Weekend Event Planner
These are the 12 best things to do in Fort Worth this weekend
This weekend in Fort Worth will be split evenly between events that celebrate the season and those just happening this time of year. On the holiday side will be two new theater productions, a family-friendly opera, a big Nutcracker, a symphony performance, and a theater fundraiser. There will also be five concerts and a college basketball showcase.
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. Looking for the best Christmas lights around town? That list is here.
Thursday, December 8
Stage West presents Handle With Care
In Handle With Care, making its regional premiere at Stage West, a young Israeli woman on holiday with her grandmother in the United States is confronted by an unexpected turn of events. Now, she finds herself stranded in a motel room on Christmas Eve with an oddball delivery man. Is their meeting an accident, or is it destiny generations in the making? Hilarious and tragic circumstances culminate in a heartfelt romantic comedy about what you can find when you feel lost. The production runs through January 8.
KWC Performing Arts (Kids Who Care) presents The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is a hilarious play, based on the book written by Barbara Robinson, that tells the story of the Herdmans, six unruly kids who invade the yearly Christmas pageant at a neighborhood church. They usurp all the lead roles and, in the process, help everyone discover the real meaning of opening our hearts to others who may need us. The production runs through December 18 at Arts Fort Worth.
Rod Wave in concert
Making his debut in 2019, singer/rapper Rod Wave has quickly risen to the top of the hip hop genre. Each of his first three albums went platinum, and his last two - including his new album, Beautiful Mind - have gone to No. 1 on both the R&B/Hip Hop and Billboard 200 charts. He'll perform at Dickies Arena.
Friday, December 9
Fort Worth Opera presents Amahl and the Night Visitors
Fort Worth Opera, in partnership with the Botanical Research Institute of Texas, will present the return of Amahl and the Night Visitors. The family-friendly production tells the story of a disabled shepherd boy named Amahl who, along with his devoted mother, encounters three wise men on a journey to visit the Holy Child. There will be four performances through Sunday at Fort Worth Botanic Garden.
Texas Ballet Theater presents The Nutcracker
Featuring dazzling choreography and exquisite sets, The Nutcracker celebrates the season with enchantment, snowflakes, and sweets. Audiences can experience the most magical Christmas tradition of the season as Clara and her Nutcracker Prince battle an army of mice and travel through a winter wonderland to meet the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Kingdom of Sweets. The production runs through December 24 at Bass Performance Hall.
Ray Wylie Hubbard in concert
If you're a fan of Texas country music, then Ray Wylie Hubbard is something of a god to you. Over the course of his 40-plus year career, Hubbard has worked with musicians both big and small, endearing himself to legions in the process. He'll play at Tannahill's Tavern & Music Hall in support of his new album, Co-Starring Too.
Kaitlin Butts in concert
Since releasing her debut album in 2015, Kaitlin Butts has become a favorite on the Red Dirt country circuit, working with a variety of local and regional artists, and even marrying one of them, Flatland Cavalry lead singer Cleto Cordero. She'll play at Billy Bob's Texas for the second time in 2022 in support of her new album, What Else Can She Do.
Saturday, December 10
Simmons Bank Showdown: TCU vs. SMU and UTA vs. Texas State
The Simmons Bank Showdown at Dickies Arena will feature an early season all-Texas teams men’s basketball double-header. The session will begin with a face-off between Sun Belt Conference teams, the Texas State Bobcats and the University of Texas-Arlington Mavericks, followed by a rivalry game between the TCU Horned Frogs and the SMU Mustangs.
Circle Theatre presents Holiday Punch
At Circle Theatre's Holiday Punch, the company's annual fundraiser, guests can throw on their best tacky holiday sweater for a night of carnival games, giveaways, original live performances, and music. Proceeds will go toward continuing the mission of bringing quality theatre in an intimate space to Fort Worth.
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents Handel's Messiah
The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra will once again present Handel’s masterpiece Messiah. The FWSO, conducted by Julian Wachner, UNT Vox Aquilae Chorus, and soloists will perform the stirring music. The one-time-only concert takes place at Will Rogers Memorial Auditorium.
American Aquarium in concert
Alternative country/rock band American Aquarium has featured a lot of change since their debut in 2006, going through over 30 different band members. But the one constant has been lead singer/guitarist BJ Barham, who started the band in his college dorm room. The current version of the band will play at Tannahill's Tavern & Music Hall in support of their new album, Chicamacomico.
Stoney LaRue in concert
Singer-songwriter Stoney LaRue is part of the recent wave of Texas Country/Red Dirt artists, having put out six albums since 2002, including 2019's Onward. LaRue is as close to a regular at Billy Bob's as you can get, having played there multiple times and even recording a live album there in 2007. He'll play there yet again on Saturday night