Everybody loves a long weekend! Here’s some stuff to do that won’t break the bank:

Go to the Combative Sports Expo at Amon Carter Exhibit Hall from Sept. 5 through 6. You can see demonstrations of mixed martial arts, boxing and similar activities. Admission is $10 per person, and kids 5 and under are free.

Go east to Bedford for the Labor Day Blues & BBQ festival, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 5 and Sunday, Sept. 6. Enjoy music from Buddy Guy, The Fabulous Thunderbirds and lots of other bands. Oh yeah, and awesome BBQ. Tickets for general admission are $5 per day, and kids under 5 are free.

Want cheap eats? Then go to the Culinary School of Fort Worth on Sunday, Sept. 6 for Sunday brunch. It’s a flat fee of $16.18 per person, but you get a LOT for the price – there’s omelets made to order, salad bar, pastries made fresh before your eyes, house made bread, the works. Call the school at 817-737-8427 to make a reservation, which is recommended.

Take part in the Cowtown Puppetry Festival, scheduled for Sept. 4 through 6 at the Hip Pocket Theatre in Fort Worth. Each night, you can see a free “puppet pageant” show each night at 7:45, but if you want to see the films about puppetry, it’ll cost you $15 ($10 on Sunday). Students can buy “rush” tickets 15 minutes before the show for $5.

Go to the Fort Worth Nature & Refuge Center for a nature hike on Saturday, Sept. 5 at 10 a.m. You’ll learn about flowers, insects and birds. The fee for this hike is $5 with your $4 paid admission to the nature center. The FWNC is also having an Owl Meet & Greet event on Saturday at 1 and 2 p.m. – meet some owls! (This is free with admission.)

Home Depot is offering a free kids’ woodworking workshop; the project this week is a bean bag toss. See details here. You’ll need to call your local HD for the exact time.

Have you entered our giveaway yet? We have more prizes than entrants right now, so comment on the contest post to win! (You do not have to live in Fort Worth.)