Friday Freebies: Outdoor adventures

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Take the family outdoors for a fest or do a little stargazing. Just a few suggestions of free things-to-do in Dallas/Fort Worth this weekend:

1. Oktoberfest: Wunderbar! Families can get tasty food, watch live entertainment, play in the children's area and browse the booths for unique, handcrafted arts and crafts.
Good to know: Don't forget to sign up your dachshund in the popular wiener dog race on Saturday, October 1!
Recommended ages: All
When:  5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday, September 30; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday, October 1; Noon to 5 p.m., Sunday, October 2
Where: Southlake Town Square, Main Street, Southlake, Texas 76092
Cost: FREE!

2. Lebanese Food Festival: Get a taste of Lebanon! Take your family on a journey to experience Lebanese food and culture. There will be a children's play area, folk dances, silent auction and music and door prizes.
Recommended ages: All
When: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1; 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Ocotober 2
Where: Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Catholic Church, 719 University Place, Lewisville, Texas 75067
Info: 972-436-7617,
Cost: FREE!

3. Stars Over Euless: Noble Planetarium Director Linda Krouse will talk about different elements in the nighttime sky and members of the Fort Worth Astronomical Society will also bring out powerful telescopes so kids can gaze into outer space and learn about the order and function of stars and planets in the sky.
Good to know: Drinks and snacks will be provided for all participants.
Recommended ages: All
When: 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Saturday, October 1
Where: Bob Eden Park, 901 W Mid Cities Blvd., Euless
Cost: FREE!
4. Nasher Sculpture Center: The popular Target First Saturdays event features art projects, tours, scavenger hunt, yoga, sculpture demo, storytime and take-home art activities.
Good to know: Family tours are at 10:15 a.m, 11:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.; NasherKids Meal available for puchase at Nasher Cafe from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Recommended ages: All
When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, October 1
Where: Nasher Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora St., Dallas
Info: 214-242-5100,
Cost: FREE!

5. Cottonwood Art Festival: The festival includes more than 240 artists as well as bands performing the best in rock, country, jazz, blues, swing, and folk. There is also a children's arts and crafts area where kids can create sculptures.
Recommended ages: All
When: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2
Where: Cottonwood Park is located on Belt Line Road, one block east of Coit and west of I-75 (Central Expressway) in Richardson, Texas
Cost: FREE!

$20 Great Wolf Lodge Day Pass: For a limited time, you can get a special $20 one-day waterpark pass to the Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine. This is a great deal because normally you would have to pay for a night's stay (about $200-$600 per night) to have waterpark privileges. The best part of the deal is that proceeds go to Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Good to know: Passes are good between September 6-November 18 (with some blackout dates) and can only be redeemed at the Grapevine location. Not valid on Saturdays or Sundays before 2 p.m.
When: September 6-November 18
Where: Great Wolf Lodge, 100 Great Wolf Drive, Grapevine, TX 76051
Cost: $20 per person

VSP Eye Pledge Campaign: Seeing is believing. To bring attention to the importance of eye health, VSP Vision Care has launched the VSP Eye Pledge campaign. For every pledge, VSP will donate an eye exam and brand new pair of glasses to a Boys & Girls Club member on your behalf.
Good to know: VSP has pledged to donate up to 50,000 eye exams worth more than $19 million dollars.
Where: Visit and click on the Eye Pledge. Take the pledge to take care of your own eyes, then select the Boys & Girls Club that you wish to receive a free eye exam
Cost: FREE!

Check Maricar's Friday Freebies blog every week for a list of free things to do in the Dallas/Fort Worth area! To submit your own Friday Freebie, add a comment to her blog or send your submissions at least one week before the date of the event to with the subject line: "Friday Freebies"

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