Weekend event planner
There will be a celebratory feeling around Fort Worth this weekend, with a museum marking a momentous anniversary and a new concert venue opening its doors. There will be six big name concerts from which to choose, including two at that new venue, five new local theater productions, a new type of rodeo, and more.
Below are the best ways to spend your precious free time this weekend. Want more options? Lucky for you, we have a much longer list of the city's best events.
Thursday, October 6
Kimbell Art Museum presents The Kimbell at 50: A Golden Anniversary Celebration
The Kimbell Art Museum, which opened on October 4, 1972, is celebrating its 50th anniversary all week long. Visitors can enjoy free admission every day through Saturday to the special exhibition Murillo: "From Heaven to Earth." There will also be a special Family Festival & Celebration on Saturday, featuring a variety of family-friendly activities and special performances. The museum also opened a new exhibition, "The Kimbell at 50," which features archival materials and photographs chronicling memorable events in the history of the museum, including the design and construction of the Louis I. Kahn Building and the Renzo Piano Pavilion.
Enhypen in concert
Since the opening of Dickies Arena, Fort Worth seems to have become K-pop central, as a series of Korean boy and girl bands have performed at the venue. The latest to come to town is Enhypen, which was formed through, of all things, a survival competition show called I-Land. In the past two years they've put out three EPs and one album - with another, Sadame, due later this month - and each has been rapturously received around the world.
Friday, October 7
Magnolia at the Modern: Moonage Daydream
Told through sublime, kaleidoscopic, never-before-seen footage, performances, and music, Brett Morgen’s feature-length experiential cinematic odyssey explores David Bowie’s creative, musical, and spiritual journey. The film is guided by Bowie’s own narration and is the first officially sanctioned film on the artist. There will be six screenings through Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
New productions from Artisan Center Theater
Artisan Center Theater in Hurst will open two new productions on Friday, one for adults and one for kids. In Little Shop of Horrors, the meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant that turns into a foul-mouthed, singing carnivore that demands Seymour keep feeding it ... blood. On the other end of the spectrum is Once Upon a Mattress, in which “shy” swamp princess, Winnifred the Woebegone, tries to pass the Sensitivity Test by Queen Aggravain and marry her prince. Both productions run through November 5.
PBR presents Ariat Texas Rattlers
The Ariat Texas Rattlers, Fort Worth’s first-ever professional bull riding team, will make their debut as part of the inaugural season for the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Team Series. Events will be staged in a tournament-style format, with each game featuring five riders per team squaring off against another team. There will be three competitions through Sunday at Dickies Arena.
Upright Theatre Co. presents Wait Until Dark
In 1944 Greenwich Village, Susan Hendrix, a blind yet capable woman, is imperiled by a trio of men in her own apartment. As the climax builds, Susan discovers that her blindness just might be the key to her escape, but she and her tormentors must wait until dark to play out this classic thriller's chilling conclusion. The production runs through October 30 at Upright Studio on Main in Euless.
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents "Rachmaninoff's Thirds"
Rachmaninoff’s third piano concerto is a gorgeous but grueling test of a soloist's mettle. Superstar pianist Joyce Yang - who rose to stardom when she took silver in the 2005 Van Cliburn Competition - takes on the mammoth concerto before the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra turns to the Russian giant’s celebrated Symphony No. 3. There will be three performances through Sunday at Bass Performance Hall.
Opening weekend at Tannahill's Tavern & Music Hall
Eight months after Chef Tim Love's concert venue/restaurant was announced, it will host its first official events, starting with a concert by Arc Angels on Friday. The Austin supergroup made up of friends of Stevie Ray Vaughan and former members of the late guitarist's band recently started playing together again. Keeping it in the family, Stevie Ray's older brother Jimmie Vaughan will play the venue's second concert on Sunday, playing selections from his four-plus decade career.
Stolen Shakespeare Guild presents The Producers
A scheming producer and his mousy accountant aim to produce the biggest flop on Broadway in Mel Brooks' laugh-out-loud spectacle. The Producers skewers Broadway traditions and takes no prisoners as it proudly proclaims itself an "equal opportunity offender." The production from Stolen Shakespeare Guild runs through October 30 at Fort Worth Community Arts Center.
Christopher Cross in concert
Singer/songwriter Christopher Cross made history with his 1980 self-titled debut album, winning five Grammy Awards, including for the first time in Grammy history, the “Big Four” most prestigious awards: Record of the Year (for the single "Sailing"), Album of the Year, Song of the Year (also "Sailing"), and Best New Artist. He'll play at Will Rogers Auditorium as part of his 40th anniversary tour.
Saturday, October 8
Casa Mañana presents Madagascar – A Musical Adventure
Based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture, Madagascar – A Musical Adventure follows everyone’s favorite zoo crew on a comedy-packed journey around the world. After Marty the Zebra decides to chase his dream to see life outside of the zoo, we follow the “crack-a-lackin” friends on their unexpected adventure to King Julien’s Madagascar. The production runs at Casa Mañana Theatre through October 23.
Morgan Wallen in concert
Few entertainers have had a better start to their careers than country singer Morgan Wallen. His 2018 debut If I Know Me went double platinum and yielded a No. 1 hit, "Whiskey Glasses." His follow-up, 2021's Dangerous: The Double Album, has been even bigger, going to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and was named Album of the Year at the 2022 Academy of Country Music Awards. He'll play at an appropriately big venue, Globe Life Field in Arlington, as part of his first headlining tour.
Tracy Lawrence in concert
Country singer Tracy Lawrence was part of the early 1990s boom for the genre, with six of his first 12 singles going to No. 1, including "Sticks and Stones," "Alibis," and "If the Good Die Young." Lawrence is reflecting on his 30 years in the business with his last three albums, each of which starts with the appropriate title Hindsight 2020. He'll play at Billy Bob's Texas.