Weekend Event Planner
It's hard to believe that May is already here, but its arrival also means big fun in Fort Worth. In addition to a certain huge festival, events around the area will include two theater productions; two other festivals celebrating art, music, and movies; two art openings; and a tribute to a music legend gone too soon.
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, April 28
The annual Mayfest is a four-day family festival held in Trinity Park. It includes three dedicated music stages running the gamut of genres, four performing arts stages featuring everything from tap dancing to hip-hop, a kids zone, outdoor activities, great food, an art and gift market, and more. The only thing better than enjoying all the entertainment is being able to do it in the great outdoors.
Studio Movie Grill presents Purple Rain Tribute Screening
The death of Prince on April 21 left a hole in many of his fans' lives, one that can only be filled by honoring the amazing artist he was. All Studio Movie Grill locations in Dallas-Fort Worth will help in the grieving process by showing Prince's 1984 film Purple Rain, a film that spawned monster hits like "Let's Go Crazy" and the title song.
Performing Arts Fort Worth presents The Wonder Bread Years
A salute to the Baby Boomer generation, The Wonder Bread Years — a one-man show starring comedian Pat Hazell — is a fast-paced, hilarious production that gracefully walks the line between stand-up and theater. The show not only restores a much-needed sense of wonder, but leaves audiences laughing and savoring the past like never before. It will play five times in McDavid Studio next to Bass Performance Hall through Sunday.
Circle Theatre presents Under the Skin
Full of clever and intricate dialogue, Michael Hollinger’s Under the Skin is the second show in Circle Theatre’s 35th anniversary season. This funny and moving new play asks the question: What does it really mean to give a part of yourself to someone else? The play will run through May 21.
Friday, April 29
2016 Denton Arts & Jazz Festival
The annual Denton Arts & Jazz Festival is a three-day event celebrating the arts, with more than 3,000 professional and amateur performers on seven stages showcasing the best in jazz, pop, rhythm and blues, and full orchestra music. Taking place at Quakertown Park, it also features a wide variety of dance, choral, storytelling, and theater performances, as well as visual artists.
2016 Texas Frightmare Weekend
If you're a horror movie fan, there's no better event to attend than Texas Frightmare Weekend, the Southwest’s premier horror convention. Featuring celebrity appearances, autograph signings, screenings, exclusive parties, and horror memorabilia vendors, this year's event, primarily taking place at Hyatt Regency DFW Airport, will include Robert Englund, George A. Romero, Rose McGowan, Peter Criss, James Remar, John Carroll Lynch, Lance Henriksen, and many others. The event will go through Sunday.
Saturday, April 30
Amon Carter Museum of American Art presents "Identity"
The Amon Carter Museum of American Art's newest exhibit, "Identity," explores how identity in American culture is often as much about how people present themselves to the world as it is externally determined. Exploring community, celebrity, and individual identity, the exhibition highlights the new acquisitions of Sedrick Huckaby’s The 99% and Glenn Ligon’s print series Runaways. The exhibition will be on display through September 18.
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth presents "FOCUS: Thomas Demand"
The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth will also open its newest exhibit, "FOCUS: Thomas Demand," on Saturday. Demand builds intricate, life-size, three-dimensional models made wholly out of colored construction paper and cardboard that faithfully replicate specific, often historic, architectural spaces and natural settings. He photographs the ephemeral structure and destroys it once the image is made. The exhibition will be on display through July 17.
2016 Fort Worth Opera Festival: The Barber of Seville
The Fort Worth Opera Festival saw its big opening of JFK last weekend, but The Barber of Seville is no second fiddle. In fact, Gioachino Rossini's work is one of the most popular and enduring operas of all time and is returning to Fort Worth for the first time in 13 years. The production will play three times at Bass Performance Hall through May 8.
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