While many events in and around Fort Worth have either been postponed or canceled during the coronavirus pandemic, organizations have pivoted to virtual or socially-distanced events to continue offering the masses some entertainment while we need it the most.
Below are the best ways to spend your free time this weekend. While not every event is out of the house, they all promise to provide a nice distraction from the everyday life. For a list of specific events related to the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, click here.
Thursday, January 14
Tarrant Regional Water District presents Panther Island Ice
This is the final weekend to enjoy Panther Island Ice at Coyote Drive-In. The outdoor rink at Coyote Drive-In is real ice located mostly under a large pavilion. Patrons can take advantage of covered seating, gas heaters, restrooms, and a full menu, including beer and wine options. The rink, open through January 18, is operating with limited capacity.
Fort Worth Opera presents Bernadette’s Cozy Book Nook
Fort Worth Opera will present the world premiere film of composer Joe Illick and librettist Mark Campbell’s Bernadette’s Cozy Book Nook. A book club with four retirees as members, which usually convenes monthly in person, now meets online for the first time because of the pandemic. Bernadette, the club's president, tightens her tyrannical grip as the members discuss the book of the month: Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale. The production will be available to view at any time through January 24.
Friday, January 15
Magnolia at the Modern: MLK/FBI
Just in time for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on January 18, Magnolia at the Modern will present MLK/FBI. Based on newly declassified files, Sam Pollard’s resonant documentary explores the U.S. government’s surveillance and harassment of the civil rights leader. The film will screen five times through Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Josh Weathers in concert
Josh Weathers is a Fort Worth-based soulful singer-songwriter. He has spent close to 20 years honing his craft of combining songs of hope with a high energy rock n’ soul live show. He's no stranger to the various stages around Fort Worth, and he released a live album in November 2020. He'll play at Billy Bob's Texas.
Saturday, January 16
Six Flags Over Texas presents Fire & Ice Winter Festival
Six Flags Over Texas will present the Fire & Ice Winter Festival to kick-off the park’s 60th anniversary season in 2021. Open weekends and holidays in January and February, this all-new event features a high-energy ice carving show, an extended run of The Frosty Snowhill, plus a fiery finale each Saturday night with fireworks. The festival includes the Fire & Ice Marketplace, four live performance stages, and more. As a nod to the park’s 60th anniversary, guests can purchase one-day admission for just $19.61 at sixflags.com/overtexas throughout the duration of the festival.
William Clark Green in concert
Country singer William Clark Green joined the long line of great singers from the state of Texas when he came out of Flint in East Texas in 2008. Since that time, he's released five albums, including 2018's Hebert Island. He's also part of the recently-formed group The Panhandlers, featuring Cleto Cordero, Josh Abbott, and John Baumann. He'll play at Billy Bob's Texas.