May 27-29 FREE and Cheap Things to Do in Fort Worth This Memorial Day Weekend

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

  • FREE Arlington Center Stage Outdoor Music Festival
  • FREE Art Class at the Kimbell for Teens & Adults
  • FREE 1950s Themed Festival and Memorial Day Ceremony in Historic Granbury
  • FREE Leatherworking Craft Workshop at The Amon
  • FREE Exercise and Recreation Classes at The Trailhead — Stroller Strides, Smart Barre, Boot Camps, and more!
  • FREE Kids Art Class at the Kimbell Art Museum
  • FUN! Star Gazing Party at Bob Jones Nature Center
  • FREE Saturday Morning Zumba Class at Sundance Square
  • FREE Town Hall Coffee with Mayor Betsy Price
  • FREE Lonesome Dove Trail Reunion Event Exhibition: The Art of Story at Sid Richardson Museum 
  • FREE D.I.Y. Decorative Painting Class at Home Depot
  • FREE Outdoor Family Event at Bass Pro Shops
  • FREE Sunday Evening Jazz Series at Sundance Square
  • FREE Admission to the Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth
  • FREE Cowtown Opry Performance at The Stockyards

:: FREE Arlington Center Stage Music Festival at the Levitt Pavilion
Featuring The Polyphonic Spree, Blood, Sweat & Tears, & more
Friday to Sunday, May 27 to 29, 2016

Kick off your summer with a weekend filled with free music under the stars! The fifth annual Downtown Arlington Center Stage Music Festival runs May 27-29 and features a fantastic list of some of the best music talent in Texas and around the world including Grammy Award winner, Blood Sweat & TearsTip: Be sure to bring along a lawn chair or blanket to comfortably enjoy the outdoor entertainment. Snacks or a picnic dinner, and beverages are allowed, but no glass containers please.

Details, details
What: To learn more about the Arlington Center Stage Music Festival and the performance line-up, click here.
Where:
Founders Plaza in Arlington, 100 W. Abram St. (Corner of Abram and Center streets, directly across the street from City Hall). View the parking map for free parking options.
When: See the full schedule of weekend events and concerts, here.
Cost: FREE Admission (food is extra).

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:: FREE Studio Five 90 Art Class at The Kimbell Art Museum
Friday, May 27, 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 27, 2016 ~ 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Where: The Kimbell Art Museum ~  3333 Camp Bowie Blvd
Cost: FREE!

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:: Cruisin’ Granbury Festival and Memorial Day Ceremony
Saturday to Monday, May 28 to 30, 2016

Granbury Memorial Day Weekend

Granbury will kick off summer this Memorial Day Weekend in 50s style! The Historic Granbury Merchants Association presents Cruisin’ Granbury, a festival dedicated to the era of cool cars and rock and roll. May 28-30, visitors will enjoy live music, dancing, classic car show, kids carnival rides, and even an Elvis tribute!  On Monday, extend a well-deserved “thank you” to America’s veterans by joining the city of Granbury for their traditional Memorial Day Veteran’s weekend ceremony.

Details, details
What: For more information about the Memorial Day Weekend event in historic Granbury, click here.
When: Saturday to Monday, May 28 to 30, 2016.  See schedule details here.
Where: Downtown Granbury’s Historical Square
Cost: Attendance is FREE!

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:: FREE Leatherworking Craft Workshop ~ Amon Carter Museum
Saturday, May 28, 2016

The Amon Carter Museum is offering a FREE hands-on craft session you don’t want to miss! Be inspired by the art of Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell during an interactive tour followed by a demonstration with local leatherworking expert Scott Horn from Oil and Cotton. Enjoy refreshments as you learn more about the art of leatherworking and create your own set of leather coasters.  Please note that reservations are required — Call 817.989.5030 or email visitors@cartermuseum.org to register.

Details, details
What:  Get more details about this Crafting from the Collection event (here).  Read more about Scott Horn from Oil and Cotton (here). 
When:  Saturday, May 28, 2016 from 10:30am12:30pm
Where:  Amon Carter Museum, 3501 Camp Bowie Boulevard. Find directions and parking details here.
Cost: Entrance to this event and Amon Carter’s Museum is always FREE (but donations are appreciated)!

