Free or Budget-Friendly DFW Events in February 2019
by Cash Store Staff
Free Family-Friendly Events
- 02/02 - Dallas ISD STEM Expo - Dallas
140+ hands-on STEM exhibits and the Dallas ISD STEM championships in mathematics, science, robotics, technology, and bridge building! Elementary, middle, and high school students and parents will participate with field experts, community members, educators, industry partners, and STEM organizations in a broad range of high-quality STEM experiences that spark awareness and raise interest in STEM topics, careers, and degrees.
- 02/02 - First Free Saturdays - Dallas
Look, learn and love your time at the Nasher every first Saturday of the month. Bring the whole crew to create, discover and make new memories together. Each month features a rotating schedule of things to see and do.
- 02/02 - Art Explorers - Garland
In honor of African American Heritage Month, children ages 6 -12 can create story quilts inspired by the work of artist Faith Ringgold. Children can learn about different types of art, then develop their STEAM art skills by creating their own masterpieces.
- 02/05 - First Tuesday Social Justice Film Festival: A Man Named Pearl - Dallas
Every month, at 7:00pm on the first Tuesday, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Oak Cliff screens a film focusing on an important social justice issue. A MAN NAMED PEARL tells the inspiring story of self-taught topiary artist Pearl Fryar, whose unlikely journey to national prominence began with a bigoted remark.
- 02/09 - Write with Us Workshop - Dallas
Write with Us is a free workshop for writers of all levels, designed to encourage and strengthen important art looking and writing skills. This workshop will aim to educate and inspire both new and experienced writers, as well as address the present need for more engaging critical responses to contemporary art in Dallas. All guests will be invited to submit their writing for the chance to be selected for publication on dallascontemporary.org. Advance registration is required due to limited space.
- 02/09 - Chinese New Year Festival 2019 - Dallas
Say farewell to the Year of the Dog and celebrate the year of the Earth Pig at the Crow Collection's 20th Chinese New Year Festival. A variety of festivities will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. including lion and dragon dances, art-making for all ages, retailer specials and giveaways.
- 02/10 - Dallas Contemporary Public Tours - Dallas
Join us for a free, drop-in tour of one of Dallas Contemporary’s current exhibitions. Tours are led by a DC Educator or Curator.
- 02/13 - Dallas Contemporary Stroller Tours + Story Time - Dallas
Parents and caregivers are invited to bring children ages 18 months and younger for an educator-led stroll through our current exhibitions. We encourage conversation, questions, + animated babies! Tours are followed by an artfully-inspired story time in the galleries.
- 02/16 - Draw With Us Workshop - Dallas
Artist Joel Murray will lead exhibition-inspired, live figure-drawing + still life sessions in DC’s galleries. Draw with Us at Dallas Contemporary gives artists of all kinds and skill levels the opportunity to practice figure drawing from professional live models. Male and female models will provide a variety of clothed poses. Basic materials are provided, but feel free to bring your favorite sketching tools!
- 02/17 - Third Sunday Open House - Frisco
Kids' crafts and games, entertainment, live animals, working blacksmiths, and docent-guided tours. All historic buildings are open to the public free of charge (does not include the museum).
- 02/17 - Black History Month Festival - Arlington
Celebrate African-American culture with community music and dance performances, displays, hands-on activities for children, lectures, free snacks and more. At 2 p.m., hear a talk about renowned photographers Gordon Parks and James Van Der Zee.
- 02/21 - HP Literary Festival - Dallas
The 23rd annual Highland Park Literary Festival will feature international award-winning novelist and New York Times bestselling author Nnedi Okorafor as the 2019 Keynote Speaker. Dr. Okorafor was born in the United States to two Nigerian immigrant parents. She writes African-based science fiction and fantasy for both children and adults. She is the author of the Black Panther: Long Live the King book by Marvel Comics.
