Weekend Event Planner
This weekend in and around Fort Worth is music-heavy, with three concerts, a show celebrating a legendary musician, and a festival with music as one part of its focus. There will also be a very sweet exhibit, a tour of some historic homes, some timely films, and one new art exhibition replacing another on the way out.
Below are the best ways to spend your precious free time this weekend.
Thursday, June 17
Casa Mañana presents A Solitary Man – The Music of Neil Diamond
Selling over 10 million records worldwide with 38 top 10 hits, Neil Diamond is one of the best-selling musicians of all time. Darnell Abraham, currently starring as George Washington in the Hamilton national tour, and American Idol winner Nick Fradiani will team up to sing favorites from Diamond's catalog, including "Sweet Caroline" and "America," intertwined with stories about this remarkable artist. The production will run through June 26.
Sweet Tooth Motel - The Foundry District Pop Up
At Sweet Tooth Motel, a mini pop-up experience in the Foundry District, guests can expect an exterior reminiscent of their favorite roadside vintage motel, with a Sweet Tooth Motel twist. The interior will feature an entry filled with fantastical desserts, through which guests will have to find their way into a glowing Sunset Lounge filled with radiating, ring pop laden cacti. The event will take place through at least August 29. Additionally, to celebrate the grand opening, the Foundry District will host Sweet Summer Friday, an event packed with immersive art, curated sweets, and craft cocktails from places like Blackland Distillery, Stir Crazy Baked Goods, Crumbl Cookies, The Beignet Bus, and more.
Friday, June 18
Jake Hoot in concert
Unlike some other winners of television singing competitions, country singer Jake Hoot, who was the winner of season 17 of NBC's The Voice, has not yet been able to fully capitalize on that success. His winning song, "Better Off Without You," made it to No. 36 on the country charts, and he released a duet with Kelly Clarkson, "I Would've Loved You," earlier this year, but he has yet to put out an official album. He'll play at Downtown Cowtown at the Isis.
Lynyrd Skynyrd in concert
Southern rock icons Lynyrd Skynyrd will come to Billy Bob's Texas for the first time. Best known for songs like "Sweet Home Alabama" and "Free Bird," the band has gone through a number of changes since it released its debut album in 1973. At these concerts, taking place on both Friday and Saturday, original member and guitarist Gary Rossington will be joined by Johnny Van Zant, Rickey Medlocke, Mark “Sparky” Matejka, Michael Cartellone, Keith Christopher, Peter Keys, Dale Krantz Rossington, and Carol Chase.
Saturday, June 19
Fairmount Neighorhood Association presents 39th Annual Historic Home Tour
The Fairmount Neighborhood will present its 39th Annual Home Tour. This year’s tour will be held completely outdoors and include approximately 17 homes grouped in four easily walkable clusters. The tour, taking place on both Saturday and Sunday, is Fairmount’s largest fundraiser of the year, helping to support the neighborhood’s infrastructure, parks, schools, arts programs, and neighborhood events.
Unity Unlimited, Inc. presents Juneteenth FTW Community Festival
To celebrate the soon-to-be federal holiday of Juneteenth, which commemorates the historical significance of June 19, 1865 when Texas slaves were finally informed about the Emancipation Proclamation, Unity Unlimited, Inc. will present Juneteenth FTW Community Festival, a music & food festival with national and local artists. The event will feature live DJs, a kids' zone, food trucks, vendors, and a fireworks show.
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth presents Doretha’s Blues and Miss Juneteenth
The Fort Worth Film Commission and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth will present special screenings of Channing Godfrey Peoples’ Doretha’s Blues and Miss Juneteenth. Doretha’s Blues is a short film in which the title character goes out for an evening drink at her local watering hole when a news story dredges up old memories. In Miss Juneteenth, Nicole Beharie stars as Turquoise, a former beauty queen turned hardworking single mother, who prepares her rebellious teenage daughter for the “Miss Juneteenth” pageant, hoping to keep her from repeating the same mistakes in life that she did. The films, which were both shot in Fort Worth's Historic Southside and Como neighborhoods, will screen at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Sunday, June 20
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth opening and closing
It's moving day at the Modern Art Museum, as one exhibition will close while another opens. Closing is FOCUS: Wael Shawky, an exhibition featuring a film from Shawky's ambitious trilogy Cabaret Crusades, along with new and related drawings and sculpture. Shawky explores the ambiguities between history and myth in a multimedia presentation in order to challenge the authority of history. "Sean Scully: The Shape of Ideas" features the artist’s most significant works and examines his contribution to the development of abstraction over a span of nearly five decades. It will remain on display through October 10.
Tatiana “LadyMay” Mayfield in concert
Songstress Tatiana “LadyMay” Mayfield is a rising local star, although has been singing and playing jazz music since the tender age of 13. A Fort Worth native, she has earned awards around the country, and has released three albums in her relatively brief career, including 2018's The Next Chapter. She'll play at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts.