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2014 State Fair of Texas Discount Tickets Savings Guide — September 26 to October 19

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Yes!  It is finally beginning to feel like autumn in Texas and that means it is time for the annual Texas State Fair! If you are seeking to take your family at the lowest cost possible, be sure and check out our savings guide below.  We can help you save a bundle and if you plan it right, you might be able to attend for FREE!

Texas State Fair Events Begin Friday, September 26
(Runs September 26 to October 19, 2014)

This year’s line up of events is as extensive as ever.  Free concerts (with admission) include: The Swon Brothers — finalists of NBC’s “The Voice”, Fantasia, Lucy Hale, Kool & The Gang, and more great bands. There is so much to see and do.  Check out the line up of concerts herethe list of celebrity chef demonstrations here (including Keith Hicks – Buttons), and the full schedule of events here

Lots of Ways to Save on Tickets
General admission fair tickets are normally $17/person.  Plan ahead, and you can enjoy your day at a deep discount (or even attend for FREE) with one of the many ways to save on your tickets. Following is a roundup of discount options:

1. Kroger Grocery Store is the official site for advanced discount ticket purchases. We do recommend calling the Kroger service desk before stopping by to purchase tickets, as not all locations offer these tickets:

  • Advance General Admission$15.50  Valid for any one-day admission.
  • Advance Season Pass: $34.95. This is only sold at Kroger, and not available at the State Fair admission gates.  This is a great deal if you are going to make multiple visits during the fair.  This season pass includes: unlimited visits for 2014 and a one-day companion ticket (good Monday-Friday).

2. September 26, Opening Day $6 Admission with a Food Donation to the North Texas Food Bank Bring a full 20 oz. bottle of Dasani water (or any Coca-Cola product) for donation to the North Texas Food Bank containers at Fair admission gates and get in for $6 per (per donation) per person.

3.  Tuesdays, Dr Pepper Day: $5 Admission & 6 Coupon Rides ~ On Tuesdays, bring an empty Dr Pepper can to the admission gate and enter for $5. Most rides (excluding the Thrillway and the Texas Star) are 6 coupons as well.

4.  Wednesdays, Kroger Food Drive Day: 3 Cans for $3 Admission ~ When you bring 3 cans of food (per person) for area food banks, get admission for $3.

5.  Thursdays, Coke Day: $6 Admission ~ Bring an empty 20 oz. bottle of a Coca-Cola product and enter the Fair for $6 admission.

6.  Thursdays, Seniors Day: FREE Admission ~ Senior Citizens 60 years and older get into the State Fair FREE each Thursday.

7.  Fridays, $5 OFF with KISS-FM coupon ~ Download and print a coupon from the KISS-FM  website  (here) to get $12 admission with the coupon.  Discount is off of general admission only, when purchased at a State Fair of Texas admission gate with coupon

8. Fridays – Fort Worth Star Telegram Press Pass Savings: Buy One Get One FREE ~ Present the coupon found inside Friday’s Star-Telegram AND your valid Press Pass Card when purchasing a General Admission Ticket at any State Fair of Texas® ticket booth at the regular price of $17.00 AND receive a second ticket free.

9. Friday, October 3, Fort Worth Star Telegram Gold Press Pass Savings: 2 FREE ADMISSION Tickets ~ Present the coupon found inside Friday’s Star-Telegram AND your valid GOLD Press Pass Card at any State Fair of Texas ticket booth to receive two free General Admission tickets, valid Friday, Oct. 3, 2014 only.

10. After 5pm any day, Dr Pepper Day: $8 Admission ~ After 5pm, admission is $8  when you bring an empty Dr Pepper can to any State Fair admission gate.

11. Any Day $2 Off, Dart GoPass ~ Buy discounted tickets to the State Fair right from your DART GoPass app. Adult tickets are just $15 and child/senior tickets are $11.  You can also buy a DART pass to the Fair. Both your DART pass and your Fair tickets will be right there on your phone and scanned at the gates.

12. Any Day $3 Off with McDonald’s coupon ~ McDonald’s offers $3 off General Admission with one of their State Fair coupons (available on tray liner or bag stuffer) any day of the Fair.  A $6 child ticket (with purchase of general admission) coupon is also distributed by McDonald’s.

