April 15-17 FREE and Cheap Things to Do in Fort Worth This Weekend


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

  • FREE Main Street Arts Festival at Sundance Square
  • FREE Tejas Brothers Outdoor Concert at Sounds
    of Spring Family Event in North Richland Hills
  • FREE Art Class at the Kimbell for Teens & Adults
  • FREE Fitness and Recreation Classes at The Trailhead — Stroller Strides, Yoga, Cardio Boxing, and more!
  • FREE Star Gazing Party at the Noble Planetarium
  • Texas SmartScape Plant Sale in Keller
  • FREE Kids Art Class at The Kimbell Art Museum
  • FREE Lonesome Dove Trail Reunion Event Exhibition: The Art of Story at Sid Richardson Museum 
  • FREE Kids Fishing 101 Event at Bass Pro ~ Grapevine
  • FREE Cowtown Opry Performance at The Stockyards
  • FREE Admission to The Modern Art Museum
  • FREE Cooking Technique Class at Williams-Sonoma

:: FREE Main Street Arts Festival ~ Downtown Fort Worth.
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.Now Through Sunday, April 17, 2016

Main Street Arts Fest 2015

Main Street Arts Fest 2015

One of our favorite annual events, Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival is finally here! This juried art fest showcases hundreds of the nation’s finest artists and is staged around the streets of downtown with Sundance Square Plaza acting as the main hub. The festival also features hundreds of performances throughout the weekend, including live concerts in just about every music genre — from R&B to country to jazz.  Even Cliburn pianist finalist Fei-Fei Dong, and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra will offer  special FREE performances It’s a family friendly event with an enormous variety of amazing art, savory food, live entertainment and even activities just for kids.

Details, Details
What:
Learn more about Main Street Arts Fest, here.
Check out the official guide and schedule here.
When: Now through Sunday, April 17, 2016
Where: Downtown Fort Worth on Main Street and the Sundance Square Plaza (between 3rd and 4th St.).  Click here to find FREE parking options.
Cost: FREE!

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:: FREE Tejas Brothers Outdoor Concert at Sounds
of Spring
Family Event in North Richland Hills
Friday, April 15, 2016

The City of North Richland Hills 2016 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 local favorite,  Tejas Brothers. 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, April 15 ~ 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.
Cost: FREE!

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:: FREE Studio Five 90 Art Class at The Kimbell Art Museum
Friday, April 15, 2016

The Kimbell Art Museum ~ Fort Worth Art Program

Open-format sessions join art-making and gallery activities to encourage fresh ways of looking at and responding to featured artworks and themes. Teens and adults can sign up at the entrance to the education studios in the Renzo Piano Pavilion beginning 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: Friday, April 15, 2016 ~ 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Where: The Kimbell Art Museum ~  3333 Camp Bowie Blvd
Cost: FREE!

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:: FREE Saturday Outdoor Exercise Classes at The Trailhead
in Clearfork on Fort Worth’s Trinity Trails
Saturday, April 16, 2016

Plan to stop by The Trailhead this Saturday to take part in one or more of the free exercise classes! 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.  Exercise classes will vary each Saturday (go here for the weekly class list) and include such varieties as a Social Run with Lukes Locker, Stroller Strides, Title Boxing Cardio, Camp Gladiator, Hot Yoga, Smart Barre, and more!

Details, details
What: Learn more about The Trailhead and exercise classes offered here.
When: Saturday, April 16, 2016 (weather permitting) ~ Classes begin at 8:00 and run hourly through 12:00PM. See the current 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, April 16, 2016

Join the Noble Planetarium staff and members of the Fort Worth Astronomical Society for this month’s star-gazing party! Navigate the skies with the assistance of staff and other astronomy buffs. Weather permitting, parties begin at dusk and last until approximately 10:30PM.

Details, details
What: For more info about Noble Planetarium’s Star Parties, click here.
When: Saturday, April 16, 2016 ~ 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

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:: SmartScape Plant Fair — Special  Deals on Drought Tolerant Plants
Saturday, April 16, 2016
Spring has sprung and it’s time to think about how to drought proof your landscape. The Texas SmartScape Plant Fair in Keller (Hosted in the parking lot of Home Depot) is an opportunity to get great deals on select varieties of native and adapted drought-tolerant plants. Knowledgeable master gardeners, plant experts and an irrigation specialist will be on hand to answer your plant, design and irrigation questions.

Details, details
What: For more information, click here. Find a complete list of all DFW area SmartScape Plant Fairs at Texas SmartScape’s website.
When: Saturday, April 16, 2016 ~ 8:00AM to 12:00PM. See a complete schedule of SmartScape Plant Fairs here.
Where: Hosted at Home Depot, 2013 Hwy. 377 in Keller in the parking lot
Cost: FREE to attend.  Plants priced individually for purchase.

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:: FREE Kids Art Class at The Kimbell Art Museum
Saturday, April 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, April 16, 2016 ~ 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 Lonesome Dove Trail Reunion Event: The Art
of Story
Exhibition at Sid Richardson Museum
Now 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, runs now through June 19, 2016.
Where:  The Sid Richardson Museum in Sundance Square,
309 Main Street in Downtown Fort Worth
Cost:  FREE

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:: FREE Kids Fishing 101 Event at Bass Pro in Grapevine
Saturday, April 16, 2016

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: April 16, 2016, 11:00AM to 1:00PM ~ Weather permitting
Where: Bass Pro Shops, 2501 Bass Pro Drive, Grapevine
Cost: FREE!

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:: FREE Cowtown Opry Performance at The Stockyards
Sunday, April 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
What:
For more information, visit the Cowtown Opry website.
When: Sunday, April 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!

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:: FREE Admission to the Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth
Sunday, April 17, 2016

Visitors to the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth receive free admission to the museum’s permanent collection and exhibitions on all Sundays in 2016!

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

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

In this weekend’s in-store class, Williams-Sonoma will teach you how to make dishes like Garlic-Braised Escarole, Spicy Roasted Cauliflower with Capers and Roasted Trout with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette. 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, April 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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