Arlington will be the place to be this weekend, as it will play host to both a huge concert — the most significant one since the beginning of the pandemic — and two big soccer matches. Other choices in the Fort Worth area will include comedy, theater, a concert from two Texas originals, outdoor fun, and more.
Below are the best ways to spend your precious free time this weekend.
Thursday, July 22
UPDATE 7-22-2021: The following event has been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns.
Amphibian Stage presents Spark Fest
The second weekend of Amphibian Stage's Spark Fest will showcase both comedy and theater. First up will be Amy Shanker, whose dry comedic style and general outlook on life stem from an edgier perspective as a former inner-city high school teacher. She'll perform three times through Saturday, along with some local comedians. On Saturday will be a staged reading of The Amazing, Fabulous, Spectacular Untruths of Don Juan Garcia, a play about mistaken identities, revenge schemes, and a vain young man who will stop at nothing to get what he wants.
Friday, July 23
Magnolia at the Modern: Casanova, Last Love
Casanova, famous for his taste for pleasure and gambling, arrives from Paris, forced into exile. In this city he knows nothing about, the libertine meets on several occasions a young courtesan, Marianne de Charpillon. She attracts him to the point that he starts disregarding all other women. The legendary seducer is ready to do anything to get her, but Charpillon always escapes under various excuses. The film, which is in English and French with English subtitles, will screen five times through Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Zach Person in concert
Zach Person is an up-and-coming singer and guitarist out of the Houston area who's starting to make waves around Texas. He competed on American Idol in 2016, making it to the Hollywood rounds before being cut prior to the live shows. After releasing his first EP in 2020, he has followed that up with his self-titled debut album in 2021. He'll play at Main at South Side.
Hyena's presents Pauly Shore
Pauly Shore tasted stardom in the 1990s thanks to his MTV show Totally Pauly, as well as starring roles in films like Jury Duty, In the Army Now, Bio-Dome, Encino Man, Son In Law, and A Goofy Movie. Apart from actively touring the country with his stand-up comedy, Shore is working on a documentary of his life that spans the 1960s, ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s. He'll perform two shows at Hyena's Fort Worth.
Randy Rogers & Wade Bowen in concert
Randy Rogers and Wade Bowen are two Texas originals who have played around the Dallas-Fort Worth area countless times. They've found a kindred spirit in each other, teaming up for three albums — 2015's Hold My Beer, Vol. 1, 2016's Watch This, and 2020's Hold My Beer, Vol. 2. Naturally, they'll play at Billy Bob's Texas on both Friday and Saturday as part of their "Hold My Beer and Watch This" tour.
Saturday, July 24
Panther Island Pavilion presents Rockin’ the River
Each week, Rockin' the River at Panther Island Pavilion features five different bands playing back-to-back sets. After the headlining band finishes, the water party moves to the shore with the fifth and final band playing on the after-party stage before a weekly fireworks display. Performers this week will include Chris Colston, Cody Hibbard, Lucas Jagneaux, Comanche Moon, and Timlightyear.
Green Day, Fall Out Boy, and Weezer in concert
Green Day, Fall Out Boy, and Weezer will join forces for the appropriately-named The Hella Mega Tour, finally coming to Globe Life Field in Arlington after being delayed by the pandemic. Green Day is touring in support of their 2020 album, Father of All..., Fall Out Boy's latest album was 2019's Greatest Hits: Believers Never Die - Volume Two, and Weezer has released two albums in 2021, OK Human and Van Weezer.
Sunday, July 25
Tarrant Regional Water District presents Sunday Funday
The laidback family-friendly series Sunday Funday has returned to Panther Island Pavilion, featuring tubes and pedal boats available for rent along with kayaks, paddle boards, and canoes from Backwoods Paddlesports. Cold beer and loaner ice chests are also available. There will also be a morning yoga class, food trucks, and fun in and along the Trinity River.
CONCACAF Gold Cup Quarterfinals
The final two local matches of the 2021 Gold Cup tournament will both take place at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, with the first and second place teams from Groups B & C facing off. In the first game at 6 pm, Costa Rica will play Canada, and the nightcap at 8:30 pm will have the United States playing Jamaica. The winners of each match will advance to semifinal matches in Austin or Houston on July 29.