June means the return of a variety of anticipated events on the Fort Worth calendar, with this weekend seeing the start of two different series. Other choices include some bloody new theater, a national comedian, an acclaimed new film, new art exhibits, a rare appearance by a favorite local band, and some high-quality soccer.
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, June 6
Circle Theatre presents Sweeney Todd
Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd is a heart-pounding thriller set on the seedy side streets of 19th century London. Filled with diabolical humor and extraordinary music, this eight-time Tony Award-winning musical tells the tale of an exiled barber's quest to avenge the wrongs done to him and his family by a lecherous judge. The production, which contains adult language and subject matter, will run at Circle Theatre through July 13.
Levitt Pavilion presents Family Movie Night: Coco
The latest from Disney/Pixar, Toy Story 4, is set for release on June 20. While you wait for that one, you can take in their 2017 release, Coco, about a young boy who dreams of becoming an accomplished musician despite his family’s generations-old ban on music. His journey leads him into the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead, where he unlocks the real story behind Miguel’s family history. The outdoor screening at Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts in Arlington will also feature a performance by Almas Unidas Dance Company prior to the film.
Amphibian Stage Productions presents Phoebe Robinson
Phoebe Robinson is a multi-talented standup comedian, New York Times best-selling writer, and actress best known as the co-creator and co-star of the hit podcast-turned-TV show, 2 Dope Queens. She also has a second podcast, Sooo Many White Guys, in which she interviews today’s biggest stars and groundbreakers. She'll be at Amphibian Stage Productions through Saturday as part of a weeklong residency.
Sundance Square presents Movie Nights
June means the return of Movie Nights in Sundance Square Plaza. Taking place almost every Thursday through the end of July, the series will feature seven movies celebrating current releases with entertaining animation, drama, fantasy, and comedy. The series will kick off on Thursday with Secret Life of Pets, which is appropriate because Secret Life of Pets 2 is scheduled for release on Friday.
Friday, June 7
Magnolia at the Modern: All Is True
In All is True, the year is 1613 and Shakespeare is acknowledged as the greatest writer of the age. But disaster strikes when his renowned Globe Theatre burns to the ground. Devastated, Shakespeare returns to Stratford, where he must face a troubled past and a neglected family. Kenneth Branagh stars as William Shakespeare, with Judi Dench as Anne Hathaway. The film will screen five times through Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
New exhibits at Fort Worth Community Arts Center
Friday will see the opening of four new exhibits at Fort Worth Community Arts Center: Andy Mattern: "Average Subject / Medium Distance," Wayne Madsen: "line ecologies," Sarah Nguyen: "Furious Beauty," and "Glitter Dotted." The exhibits, which feature a variety of techniques, will each remain on display through June 26.
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents 2019 Concerts in the Garden: Women Rock
The annual Concerts in the Garden series, presented by Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra at Fort Worth Botanic Garden, kicks off with Women Rock, which honors some of the most powerful female singers and songwriters of all time, such as Tina Turner, Carol King, Pat Benatar, and more. The audience will enjoy hit songs like “I Feel The Earth Move,” “What’s Love Got To Do With It,” “Proud Mary,” “Piece Of My Heart,” “I Love Rock n’ Roll,” and more. Read more about the entire CITG season here.
The Polyphonic Spree in concert
Shows by The Polyphonic Spree are not as plentiful as they used to be, so it's always great when you have another opportunity to see them live. And it's even better when you get to see them for free, which is what will happen with this concert at Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts in Arlington. The Spree released Yes, It’s True, in 2017, their first studio album of original material since 2007.
Saturday, June 8
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents 2019 Concerts in the Garden: The Music of Harry Potter and More
The Harry Potter book series is over 20 years old, and the final film came out in 2011, but the magic — pun intended — the stories contain shows no signs of abating anytime soon. The second series concert of the weekend will feature music from all eight of the Harry Potter films, the first three of which were masterfully scored by the iconic John Williams.
Sunday, June 9
Mexican National Team: U.S. Tour 2019
Just as the FIFA Women's World Cup is getting started in France, AT&T Stadium in Arlington will go soccer-crazy as it hosts a visit from the Mexican National Men's Team, facing off against the squad from Ecuador. The match will take place just days before the start of the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup, which will include two early round games on June 20 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco.
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents 2019 Concerts in the Garden: Mozart in the Garden: A Little Night Music
The final Concert in the Garden of the weekend will feature light classical favorites by Mozart and more. The audience will experience Eine kleine Nachtmusik, the “Jupiter” Symphony, and The Marriage of Figaro under the canopy of the Texas summer sky. The symphony's principal oboist, Jennifer Corning Lucio, will be featured under the direction of Bob Bernhardt.