13. Any Day $3 Off with Sonic promo code ~ Enter the promo code “Sonic” when you order your State Fair tickets online, to get $3 off any ticket through October 13.

14. FREE Admission From Dickies ~ Make a purchase of $75 or more worth of items from the the Dickies clothing store in Fort Worth through October 6 and you will receive two free tickets to the State Fair.

Offers may not be combined together.

:: Learn more about the State Fair of Texas here.

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October 25 – 27 Cheap and FREE Fort Worth Entertainment Roundup

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ABOUT THE FRUGAL & FUN FT. WORTH WEEKEND EDITION Fridays, we post ideas for FREE (or really cheap) weekend entertainment for you and your family. Subscribe to our blog updates and you’ll receive this weekly weekend guide along with more budget stretching ideas and tips throughout the week! Subscribe for FREE (here)!

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This weekend’s highlights include:

  • FREE Trick or Treat and Fall Festival Family Events
  • FREE Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering
    at The Fort Worth Stockyards
  • FREE Pablo Picasso Birthday Celebration (and 50% OFF
    exhibit admission)
    at the Kimbell Art Museum
  • FREE Park Glen Battle of the Bands
  • Fort Worth’s Annual Boo at the Zoo
  • FREE Cowtown Opry Performance 
  • FREE Cooking Technique Class at Williams-Sonoma,
    Featuring Pie Crust Making Tips

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:: FREE Trick or Treat and Fall Festival Family Events

Fall Halloween Family Festivals in Fort Worth and Dallas - Alternatives

Are you looking for a fun and safe way to celebrate the weekend’s fall festivities with your family? Lots of churches, schools, and businesses in the community have put together fun festivals with safe places to trick or treat and play games.

There are an abundance of choices, and we’ve put together a short list of ideas to get you started:

• Bass Pro Shops Charlie Brown Pumpkin Event ~ Daily
Grapevine Location (2501 Bass Pro Drive) • Daily through October 31
FREE daily events vary and include trick or treating throughout the store, kids’ costume parade, crafts, scavenger hunt, studio quality photos, and more. Get more details and a daily event schedule here.

• Central Market Stores Fall Carnival ~ Saturday
Fort Worth Location (4651 West Freeway) • October 26, 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Start out at the main entrance to Central Market, grab a map, then wind your way through the store, stopping at each Scavenger Hunt station to get a treat! Once you have scavenged all there is to hunt, make your way out to the patio for games, cookie decorating, cake walk and a costume parade. Children in costume will receive a coupon for one free Kids’ Gelato.  More details here.

• Treat Street in the Fort Worth Stockyards ~ Thursday
Fort Worth Stockyards Station • October 31, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Join Historic Fort Worth’s Stockyards Station and RADIO DISNEY for a safe, family friendly family party that’s FREE and FUN! Event includes trick or treating at Stockyards Station shops, FREE hay rides, costume contest, pumpkin decorating, games, prizes and more. More details here.

• Trunk or Treat at the Met Church ~ Sunday
Met Church in Ft. Worth, 11301 Old Denton Rd • October 27, 3:00-5:30 p.m.
Bring your whole family for a great time! Trick-or-Treat while enjoying a variety of carnival games and fun family activities. There will be lots of candy, prizes and safe fun for everyone. More details here.

Other local carnivals and festivals (lots of family friendly choices)
Pop over here for a terrific line-up
of family safe, Halloween alternatives and fall festivals put on by churches, businesses and schools throughout Fort Worth, Dallas and surrounding areas. Thanks to radio station KLTY 94.9 for putting together this lengthy and helpful list.

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:: Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering & Western Festival
Friday to Sunday, October 25-27, 2013

Join the Red Steagall Cowboy gathering in the Fort Worth Stockyards to celebrate the 23rd year of this première celebration of the West. Weekend activities include chuck wagon camp and competition, horsemanship clinics, cowboy music, Cutting Horse Association Rodeo Finals, fiddle contest, cowboy church, and lots more! Voted Best Gathering and Best Family Event by the readers of American Cowboy Magazine.