- 02/23 - Summer Camp & Activities Expo - Dallas
Come to the DFW Kid's Directory Summer Camp Expo to seek options to keep your children enriched, engaged and entertained the whole summer and into fall. Meet face-to-face with more than 40+ local and out-of-state summer camps, summer activities, family exhibitors, and vendors.
- 02/28 - After-Hours Cocktail tour - Dallas
Explore the largest private collection of samurai art and armor outside of Japan at The Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum: The Samurai Collection during a monthly after-hours cocktail tour from 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM on the last Thursday of every month. Admission price includes a chance to win prizes and a refreshing beverage of choice provided by Saint Ann Restaurant & Bar compliments of The Samurai Collection.
- 2/1-2/3 - Lunar New Year Festival - Grand Prairie
Celebrate the turn of the lunisolar calendar, one of the most significant traditions in Southeast Asian culture. The festival spans two weekends with nightly concerts, carnival games, Vietnamese bingo, dragon dances, martial arts demos and firecrackers. Kick off the year of the pig with a trip to the festival’s fresh flower market, or visit vendor booths where you’ll find authentic Asian street food and handmade merchandise.
- 2/8-2/9 - Distinguished Artist Recital: Émile Naoumoff - Dallas
St. Matthew's Cathedral Arts announces the 2018-19 Distinguished Artist Recital with a performance by virtuoso pianist Émile Naoumoff. The renowned pianist and composer, last disciple of the legendary Nadia Boulanger, brings a lifetime of virtuoso performance experiences to Cathedral Arts. On Saturday, February 9 at 10:00 am, Mr. Naoumoff will return to St. Matthew's to conduct a master class with select young pianists and chamber music ensembles from Southern Methodist University's Meadows School of the Arts.
- 2/1-2/2 - Ravenscroft - Irving - $21-$28
On a snowy night, Inspector Ruffing is called to a remote house to investigate the headlong plunge of Patrick Roarke down the main staircase. Five alluring and dangerous women lead him through a bewildering labyrinth of contradictory versions of Patrick's demise and that of the late Mr. Ravenscroft. There are ghosts on the staircase! There are skeletons in the closet! A fast-paced murder mystery, Ravenscroft will keep you guessing until the very end…
- 2/1-2/2 & 2/8-2/9 - The Cat in the Hat - Plano - $10-$12
The beloved Dr. Seuss book will come to life on our stage. From the moment his tall, red-and-white-striped hat appears around the door, Sally and her brother know that The Cat in the Hat is the funniest, most mischievous cat that they have ever met. He turns a rainy afternoon into an amazing adventure… but what will mom and dad find when they get home…?
- 2/1-2/16 - Zorro the Melodrama - Dallas - $10-$12
Zorro: The Legend Lives! by John Dawson is another of the Pocket's infamous popcorn-tossing comedy-spoofs, this one celebrating the 100th year of Zorro, the fox, defender of the oppressed. Audiences will be witness to the adventures (and misadventures) of the legendary, swashbuckling hero as he slashes many a "Z," ducks plenty of popcorn, and fights for the downtrodden masses and their rights to justice and equality!
- 2/1-2/17 - Rainbow Vomit, An Interactive Art Adventure - Dallas - $15-$25
Rainbow Vomit is a technicolor interactive art adventure reminiscent of a journey into the fantasy of flight. The 2600-square foot space has been customized with more than 20 unique photo opportunities, massive touchable elements and awesome Instagramable visuals that are designed for all ages.
- 2/1-2/18 - 13th Annual Dinosaurs Live! - McKinney - $9-$12
Visitors will be able to let their imagination run wild as they travel back in time with life-size animatronic dinosaurs along a half-mile nature trail. During the 13th Annual Dinosaurs Live! Life-Size Animatronic Dinosaurs exhibit, ten moving and roaring dinosaurs provide visitors with a captivating experience.Two life-size, stationary photo-op dinosaurs, Tyrannosaurus rex and Pachyrhinosaurus, provide unique opportunities for guests to take photos with their families and friends. Children are also welcome to play on these two photo-op dinosaurs.
