May 6-8 FREE and Cheap Things to Do in Fort Worth This Weekend

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

  • FREE Memphis Soul Outdoor Concert at Sounds of Spring Family Event in North Richland Hills
  • FREE Art Class at the Kimbell for Teens & Adults
  • FREE Grand Opening Celebration of Bluestem Park at Alliance Town Center
  • FREE Exercise and Recreation Classes at The Trailhead —  Bootcamps, Social Run, Yoga for Kids, and more!
  • FREE Animal Exploration Program at River Legacy
  • Texas SmartScape Plant Sales in Burleson, Denton, & More
  • FREE Saturday Morning Yoga Class at Sundance Square
  • FREE Lonesome Dove Trail Reunion Event Exhibition: The Art of Story at Sid Richardson Museum 
  • FREE Museum Admission at Fort Worth Science and History Museum or Perot Museum in Dallas
  • FREE First Saturday Family Fun Day at Nasher Sculpture Center (In Dallas)
  • FREE Kids Fishing 101 Event at Bass Pro ~ Grapevine
  • FREE Woodworking Kids Clinics at Home Depot
  • FREE Sunday Evening Jazz Series at Sundance Square
  • FREE Cowtown Opry Performance at The Stockyards
  • FREE Admission to The Modern Art Museum

:: FREE Memphis Soul Outdoor Concert at Sounds
of Spring
 Family Event in North Richland Hills
Friday, May 6, 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, May 6, 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 Studio Five 90 Art Class at The Kimbell Art Museum
Friday, May 6, 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, May 6, 2016 ~ 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Where: The Kimbell Art Museum ~  3333 Camp Bowie Blvd
Cost: FREE!


:: FREE Grand Opening Celebration of Bluestem Park
at Alliance Town Center
Saturday, May 7, 2016

Bluestem Park Grand Opening 

Join in the fun at the grand opening community celebration of Bluestem Park at Alliance Town Center on Saturday, May 7th ~ Enjoy live music by Southern Chrome band, complimentary food samples by Alliance Town Center restaurants, great activities for children of all ages including bounce houses and facepainting, scavenger hunt, fun giveaways, and more! Bring your cooler, lawn chairs and picnic blanket, and join this fun celebration. Admission is free!

Bluestem Park at Alliance Town Center is a 14-acre prairie restoration project that reflects a collective vision for a natural and timeless community resource. Made possible through the contributions of Hillwood and its partners, including the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas, Bluestem Park features native grasses, plants, trees and shrubs, walking trails with connectivity to the Heritage and Arcadia trail systems, and gathering spaces.

Details, Details
What: For more information, visit the the Bluestem Park Grand Opening event site.
When: Saturday, May 7, 2016 ~ 3:00 PM to 7:00PM
Where: Bluestem Park at Alliance Town Center ~  At the Corner of Hillwood Parkway and Heritage Trace Parkway in North Fort Worth.
Cost: FREE!


:: FREE Saturday Outdoor Exercise Classes at The Trailhead
in Clearfork on Fort Worth’s Trinity Trails
Saturday, May 7, 2016

Plan to stop by The Trailhead this Saturday for a free exercise class! 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 during the fall and spring seasons.  This Saturday’s schedule includes an endurance and strength training class, a social run with Luke’s Locker, Stroller Strides, boot camps, boxing, a kid-friendly yoga class and more!

Details, details
What:  Learn more about The Trailhead and Saturday exercise classes here.
When: Saturday, May 7 (weather permitting) Classes begin at 8:00 and run hourly until noon. See the full 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


:: FREE Animal Exploration Program at River Legacy
Living Science Center in Arlington
Saturday, May 7, 2016

Discover the habits and adaptations of one of River Legacy’s native animals during a live animal observation with a Naturalist at River Legacy Living Science Center. RSVP to 817.860.6752.

Details, details
 To find out more about the FREE  seminar, 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, May 7, 2016 ~ 2:00pm
Cost: FREE, but donations are appreciated and space is limited.


