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Ft. Worth weekend on a budget: October 1-2

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Art, music, and monsters - oh my! Fall has arrived in Fort Worth and there is plenty of fun going on this weekend. Whether you prefer to relax with food and drink while listening to music or you'd rather explore something more exciting, the DFW metroplex has got you covered.

State Fair of Texas - daily through 10/23
The State Fair opens this weekend with everything from the classic - live music, parades, and children's activities - to the creative - Greenhouse on the Midway, Picasso Pumpkin Carvers, and Cirque Shanghai. Of course there's also the infamous fried foods. Most activities are free after admission, which starts at $10.95. Check to see which of last year's discounts are available again and you may even be able to get in for free. Don't forget to plan ahead for parking too.

Fort Worth Music Festival - 9/30 & 10/1
Taking the place of the previously annual jazz festival, Fort Worth Fest emphasizes the diversity of music among Fort Worthians. Watch 20 musical acts on two stages, take cooking classes, and purchase artwork from local artists. This event takes place at the Will Rogers Memorial Center. Advance tickets are $5 per person. Gates open at 4 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday.

Cottonwood Arts Festival - 10/1 & 2
The city of Richardson hosts its biannual juried art show featuring 1400 local and national artists. In addition to artwork, there will also be food, live music, vendors, children's activities, and more. The event takes place in Cottonwood Park in Richardson 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. Admission is free!

Lake Worth Monster Bash - 10/1
Every year locals get together to celebrate the anniversary of the Lake Worth Monster sightings. Although the Goatman hasn't officially been seen since the sixties, visitors hoping to catch a glimpse can enjoy hayrides, hikes, music, and other festivities while they wait. This event takes place at the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge from 10 a..m to 3 p.m. park admission is $2 for children and $5 for adults.

Calloway's Fall Festival - 10/1
Stop by Calloway's nursery starting at 9 a.m. to celebrate the beginning of fall. There will be pumpkin decorating for kids, workshops for adults, and a Mad Science show from 10:30 to 11:30. Cost is free.

Woodstock Tribute - 10/1
Hippies of all ages will enjoy the Woodstock Tribute show with 13 performers. The show begins, rain or shine, at 4 p.m. in Stockyards Station. Tickets are $15 for adults age 13+ and $5 for children age 6-12. Preorder tickets online or pay cash at the gate.

First Sunday Film Club - 10/2
The first Sunday of each month, Fort Worth's Central Branch Library hosts a free fim screening. This month's showing is Into the Arms of Strangers (PG), a documentary about the Jewish children who were sent to live with foster families in England during World War II. Cost is free and free parking is available at many downtown garages on weekends.

Come back each Friday to find out about all the great weekend events in Fort Worth for families on a budget! If you have an event that you'd like featured in an upcoming 'Fort Worth weekend on a budget', send an email to Keri.Houchin@Yahoo.com.

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