Weekend Event Planner
This weekend around Fort Worth features two completely different types of events at the city's biggest venue that complement a number of smaller events. Those include a classical music festival, a fun comedian, a new local theater production, two concerts featuring local-ish artists, a festival of peaches, and more.
Below are the best ways to spend your precious free time this weekend. Want more options? Lucky for you, we have a much longer list of the city's best events.
Thursday, July 7
Mimir Chamber Music Festival
The Mimir Chamber Music Festival wraps up with two concerts at TCU's PepsiCo Recital Hall. The Thursday concert will feature emerging artists like the Canone Quartet, Spire Quartet, and Erinys Quartet. The Friday concert will feature the Horszowski Trio and a group led by violinists Jun Iwaski and Stephen Rose, performing works by Leonard Bernstein, Beethoven, and Mendelssohn.
Friday, July 8
Magnolia at the Modern: Official Competition
Penélope Cruz and Antonio Banderas have been in their fair share of Pedro Almodóvar movies, but they're joining forces again in a non-Almodóvar film. The two star as egomaniacs commissioned by a millionaire to make a movie together in this sharp comedy skewering wealth, art, and pride. The film, which is in Spanish with English subtitles, will screen seven times through Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
WWE Friday Night Smackdown
The WWE comes back to Fort Worth with another jam-packed event at Dickies Arena. Headlining Friday Night Smackdown will be current world heavyweight champion Roman Reigns, Ronda Rousey, The USOS, Drew McIntyre, Sami Zayn, Sasha Banks, Naomi, and more.
Hyena's presents Steve "Mudflap" McGrew
Comedian Steve "Mudflap" McGrew draws his material from everyday life situations, performing a hybrid of character work, storytelling, and one-liner jabs to the funny bone. His “crossover” comedy style appeals to people from all walks of life. McGrew, also a host on the podcasts Remasculate and Wrinkled Sheets, will perform four times through Saturday at Hyena's Comedy Club.
Hip Pocket Theatre presents The Diaries of Adam and Eve
Through the wit of Mark Twain, The Diaries of Adam and Eve hilariously examines the loss and love of human relationships. Told through an ensemble of Adams, Eves, and a Forbidden Chorus, this adaptation reminds us that the original love story wasn't always a walk in the park but was worth it in the end. The production runs through July 24 at Hip Pocket Theatre.
Dirty Pool in concert
The majority of concerts at Billy Bob's Texas tend to feature national or regional bands, so it's always great when they decide to give the spotlight to a local band. Dirty Pool is a Fort Worth blues-rock band that's finally getting around to putting out an album, the appropriately-titled Late Bloomer, after playing together since 2005.
Saturday, July 9
Weatherford Chamber of Commerce presents Parker County Peach Festival
The 37th annual Parker County Peach Festival features a bounty of Parker County peaches and more than 200 arts & crafts, food, and activity vendors. Taking place in Historic Downtown Weatherford, the daylong festival will also feature a variety of music performances, including Scant, Texas Back Roads Band, and the Kendi Jean Band.
National Theatre Live: Henry V
Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) plays the title role in Henry V, Shakespeare’s thrilling study of nationalism, war, and the psychology of power. Fresh to the throne, King Henry V launches England into a bloody war with France. When his campaign encounters resistance, this inexperienced new ruler must prove he is fit to guide a country into war. This screening of a previously recorded live production will screen at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
The Ultimate Doors: A Tribute to Jim Morrison and The Doors
The Ultimate Doors pays tribute to Jim Morrison and the Doors by recreating the music, magic, and intensity of a live Doors concert, focusing on all the tiny details that made The Doors one of the most iconic rock bands of the 20th century. The group, performing at Downtown Cowtown at the Isis, plays all the classic rock band's hits, including "Light My Fire," "L.A. Woman," "Riders On The Storm," "Hello, I Love You," "Gloria," and "The End."
Kaitlin Butts in concert
Another musician making her Billy Bob's Texas debut this weekend is Kaitlin Butts. Since releasing her debut album in 2015, Butts has become a favorite on the Red Dirt country circuit, working with a variety of local and regional artists, and even marrying one of them, Flatland Cavalry lead singer Cleto Cordero. She comes to town in support of her new album, What Else Can She Do. (Note: All Billy Bob's concerts will take place on the Honky Tonk Stage as the Main Stage area undergoes renovations.)
Sunday, July 10
Maverick City Music and Kirk Franklin in concert with Jonathan McReynolds and Housefires
Christian music fans will get a big showcase when Maverick City Music and Kirk Franklin co-headline this special concert at Dickies Arena. Maverick City Music and Franklin just collaborated on the live album, Kingdom Book One, Maverick City Music's third release of 2022. The two headliners will be joined by Jonathan McReynolds and Housefires.