January 15-17 FREE And Cheap Things To Do Around Fort Worth This Weekend

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

  • FREE Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo Western Parade
  • CHEAP FUN! 2016 Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo
  • FREE Lonesome Dove Trail Reunion Event Exhibition & Opening: The Art of Story at Sid Richardson Museum 
  • FREE Fishing For Fun at Keller’s Bear Creek Park
  • FREE Admission to 3 Great Fort Worth Museums
  • FREE Kids Art Class at the Kimbell Art Museum
  • FREE Travers Green Watercolor Art Exhibit at the Fort Worth Central Library Gallery
  • FREE D.I.Y. Learn To Install a Faucet Class at Home Depot
  • FREE Introduction to Fly Fishing at Cabelas
  • FREE Junior Chef Cooking Class at Williams-Sonoma
  • FREE Admission to The Modern Art Museum
  • FREE Cowtown Opry Performance at The Stockyards
  • FREE Cooking Technique Class at Williams-Sonoma

:: FREE Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo All Western Parade
Saturday, January 16, 2016

Oh I love a parade! Over 100,000 people will line the streets of downtown Fort Worth to watch the “All Western Parade” and to celebrate the opening of the 2016 Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. This traditional event is held each year and boasts being the largest western themed parade, as well as the longest 100% non-motorized (no cars) parade in the world. The parade will feature over 4,000 participants including covered wagons, horses, more than 1,000 head of livestock, and of course lots of cowboys!

Details, details
Learn more about the All Western Parade here.
 Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 11:00AM
Where: The parade starts in front of the Tarrant County Courthouse (Downtown at Weatherford and Main Streets), turns right on Main towards the Convention Center, and loops back to the Courthouse on Houston St.  Click here to view the 2016 parade route.
 Park at one of the many FREE downtown lots or garages (the parking garage next to Bass Hall, etc.) and walk to your viewing spot.
Cost: FREE!


:: 2016 Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo Starts Today!
Friday, January 15 through February 6, 2016

Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo Free and Half Off Tickets

Kick up your heels and enjoy acres of excitement and western heritage at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo. Events include rodeo (extra ticket required), free musical entertainment, petting zoo, family friendly exhibits, premier livestock shows, and more ~ the schedule of events is fresh each day.

Want to attend for FREE or cheap?   Be sure to check out our savings guide for more than 10 ways to get free tickets and save on admission and rodeo tickets.  Note that TODAY is the last day to take advantage of the “Early Bird Specials.”

Details, details
 The 2016 Stock Show and Rodeo event schedule changes daily.  Go here to learn more.
When: January 15 through February 6.
Where:  3400 Burnett-Tandy Dr.  A special Park & Ride shuttle will be available Saturdays and Sundays during the Stock Show.  It will take you directly from Billy Bob’s North Lot to the front gate, pick you up, and return you to your vehicle parking lot for only $5 per car.  To find out more, click here.
 For opportunities to attend the Stock Show and Rodeo for FREE or Half Price click here. Otherwise, General Admission is:  Adults $10, Kids 6 to 16 $5, and Children 5 & Under FREE.


:: FREE Lonesome Dove Trail Reunion Event: The Art
of Story
Exhibition at Sid Richardson Museum
Friday, January 15 through Sunday, June 19, 2016

Join the Sid Richardson Museum in Sundance Square for this FREE exhibition that traces the path of Lonesome Dove from Larry McMurtry’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel to the original screenplay and filming of the legendary TV miniseries. The exhibition is part of a 6-month citywide celebration, known as ”The Lonesome Dove Trail,” which will include multiple Fort Worth venues including screenings, seminars and a reunion gala of the cast and crew including Robert Duvall, Tommy Lee Jones and more.

Details, details
What:  Go here to learn more.
When: Lonesome Dove: The Art of Story, opens at noon on Friday, January 15, 2016, and runs through Sunday, June 19, 2016.
Where:  The Sid Richardson Museum in Sundance Square,
309 Main Street in Downtown Fort Worth
Cost:  FREE


:: FREE Fishing Fun for Young Anglers in Keller
Saturday, January 16, 2016

Bring your fishing pole, favorite bait, and an adult fishing buddy for a morning of easy casting at Bear Creek Park in Keller. Texas Parks and Wildlife and Keller Parks and Recreation join together to sponsor a fun time of family fishing and other events including contests and prizes. The pond will be stocked with rainbow trout, and there will be prizes and fishing skill challenges.  For ages 16 & younger.

