Weekend Event Planner
These are the 10 best things to do in Fort Worth this weekend
It's a music-heavy weekend around Fort Worth, with events that will transport you to far-off places like New Jersey and Paris. Among your choices are a hit Broadway musical, a musical variety show, four days of classical music, a play both timely and timeless, two country music concerts, Shakespeare from the experts, and more.
Below are the best ways to spend your free time this weekend. Want more options? Lucky for you, we have a much longer list of the city's best events.
Thursday, February 14
2019 Cliburn Festival: Iconic Paris
The Cliburn Festival is a four-day, five-program event that will feature works by Saint-Saëns, Stravinsky, Debussy, Ravel, Fauré, Franck, and more. Each of the Paris-themed concerts will take place at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and will feature the Rolston String Quartet. Additional performers will include pianists Dasol Kim, Louis Schwizgebel, and Joyce Yang, among others. The festival will conclude on Sunday.
Broadway at the Bass: Jersey Boys
Go behind the music and inside the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons in the Tony Award-winning true-life musical phenomenon. From the streets of New Jersey to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the musical features legendary top 10 hits like “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like A Man,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” “December, 1963 (Oh What A Night)," and more. It will play at Bass Performance Hall through Sunday.
Casa Mañana presents Melanie Brook
This show at Casa Mañana Theatre is part concert, part variety show, part sing-a-long and heart-to-heart. Actress/singer Melanie Brook, who's appeared on stage, in films, and on TV, sings hits from the golden age of Broadway to the golden age of Ariana Grande in hopes of discovering who the hell she is. She'll perform three times through Saturday.
Stage West Theatre presents Are You Now or Have You Ever Been...
On the eve of his appearance before the Senate Permanent-Sub-Committee on Investigations on Un-American Activities, led by Senator Joseph McCarthy, American writer Langston Hughes fitfully attempts to compose a poem. This inspired-by-true-events lyrical drama examines not only the tense yet necessary relationship between art and politics, but also the emotional and deeply personal connection between the artist and his craft in the face of oppressive power. The play will run at Stage West Theatre through March 10.
Friday, February 15
ConDFW is a literary science fiction and fantasy convention featuring writing/publishing-based programming, science programming, a collection of local North Texas and national authors, artists, and other guests, a charity book swap, board gaming, and a slew of non-traditional activities such as the Sci-Fi Spelling Bee, Celebrity Artemis, and a Poetry Slam. The convention will take place at the Radisson Hotel through Sunday.
Stolen Shakespeare Festival: Henry VIII
As part of the annual Stolen Shakespeare Festival, the Stolen Shakespeare Guild will present Henry VIII. One of Shakespeare's final plays, it is a political thriller based on the power struggle between the Tudor court and the eponymous king's ambitious first minister, Cardinal Wolsey. Though famous in its own time as the most extravagant of the playwright's creations, the work is hardly performed today. The production will play six times through March 2 at Fort Worth Community Arts Center. It will run in rep with Wolf Hall, which starts on February 22.
LoCash in concert
LoCash is a rising pop country duo featuring singers Chris Lucas and Preston Brust. Their first two albums, 2013's LoCash Cowboys and 2016's The Fighters, were modest successes, and they've also written hits for the likes of Keith Urban and Tim McGraw. They'll play at Texas Live in Arlington in support of their new album, Brothers, which is scheduled for release on March 29.
Saturday, February 16
Monster Energy AMA Supercross
Monster Energy Supercross is the most competitive and highest-profile off-road motorcycle racing championship in the world today. Part aerial excitement, part high-speed chase, Supercross was founded and sanctioned by the American Motorcyclist Association in1974 and is currently co-sanctioned by the Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme, the official global governing body for motorcycle racing, thus making it a formal World Championship. The event will take place at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
Dwight Yoakam in concert
Country star Dwight Yoakam was unstoppable in the late 1980s, opening his career with three straight No. 1 albums. He hasn't exactly been a slouch since then, with all but four of his 17 studio albums reaching the top 10 on the country charts, including 2016's Swimmin' Pools, Movie Stars.... Fans can expect Yoakam to regale them with all his hits at this concert at Billy Bob's Texas.
Sunday, February 17
Houston Film Commission and the Lone Star Film Society presents Texas Filmmaker's Showcase
With the Oscars being one week away, the Houston Film Commission and the Lone Star Film Society will celebrate filmmakers who have not yet made a national impact. The Texas Filmmaker's Showcase features a variety of short film screenings, with filmmakers coming from Dallas, Austin, Houston, and De Kalb. The showcase will take place at Four Day Weekend Theater.