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Friday Freebies: Celebrate Latino culture

10/08/2010 9:41 AM

12/10/2010 11:23 AM

It's going to be a great weekend to go outdoors and have fun with the family. Try some new cuisine, experience Latino culture or take a hayride at a local pumpking patch.

Check out my blog every Friday for my recommendations of free things to do in the Dallas/Fort Worth area! To submit your own Friday Freebie, add a comment to this blog or send your submissions at least two weeks before the date of the event to with the subject line: "Friday Freebies."

Here are my picks this week:

Explore the world

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Mid-Cities Greek Fest: Eat up on great food at this lively tradition. There's a large children's play area and don't forget the music and dancing.
Good to know: Parking is also free.
Recommended ages: All
When: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday, October 8; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, October 9; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, October 10
Where: St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, 303 Cullum Drive, Euless, TX 76040
Info: 817-283-2291 ,
Cost: FREE!

Armenia Fest: Experience the Armenian culture with food, folk dances, outdoor games and activities. Stroll through the booths to view handcrafts and exhibits on Armenian history. You can even learn about the unique Armenian alphabet that was invented in 404 A.D. and used in the earliest translations of the Bible.
Good to know: Parking is also free.
Recommended ages: All
When: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday, October 8; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, October 9; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, October 10
Where: 1805 Random Road, Carrollton, Texas 75006
Info: (972) 245-6995,
Cost: FREE!

Santa Fe Days on the Square: Browse through a wide array of Native American jewelry, pottery, and other art for sale. Entertainment includes songs by Bear Claw and  dancing by Evelio Flores and the Aztec Dancers.
Recommended ages: All
Where:Old Downtown Carrollton, I-35E at the Belt Line Road Exit #443B, Carrollton, Texas 75110
When: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, October 8; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, October 9
Info: 972-242-6453,
Cost:  FREE!   

Celebrate Latino culture

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10-10-10, Celebración de los Mayas: Celebrate the rich culture of the ancient Maya with music, dance, face painting and Maya-inspired art activities. You'll see more than 90 works of Maya art, many of which have never been displayed in the United States. There will also film programs and storytelling.
Good to know: Get a preview of the entertainment at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel lobby, 1300 Houston Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76102, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 8. You'll see Coro Yidzat il Kay, a rare group of Maya-descended opera singers, ranging in age from 8 to 18, from the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico; and Grupo Pakal, a Fort Worth-based troupe that performs ancient Maya ceremonial dances in elaborate and authentic Maya attire.
Recommended ages: All
When: Noon to 5 p.m., Sunday, October 10
Where: Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Boulevard, Fort Worth, Texas 76107-2792
Info: 817-332-8451, ext. 297, (available in English and Spanish)
Cost: FREE!

Musicarte: The fiesta in Sundance Square will feature six blocks of music, dance, art and food. Be sure to stop by the Fiesta Kid’s Zone, an interactive playground featuring arts, crafts and games, open noon to dusk.
Good to know: A complete list of parking is at
Recommended ages: All
When: Noon to 10:30 p.m., Friday, October 8 and Saturday, October 9
Where: Sundance Square, Main Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102
Cost: FREE!

Fiesta Latinoamericana:
It's the 200th anniversary of Latin America's independence so why not celebrate! The kids can enjoy children's craft workshops, cultural games and prizes and a tortilleria workshop. There will also be workshops by the Latino Culinary Institute, dance pavilion workshops and a performance by the  Afro Latino Drum Circle.
Good to know: Don't miss the parade of nations.
Recommended ages: All
When: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday, October 10
Where: 2301 Flora Street in the Dallas Arts District, Dallas, TX 75201
Cost: FREE!

Pick a pumpkin patch

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Pumpkin Village: Free activities for the kids include hay rides, petting zoo, hay pyramid, bounce house and bounce slide.
Good to know: Pumpkins prices range from $.50 to $20.00 per pumpkin. Food and drinks available for purchase.
Recommended ages: All
When:  9 a.m. to dusk, daily. Through October 31.
Where: Pumpkin Village Pumpkin Patch, 4908 Cross Timbers, Flower Mound, Texas 75028
Info: 214-498-8300,
Cost: FREE

Pumpkins on the Prairie: Enjoy the cooler temperatures of Fall and head to this fun pumpkin patch. Your children can play in the bounce house,  run through the hay maze and play games in a Kid's Patch.
Good to know: Pick out and purchase a pumpkin. All proceeds will benefit Grace Avenue Missions, Ministries and Assistance
Recommended ages: All
When: 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday-Friday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday; Noon to 8 p.m., Sunday. NOTE: The pumpkin patch will open at 9 a.m. Monday, October 11 due to school holiday. Through October 30.
Where: Grace Avenue United Methodist Church, 3521 Main Street, Frisco,Texas, 75034
Info: 972-335-2882,
Cost: Parking, admission and games are FREE!

Rockwall Pumpkin Patch: About 125,000 pounds of pumpkins will be available for the pickin' and this patch stocks the traditional orange pumpkins as well as novelty pumpkins and gourds. Daily activities for the kids include a special photo area, Story Time Theatre near Oscar the Scarecrow, a hay maze and pumpkin carving. On Saturdays, there's Pumpkin Patch Playtime, which includes storytime, craft projects, face painting and special entertainment.
Good to know: Pumpkins are delivered from New Mexico and California where ideal conditions produce large colorful pumpkins.
Recommended ages: All
When: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., daily. Through October 30.
Where: 1201 Ridge Road, Rockwall, TX 75087
Cost: FREE!

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