Details, Details
What:
Get more event info at the Red Steagall website, here.
When: Friday to Sunday, October 25-27.  See the full schedule, here.
Where: Fort Worth Stockyards. Find a map & directions here.
Cost:
Most outdoor street events on the schedule are FREE to the public. To get access to indoor events (like the rodeo), get tickets here

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:: FREE Pablo Picasso Birthday Celebration at the Kimbell Museum
Friday, October 25, 2013

The Kimbell Art Museum is rolling out the birthday fanfare to celebrate the 132nd birthday of Pablo Picasso. Visitors will enjoy complimentary birthday cookies provided by Blue Bonnet Bakery. Visitors after 5 p.m. will also enjoy half-price admission to the ticketed exhibition, The Age of Picasso and Matisse: Modern Masters from the Art Institute of Chicago, now on view at the museum.

Details, Details
What:  Learn more about the Pablo Picasso Birthday Celebration and exhibit at the Kimbell Art Museum here.
When: Friday, October 25, 2013 ~ 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Where: The Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth. For directions to the Kimbell, click here.
Cost: Enjoy FREE admission to birthday event.  Go here to learn about ticket prices and the after 5PM 50% OFF admission discounts.

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:: FREE 2nd Annual Battle of the Bands in Park Glen
Saturday, October 26, 2013

Park Glen Battle of the Bands October

Enjoy a great evening of top-notch entertainment and up-and-coming talent at the annual Park Glen Battle of the Bands.  This year’s event, will feature several bands including local talent The Signals and The Sonar Lights.  Be sure to bring along a lawn chair, blanket, and picnic/snacks to enjoy the outdoor entertainment and cheer on your favorite bands.

Details, Details
What: Learn more about the Battle of the Bands family event here.
When: Saturday, October 26, 2013 ~ 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Where: Arcadia Trail Park in North Fort Worth ~ Located at Ash River Rd. & Island Park Dr.
Cost: FREE

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:: Annual Fort Worth Boo at the Zoo Event
Friday to Sunday ~ October 25-27, 2013

This year’s annual Boo at the Zoo fun family event will feature shows, events, games, trick-or-treating, and the most popular attraction: Zoo animals! Daytime event hours will make the entire Zoo open to Boo at the Zoo guests, allowing keepers to include themed activities into the animal exhibits throughout the entire park. Children are invited to wear their favorite costumes.

Details, details
What:
For more details about Boo in the Zoo, click here.
Where:
1989 Colonial Parkway, Fort Worth.
When:
October 25-27, 2013 ~ 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Cost: Boo at the Zoo is FREE with zoo admission. Regular zoo admission prices: $12 for adults, $9 for children ages 3-12, $9 for seniors ages 65 and up, and free for toddlers 2 and under. Tickets may be purchased at the Zoo ticket window. Plan ahead and get Fort Worth Zoo discount tickets at  Keller Parks & Recreation

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:: FREE Cowtown Opry Performance at the Fort Worth Stockyards
Sunday, October 27, 2013

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, October 27, 2013, 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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:: Take a FREE Cooking Technique Class at Williams-Sonoma
Sunday, October 27, 2013

Nervous about making pie crusts? This Williams-Sonoma class is for you! They’ll take a step-by-step approach to preparing beautiful crusts: a tender and flaky standard pie crust, a sweet pie crust and a classic graham-cracker crust. You’ll also learn how to roll and blind bake crusts—just in time for holiday baking. 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, click here.
When:
October 27, 2013 ~ Note: 1 hour class times vary from store to
store, so be sure to call for exact times & date.

Where: Click here to find a Williams Sonoma store near you.
Cost: FREE! Call your local store to RSVP.

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October 4 – 6 Cheap and FREE Fort Worth Entertainment Roundup

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ABOUT THE FRUGAL & FUN FT. WORTH WEEKEND EDITION Fridays, we post ideas for FREE (or really cheap) weekend entertainment for you and your family. Subscribe to our blog updates and you’ll receive this weekly weekend guide along with more budget stretching ideas and tips throughout the week! Subscribe for FREE (here)!

