Weekend Event Planner
These are the 7 best things to do in Fort Worth this weekend
With the abundance of recurring holiday happenings, there are very few new events taking place the further you get into December. What few there are, though, are split between holiday-related ones like a concert, theater production, naughty version of a holiday classic, and a special shopping event, and non-holiday events like a world-renowned acrobatics troupe, screenings of an acclaimed film, and a concert by up-and-coming rapper.
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, December 14
Palace Theatre presents Finding Christmas
Finding Christmas, featuring GENTRI: The Gentlemen Trio, is a brand new holiday show featuring original songs performed by the three talented harmonizers, accompanied by a live piano and orchestra tracks. The show, which will feature songs from GENTRI’s 2016 holiday album, Finding Christmas, will have four performances through Saturday at Grapevine's Palace Theatre.
It's CSI: Bethlehem in this holiday mystery extravaganza from the author of Late Nite Catechism. Sister takes on the mystery that has intrigued historians throughout the ages: What ever happened to the magis' gold? Employing her own scientific tools, assisted by a local choir as well as a gaggle of audience members, Sister creates a living nativity unlike any you've ever seen. The production will run at McDavid Studio through Sunday.
Cirque du Soleil presents Varekai
The word Varekai means “wherever” in the Romany language of the gypsies, the universal wanderers. This production, which will run at Fort Worth Convention Center through Sunday, pays tribute to the nomadic soul, to the spirit and art of the circus tradition, and to those who quest with infinite passion along the path that leads to Varekai. It will feature all the amazing acrobatics and storytelling for which Cirque du Soleil is known.
Friday, December 15
Magnolia at the Modern presents LBJ
In LBJ, directed by Rob Reiner, Texan Lyndon Johnson (Woody Harrelson) goes from being a powerful Senate majority leader to a powerless vice president before he becomes the President of the United States following the assassination of John F. Kennedy. The film will screen seven times through Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Texas Ballet Theater presents The Nutty Nutcracker
Expect the unexpected during Ben Stevenson’s The Nutty Nutcracker, which annually sells out its one-night-only break in the run of the regular Nutcracker. Texas Ballet Theater promises a hilarious take on current events and cultural happenings, performed by world-class company dancers, during this event at Bass Performance Hall.
Sam Lao in concert DJ Christy Ray and Todd Faroe
Dallas rapper Sam Lao has been on the rise in recent years, including winning five awards at the 2016 Dallas Observer Music Awards. She'll make her way west to Fort Worth in support of her 2016 album, SPCTRM. She'll be joined at Main at South Side by DJ Christy Ray and Todd Faroe.
Saturday, December 16
Retro Plaza presents Vintage Christmas Market
Vintage shopping center Retro Plaza in Bedford will host a holiday shindig. The five Retro Plaza businesses — The Vintage Freak, Vintage Tex, Bombshell Nostalgia, Retro Madness, and the Quarter Lounge Arcade — will be joined by many additional vintage vendors on the plaza to create a festive Christmas market. Musical acts, including local singer-songwriter Kelsey Lewis, will perform throughout the day, and food trucks will be available.