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Artisan First Saturday at BRITArtisan First Saturday at BRIT On Saturday, Nov. 1, the Botanical Research Institute of Texas will host its monthly First Saturday program from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The theme for this month's event is "Festive by Nature." BRIT will host...

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Giveaway: Spartan Race EntryGiveaway: Spartan Race Entry On any given weekend, there are probably 20+ road races, 5Ks, etc. in Dallas. But this weekend, Nov. 1 and 2, are the Spartan Races - obstacle races/mud runs that truly challenge your abilities! The races...

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Free Yoga Sessions at AriasaltFree Yoga Sessions at Ariasalt Looking for a new way to wellness? Ariasalt, a new place in Fort Worth, offers halotherapy, or salt therapy - an alternative, drug-free treatment that is said to alleviate some respiratory and skin problems....

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Halloween 2014 Food Specials Halloween 2014 Food Specials Trick or treat, it's time to eat! Take advantage of these Halloween specials in DFW - all are good only Oct. 31 unless otherwise specified. Chipotle - Come into any Chipotle dressed in costume from...

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Save 68% on Sam's Club Membership PackageSave 68% on Sam's Club Membership Package Is there anyone who pays full price for warehouse membership anymore? Visit LivingSocial today and save 68 percent on a Sam's Club Plus membership. You'll pay just $45 for a 1-year membership, plus you'll...

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Save 68% on Sam’s Club Membership Package

Category : Arlington, dining, entertainment, family, Featured, food, holiday

 photo samsclub_zpse58f7183.pngIs there anyone who pays full price for warehouse membership anymore? Visit LivingSocial today and save 68 percent on a Sam’s Club Plus membership. You’ll pay just $45 for a 1-year membership, plus you’ll get a lot of bonuses: a complimentary membership for a spouse or other household member, a free $20 Sam’s Club gift card, and coupons for four free fresh food items (a rotisserie chicken, spinach artichoke dip, cookies and a French baguette). This is a $142 value!

As a Plus member, you’ll also receive extra perks, like rewards on your purchases, VIP member events, and more.

If you buy this deal, you’ll won’t be able to redeem it until Oct. 29. After that, you can activate the membership anytime through Feb. 3, 2015 at your nearest Sam’s Club. See all the details here and get yours before the deal is over!

Other LivingSocial deals available today include:

$8 for 2 tickets to the Holiday Magic Gift Market – shop from over 100 local vendors for holiday gifts on any day from Nov. 7-9 in Arlington; benefits Junior League; $16 value

$12 for $20 at Habaneros Fresh Mex – save on tacos, fajitas and more in Fort Worth

$25 for a 2-hour painting party from Paint Nite – create a masterpiece while hanging out and having drinks with friends; all supplies included; paint parties are happening in Colleyville, Fort Worth, Addison and more

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Free & Cheap Weekend Activities in DFW

Category : Arlington, entertainment, family, Featured, free

 photo canalfest_zps585c2ec7.jpgIn addition to our big list of Halloween-themed events around Fort Worth this weekend, here’s a listing of some other fun, FREE and inexpensive activities:

Canal Fest – Saturday, Oct. 25 at Las Colinas Urban Center from 2-8 p.m. Canal Fest returns for a second year of fun, food, music, and culture! Set along the beautiful Mandalay Canal, this festival includes a local art exhibit, cultural dance displays, family-friendly activities and attractions, live music, a variety of food and beverage options, and much more. Get parking and driving directions here.

Family Festival – Saturday, Oct. 25, 1-4 p.m., Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth. This free afternoon event for all ages features creative art-making activities and live performances inspired by Impressionist masterpieces. Admission will be free for the special exhibition Faces of Impressionism: Portraits from the Musée d’Orsay all day.

ParkFest – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Willow Park, west of Fort Worth. ring the family for a fun-filled day of live entertainment on two stages, kids’ crafts, face painting, bounce house, mini-golf course, children’s stage area and much more. Meet the master gardeners, and enjoy some great food and treats. 101 Stagecoach Trail.

Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering – all weekend, various locations in Fort Worth. Plenty of Western-themed events for visitors of all ages. Many events require tickets, but others, like the Texas Trail of Fame Induction Ceremony, are free. See details here.

Fall Festival in the Japanese Garden – Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 25-26, Fort Worth Botanic Garden. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Enjoy vendors, performers and a unique Japanese cultural experience! Adults are $6, kids $3, kids under 3 free.

