As is often the case, events in and around Fort Worth this weekend feature a wide variety of subject matter. Most prominent will be music, which will be at the forefront of six of the 12 events, as well as part of a multimedia festival. You can also get up close and personal with a journalism legend, see one of the best movies of the year, attend a new local theater production, and more.
Below are the best ways to spend your free time over this weekend. Want more options? Lucky for you, we have a much longer list of the city's best events.
Thursday, September 19
Sundance Square presents Party in the Plaza
Sundance Square’s monthly live music series, Party in the Plaza, will feature a performance by Gloria D’Arezzo & Friends. The band will play for 90 minutes from the plaza stage in the heart of Sundance Square. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome during the concert. Beverages will be available for purchase during the performances, and restaurants will be open throughout the evening.
UT Arlington presents Maverick Speakers Series: Bob Woodward
Bob Woodward has been associate editor of The Washington Post since 1971. He has shared in two Pulitzer Prizes, first in 1973 for coverage of the Watergate scandal with Carl Bernstein, and second in 2003 as the lead reporter for coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He'll appear at Texas Hall at UT Arlington to talk about his most recent book, Fear: Trump in the White House, and the rest of his storied career.
Barato Bazaar presents Circus España
Circus España will present its brand-new show for the entire family that will feature an international cast from England, Cuba, Romania, and Mexico. Circus España's traditional show has a modern twist unlike any circus seen before, and features acrobats, daredevils, clowns, jugglers, and more in a 90-minute extravaganza. The show will run through Sunday at Barato Bazaar.
Friday, September 20
Texas Country Music Association presents Texas Country Music Weekend
The Texas Country Music Weekend Celebration is a one-of-a-kind event featuring three days of non-stop live country music, performances, artist autographs, and industry awards. Taking place throughout the Fort Worth Stockyards, the celebration will culminate with the Texas Country Music Awards on Sunday at Billy Bob's Texas, featuring performances by Brandon Rhyder, Curtis Grimes, Bri Bagwell, Randall King, Zane Williams, Holly Tucker, Andrew Sevener, Cory Morrow, and more.
Magnolia at the Modern: The Farewell
In The Farewell, Billi (Awkwafina) and her family return to China under the guise of a fake wedding to stealthily say goodbye to their beloved matriarch — the only person who doesn't know she only has a few weeks to live. Thanks to the performances of Awkwafina and others, the film connects with its themes of love and loss. It will screen seven times through Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Miller Lite Hot Country Nights: Eli Young Band with Flatland Cavalry
Eli Young Band is a prime example of how some college bands can actually make it big in the music world. After forming at the University of North Texas, they quickly gained notoriety, opening for the likes of Miranda Lambert. Five albums later, three of which reached the top 10 on the Billboard Country charts, the band remains one of the bigger success stories to come out of the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The group returns home to play at Texas Live in Arlington, with support from Flatland Cavalry.
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents Michael Bolton: The Symphony Sessions
Singer Michael Bolton has been putting out music for almost 45 years, though he's most well-known for his late '80s/early '90s music that included hits like "How Can We Be Lovers?," "Love is a Wonderful Thing," and his cover version of "When a Man Loves a Woman." On his latest album, A Symphony of Hits, Bolton re-recorded many of his biggest hits with a symphony orchestra, and he'll give audiences the live version of that experience for one night only at Bass Performance Hall.
The Frame4Frame Festival celebrates local and international independent films, visual arts, and music in the Arlington community. The festival, taking place throughout the downtown Arlington area through Sunday, will feature a variety of music performances, a film festival with a diverse collection of independent film from filmmakers throughout the world, and two art exhibits at the Arlington Museum of Art.
Theatre Arlington presents The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas is a happy-go-lucky view of small-town vice and statewide political side-stepping that recounts the good times and the demise of the Chicken Ranch, known since the 1850s as one of the better pleasure palaces in all of Texas. Governors, senators, mayors, and even victorious college football teams frequent Miss Mona’s cozy bordello, until a Puritan watchdog focuses his television cameras and his righteous indignation on the institution. The production will run through October 13 at Theatre Arlington.
Saturday, September 21
Tarrant Regional Water District presents Trinity Trash Bash
Volunteering in the community is always a great way to keep connected with your city and to feel good about yourself in general. You can accomplish that goal by participating in the Tarrant Regional Water District's Trinity Trash Bash, which is all about keeping the beloved Trinity River clean. Groups, families, and individuals are encouraged to volunteer for the event, which will include an afterparty at Coyote Drive-In.
Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth presents Colors of Virtuosity
Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth will open its season with Colors of Virtuosity, featuring Felix Olschofka, violin; Giora Schmidt, violin; Richard Young, viola; Inbal Segev, cello; and Jhye Chang, piano. Selections for the concert, taking place at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, include Ysayë’s “Sonata for Two Violins in A minor,” Kodaly’s “Serenade for two Violins And Viola Op.12,” and Elgar’s “Quintet in A minor for Piano and String Quartet.”
Sara Evans in concert
Sara Evans has been at or near the top of the Billboard Country charts with almost all of her nine studio albums, including her 2017 album, Words. She's maintained her popularity, thanks to hits like "No Place That Far," "Born to Fly," "A Real Fine Place to Start," and "A Little Bit Stronger." Fresh off releasing her latest live album, Live from City Winery Nashville, she'll play at Arlington Music Hall.