https://fortworth.culturemap.com/news/entertainment/sheeran-mathematics-tour-open-arlington/This weekend in and around Fort Worth is packed full of fun things to do: multiple festivals, a new local theater production, a visit from a renowned comedian, five concerts (including two major ones), the opening of a new art exhibition, and more.
Below are the best ways to spend your precious free time this weekend. Want more options? Lucky for you, we have a much longer list of the city's best events.
Thursday, May 4
Mayfest is one of the biggest events of the year in Fort Worth, featuring four days of live music, festival food, carnival rides, performing arts, pet adoptions, more than 60 Art and Gift Market vendors, children's activities, special attractions, and more. The festival takes place through Sunday at Trinity Park.
Stage West presents Cruel Intentions: The '90s Musical
In an epic game of cat and mouse, two diabolically charming step-siblings place a bet, and vow to destroy anyone who gets in their way. Seduced by passion and revenge, this devious duo spins a web of dangerous liaisons and find themselves entangled in the cruelest game of all: love. Based on the cult classic film and featuring favorite '90s hits, the jukebox musical is utterly intoxicating. The co-production with Dallas' Uptown Players runs at Stage West through May 21.
Friday, May 5
Ducks Unlimited Expo
Ducks Unlimited Expo is a family-friendly event that puts the latest and greatest outdoor gear in the hands of attendees, and includes villages that feature everything from ATVs to fishing, retriever demonstrations, shooting, and more. The event takes place at Texas Motor Speedway through Sunday.
Magnolia at the Modern: What's Love Got to Do With It?
How do you find lasting love in today's world? For documentary-maker and dating app addict Zoe (Lily James), swiping right has only delivered an endless stream of Mr. Wrongs, to her eccentric mother Cath's (Emma Thompson) dismay. For Zoe's childhood friend and neighbor Kaz (Shazad Latif), the answer is to follow his parents' example and opt for an arranged (or "assisted") marriage to a bright and beautiful bride from Pakistan. As Zoe films his hopeful journey from London to Lahore to marry a stranger, chosen by his parents, she begins to wonder if she might have something to learn from a profoundly different approach. The film will screen six times through Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents "Elgar's Enigma Variations: Strauss, Saint-Säens, and Elgar"
Music Director Laureate Miguel Harth-Bedoya returns to lead the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra in a memorable evening. The concert will feature Elgar’s Enigma Variations and Strauss' rapturous Tod und Verklärung ("Death and Transfiguration"). Cellist Sterling Elliot, winner of the 2019 National Sphinx Competition, also makes his debut with the orchestra in Saint-Säens' fiery Cello Concerto No. 1. There will be three performances through Sunday at Bass Performance Hall.
Improv Arlington presents Paul Reiser
Comedian, actor, television writer, author, and musician Paul Reiser has spent the last 30+ years acting in Oscar and Emmy award-winning movies and TV shows, including Aliens, Mad About You, Whiplash, and Stranger Things. But he got his start as a stand-up comedian, and was voted one of Comedy Central's "Top 100 Comedians of All Time." He'll perform four times on Friday and Saturday at Improv Arlington.
Arc Angels in concert
Blues rock supergroup Arc Angels was formed in Austin in 1992 after the devastating loss of their friend and fellow musician Stevie Ray Vaughan. The group consists of drummer Chris Layton and bassist Tommy Shannon (the veteran rhythm section of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Double Trouble) coupled with Charlie Sexton and Doyle Bramhall II sharing lead vocal and lead guitar duties. After being part of opening weekend of Tannahill's Tavern & Music Hall, they'll play the venue again on Friday.
Carson Jeffrey in concert
Singer-songwriter Carson Jeffrey is an up-and-coming country musician out of Texas who released his third album, Fair Weather Cowboy, in 2022. Penning every song on the album, he showcases themes about growth, loneliness, and letting loose. He'll play at Billy Bob's Texas.
Saturday, May 6
Collect-A-Con will feature 900+ vendor/dealer tables selling a variety of collectibles, including sports cards, Funko Pops, comics, video games, vintage toys, and more. There will also be a live performance by Tone Loc, appearances by Chuck Norris, the Pink, Blue, and Black Power Rangers, the voices of Sonic the Hedgehog and Mario, and more. The convention takes place on Saturday and Sunday on Fort Worth Convention Center.
Create Arlington presents West Main Arts Festival
The annual West Main Arts Festival will be a six-block street scene that includes over 100 art/vendor booths, food trucks and food vendors, an interactive kids area, four stages featuring 30 local bands, along with buskers playing along West Main Street. The festival has expanded to include a stretch featuring the Arlington Museum of Art, Dance Theater Arlington, Theater Arlington, Arlington Public Library, and the Create Arlington Studios and Gallery.
Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth presents "Czechs are Wild"
This concert from the Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth will feature the Amernet String Quartet, which has garnered recognition as one of today’s exceptional string quartets and are Ensemble-in-Residence at Florida International University in Miami. Selections for the concert at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth include Agocs' Imprimatur Quartet No. 2; Janáček's Kreutzer Sonata; and Dvořák's Quartet No. 3.
Brooks & Dunn in concert
Country duo Brooks & Dunn is credited with selling over 30 million albums in their career, and none of their albums featuring all-original music have failed to reach the top 6 on the Billboard Country charts. Six of their 11 albums have gone to No. 1, including their latest, 2019's Reboot. They'll play at Dickies Arena, joined by special guest Scotty McCreery and opening act Megan Moroney.
Ed Sheeran in concert
For a global superstar, Ed Sheeran has a very unassuming - some might even say nerdy - look with his messy red hair and glasses. Heck, he's even named all of his albums after different math symbols, including the new - (aka Subtract), which will be released on May 5. But he's struck a chord with fans around the world, which is why he can easily fill a venue like AT&T Stadium in Arlington, where he'll play on Saturday. He will be accompanied by special guests Khalid and Dylan.
Lee Brice in concert
Before Lee Brice started putting out No. 1 albums like 2014's I Don't Dance, he made his name writing hit songs for other stars like Jason Aldean, Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw, and Blake Shelton. He's doing just fine writing for himself now, releasing five albums, most recently 2020's Hey World, and scoring with hits like "Hard to Love," "Drinking Class," "Rumor," and "One of Them Girls." He'l play at Billy Bob's Texas.
Sunday, May 7
Kimbell Art Museum presents "Lives of the Gods: Divinity in Maya Art" opening day
In an exhibition of some 120 rarely-seen masterpieces and recent discoveries, "Lives of the Gods: Divinity in Maya Art" will depict episodes in the life cycle of the gods, from the moment of their birth to resplendent transformations as blossoming flowers or fearsome creatures of the night. The exhibition will remain on display at Kimbell Art Museum through September 3.