:: SmartScape Plant Fair — Special  Deals on Drought Tolerant Plants
Saturday, May 7, 2016 
Spring has sprung, and it’s time to think about how to drought proof your landscape. The Texas SmartScape Plant Fair (This weekend, hosted in the parking lot of Home Depot in Burleson, Denton, and a few more locations in the Dallas area) 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 informationclick here. Find a complete list of all DFW area SmartScape Plant Fairs at Texas SmartScape’s website.
When: Saturday, May 7, 2016 ~ 8:00AM to 12:00PM. See a complete schedule of SmartScape Plant Fairs here.
Where: Hosted in the parking lot of DFW Home Depots listed here.
Cost: FREE to attend.  Plants priced individually for purchase.


::  FREE Saturday Morning Yoga in Sundance Square
      Saturday, May 7, 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, May 7, 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 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


:: Bank of America Cardholders: Take advantage of FREE
ADMISSION to the Fort Worth Museum of Science &
History and the Perot Museum in Dallas

Saturday and Sunday, May 7 and 8, 2016

Bank of America’s 2016 national program, Museums On Us offers FREE admission, the first full weekend of every month, to 150+ participating museums and cultural institutions throughout the country. In DFW, this FREE Admission program takes place this weekend at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History and in Dallas at The Perot Museum of Nature & Science.

Details, details
To learn more about the Museums On Us program, go here.
How: Show a photo ID and any Bank of America Card to get FREE admission for each Bank of America Card Holder.
Where: The Fort Worth Science & History Museum is located at 1600 Gendy St. (corner of Montgomery and Burnett Tandy). The Perot Museum can be found at 2201 N. Field Street in Dallas.
When: Saturday and Sunday, May 7 and 8, 2016
Cost: FREE to Bank of America Cardholders


:: Take an “Art-Full” Trek to Dallas to the Nasher Sculpture
Center’s First Saturdays Family Fun Day.

Saturday, May 7
, 2016

Nasher Sculpture Center, First Saturdays

The Nasher Sculpture Center and Target present First Saturdays for families ~ bring the kids and enjoy free admission and fun family programming on the first Saturday of every month. Target First Saturdays are designed especially for children in preschool to elementary school and feature a lineup of activities that encourage creative thought through a monthly “Big Idea.” Children can engage in art projects and experience creativity in action through scavenger hunts, performances, storytime and more.

Details, details
For details, including a complete schedule, click here.
Saturday, May 7 ~ FREE admission 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
and family activities 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Where: For directions to Nasher Sculpture Center, click here.



:: FREE Kids Fishing 101 Event at Bass Pro in Grapevine
Saturday, May 7, 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: May 7, 2016, 11:00AM to 1:00PM ~ Weather permitting
Where: Bass Pro Shops, 2501 Bass Pro Drive, Grapevine
Cost: FREE!


:: FREE! Home Depot ~ Build. Learn. Create. Kids Workshop
Saturday, May 7, 2016

This Saturday, bring your child to Home Depot’s Kids Workshop to help them learn a new woodworking skill and Angry Birds themed birdhouse that will make your child’s feathered backyard friends happy. After the project is built, your child can decorate their project with stickers if they wish. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin All workshops are free, but you should probably show up early to insure you have a kit for your little ones since supplies are limited.

Details, details
What: For ages 5-12. Learn more about the workshop, here.
When: Saturday, May 7, 2016 ~ 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Where: Home Depot Home Improvement Stores. To find a participating location, click here.
Cost: FREE!


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::  FREE Sunday Evening Jazz Series at Sundance Square
      Sunday, May 8, 2016

Sundance Square invites you to join their FREE Sunday Music Jazz Series for the Month of May!  This Sunday evening performance features the laid back vibe of Black Dog Jazz Jam, featuring Paul Metzger and Joey Carter and will take place at the permanent stage of the beautiful Sundance Square Plaza.

Details, details
What: Learn about the Sundance Square Jazz series here.
When: Sunday, May 8, 2016 ~ 8:00PM
Where:  Sundance Square Plaza in Fort Worth.  Go here to find FREE parking options.
Cost: FREE!


:: FREE Cowtown Opry Performance at The Stockyards
Sunday, May 8, 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, May 8, 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, May 8, 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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