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This weekend’s highlights include:

  • Fun! Texas State Fair at a Discount
  • FREE Gallery Reception for Mosaic Artist Shelly
    Hamill at Fort Worth Community Arts Center
  • FREE Southlake Octoberfest Family Fun Event
  • FREE Fall Festival for Families at Calloway’s
  • FREE Museum Admission at Fort Worth
    Science and History Museum & Perot Museum
  • FREE Nasher Sculpture Center’s First
    Saturdays Family Fun Day (In Dallas)
  • FREE Kids Woodworking Workshop at Home Depot
  • FREE Cowtown Opry Performance 
  • FREE Cooking Technique Class at Williams-Sonoma

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:: Enjoy a Day in Dallas at the Texas State Fair
Now through October 20, 2013

This is the second weekend of the month-long State Fair of Texas entertainment extravaganza in Dallas, and you can attend for FREE or cheap (learn how here). The Texas State Fair runs now through October 20 and covers just about every area of interest ~ even ostrich races! There are literally hundreds of entertainment choices and music performances throughout the month including many well-known names. There is something for everyone.

Details, details
What: Check out daily line up of concerts herethe list of celebrity chef demonstrations here, and the full schedule of events here.
Where: Fair Park, 3921 Martin Luther King Blvd ~ Dallas, TX
When: Daily, now through October 20, 2013
Cost: Go here to learn how to get FREE or cheap discount tickets.

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:: Gallery Reception for Mosaic Artist Shelly Hamill at
Fort Worth Community Arts Center

Friday, October 4, 2013

Join mosaic artist Shelly Hamill  for a free gallery reception and Art Exhibit opening tonight at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center (sale proceeds will benefit the Joan Katz Breast Center at Baylor Hospital in Fort Worth).   Her lovely mosaic dress sculptures have been shown in museums and galleries around the world.  She says, “My challenge is to create something that is feminine and flirty, with softness and drape like fabric, using ceramic, glass and stone…My hope is that the viewer is willing to touch the pieces, experience the rigidity of them, and appreciate seeing something in an entirely new way.”

Details, Details
What:
Learn more about Shelly Hamill’s mosaic art and the free reception at the fwcac.org website.
When: Friday, October 4, 2013 ~ 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: Fort Worth Community Arts Center, 1300 Gendy
Cost: FREE and open to the public

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:: FREE 12th Annual Octoberfest in Southlake
Friday to Sunday, October 4-6, 2013

Spend the first weekend of October at Southlake Town Square enjoying some of the area’s greatest talents at the 12th Annual Octoberfest.  This 3-day event provides a lengthy list of entertainment, food and fun (see the event and entertainment schedule here).

Details, Details
What:
 Learn more about the Southlake Octoberfest and the entertainment line-up here.
When: Friday-Sunday, October 4-6, 2013
Where: Southlake Town Square – Main St. @ Southlake Blvd. (F.M. 1709)
Cost: FREE!

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:: FREE Calloway’s Nursery Fall Family Festival
Saturday, October 5, 2013

Calloway’s Nursery is hosting a FREE Fall Harvest Festival for Families! There will be fun for all including free pumpkin decorating crafts for kids, a free fall landscaping seminar for adults, refreshments, and more! Don’t forget to bring your camera, as this will be a great spot to take pictures of the kids.

Details, details
What:
 For more information about Calloway’s fall festival, go here.
When:
Saturday, October 5, 2013, beginning at 9:00AM
Where: All Calloway’s locations. Click here to find one near you.
Cost: FREE!

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:: 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, October 5-6, 2013

Bank of America’s 2013 national program, Museums On Us offers FREE admission, the first full weekend of every month, to 150+ participating museums throughout the country. In DFW, this FREE Admission program takes place this weekend (October 5-6) at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History and in Dallas at The Perot Museum of Nature & Science.

Details, details
What:
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, October 5-6, 2013
Cost: FREE to Bank of America Cardholders

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

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Nasher Sculpture Center, First Saturdays

The Nasher Sculpture Center and Target present First Saturdays for families. Held the first Saturday of every month, this special event features FREE admission and a fun schedule of activities for the kids.

Details, details
What:
For details, including a complete schedule, click here.
When:
Saturday, October 5, 2013 ~ 10:00AM to 2:00PM
Where: For directions to Nasher Sculpture Center, click here.
Cost:
FREE

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:: FREE ~ Home Depot ~ Build. Learn. Create. Kids Workshop
Saturday, October 5, 2013

This Saturday, bring your child to Home Depot’s Kids Workshop to help them learn a new woodworking skill and build their very own fire rescue plane toy  to take home. Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills, tool safety and instill a sense of pride and accomplishment.  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.

