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The 10 Best Free and Cheap Events Happening in Dallas This Weekend, Sept. 27-29

Pick your perfect pumpkin this weekend at Lola's Pumpkin Patch. Adorable child not included.
Pick your perfect pumpkin this weekend at Lola's Pumpkin Patch. Adorable child not included. Stacey Mecca

Friday, September 27

True Widow and Paper Saints
7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27
The Foundry Bar

Catch live music by local acts True Widow and Paper Saints at The Foundry. The event is free to attend, however, the bands ask that you make a donation to Planned Parenthood.

Errythang Lil Wayne
9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27
The Whippersnapper

Celebrate Weezy’s birthday at the Dallas Observer’s pick for Best Pick-Up bar. DJ Knew will be spinning out tunes by and featuring Lil Wayne all night. Your weekend just got “a milli” times more lit.

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Instant film photographers will gather for PolaCon, the world's first three-day instant film photography convention, this weekend.
Courtesy of the Instant Film Society

PolaCon4: An Instant Film Convention
11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 27 – Sunday, Sept. 29
Dallas / Denton (various locations)

Join the Instant Film Society members and other instant film enthusiasts from all across the country for the fourth annual PolaCon — the world’s first three-day instant-film photography convention and meet-up. PolaCon offers workshops, demonstrations and lectures by and for photographers, plus swap meets and other opportunities for photographers to showcase their work. For a full schedule of PolaCon4 events, visit

Saturday, September 28

Recycling 101 Workshop
10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28
Dallas Zero Waste

Our world’s climate is in despair, so rather than berating 16-year-old activists, why not take a free crash course on the do's and don’t's of recycling? Dallas Zero Waste will be hosting a workshop where attendees can learn what can be recycled, where to take it and the correct disposal of non-recyclable materials. Plus, the floor will also be open to questions. RSVP here.

Biggest Outdoor Grito Contest
6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28
2400 Catherine St., Dallas

DJ Mean Mauri will be hosting an outdoor grito contest, in which participants will yell to promote equality, social justice and the end of racism. Attendees can enjoy free food, free carnival games and live music.
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Pancakes, booze and art. How well you know us, Deep Ellum Art Co.
Melissa Ridings
The Dallas Pancakes & Booze Art Show
8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28
Deep Ellum Art Co.

Over 100 local artists will be showcasing more than 750 works of art this Saturday. Each ticket allows guests to behold all of these works of art, plus feast upon all the pancakes they can eat. Tickets are available for purchase here.

LifeWalk Karaoke Night
9:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28
Barbara’s Pavillion
Prices vary

Drag performer Thai Mai Shu will be hosting a karaoke night to benefit Prism Health North Texas. For each participant, performing a song will cost $2. Participants can also nominate a friend to sing a song of their choice for $10, and said friend can cancel the nomination out for $10 more.

Sunday, September 29

Lola's Pumpkin Patch
10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 29
Lola’s Local Market
Free (parking $5)

Lola’s Pumpkin Patch is an annual fall tradition in Melissa. With pony rides, hayrides and pumpkin painting, this pumpkin patch is fun for the whole family!
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Choose silence, or music, and inner peace this weekend.
Isabel Arcellena
Silent Disco Yoga
10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 29
Punch Bowl Social (Fort Worth)

It can be hard to align your chakras with loud music playing in the background. Luckily, Silent Disco Yoga will allow each attendee to rent a pair of noise-canceling headphones, which will allow them to play the music as loudly or as softly as they want. Tickets can be purchased here. This class is BYO-yoga mat.

All You Can Eat Sunday Tailgate
11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 29
Hub Streat

Get your grub on this football Sunday at downtown Plano’s Hub Streat, where guests can feast upon all the burgers, hot dogs, nachos and pancakes they can eat for only $10. Even if your team doesn’t win, this deal simply cannot be beat. Tickets are available for purchase here.
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Alex Gonzalez has been a contributor to the Dallas Observer since 2018. He is a Dallas native whose work has appeared in Local Profile, MTV News and the Austin American-Statesman. He has eclectic taste in music and enjoys writing about art, food and culture.
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