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Townes Van Zandt Celebration in Fort WorthTownes Van Zandt Celebration in Fort Worth This weekend, March 7-8, Arts Fifth Avenue in Fort Worth will celebrate the life of legendary blues guitarist - and Fort Worth native - Townes Van Zandt with two events. Here's what's going on: Tribute...

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Spring Break Events at Bureau of EngravingSpring Break Events at Bureau of Engraving Next week, March 10-13, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing's Western Currency Facility in Fort Worth will once again host free Spring Break events and demonstrations for local students! Come to the Bureau...

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Coffee Chat with Mayor Price on SaturdayCoffee Chat with Mayor Price on Saturday On Saturday, March 7, Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, along with District 6 council member Jungus Jordan, will host a free community coffee with local residents. The event will be at 10 a.m. at the Chisholm...

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Spring Break Block Party in DallasSpring Break Block Party in Dallas This one's across town, but it sounds fun! On Saturday, March 7, the Dallas Arts District will host a Spring Break Kickoff with special events at many local family-friendly attractions. Here's  a sampling...

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Empty Modern Instameet on SaturdayEmpty Modern Instameet on Saturday Are you on Instagram? On Saturday, March 7, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth will host an "Empty Modern Instameet" - a program designed to showcase new perspectives on the Modern to the public and raise...

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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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Free Event: Cultivate Festival

Category : entertainment, family, Featured, free

 photo cultivatefestival_zpseacf8af4.pngThis Saturday, Oct. 18 is Cultivate, a free festival created by Chipotle that celebrates sustainable, wholesome and delicious food. The festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the south end of  Lake Carolyn in Irving. Activities include cooking demonstrations, kids’ activities, local artisans, live music and more.

Though the festival is free, parking will be $5. You can see more info about parking here (at the bottom of the page). Public transit is also available via the Trinity Railway Express and Las Colinas Area Personal Transit.

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Fall Roundup at Nash Farm

Category : entertainment, family, Featured, free

 photo nashfarmfall_zps3e37273a.pngCome to Nash Farm in Grapevine this Saturday, Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for their Fall Round-Up. Activities include: Jump rope making, leather working, wood carving, blacksmith demonstrations, wood stove cooking demonstration, cotton picking, corn shelling and grinding, farm chores, heritage toys, kitchen gardening and corn shuck doll making. Admission to the Fall Round-Up is free, but some activities have a small fee.

As a bonus, this year Nash Farm will have a Somethin’ Pumpkin Baking Contest. The contest is open to all age groups; items entered must be baked goods. Judging will take place at 12 noon, with winners announced at 1 p.m. Find more info on the contest here.

Nash Farm is at 626 Ball St. in Grapevine.

Photo courtesy Grapevine CVB

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25-Year Celebration at Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!

Category : entertainment, family, Featured, free

 photo ripleysbelieveit_zpseb9b0043.pngOn Saturday, July 5, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in Grand Prairie will celebrate its 25th anniversary in DFW with a variety of special events. Come to Ripley’s beginning at 10 a.m. for free activities outside of the building, including games, snacks, face painting, bounce houses and prizes. If you want to come inside and enjoy the attractions, you can save $5 off the price of any combo ticket (according to the website, they start at $22.99 regularly).

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is at 601 E. Palace Parkway in Grand Prairie.

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Free Event: Kids’ All-American Fishing Derby

Category : entertainment, family, Featured, free

 photo hurstfishing_zpsf1fb40a7.jpgOn Saturday, June 7, Hurst Parks and Recreation will host the Kids’ All-American Fishing Derby at Chisholm Park. Bring your parents, fishing pole and tackle, enjoy a morning of fishing fun! In-N-Out Burger will be on site this year providing each kid with a free lunch. Kids ages 5-16 can participate.

This event is free. Space is limited, so if you want to go, register at the Hurst Recreation Center ahead of time.

Chisholm Park is at 2200 Norwood Dr. in Hurst.

