Following the fun and revelry of the Fourth of July, this weekend in and around Fort Worth is all about movies, theater, and music. You can see an '80s classic outside or a new indie movie inside, watch a reunited local favorite band take the stage, catch one of several new theater productions, or celebrate the music of the movies with a special outdoor laser show.
Below are the best options for your precious free time Thursday through Monday. Don't like what you see? Lucky for you, we have a much longer list of the city's best events.
Thursday, July 6
Sundance Square Movie Nights: Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Sundance Square continues its march through classic movies from the 1980s with a screening of Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Watch as Ferris fakes an illness to enjoy the best day ever with best friend Cameron and girlfriend Sloane. Showtime is at dusk (approximately 8:45 pm) on the Sundance Square Plaza stage. Moviegoers are invited to bring blankets or chairs for seating in the plaza.
Friday, July 7
Magnolia at the Modern presents The Wedding Plan
No, this is not the cheesy 2001 rom-com starring Jennifer Lopez and Matthew McConaughey. This is an Israeli film about Michal, an Orthodox Jew who refuses to cancel the wedding arrangements when her fiancé bows out on the eve of her wedding, insisting that God will supply her a husband. The film, in Hebrew with English subtitles, screens six times through Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Tripping Daisy in concert with Mind Spiders, The O's, Loafers, and Sailor's Horse
Over the past two months, the reunited members of Tripping Daisy have been on a mini-tour of Texas, making stops in Dallas, Houston, Waco, San Antonio, and Austin. For perhaps their final event, they'll play at NYTEX Sports Centre in North Richland Hills, going back to the good ol' days along with Mind Spiders, The O's, Loafers, and Sailor's Horse.
Theatre Arlington presents Pinocchio Commedia
Everyone is familiar with the popular character of Pinocchio, the heartwarming story about a young boy made of wood who finds mischief and many bumps along his way to becoming a real boy. Theatre Arlington puts a new twist on the story with commedia dell’arte, with the performers adorned with beautiful and imaginative masks and utilizing slapstick antics and silly banter. The production runs through July 16.
Amphibian Stage Productions presents The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged)
Back by popular demand, The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged) returns for a second run at Amphibian Stage Productions. It's an irreverent roller coaster ride through the Good Book, from fig leaves to final judgment, as three cultural guerrillas tackle the great theological questions. No one is safe, especially the first row, and everything you thought you knew about the most widely read book in history will be turned upside down. The production runs through August 13.
Stolen Shakespeare Guild presents On the Town
The latest production from Stolen Shakespeare Guild has nothing to do with Shakespeare at all. Instead, they tackle On the Town, the classic musical about three sailors on leave in New York City during World War II. It contains a slew of popular songs, including the original "New York, New York." The production plays at Fort Worth Community Arts Center through July 23.
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents Concerts in the Garden: Star Wars & Beyond: A Laser Light Spectacular
The Concerts in the Garden series comes to an end with Star Wars & Beyond at Fort Worth Botanic Garden. The first half of the program features the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra playing music from iconic films like Harry Potter, E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial, and more, while the second half features the themes from Star Wars enhanced with an epic laser show. There are performances on both Friday and Saturday nights.
Saturday, July 8
Rockin' the River
The weekly Rockin' the River concerts are your opportunity to cool off in the Trinity River at Panther Island Pavilion and rock out to some great tunes. The second week of the summer series features performances by headliner Parker McCollum, along with Zach Nytomt, Jackie Venson, Cody Bryan, and Kody West, followed by a great fireworks show.