October 23-25 FREE and Cheap Things to Do in Fort Worth This Weekend

Special Weather Updates: Current Weather forecasts predict heavy rain and thunderstorms this weekend — be sure and check the event links below for inclement weather related venue changes & possible event cancellations.

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

  • FREE 25th Anniversary — Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering at The Fort Worth Stockyards
  • FREE Trick or Treat and Fall Festival Family Events
  • Fort Worth Botanic’s Japanese Garden Fall Festival
  • FREE Still Life, Wildlife & Everything in Between Exhibit at the Fort Worth Central Library Gallery
  • FREE Extended Morning Adult Hike at River Legacy
  • FREE Public Safety Fall Festival in Keller
  • FREE Kids Fishing 101 Event at Bass Pro
  • FREE Introduction to Fly Fishing at Cabelas
  • FREE Admission to The Modern Art Museum
  • FREE Cowtown Opry Performance at The Stockyards

:: FREE! Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering & Western Festival
   Friday to Sunday, October 23-25, 2015

Join the Red Steagall Cowboy gathering in the Fort Worth Stockyards to celebrate the 25th Anniversary celebration of this première celebration of the West. Weekend activities include Wagon Train and Trail Ride from Jacksboro, Ranch Rodeo, Chuck Wagon Camp and Competition, Cowboy Poetry and Cowboy Music, Fiddle Contest, Cowboy Gospel Concert, Western Swing Dances, Cowboy Church and lots more! Voted Best Gathering and Best Family Event by the readers of American Cowboy Magazine.

Details, Details
What: Get more event info at the Red Steagall website.
When: Friday to Sunday, October 23-25.
Where: Fort Worth Stockyards. Find a map & directions here.
Cost: Most outdoor street events on the schedule are FREE to the public. To get access to indoor events (like the rodeo), get tickets here  (children under 12 are FREE to everything except the Saturday night Rodeo).


:: FREE Fall Festival Family Events
Daily Activities, October 24-31, 2015

Fall Halloween Family Festivals in Fort Worth and Dallas - Alternatives

Are you looking for a fun and safe way to celebrate the weekend’s fall festivities with your family? Lots of churches, schools, and businesses in the community have put together fun festivals with safe places to trick or treat and play games.

There are an abundance of choices, and we’ve put together a short list of ideas to get you started:

• Bass Pro Shops Charlie Brown Pumpkin Event ~ Daily
Grapevine Location (2501 Bass Pro Drive) • Daily, October 24-31
FREE daily events vary and include trick or treating throughout the store, kids’ costume parade, crafts, scavenger hunt, studio quality photos, and more. Get more details and a daily event schedule here.

• Fall Family Festival at Crossroads 2035 ~ Saturday
Crossroads 2035 Church in Fort Worth,
5001 South Freeway
October 24, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
If you are looking for a safe place to take your little ones, join Crossroads for a night of fall family fun including carnival games, candy, food, face painting, jump house, hay rides, and more fun!. More details here.

• Trunk or Treat at the Met Church ~ Sunday
Met Church in Fort Worth, 11301 Old Denton Rd
October 25, 3:00-5:30 p.m.
Bring your whole family for a great time! Trick-or-Treat while enjoying a variety of carnival games and fun family activities. There will be lots of candy, prizes and safe fun for everyone. More details here.

Other local DFW carnivals and festivals
(lots of family friendly choices)

Pop over here for a terrific line-up
of family safe, Halloween alternatives and fall festivals put on by churches, businesses and schools throughout Fort Worth, Dallas and surrounding areas throughout the next week. Thanks to radio station KLTY 94.9 for putting together this lengthy and helpful list.


:: Fort Worth Botanic’s Japanese Garden Fall Festival
    Saturday and Sunday, October 24-25, 2015

Fort Worth Botanic Japanese Gardens Fall 2  Fort Worth Botanic Japanese Gardens Fall

The Fort Worth Botanic’s Japanese Garden, voted as one of the most
beautiful places in Fort Worth by the Star Telegram’s readers poll, is celebrating their annual Fall Festival this weekend! Feast your eyes on this beautiful garden while you and your family enjoy traditional Japanese dance, music, demonstrations, papermaking, and tea ceremonies.  PLEASE CHECK THE WEBSITE — event may be cancelled due to severe storms.

Details, details
What: For more information about the festival, click here.
3220 Botanic Garden Boulevard.
All festival parking will be in the Linden Street lot click here.
For directions to the gardens and other details,  click here.
When: October 24-25, Sat: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM,
Sun: 11:00 PM – 5:00 PM  PLEASE CHECK THE WEBSITE — event may be cancelled due to inclement weather.
 Cost: Adults $5.00, Children (4-12yrs.) $3.00, under


:: FREE Still Life: Wildlife and Everything in Between Exhibit at Fort Worth’s Central Library
October 24 to December 6, 2015

Fort Worth Central library

From paintings and photos to sculptures and collectibles, the Fort Worth Library offers a number of quality exhibits throughout the year. The Library strives to present some of the best works of local artists, photographers and collectors, celebrating both the talent and diversity of our community. Still Life: Wildlife and Everything in Between features a variety of mixed media works including paintings, photographs and sculptures. All the artists are local to DFW, but originally come from across the nation and the world.

Details, details
What: For more information about current exhibits, click here.
When: The exhibit is available to enjoy through October 24 to December 6, 2015 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 Extended Morning Adult Hike at River Legacy
Living Science Center in Arlington
Saturday, October 24, 2015

Explore the flora and fauna of River Legacy Parks during a guided nature hike along the off-road mountain bike trails in River Legacy Parks. Meet in the parking lot of the DORBA trailhead. Free, but space is limited. Hike is best suited for ages 18 and up. TO RSVP, call 817.860.6752.

Details, details
 To find out more about the FREE guided hike, 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 24, 2015 ~ 7:30am
Cost: FREE, but donations are appreciated and space is limited.


:: FREE 15th Annual Public Safety Fall Festival in Keller
Saturday, October 24, 2015


This Saturday, public safety vehicles, equipment and uniforms will be on display when the Keller police and fire departments host their 15th annual Public Safety Fall Festival. Designed to bring the community together to support local law enforcement, this year’s event will also feature free food and drinks, bounce houses and other children’s activities.

Details, details
What: For more information, click here.
When:  Saturday, October 24, 2015, 3-6:00pm
Where: Keller Lions Club Grounds, 532 Keller Pkwy




:: FREE Kids Fishing 101 Event at Bass Pro in Grapevine
Saturday, October 24, 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.

Details, details

What: For more info about Bass Pro’s Fishing 101 class, click here
When: October 24, 2015, 11:00AM to 1:00PM ~ Weather permitting
Where: Bass Pro Shops, 2501 Bass Pro Drive, Grapevine
Cost: FREE!


:: FREE Introduction to Fly Fishing at Cabela’s in Fort Worth
Saturday, October 24, 2015


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.

Details, details
What: For more info about Cabela’s Fly Fishing Class, click here.
When: October 24, 2015, 9:30AM to 11:30AM
Where: Cabela’s ~ 12901 Cabelas Drive
Cost: FREE!


:: FREE Admission to the Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth
Sunday, October 25, 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!


:: FREE Cowtown Opry Performance at The Stockyards
Sunday, October 25, 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
For more information, visit the Cowtown Opry website.
When: Sunday, October 25, 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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