This weekend in and around Fort Worth is a big one music-wise, as it will feature no fewer than four concerts from music legends. If you can't make any of those shows, you can also catch two special movie screenings, celebrate an iconic symbol of the West, see some world-class soccer, or be part of a world record attempt.
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 20
Amon Carter Museum of American Art presents Sunset Cinema: The Birds
For the second of three screenings in its Sunset Cinema series, the Amon Carter Museum of American Art will present Alfred Hitchcock's classic film The Birds. Try not to get freaked out by the real birds at this outdoor screening, at which you can bring lawn chairs, blankets, and coolers. There will also be food trucks on hand if you don't pack your own picnic.
Friday, July 21
Magnolia at the Modern presents The Hero
The latest in the Magnolia at the Modern series is The Hero, starring Sam Elliott. Diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, an aging actor (Elliott) tries to reconcile with his estranged daughter (Krysten Ritter) while striking up a new relationship with a wild woman (Laura Prepon). The film will screen six times through Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Sara Evans in concert
Believe it or not, 2017 is the 20th anniversary of Sara Evans' debut album, Three Cords and the Truth. Since then, Evans has been at or near the top of the Billboard Country charts with each of her six subsequent albums. Fort Worth fans of Evans will get to see her on a special day, as Friday is the release of her latest album, Words. She'll celebrate its release with this concert at Billy Bob's Texas.
Saturday, July 22
National Day of the American Cowboy
The National Day of The American Cowboy kicks off with a parade at 11:30 am, immediately following the Fort Worth Herd Cattle Drive. Activities like cow chip throwing, cow milking, hay stacking, watermelon eating, and more will take place along East Exchange Avenue in the Fort Worth Stockyards. If you're in the mood for barbecue, you can also sign up to participate in Riscky's annual BBQ Rib-Eating Contest, taking place at 12:30 pm.
2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup Semifinals
All has gone as the home fans had hoped, and the U.S men's soccer team, following a 2-0 win over El Salvador, will be in the Gold Cup semifinals taking place at AT&T Stadium, facing off against Costa Rica. The winner of the match on Saturday will then go on to the Gold Cup final, taking place on July 26 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.
2017 World's Largest Super Soaker Battle
The 2nd Annual Super Soaker Battle at Maverick Stadium in Arlington is going for a world record. The current record held in the Guinness Book of World Records for “largest water pistol fight” is 3,875 participants. The goal for this event, which includes food, fun, games, giveaways, and more, is to get over 4,000 participants, but the actual number could be much larger. A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to Hope for the Warriors.
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 fourth week of the summer series features performances by Zac Wilkerson with Radio Birds, Joey Green Band, Hunter Hutchinson, and Shotgun Rider.
The Righteous Brothers in concert
With a string of No. 1 classics — including the most played song in radio history, "You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’" — the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame duo of Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield topped the charts for four decades. Although Hatfield died in 2003, Medley has kept The Righteous Brothers alive with new member Bucky Heard. The two will sing The Righteous Brothers' biggest hits at Arlington Music Hall.
Ronnie Milsap in concert
Country legend Ronnie Milsap has been entertaining fans for almost 50 years, ever since his debut album came out in 1971. He had a nearly unprecedented run of hits between 1974 and 1989, with 35 out of 44 singles going all the way to No. 1. Time hasn't slowed Milsap down, as he has continued to release albums every few years, including 2014's Summer #17. He'll play at Billy Bob's Texas.
Sunday, July 23
Robert Earl Keen in concert with Cody Morrow
Three decades after the release of his debut album, No Kinda Dancer, with 18 recordings to his name and thousands of shows in his rear-view mirror, Robert Earl Keen has blazed a trail that’s earned him living-legend status in Americana music and at home in Texas. He'll play a special show at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts, with Cody Morrow serving as opening act.