- 2/1-2/24 - Ella Encahnted: The Musical - Dallas - $15-$40
Ella of Frell is turning the traditional Cinderella story upside down! At birth, she was given the "gift" of obedience which forces her to do anything people command: whether that's hopping on one foot all day or telling her best friend to just go away! As a teenager, strong-willed Ella chooses to reject this lifestyle as her fate and embarks on a quest to break the curse forever. In this fun and spirited musical extravaganza that stays true to the Newbery Honor book, children will discover the power of words while laughing, singing, and dancing out loud.
- 2/1/2019-2/28/2019 - Penguin Days - Dallas - $8
The weather may be chilly, but the Dallas Zoo has a cool deal for you! Bundle up and come see many of our animals for just $8 this winter.* Warm up inside our indoor learning areas including the Herpetarium, Bug U!, the Jake L. Hamon Gorilla Conservation Research Station, the Highland Hippo Hut and the Simmons Safari Base Camp.
- 02/02 - Pirates on the Prairie VIII - Grand Prairie - $5-$15
Ibidis Mortem Productions is proud to present Pirates on the Prairie VIII, the pirate music concert that will have everyone talking (like a pirate). It will be an evening of nautical nonsense and swashbuckling fun for the whole family with not only music and comedy on stage, but caricature artists and face painters in the lobby before the show and during intermissions.
- 02/02 - Getting' It presents: Black HAIRstory - Dallas - $15-$20
18+. In celebration of Black History Month, Gettin' It Storytelling is presenting "Black HAIRstory" at the Dallas Comedy House. The show is a comedic look at a central facet of black identity. Stories and stand-up routines will focus of the aesthetics, politics, and personal journeys related to black hair. It will be a hilarious, heartwarming, relatable, and eye-opening show.
- 02/02 - Gary Karr and Harmon Lewis - Richardson - $15
Gary Karr, proclaimed "the world's leading solo bassist" by Time Magazine, has performed world-wide with notable orchestras and musicians including Leonard Bernstein and Stevie Wonder. Karr and long-time collaborator, pianist Harmon Lewis, will premiere "Romance with a Double Bass" by Robert Xavier Rodriguez
- 02/02 - Fairytale Ball - Garland - $18
We cordially invite you to attend the Fairytale Ball Sweetheart Dance. Dads, granddads, and uncles experience a magical evening with your little sweetheart. The evening includes dinner, dancing, a professional 5x7 photo, and each little girl will receive a special gift. Girls ages 3 to 7 take the dance floor from 5 to 7 p.m. and ages 8 to 15 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
- 02/02 - North Dallas Toy Show - Farmers Branch - $2
Enjoy perusing 90+ vendor tables of vintage toys and collectibles, including Hot Wheels, Transformers, Matchbox cars, DC and Marvel comic books, trading cards, Star Wars action figures and more. Touted as the largest toy show in Dallas, the event takes place on the first Saturday of every month.
- 2/2-2/3 - North Texas Comic Book Show - Irving - $20
Dallas' only true comic book show returns to the Irving Convention Center. We've got a great list of comic artists and creators that comic fans will love. Come out and meet some of the greats in the comic book industry, including artist icon Neal Adams, the creator of Black Lightning Tony Isabella, Denys Cowan, Joe Staton, Randy Emberlin, Bane creator Graham Nolan, and many, many more.
- 2/5-2/6 - Doktor Kaboom!: Look out! Science is coming! - Dallas - $10
Doktor Kaboom is an over the top German physicist with a passion for science that knows no bounds. Sporting chrome goggles, orange lab coat, motorcycle boots, and wicked cool hair, Doktor Kaboom travels the world, thrilling adults and children alike with an explosive comedic style that is guaranteed to please every crowd.
