There is plenty to keep you busy in and around Fort Worth this weekend, with events featuring numerous subjects. There will be concert full of classic rock, a new local theater production, screenings of an acclaimed new film, two separate classical music events, a foodie fundraiser, a little father-son time with TCU celebrities, a visit by a country superstar, 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, May 17
Arlington Music Hall presents Beatles vs. Stones: A Musical Shootout
The British Invasion brought the two most popular rock groups of all time, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, as well as the liveliest debate in rock history: Which band is the greatest? The two legendary bands will engage in an onstage, mash-up duel via tribute bands Abbey Road and Satisfaction. The two bands will alternate sets at Arlington Music Hall.
Stage West Theatre presents Hir
In Hir, Isaac arrives at his childhood home after a war to discover that his once-timid mother is on a whirlwind crusade to subvert the patriarchy, his sister is now his genderqueer brother who refers to hirself in gender-neutral pronouns, and his stroke-ridden father slumps on the couch in a muumuu and clown makeup. As Isaac attempts to reclaim structure in a household that refuses to be tamed, the family is forced to confront what it is to live in a new world when one is stuck in the past. The play will run at Stage West Theatre through June 17.
Friday, May 18
Kimbell Art Museum presents Art Museum Day
The Kimbell Art Museum celebrates Art Museum Day with free admission to the special exhibition, “From the Lands of Asia: The Sam and Myrna Myers Collection.” Visitors will see this theme expressed during the Museum's happy hour, "Kimbell Social Club," which will feature a performance by Danni and Kris, a dynamic up-and-coming Fort Worth duo.
Magnolia at the Modern: Journey's End
In a dugout in Aisne in 1918, a group of British officers, led by a mentally disintegrating young officer, await their fates. R.C. Sherriff’s 90-year-old play is brought to the screen with thrilling power, thanks to director Saul Dibb’s hard-hitting urgency and brilliant work from a talented cast, including Paul Bettany, Sam Claflin, and Asa Butterfield. The film will screen seven times through Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents Scheherazade
Miguel Harth-Bedoya and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra close the 2017-2018 Symphonic season with Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, a musical realization of the vividly colorful and mesmerizing tales spun by a storyteller at risk for her very life. The program opens with visiting composer Mason Bates’ Anthology of Fantastic Zoology. The concert will play three times through Sunday at Bass Performance Hall.
Fort Worth Zoo presents Beastro
Beastro is the Fort Worth Zoo’s annual music and tasting event that supports the zoo’s local and international wildlife conservation and education efforts. The event features the finest area restaurants stationed throughout the zoo, serving sample appetizers, entrees, and desserts. There will also be open bars throughout the park and live music entertainment from Jordan Kahn Orchestra, Memphis Soul, Incognito, and Keith Mitchell Band. Several animal exhibits will remain open until sunset.
Saturday, May 19
All Pro Dad presents Father and Kid Experience
Former NFL MVP and TCU all-American LaDanian Tomlinson and TCU head football coach Gary Patterson will lead the All Pro Dad Father and Kids Experience, a fun-filled day dedicated to strengthening the bond between dads and their kids. The event will feature interactive games, hands-on experiences, and practical fatherhood tips. The event will take place at the Sam Baugh Indoor Practice Facility on the TCU campus.
Kenny Chesney in concert with Thomas Rhett, Old Dominion, and Brandon Lay
If it's late spring in Dallas-Fort Worth, then it's time once again for country superstar Kenny Chesney to make his near annual appearance at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. Chesney is getting set to release a new album, Songs for the Saints, in July. He'll be joined at the home of Dallas Cowboys by Thomas Rhett, Old Dominion, and Brandon Lay.
Cliburn Cocktail Competition
At the first-ever Cliburn Cocktail Competition, local teams will bring their best cocktail recipes to compete for the Cliburn Cocktail gold medal and bragging rights. Cocktails will feature Reyka Vodka, Hudson Baby Bourbon, Flor De Cana Rum, Milagro Tequila, and Hendrick’s Gin. The event, taking place at Crockett Row, will also feature live bands. Proceeds benefit the 2021 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.
Sunday, May 20
Fort Worth Youth Orchestra 53rd Season Finale
The Fort Worth Youth Orchestra will present its 53rd Season Finale, featuring special performances from each of its four ensembles. The FWYO will commemorate the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein by performing popular orchestral arrangements of his compositions: Overture to Candide and "Symphonic Dances from West Side Story." In addition, guest soloist Pui Ying Wong and the Youth Orchestra will perform Tchaikovsky’s formidable Violin Concerto. The performance will be at Bass Performance Hall.