things to do in DFW this week

When you’re looking to make plans for the week without breaking the bank, turn to us. We’ve got you covered every week with the most up to date info on the best free and cheap things to do in DFW this week.

The holiday season means Dallas and Fort Worth are all lit up! Events are going on all month long and we’re here to save you from running out of cash.

Free and cheap activities in Dallas-Fort Worth this week include story times, free workouts, free live music, free movies, and more.

Here is this week’s edition of Free and Cheap Things to Do in DFW:



SeaQuest Aquarium Fort Worth

Indulge in an underwater world of sealife from across the globe! At SeaQuest Fort Worth, you can feed, hold, and interact with all different types of animals and exotics from across five continents. It’s educational, fun for all ages, and now, cheaper than ever! Regularly priced, admission is $9.95 – $14.95 but with our deal, you can visit for as low as $8 per person.

Texas Discovery Gardens

Endless gardens, dancing butterflies, native plants and a botanical collection to put you back in touch with nature. Get lost and commune with mother earth! See one of DFW’s best outdoor preserves, now for a fraction of the price! Regularly priced, admission is $20 per person. For a limited time, we’re giving you two tickets for just $15!  That’s almost 40% off! With those prices, you can return again and again!

Frontiers of Flight Museum

Frontiers of Flight celebrates the first, the farthest, and the fastest in aviation! Explore African American history in all branches of science and flight, astronauts from around the world, and vintage restored aircraft. Admission is up to 40% off for a limited time, while the museum celebrates its 30th year of stewardship! Regularly priced, admission is $20 per person but we have entry for just $12 each. You’re saving $8 per person!

Grapevine Aquarium

SEA LIFE Aquarium in Grapevine, Texas has one of the coolest aquarium exhibits in the world. It’s also one of the biggest! The aquarium tunnel is Insta-worthy, the wildlife talks eye-opening, and the SEA LIFE awe-inspiring. Admission is $20.95 for adults and $16.95 for kids at regular price. We have tickets for less than that! For a limited time, ANYTIME ADMISSION is just $15.99. You can choose what day and time to visit while still saving big!

Regal Cinema Movie Tickets for 25% off

Regal Cinemas and United Artist Theaters are offering a special movie experience for 25% off! E-tickets work just like regular movie tickets — just print and redeem them at the theater box office or kiosk. Can be used on any date. Click here to get movie tickets for just $9.50. {Regularly $12!}



Bearly Bedtime Story
What: This free story time at Summerglen library is free and open to children with their caregivers. This quiet evening activity teaches the foundational skills of reading while helping kids relax before bedtime.
When: December 2, 7 pm
Where: 4205 Basswood Blvd, Fort Worth TX 76137
How much: Free

Open Mic Night at Chocolate Secrets
What: This open mic is for dancers, singers, musicians, poets, comedians, and more. No cover, no fee to perform. Just hang out, have a drink, and watch the show!
When: December 2, 6:30 pm
Where: 3926 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas TX 75219
How much: Free

Free Cats & Kittens at PetSmart
What: Shelters and rescues are flooded with animals and it’s time to find them some homes! Head to any of the HSNT PetSmart locations and you can adopt a cat or kitten any time, now through January 31st! Just make sure when you adopt, you’re ready to give that pet a home forever! Adopt, don’t shop!
When: December 2, 9 am – 9 pm
Where: 1300 Green Oaks Rd, Fort Worth TX 76116
How much: Free



What: Miss Holly will be hosting this free session of crafting for kids age 6 and up. Admission is free, the craft changes each week.
When: December 3, 4 – 5 pm
Where: 3421 Forest Lane, Dallas TX 75234
How much: Free

Story Time with Santa Claus
What: At Northpark Center, bring the kids for a quick story time every day until December 23rd. They’ll listen to a 20 minute story time, read by Santa! The stories are read at 10:30 am Monday through Saturday and 12 noon on Sundays.
When: December 3, 10:30 am
Where: 8687 North Central Expressway, Dallas TX 75225
How much: Free

Swing Dance Lessons
What: At the Southside Preservation Hall, this class is affordable and open to all. Just $5 per person with no experience necessary.
When: December 3, 8 pm
Where: 1519 Lipscomb St, Fort Worth TX 76104
How much: $5



Santa Claus at Sundance Square
What: Head to Sundance Square this week for photo ops with Santa Claus! Sitting atop a dcked out sleigh, this backdrop will make your family Christmas cards slay! Photo sessions are $20 each with all proceeds benefiting charity.
When: December 4, 2 – 9 pm
Where: 420 Main St, Fort Worth TX 76102
How much: $20

