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These are the 9 best things to do in Fort Worth this weekend

These are the 9 best things to do in Fort Worth this weekend

Disney on Ice presents Mickey's Search Party
Disney on Ice presents Mickey's Search Party, playing at Dickies Arena through April 11. Photo courtesy of Feld Entertainment
Midland band car
Midland will play at Billy Bob's Texas, April 9-11. Midland/Facebook
Blessing of the Vines & New Vintage Wine and Gallery Trail
The 29th Annual New Vintage Wine and Gallery Trail & Blessing of the Vines will take place in Historic Downtown Grapevine on April 10. Photo courtesy of Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau
Water Lantern Festival
The Water Lantern Festival will take place at Panther Island Pavilion on April 10. Photo courtesy of Water Lantern Festival
Amphibian Stage presents This is My Story
Amphibian Stage presents This is My Story, which will be available to stream at any time, April 11-30. Photo courtesy of Shiny Box Pictures
Disney on Ice presents Mickey's Search Party
Midland band car
Blessing of the Vines & New Vintage Wine and Gallery Trail
Water Lantern Festival
Amphibian Stage presents This is My Story

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.

Thursday, April 8

Disney on Ice presents Mickey's Search Party
Mickey Mouse and his friends will be on hand at Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party, an adventure filled with world-class skating, high-flying acrobatics, and unexpected stunts. They will follow Captain Hook’s treasure map and look for clues in the search for Tinker Bell in immersive, fantastic worlds featuring a variety of other classic Disney characters. There will be eight performances through Sunday at Dickies Arena.

Friday, April 9

Maverick Theatre Company presents Spring Awakening
Based off the 1891 German play, Spring Awakening is a rock musical that critiques the hypocrisy of institutional doctrine as a means to control young adults and promote abstinence. Though dealing with difficult themes like suicide and sexual abuse, the message of the musical is to rage against the status quo in order to protect individual expression and thought. The production will be available to stream through April 12.

Midland in concert
As part of its monthlong 40th anniversary celebration, Billy Bob's Texas will welcome Midland for three concerts. The country band 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 nightly through Sunday.

Magnolia at the Modern: Oscar-Nominated Short Films
With the 2021 Academy Awards just over two weeks away, there's no better time to get a leg up on your Oscar pool competition than by checking out the nominated films in short film categories. For the next two weekends, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth will alternate screenings from Shorts TV of all of the nominees in both the Live Action and Animated Shorts categories. Check the schedule to know when each category will be showcased.

Saturday, April 10

29th Annual New Vintage Wine and Gallery Trail & Blessing of the Vines
During the 29th Annual New Vintage Wine and Gallery Trail & Blessing of the Vines, guests can stroll down Historic Main Street in Grapevine and enjoy wine tastings, a public art trail and artwork by featured artists at Grapevine’s galleries and working artist studios. Tickets include a souvenir wine glass, three 1-ounce wine tastings, and one food sample at each participating location.

Historic Fort Worth Stockyards presents National Ranch Water Day Celebration
Texas-based RancH2O Spirits registered National Ranch Water Day in the National Day Archives to commemorate its signature flavor, Ranch Water, known as the “Unofficial Cocktail of West Texas.” To celebrate, RancH2O is hosting a free two-day National Ranch Water Day Celebration in the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards, featuring six bands and RancH2O canned cocktails.

Water Lantern Festival
Panther Island Pavilion kicks of their event season with the Water Lantern Festival, a floating lantern event that is all about connections. The event includes food, games, activities, vendors, music, and the beauty of thousands of lanterns adorned with letters of love, hope and dreams reflected upon the water. Pro tip: Buy your tickets in advance, as the price doubles on the day of the event.

Sunday, April 11

The Cliburn presents Cliburn at Home
The Cliburn's Cliburn at Home digital line-up includes Cliburn Masterpiece, a series that examines the who, what, when, where, and how of the greatest piano works. Host Buddy Bray leads viewers through the story of each piece — the composer, background, narrative, characters, technical difficulties, and more. Sunday's event will focus on Prokofiev's Sonata No. 8 in B-flat Major, op. 84, featuring 2017 finalist Georgy Tchaidze and Dr. Peter Kupfer, SMU associate professor and chair of musicology.

Amphibian Stage presents This is My Story
Amphibian Stage's Artistic Director, Kathleen Culebro, and educator and podcaster Dev'n Goodman have collaborated to create a video project amplifying the voices of Black men using personal storytelling, poetry and music. Filmed and edited by Fort Worth-based production company Shiny Box Pictures, This is My Story explores the ways many Black men feel the need to self-censor. The production will be available to stream at any time through April 30.