Weekend Event Planner
There's a nice variety of events going on in and around Fort Worth this weekend, including the start of new play from a local theater company, a fair full of rodeo and country music in Denton, inspiration for your home and garden dreams, a yarnbombing event, and the final days of big art exhibition.
Below are the best options for your precious free time Thursday through Monday. Don't like what you see? Lucky for you, we have a much longer list of the city's best events.
Thursday, August 17
Circle Theatre presents Ripcord
David Lindsay-Abaire’s new high-stakes comedy, Ripcord, follows a seemingly harmless bet made between two residents of the Bristol Place Assisted Living Facility. Cheerful Marilyn wants the bed next to the window, but crabby Abby wants her to move out. In a risky game of one-upmanship, this hilarious new play will have you laughing, crying, and scared for everyone involved. The play will run through September 16.
Friday, August 18
2017 North Texas Fair and Rodeo
The North Texas Fair and Rodeo, taking place through August 26 in Denton, offers professional and youth rodeos, livestock exhibitions, a fun midway, and a variety of exhibits. It is also known for bringing some of the best country music talent to the North Texas area; the concert series this year will include performances by Travis Tritt, Ryan Bingham, Cody Johnson, the Josh Abbott Band, Tracy Byrd, and others.
2017 Fall Fort Worth — Texas Home & Garden Show
At the 27th Annual Fall Fort Worth — Texas Home & Garden Show, visitors can explore the latest indoor and outdoor trends and solutions with hundreds of companies from across the Lone Star State. The event, taking place through Sunday at Will Rogers Memorial Center, was created to provide homeowners with a convenient, one-stop shopping experience to make home and gardening renovations an easy, pain-free process.
Magnolia at the Modern presents The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman's Portrait Photography
The latest movie from famed documentarian Errol Morris features portrait photographer Elsa Dorfman, who found her medium in 1980: the larger-than-life Polaroid Land 20x24 camera. For the next 35 years she captured the "surfaces" of those who visited her Cambridge, Massachusetts, studio: families, Beat poets, rock stars, and Harvard notables. The film will screen seven times through Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Saturday, August 19
National Theatre Live presents Salomé
An occupied desert nation. A radical from the wilderness on hunger strike. A girl whose mysterious dance will change the course of the world. This charged retelling turns the infamous biblical tale on its head, placing the girl we call Salomé at the center of a revolution. The original London theater production will be screened at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
The Foundry District presents London Kaye Yarnbombing
International artist London Kaye is yarnbombing on one of The Foundry District buildings, knitting a 20-foot installation and adding to the long list of public exhibitions in the area. Her unique use of crochet to create art pieces made entirely of yarn has attracted international attention. This special event will include a live DJ, food trucks, drinks, and textile artisan pop-ups, starring Kaye as the headliner.
Dallas Wings vs. Atlanta Dream
Only two home games remain in the Dallas Wings sophomore season in Arlington, and after a recent two-game losing streak, they're in need of a strong crowd to help them in their WNBA playoff push. They'll face off against the Atlanta Dream in the penultimate game at College Park Center on the UT Arlington campus.
Sunday, August 20
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth presents Doug Aitken: "Electric Earth"
Sunday is the final day to see Doug Aitken's "Electric Earth," the first survey to comprehensively examine the full breadth of the artist's work. To immerse the viewer in images and sounds, Aitken projects his films across multiple screens in architectural environments. These films place the viewer at the center of an immersive multisensory experience.
Panther Island Pavilion presents Sunday Funday
Panther Island Pavilion presents Sunday Funday, featuring zen-worthy yoga, tasty food truck grub from Fajita Freaks, music, and ice-cold locally crafted beer. The laid-back atmosphere of Sunday Funday offers a chill vibe and fun the whole family can enjoy, where they can rent kayaks, tubes, and pedalboats, among other activities.