Free Saturdays at the International Bowling Museum - on Oct. 25, the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame in Arlington gives visitors free admission and plenty of fun activities, including refreshments, crafts, and the first 30 kids can decorate and take home a bowling pin bank. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Doctor Who Day – at British Emporium in Grapevine on Sunday, Oct. 26 from noon to 4 p.m. This is your chance to dress up as your fave Who character, ‘pose’ with the TARDIS, K-9, Daleks & props, and show your knowledge of this British classic sci-fi series in our carpark quiz! Prizes awarded for best costumes and good answers!

Denton’s Day of the Dead Festival – Saturday, Oct. 25 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., corner of Hickory and Industrial streets in Denton. Denton’s DOD Fest is a free-to-the-public, family friendly event, with a portion of the sponsorships donated to a local charity. Plenty of vendors will line the streets, both arts & crafts as well as many of Denton’s homegrown chefs to provide food and drink. Children will have many activities to choose from, such as trunk or treating and their very own “Pumpkin Patch,” full of many activities and games.

October FunFest – Saturday, Oct. 25 from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m., Weatherford City Lights Theatre. Join us for the Schulman Theatres First Annual October Funfest! We will have carnival games and an inflatable set up outdoors. Guests can win candy at our game stations and we will have $0.50 popcorn and cotton candy for sale. Show off your creativity by entering our Pumpkin Carving Contest! Details here.

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Halloween Events in and Around Fort Worth

Category : Arlington, entertainment, family, Featured, free

It’s here! Here is the  comprehensive list of Halloween and fall-themed events for 2014, in and around Fort Worth. Unless otherwise listed, these activities are all FREE. Have fun! Did I miss an event? Let me know!

Thursday, Oct. 23
Fall Festival - at Chick-fil-A in Ridgmar Mall, 5-7 p.m. Pumpkins, Costumes, Fun Games and Activities. Join us for a delicious dinner and family fun as we celebrate fall! Wear your best costume and you just might win a prize.

Friday, Oct. 24
Fall Festival – at Hawaiian Falls in White Settlement from 3-9 p.m. Pumpkin patch, live music, craft stations, bounce house and more. Admission is free but activities are priced individually from $1-8.
Boo Bash - from 6-8 p.m. at the Mansfield Activities Center. Kids and families can dress up in their scariest costumes and play games, collect candy and treats, and enjoy entertainment and activities in a safe and fun environment.
Halloween at Globe Life Park – 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Halloween-themed tours of the ballpark include plenty of kid-friendly activities. Costumes encouraged. $20 per kid, $10 per adult.
Bass Pro Shops Halloween Event – from 5-8 p.m. at the Grapevine location. Stuffed owl craft and free 4×6 photo.

Saturday, Oct. 25
Central Market Halloween Carnival – at the Fort Worth location from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Bring your little ghosts and goblins to CM Fort Worth for a cauldron-full of fun! Grab a scavenger hunt map and start out at the main entrance. You’ll wind your way through the store, stopping at each Scavenger Hunt station to figure out a trick – and get a treat!
Pantego Halloween Carnival – 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Bicentennial Park. Decorated pumpkin contest, costume contest, cake walk, haunted house, scavenger hunt and more. Bring a canned-good or a cash donation to our Halloween Carnival to get ONE FREE SPIN on the PRIZE WHEEL! These donations will help area food banks.
Bedford Halloween FEST – 6-9 p.m. Bring the entire family to the Boys Ranch Activity Center for a fun filled safe Halloween treat! Have your face painted, enjoy bounce houses and carnival games. Make slime and other arts and crafts. Trick or treat at candy stations. Concessions will be available. The cost is a canned good per person or a donation to the Tarrant County Food Bank.
Haltom Halloween – noon to 3 p.m. Join us at the Haltom City Recreation Center, 4839 Broadway Ave.,  for our annual Haltom Halloween. Bounce houses, obstacle courses, face painting, crafts, and more will keep the whole family entertained for Halloween fun. The Costume Contest for ages 2 to 10 begins at 2:00 p.m. sharp.
Hoot N Howl – from 5-8 p.m. in North Richland Hills at Green Valley Community Park. The NRH community stage will be jam-packed with performers, including area children’s dance and vocal groups. A Halloween costume contest will once again be a highlight of the evening. There will also be arts and crafts, games, activities and candy for all.
Burleson Old Town Boo Bash - The event, which includes free trick or treating, is for children from birth to 12 years old. The fun takes place 6 p.m.-8 p.m. on Ellison Street, between Main Street and Johnson Avenue (124 W. Ellison St.). All you have to do is dress your child up in his/her favorite costume and bring a trick or treat bag. Local businesses, churches and civic groups set up booths and decorate their vehicles for trunk-or-treat fun. Children enjoy free candy, games, bounce houses, a pumpkin patch full of free pumpkins to decorate, and a costume parade.
Haunted Trails – 7 to 9:30 p.m. at The Keller Pointe. Our trails will get a little frightful this evening with ghosts, ghouls and witches. Participants will walk down the haunted Bear Creek Greenbelt trail beginning at the south end, near The Keller Pointe parking lot. Groups will be brought back on hayrides. Please note: This event can be scary for young children.  $5 for adults, $3 for kids 12 and under.
Halloween at Globe Life Park – 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Halloween-themed tours of the ballpark include plenty of kid-friendly activities. Costumes encouraged. $20 per kid, $10 per adult.
Bass Pro Shops Halloween Event – from 12-5 p.m. at the Grapevine location. Free 4×6 photo and jack-o-lantern magnet craft from 12-5 p.m.; scavenger hunt from 1-2 and 3-4 p.m.
Brick or Treat - at LEGOLAND Discovery Center. Various Halloween activities. Regular admission applies.

