No matter what your entertainment interests may be, you'll likely find something to do around Fort Worth this weekend. Choices include a new Halloween event, a new art exhibit, screenings of an acclaimed documentary, a world premiere theater production, a classic ballet, an annual air show, a celebration of monarch butterflies, 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, October 17
The Arlington Historical Society and 3DI Sign + Design present The Village on Front
The Village on Front is a new haunted experience in Downtown Arlington. Located in Knapp Heritage Park, The Village on Front tells the story of an 8-year-old girl named Mary from the 1800s who has lost her parents and is searching for them throughout the village with many challenges, obstacles, and strange encounters along the way. Benefiting the Arlington Historical Society, the event will take place through November 2.
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth presents Robyn O'Neil: "We, The Masses"
"We, The Masses" is a 20-year survey of the work of Robyn O'Neil. Organized by the Modern's associate curator Alison Hearst, the exhibition explores the artist's fruitful career from 2000 to the present and includes major multi-paneled drawings, signature works of graphite on paper, collages, and the 2011 animated film, We, The Masses. The exhibition will be on display through February 9, 2020.
Friday, October 18
Magnolia at the Modern: Where's My Roy Cohn?
One of the most controversial and influential American men of the 20th century, Roy Cohn was a ruthless and unscrupulous lawyer and political power broker. His 28-year career ranged from acting as chief counsel to Senator Joseph McCarthy's Communist-hunting subcommittee to molding the career of a young Queens real estate developer named Donald Trump. The film will screen seven times through Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Amphibian Stage Productions presents She-Wolf
Despite being taken prisoner of war, then ransomed off by her father to the feckless king of a foreign country, Margaret of Anjou went on to command armies. Shakespeare was so entranced with her that he included her in four of his plays. The play is written by Stephan Wolfert, who will work with local veterans of the armed forces to create a world premiere based on this powerful immigrant Queen of England. The play will run at Amphibian Stage Productions through November 10.
Texas Ballet Theater presents The Sleeping Beauty
Accompanied by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Texas Ballet Theater will present The Sleeping Beauty. Doomed by fate and awakened by love, beautiful Princess Aurora dances her way through curses and dreams to find her Prince Charming. Filled with gorgeous costumes, lavish decor, and enchanting music, this ballet will have you under its spell. The production will have five performances through Sunday at Bass Performance Hall.
Saturday, October 19
Bell Fort Worth Alliance Air Show
The world-famous U.S. Navy Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron will soar through the North Texas skies at the Bell Fort Worth Alliance Air Show. The first-class air show also includes the Bell 429, F-22 Raptor Demo Team, U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team, and four new acts. The event will also have a variety of static and historical displays, interactive exhibits, and two Kids Zone areas. The show will be at Fort Worth Alliance Airport through Sunday.
ArtsGoggle is Fort Worth's premier festival of local arts that features more than 1,000 visual artists, 50 musical performances, artistic displays of every kind, food, drink, and more. Visitors can stroll artists' booths on Magnolia Avenue that stretch more than a mile in length, as well as displays inside businesses at South Main Village. There will also be entertainment from local musicians and performances from a variety of cultures and styles.
Dallas Cowboys presents Rally Day
Rally Days give NFL fans a fun experience the day prior to Dallas Cowboys home games. Visitors can get a behind-the-scenes tour of AT&T Stadium, get autographs from Dallas Cowboys Alumni and Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, enjoy a performance by Dallas Cowboys Rhythm & Blue Dancers, test their skills in a variety of on-field games and activities, and more.
22nd Annual Butterfly Flutterby
The annual Butterfly Flutterby celebrates the migration of the monarch butterfly from Canada to Mexico by way of Grapevine. This year’s theme is “Plant America for Monarchs” and stresses the importance of cultivating a habitat where monarch butterflies can thrive. The event includes a costume parade followed by a festival featuring butterfly crafts, exhibits, butterfly releases, and more. The event takes place at Grapevine Botanical Gardens at Heritage Park.
95.9 FM The Ranch has rejected mainstream country while supporting Texas, red dirt, and Americana music. The annual Ranch Bash will celebrate those genres with a lineup that includes Casey Donahew, Shane Smith & The Saints, Sam Riggs, Josh Weathers, Copper Chief, Kolby Cooper, Vincent Neil Emerson, Ross Shifflett, James Cook, and more. The music festival will take place at Panther Island Pavilion.
Water Lantern Festival
The Water Lantern Festival is a floating lantern event that is all about connections. The event includes food, games, activities, vendors, music, and the beauty of thousands of lanterns adorned with letters of love, hope, and dreams reflect upon the water. Guests can watch their unique lanterns drift out into the water as they joins other lanterns carrying hope, love, happiness, healing, peace, and connection. The event will take place at Mark Holtz Lake next to Globe Life Park in Arlington.
TZOM Films presents Stacy Has a Thing for Black Guys
Three people sit in a living room. A white married couple. And a black man. Drinking lemonade. And making small talk. However, as the night goes on, what starts as a safe and silly sex farce suddenly becomes darker and more violent as hidden prejudices bubble up to the surface. Stacy Has A Thing for Black Guys, a screen adaptation of a stage play written by Ruben Carrazana, will screen at Stage West Theatre.
Sunday, October 20
Fort Worth Chorale presents Songs and Sonnets
A choral collage of timeless gems and brilliant new works opens Fort Worth Chorale's 57th season. The program will include Bruckner’s Motet Os Justi, Mozart’s Regina Coeli K. 276, settings of two American folk hymns by Shawn Kirchner and Abbie Betinis, Jake Runestad’s provocative “When the Caged Bird Sings,” and Elaine Hagenberg’s moving “When We Love.” The concert will be at I.M. Terrell Academy.