This weekend in and around Fort Worth offers a bit of everything. Choices include two new local theater productions, classical music in two different events, rodeo action, budding country music superstars, a butterfly appreciation, screenings of cat videos, a new art exhibition, and a special theatrical event.
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 27
Maverick Theatre Company presents The Pirates of Penzance
Young Frederic has turned 21 and thus completed his apprenticeship to a band of kindhearted pirates. He falls for Mabel, the lovely daughter of law-enforcer Major-General Stanley, only to learn that his birthday falls on February 29, which means he is technically still a pirate. It’s a hilarious farce with sentimental pirates, bumbling policemen, dim-witted young lovers, and an eccentric Major-General. The production will play in the Studio Theatre at UT Arlington through Sunday.
Cliburn Festival: Beethoven at 250
The Cliburn will present the 2020 Cliburn Festival: Beethoven at 250. The festival will feature works spanning the career of Ludwig van Beethoven performed by highly accomplished artists-in-residence (including two Cliburn laureates) in five concerts over four days. The artists-in-residence will be joined by local musicians to showcase the versatility and variety of Beethoven's music at the 250th anniversary of his birth. The festival will take place through Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
RFD-TV’s The American Rodeo Semi-Finals
One of the biggest events in Western sports, RFD-TV’s The American Rodeo Semi-Finals will take place at Cowtown Coliseum in the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards. Visitors can watch the best rodeo athletes compete for one last chance to advance to RFD-TV’s The American Rodeo, taking place on March 7 and 8 at AT&T Stadium. The semi-finals will take place daily through Sunday.
Friday, February 28
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents The Miraculous Mandarin
Guest conductor Robert Trevino comes home to Fort Worth to lead an all-orchestral program of works by Wagner, Bartok, and Rachmaninoff. Wagner’s transcendent Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde opens the concert. Bartok’s Suite from The Miraculous Mandarin tells a dark tale of treachery and desire. And Rachmaninoff’s melodic genius is on full display in his Second Symphony. The concert will play through Sunday at Bass Performance Hall.
Midland in concert
The country band Midland surprisingly didn't come out of Midland, Texas, but rather Dripping Springs, just outside of Austin. Named instead after the Dwight Yoakam song "Fair to Midland," the group has already made a big mark on country music, hitting No. 2 with its debut album, On the Rocks, and No. 1 with their 2019 album, Let It Roll. The group will play at Billy Bob's Texas on both Friday and Saturday.
Saturday, February 29
Fort Worth Botanic Garden presents Butterflies in the Garden
Fort Worth Botanic Garden will “Celebrate the Change” in its recently restored conservatory, where visitors can marvel at a multitude of butterflies during Butterflies in the Garden, the largest exhibit of live, exotic butterflies in North Central Texas. The annual nature festival will take place daily through April 12.
Casa Mañana Theatre presents Tuna Does Vegas
Tuna Does Vegas reunites the lovable and eccentric characters from the "third smallest town in Texas" as they take a rambling romp in Sin City. The hilarity begins when oddball-conservative radio host Arles Struvie announces on air that he and his wife, Bertha Bumiller, are heading to Vegas to renew their wedding vows ... but everyone in Tuna, Texas goes along for the ride. The play will run through March 8 at Casa Mañana.
Grand Berry Theater presents CatVideoFest
CatVideoFest is a compilation reel of the latest and best cat videos culled from countless hours of unique submissions and sourced animations, music videos, and, of course, classic internet powerhouses. CatVideoFest is a joyous communal experience, only available in theaters, and raises money for cats in need. There will be two screenings at Grand Berry Theater on Saturday.
Sunday, March 1
Kimbell Art Museum presents "Flesh and Blood: Italian Masterpieces from the Capodimonte Museum"
The special exhibition "Flesh and Blood" features 40 masterpieces from the Capodimonte Museum in Naples, one of the most important fine arts collections in Italy. The distinguished gathering of paintings constitutes a journey through the major artistic achievements of Italian Renaissance and Baroque painting. The exhibition will remain on display at Kimbell Art Museum through June 14.
Verdigris Ensemble presents Dust Bowl
A man-made environmental disaster, the Dust Bowl began in 1931 and lasted for almost a decade. Setting texts exclusively from newspaper articles, diaries, and first-hand oral accounts of survivors, Verdigris Ensemble's Dust Bowl pieces together nearly a decade of human struggle, hopefulness, and perseverance in the face of constant catastrophe. The event will take place at St. Stephen's Presbyterian Church.