July 24-26 FREE and Cheap Things to Do in Fort Worth This Weekend


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

  • FREE National Day of the American Cowboy Event at the Fort Worth Stockyards
  • FREE Friday Night Fireworks over Lake Grapevine
  • FREE Art of Beadweaving Craft Workshop at the Amon Carter Museum
  • FREE Bike Ride Through the Naval Air Station & Joint Reserve Base With Fort Worth Mayor Becky Price
  • FREE Samuel F. B. Morse’s Gallery of the Louvre  Special Exhibition Tour at the Amon Carter
  • FREE Saturday Morning Zumba Class at Sundance Square
  • FREE Kids Art Class at The Kimbell Art Museum
  • FREE Junior Chef Class at Williams-Sonoma
  • FREE Introduction to Fly Fishing at Cabelas in Fort Worth
  • FREE Lowe’s Woodworking Workshop for Kids
  • FREE Kids Fishing 101 Event at Bass Pro in Grapevine
  • FREE Sunday Funday at Panther Island
  • FREE Admission to The Modern Art Museum
  • FREE Cowtown Opry Performance at The Stockyards
  • FREE Cooking Technique Class at Williams-Sonoma

:: FREE! National Day of the American Cowboy Family Event
at the Fort Worth Stockyards

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Celebrate the history and heritage of life as a cowboy at the National Day of The American Cowboy (NDAC). Voted best cowboy tribute event in the nation by American Cowboy Magazine, NDAC gives families the opportunity to experience and appreciate the role cowboys and cowgirls have played and continue to play in everyday life.  The entertainment schedule includes live performances, chuck wagon demonstrations, stage coach rides, a cowboy celebration parade, gunfight shows, 1800’s historical fashion show and more.

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What: For more information about Fort Worth Stockyards’ National Day Of The American Cowboy, click here.
When: Saddle up on Saturday, July 25 from 10am to 4:30pm
Where: Activities will take place along East Exchange Avenue in the Fort Worth Stockyards.
Cost: FREE!

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:: FREE Lake Grapevine Fireworks Show Summer Blast Event
 Friday, July 24, 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. 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.

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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 Crafting from the Collection Workshop at the Amon Carter
Saturday, July 25, 2015

Discover the art of beadweaving with Amon Carter staff member (and avid crafter) Tamara Dean during this unique tour and hands-on demonstration. After looking at artworks in the exhibition Indigenous Beauty: Masterworks of American Indian Art from the Diker Collection, try your hand at beadweaving using the Peyote stitch! Reservations are required ~ Call 817.989.5030 or email visitors@cartermuseum.org to register.

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What: For more info about this adult workshop, click here.
When: Saturday, July 25, 2015 ~ 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Where: Amon Carter Museum – The tour starts in the museum’s reading room.
Cost: FREE!

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:: FREE Bike the Base: Join Mayor Price and Captain Miller For a Ride
Through The Naval Air Station & Joint Reserve Base
Saturday, July 25, 2015

Join Mayor Betsy Price, Captain Miller, and local cyclists for a ride through the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base to get a rare view of this Fort Worth landmark from behind the handlebars. Note that this ride is a “no-drop”/family friendly 8-mile ride. Since the base is a secure facility, there will be no late admittance (Gates will be open from 8:00- 9:00) and you must bring a government-issued photo ID.

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What: Learn more about the Bike the Base ride with Mayor Price, here.
Tip:  Be sure to note that you will need to bring a driver’s license or other government issued I.D. — get more details here.
Where:
Naval Air Station-Joint Reserve Base front gate. The parking will be inside the gate of the commercial inspection gate at the intersection of 183 and Ridgmar Meadow Rd (directly across the street from Don Pablos Mexican Restaurant – 7050 Ridgmar Meadow Rd.  Look for the sign welcoming us for the “Mayor’s Bike ride”.
When: Saturday, July 25, 2015. Gates open from 8:00-9:00 AM.
The ride begins at 9:00AM
Cost: FREE!

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:: FREE Samuel F. B. Morse’s Gallery of the Louvre,
Special Exhibition Tour at the Amon Carter

Daily tour through August 23, 2015

Gather in the Amon Carter Museum exhibition space to experience a guided interactive tour of Samuel F. B. Morse’s iconic painting Gallery of the Louvre (1831–1833) along with a selection of works from the museum’s own collection that, like Morse’s painting, feature museum and gallery spaces as their subject matter. Though Morse is most widely known as a scientist and inventor, he was a leading artist of his time. Filled with his careful and personal selection of the Louvre’s finest works, all of which he painstakingly reproduced in miniature, the painting is a signal work of transatlantic exchange intended to connect American audiences with great European artworks.