Details, details
 For more information and to register, click here.
When: Saturday, January 16 ~ 9:00-11:30am
 Bear Creek Park Pond in Keller
400 Bear Creek Park, Click here for directions.
Cost: FREE and open to anglers ages 16 and younger


:: FREE Admission to 3 Great Fort Worth Museums
Now through February 6, 2016


If you will be attending the Stock Show & Rodeo this year, be sure and hang onto your ticket stubs and take part in the “Moo-seum” program. With your rodeo or grounds admission ticket you can get FREE admission (until February 6th) to The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame or the Cattle Raisers Museum. For adults, that’s a savings of $24 if you visit all 3!

Details, details
What: Learn more about the “Moo-seum” program, here
When: Now through February 6, 2016
Where: Learn about the Fort Worth Museum of SciencehereGo here to learn about the Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame and click here to get info about the Cattle Raisers Museum.
Cost: FREE, with Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo ticket stub.


:: FREE Kids Art Class at The Kimbell Art Museum
Saturday, January 16, 2016

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, January 16, 2016 ~ 1:00 PM to 1:45 PM
Where: The Kimbell Art Museum ~  3333 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth. 
Cost: FREE!


:: FREE South by Southwest: The Art of Travers Green
Exhibit at Fort Worth’s Central Library
Now Through February 26, 2016

Fort Worth Central library

Join the Fort Worth Central Library for a retrospective showcase of works from award-winning Fort Worth local artist, Travers Green (1928-2008). His “tight-loose” painting style, along with a unique scratch and splatter technique combine to create country-themed paintings to give the viewer a sense of place and turn the ordinary into something extraordinary. These watercolor paintings have been reacquired by his son from various sources to compile a collection never before seen together. There will be a reception from 2 – 4 p.m. on Saturday, January 16, 2016.

Details, details
What: For more information about current exhibits, click here
When: The exhibit is available to enjoy now through February 26, 2016 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.


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:: FREE D.I.Y. Learn To Install a Faucet Class at Home Depot
Saturday, January 16, 2016

This Saturday, join Home Depot for a D.I.Y. Workshop where you will learn all you need to know to swap out a bath or kitchen faucet. This workshop shows you how to disconnect supply lines, remove an old faucet and install both a center-set vanity faucet and a kitchen faucet with sprayer.

Details, details 
What: Get more information about the workshop, here.
When: Saturday, January 16, 2016 ~ 10:00AM
Where: Home Depot Home Improvement Stores. To find a participating location, click here. 
Cost: FREE!


:: FREE Introduction to Fly Fishing at Cabela’s in Fort Worth
Saturday, January 16, 2016


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 requested by calling the fly shop 817-337-2400.

Details, details
What: For more info about Cabela’s Fly Fishing Class, click here. 
When: January 16, 2016 ~ 10:00AM
Where: Cabela’s ~ 12901 Cabelas Drive 
Cost: FREE!


:: FREE Junior Chef Cooking Class at Williams-Sonoma
….Saturday,  January 16, 2016

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, kid’s will have a crêpe party and learn to make crêpes with favorite fillings and delicious toppings. 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, January 16, 2016. 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 Admission to the Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth
Sunday, January 17, 2016

Visitors to the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth can receive free admission to the museum’s permanent collection and exhibitions on all Sundays in 2016!  If you can’t make it on Sunday, visit on Wednesdays to get half price admission.

Details, details
What: Learn more about free Admission at The Modern here.
When: Sundays in 2016
Where: Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth3200 Darnell Street
Cost: FREE!


:: FREE Cowtown Opry Performance at The Stockyards
Sunday, January 17, 2016

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, January 17, 2016, 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!


:: Take a FREE Cooking Technique Class at Williams-Sonoma
And, Get 10% OFF Your In-store Purchase!
Sunday, January 17, 2016

In this weekend’s in-store class, Williams-Sonoma will offer tips and techniques for cooking French crêpes — simple to prepare and make a wonderful main course for a casual weekend brunch. They’ll show you how to prepare perfect crêpes and share smart shortcuts for make-ahead fillings and toppings. 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, January 17, 2016. Note: 1 hour class times vary from store to store, so be sure to call for exact times and date.
Where: Go here to find a Williams-Sonoma store near you.
Cost: FREE! Call your local store to RSVP.


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