Weekend Event Planner
These are the 7 best things to do in Fort Worth this weekend
Whether you love it or hate it, it'll be impossible to ignore WWE's annual WrestleMania, as it will take over multiple venues around Dallas-Fort Worth in a manner similar to the Super Bowl or college championship games. If that's not your cup of tea, rest assured we have many other choices for you.
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, March 31
The Lonesome Dove Reunion & Trail
The Lonesome Dove Reunion is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to pay homage to the 1989 film's lasting legacy, and to celebrate with the artists who helped create the award-winning Western. While a panel with stars Chris Cooper, Robert Duvall, and Danny Glover takes place on Wednesday night, there are multiple panels on Thursday at Van Cliburn Recital Hall, including one with the filmmakers and one with female stars like Diane Lane and Margo Martindale.
If you can't make it into the panels, you can get your Lonesome Dove fix by viewing one of three separate continuing Lonesome Dove-themed exhibits: Bill Wittliff: Photographs from Lonesome Dove at Cattle Raisers Museum; Bullets and Bustles: Costumes of Lonesome Dove at the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame; or Lonesome Dove: The Art of the Story at Sid Richardson Museum.
Leading up to the main event on Sunday, fans can indulge in all things WWE courtesy of WrestleMania Axxess at Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas. Thursday through Sunday, fans will have unprecedented access to meet their favorite WWE Superstars, Divas, and Legends through a host of interactive fan experiences, including autograph signings and live NXT matches.
Performing Arts Fort Worth presents The Little Mermaid
Two years after its last visit to the area, The Little Mermaid comes to Bass Performance Hall courtesy of Performing Arts Fort Worth. The story is familiar if you know and love the Disney movie, but it includes many more songs to make it into a proper musical. The production runs through Sunday.
Friday, April 1
2016 Fort Worth Food & Wine Festival
This annual festival features something for every foodie. Taking place through Sunday at multiple locations like the Pier 1 Import Building and Panther Island Pavilion, it will feature a BBQ Showdown; Grand Tasting; Desserts After Dark; Saturday brunch; Burgers, Brews & Blues; and Family Sunday Funday.
Magnolia at the Modern presents I Saw the Light
2016 is absolutely packed with movies about musicians, and the latest — I Saw the Light, starring Tom Hiddleston — will be showcased as part of the Magnolia at the Modern series. The film, playing five times through Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, focuses on singer/songwriter Hank Williams as he rises to fame in the 1940s, only to have alcohol abuse and infidelity take a toll on his career and marriage to fellow musician Audrey Mae Williams.
Saturday, April 2
WWE 2016 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
WrestleMania week continues with the WWE's annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at American Airlines Center in Dallas. In a bid to branch out from hardcore wrestling fans, the WWE has gotten in the habit of honoring celebrity inductees like Pete Rose, Drew Carey, Mike Tyson, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. This year's celebrity inductee will be Snoop Dogg, and breast cancer survivor Joan Lunden will also receive the second annual Warrior Award.
Sunday, April 3
WWE Wrestlemania 32
The ultimate event for wrestling fans, WWE WrestleMania 32 hopes to break an attendance record by taking over AT&T Stadium. All of WWE's biggest stars will be facing off in the preordained matches, including Triple H, Roman Reigns, Brock Lesnar, Shane McMahon, The Undertaker, Chris Jericho, and more.
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