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:: FREE Saturday Outdoor Exercise Classes at The Trailhead
in Clearfork on Fort Worth’s Trinity Trails
Saturday, May 28, 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.  Saturday’s schedule includes Boot camps, Stroller Strides, D Method Bounce, Smart Barre, Zumba, Yoga, and more!

Details, details
What:  Learn more about The Trailhead and Saturday exercise classes here.
When: Saturday, May 28 (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

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:: FREE Kids Art Class at The Kimbell Art Museum
Saturday, May 28, 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, May 28, 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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:: Fun! Star Gazing Party with the Fort Worth Astronomical
Society at Southlake’s Bob Jones Nature Center
Saturday, May 28, 2016

If you love looking up at the night sky and observing the stars, constellations, planets, and galaxies, this spectacular stargazing party is for you! Come take advantage of our super high powered telescope and view the stars like you’ve never seen them before. An instructor will teach you new constellations, and you’ll observe planets which can’t be seen with the naked eye. Feel free to bring chairs, blankets, snacks, and drinks. Only red lights will be permitted as not to detract from the luminosity of the sky (no phones, flashlights, lamps etc).

Details, details
What: For more info about the Bob Jones Nature Center’s Star Struck with the Fort Worth Astronomical Society, click here.
When: Saturday, May 28, 2016 ~ 8:30pm – 11:00pm
Where: Bob Jones Nature Center, Bob Jones Road in Southlake
Cost: $5 per person

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::  FREE Saturday Morning Zumba in Sundance Square
Saturday, May 28, 2016

Get your groove on and start your Saturday morning with a free Zumba class at Sundance Square Plaza! Classes are presented by Sundance Square and Amon G. Carter, Jr. Downtown YMCA.  All levels are welcome!

Details, details
What: Learn more about free Zumba at Sundance Square, here.
When: Saturday, May 28, 2016 ~ 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Where:  Sundance Square Plaza in Fort Worth.  Go here to find FREE parking options.
Cost: FREE!

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:: FREE Town Hall Coffee with Mayor Betsy Price & Sal Espino
Saturday, May 28, 2016

Mayor Betsy is teaming up with city council members to host community coffees throughout Fort Worth at Town Halls for All. This Saturday, come on out to talk to Mayor Betsy and Council member Sal Espino (Council District 2) about what is important to you in your neighborhood and around town.  Free coffee will be provided ~ enjoy a cup while talking to these city leaders!

Details, details
What: Learn more about Town Halls for All here.
Where:
Nuevo Leon Restaurant ~ 1544 Ellis Ave, Fort Worth
When: Saturday, May 28, 2016 ~ 9:00AM
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 D.I.Y. Decorative Painting Class at Home Depot
Saturday, May 28, 2016

This Saturday, join Home Depot for a D.I.Y. Workshop where you will learn how to approach selecting a paint color, get an overview of the hottest color trends for 2016, and more. The Home Depot Workshops are designed to provide a mix of associate led instruction, demonstration, and some hands-on learning.

Details, details
What: Get more information about the workshop, here.
When: Saturday, May 28, 2016 ~ 10:00AM
Where: Home Depot Home Improvement Stores. To find a participating location, click here.
Cost: FREE!

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:: FREE Family Outdoor Adventure Event at Bass Pro Shops
    Saturday and Sunday, May 28 & 29, 2016

This weekend, bring your family to Bass Pro Shops’ FREE Outdoor Event for families. There will be FREE seminars, demonstrations, fishing at the pond, giveaways, and more!  Take a look at the schedule of events here.

Details, details
What:
For more details on activities and events, click here.
When:
Saturday and Sunday, May 28 & 29
Where: Bass Pro Shops, 2501 Bass Pro Drive, Grapevine
Cost: FREE

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::  FREE Sunday Evening Jazz Series at Sundance Square
      Sunday, May 29, 2016

Sundance Square invites you to join their FREE Sunday Music Jazz Series for the Month of May!  Sunday evening’s Black Dog Jazz Jam features the laid back vibe 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 29, 2016 ~ 8:00PM
Where:  Sundance Square Plaza in Fort Worth.  Go here to find FREE parking options.
Cost: FREE!

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:: FREE Cowtown Opry Performance at The Stockyards
Sunday, May 29, 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, May 29, 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, May 29, 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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