2015

Kick off your summer with a weekend filled with free music under the stars! The fourth annual Downtown Arlington Center Stage Music Festival runs May 22-24 and features a fantastic list of some of the best music talent in Texas!  The festival also features artists and great food from gourmet food trucks! 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 Arlington Center Stage Music Festival and the performance 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: See the schedule of evening concerts, here.
Cost: FREE Admission (food is extra).

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:: FREE Lake Grapevine Fireworks Show Summer Blast Event
 Friday, May 22, 2015 (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 tonight and running Fridays through Labor Day weekend, this weekly show can be viewed on the rooftop of the parking garage at the Gaylord Texan, as well as at parks around Lake Grapevine. For the best viewing experience, download the accompaniment music here.

Details, details
What: 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 park. Find a map of parks around the lake here.
Cost: FREE

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:: FREE Texas Guitar Legends — James Hinkle, Buddy Whittington, &
Jason Elmore — 
Outdoor Concert & Family Event, NRH
Friday, May 22, 2015

The City of North Richland Hills 2015 Sounds of Spring Concert Series kicks off with the area’s best bands taking the stage at the NRH Plaza — Friday evenings in April and May. Bring your friends and family out for fun, great music and relaxation under the stars this Spring!  Tonight’s show (rain or shine) offers a fun concert featuring Texas Guitar Legends, James Hinkle, Buddy Whittington, & Jason Elmore. This free family event also includes a kid zone with games and crafts for the kids, as well as food you can buy from a variety of gourmet food trucks.  Seating for the concert is on the lawn, so don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs or picnic blankets.

Details, details
What:
For more information about this City of North Richland Hills sponsored music event, go here.
When:
Friday, May 22 ~ Gates open at 6:00pm. Concert starts at 7:00pm.
Where: The Sounds of Spring Concert series takes place at the North Richland Hills Centre Events Plaza, 6000 Hawk Avenue, between the NRH Centre and the Public Library.  In case of inclement weather, the concert will move indoors to the Grand Hall at the same address,
Cost: FREE!

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:: Cruisin’ Granbury Festival and Memorial Day Ceremony
Saturday to Monday, May 23 to 25, 2015

Botanic Gardens

Granbury will kick off summer this Memorial Day Weekend in 50s style! The Historic Granbury Merchants Association presents Cruisin’ Granbury, a festival dedicated to the era of cool cars and rock and roll. May 23-25, visitors will enjoy dancing, lots of vendors, hot rods, and yes, even an Elvis tribute competition Saturday and finals on Sunday!  And on Monday, extend a well-deserved “thank you” to America’s veterans by joining the city of Granbury for their Memorial Day Veteran’s weekend ceremony.

Details, details
What: For more information about the Memorial Day Weekend event in historic Granbury, click here.
When: Saturday to Monday, May 23-25, 2015.  See schedule details here.
Where: Downtown Granbury’s Historical Square
Cost: Attendance is FREE!

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:: FREE Saturday Outdoor Exercise Classes at The Trailhead
in Clearfork on Fort Worth’s Trinity Trails
Saturday, May 23, 2015

Plan to stop by The Trailhead this Saturday for a free exercise class! Beautifully located on the riverfront of the Trinity Trails, in Fort Worth’s new Clearfork development, The Trailhead will offer free to the community outdoor exercise classes and other recreational activities on Saturdays during the fall and spring seasons.  This Saturday’s schedule includes a social run with Luke’s Locker, Rock Climbing, StrollerStrides, Interval Workout, Express Barre and more!

Details, details
What:  See the list of available classes here.  Learn more about The Trailhead and future Saturday exercise classes here.
When: Saturday, May 23 (weather permitting) Classes begin at 8:00 and run hourly until noon. See the full schedule of classes here.
Where: Located on the riverfront of the Trinity Trails within Clearfork,
The Trailhead has a direct connection to the 40-miles of hike-and-bike trails.
Click here for directions.
Cost: FREE

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:: FREE Star Gazing Party at the Noble Planetarium
Saturday, May 23, 2015

Join the Noble Planetarium staff and members of the Fort Worth Astronomical Society for free monthly Star Parties. You’ll find plenty of telescopes for viewing and even more astronomy buffs to help you navigate your way through the skies. Star Parties are held once a month in the Museum’s South Parking Lot.

Details, details
What: For more info about Noble Planetarium’s Star Parties, click here.
When: Saturday, May 23 ~ begins at dusk (weather permitting) until 10:30PM
Where: In the parking lot, just south of the Science & History Museum at the corner of Montgomery and Harley. Click here for directions.  Note, parking is available in the lot south of Harley Street.
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.

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:: FREE Kids Art Class at The Kimbell Art Museum
Saturday, May 23, 2015

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, May 23, 2015 ~ 1:00 PM to 1:45 PM
Where: The Kimbell Art Museum ~  3333 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth.
Cost: FREE!

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::  FREE Saturday Morning Yoga in Sundance Square
      Saturday, May 23, 2015

Start your Saturday morning with a free Yoga class at the Sundance Square Plaza.  Classes will take place every other Saturday, through September and will be presented by Sundance Square and Amon G. Carter, Jr. Downtown YMCA.  All levels are welcome!

Details, details
What: Learn more about free Yoga at Sundance Square, here.
When
: Saturday, May 23, 2015 ~ 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Where: 
Sundance Square Plaza in Fort Worth.  Go here to find FREE parking options.
Cost: FREE!

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:: FREE Junior Chef Cooking Class at Williams-Sonoma
Saturday, May 23, 2015

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, they’ll help kids discover how easy it is to create unique ice cream flavors with just a few ingredients and easy techniques. Suitable for ages 5 –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, May 23, 2015. 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 Family Outdoor Adventure Event at Bass Pro Shops
    Saturday and Sunday, May 23 & 24, 2015

This weekend, bring your family to Bass Pro Shops’ FREE Outdoor Event for families. There will be FREE seminars, demonstrations, fishing at the pond, giveaways, and more!  Take a look at the schedule of events here.

Details, details
What:
For more details on activities and events, click here.
When:
Saturday and Sunday, May 23 & 24 ~ 11:00am to 5:00pm
Where: Bass Pro Shops, 2501 Bass Pro Drive, Grapevine
Cost: FREE

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:: FREE Admission to the Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth
Sunday, May 24, 2015

Visitors to the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth can now receive free admission to the museum’s permanent collection and exhibitions on all Sundays in 2015!

Details, details
What: Learn more about free Admission at The Modern here.
When: Sundays in 2015
Where: Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth3200 Darnell Street
Cost: FREE!

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:: FREE Cowtown Opry Performance at The Stockyards
Sunday, May 24, 2015

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 24, 2015, 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 24, 2015

Join Williams-Sonoma for  a cooking technique class that focuses on outdoor grilling. In this weekend’s in-store technique class, they’ll cover grilling basics (including classic barbecued chicken) and show you how to give meat a flavor boost with spicy sauces. 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 24, 2015. 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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