While many events in and around Dallas have either been postponed or canceled during the coronavirus pandemic, some organizations have pivoted to virtual or socially-distanced events to continue offering the masses some entertainment while we need it the most.
Below are the best ways to spend your free time over New Year's weekend.
Wednesday, December 30
Robert Earl Keen’s Merry Christmas from the Fam-O-Lee Secret Santa Christmas
Every year, Robert Earl Keen selects a unique theme for his Merry Christmas from the Fam-O-Lee event. This year the theme is well, “a secret.” Guests can hear what musical gifts Keen and his band plan to unwrap in this Secret Santa set at Billy Bob's Texas. As always the evening will include fan favorites and some holiday delights in this family-friendly night of music.
Thursday, December 31
New Year's Eve events
Somewhat surprisingly, there is no shortage of parties and other New Year's Eve events to attend around Dallas-Fort Worth. For a full list of all of the different things to do, check out this link. For the best places to dine, click here. For New Year's Day brunches, click here.
Grady Spencer & The Work in concert
Fort Worth's own Grady Spencer & The Work will take the stage for the first time at Fort Worth's newest music venue, Tulips FTW. The band, led by Spencer and drummer Blake Sager throughout its seven-year existence, has released three albums in its career, including 2018's Celebrate. They'll play two shows on New Year's Eve to celebrate the end of 2020 and beginning of 2021.
Four Day Weekend presents Virtual New Year's Eve
You could choose to party with other people, or you could enjoy one of the best comedy improv groups in the area from the comfort of home. Four Day Weekend has not been able to perform live in Fort Worth or Dallas since the pandemic began, but they will end this dumpster fire of a year on a high note and celebrate a new year with this virtual event.
Tracy Lawrence in concert
Billy Bob's Texas will celebrate New Year's Eve with country singer Tracy Lawrence. Lawrence was biggest in the 1990s, when he notched seven No. 1 hits over the course of five years, including "Sticks and Stones," "Alibis," "If the Good Die Young," and "Time Marches On." He's been a steady presence in the genre for almost 30 years, releasing a new album every few years, including 2019's Made in America.
Friday, January 1
Randy Rogers Band in concert
The Randy Rogers Band, which originated out of San Marcos, Texas, has been doing Texas country music proud for years, scoring top 10 albums on the Billboard country charts for every release between 2006 and 2016. They'll play at Billy Bob's Texas on both Friday and Saturday in support of their 2019 album, Hellbent. They also released their second collaboration with Wade Bowen, Hold My Beer, Vol. 2, earlier this year.
Saturday, January 2
Magnolia at the Modern: Wild Mountain Thyme
If you missed this film over Christmas weekend, you'll have three more chances to see this weekend at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Headstrong farmer Rosemary (Emily Blunt) has her heart set on winning her neighbor Anthony's love. The problem is Anthony (Jamie Dornan) seems to have inherited a family curse and remains oblivious to his beautiful admirer. Stung by his father Tony's (Christopher Walken) plans to sell the family farm to his American nephew (Jon Hamm), Anthony is jolted into pursuing his dreams in this comedic and romantic tale. The film will screen three times through Sunday.
Sunday, January 3
Last call for holiday events
With the holiday season coming to a close, so too will the holiday events. Events finishing up their runs on Sunday include Lone Star Christmas at Gaylord Texan, Holiday at the Park at Six Flags Over Texas, Luminova Holidays, Radiance! A Holiday Light Spectacular, and Gift of Lights at Texas Motor Speedway.