There are a lot of interesting events going on in and around Fort Worth this weekend, with only one of them officially celebrating St. Patrick's Day. You can check out boats in anticipation of summer, laugh with a great comedian, race for a good cause, watch some local theater, listen to two seasoned singers, and more.
Below are the best ways to spend your free time this weekend. Want more options? Lucky for you, we have a much longer list of the city's best events.
Thursday, March 15
Fort Worth Boat Expo
The Fort Worth Boat Expo will have hundreds of all-new 2018 boat and watercraft models on display, including pontoons, jet boats, and personal watercraft. The expo, presented by the United Boat Dealers of North Texas and taking place at Will Rogers Memorial Center through Sunday, will have boats available for purchase from more than 20 North Texas boat dealers.
Improv Arlington presents Deon Cole
Since gaining exposure as a writer for Conan, comedian Deon Cole has gone on to star in a string of television shows, including Black-ish, Grown-ish, Angie Tribeca, and the game show Face Value. He'll get back to his first love — stand-up comedy — by performing six times through Sunday at Improv Arlington.
Friday, March 16
Magnolia at the Modern: Loveless
In this winner of the Cannes 2017 Grand Jury Prize, an estranged Russian couple going through a brutal divorce both have new partners and want to start over until their 12-year-old son disappears after witnessing one of their fights. The film, in Russian with English subtitles, will screen six times through Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Cotopaxi presents Questival Adventure Race
Questival is a 24-hour adventure race that's like The Amazing Race with a social good twist. Built within an app, each Questival lists hundreds of challenges that participants race to complete for point values and ultimately earn prizes. The race will start and end at Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts in Arlington. Cotopaxi donates 2 percent of its annual revenue to nonprofits that help alleviate poverty.
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents Beethoven’s 7th
The second movement of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 has achieved immortality as one of the most somber, yet simultaneously uplifting symphonic movements in the repertoire. Guest conductor Ward Stare will lead the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra in Beethoven’s complete masterpiece, as well as Arnold's Four Scottish Dances. Also, FWSO Principal Horn Molly Norcross and tenor Paul Appleby will perform Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings. There will be three performances through Sunday at Bass Performance Hall.
Jubilee Theatre presents It Ain't Nothin' but the Blues
Jubilee Theatre will slow drag into spring with the sizzling, red-hot Broadway hit, It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues, a foot-stomping, high-voltage journey in song. From African chants and Delta spirituals, to the urban electricity of a Chicago nightclub, It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues is a stirring retrospective of blues classics. It will play through April 8.
Saturday, March 17
Great Inflatable Race
The Great Inflatable Race is an obstacle fun run where participants make their way through a series of giant inflatable obstacles spread throughout the race course. Adults will feel like kids again as they jump, dive, and bounce on the custom-designed inflatables. The event will take place at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie.
Fort Worth Stockyards presents Cowtown Goes Green
The Fort Worth Stockyards will host Cowtown Goes Green, the city’s largest and most family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day celebration. The event will feature free activities for kids including face painting, cow camp, live music, gunfights, and more. There will also be a Western/Irish themed Cowtown Goes Green parade that follows the 4 pm cattle drive.
Wanda Jackson and The Derailers in concert
Wanda Jackson is a singer/songwriter and musician who had success in the mid-1950s and 1960s as one of the first popular female rockabilly singers and a pioneering rock-and-roll artist. Known to many as the “Queen of Rockabilly” or the “First Lady of Rockabilly," she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as an Early Influence. She'll play with her band, The Derailers, at Arlington Music Hall.
Tracy Lawrence in concert
Country singer Tracy Lawrence notched seven No. 1 hits over the course of five years in the 1990s, including "Sticks and Stones," "Alibis," "If the Good Die Young," and "Time Marches On," yet somehow never had a No. 1 album. He's been a steady presence in the genre for almost 30 years, releasing a new album every few years, including 2017's Good Ole Days. He'll play at Billy Bob's Texas.