Fort Worth residents will have a choice between celebrating the holidays and doing something that isn't holiday-related this weekend, as the lineup is split 50-50 between the two. Among your options are comedy from a well-known actor, screenings of an acclaimed film, the opening of an anticipated new restaurant, the return of a favorite holiday ballet production, a celebration of a local museum, 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, December 7
Improv Arlington presents Brandon T. Jackson
Brandon T. Jackson is an actor/comedian who got his start in stand-up comedy and has evolved into a young film and television star. He won Black Reel’s 2006 Best Breakthrough Performance award for his part in Fox Searchlight’s Roll Bounce, and he's perhaps best known as Alpha Chino from Tropic Thunder. He'll perform six stand-up sets through Sunday at Improv Arlington.
Friday, December 8
Magnolia at the Modern: The Square
In The Square, disaster strikes when a curator hires a public relations team to build some buzz for his renowned Swedish museum. The winner of the 2017 Cannes Film Festival's Palme d'Or stars Elisabeth Moss, Dominic West, and others. The film, which is in Danish and Swedish with English subtitles, will screen three times on Friday and three times on Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
City Works presents First Draft Soft Opening Charity Event
While City Works officially opens its doors on December 9, diners will have the opportunity to preview the eatery and pour house at this event. Guests can be the first to explore Fort Worth’s newest restaurant and enjoy select dishes and an open bar while supporting Cook Children’s, to which 100 percent of the ticket sales will be donated. The restaurant features over 90 regional and global craft beers, with nearly half of those sourced locally, paired with upscale American cuisine.
Texas Ballet Theater presents The Nutcracker
Texas Ballet Theater will go west with the area's biggest, most elaborate version of The Nutcracker, following a one-weekend stint in Dallas. Fort Worth audiences will get to enjoy the holiday tradition, which features enduring characters such as Clara, the Sugar Plum Fairy, and the Nutcracker Prince, for three straight weekends at Bass Performance Hall through December 24, including The Nutty Nutcracker on December 15.
Saturday, December 9
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth presents 125th Anniversary Community Day
The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth will host a free community celebration to toast its 125th anniversary, making the Modern the oldest museum in the state of Texas. The event will feature live performances by the Texas Boys Choir and Amphibian Stage Productions Stilt Walkers, gallery tours, holiday-inspired activities, refreshments from Café Modern, film screenings, and a special visit from Santa and friends.
Cowtown Indie Bazaar
As the countdown to Christmas gets shorter and shorter, you'll want to take advantage of every shopping opportunity you can. Cowtown Indie Bazaar is a one-day event that showcases products like handmade items, goody bags, hair accessories, magnets, bookmarks, jewelry, bath and body products, and more. It will take place at Will Rogers Memorial Center.
Sunday, December 10
Fort Worth Youth Orchestra Holiday Concert
The Fort Worth Youth Orchestra will celebrate the holiday season with this concert at Ed Landreth Auditorium at Texas Christian University. The interactive event will feature seasonal favorites performed by each of the FWYO orchestral ensembles, plus a special performance from the Philharmonic Orchestra accompanied by the Fort Worth ISD’s Children’s Honor Choir. There will also be a Parents’ Guild Holiday Café and Holiday Auction, as well as a family holiday sing-along featuring the FWAFA’s Mixed Choral Ensemble.
Fort Worth Opera presents Amahl and the Night Visitors
A collaboration with Ridglea Presbyterian Church, this 45-minute, one-act family opera is part of Fort Worth Opera’s mission to take opera into the community. The work tells the story of a disabled shepherd boy named Amahl, who, along with his devoted mother, encounters three wise men on a journey to visit the holy infant.