Hopefully you're in the mood to see a movie this weekend, as the Fort Worth landscape is absolutely littered with special film events, including two outdoors. If that's not your thing, you can also see a new theater production, catch a concert on the river, sample some yummy ice cream, or watch local basketball stars.
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 13
Amon Carter Museum of American Art presents Sunset Cinema
Yet another venue will join the movie scrum this summer as the Amon Carter Museum of American Art starts its outdoor movie series, Sunset Cinema, with the classic film The Wizard of Oz. The event will take place on the museum's lawn, so make sure to pack a picnic and bring chairs or blankets. There will also be food trucks onsite.
Sundance Square Movie Nights: Grease
While one outdoor film series begins, another comes to a close. Sundance Square Plaza will host its final screening of the summer, this time showing everybody's favorite sing-along movie, Grease. 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 14
2017 Fort Worth Indie Film Showcase
The Fort Worth Indie Film Showcase will showcase about 230 films on three screens at Norris Conference Center, aka the old AMC Sundance 11, during its fourth annual festival. The festival features a wide array of feature, short, and micro-short films of various genres. Texas-based films are joined this year by films from across the United States and more than 20 international films. The festival continues through Sunday.
Magnolia at the Modern presents Maudie
Fort Worth movie lovers will have the rare chance to see an independent movie on the same weekend as filmgoers in Dallas, when Maudie plays as part of the Magnolia at the Modern series. Maudie is about Canadian folk artist Maud Lewis (Sally Hawkins), who falls in love with a fishmonger (Ethan Hawke) while working for him as a live-in housekeeper. The film will play six times through Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Hip Pocket Theatre presents In Watermelon Sugar
Hip Pocket Theatre continues its 41st season with Richard Brautigan’s In Watermelon Sugar. Set in the aftermath of a fallen civilization, it focuses on a commune organized around a central gathering house which is named "iDeath." In this environment, many things are made of watermelon sugar. Each day has a different-colored sun, which creates different-colored watermelons, and the central building also changes frequently. The production runs through July 30.
Saturday, July 15
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 third week of the summer series features performances by Shane Smith & The Saints with Nakia and the Blues Grifters, Hunter Hutchinson, Larry Hooper, and John Baumann.
Nash Farm presents Ice Cream Social
Nash Farm in Grapevine will present an Ice Cream Social, a fun evening of ice cream, Victorian lawn games, and traditional music. Guests can enjoy old-fashioned, hand-cranked vanilla ice cream and games such as graces, rolling hoops, horseshoes, croquet, and more. The Lone Star String band will accompany the evening with traditional old-time music played on the fiddle, banjo, and guitar.
Sunday, July 16
Dallas Wings vs. Chicago Sky
A little over halfway through their sophomore season in Arlington, the Dallas Wings are hanging tough in the run for the WNBA playoffs, checking in at eighth place with a 9-10 record. Skylar Diggins-Smith, Glory Johnson, and the rest of the Wings will look to get back to .500 in this game against the Chicago Sky at College Park Center on the UT Arlington campus.
Lone Star Film Society presents Sunday Cinema Series: A Song for You: The Austin City Limits Story
The Lone Star Film Society's Sunday Cinema Series has mostly featured older movies, but it will honor the past with a contemporary film, A Song for You: The Austin City Limits Story. The documentary looks back at 40 years of music history through the lens of the Austin City Limits TV show, which has featured such legendary performers as Willie Nelson, Ray Charles, Radiohead, and more. The film will play at Four Day Weekend Theater.