Details, details
What: For ages 5-12. Get more information about the workshop, here. When: Saturday, October 5, 2013 ~ 9:00AM to Noon
Where: Home Depot Home Improvement Stores. To find a participating location, click here.
Cost: FREE!

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:: FREE Cowtown Opry Performance at the Fort Worth Stockyards
Sunday, October 6, 2013

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, October 6, 2013, 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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:: Take a FREE Cooking Technique Class at Williams-Sonoma
Sunday, October 6, 2013

When the chill of autumn sets in, we crave comforting desserts that fill the house with the aroma of cinnamon and other warming spices. Join Williams-Sonoma and learn some basic baking techniques plus recipes for fabulous sweet 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.

Details, details
What:
For more information, click here.
When:
October 6, 2013 ~ Note: 1 hour class times vary from store to
store, so be sure to call for exact times & date.

Where: Click here to find a Williams Sonoma store near you.
Cost: FREE! Call your local store to RSVP.

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I hope you and your family have a wonderful weekend ~
It should be a PERFECT weather weekend to get outside
and do something fun!

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2013 State Fair of Texas Discount Tickets Savings Guide ~ September 27 to October 20

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It is finally beginning to feel like autumn in Texas and that means it is time for the annual Texas State Fair! If you are seeking to take your family at the lowest cost possible, be sure and check out our savings guide below.  We can help you save a bundle and if you plan it right, you can even attend for FREE!

Texas State Fair Events Begin Today, September 27
(Runs September 27-October 20, 2013)

This year’s line up of events is as extensive as ever.  Free Concerts (with admission) include: Casting Crowns, Asleep at the Wheel, Blondie, Molly Ringwald,  and more great bands. There is so much to see and do.  Check out the line up of concerts herethe list of celebrity chef demonstrations here, and the full schedule of events here

Lots of Ways to Save on Tickets
General admission fair tickets are normally $17/person.  Plan ahead, and you can enjoy your day at a deep discount (or even attend for FREE) with one of the many ways to save on your tickets. Following is a roundup of discount options:

1. Kroger Grocery Store is the official site for advanced discount ticket purchases. We do recommend calling the Kroger service desk before stopping by to purchase tickets, as not all locations offer these tickets:

  • Advance General Admission$16  (compared to $17 at gates).  Valid for any one-day admission.
  • Advance Season Pass: $34.95 (Only sold at Kroger, and not sold at State Fair admission gates).  This is a great deal if you are going to make multiple visits during the fair.  This season pass includes: Unlimited visits for 2013, a one-day companion ticket (good Monday-Friday) and one Cinemark movie ticket.

2. September 27, Opening Day $6 Admission with a Food Donation to the North Texas Food Bank ~ Bring a full 20 oz. bottle of Dasani water (or any Coca-Cola product) for donation to the North Texas Food Bank containers at Fair admission gates to get in for $6 per person, per donation.

3.  October 3, Dickies Day FREE Admission ~ Anyone wearing a Dickies logo clothing item will receive a free voucher for admission to the Fair on same day.

4. Tuesdays, Dr Pepper Day: $5 Admission & 6 Coupon Rides~ On Tuesdays, bring an empty Dr Pepper can to the admission gate and enter for $5. Most rides (excluding the Thrillway and the Texas Star) are 6 coupons as well.

5.  Wednesdays, Kroger Food Drive Day: 3 Cans for $3 Admission ~ When you bring 3 cans of food (per person) for area food banks, get admission for $3.

6.  Thursdays, Coke Day: $6 Admission ~ Bring an empty 20 oz. bottle of a Coca-Cola product and enter the Fair for $6 admission.

7.  Thursdays, Seniors Day: FREE Admission ~ Senior Citizens 60 years and older get into the State Fair FREE each Thursday.

8.  Thursdays, Cinemark: FREE AdmissionPresent a Cinemark Movie Theater ticket stub and receive a free admission (one person per ticket stub) on any Thursday.

