There's no denying that the slate of events in and around Fort Worth this weekend is a lot of fun. Choices will include a sunny Broadway musical, a boat-building contest, three different outdoor concerts, the return of one of the biggest bands of all time, and a chance to end your weekend in the most relaxing way possible.
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 21
Broadway at the Bass: Waitress
Brought to life by a groundbreaking all-female creative team, Waitress features original music and lyrics by recent Tony Awards host Sara Bareilles. Inspired by Adrienne Shelly’s beloved film, the musical tells the story of Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker who dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town’s new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start. The production will run through Sunday at Bass Performance Hall.
Trinity Shakespeare Festival
TCU is home to the Trinity Shakespeare Festival, an Actor’s Equity professional summer repertory theater where TCU students are hired each year to work side-by-side with professional actors, directors, and designers to create acclaimed Shakespeare productions. The 2018 festival will feature Twelfth Night, or What You Will and The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet running in rep through July 8.
Friday, June 22
Magnolia at the Modern presents Disobedience
In Disobedience, a photographer (Rachel Weisz) returns to the Orthodox Jewish community that shunned her decades earlier for her childhood attraction to a female friend (Rachel McAdams). Their reunion soon reignites their passion as they explore the boundaries of faith and sexuality. The film will screen seven times through Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
USS Fort Worth Whatever Floats Your Boat Regatta
The USS Fort Worth Whatever Floats Your Boat Regatta aims to build awareness of and camaraderie with the USS Fort Worth crew while promoting clean rivers and parks and green living. Participants will use recyclables to build a boat to ride across the Trinity River, with USS Fort Worth captain CDR Tony Hyde and crew members on hand to judge. There will be awards for Fastest Boat, Titanic Award (most spectacular failure), Best USS Fort Worth Look Alike, Best Team Theme/Costume, and Individual with Most Teams Recruited.
Fort Worth Museum of Science and History presents FAMapalooza
The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History will present its one-of-a-kind family friendly festival series, FAMapalooza. The series, taking place once a month through August, will kick off with Bubble Festival, at which visitors can learn about the science of bubbles, create giant 6-foot bubbles outside the museum, build their own bubble wands, explore what makes the best solution, and more.
Ohlook Performing Arts Center productions
Ohlook Performing Arts Center in Grapevine is putting on two buzzworthy productions. Playing late nights on Friday and Saturday through June 30, Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera utilizes the 1994 Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan media scandal to explore America’s obsession with celebrity scandals and its “go for the gold at all cost” attitude. Starting Friday and running through July 8, 35MM is a new multimedia musical which uses still photos to create unique songs.
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents Concerts in the Garden: "The Music of The Rolling Stones"
Introduced to the festival lineup in 2013, "The Music of The Rolling Stones" features hits like “Get Off of My Cloud,” “Paint it Black,” “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” and more, backed by Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. “Satisfaction” is guaranteed when the music of the Rolling Stones fills the Fort Worth summer night once again. The concert at Fort Worth Botanic Garden will highlight vocalist Brody Dolyniuk under the direction of Brent Havens.
Saturday, June 23
Eagles in concert with Chris Stapleton
The legendary rock band Eagles will come back to the Dallas-Fort Worth area for the first time since the death of original member Glenn Frey. Don Henley, Joe Walsh, and Timothy B. Schmit will be joined by Vince Gill and Glenn's son Deacon Frey at AT&T Stadium to play all of the Eagles' greatest hits. As if that's not enough, reigning CMA Male Vocalist of the Year, Chris Stapleton, will be the opening act.
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents Concerts in the Garden: "The Music of Journey"
Vocalist Brody Dolyniuk appears for the second time this weekend as part of "The Music of Journey." The audience will rock out to some of the most legendary anthems of all time, including "Don't Stop Believin'," “Faithfully,” “Open Arms,” “Any Way You Want It,” and more. Then, when the “Lights” go down in the city, the event will finish with a stunning fireworks finale.
Sunday, June 24
Panther Island Pavilion presents Sunday Funday
Sunday Funday is a day of relaxation and fun in the sun that will take place every week through September 2 at Panther Island Pavilion. Tubes and pedal boats are available to rent, along with kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddle boards from Backwoods Paddlesports. Local craft beer will be sold from award-winning Panther Island Brewing. Guests can enjoy music, friends, food trucks, and floating the Trinity River.
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents Concerts in the Garden: Old 97’s
Since the Old 97’s roared out of Dallas more than 20 years ago, they have blazed a trail through alt-country and power-pop, led by the piercingly observant lyrics of lead singer Rhett Miller. Old 97’s will make their return to Concerts in the Garden for the first time since 2012, and they will reward the audience with some of their greatest hits.