Evening at the Movies
What: Who says you always have to pay for a movie? This free event at the Ella Mae Shamblee Library is free and open to adults 18 and over. There will also be free popcorn!
When: December 4, 5 pm
Where: 1062 Evans Ave, Fort Worth TX 76104
How much: Free

Free Movie Screening at Sundown 
What: Sundown at Grenada is hosting this adults only event with snow angels, cookie dough, ice skating, and ELF! The Will Ferrell holiday classic will be on the big screen. No cover, just pay for your drinks.
When: December 4, 8:30 pm
Where: 3520 Greenville Ave, Dallas TX 75206
How much: Free



Christmas on the Square
What: This Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony in downtown Garland invites the public! Admission is free. There will be live performances, an official lighting, kids activities, and more.
When: December 5, 8:30 pm
Where: 520 W State St, Garland TX 75040
How much: Free

Good Things/Small Packages
What: This group exhibition at Artspace 111 is open to the public. Appropriate for kids and families, delightful for everyone else. This exhibit features miniature and small works by local Texas artists. Admission is free.
When: December 5, 5 – 8:30 pm
Where: 111 Hampton St, Fort Worth TX 76102
How much: Free

Dallasite Yogis
What: Bring a yoga mat and wear comfortable clothing. This free class at Central Library is held in the Stone Room on the 7th floor.
When: December 5, 11 am – 12 noon
Where: 1515 Young St, Dallas TX 75021
How much: Free



Christmas Belles at Theatre of North Texas
What: This hilarious holiday show tells the twisted tale of fighting sisters, vengeful sheep, an Elvis impersonator, and more in a one-of-a-kind performance you don’t want to miss.
When: December 6, 8 pm
Where:545 S Nolen Dr Southlake, TX 76092
How much: $12.50 (50% off!)

First Fridays at the DFM
What: The Dallas Farmers Market is hosting an artsy event for shopping and art lovers. Get your Christmas gifts checked off the list, listen to live music, and view an art installation. Admission is always free.
When: December 6, 6 – 9 pm
Where: 920 S Harwood St, Dallas TX 75021
How much: Free

Brule: Silent Star Night
What: This Christmas Show at the Fort Worth Stockyards recurs several days per week and this is the opening night! This is the number 1 Native American Show with a powerful performance by a four piece band. ADmission is $38.50 per person.
When: December 6, 7 pm
Where: 409 E Exchange Ave, Fort Worth TX 76164
How much: $38.50

The Big Friday Show
What: Every Friday of the month, the Dallas Comedy House offers a night of laughs and debauchery. Admission is $12 per person or you can purchase a ticket bundle and get two tickets for $20.
When: December 6, 8 pm
Where: 3036 Elm St, Dallas TX 75226
How much: $12 {Or 2 for $20!}



Family Day at KWP
What: Klyde Warren Park is hosting two awesome events in the park for kids and families. First, enjoy Family Experiments with the Perot Museum. This week will feature making your own snow. AD EX will also be on site, teaching youngsters how to build a city- from planning infrastructure to designing architecture.
When: December 7, 2 – 6 pm
Where: 2012 Woodall Rogers Fwy, Dallas TX 75021
How much: Free

Dallas Holiday Parade
What: Gallivanting through Dallas’ downtown district, this free parade is open to all. To get best seating, you need to either purchase tickets or get there early. The parade starts at Commerce and Houston.
When: December 7, 10 am – 12 noon
Where: 1321 Commerce St, Dallas TX 75202
How much: Free

Free First Saturdays at the Nasher Sculpture Center 
What: The first Saturday of every month, this local museum and art center offers free admission to the public. THere will be fun, kid-friendly activities, live music, and more.
When: December 7, 11 am
Where: 2001 Flora St, Dallas TX 75201
How much: Free



Art as a Second Language at KWP
What: This family-friendly art activity is lead by staff from the Creative Arts Center. This month, you will learn to make Christmas and Hanukkah art.
When: December 8, 2 – 4 pm
Where: 2012 Woodall Rogers Fwy, Dallas TX 75021
How much: Free

Edward Scissor Hands at Central Library 
What: This free activity at Central Library in Dallas is open to the public. There will be no special registration fee, ask before you bring anything.
When: December 8, 2 pm
Where: 500 W 3rd St, Fort Worth TX 76102
How much: Free

Mariachi Mexicanismo
What: This weekly event is held at La Gran Plaza Fort Worth. Admission to the plaza is free and open to the public. You’re welcome to bring a picnic or grab food and drinks to go. The music starts at 4 pm.
When: December 8, 4 pm
Where: 4200 S. Freeway, Fort Worth TX 76115
How much: Free


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