9.  Fridays, $5 OFF with KISS-FM coupon ~ Download and print a coupon from the KISS-FM  website  (here) to get $12 admission with the coupon.  Discount is off of general admission only, when purchased at a State Fair of Texas admission gate with coupon

10. Fridays, Fort Worth Star Telegram Press Pass Savings: Buy One Get One FREE ~ With your valid Press Pass card and State Fair of Texas coupon printed in the Star-Telegram (Friday’s DFW.com section) you receive a second ticket free when you purchase a general admission ticket at any State Fair of Texas ticket booth (at regular price of $17.00). Offer expires October 18, 2013.

11. Fridays, Fort Worth Star Telegram Gold Press Pass Savings: 2 FREE General Admission Tickets for October 4th ~ Present your valid Gold Press Pass card and State Fair of Texas coupon printed in the Star-Telegram (Friday’s DFW.com section) and you receive two free general admission tickets to the State Fair of Texas. Offer valid only on Friday, October 4 and offer cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion.

12. After 5pm any day, Dr Pepper Day: $8 Admission ~ After 5pm, admission is $8  when you bring an empty Dr Pepper can to any State Fair admission gate.

13. Any Day $3 Off, McDonald’s ~ McDonald’s offers $3 off General Admission any day of the Fair, with one of their State Fair coupons (available on the tray liner or as a bag stuffer).  A half price child with purchase of general admission coupon is also distributed by McDonald’s.

Offers may not be combined together.

:: Learn more about the State Fair of Texas here.

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October 5 – 7 Cheap and FREE Fort Worth Entertainment Roundup

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ABOUT THE FRUGAL & FUN FT. WORTH WEEKEND EDITION Fridays, we post ideas for FREE (or really cheap) weekend entertainment for you and your family. Subscribe to our blog updates and you’ll receive this weekly weekend guide along with more budget stretching ideas and tips throughout the week! Subscribe for FREE (here)!

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This weekend’s highlights include:

  • Fun! Texas State Fair at a Discount
  • FREE Fort Worth Alliance Air Show
  • FREE Southlake Octoberfest Family Fun Event
  • FREE Fall Festival for Families at Calloway’s
  • FREE Museum Admission at Fort Worth
    Science and History Museum
  • FREE Nasher Sculpture Center’s First
    Saturdays Family Fun Day (In Dallas)
  • FREE Kids Woodworking Workshop at Home Depot
  • FREE Cowtown Opry Performance 
  • FREE Cooking Technique Class at Williams-Sonoma

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:: Enjoy a Day in Dallas at the Texas State Fair
Now through October 21, 2012

This is the second weekend of the month-long State Fair of Texas entertainment extravaganza in Dallas, and you can attend for FREE or cheap (learn how here). The Texas State Fair runs now through October 21 and covers just about every area of interest. There are literally hundreds of entertainment choices and music performances throughout the month including many well-known names. There is something for everyone!

Details, details
What: Check out daily line up of concerts herethe list of celebrity chef demonstrations here, and the full schedule of events here.
Where: Fair Park, 3921 Martin Luther King Blvd ~ Dallas, TX
When: Daily, now through October 21, 2012
Cost: Go here to learn how to get FREE or cheap discount tickets.

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:: FREE! Fort Worth’s Alliance Air Show, featuring the Thunderbirds
Saturday and Sunday, October 6-7, 2012

Bring the family to Alliance Airport for a full-day of daring aerobatic maneuvers, static displays (including Warbirds, helicopters and jets), simulators, children’s activities, fun food and more.  An impressive list of performers will be featured including the jaw-dropping aerial performances of the US Air Force Thunderbirds and the Canadian Snowbirds.

Details, Details
What: For more details about the air show, click here.
Where:
2221 Alliance Boulevard, Fort Worth
For directions to Alliance, click here.
When: Saturday and Sunday, October 6 & 7, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Cost: Admission is FREE, Parking is $20 per vehicle.

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:: FREE 11th Annual Octoberfest in Southlake
Friday to Sunday, October 5-7, 2012

Spend the first weekend of October at Southlake Town Square enjoying some of the area’s greatest talents at the 11th Annual Octoberfest.  This 3-day event provides a lengthy list of entertainment, food and fun (see the event and entertainment schedule here).

