Weekend Event Planner
These are the 11 best things to do in Fort Worth this weekend
With Christmas weekend just a week away, holiday events will once again be prominent in this week's roundup. Three local theater companies will put on holiday parties and the Nutcracker will go nutty for one night. There will also be a trio of bands playing concerts, an anniversary celebration for an iconic museum, Star Wars backed by a symphony, 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. Looking for the best Christmas lights around town? That list is here.
Thursday, December 15
Stolen Shakespeare Guild Holiday Party
Stolen Shakespeare Guild's Holiday Party is a special fundraising event for the theater company. Taking place at the Ball-Eddleman-McFarland-House, it will feature a reading of their Christmas Carol radio show, some singing of carols, drinks, and hors d’oeuvres.
Amphibian Stage presents A Winter's Cabaret
Amphibian Stage's A Winter's Cabaret will be a night of holiday classics, Broadway favorites, and a boozy sing-a-long. Performers will include Broadway’s Tari Kelly and Dallas-Fort Worth favorite Lauren Urso. There will also be a champagne station and passed hors d'oeuvres by Tasha Monticure at South Main Bodega. The event takes place at Amphibian Stage.
Blue October in concert
Houston rock band Blue October has been at it for almost 25 years now, chugging along with their core group of fans despite never achieving true breakthrough success. Their biggest songs, "Hate Me" and "Into the Ocean," came off their 2006 album, Foiled, although their five subsequent albums charted higher. They'll play on both Friday and Saturday at Tannahill's Tavern & Music Hall in support of their new album, Spinning the Truth Around.
Friday, December 16
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth presents Ando Building's 20th Anniversary
In honor of the 20th anniversary of the Modern’s building, visitors can explore the museum for free through Sunday. Tadao Ando’s “arbor for art” has become a beloved destination for Fort Worthians and people around the world since opening on December 14, 2002. Visitors can experience the tranquil, light-filled spaces and restful pond that reflect Ando’s genius. The highlighted exhibition on display is "Modern Masters: A Tribute to Anne Windfohr Marion," and The Modern trees will be illuminated with an array of festive lights in celebration of the holiday season.
Magnolia at the Modern: Memories of My Father
Memories of My Father tells the story of Héctor Abad Gómez, a doctor and a human rights activist concerned with both his own children and the children of the underprivileged classes in the violent 1970s in Medellin, Colombia. Driven by sadness and rage when a terrible cancer takes the life of one of his daughters, Héctor devotes himself to the social and political causes of the time, without regard to his personal safety. The film, in Spanish with English subtitles, will screen six times through Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Upright Theatre Co. presents Holly Jolly Holiday Party
The talented performers at Upright Theatre Co. will present an evening of holiday fun. Visitors will enjoy food, holiday games, and live entertainment, all while raising money for a great cause. Two dollars from every ticket sold will go towards the Euless Police Benevolent Organization, a nonprofit organization formed to provide college scholarships for police department employees’ dependent children, honor retiring employees, and more.
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents Star Wars: A New Hope
The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra will take audiences on a journey as young farm boy Luke Skywalker is thrust into a galaxy of adventure when he intercepts a distress call from the captive Princess Leia. The event launches him on a daring mission to rescue her from the clutches of Darth Vader and the evil Empire. The orchestra will play John Williams’ beloved score live while the film is played on a big screen. There will be three performances through Sunday at Will Rogers Auditorium.
Texas Ballet Theater presents The Nutty Nutcracker
Back for one night only - and for possibly the last time - The Nutty Nutcracker is a nutty take on the holiday classic. From current events and pop culture, hilarious new characters join Clara to turn the traditional tale on its head. You never know who will make an appearance, so get ready for a magical evening of side-splitting laughs. The performance will be at Bass Performance Hall.
Flatland Cavalry in concert
Flatland Cavalry, a country/Americana band from Lubbock that has released an EP and three studio albums, has experienced a modicum of national success, with their first album, 2016's Humble Folks, peaking at No. 38 on the Billboard Country charts. They'll play on both Friday and Saturday at Billy Bob's Texas in support of their new EP, Songs to Keep You Warm.
Sunday, December 18
Jared's Epic Blaster Battle Holiday Edition
Jared's Epic Blaster Battle, hosted by YouTuber Jared Guynes, will present their first ever holiday edition event for what they promise will be the largest and most incredible foam blaster battle of all time. The event, taking place at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, will feature appearances by other popular YouTube and TikTok creators.
Charlie Robison in concert
Anyone who knows Texas country music knows the name of Charlie Robison, as he's the brother of singer/songwriter Bruce Robison and the ex-husband of Emily Strayer of The Chicks. His last album was 2013's High Life, and in 2018 he retired after complications from surgery left him unable to sing at the time. Things have clearly improved in the four years since, and fans can see the result when he plays at Tannahill's Tavern & Music Hall.