The year reaches its halfway point this weekend, and it brings with it a bunch of fun events in and around Fort Worth. They include movies both old and new, concert featuring Texas originals, two more installments of the Concerts in the Garden series, a celebration of the arts, and an early jump on Fourth of July celebrations.
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 28
Sundance Square presents Movie Nights: You've Got Mail
Sundance Square's Movie Nights series hits the back end of its schedule with a 20th anniversary screening of You've Got Mail. The technology at the center of the 1998 romantic comedy is vastly outdated, but the chemistry between Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan is as vibrant as ever. Make sure to bring your lawn chairs or blankets to enjoy the film in comfort.
Friday, June 29
Magnolia at the Modern presents On Chesil Beach
Adapted by Ian McEwan from his bestselling novel and starring Saoirse Ronan, On Chesil Beach focuses on a young couple of drastically different backgrounds in the summer of 1962. Following the pair through their idyllic courtship, the film explores sex and the societal pressure that can accompany physical intimacy, leading to an awkward and fateful wedding night. The film will screen seven times through Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
The O's in concert
Over the last decade, The O's have become one of the favorite bands in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, no surprise since they're a product of other local bands, including The Polyphonic Spree. They have released four albums in their career, including 2016's Honeycomb. They'll perform at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts in Arlington.
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents Concerts in the Garden: "1950s Dance Party"
Break out the bobby socks and get ready to twist the night away when Concerts in the Garden takes you back to the 1950s for a stirring tribute to rock legends Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper, and Ritchie Valens. This concert, at Fort Worth Botanic Garden and under the direction of Ron Spigelman, will feature timeless hits like “That’ll Be The Day,” “Peggy Sue,” “La Bamba,” and “Chantilly Lace."
Saturday, June 30
National Theatre Live presents The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
If you didn't get to see the national tour of the Tony and Olivier Award-winning play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time when it came to Dallas last year, you can catch this screening of the original London production at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. The play, about an autistic boy who discovers a neighbor's dog dead and decides to investigate, has won much acclaim for its stage design.
Cody Johnson Throwdown
Country singer Cody Johnson is a Texas original who has released six albums, including 2016's Gotta Be Me, which reached No. 2 on the Billboard Country charts. He'll be joined by a few of his musical friends — Joe Nichols, Jon Wolfe, and Randall King — at this special festival-like concert at Panther Island Pavilion.
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents Concerts in the Garden: "Hotel California - A Salute to the Eagles"
The real Eagles were in town last weekend, and now Eagles tribute band Hotel California joins the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra for an evening of hits by the legendary group. Songs in the always-popular concert at Fort Worth Botanic Garden will include “Peaceful, Easy Feeling,” “Best of My Love,” “Tequila Sunrise,” “Life in the Fast Lane,” “Heartache Tonight,” and, of course, “Hotel California.” The concert will be under the direction of Ron Spigelman.
Sunday, July 1
Stage West Theatre presents M.A.D.E. (Music. Art. Drinks. Eats.)
Stage West will present its fifth annual M.A.D.E., a community indoor festival event featuring music, arts and crafts, drinks, and eats with local origins. There will be live music by Victor Andrada, Anthony Holmes and Alison Wheaton, Bailey Limmer, plus party poet Shae Shaw, face painter Cameron Casey, Humans 3, and more. Stage West will also announce its 2018-2019 season at the event.
Viridian DFW presents Stars and Stripes Celebration
A popular Fourth of July event will take place early, at Viridian in Arlington, with their Stars and Stripes Independence Day Celebration. The event at Lake Viridian includes live music by Shotgun Rider, food, adult-sized inflatables, a giant slide for children’s activities, and fireworks.