Photo courtesy City of Hurst


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Euless Arbor Daze

Category : entertainment, family, Featured, food, free

This weekend, April 26-27, the city of Euless will sponsor Euless Arbor Daze, a free event promoting Arbor Day. (That’s today, did you know that?) Everyone who attends Arbor Daze will receive a free tree to take home and plant! There are plenty of other things to do at Arbor Daze, too, including:

Euless Arbor Daze will take place around the Euless City Hall Complex. Find directions here.

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Art in the Square in Southlake

Category : entertainment, family, Featured, free

 photo artinthesquare_zpsd5db00a1.jpgToday, April 25, is the first day of Southlake’s Art in the Square, an annual springtime festival featuring art, family fun and more. The event runs through Sunday, April 27, at Southlake Town Square. Admission is free! Here are some of the fun things you can do at Art in the Square this year:

Live Entertainment: Lots of musicians and performing artists will be at Art in the Square. See an entertainment schedule here.
Art for Purchase and Display: More than 100 artists will be on display. See a list here.
Kids’ Activities: Games and inflatables at The Zone, (activities cost $) and arts and crafts at Kids Korner.
Food and Drink: Lots of different food vendors at Le Bistro and alcoholic beverages at King & Queen Pub.

All food and beverage purchases, as well as some activities, are done with tickets and not cash. Make sure to purchase tickets at booths around the festival when you arrive.

Find info on hours, parking and directions here. If you don’t wish to drive yourself, Uber will have special pricing on hired cars; just enter the code ARTSQUARE for $20 off your first ride.


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Colleyville Old Tyme BBQ Event

Category : entertainment, family, Featured, food, free

 photo colleyvilleoldtymebbq_zps4cad620b.jpgIt’s BBQ season! Come out to Colleyville Center this Friday and Saturday, April 25-26, for the annual Colleyville Old Tyme BBQ. This is one of Colleyville’s longest-running traditions as kids, cooks, and barbecue aficionados join forces for food, fun, and a good cause—proceeds benefit Texas Special Olympics. The Colleyville Old Tyme BBQ is one of the largest sanctioned barbecue cook-offs in Texas. Admission to the grounds is free!

Here’s what’s going on each day:

Friday, April 25, 6:00-11:00 p.m.
Friday evening’s activities kick off at 6:00 with a free fish fry (until the fish is gone), and activities for children, as well as live music starting at 7:30. Admission to the V.I.P. area, offering complimentary barbecue and beverages, can be purchased for $25. Space in the V.I.P. section is limited and fills fast, so plan to come early to get a space.

Saturday, April 26, 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
On Saturday, the serious business of Texas barbecue cooking and judging gets underway. Gates open to the public at 11:00 a.m. While the cooks get down to serious cooking, people can do some serious eating with heaping plates of Texas Q for just $7.

Kid-Q at 1 p.m.: In Texas, barbecue is an art and kids are never too young to get started. Contestants between the ages of 8 and 14 vie for the title of “Best Kids-Q Chef” starting at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday. There is a $5 entry fee per child and charcoal grills, which the kids can take home, and chicken for barbecuing will be provided. Contestants can register at the event.

Colleyville Center is at 5301 Riverwalk Dr. in Colleyville.

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Easter Event in White Settlement

Category : entertainment, family, Featured, free

 photo eastereggs2.jpgOn Saturday, April 12, the city of White Settlement will sponsor an Easter Eggstravaganza at Veterans Park from 2-5 p.m. Kids ages 0 to 10 are invited to come and hunt for eggs. They will be divided into three age groups so everyone gets a chance to find some!

Veterans Park is at 8901 Clifford St. in White Settlement.

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Keller Crawfish Krawl This Weekend

Category : entertainment, Featured, food, free

 photo kellerkrawfishkrawl_zps8b025c20.pngThis Saturday, April 12, Old Town Keller will host its annual Crawfish Krawl, a free festival featuring live music, family-friendly activities and more. The event runs from noon to 9 p.m. Kids can enjoy a bounce house and other activities in the children’s area, sponsored by the Keller Church of Christ. Bring some cash to sample vendors’ Cajun food and, of course, crawfish! The organizers promise they won’t run out of crawfish this year, or at least, not as quickly.

No pets or coolers will be allowed at the Crawfish Krawl. The event will take place on Olive Street. Here’s an approximate map.

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