It looks to be a fun time in and around Fort Worth this weekend. Among your event choices will be the opening of an anticipated new shopping complex, a Tony Award-winning musical, a visit from an up-and-coming comic star, a festival headlined by a favorite local band, and more.
Below are the best happenings for your social calendar Thursday through Monday. Want more options? Lucky for you, we have a much longer list of the city's best events.
Thursday, September 14
Communities Foundation of Texas presents North Texas Giving Day
The nation’s largest giving day is back for its ninth year. In eight years, North Texas Giving Day, powered by Communities Foundation of Texas, has generated $156 million for the community. In 2016, the day raised a record-breaking $37 million for 2,518 nonprofits. Both Fort Worth and Arlington will hold Giving Day events, with different activities planned in Sundance Square Plaza and Levitt Pavilion.
The Shops at Clearfork Opening Celebration Weekend
This weekend is a big one for fans of luxury shopping, as the Shops at Clearfork will celebrate its grand opening. The center features retailers like Neiman Marcus, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., and many others. The grand opening celebration, taking place each day through Saturday, will include live music, oversized games on the lawn, a vintage camper photo booth, and food trucks offering favorite local flavors.
Performing Arts Fort Worth presents Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
Long before she was Carole King, chart-topping music legend, she was Carol Klein, a Brooklyn girl with passion and chutzpah. Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, playing at Bass Performance Hall through Sunday, tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history.
Friday, September 15
Magnolia at the Modern presents The Trip to Spain
The latest in the Magnolia at the Modern series is The Trip to Spain, in which Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon embark on a six-part episodic road trip through Spain, sampling the restaurants, eateries, and sights along the way. The film, the third in The Trip series, will screen seven times through Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Fort Works Art presents Hillary Dohoney: "Adrift" opening reception
North Texas artist Hillary Dohoney will be featured in her first Dallas-Fort Worth solo show at Fort Works Art Gallery. The exhibition will showcase Dohoney’s combination of realism and trompe l’oeil through her seascape oil paintings, encompassing the entire gallery with peaceful tranquility while encouraging viewers to question their roots and heritage. The opening reception will include a special performance from North Texas favorite musician Sam Lao on the roof of the gallery.
Improv Arlington presents Tiffany Haddish
Tiffany Haddish is quickly establishing herself as one of the most sought-after comedic talents in television and film. Haddish was seen starring in NBC’s The Carmichael Show as the outspoken, no-nonsense Nakeisha, and she was also the break-out star of the summer in Universal’s Girls Trip. She'll perform four times — twice on Friday and twice on Saturday — at Improv Arlington.
Saturday, September 16
Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth presents No Translation Necessary
The Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth will launch its 30th anniversary season by presenting the music of Prokofiev, Schubert, and Shostakovich. Artistic Director Gary Levinson will present unusual groupings such as two Prokofiev violin sonatas and a Schubert string trio, along with the Shostakovich Piano Quintet. The concert will take place at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Dia de los Toadies
Toadies will host the 10th annual Dia de los Toadies, returning to Possum Kingdom Lake for the first time since the inaugural event in 2008. Toadies will play in support of their new album, The Lower Side of Uptown. They'll be joined by eight bands on two stages, including Local H, Riverboat Gamblers, The O’s, Oil Boom, Quiet Company, Baboon, and Ting Tang Tina.
Tracy Byrd in concert
Country singer Tracy Byrd was a part of the '90s boom in country music, scoring hits like "Holdin' Heaven," "Lifestyles of the Not So Rich and Famous," "The Keeper of the Stars," and "Don't Take Her She's All I Got." After a 10-year break, Byrd self-released his 10th album, All American Texan, in 2016. He'll play in support of that album at The Stagecoach Ballroom.
Robert Earl Keen in concert
Fresh off his performance at George Strait's Hurricane Harvey benefit concert in San Antonio, legendary Texas country singer Robert Earl Keen will return to a Fort Worth stage. It's not like he's a stranger, since he just played in Arlington and will return in December for his annual holiday concert, but a visit from Keen is always a lot of fun. He'll play at Billy Bob's Texas.
Sunday, September 17
Roller Coaster Race Super Hero 10K/5K
At the Roller Coaster Race Super Hero 10K/5K, participants get to have fun running and riding their favorite theme park rides all in the same day. Those who sign up for the 10K or 5K plus Ride option will get a single-day ticket to Six Flags Texas included in their registration fee. After they run their races, runners can ride any combination of the park's roller coasters to complete a total of 5K. All runners will receive a T-shirt, finisher's medal, and collectible coin.