Sunday, Oct. 26
Spooky Kooky Keller Kastle - From 2-5 p.m. Children 10 and under will have a kooky good time at Johnson Road Park where the play structure will be transformed into a spooky castle. The event also features carnival games and candy. Costumes encouraged!
Bass Pro Shops Halloween Event – from 12-5 p.m. at the Grapevine location. Free 4×6 photo and jack-o-lantern magnet craft from 12-5 p.m.; scavenger hunt from 1-2 and 3-4 p.m.
Brick or Treat - at LEGOLAND Discovery Center. Various Halloween activities. Regular admission applies.

Monday, Oct. 27
Bass Pro Shops Halloween Event – from 5-8 p.m. at the Grapevine location. Stuffed owl craft and free 4×6 photo.

Tuesday, Oct. 28
Bass Pro Shops Halloween Event – from 5-8 p.m. at the Grapevine location. Stuffed owl craft and free 4×6 photo.

Wednesday, Oct. 29
Kidgits Halloween Event – at Grapevine Mills Mall from 6-8 p.m., near Entrance 3. Halloween is here and Simon Malls is inviting all little ghouls, goblins and boo’tiful princesses to come have a spooktacular time at the Kidgits Halloween event.
Bass Pro Shops Halloween Event – from 5-8 p.m. at the Grapevine location. Stuffed owl craft and free 4×6 photo.

Thursday, Oct. 30
Perfectly Pleasing Pumpkins – from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Azle Library. Pumpkin-themed games, trivia, crafts and other activities.
Hooowling Halloween – from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Haltom City Public Library. There will be trick or treating through the library, not-so-scary stories, and a puppet show. Come in your costume (mom and dad join the fun and come in costume too!).
Halloween at Globe Life Park – 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Halloween-themed tours of the ballpark include plenty of kid-friendly activities. Costumes encouraged. $20 per kid, $10 per adult.
Bass Pro Shops Halloween Event – from 5-8 p.m. at the Grapevine location. Stuffed owl craft and free 4×6 photo.
LEGO Discovery Center Monster Mash – from 5-7 p.m. For LEGO Discovery Center annual pass holders. Haunted house builds with Discovery Center builders, costume contest, snacks and more. Regular admission applies.

