This weekend of events in and around Fort Worth has a celebratory feel to it, from gymnasts vying for a spot on the U.S. Olympic team to an anniversary of a Fort Worth institution. There will also be concerts, comedy, a new movie, two theater productions, and an honest-to-goodness festival.
Below are the best ways to spend your precious free time this weekend.
Thursday, June 3
U.S. Gymnastics Championships
Fort Worth will be the center of the gymnastics universe this weekend as the U.S. Gymnastics Championships take place at Dickies Arena through Sunday. Featuring some of the best gymnasts in the country, including Simone Biles, vying for spots at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the U.S. Championships determine the men’s and women’s U.S. champions and U.S. National Teams for the junior and senior elite levels.
The Cliburn presents Time For Three
The Cliburn will present a pop-up concert featuring the Emmy Award-winning string trio, Time For Three, composed of Charles Yang (violin, vocals), Nicolas “Nick” Kendall (violin, vocals), and Ranaan Meyer (double bass, vocals). The evening, taking place at Whiskey Ranch, will also showcase Texas Whiskey cocktails and a variety of food trucks.
Improv Arlington presents Gary Owen
Gary Owen has been entertaining American audiences for more than a decade with his side-splitting comedy. Having performed to sold-out audiences in all the major comedy clubs and theaters across the country, Owen is a beloved comedian who was proclaimed by Ebony magazine as Black America’s “Favorite White Comedian.” He'll perform six times through Sunday at Improv Arlington.
Friday, June 4
Magnolia at the Modern: Dream Horse
Dream Horse tells the inspiring true story of Dream Alliance, an unlikely racehorse bred by small town bartender Jan Vokes (Toni Collette). With very little money and no experience, Jan convinces her neighbors to chip in their meager earnings to help raise Dream and compete with the racing elites. Their investment pays off as Dream rises through the ranks and becomes a beacon of hope in their struggling community. The film will screen five times through Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Jubilee Theatre presents Berta, Berta
Following a very limited run of live performances last weekend, Jubilee Theatre will present Berta, Berta as a virtual event. After committing an unforgivable crime and doomed to surrender his freedom, Leroy is granted one final wish …. a chance to make amends with his long-lost lover, Berta. Their reunion swells from a quarrelsome conjoining of the past to an impassioned plot to escape the fate that awaits them. The production will be available to stream at any time through June 27.
The Roots of Music Concert Series
The Roots of Music Concert Series will debut with two nights of performances at Downtown Cowtown at the Isis featuring internationally renowned jazz musician, New Orleans Jazz Orchestra Artistic Director, and co-founder of Funkytown Agency, Adonis Rose. Rose will host and perform alongside New Orleans greats like Bo Dollis Jr. and The Wild Magnolias, Erica Falls, and James Andrews, among others. The event will also feature an opening set by Fort Worth’s Big Easy Brass Band.
Artisan Center Theater presents The Spitfire Grill (UPDATE: Due to issues with the building's air conditioning, the opening of this production has been delayed to June 10.)
In The Spitfire Grill, a feisty parolee follows her dreams, based on a page from an old travel book, to a small town in Wisconsin and finds a place for herself working at Hannah's Spitfire Grill. The Grill is for sale, but there are no takers for the only eatery in the depressed town, so newcomer Percy convinces Hannah to raffle it off. Entry fees are $100 and the best essay on why you want the Grill wins. Soon, mail arrives by the wheelbarrow and things really start cookin' at the Spitfire Grill. The production will play at Artisan Center Theater through July 3.
Travis Tritt in concert
During the country music boom of the 1990s, Travis Tritt stood tall among his fellow singers. His first five albums all reached the top 10 on the Billboard country charts, and he scored No. 1 hits with "Help Me Hold On," "Anymore," "Can I Trust You with My Heart," and "Foolish Pride." He's touring in support of his first new album in 14 years, Set in Stone. He'll perform at Billy Bob's Texas.
Saturday, June 5
GoTexan Food, Wine & Art Festival
At the GoTexan Wine, Food and Art Festival at Panther Island Pavilion, guests can enjoy tastings from over 20 Texas wineries representing the Cross Timbers Wine Trail. Guests will have their pick of over 200 different wines while they stroll among talented artists and other local Texas vendors. They can also enjoy food from Texas food trucks while listening to live music from Forever Mac.
Flying Saucer Draught Emporium 26th Anniversary Celebration
Fort Worth’s original beer emporium, Flying Saucer, will celebrate 26 years on Sundance Square Plaza with an anniversary party. They'll release 26 special brews from popular local, American, and international craft breweries ,including Sierra Nevada, Avery, Saint Arnold, Boulevard, and more. There will also be music performances by Brandon Callies and Alex Bellin.
Joe Nichols in concert
Country star Joe Nichols has been crafting hits since his breakout in 2002 with his sophomore album, Man with a Memory. Thanks to songs like "Brokenheartsville," "Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off," and "Gimmie That Girl," he's remained at the top of the genre for the past 18 years. He hasn't released an album since 2017's Never Gets Old, but fans can enjoy all his hits in this concert at Billy Bob's Texas.