As is often the case in Fort Worth, the slate of events this weekend offers a variety of experiences. There will be chances to party on an iconic stage, listen to a well-known singer while helping raise money for a good cause, see a new local play, attend a precursor to the State Fair of Texas, be entertained by another great singer, 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, August 15
Performing Arts Fort Worth presents Party on the Stage
Performing Arts Fort Worth will present Party on the Stage — their Young Patrons Club’s annual, one-night-only soirée with food, music, and great company — held in the heart of Funkytown. The event will feature live music, light bites, sweet eats from Alchemy Pops, and beer, wine, and signature cocktails, all on the Bass Performance Hall stage.
United Way of Tarrant County presents A Night to Live United
Grammy Award-winning artist LeAnn Rimes will headline A Night to Live United, a concert to celebrate United Way’s work in the community and kick off its 2019-2020 fundraising campaign. While the concert in Sundance Square Plaza is free, donations are encouraged to support a variety of causes the United Way funds. Food will be available at Sundance Square restaurants, and concessions will be available in the plaza.
Circle Theatre presents A 3D Adventure
Matt Lyle's new play, A 3D Adventure, brings a witty energy to Circle Theatre's season as a small theater troupe's madcap production goes inexplicably, spectacularly off the rails. The actors find themselves cast into a surreal world resembling some beloved films. This epic whirlwind of theater and movie magic is a raucous adventure through time, space, and extremely quotable lines. The production will run through September 14.
Friday, August 16
Magnolia at the Modern: Pavarotti
The documentary Pavarotti is a look at the life and work of opera legend Luciano Pavarotti, directed by Oscar-winner Ron Howard. Using archival and current interviews with luminaries like Bono, Stevie Wonder, Princess Diana, Nelson Mandela, and more, Howard demonstrates why Pavarotti is considered by many to be the greatest opera singer of all time. The film will screen seven times through Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
North Texas Fair & Rodeo
The North Texas Fair & Rodeo is an annual nine-day event that offers activities for all ages, including live concerts, horse and livestock shows, contests, cook-offs, food, fun, games, and more. Headlining performers will include Tracy Lawrence, Pat Green, Easton Corbin, Kody West, and more. The fair will take place at the North Texas Fairgrounds in Denton through August 24.
Sister Hazel in concert
For a band that has essentially been defined by one song — 1997's "All for You" — Sister Hazel has carved out an enviable career. That song was off of their sophomore album, and the alternative rock group has gone on to release seven more full-length albums and three EPs, including 2019's Fire. They'll play at Billy Bob's Texas.
Saturday, August 17
Fort Worth Community Arts Center presents Neither Wolf Nor Dog
In the film Neither Wolf Nor Dog, a white author gets sucked into the heart of contemporary Native American life in the sparse lands of the Dakotas by a 95-year-old Lakota elder and his sidekick. Elder Dave Bald Eagle stars in the film, which was adapted from the award-winning book by Minnesota author Kent Nerburn. It will screen twice at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center.
Lyle Lovett and His Large Band in concert
A singer, composer, and actor, Lyle Lovett has broadened the definition of American music in a career that spans 14 albums over three decades. Coupled with his gift for storytelling, the Texas-based musician fuses elements of Americana, swing, jazz, folk, gospel, and blues in a convention-defying manner that breaks down barriers. He'll perform at Bass Performance Hall.
Sunday, August 18
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.
Taphouse Theatre presents A Midsummer Night's Drinking Game
At this event at Fort Brewery & Pizza, guests can watch a bunch of professional actors perform Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream after just one rehearsal and turn it into a drinking game. Taphouse Theatre, an immersive theater company designed to empower local artists, promote local businesses, and build community through storytelling, will present this first-time event, an evening of merriment where guests can get tipsy with the fairies.