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Frugal & Fun Fort Worth Weekend Events (Oct. 16-18) ~ Botanic Gardens Paint Out, Grapevine Butterfly Festival, Texas State Fair, and more!

Each Friday, we post ideas for free (or almost free) weekend entertainment for you and your family. Here are this weekend’s tips…


Frugal Weekend Entertainment Option #1

Plein Air Paint Out, Family Fun at The Fort Worth Botanic Gardens
All Weekend, Through Sunday, October 18, 2009

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You have a treat in store this weekend at the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens (one of my favorite, always-free DFW venues): Beautiful fall weather, beautiful surroundings, and…

The 2nd Annual Plein Air Paint Out, a unique outdoor painting event, will be held at the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens all weekend long.

FREE to the public, visitors can enjoy watching over 30 professional artists from across the state as they create their paintings in the garden from 8:00 am to dusk. On Sunday morning, beginning at 9:00 am, all Artists will be challenged to a Quick Draw event, where each artist will have 2 ½ hours to create a new painting.

‘Plein air painting’ is a term derived from the French phrase en plein air, which literally means ‘in the open air” and comes from the late 1800s when revolutionary Impressionist artists ventured out of their studios to investigate and capture the effects of sunlight and different times of days on an outdoor subject.

Funds raised support Camp Fire USA youth development programs in Tarrant, Denton, Parker, Johnson, Hood and Wise Counties.

Details, details
What: For a preview of all the Botanic gardens, click here. 
     For details about the Plein Air event, click here.
Where: 3220 Botanic Garden Boulevard, Fort Worth
    For directions to the gardens and other details, click here.
When: All weekend, October 16-18, 2009, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Cost: FREE


Frugal Weekend Entertainment Option #2

Butterfly Flutterby Festival in Grapevine
Great Fun for the Kids!

Grapevi butterfly Festival

Calling all kids!   Visit Grapevine to celebrate the migration of the Monarch Butterfly from Canada to Mexico. 

It’s time for the annual monarch butterfly migration, as butterflies are in the midst of relocating from Canada to Mexico.  Grapevine is directly in the migration path and is celebrating with its Butterfly Flutterby family event!

This fun-for-all festival includes releases of butterflies and a Gossamer Parade. Join the fun!  You’ll enjoy butterfly exhibits, gardening seminars and all sorts of interactive butterfly arts & crafts and entertainment. The Parade will line up at 9:30 AM at Liberty Park (corner of East Wall and Main Street) and proceed down Main Street to the Cotton Belt Railroad District.  More details are here.

Schedule of Events
8:45 a.m. – Parade Registration (at the intersection of Wall St. and Jenkins St.)
9:30 a.m. – Parade Line-up
10:00 a.m. – Parade starts toward the Cotton Belt Depot
10:45 a.m. – First Butterfly Release
11:15 a.m. – Costume Contest Awards
11:45 a.m. – Second Butterfly Release
12:30 p.m. – Final Butterfly Release

Details, details
Where: At the Historic Cotton Belt Railroad District,
      701 South Main Street, Grapevine.
      The Parade will line up at 9:30 AM at Liberty Park

When: Saturday, October 17, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM 
Cost: FREE



Frugal Weekend Entertainment Option #3

Enjoy a day in Dallas at the Texas State Fair – LAST WEEKEND!
Plan ahead and you can save on admission, too!

This is the LAST weekend of the month-long Texas State Fair in Dallas. Be sure to check out our comprehensive savings guide to the fair (click here), which includes some helpful info, as well as a long list of ways to save on admission.

The Texas State Fair runs through Sunday, October 18 and covers just about every area of interest. There are plenty of daily shows and literally hundreds of music performances throughout the month.  Check out the line up of concerts here and the full schedule of events here.

Details, details
What: There is so much to see and do at the fair. Click here for the schedule of events and other details. The event schedule changes daily.
Where: Fair Park, 3921 Martin Luther King Blvd, Dallas, TX
When: Daily, Now through October 18, 2009
How much:
Discount Tickets: (Click here for FREE/discount ticket details) 
  • General Admission:
  • Kids under 48” tall: $11
  • Seniors 60 and over: $11
  • Children 2 and under: Free



Frugal Weekend Entertainment Option #4

Learn About the Kimbell’s Latest Important Acquisition,
Michelangelo’s Earliest Painting: The Torment of Saint Anthony
Panel Discussion/Kimbell Lecture Series, Saturday October 17

Kimbell Lecture

Before its acquisition by Fort Worth’s Kimbell Museum, Michelangelo’s The Torment of Saint Anthony underwent construction and technical studies at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, where it was featured as a summer focus exhibition. Curators and conservators whose research helped to confirm its authorship will make illustrated presentations and discuss Michelangelo’s earliest known painting.

This program is FREE and open to the public. Seating is limited.

Panel Participants
Moderator, Eric McCauley Lee, director, Kimbell Art Museum
Keith Christiansen, John-Pope Hennessy Chairman of European Paintings, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Everett Fahy, curator emeritus of European paintings, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Michael Gallagher, conservator in charge of paintings conservation, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Details, details
What: To learn more about the Kimbell Museum Lecture series, click here.
Where: 3333 Camp Bowie Boulevard, Fort Worth
    For directions to the Kimbell and other details, click here.
When: Saturday, October 17, 2009, 10:00 AM – Noon
Cost: FREE



Frugal Weekend Entertainment Option #5

Texas Wesleyan Music Concert at The Modern Art Museum
Saturday ~ October 17, 2:00 PM

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Visit the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth for a concert featuring vocal and instrumental performances from Texas Wesleyan University’s Music faculty and students, as well as the Wesleyan Chamber Choir, Brass Quartet and Jazz Quintet.

At this concert, audiences will have the opportunity to hear pianists Keith Critcher and Jessica Koebbe, bass trombonist Bryan English, soprano Julie McCoy, classical guitarist Michael Dailey, and cellist Hsinyi Wang, among others. 

Performance in the Modern Art Museum’s auditorium at 2pm.  

Details, details
What: To learn more about Texas Wesleyan Music Series, click here.
Where: The
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Auditorium
      3200 Darnell Street, Fort Worth
When: Saturday, October 17, 2009, 2:00 PM
Cost: FREE

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