Friday, Oct. 31
Boo Bash on West 7th - from 5-8 p.m. Looking for a safe place to take the kids on Halloween? Come to West 7th and visit the participating restaurants and retail stores for trick or treating (participating merchants are indicated with black and orange balloons) from 5-8pm. Costume contest for adults and kids, too, and free face painting.
Treat Street -  from 6-8 p.m. at the Fort Worth Stockyards. Join Stockyards Station and RADIO DISNEY for a safe, family-friendly Halloween Party in the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards that’s FREE and FUN! Free hayrides, trick or treating, costume contest and more.
Halloween at the Vineyards – Vineyards Campground near Lake Grapevine from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free trick-or-treating. Kids stop by the Camp Store porch for your bag, a treat, and instructions.
Trick-or-Treating at Ridgmar Mall – from 5-7 p.m. Kids can trick-or-treat at participating stores.
Trick-or-Treating at North East Mall – starts at 6 p.m. Bring your lil’ pumpkin to the mall and Trick-or-Treat at participating stores starting at 6:00 pm. There will be an assortment of candy, stickers and other fun treats distributed by participating retailers, while supplies last.
Kidgits Boo Fest - from 4-6 p.m. at North East Mall. Event will be held in Center Court. Wear your cool costume and join us at this free event for fun, festive activities. There will be interactive craft projects for kids, games and more during this monster of a good time.
Halloween at Globe Life Park – 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Halloween-themed tours of the ballpark include plenty of kid-friendly activities. Costumes encouraged. $20 per kid, $10 per adult.
Bass Pro Shops Halloween Event – from 4-8 p.m. at the Grapevine location. Free 4×6 photo, real pumpkin craft and trick-or-treating from 4-8 p.m.; costume parade for 12 and under at 6 p.m.
Safe Halloween – at Weatherford College from 6-9 p.m. Special needs kids admitted from 5-6 p.m. Admission is 1 canned good. Trick-or-treating and games at various booths.

Saturday, Nov. 1
Halloween at Globe Life Park – 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Halloween-themed tours of the ballpark include plenty of kid-friendly activities. Costumes encouraged. $20 per kid, $10 per adult.

 

 

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Free Event: A Taste of Nigeria

Category : Arlington, entertainment, family, Featured, free

 photo tasteofnigeria_zpse8824564.pngCome to the Knights of Columbus in Arlington this Saturday, Oct. 4 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. for A Taste of Nigeria, a free family-friendly festival. Celebrate Nigeria’s independence and experience its culture through its food, dance, fashion and more.

Activities include a soccer game, traditional Nigerian dance lessons, musical performances, and more. There will also be a vendor area, so bring some money for food and shopping! See a complete schedule of events here.

The Knights of Columbus is at 2625 S. Cooper St. in Arlington.

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South Street Art Festival in Arlington

Category : Arlington, entertainment, Featured, free

 photo southstartfest_zpsdda37a61.jpgThis weekend, Sept. 26-28 is the South Street Art Festival in downtown Arlington. This is the second annual installation of this festival, which features the work of 75 artists from across the country. Come to the festival – admission is free – and check out their work. You can also hear live performances from 10 local bands – see a music schedule here. Bring your appetite for the many food vendors that will be on hand. (No coolers are allowed.) Well-behaved, leashed dogs can come along.

Hours of the festival are 5-11 p.m. on Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Find parking details here. A map of the festival attractions can be found here.

Note for those who have kids: the festival’s website says, “While supervised young children and teenagers are welcome, there are no activities specifically planned for them.”

Photo courtesy South Street Art Festival

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15 Percent Off LivingSocial Deals

Category : Arlington, entertainment, family, Featured, shopping

 photo picturepeoplefall_zps1488ea1c.pngToday only, Sept. 23, you can get an extra 15 percent off LivingSocial deals with the code LEAVES15. This discount is only good today, and it makes for some nice deals, including:

$10 for one 3-day admission to LOOT Vintage Market – this vintage shopping experience happens Sept. 26-28 at Texas Motor Speedway; shop for furniture, decor and more; pay just $8.50 with discount

$10 for photo shoot + prints at Picture People – get fall or holiday pics of the fam! Package includes in-studio shoot and 3 sheets of photos; pay just $8.50 with discount

$18 for one ticket to “The Nutcracker” -don’t miss this holiday special from Fort Worth’s North Central Ballet on Dec. 5 or 6; pay just $15.30 with discount

$33 for 6 passes to YesterLand Farm’s Mega Pumpkin Patch Experience – this is worth the drive to Canton! Explore the three-acre corn maze, hitch a ride on the wagon train, and pet friendly critters in the zoo. Pack your own picnic or try hand-dipped corn dogs, funnel cakes, and fresh donuts. Refresh with a sarsaparilla before you whizz down the giant slide and even dress a scarecrow. Pay just $28.05 with discount

$40 for massage + more at Crowne Chiropractic Clinic – this package includes massage, chiro exam, x-rays and adjustment; located in Arlington; pay just $34 with discount

See all available LivingSocial deals here.

