Weekend Event Planner
Mid-January in Fort Worth means one thing — it's time for the rodeo! But just because that's the major event in town for the next few weeks doesn't mean there's nothing else to do. Among the other choices are a visit from a well-known comedian, great classical music, fun theater, and two country music concerts.
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, January 12
Trinity River Vision Authority presents Panther Island Ice
The somewhat warmer weather provides a nice juxtaposition for the final days of Panther Island Ice, Fort Worth's only outdoor skating rink. Open through Monday at Coyote Drive-In, this is your last chance to get an outdoor skate in until the holiday season later on this year.
Performing Arts Fort Worth presents Dennis Miller
Best known for his time as the anchor of Weekend Update on Saturday Night Live, Dennis Miller comes to Fort Worth for a night of stand-up comedy. A notoriously brainy and conservative comedian, Miller surely has a lot to say about the political landscape and the world at-large in this one-night-only appearance at Bass Performance Hall.
Friday, January 13
2017 Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo
The annual Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo is a three-week-long event at Will Rogers Memorial Center featuring daily rodeos, concerts, animal shows, livestock auctions, a parade through downtown Fort Worth, a midway with carnival games and fair food, and other special events. The stock show takes place every day through February 4.
Magnolia at the Modern: Tampopo
Considered one of the best food movies of all time, Tampopo is a humorous paean to the joys of food, focusing on a trucker who rides into town like a modern-day Shane to help Tampopo set up the perfect noodle soup restaurant. The film, which is in Japanese with English subtitles, plays six times at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth through Sunday.
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents Tchaikovsky's "Pathetique"
The latest concert from the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra highlights Tchaikovsky's final symphony, known as the “Pathetique” for its brooding melancholy tone. Also on the program, which is under the direction of David Danzmayr, are Strauss’ delicate waltz medley "Roses from the South" and Piston’s colorful and humorous Suite from the Incredible Flutist. The concert plays three times through Sunday at Bass Performance Hall.
Theatre Arlington presents The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised]
Theatre Arlington kicks off 2017 with The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised], a hilarious re-telling of all of Shakespeare’s 37 plays in a mere 97 minutes. The cast incorporates a bit of rap, outrageous antics, audience participation, slapstick comedy, and even a little football. The production runs through January 29.
Sammy Kershaw in concert
Country singer Sammy Kershaw had his heyday in the mid-1990s thanks to a series of top 10 albums and hits like "She Don't Know She's Beautiful," "I Can't Reach Her Anymore," and "National Working Women's Holiday." Kershaw comes back to Fort Worth to play at Billy Bob's Texas in support of his 2016 album, The Blues Got Me.
Saturday, January 14
Wade Bowen in concert
Texas country/Red Dirt singer Wade Bowen has slowly but surely been making his way up in the industry, scoring three top 10 albums in recent years. He's recently collaborated with Randy Rogers on two albums, including 2016's Watch This. He plays at Billy Bob's in support of that and his other 2016 album, Then Sings My Soul: Songs for My Mother.