Despite the oppressive heat, event organizers in and around Fort Worth are hoping you won't mind having some fun outside. Choices for outdoor events will include two different music series and a couple of movies. You can also enjoy a well-known comedian, an acclaimed new film, a Texas country music legend, and a highly-anticipated new art exhibit.
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 7
Sundance Square presents Movie Nights: The Great Escape
Sundance Square Movie Nights will take a trip through time, featuring movies from the past 55 years, every Thursday through July 12. Kicking off with 1963's The Great Escape, the series will utilize Sundance Square Plaza’s new digital screen, which provides dynamic sight and sound for a great outside movie experience.
Amphibian Stage Productions presents Melissa Villaseñor
Now that Saturday Night Live is done for the season, featured cast member Melissa Villaseñor is free to tour the country as a stand-up comedian. Villaseñor made her television debut on America's Got Talent and does extensive voiceover acting on Fox’s Family Guy, Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time, and Comedy Central’s Triptank. She's been at Amphibian Stage Productions all week, and she'll perform two more times on Thursday and Friday.
The Foundry District presents Thursday on the Rocks
Thursday On The Rocks is a new series in the Foundry District taking place through August 16. Beach Boys and Beatles-inspired rock n’ roll band, The Hendersons, and blues-rock opener, Matt Tedder, will kick off the series. The event will also feature picnic tables lined with arts and crafts, and a large, interactive community installation where attendees can create a temporary artwork in the District.
Levitt Pavilion presents Sing-a-Long Frozen
Since it came out in 2013, Disney's Frozen has been inescapable in the homes of families with small children. This special sing-a-long screening at Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts in Arlington gives those kids and their parents an outlet to sing "For the First Time in Forever," "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?," and, of course, "Let It Go" at the top of their lungs.
Friday, June 8
Magnolia at the Modern: The Seagull
Fresh from her third Oscar nomination, Lady Bird’s Saoirse Ronan stars opposite four-time Academy Award nominee Annette Bening in this sprightly costume drama adapted from Anton Chekhov’s esteemed 1896 play. Featuring a heartbreaking and funny story of friends and lovers, all of whom are in love with the wrong person, the movie will screen seven times through Sunday at Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents Concerts in the Garden: The Music of Michael Jackson
From his early years with The Jackson 5 to his mega-hit album Thriller and beyond, Michael Jackson stormed the music industry with hit after hit. Windborne's Music of Michael Jackson will take the crowd at Fort Worth Botanic Garden through each era of this storied performer, from “ABC” and “I'll Be There’” to “Beat It,” “Thriller,” “Rock With You,” “The Way You Make Me Feel,” and more. The concert will feature vocalist James Delisco under the direction of Martin Herman.
Robert Earl Keen in concert
Three decades after the release of his debut album, No Kinda Dancer, with 18 recordings to his name and thousands of shows in his rear-view mirror, Robert Earl Keen has blazed a trail that’s earned him living-legend status in Americana music and at home in Texas. He'll play a late night show at Billy Bob's Texas.
Saturday, June 9
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents Concerts in the Garden: The Music of Queen
With the movie Bohemian Rhapsody coming out later this year, there's no better time to enjoy The Music of Queen, which returns to Concerts in the Garden for the first time since 2010. Vocalist Brody Delyniuk, under the direction of Martin Herman, will sing many favorite hits by the classic rock band, including “I Want It All,” “You’re My Best Friend,” “We Are The Champions,” and the chart-topping “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
Sunday, June 10
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth presents Takashi Murakami: "The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg"
The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth will present the highly-anticipated major retrospective, Takashi Murakami: “The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg,” showcasing more than three decades of Murakami's paintings, from his earliest mature works to his most recent, never-before-seen paintings. Across over 50 works, this seminal exhibition reveals the consistent, universal themes that have guided the artist's work, reflecting his exquisite level of craft and insightful engagement with history. The exhibit will be on display through September 16.
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents Concerts in the Garden: Tribute to Benny Goodman
Benny Goodman will forever be the King of Swing. Clarinetist Dave Bennett celebrates Goodman’s legacy in a program at Fort Worth Botanic Garden that features new arrangements of his popular hits and jazz classics, including “Moonglow,” “I’ve Got Rhythm,” “Slipped Disc,” “Sing Sing Sing,” and many others. The concert will be under the direction of Martin Herman.