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Deals to Make Your Weekend

Category : Arlington, beauty, dining, entertainment, family, Featured

 photo lonestarfamilyfarm_zpscd4241da.pngThe weekend’s almost here! Save some cash while you have fun with these deals:

$9 for two tickets to Lone Star Family Farm – half off admission to this pumpkin patch in Stephenville; a hay bale pyramid, hay bale maze, corn and sand pit with toys, mini corn maze and more

$10 for 2 admissions to ICE At The Parks – ice skate for half price in Arlington with this deal; includes skate rental; options available for larger groups

$11 for $20 of frozen yogurt from Yogola – you’ll receive two Groupons, each good for $10, for this self-serve yogurt bar on Hulen St; wide range of toppings allows you to concoct your own creation

$12 for $20 at Mercado Juarez Cafe – save on Mexican cuisine; pick from 3 locations – in FW, Arlington and Dallas

$15 for 4 rounds of mini golf at Rockwood Go Kart Track – save 46 percent on miniature golfing in North Fort Worth; 18-hole course keeps you entertained for a good, long while

$22 for 10 open-play visits at Celebration Party & Event Center- $45 value; younger kids will love this facility with eight playhouses, a bounce house, and space to run and play; located in Keller

$29 for a complete wine lovers’ experience for two at Sunset Winery – relax at this quaint winery in Burleson; includes a VIP tour on either Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, plus a snack board with pizza, fruit, and dessert for each couple and a photo of your group; pay $55 for a package for 4

$50 for a massage/facial package at Stockyards Spa and Boutique – come to this spot in Fort Worth and get a 30-minute facial and 1-hour customized massage; other packages also available

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Free Shows at UTA Planetarium

Category : Arlington, entertainment, family, Featured, free

 photo utaplanetariumfree_zpsccf859c5.pngEvery Tuesday in September, the Planetarium at UT-Arlington is holding an Open House at 5 p.m. During this time, admission to a planetarium show will be free! The scheduled show for today, Sept. 9, is Back to the Moon for Good.

If you can’t make it on Open House night, you can still get to the planetarium for a discount with this deal from Groupon.

Find directions and parking info for the planetarium here.

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20 Percent Off LivingSocial Deals

Category : Arlington, dining, entertainment, family, Featured

Now through Sept. 1, you can get 20 percent off any LivingSocial deal when you use the code LABORDAY20 at checkout. There are lots of great deals available right now, including:

$5 for a custom photo calendar from Printerpix – get an 8×11 calendar customized with your own photos, text and clip art. ($4.95 shipping applies.) Just $4 with discount!

$20 for a Luxury Spa Mystery Bag from My Spa Life – redeem online. Receive 5 surprise spa items in the mail. Free shipping! Just $16 after discount!

$25 for $50 at Cacharel – enjoy half off steak and other fare at this fine dining establishment in Arlington. Can be used during dinner hours. Just $20 with discount!

$27 for 1 month of belly dance classes from Crescent Moon Belly Dance Studio – get 51 percent off a month of beginners’ classes. Just $21.60 with discount!

$35 for a 1-hour custom facial from Stockyards Spa and Boutique – Includes cleansing, toning, manual exfoliation, mask, massage, and eye and moisturizing treatments. Pay $50 for 30-minute facial and 1-hour massage. Just $28 or $40 after discount!

$55 for a sprinkler tune-up from Bryant Lawn & Sprinkler – keep your irrigation system in tip-top shape. Pro will check for line leaks, dry areas, broken sprinkler heads, and clogged nozzles. Just $44 with discount!

$85 for a ticket to UT-UCLA game – takes place Saturday, Sept. 13 at AT&T Stadium. Watch these two football teams duke it out in the AdvoCare Cowboys Showdown with a 400-level ticket. Just $68 with discount!

$114 for a Michael Kors Signature Handbag – redeem online. Choose from 3 different styles. Fantastic fashion statement. Pay just $91.20 with discount!

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$2 Movies at Studio Movie Grill

Category : Arlington, entertainment, family, Featured

 photo smgsummerrefresher_zps85b117e8.pngFrom July 21-24, Studio Movie Grill is offering movie tickets for $2 to select shows as part of its Summer Refresher Series. These are older movies, but they all have sequels on the way, so this is a great way to prep! Movies for the first Summer Refresher installment include The Hunger Games, Jurassic Park, Magic Mike and Skyfall. Get your tickets for the Arlington location here. There are no booking fees for buying online!

Enjoy SMG Sangrias for just $5 while you watch.

Find your local Studio Movie Grill here.

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