Not surprisingly, it's another eccentric weekend of events around Fort Worth. Among the choices will be a book talk from two Internet celebrities, car racing aplenty, two kid-friendly theater productions, two symphony concerts with wildly different themes, a visit from a Broadway legend, and a festival headlined by a local musician who also happens to be popular worldwide.
Below are the best ways to spend your free time this weekend. Want more options? Lucky for you, we have a much longer list of the city's best events.
Thursday, October 31
Alamo Drafthouse presents Alaween Halloween Carnival
There will be plenty of different and fun Halloween celebrations on Thursday night, but you can get the festivities started early at Alamo Drafthouse North Richland Hills. The Alaween Halloween Carnival will feature face painting, bounce houses, carnival games, trick-or-treating throughout the theater for the little ones, and spooky specials for parents in the bar.
Bleak Creek Conversations with Rhett & Link
Rhett & Link, creators of the Internet's most-watched daily show, Good Mythical Morning, will talk about their new book, The Lost Causes of Bleak Creek, a thrilling and darkly funny novel about two best friends fighting the sinister forces at the heart of their Southern town. The event will take place at Arlington Music Hall.
AAA Texas 500 Weekend
The AAA Texas 500 weekend includes three separate races and four days of events. The weekend kicks off with night one of Tony Stewart Presents The Vankor Texas Sprint Car Nationals on Thursday & Friday, followed by the XFINITY Series Saturday night under the lights for their NASCAR Playoff race, the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300. This all leads up to the 8th race in the Monster Energy Cup Series Playoffs, the AAA Texas 500 on Sunday. All events will be at Texas Motor Speedway.
Friday, November 1
Magnolia at the Modern: Pain and Glory
In Pain and Glory, a film director (Antonio Banderas) reflects on the choices he's made in life as the past and present come crashing down around him. Written and directed by Pedro Almodovar and featuring the "special collaboration of Penelope Cruz," the film, which is in Spanish with English subtitles, is already generating lots of Oscar buzz. There will be 13 screenings through November 10 at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Theatre Arlington presents Winnie the Pooh
There are few characters who stand the test of time, but Winnie the Pooh is one of them. Created by author A.A. Milne in 1924, the pudgy, friendly bear has made innumerable appearances since. In this children's musical adaptation of the classic story, the audience can take a trip to the Hundred Acre Woods with Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, Tigger, and all their favorites. The production will run through November 10 at Theatre Arlington.
Cowboy Artists of America Sale & Exhibition
Cowboy Artists of America will present its 54th Annual Sale & Exhibition. The show, taking place in the Amon G. Carter Jr. Exhibits Hall at Will Rogers Memorial Center, features artistic portrayals of the West through representational painting, drawing and sculpture with new works from over 20 active and emeritus members. The event starts with a Preview Party on Friday night, followed by the main event on Saturday.
Michael W. Smith in concert
Gospel music Hall-of-Famer and multi-platinum Grammy winner Michael W. Smith is in the midst of a fall headlining tour celebrating 35 years of his groundbreaking, iconic song "Friends." The concert, taking place at Arlington Music Hall, will provide fans the opportunity to hear hits and experience worship drawn from Smith’s recordings and worship anthems from across his career, including a live performance of “Friends."
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents The Music of Selena
Fans can celebrate the legacy of Selena, the “Queen of Tejano Music,” with this one-night-only concert from the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Vocalist Isabel Marie Sánchez will perform iconic hits like “Dreaming of You,” “Como la Flor,” “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom,” “No Me Queda Más,” and “I Could Fall in Love.” This concert, which will be performed without intermission, will be at Bass Performance Hall.
Saturday, November 2
Post Malone presents Posty Fest
Posty Fest is an all-day music extravaganza curated and headlined by Post Malone, featuring performances by Meek Mill, Pharrell Williams, Rae Sremmurd, Jaden Smith, Dominic Fike, Doja Cat, Yella Beezy, Tyla Yaweh, Saint Jhn, Iann Dior, Beach Fossils, Snowy, Maj and Kerwin Frost, as well as special surprise guests. Taking place at AT&T Stadium, the festival will include games, food, prizes, limited merch, exclusive collabs, jousting, and more.
Casa Mañana Theatre presents Annie
The lovable, worldwide phenomenon Annie features some of the greatest musical theater hits ever written, including "Tomorrow." Determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City orphanage, Annie escapes the cruel Miss Hannigan to the wondrous world of NYC, where adventures await. This show, which is suitable for all audiences, will play at Casa Mañana through November 10.
Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth presents Winds of Youth
Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth will present Winds of Youth, featuring Anton Dressner, clarinet; Gary Levinson, violin; Clive Greensmith, cello; and Ingrid Fliter, piano. Selections for the concert, taking place at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, include Beethoven’s Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Piano, Clarinet Trio in B-flat Major, Op 11 and Piano Quartet in E flat Major, Op 16.
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents Video Games Live
At Video Games Live, the audience will experience the sights and sounds of some of the most popular video games of all time in a multi-media concert event. With music from Mario, Zelda, Halo, Tron, Final Fantasy, and more, combined with synchronized images and spectacular lighting, Video Games Live is more than just a concert — it’s an explosive entertainment experience. The concert will be at Will Rogers Memorial Center.
Mansfield ISD Center Arts Program presents Kristin Chenoweth
Actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth comes to Mansfield part of her national tour. Chenoweth received an Emmy Award for her role in Pushing Daisies, a Tony Award for You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, and will forever be remember for her Tony-nominated role as Glinda the Good Witch in Wicked. The concert, taking place at Mansfield ISD Center for the Performing Arts, will raise funds for MISD’s Center Arts Program.