If saving for that summer vacation is taking a toll on the entertainment budget, Ramen noodles and a never-ending game of Monopoly may seem inevitable this weekend. Before breaking out the micro-noodles and dated board games, check out these budget friendly events around town.
You don’t have to be the Bible banging type to appreciate the Gospel Brunch going on this Sunday at Woody’s Tavern in Southwest Fort Worth. The Gospel Brunch benefits Hope For Jackson, an organization dedicated to finding a cure for Cystic Fibrosis. Brunch will be served at 10am, but don’t worry if that is too early for your weekend schedule because the gospel and bluegrass will stream for several hours, courtesy of some altruistic local artists. A $20 donation at the door will get you the brunch, featuring eggs benito, fresh fruit and all your breakfast-for-lunch faves. A must-visit for this event will be the Bloody Mary bar, in the (likely) event that the hangover fairy makes a call this Saturday night. Throwing down a $20 before noon on a Sunday may seem like anti-frugal activity, but for food, booze and some good-for-the soul tunes a Jackson doesn’t seem like too much to spend for this great cause.
Sonoma County is a little more than a day trip away, but for all those winos looking for a locally made vino to indulge in this weekend, Grapevine is just a short drive from downtown Cowtown. This weekend marks Grapevine’s 26th Annual Main Street Outdoor Adventure, and while it is not exactly Grapefest, there will be plenty of food, wine and activities for the whole gang. The Outdoor Adventure, which is a more family orientated event than Grapefest, features live music from the Joe Ely Band, Fabulous Thunderbirds and the Tejas Brothers. For entertaining the kiddos (and the adults that haven’t mentally hit puberty) check out the BMX stunt shows, kayaking and traditional carnival rides. This event is all weekend long, but admission is free this Friday before 5pm. The event goes until 11:30pm, so that leaves plenty of time to stuff your face and jump on the Spinning Zipper. Wanna be America’s (or at least DFW’s) next top backyard chef? Central Market will be hosting an old fashioned grillin’ competition for all those Bobby Flays in the making. Go to www.grapevinetexasusa.com for more info on entry into that contest as well as event and ticketing information.
Mercado Juarez has been established in the Northside of Panther City for more than 25 years, and now boasts four locations around the Metroplex. If eating out with a family of four, or even six, is giving the piggy bank a panic attack, there is no need for swine Prozac, just a short drive to your nearest Juarez location. Everyday Mercado Juarez is offering ten plates under $6, and on Mondays up to four kids eat free with the purchase of two adult entrées. Yep, that’s right, up to four kids for fr-ee. For those surpassing the 21-year-old threshold, margaritas are just $3.50 ’till 7pm Monday-Friday, making the deal even more wallet-friendly.
Saving money doesn’t have to consist of camping in your backyard or eating dinner off a dollar menu. Check back weekly for more budget-lovin’ deals and email [email protected] with your budget event ideas.