It's that time of year again — the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo is saddled up and ready to entertain visitors for the next three weeks. But there's more to do in Fort Worth this weekend than just that, including a final chance at local outdoor ice skating, two comedy events, screenings of an acclaimed film, a classical music concert, concerts from a big star, and art exhibition openings and closings.
Below are the best ways to spend your precious free time this weekend.
Thursday, January 13
Tarrant Regional Water District presents Panther Island Ice
This is the final weekend to enjoy Panther Island Ice at Coyote Drive-In, which is open through January 17. Fort Worth is not usually the kind of place you can enjoy outdoor ice skating, but the city’s only outdoor skating rink brings a winter wonderland of fun and excitement. Guests can make it a full day of entertainment and stick around for a movie after the skating.
Amphibian Stage presents Johnston & Welch
Amphibian Stage will present a stand-up comedy triple feature with L.A. comedians Alana Johnston, Mo Welch, and Beth Stelling, who will be in town for a special three-night comic residency. It will be a mash-up of comedy mixed with music and a little bit of immersive art all in one insane night of fun. There will be three performances through Saturday.
Friday, January 14
Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo
The three-week-long Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo is back after last year's cancellation. The main events are the daily rodeos at Dickies Arena, but there are also shows with pigeons, chickens, goats, and more; livestock auctions;
the annual All-Western Parade through downtown Fort Worth (11 am Saturday); (Note: The All Western Parade has been canceled due to weather.) a midway with carnival games and fair food; retail vendors; and multiple concerts. The FWSSR takes place through February 5.
Magnolia at the Modern: Drive My Car
Highly praised by critics and already appearing on the Best of 2021 lists, this adaptation of Haruki Murakami's short story Drive My Car is a haunting road movie traveling a path of love, loss, acceptance, and peace. The film, which is in Japanese with English subtitles, will screen six times through Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents "Robert Spano Conducts Scheherazade"
This concert, featuring conductor Robert Spano and violinist Randall Goosby, will feature selections like Lyric for Strings by George Walker, the first African American composer to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music; Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade; and Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5. There will be three performances through Saturday at Bass Performance Hall.
Improv Arlington presents Eddie Griffin
A popular comedian-turned-actor who started his career on-stage as a dare, funnyman Eddie Griffin has built an ever-growing fan base since jumping onto the comedy scene in 1990. He has a long filmography, including appearances in The Meteor Man, Undercover Brother, and A Star is Born. He'll perform four stand-up shows through Saturday at Improv Arlington.
Kid Rock in concert
Rocker Kid Rock was supposed to play two weekends at Billy Bob's Texas in August 2021, but the second weekend was canceled when most of his band contracted COVID-19. Now recovered, they're back and raring to play all of his hit songs like "Batwitdaba," "Picture," and "All Summer Long." Kid Rock's most recent album was 2017's Sweet Southern Sugar. He'll play on both Friday and Saturday.
Saturday, January 15
Amon Carter Museum of American Art presents "Stephanie Syjuco: Double Vision"
"Stephanie Syjuco: Double Vision" is an expansive multimedia exhibition in the Carter’s first-floor galleries. The newly commissioned, site-specific installation by the artist uses digital editing and archive excavation to transform images of renowned works from the Carter’s collection and reconsidering mythologies of the American West. Reframing iconic works by American artists including Albert Bierstadt, Frederic Remington, and others, Syjuco’s work will highlight the constructed nature of historical narratives and reveal how these works and their presentation can perpetuate colonial lore. The exhibition will be on display through December 2022.
Sunday, January 16
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth presents Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler: "Flora" closing day
Two important new works by Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler, Flora and Bust, have joined the Modern’s permanent collection. Flora is based on Hubbard / Birchler’s discoveries about the unknown American artist Flora Mayo, with whom the Swiss sculptor Alberto Giacometti had a love affair in Paris in the 1920s. Unfortunately, Mayo’s oeuvre has been destroyed and her biography relegated to a footnote in Giacometti scholarship. Interweaving reconstruction, reenactment, and documentary into a hybrid form of storytelling, Hubbard / Birchler reframe history through a feminist perspective and bring Mayo’s compelling biography to life.
Monday, January 17
Cowboys of Color Rodeo
The legendary Cowboys of Color Rodeo at Dickies Arena is part of a celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Tickets for the rodeo, which is part of the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, provide same day admission to the midway, petting zoo, exhibit hall, livestock exhibits, National Cowgirls Museum, Cattle Raisers Museum, and Fort Worth Museum of Science & History. Later in the afternoon, the National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum will present A Tribute to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., concluding with the airing of his famous "I Have a Dream" speech on YouTube.