The long weekend is almost here. If you’re looking to get out of the house and do something, try these suggestions for free things to do over Memorial Day Weekend in the Fort Worth area:

On Saturday (May 23), head to Texas Motor Speedway for its Trade Days USA event. This is an open-air market where you can find almost everything imaginable. Admission is free, but parking is $5.

Saturday is also the day of the regular Cowkid Roundup event in the Stockyards. Kids can learn to rope, brand and do other “cowboy” things. It’s from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on the lawn of the Livestock Exchange building. Visit for details. If you want to, come to the Stockyards a little early and visit the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame at 12 p.m. for a “Rodeo Zone” kids’ challenge that includes stick horse races and more. Visit for directions. Can’t get enough cowboy stuff? Come even earlier and watch the “Summer Gunfight Show” at the Stockyards Station, which starts at 11:45 a.m. (This event also takes place at 4:15 p.m., and on Sunday at 11:45 and 4:15.)

More kids’ stuff: Barnes & Noble on Hulen and Overton Ridge has story time at 11 a.m. on Saturday. The Sundance Square location also has storytime at this hour.

Attention bookworms: Local author Jeffrey Osburn will hold a meet-and-greet and book signing at the B&N on Overton Ridge at 12 p.m. on Saturday. Osburn is the author of Under the Fifth Sun, a book about Mexican drug lords.

Saturday, May 23, at Lowes home improvement stores, your child can build a free wooden “Ready2Go” kit. The workshops start at 10 a.m. To confirm your attendance, visit to RSVP.

Interested in sharpening your DIY skills? Home Depot will have an “Outdoor Power Equipment and Maintenance” workshop (this one’s for grownups) from 1-2 p.m. To sign up, click this link.

Sunday (May 24), Home Depot is also hosting a workshop on repairing screens. It’s from 2-3 p.m. Click here to RSVP.

If you want to celebrate Memorial Day with a little patriotism, the city of Grand Prairie is having a Memorial Day Celebration at 10 a.m. Monday, May 25, at its Veterans Memorial (925 W. Conover St.). There will be a 21-gun salute, bagpipe music, and an aircraft flyover! Visit for complete details.

May 25 is National Tap Dance Day. Arts Fifth Avenue is celebrating it, beginning at 6:30 p.m. You can see live music, tap dance performances and bid in a silent auction. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. Visit for details. The Web site says to bring a lawn chair.

I’ll be posting a new feature – a “Cheap This Weekend” listing – in a little while, for those who don’t mind spending a minimal amount of cash for entertainment.