The slate of events this weekend in Fort Worth is split almost evenly between indoor and outdoor activities. Inside, you can catch new theater, movies, or concerts, while outside there are plenty of music and art happenings to be found; just make sure to pack the sunscreen.
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, June 16
Rockin' the River: The Damn Quails with Joey Green Band
Rockin' the River is a free weekly summer concert series with a cool twist, since the stage is right on the Trinity River, at Panther Island Pavilion, in the shadow of downtown Fort Worth. You can enjoy the show floating in the river or, if you're a land lubber, bring a chair or blanket and enjoy a great view from the shore. This week features the Damn Quails and the Joey Green Band, followed by a fireworks show.
Circle Theatre presents Don’t Talk to the Actors
The third play of Circle Theatre's 2016 season is Tom Dudzick’s backstage comedy, Don’t Talk to the Actors, in which a budding playwright’s dreams are swept away into a theatrical nightmare when his play is optioned for Broadway. The play runs through July 16.
Friday, June 17
Magnolia at the Modern presents The Man Who Knew Infinity
The latest in the Magnolia at the Modern series is The Man Who Knew Infinity. Written and directed by Matthew Brown and starring Dev Patel and Jeremy Irons, the movie is the true story of a friendship that forever changed mathematics. It screens six times over three days through Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Panther Island Pavilion presents Cody Johnson Throwdown
You can return to Panther Island Pavilion on Friday night for the first-ever Cody Johnson Throwdown. The country-music-heavy concert features performances by, naturally, Cody Johnson, along with special guests Kevin Fowler, Deryl Dodd, and Aaron Copeland.
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents Concerts in the Garden: Star Wars and Beyond - A Laser Light Spectacular
Worlds collide in this perennial family favorite at Fort Worth Botanic Garden. The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Ron Spigelman, brings to life music from Star Wars, including the newest episode, The Force Awakens, and more. Come early to get your picture taken with Star Wars characters, then sit back and enjoy the laser light show. There are two performances — one Friday and one Saturday.
Saturday, June 18
AT&T Stadium Spartan Race
At Spartan Race, AT&T Stadium turns into a battlefield where Spartans test their mettle against obstacles in and around the stadium. The battle ends as participants dash across the 50-yard line and cross the finish in epic fashion. The event features a 3-plus-mile course and over 15 obstacles in a boot-camp style sprint that allows you to venture into normally restricted areas of the stadium.
West 7th Fort Worth presents Party on Crockett
You can get your art on at Party on Crockett, which features multiple artist booths, where the artists not only proffer their wares, but also create art throughout the day. Additionally, there will be live bands, food and drinks, other live performers, and an interactive art exhibition. The event goes from 12 noon to 10 pm at West 7th Fort Worth.
Selena Gomez in concert
It's been an eventful 10 years for Grand Prairie's own Selena Gomez, as she's gone from being a Disney ingénue to paramour of Justin Bieber to a musical powerhouse in her own right. An innocent no more — just check out the cover of her latest album, Revival — she's coming home to play at American Airlines Center, with help from opening act Bahari. Sure, you have to go to Dallas for this one, but it'll be worth the trip.
Sunday, June 19
The Seventh Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition
There are 72 competitors who have been selected to participate in the Seventh Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition, representing 21 countries from all over the world. The competition gets underway at Van Cliburn Recital Hall, right next door to Bass Performance Hall, on Sunday, and continues all week, with the finals on Saturday, June 25.
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