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What: For more info about this special tour, click here.
When: Daily through August 23, 2015 ~ 1:00 – 2:00 PM
Where: Amon Carter Museum – The tour starts in the museum’s reading room.
Cost: FREE!

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::  FREE Saturday Morning Zumba in Sundance Square
Saturday, July 25, 2015

Get your shake on and start your Saturday morning with a free Zumba class at Sundance Square Plaza! Classes are presented by Sundance Square and Amon G. Carter, Jr. Downtown YMCA.  All levels are welcome!

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What: Learn more about free Zumba at Sundance Square, here.
When: Saturday, July 25, 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 Kids Art Class at The Kimbell Art Museum
Saturday, July 25, 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.

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What: For more information, visit the the Kimbell’s event site.
When: Saturday, July 25, 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 Junior Chef Cooking Class at Williams-Sonoma
Saturday, July 25, 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 learn how to whip up ice cream sandwiches from scratch! They’ll show how to make the outside layer from delicious brownies and cookies, and then fill the sandwich with delicious ice cream and toppings. Suitable for ages 5-13.  Note: You’ll want to call to reserve your spot since class size is limited.

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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, July 25, 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 Introduction to Fly Fishing at Cabela’s in Fort Worth
Saturday, July 25, 2015

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If you have always wanted to learn the art of fly casting don’t miss this in-depth overview on gear, techniques, fly patterns, water conditions and recommendations on where to fly fish locally.  Cabela’s expert outfitters will then gear you up at the fly shop for casting lessons at Lone Star Lake.  (Weather permitting)  FREE but RSVP is required by calling the fly shop 817-337-2400.

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What: For more info about Cabela’s Fly Fishing Class, click here.
When: July 25, 2015, 9:30AM to 11:30AM
Where: Cabela’s ~ 12901 Cabelas Drive
Cost: FREE!

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:: FREE Lowes Build and Grow Kids Woodworking Clinic
...Saturday, July 25, 2015

This Saturday, bring your child to a Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinic to help them learn a new woodworking skill and make a FREE build-your-own Avengers Quinjet project to take home.  Your child will even get a free apron, goggles,  and more! All workshops are FREE, but you should probably show up early to insure you have a kit for your little ones.

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What: For more information and to register, click here.
When: Saturday, July 25, 2015 ~ 10:00-11:00AM
Where: Lowes Home Improvement Stores.
To find a participating location, click here.
Cost: FREE!

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:: FREE Kids Fishing 101 Event at Bass Pro in Grapevine
Saturday, July 25, 2015

Want to take your kids fishing, but don’t know where to start? Bass Pro in Grapevine offers a kids fishing event every Saturday from 11am to 1pm. This is a fun experience for kids, and you will love to see the joy that first fish brings to the face of your child! Kids will learn how to bait their own hook and catch live fish in the Bass Pro pond. Equipment and bait provided.

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What: For more info about Bass Pro’s Fishing 101 class, click here
When: July 25, 2015, 11:00AM to 1:00PM
Where: Bass Pro Shops, 2501 Bass Pro Drive, Grapevine
Cost: FREE!

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:: FREE Sunday Fundays at Panther Island in Fort Worth
Sunday, July 26, 2015

Sunday Funday at Panther Island Pavilion in Fort Worth

Sunday Funday is a day of family friendly relaxation and fun in the sun at Panther Island Pavilion. Tubes and pedal boats will be available for rent along with kayaks, stand up paddle boards and canoes. Games like Cornhole and Washers will be available on site (or bring your own)!  Go here for a list of all activities.

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What:
For more information, visit the Sunday Funday website.
When: Sundays 12:00 to 6:00PM through August 30th.
Where: Panther Island Pavilion is located at
395 Purcey Street in Fort Worth.
Cost: FREE! Tube, canoe, kayak and paddleboard rentals are extra.

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:: FREE Admission to the Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth
Sunday, July 26, 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!

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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, July 26, 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, July 26, 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
    Sunday, July 26, 2015

Join Williams-Sonoma for a free cooking technique class on nonstick sautéing. They will show you how to achieve a crisp exterior and juicy interior — hallmarks of a perfect sauté — using a nonstick pan. You’ll learn to master the technique with recipes from delicate fish to seasonal vegetables  Note: You’ll want to call to reserve your spot since class size is limited.

Bonus: if you attend Sunday’s class, you can enjoy 10% OFF savings on same-day purchases from their stores.

Details, details
What:
For more information, click here.
When: 
July 26, 2015 ~ Note: 1 hour class times vary from store to store, so be sure to call for exact times & date.
Where: Click here to find a Williams Sonoma store near you.
Cost: FREE! Call your local store to RSVP.

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