It's a packed slate in and around Fort Worth this weekend. Several events celebrate the holiday season and/or Veterans Day, and Panther City plays host to two separate film festivals, as well as screenings of an acclaimed new film. Throw in the biggest running event of the year, and your weekend is complete.
Below are the best options for your precious free time Thursday through Sunday. Don't like what you see? Lucky for you, we have a much longer list of the city's best events.
Thursday, November 10
Gaylord Texan Resort presents 13th annual Lone Star Christmas
The 13th annual Lone Star Christmas at Gaylord Texan Resort offers a variety of holiday activities, live entertainment, and grand displays to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year. The property’s 4.5 acres of indoor gardens transform into a magical winter wonderland, offering 2 million lights, 4 million pounds of ice and snow, and much more. The event is open every day through January 1.
2016 Lone Star Film Festival
The 2016 Lone Star Film Festival is screening more than 130 films, including narrative feature, documentary feature, narrative short, documentary short, student, and My Fort Worth short films, over the course of four days at various venues in downtown Fort Worth. Highlights include a screening of Lion, starring Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, and Rooney Mara, and a 25th anniversary screening of Beauty and the Beast.
QCinema's 18th annual LGBTQ Film Festival
QCinema, Fort Worth's source for the best in gay and lesbian film, is presenting its 18th Annual LGBTQ Film Festival. The three-day fest includes 10 feature films, short film blocks, and other events. The festival takes place through Saturday, with most screenings happening at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center.
Friday, November 11
Tarrant County Veterans Council presents Fort Worth Veterans Day Parade
Tarrant County Veterans Council is presenting the 2016 Fort Worth Veterans Day Parade. It begins at Panther Island Pavilion and marches down Main Street to Sundance Square and beyond, in honor of all of America’s military veterans, as well as the nation’s Blue and Gold Star families.
Magnolia at the Modern presents Certain Women
The latest in the Magnolia at the Modern series is Certain Women, Kelly Reichardt's wonderful triptych of female character studies. The film explores the intersecting lives of three women (Kristen Stewart, Michelle Williams, and Laura Dern) in small-town America, where each is imperfectly blazing a trail. The film screens six times through Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Saturday, November 12
Waterside by Fort Worth
Waterside, the new 63-acre mixed-use property at Bryant Irvin Road and Arborlawn Drive, hosts its inaugural Waterside by Fort Worth, a day-long festival of free, family-friendly activities. The event includes healthy living demos, an interactive mural art display, Taste of Waterside, store and restaurant specials, a live concert featuring local musicians Air Review and Jake Paleschic, a fireworks display, and more.
Milan Gallery presents Bob Callender
Bob Callender is the oil and gas industry's leading fine art photographer, and a Fort Worth favorite. Milan Gallery presents a special event showing Callender's newest fine art photography, which combines dramatic photography, vivid colors, and artistic touches to create new, captivating visions of the oil and gas industry. The event takes place on both Saturday and Sunday.
Shop Small Fort Worth Holiday Market
This is a curated market for buyers to shop local artists, craftsmen, and small businesses. The experience offers a day of networking, fun, food, and entertainment that demonstrates the love the people of Fort Worth have for all things local. The market is at 2628 Weisenberger St., behind Montgomery Plaza.
Sunday, November 13
2016 Fort Worth Marathon
The Fort Worth Marathon includes a full marathon, a 20-mile race, and a half marathon, with runners able to use their times to qualify for the Boston Marathon. Starting and ending at Panther Island Pavilion, runners and non-runners alike can enjoy food, live music, and a chance to win door prizes, including prizes to four random runners.