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These are the 8 best things to do in Fort Worth this weekend

These are the 8 best things to do in Fort Worth this weekend

Japanese Maple Festival
Fort Worth Botanic Garden presents Fall Japanese Festival on November 13 and 14. Photo courtesy of Fort Worth Botanic Garden
Veterans Day Parade
Tarrant County Veterans Council will present their annual Veterans Day Parade on November 11. Photo courtesy of Tarrant Co. Veterans Council
Aaron Watson at RodeoHouston opener 2017
Aaron Watson will headline both the River & Blues Festival, taking place on November 12 and 13, and Texas Country Music Awards, taking place on November 14. Photo by Michelle Watson/CatchLight Group
Cast of The Humans
The Humans is the opening night film at the Lone Star Film Festival, taking place November 11-14. Photo courtesy of A24
Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live
Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live will be at Dickies Arena on November 13 and 14. Photo courtesy of Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live
Japanese Maple Festival
Veterans Day Parade
Aaron Watson at RodeoHouston opener 2017
Cast of The Humans
Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live

There are relatively few new events happening in Fort Worth this weekend, but the options are all big. There will be a Veterans Day parade, the return of a hometown film festival, a music festival celebrating country and blues, a fall festival at one of the most beautiful places in town, monster trucks, country music awards, and more.

Below are the best ways to spend your precious free time this weekend.

Thursday, November 11

Tarrant County Veterans Council presents Tarrant County Veterans Day Parade
"Saluting our Veterans & First Responders" is the theme of this year’s Tarrant County Veterans Day Parade. Participants will form up in the Panther Island Pavilion parking lot, march down North Forest Park Blvd. along the Clear Fork of the Trinity River, and return. Before or after the event, veterans and active duty military can take advantage of the multitude of Veterans Day deals in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Lone Star Film Festival
The 2021 Lone Star Film Festival will feature 21 feature films and over 60 short films, screened over the course of four days at both the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and Downtown Cowtown at the Isis. Headlining feature films include opening night film The Humans, closing night film Jockey; The Marfa Tapes - Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert, Jon Randall; VI; and Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America. The festival will go on through Sunday.

Friday, November 12

River & Blues Festival
The second annual River & Blues Festival will take place on both Friday and Saturday at Panther Island Pavilion, featuring a variety of country and blues concerts. Performers will include Aaron Watson, Larkin Poe, American Aquarium, Dirty River Boys, Ana Popovic, King Solomon Hicks, Micky & the Motorcars, Jon Robert & The Wreck, Cody Hibbard, Summer Dean, Kirk House, Dustin Massey, and Squeezebox Bandits.

Jon Wolfe in concert
There are a lot of big-time stars who grace the stage at Billy Bob's Texas, but just as often they showcase talented and hard-working musicians with smaller but loyal fanbases. Jon Wolfe has five albums to his credit, most recently 2017's Any Night in Texas, and only one of them — 2015's Natural Man — made any kind of impact on the Billboard Country charts. But you can expect the venue to be packed once again for him, as he's a regular in Fort Worth.

Saturday, November 13

Fort Worth Botanic Garden presents Fall Japanese Festival
The Fort Worth Botanic Garden/Botanical Research Institute of Texas will celebrate the beauty of fall in the Japanese Garden while exploring the arts and culture of Japan during the Fall Japanese Festival. The festival, taking place on both Saturday and Sunday, will include traditional Japanese dance, taiko drummers, martial arts, sword demonstrations, raku pottery, food trucks, and more.

Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live
At Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live, fans can watch the famous Hot Wheels monster truck toys come to life in a full-size, kid-focused, immersive experience. Taking place at Dickies Arena, the event will include trucks like Bone Shaker, Tiger Shark, V8 Bomber, and Demo Derby, as well as the original monster truck, BigFoot, and a special appearance from the car-eating, fire-breathing transforming robot Megasaurus. There will be three shows through Sunday.

Lone Star Film Festival Gala
The most high-profile event of the Lone Star Film Festival will be their annual black-tie gala, at which they will present the Larry McMurtry Award to Ethan Hawke and Richard Linklater. The actor and filmmaker have worked together on seven separate occasions, including the Before... trilogy and groundbreaking Boyhood. Other honorees will include Michael Martin Murphey and Channing Godfrey Peoples. The event will be at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

Sunday, November 14

Texas Country Music Awards
It will be a busy weekend for Aaron Watson. After headlining the River & Blues Festival, he'll do the same at the Texas Country Music Awards at Billy Bob's Texas. Other performances will include Sundance Head, Curtis Grimes, Brandon Rhyder, and more. In addition to performing, Watson is up for four awards, including Entertainer of the Year, Male Artist of the Year, and Country Album of the Year.