- 02/08 - China's Beijing Dance Theater - Dallas - $12+
In 2006, FENG Xiogang invited WANG Yuanyuan to work on his film The Banquet, based on Shakespeare's Hamlet. This inspired WANG to create a ballet telling the story of Hamlet through the eyes of the melancholy prince, who struggles with power, family, revenge and love. Stunningly choreographed, brilliant sets and dancers, and music written by world-renowned composer Tan Dun, this remarkable full evening ballet will leave audiences awe-struck.
- 2/9-2/28 - Doom McCoy & The Death Nugget - Dallas - $12-$17
18+. Springing from the tall tales of the American west, a new story has been discovered and brought to light. It is the story of Doom McCoy, a humble cowboy, born during a wild astrological event, who could ride his horse through time and space. Coming to life through puppets, live music, and multimedia, DOOM McCOY AND THE DEATH NUGGET is a spiritual and cosmic journey through the life of America’s lost legend.
- 02/10 - Valentine's Open Skate - Allen - $5-$8
Take a spin on the ice with your sweetheart. Entry will be BOGO (or Buy One, Get One free) so you and your date can have a fun-filled day. $5 entry, $3 skate rental.
- 2/15-2/24 - The Secret Life of Girls - Dallas - $15-$40
12+. Bullying in every form - from open tactics like gossiping and keeping secrets, to using friendship as a weapon - can become the prelude to dangerous behaviors like depression, cutting, and eating disorders. This show takes an unflinching look into the world of mean girls and exposes the consequences that bullying creates. Because that girl everyone is spreading rumors about…the one who just can't seem to fit in…chances are, you know who she is. Teens and those who love them are invited to see a performance, and then stay after for a conversation with local experts.
- 02/16 - Heartstrings - Irving - $16.50-$46.50
Romance is in the air as the Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra welcomes back violinist Kiarra Saito-Beckman, who will perform John Corigliano’s “Chaconne” from The Red Violin. This concert will also feature guest conductor Juan Carlos Lomonaco of Mexico.
- 2/19-2/28 - Anastasia - Dallas - $25+
From the Tony Award®-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime, this dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love, and family.
- 2/22-2/28 - Junie B. Jones, the Muscial J. - Arlington - $17
Join Junie B. on her first day of first grade, where many changes are in store: Junie’s best friend Lucille has found new best friends - and Junie B. makes friends with Herb, the new kid at school. Featuring many lovable characters and fun-filled songs, Junie B. Jones JR. will capture your audiences and Broadway Junior performer’s hearts - just as the books captivated an entire generation of students.
- 2/23-2/28 - The Art of the Brick - Dallas - $13-$20
Featuring intriguing works of art made exclusively from one of the most recognizable toys in the world, The Art of the Brick is a critically acclaimed traveling exhibition boasting the world's largest and most elaborate display of pieces constructed using only LEGO® bricks. Made exclusively from LEGO® bricks, Van Gogh's Starry Night and Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring. Discover your inner architect in the hands-on, interactive LEGO® brick gallery Science of the Brick, with building challenges, games, and open play spaces!
Sips & Snacks
- 2/1-2/28 - Girl Scout Cookie Milkshakes at Kenny's Burger Joint - Plano & Frisco - $7
Its Girl Scout Cookie season and Kenny's Burger Joints are celebrating in a big way! The iconic burger restaurants will offer two cookie themed shakes: Thin Mint or Samoa, both available in adult and non-alcoholic versions. Additionally, to fuel the troops during their busy fundraising season, any Girl Scout in uniform dining in a Kennys Burger Joint will receive a free non-alcoholic shake!
- 02/02 - Yasmin and Braden Wages of Malai Kitchen Cooking Class - Dallas - $25+
Take a Saturday morning cooking class with top local chefs demonstrating their favorite dishes inspired by fresh produce from the Market. $25 per class or $30 at the door. $100 for the five-part series.
- 02/06 - Wine-Up Wednesday - Fort Worth, Frisco, Richardson - $25
Every first Wednesday, each location hosts Wine-Up Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. We feature 5 wines from a predetermined wine region. Call your location to hear which region is featured this month and to RSVP!
