April 22-24 FREE and Cheap Things to Do in Fort Worth This Weekend

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

  • FREE Southlake Art in the Square Juried Art Show & Sale
  • FREE Air Show Featuring The Blue Angels
  • FREE Ellen Once Again Outdoor Concert at Sounds
  • of Spring Family Event in North Richland Hills
  • FREE Arbor Daze Family Festival in Euless
  • CHEAP Fort Worth Botanic Garden Spring Festival
  • FREE Saturday Morning Yoga Class at Sundance Square
  • FREE Fitness and Recreation Classes at The Trailhead — Stroller Strides, Kids Yoga, Camp Gladiator, and more!
  • FREE Vegetable & Herb Gardening Seminar & Plant Exchange in Watauga
  • Texas SmartScape Plant Sales in Fort Worth & Southlake
  • 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 Southlake Art in the Square Juried Art Show & Sale
Friday to Sunday, April 22-24, 2016

Southlake Art in Square 

Experience Art on the Square in Southlake this weekend!  This annual three-day juried art festival offers over 150 national and local fine artists, children’s activities, 2 stages of continuous live music & entertainment, delicious food, and more in the beautiful setting of Southlake Town Square.

Details, Details
What: For more details about the art showclick here.
When: Friday to Sunday, April 22-24.
Where: Southlake Town Square – Main St. at Southlake Blvd.
Click here for directions and a map.
Cost: FREE


::  FREE Air Power Expo featuring The Blue Angels
      Saturday & Sunday, April 23 & 24, 2016

Bring the family to the NAS Fort Worth JRB base for a full-day of FREE fun including the Blue Angels, flight aerobatic demonstrations, static displays (including warbirds, helicopters and jets), family activities, live music concert, food and more.

Details, details
What: For more details about the air showclick here.
 Naval Air Station and Joint Reserve Base, Fort Worth.
For directions, click here.
When: Saturday and Sunday, April 23-24, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Air Show starts at 11:00 AM and gates open at 8:00 AM
Cost: FREE General Admission and parking


:: FREE Ellen Once Again Outdoor Concert at Sounds
of Spring
Family Event in North Richland Hills
Friday, April 22, 2016

The City of North Richland Hills 2016 Sounds of Spring Concert Series continues 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 offers a fun concert featuring local jazz favorite, Ellen Once Again featuring vocalist and songwriter, Ellen Hinton. 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
For more information about this City of North Richland Hills sponsored music event, go here.
Friday, April 22, 2016 ~ Gates open at 6:00pm (rain or shine)
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!


:: FREE Arbor Daze Family Festival & Tree Giveaway ~ Euless
Saturday, April 23, 2016

This weekend, the City of Euless is hosting their annual family fun festival featuring live music and entertainment, free tree give-aways, arts and crafts booths, Kidz Zone, carnival rides, a petting zoo, lots of great food, and more!

Details, details
What: For more information, click here.
When:  Saturday, April 23, 2016 ~ 10:00AM to 9:00PM
Where: Euless Family Life Center — 300 West Midway Dr.
Cost: FREE!


:: Fort Worth Botanic’s Spring Festival in the Japanese Garden
   Saturday and Sunday, April 23 & 24, 2016

Feast your eyes on the spectacular spring color of the beautiful Japanese gardens while you and your family enjoy traditional Japanese dance, martial arts demonstrations, music, papermaking, docent-lead garden tours, tea ceremonies and more.

Details, details
What: For more informationclick here.
When: April 23 & 24, Saturday 10:00AM–5:00PM, Sunday 11:00AM–5:00PM
Where: 3220 Botanic Garden Boulevard. Japanese festival parking will be near the Linden Street lot click here
Cost: Adults $8.00, Children 4-12 $4.00, under 4 free.


::  FREE Saturday Morning Yoga in Sundance Square
      Saturday, April 23, 2016

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.
: Saturday, April 23, 2016 ~ 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Sundance Square Plaza in Fort Worth.  Go here to find FREE parking options.
Cost: FREE!


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:: FREE Saturday Outdoor Exercise Classes at The Trailhead
in Clearfork on Fort Worth’s Trinity Trails
Saturday, April 23, 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 Stroller Strides, Forged Fitness, Camp Gladiator, Kids Yoga, and more!

Details, details
What: Learn more about The Trailhead and exercise classes offered here.
When: Saturday, April 23, 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 Gardening Day at the Watauga Public Library
Saturday, April 23, 2016

Join the Watauga Library for a day devoted to gardening. The Library will host a plant exchange from 1:00pm to 2:00pm. Following the exchange, enjoy a presentation by the Master Gardeners of Tarrant County and get expert tips for growing vegetables and herbs in North Texas.

Plant Exchange details: Thin out your bulbs, rhizomes, and other perennials and exchange them for another plant or variety. Please clean soil from the plants and trim the foliage, and bring each variety in a labeled baggie or container.

Details, details
What: For more information, click here.
When: Saturday, April 23, 2016 — 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Where: Watauga Library, 7109 Whitley Road
Cost: FREE! 


:: SmartScape Plant Fair — Special  Deals on Drought Tolerant Plants
Saturday, April 23, 2016
Spring has sprung and it’s time to think about how to drought proof your landscape. The Texas SmartScape Plant Fair (Hosted in the parking lot of Home Depot in Southlake and Weston Gardens in Fort Worth) 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 23, 2016 ~ 8:00AM to 12:00PM. See a complete schedule of SmartScape Plant Fairs here.
Where: Hosted at Home Depot in Southlake, 300 S Village Center Dr.  ~ OR ~
Weston Gardens, 8101 Anglin Dr in Fort Worth
Cost: FREE to attend.  Plants priced individually for purchase.


:: FREE Kids Art Class at The Kimbell Art Museum
Saturday, April 23, 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 23, 2016 ~ 1:00 PM to 1:45 PM
Where: The Kimbell Art Museum ~  3333 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth.
Cost: FREE!



:: 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 23, 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 23, 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 24, 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, April 24, 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!


:: FREE Admission to the Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth
Sunday, April 24, 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!


:: Take a FREE Cooking Technique Class at Williams-Sonoma
And, Get 10% OFF Your In-store Purchase!
Sunday, April 24
, 2016

In this weekend’s in-store class, Williams-Sonoma will be hosting some very special cooking classes focused on baking with citrus. Get inspired by zesty citrus desserts and learn how to make some amazing citrusy treats. 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 and will take place in select Williams-Sonoma U.S. store flagship locations. 

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 24, 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 participating Williams-Sonoma store near you.
Cost: FREE! Be sure to call your local store to RSVP.


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