Weekend Event Planner
These are the 11 best things to do in Fort Worth this weekend
Theater lovers are in for a treat this weekend in Fort Worth, as it will see a visit from one of the best musicals of all time, as well as three new local productions. If that's not your bag, you can also taste some yummy cocktails, listen to two talented classical musicians, help raise some money for Puerto Rico, go to a big country music festival, or get in the holiday mood with some fun movie music.
Below are the best ways to spend your free time Thursday through Sunday. Want more options? Lucky for you, we have a much longer list of the city's best events.
Thursday, October 19
2017 Fort Worth Cocktail Week
The 2017 edition of Fort Worth Cocktail Week will finish off with two final events: Bartenders Without Borders at Salsa Limón on Thursday, and Gin vs. Vodka at The Foundry District on Friday. Both events will feature a variety of different cocktails, along with food tastings from former Rodeo Goat chef Keith Grober and Stefon Rishel, head chef at Texas Bleu in Keller.
The Cliburn presents Alisa Weilerstein and Inon Barnatan
Two of today’s most exciting young artists are a dream team in their acclaimed recitals together. Cellist Alisa Weilerstein’s impassioned performance style, breathtaking technique, and commitment to new music helped earn her a MacArthur “genius” award at age 29. She has met her musical match in Inon Barnatan, a poet of the keyboard whose sincerity and expressiveness rival his astonishing technical abilities. They'll perform together on both Thursday and Friday at the Kimbell Art Museum Piano Pavilion.
Performing Arts Fort Worth presents Rent
In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway and forever changed the landscape of American theater. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s Rent continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. It follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. The musical will run through Sunday at Bass Performance Hall.
Circle Theatre presents Application Pending
On the day applications are due at Edgely Prep, an elite Manhattan private school, the head of admissions is ousted in a scandal. Christine Evans, a Kindergarten assistant, is unexpectedly thrust into the job. With phones ringing off the hook, she must balance beleaguered applicants, incompetent administrators, and an army of parents who will stop at nothing to get their kids in. The comedy will play at Circle Theatre through November 18.
Friday, October 20
Magnolia at the Modern presents Polina
Polina, a gifted Bolshoi ballerina, falls in love with a French dancer who introduces her to contemporary dance and leads her to travel the world. This fictional feature about a young Russian ballerina co-stars Juliette Binoche and Niels Schneider and was co-directed by renowned French choreographer Angelin Preljocaj. The film, in French and Russian with English subtitles, will screen seven times through Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Stolen Shakespeare Guild presents The Three Sisters
The Three Sisters probes the lives and dreams of Olga, Masha, and Irina, former Muscovites now living in a provincial town from which they long to escape. Their hopes for a life more suited to their cultivated tastes and sensibilities provide a touching counterpoint to the relentless flow of compromising events in the real world. The play will run in rep with She Stoops to Conquer at Fort Worth Community Arts Center through October 29.
Jubilee Theatre presents Gospel … Hallelujah!
In Jubilee Theatre's Gospel … Hallelujah!, audiences will travel back in time for some of that old-time religion in a Gospel singing jubilee, filled with cherished church favorites sung by leading voices of the sacred community of North Texas. The music-filled production will run through October 29.
Saturday, October 21
Boricua Strong Benefit: Hurricane Relief Car Show
Boricua Strong Benefit is an event designed to raise funds and supplies for Puerto Rico hurricane relief. The event will serve not only as a fundraiser for UNICEF, but also as a celebration of Puerto Rican culture, with a car show featuring an array of exotic, vintage, and luxury cars, food, and live music. Donations of needed supplies will also be accepted. The event will take place in The Foundry District.
2017 Ranch Bash
Ranch Bash is a Texas music tradition featuring 10 bands across two stages, including some of the biggest names in the Red Dirt Texas music scene. The concert, taking place at Panther Island Pavilion, will feature performances by Mike Ryan, Zane Williams, Shane Smith & The Saints, Koe Wetzel, No Justice, Gary P. Nunn, Grady Spencer & The Work, John Baumann, Read Southall, and Saints Eleven.
Fort Worth Camera presents An Evening with Kathy Ireland and Dixie Dixon
Fort Worth Camera will celebrate the world premiere of a special edition of portraits featuring supermodel-turned-philanthropist Kathy Ireland as seen through the lens of world-famous photographer Dixie Dixon. This red carpet event will include champagne and hors d'oeuvres, a meet and greet with Ireland and Dixon, private premiere of Dixon's images of Ireland and of Dixon's new book, Fashion and Lifestyle Photography, and a gallery viewing and auction of limited-edition prints.
Sunday, October 22
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents Halloween with Harry Potter
The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra will present an evening of magic and music as the orchestra plays favorite themes from the "Harry Potter" films. Relive the enchantment with Hedwig’s Theme, Nimbus 2000, and much more. The concert, taking place at White's Chapel United Methodist Church, is preceded by a child-friendly instrument petting zoo at 5 pm.