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These are the 11 best things to do in Fort Worth this weekend

These are the 11 best things to do in Fort Worth this weekend

Water Lantern Festival
The Water Lantern Festival will take place at Panther Island Pavilion on April 6. Photo courtesy of Water Lantern Festival
Aparna Nancherla
Aparna Nancherla will perform at Amphibian Stage Productions through April 6. Photo courtesy of Moontower Comedy
Dev Patel in The Wedding Guest
Dev Patel stars in The Wedding Guest, playing at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, April 5-7. Photo courtesy of IFC Films
Stage West presents The Father
Stage West presents The Father through April 27. Photo by Evan Michael Woods
Kimbell Art Museum presents Family Festival
Kimbell Art Museum will present another Family Festival: City Sights and Sounds on April 7. Photo by Robert LaPrelle
Water Lantern Festival
Aparna Nancherla
Dev Patel in The Wedding Guest
Stage West presents The Father
Kimbell Art Museum presents Family Festival

The various events in this week's roundup don't have a lot in common, but that variety should prove a boon for your entertainment prospects. Among the choices will be new local theater, three classical music concerts, a national comedian, a slew of new art openings in one location, and one eye-popping festival.

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, April 4

Stage West Theatre presents The Father
You can’t fool 80-year-old André — he’s a man of his own mind. But there’s definitely something fishy going on. He’s a retired tap dancer living with his daughter and her husband, and…or, no wait, is he a retired engineer whose daughter is visiting from London? And who are those people who keep turning up in his flat, and where does his furniture keep disappearing to, and why is he still in his pajamas? The play, making its regional premiere, will run at Stage West through April 27.

The Cliburn presents Alexandre Tharaud
Paris native Alexandre Tharaud has given concerts with most major orchestras and venues across North America and Europe, performed the soundtrack for Michael Haneke’s Academy Award-winning Amour, and recorded 37 albums. For this concert, taking place at the Kimbell Art Museum on Thursday and Friday, Tharaud will perform Bach’s Goldberg Variations as part of his Texas debut.

Amphibian Stage Productions presents Aparna Nancherla
Aparna Nancherla is a comedian whose sense of humor is dry, existential, and absurd. She can been seen in a variety of different TV shows, including Comedy Central's Corporate, Netflix's The Standups and Bojack Horseman, and HBO's Crashing. Named one of The 50 Funniest People Right Now by Rolling Stone, Nancherla will perform at Amphibian Stage Productions through April 6. 

Friday, April 5

Fort Worth Stockyards presents Frontier Forts Muster
Frontier Forts Muster is two-day heritage event during which the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District is transformed into an authentic representation of Texas frontier life. Designed to highlight frontier-era life, it brings together authentic wagons, flags, music, colorful uniforms, and military gear from Texas landmarks. Infantry, artillery, and cavalry demonstrations will featured, as well as a military parade. It will take place on Friday and Saturday.

Magnolia at the Modern: The Wedding Guest
In the latest from British director/writer Michael Winterbottom (known for films like 24 Hour Party People and The Trip), Dev Patel stars as a man with a secret forced to go on the run across East Asia after he kidnaps a bride-to-be. The film will screen six times through Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

Fort Worth Community Arts Center art exhibit openings
Friday will see no fewer than five different art openings at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, including exhibits from Rachel Wolfson Smith, a group of Latino/x artists, Robyn Jorde, Sarah Sipling, and Chesley Antoinette. Following the opening reception, all five of the exhibits will be on display through April 26.

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents Switch: Percussion Concerto
The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra will present Switch, Andrew Norman's concerto for percussion, for the first time, and guest artist Colin Currie will move from one side of the stage to the other as he plays a variety of percussion instruments. The concert, playing through Sunday at Bass Performance Hall, will also feature Martinů’s Symphony No. 1 and Dvorak's Carnival Overture.

Saturday, April 6

Fort Worth Zoo presents Zoo Run
In the Fort Worth Zoo's annual Zoo Run, participants can run, walk, or jog through the Fort Worth Zoo and surrounding neighborhoods in support of the Zoo's local and international conservation and education efforts. The race includes both timed and untimed 5K options, as well as a 1K Fun Run.

Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth presents My Kind of Virtuosity
The season finale for Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth, My Kind of Virtuosity, will feature violinist Gary Levinson, violist Michael Klotz, cellist Edward Aaron, and pianist Jon Nakamatsu. Selections for the concert, taking place at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, will include Beethoven's Trio No. 2 in D Major, Op. 9, and R. Strauss’ Violin Sonata in E flat Major, Op. 1 and Piano Quartet in C Minor, Op. 13.

Water Lantern Festival
The Water Lantern Festival, taking place at Panther Island Pavilion, will be a night of food, music, and an awe-inspiring sight as the lanterns reflect upon the water of the Trinity River. Each adult ticket comes with a floating lantern, commemorative drawstring bag, and more. All lanterns are eco friendly and will be removed from the water following the conclusion of the event.

Sunday, April 7

Kimbell Art Museum presents Family Festival: City Sights and Sounds
The Kimbell Art Museum presents the family festival, City Sights and Sounds, which includes free admission to the special exhibition, "The Lure of Dresden: Bellotto at the Court of Saxony." Activities will include art making, gallery explorations, live musical performances, face painting, and a guest artist caricaturist. This event is offered in conjunction with Nuestro Kimbell.