It's the dog days of summer, and at least one event in Fort Worth this weekend will take that literally, with dogs up for adoption as part of a movie screening. There will also be screenings of an acclaimed documentary, a dance festival, a big-name comedian, a celebration of Apollo 11, a family arts festival, and more.
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, July 18
Sundance Square presents Movie Nights: The Grinch
It will be "Christmas in July" for the latest screening in Sundance Square Plaza, Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch. Twenty dogs from the City of Fort Worth’s Animal Care & Control Center will be available for adopt-a-“reindeer” night, with Sundance Square providing reindeer antlers for each. The plaza will feature a wintery landscape with artificial snow, icy treats from MELT Ice Creams with a special Christmas flavor, a delicious creation from Funky Town Donuts & Drafts, and more.
Friday, July 19
Magnolia at the Modern: Maiden
Maiden recounts the story of Tracy Edwards, a 24-year-old cook on charter boats who became the skipper of the first ever all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1989. The critically acclaimed documentary will screen seven times through Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Modern Dance Festival at The Modern: Celebrating the Merce Cunningham Centennial
2019 is a centennial year of celebration of Merce Cunningham's birth. The Modern Dance Festival at the Modern will reflect on Cunningham’s work and his legacy as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. Taking place through July 27, the festival will include a variety of films, videos, lectures, “happenings” or “events,” and performances in the Grand Lobby, the Museum Auditorium, and Gallery 14.
Hyena's presents Andrew Dice Clay
Andrew Dice Clay is proud to be one of America's most controversial and outrageous comics. Over the last few years, Clay’s career has experienced a resurgence, with roles in movies like Blue Jasmine and A Star is Born, and recurring roles on Entourage and Vinyl. He'll perform a one-night-only, stand-up comedy set at Hyena's Comedy Club.
Saturday, July 20
UT Arlington Planetarium presents Mooniversary: 50 Years Since Apollo 11
UTA Planetarium is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing with the “Mooniversary,” an all-day event hosted both inside and outside the planetarium. The event will feature four regular shows in the planetarium that include a live star talk. There will also be three mini-shows and an Apollo Trivia game in the dome.
Panther Island Pavilion presents Rockin’ the River
Rockin’ the River features five different bands playing back-to-back sets throughout the day on the Coors Light Waterfront Stage at Panther Island Pavilion, finishing with a final band on the after party stage before a fireworks display. There will also be food and beverages available for purchase, as well as tube and watersport rentals. Prophets & Outlaws will headline the band lineup this week.
Sunday, July 21
Panther Island Pavilion presents Sunday Funday
Sunday Funday at Panther Island Pavilion is a day of relaxation and fun in the sun. Tubes and pedal boats are available to rent along with kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, and canoes from Backwoods Paddlesports. Visitors can enjoy cold beer, music, friends, food trucks, and floating on the Trinity River.
Kimbell Art Museum presents Family Festival: Lights, Color, Monet!
The Kimbell Art Museum's latest Family Festival: Lights, Color, Monet! includes free admission to the special exhibition "Monet: The Late Years" and free ice cream while supplies last. Activities will include art making, gallery explorations, dance performances by Ballet Frontier, interactive improv sessions with Rob Bosquez, face painting, and children's films.