This weekend in and around Fort Worth is not as jam-packed as some recent weekends, but the quality of events makes up for that lack. On the slate are a major Broadway musical, one of the most successful country bands of all time, a big air show, the return of a big food festival, and more.
Below are the best ways to spend your precious free time this weekend.
Thursday, October 21
Broadway at the Bass: Come From Away
Come From Away is the true story of the small town that welcomed the world. The musical takes audiences into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships. The production will run through Sunday at Bass Performance Hall. Read more about it in this story.
Friday, October 22
Magnolia at the Modern: I'm Your Man
In order to obtain funds for her research, Alma (Maren Eggert) is persuaded to participate in an extraordinary study. For three weeks she is required to live with Tom (Dan Stevens), a humanoid robot designed to be the perfect life partner for her, tailored to her character and needs. I’m Your Man is a playful romance about relationships, love, and what it means to be human in the modern age. It will screen seven times through Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Cliburn Community Concert: Corrie Donovan and Evan Mitchell
As part of the Cliburn in the Community series, soprano Corrie Donovan and pianist Evan Mitchell will perform a series of free concerts at different locations in and around Fort Worth. Donovan and Mitchell will first perform at Benbrook Public Library on Friday, followed by The Shops at Clearfork on October 27, and The Trailhead at Clearfork on October 29.
Alabama in concert
The fact that Alabama is coming to Fort Worth as part of their 50th anniversary tour is a bit confusing, since they didn't officially become a band until 1972 or release their first album until 1976. But whenever they started, they're still one of the most successful acts in country music history, having sold over 75 million albums in their career. They'll play at Dickies Arena.
Cole Swindell in concert
Rising country music star Cole Swindell is just now getting rolling on his own career after years of writing for other singers like Luke Bryan, Thomas Rhett, and Scotty McCreery. Swindell's first three albums have been more than well-received, culminating in 2018's All of It landing at No. 1 on the Billboard Country charts. So far, only one of his singles has failed to reach the top 10. He'll play at Billy Bob's Texas.
Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival: Fall Edition
A year-and-a-half after being cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival is back for a mini fall rendition. There are three days of unique events, all set to take place outside at the Heart of the Ranch at Clearfork:
- At Friday’s Taco. Beer. Repeat. (6-9 pm, $100) guests will get their taco fix from 18 different restaurants.
- Saturday will bring Gameday Gourmet (2-5 pm, $100), where 18 chefs will prep their tailgate favorites over live fire. There’ll be plenty of craft beer, wine and spirits to wash it all down at both of these events.
- The festival will commence Sunday with Bluegrass Brunch (11 am-2 pm, $200), featuring a five-course, Southern-inspired seated meal paired with beverages and a live bluegrass band.
Saturday, October 23
Bell Fort Worth Alliance Air Show
The Bell Fort Worth Alliance Air Show is one of the largest, longest-running and most successful civilian air shows in the nation. An all-encompassing community event, the air show showcases the nation’s armed forces; Dallas-Fort Worth’s important aerospace and aviation industries; education and workforce development programs across the region; and family entertainment. The United States Navy Blue Angels will be the featured performers at this year's show, taking place on Saturday and Sunday at Fort Worth Alliance Airport, and they will debut their F/A-18 Super Hornets as part of their performance.
Flying Saucer Draught Emporium presents BeerFeast
At Flying Saucer Draught Emporium's BeerFeast, guests can enjoy beer samplings from 50 Beerknurd-approved local, national and international breweries, along with live music on the 8.0 stage and great food. Tastings include limited releases and hard-to-find brews, including Boulevard Stuff of Legends, Brooklyn Black Ops 2020, Firestone Walker XXV Anniversary, Rahr & Sons Rumpy, Saint Arnold Bourbon barrel-aged Pumpkinator, and more.
Terri Clark in concert
Canadian country singer Terri Clark was a big deal back in the late 1990s/early 2000s, racking up multiple top 10 hits and best-selling albums. She's hit a bit of a lull in recent years, but she's still cranking out good music, including 2018's Raising the Bar and her 2020 Christmas album, It's Christmas...Cheers!. She'll play at Billy Bob's Texas.