The weather may not be cool yet, but this weekend in Fort Worth will feature a couple events you can enjoy outdoors nonetheless. Also on tap are productions of both timely and classic plays, an independent film festival, concerts by people on the opposite end of the music spectrum, and special Halloween-themed photography exhibit.
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 21
Cara Mía Theatre presents Deferred Action
This play was extremely relevant when it premiered last season, and given President Trump's recent decision on DACA, it's become all the more relevant. Deferred Action focuses on Javier Mejía, one of the immigrants known as DREAMers who arrived in the U.S. as an undocumented minor. Now he finds himself caught in the tangle of existing immigration laws, new presidential policies, and the harsh reality of living in the shadows. The play will run at UNT's Murchison Performing Arts Center in Denton through Saturday.
2017 Oktoberfest Fort Worth
Oktoberfest Fort Worth, taking place at Panther Island Pavilion through Saturday, is a Munich-style celebration where guests will enjoy traditional German food, music, dancing, and much more. The festival will also include an Oktoberfest Midway with rides, dachshund races, German style competitions, the YP Oktoberfest Olympics, traditional German vendors, the Oktoberfest Run und Ride, and more.
2017 Frame4Frame Festival
The Frame4Frame Film Festival celebrates the independent film industry by bringing some of the finest films from around the world to Arlington. The festival also spotlights the work of talented local filmmakers and the passionate stories they tell through the unique medium of film. There will also be live music and art exhibits featured at venues around UT Arlington and the city of Arlington. The film festival will take place at Studio Movie Grill at Lincoln Square through Sunday.
Friday, September 22
Magnolia at the Modern presents Lady Macbeth
The latest film in the Magnolia at the Modern series is not a Shakespearean adaptation, but rather about a woman in rural 1865 England who, trapped in a loveless marriage to a much older man, begins a passionate affair with a man her own age. The film will screen seven times through Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Charley Pride in concert
There are multiple reasons to attend this concert by Charley Pride, taking place at Arlington Music Hall. He's a living legend, with a string of No. 1 country albums in the 1960s and '70s. He's a pioneer, as his chosen genre had few other African Americans in it when he came to fame. And when an 83-year-old wants to continue entertaining his fans, the least you can do is show up.
Theatre Arlington presents Bus Stop
In the middle of a howling snowstorm, a bus out of Kansas City pulls up at a cheerful roadside diner. All roads are blocked, and it appears the weary travelers are stuck with each other until morning. Cherie, a nightclub entertainer, has been pursued, courted, and finally kidnapped by a 21-year-old cowboy. While she's ducking out from under his clumsy but confident embraces, the audience is introduced to the other characters and all of their quirks and conflicts. The play will run at Theatre Arlington through October 22.
Cole Swindell in concert
Rising country music star Cole Swindell is just now getting rolling on his own career after years of writing for other singers like Luke Bryan, Thomas Rhett, and Scotty McCreery. Swindell's first two albums, including 2016's You Should Be Here, have been more than well-received, both rising to No. 2 on the country album charts and spawning a couple of No. 1 hits. He'll play at Billy Bob's Texas.
Saturday, September 23
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth presents Misty Keasler: "Haunt"
Just in time for Halloween season, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth will present Misty Keasler's “Haunt,” which features imagery from 13 themed haunted houses across America. The photos, which feature gory figurative props such as severed heads, monsters, and dead bodies, raise questions about the people who create the rooms, those who want to be scared by them, and what all of it says about American culture. The exhibit will run through November 26.
Amon Carter Museum of American Art presents Party on the Porch
Party on the Porch returns to the Amon Carter Museum of American Art for the third year, featuring art, live music, food trucks, and cash bars. Among the performers will be three bands with local roots: Green River Ordinance, Matt Tedder Trio, and Summer Dean. Guests may also preorder Central Market Picnic Packs that will be available for pick-up onsite.
Kansas in concert with Starship featuring Mickey Thomas
One of America’s most iconic classic rock bands, Kansas' songs like “Carry On My Wayward Son” and “Dust in the Wind” remain part of the culture’s soundtrack. Mickey Thomas owns the soaring voice that propelled Starship through the ‘80s and ‘90s with hits like “Jane,” “No Way Out,” “We Built This City,” “Find Your Way Back,” and “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now.” The two bands will co-headline this concert at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts in Arlington.
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents Chris Botti
Chris Botti is a Grammy Award-winning trumpeter who has become known for his ability to fuse jazz and pop music together. He'll join the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra at Bass Performance Hall for a one-night-only performance.