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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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Artisan First Saturday at BRIT

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 photo britartisanmarket_zps08a1a942.pngOn 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 a number of talented local and international artisans selling a variety of hand-crafted items including jewelry, wood housewares, hand embroidered textiles from Honduras and Mexico, photographic art, ceramics, hand dyed accessories, all natural bath products and lovely hand-made children’s items.  In addition, they will have a number of local, artisanal food producers with festive, gift-worthy food items on hand. This is a great opportunity to start your holiday shopping! See a full list of vendors here.

There will also be plenty of other family-friendly activities at First Saturday, including Bella’s Story Time for preschoolers, plant preservation experts on hand to answer questions, and “Plant Walks and Talks” staffed by BRIT botanical experts. Visitors may also explore BRIT’s pocket prairie, geology wall, braided gardens, and wetland area.

BRIT is at 1700 University Dr. in Fort Worth.

 

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Halloween 2014 Food Specials

Category : dining, family, Featured, food, free

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 5 p.m. to close and get a burrito, bowl, salad, or order of 3 tacos for just $3.
Black-Eyed Peakids eat free with purchase of adult meal (12 years and under).
Pizzeria Uno – Grown up specials: 1/2 price appetizers and $5 drinks in the bar from 9 to close.
McAlister’skids in costume eat free all day.
Chili’sfree kids’ meal with adult meal purchase through Oct. 30 or free dessert with entree purchase.
Medieval Times Dallasall seats $32 on Oct. 30-31 when you buy online and use code HALLWEB32.
Krispy Kreme – wear a costume in store and get a free doughnut of your choice.
Buca di Beppo – get 20 percent off an online to-go order with coupon code 1020.
Einstein Bros. Bagels – get $3 off a Baker’s Dozen box through Nov. 9.
Sweet Tomatoesvarious coupons and discounts good through Nov. 5.
PF Chang’s - get 20 percent off online takeout orders with code TREAT20.
Papa Murphy’s – print a coupon to receive a Jack-O-Lantern pizza for just $8 now through Oct. 31.
Outback Steakhousekids eat free with purchase of an adult meal. No coupon necessary.
Brio Tuscan Grille – get 20 percent off an online takeout order with code PUMPKIN20.
Sbarro – costumed kids get a free slice of pizza at participating locations. Grapevine Mills Mall location is participating.
Carrabba’s - kids eat free with purchase of an adult meal through Nov. 2.
IHOP – kids get a free Scary Face Pancake through Oct. 31.
Olive Gardenkids eat free through Oct. 31 with adult entree purchase and this coupon.
Sonic Drive-In – get 50 cent corn dogs on Halloween. No coupon necessary.
Beef O’ Brady’sKids in costume eat free. (location in NRH)
Chick-fil-A Alliance Town Center – there will be a free Halloween Sundae Bar from 4-7 p.m.
Chick-fil-A Burleson – kids in costume get a free 4-count nugget meal from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

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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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Chili on the Green on FW’s Southside

Category : entertainment, family, Featured, food

 photo CHILI-ON-THE-GREEN-Logo_PANTONE-LAYERS-No-Gradient4-300x247_zpsfb828c8c.jpgOn Saturday, Nov. 1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Magnolia Green Park in Fort Worth will host Chili on the Green, a “Near Southside culinary battle” to determine who can cook the best chili. Up to 20 teams will compete for bragging rights. There are two ways to participate: as a chili cook or a judge. If you’d like to try your hand at cooking, you’ll pay a $75 entry fee for a team of 1-5 people, to cook at least 4 gallons of chili. Alternative chilies, like chicken and vegan, are acceptable. See the full page of regulations here.

If you’d like to be a judge, just pay $10 to sample all of the chilies and vote for your favorite. Tasting happens from 1-3 p.m. (This would be my option!) While you’re there, you can purchase beer from Boiled Owl Tavern and enjoy music from local bands.

Magnolia Green Park is at 1201 Lipscomb St. in Fort Worth.

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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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Kids Eat Free at Dickey’s

Category : family, Featured, food, free

Print a coupon to receive a free kids’ meal at Dickey’s Barbecue with purchase of an adult meal. This discount is good through Oct. 31.

Find your local Dickey’s here.

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“Party on the Plaza” at Montgomery Plaza

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 photo partyontheplaza_zps32f15ea3.jpegCome to Montgomery Plaza in Fort Worth this Thursday, Oct. 23 from 6-9 p.m. for Party on the Plaza, a fundraiser for Streams and Valleys (an organization dedicated to the preservation of the Trinity River). Planned events include live music, food for purchase, and a fun run/walk. Dogs are welcome to attend! Ticket prices vary – advance tickets range anywhere from $30 to $43 for adults, depending on whether or not you want to participate in the run/walk. Kids are $10. This is a great way to get some exercise and support an important cause at the same time!

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Free Steak Taco from Del Taco

Category : family, Featured, food, free

 photo deltacofreeasadataco_zps914a0ff2.pngPrint a coupon to receive a free steak asada taco or grilled chicken taco from Del Taco with any purchase. This coupon is good through Oct. 26. Pair it with a drink and you’ve got lunch!

Find your local Del Taco here.

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Five Magazines Just $5 Each

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 photo livingsocialmagazinedeal_zps4393e474.pngThe weather’s slowly cooling off – make sure you have plenty to read when it gets cold! Visit LivingSocial and get a yearlong subscription to your choice of magazines for just $5. Pick from O the Oprah Magazine, Good Housekeeping, Country Living or Women’s Day. These have regular values anywhere from $8 to $17. And you can buy up to 3 deals at this price, if you can’t choose just one.

If you buy this deal, allow 4 to 6 weeks to receive your first issue. It can’t be used on renewals. See all the info here and get your subscription before the offer is over!

Other LivingSocial deals available today include:

$12 for $20 in coastal Mex cuisine at Habaneros Fresh Mex – in north Fort Worth; enjoy seafood enchiladas, Mexican shrimp cocktail and more

$22 for two jump sessions at Rebounderz – located in Hurst; with this deal, two people can jump for 2 hours. Or pay $42 for 4 people.

$39 for an entry to the Spartan Sprint – $75 value. This tough obstacle race takes place in Glen Rose on Nov. 2. Or pay $85 for an entry to the even longer and tougher Spartan Beast, on Nov. 1. This one is a $170 value.

 

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