Details, Details
What:
 Learn more about the Southlake Octoberfest and the entertainment
line-up here.
When: Friday-Sunday, October 5-7, 2012
Where: Southlake Town Square – Main St. @ Southlake Blvd. (F.M. 1709)
Cost: FREE!

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:: FREE Calloway’s Nursery Fall Family Festival
Saturday, October 6, 2012

Calloway’s Nursery is hosting a FREE Fall Harvest Festival for Families! There will be fun for all including free pumpkin decorating crafts for kids, a free fall container garden planting seminar for adults and more! Don’t forget to bring your camera, as this will be a great spot to take fall pictures of the kids.

Details, details
What:
 For more information about Calloway’s fall festival, go here.
When:
Saturday, October 6, 2012, beginning at 9:00AM
Where: All Calloway’s locations. Click here to find one near you.
Cost: FREE!

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

Saturday and Sunday, October 6-7, 2012

Bank of America’s 2012 national program, Museums On Us offers FREE  admission, the first full weekend of every month, to 120 participating museums throughout the U.S.   This FREE Admission program takes place this weekend (October 6 & 7in Fort Worth at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.

Details, details
What:
To find out more about the Museums On Us program, go here. To learn more about Fort Worth Museum of Science & History, click 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, 1600 Gendy St. (corner of Montgomery and Burnett Tandy).
When: Saturday and Sunday, October 6-7, 2012
Cost: FREE to Bank of America Cardholders (Reg: $14 Adults, $10 Children)

Other DFW Museums With FREE Admission This Weekend:

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

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Nasher Sculpture Center, First Saturdays

The Nasher Sculpture Center and Target present First Saturdays for families. Held the first Saturday of every month, this special event features FREE admission and a fun schedule of activities for the kids.

Details, details
What:
For details, including a complete schedule, click here.
When:
Saturday, October 6, 2012 ~ 10:00AM to 2:00PM
Where: For directions to Nasher Sculpture Center, click here.
Cost:
FREE

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:: FREE ~ Home Depot ~ Build. Learn. Create. Kids Workshop
Saturday, October 6, 2012

This Saturday, bring your child to Home Depot’s Kids Workshop to help them learn a new woodworking skill and build their very own fire truck toy  to take home. Each Kids Workshop participant will receive a kid-sized orange apron (similar to a Home Depot associate apron) and an achievement pin. All workshops are free, but you should probably show up early to insure you have a kit for your little ones.

Details, details
What: For ages 5-12. Get more information about the workshop, here. When: Saturday, October 6, 2012 ~ 9:00AM to Noon
Where: Home Depot Home Improvement Stores. To find a participating location, click here.
Cost: FREE!

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:: FREE Cowtown Opry Performance at the Fort Worth Stockyards
Sunday, October 7, 2012

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, October 7, 2012, 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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:: Take a FREE Cooking Technique Class at Williams-Sonoma
Sunday, October 7, 2012

If a bowl of soup is a comforting sight in the fall and winter months, this class is for you!  Homemade soup is easier to make than you might imagine. The steps are simple and once you master them, you’ll be able to prepare hundreds of variations. 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, click here.
When:
October 7, 2012 ~ Note: 1 hour class times vary from store to
store, so be sure to call for exact times & date.

Where: Click here to find a Williams Sonoma store near you.
Cost: FREE! Call your local store to RSVP.

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I hope you and your family have a wonderful weekend ~
It should be a PERFECT weather weekend to get outside!

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2012 State Fair of Texas Discount Tickets & Savings Guide ~ September 28 to October 21

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It is finally autumn in Texas and that means it is time for the annual Texas State Fair.  If you are seeking to take your family at the lowest cost possible, be sure and check out our savings tips below.  We can help you save a bundle and if you plan it right, you can even attend for FREE!