- 02/06 - Cedar Springs Wine Walk - Dallas - $10
Purchase a $10 wine glass in front of the Round Up Saloon and enjoy complimentary wine at participating bars, clubs and merchants. Sign up to win a gift basket filled with goodies from Cedar Spring merchants. All proceeds go to support increased security in the neighborhood.
- 02/06 - Tea & Talk - Fort Worth - Free
Discover the joy of looking at art slowly, deliberately, and thoughtfully. Take an in-depth look at selections from the collection as visitors participate in lively discussions and enjoy teatime with fellow art enthusiasts.
- 2/6 & 2/20 - Sommelier for a Day at III Forks - Dallas - $30
Have you ever wanted the chance to be a sommelier at a fine dining restaurant with a world-class wine cellar? Each month, III Forks will offer two Sommelier for a Day opportunities. Guests can help select featured wines for the coming month. For $30 per person, guests will sample six wines selected by the Wine Director at III Forks and paired with hand-passed hors d’oeuvres created by Executive Chef Chris Vogeli.
- 02/09 - The Morning After Brunch - Dallas - $40
21+ with ID. Join the Dallas Observer at the Dallas Farmers Market as we celebrate the 3rd Annual The Morning After, A Dallas Observer Brunch Event presented by Whole Foods Market. The Morning After is a Brunch Sampling event that will feature bites from local brunch hot spots, alongside drink samples & music — this is one weekend brunch you won't want to sleep through!
- 02/10 - Cold-Weather Clam Bake - Dallas - $10-$30
The Deep Ellum brewpub hosts its first Clam Bake. The all-you-can-eat feast includes clams and other seafood with vegetables and other fixings. $10 pre-sale / $15 day of. Upgrade to the $30 Lobster VIP ticket (advance ticket only) and get a lobster cooked to perfection along with the clams.
- 2/7-2/9 - 2019 Allstate Hot Chocolate 15k/5k - Dallas
The Allstate Hot Chocolate 15k/5k is seeking energetic volunteers to assist with the Hot Chocolate Runner Expo and Race Day events. Volunteers provide key support to the thousands of participants as they “run for chocolate” and Make-A-Wish®. With a variety of exciting and delicious positions available, there is a spot for everyone, including individuals, teams, school groups, corporate groups, friends and family. The Allstate Hot Chocolate 15k/5k is not possible without the help of all our amazing volunteers, so come out and join the fun. No experience is required.
- 02/09 - Fight For Air Climb - Dallas
When you participate in a Fight For Air Climb event, you are stepping up to make a positive impact for those affected by lung disease. You will raise funds to support the American Lung Association's mission while climbing the stairs of a skyscraper. Whether you are climbing alone or with friends and family, for a healthier lifestyle or in honor of all those who are affected by lung disease, you will achieve a sense of personal accomplishment when you reach the top. Defeating the physical challenge and reaching the height of your fundraising potential will be a gratifying experience. Every Step Counts as we move forward in our fight for healthy lungs and clean air!
- 02/09 - Cupid's Chase 5K - Dallas
Community Options, Inc. invites runners, walkers, and rollers (baby strollers and wheelchairs) to help raise funds to make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities by participating in our annual Cupid’s Chase 5K. Because of you…we can make a difference! Volunteers are crucial to our Cupid’s Chase events and our success. We truly appreciate all of the wonderful work that our volunteers do and their impact is invaluable. Choose Volunteer when registering to join the race day team!
- 02/16 - Cupid's Undie Run - Dallas
This February, be a part of Cupid’s Undie Run, a “brief,” mile(ish) fun run that takes place in the middle of a BIG party – all to find a cure for neurofibromatosis (NF), a genetic tumor disorder that affects 1 in every 3,000 births. We run in our undies because those affected with NF can’t cover up their tumors to feel more comfortable, so why should we? So start a team of your friends, join a team, or run solo, just come out, have a blast, and raise some money for NF research (and earn some cool fundraising rewards too!).
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