Texas State Fair Events Begin This Friday
(Runs September 28-October 21, 2012)

This year’s line up of events is as extensive as ever.  Free Concerts (with admission) include: Kevin Fowler, Kevin Costner & Modern West, Kellie Pickler, Kansas, The Commodores, and more great bands. There is so much to see and do.  Check out the line up of concerts herethe list of celebrity chef demonstrations here, and the full schedule of events here

Lots of Ways to Save on Tickets
General admission fair tickets are normally $16/person.  Plan ahead, and you can enjoy your day at a deep discount (or even attend for FREE) with one of the many ways to save on your tickets. Following is a roundup of discount options:

1. Kroger Grocery Store is the official site for advanced ticket purchases. Stop by your local Kroger’s check-out counter or purchase these discount tickets at the service desk:

  • Advance DART/State Fair Combo Ticket: $17  (value of $26 and only available at Kroger Food Stores).  This ticket gets you admission into the Fair AND a convenient round-trip ride via DART’s rail and/or buses on date of use.  You’ll be delivered to the front gate of Fair Park if you take the greenline ( plus you save $15 on fair parking and gas!).  Learn more here. Note, that this is not valid for service on TRE or the Fort Worth T which would need to be purchased separately (TRE details here).
  • Advance General Admission$14.50  (compared to $16 at gates).  Valid for any one-day admission.
  • Advance Season Pass: $34.95 (Only sold at Kroger, and not sold at State Fair admission gates).  This is a great deal if you are going to make multiple visits during the fair.  This season pass includes: Unlimited visits for 2012, a one-day companion ticket (good Monday-Friday) and one Cinemark movie ticket.

2. Opening Day $6 Admission with a Food Donation to the North Texas Food Bank (September 28) ~ Bring a full 20 oz. bottle of Dasani water (or any Coca-Cola product) for donation to the North Texas Food Bank containers at Fair admission gates to get in for $6 per person, per donation.

3. Tuesdays, Dr Pepper Day: $5 Admission ~ On Tuesdays, bring an empty Dr Pepper can to the admission gate and enter for $5. Most rides (excluding the Thrillway and the Texas Star) are 5 coupons as well.

4.  Wednesdays, Kroger Food Drive Day: 3 Cans for $2 Admission ~ When you bring 3 cans of food (per person) for area food banks, get admission for $2.

5.  Thursday, October 11, Dickies Day FREE Admission ~ Anyone wearing a Dickies logo clothing item will receive a free voucher for admission to the Fair on same day.

6.  Thursdays, Coke Day: $6 Admission ~ Bring an empty 20 oz. bottle of a Coca-Cola product and enter the Fair for $6 admission.

7.  Thursdays, Seniors Day: FREE Admission ~ Senior Citizens 60 years and older get into the State Fair FREE each Thursday.

8.  Thursdays, Cinemark: FREE AdmissionPresent a Cinemark Movie Theater ticket stub and receive a free admission (one person per ticket stub) on any Thursday.

9.  Fridays, $5 OFF with KISS-FM coupon ~ Download and print a coupon from the KISS-FM  website  (here) to get $11 admission with the coupon.  Discount is off of general admission only,  when purchased at a State Fair of Texas admission gate with coupon

10. Fridays, Fort Worth Star Telegram Press Pass Savings: Buy One Get One FREE ~ Buy one general admission ticket at full price and receive a second ticket free (Must present Fort Worth Star Telegram Press Pass Card and the  BOGO coupon from the newspaper at admission gates).  Additionally, Press Pass Gold Members can enjoy FREE admission on Friday, October 5 for 2 people with a Fort Worth Star Telegram Press Pass Gold Card (must present  Gold Press Pass Card and coupon at admission gates).

11. After 5pm any day, Dr Pepper Day: $8 Admission ~ After 5pm, admission is $8  when you bring an empty Dr Pepper can to any State Fair admission gate.

12. Any Day $3 Off, McDonald’s ~ McDonald’s offers $3 off General Admission any day of the Fair, with one of their State Fair coupons (available on the tray liner or as a bag stuffer).  A half price child with purchase of general admission coupon is also distributed by McDonald’s.

Offers may not be combined together.

:: Learn more about the State Fair of Texas here.

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Texas State Fair Discount Tickets: $2 Wednesdays

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Get $2 tickets to the State Fair of Texas on Wednesdays (October 12 & 19) when you donate 3 cans of food or other unopened, imperishable food to the North Texas Food bank. Each Wednesday, there will be staffed trucks at the State Fair ready to receive your food donations at the Pennsylvania & Lagow pedestrian entrances.

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