Weekend Event Planner
These are the 13 best things to do in Fort Worth this weekend
There's a wide spectrum of events taking place around Fort Worth this weekend, including two holiday happenings. Other choices include a new local theater production, a fencing competition, movie music played by a symphony, a parade, a big comedian, a music awards show, 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, November 9
Theatre Wesleyan presents Intimate Apparel
At the dawn of the last century, Esther is making an uncommon living for herself sewing exquisite lingerie. Her skilled artistry allows her rare access into the private lives of others, but she yearns for something more in her own private life, even if it means risking everything she has. The production runs through November 18 in the Thad Smotherman Theatre at Texas Wesleyan University.
Casa Mañana presents The Pin-Up Girls Christmas
The Reid Cabaret Theatre at Casa Mañana kicks off the holiday season with the world premiere of The Pin-Up Girls Christmas. The Pin-Up Girls are back for a Christmas Celebration, serving up heartfelt holiday classics and some off-the-wall musical surprises as they raise a glass to the man of the hour, Santa. The production runs through November 18.
Friday, November 10
USA Fencing presents North American Cup
If fencing is a sport you see only during the Olympics, you can get an up-close-and-personal look during USA Fencing's North American Cup. More than 2,200 young competitors will participate across 24 events, spanning a variety of age categories and hailing from 35 states. The event takes place through Monday at Fort Worth Convention Center.
Gaylord Texan presents ICE! featuring Dr. Seuss' "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!"
ICE! featuring Dr. Seuss' "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" is an immersive, story-driven holiday showplace complete with larger-than-life ice sculptures, frozen slides, and tunnels. The chilly walk-through attraction will feature 10 scenes from the iconic Dr. Seuss story, and additional activities include an eight-lane tubing hill covered in real snow; ice skating; snowball build & blast; gingerbread decorating center; and more. The event takes place daily at Gaylord Texan in Grapevine through December 31.
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents "Bond and Beyond"
Iconic lines in film deserve iconic music, and like 007 himself the music accompanying his films inspired its own smooth, spy-thriller soundtracks. Beginning with Bond’s own theme, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra will explore jaunty music from different crime thrillers in the James Bond franchise as well as hits from Mission Impossible, The Incredibles, Pink Panther, and more. There will be three performances through Sunday at Bass Performance Hall.
Josh Ward in concert
Country singer Josh Ward has had a big presence in the Texas country music world over the past 15 years or so. Over that time, he's released five albums (including 2019's Live at Billy Bob's) and charted nine consecutive No. 1 songs in the state. He'll return to one his favorite venues, Billy Bob's Texas, for another turn at entertaining the masses.
Saturday, November 11
Tarrant County Veterans Day Parade
The Tarrant County Veterans Day Parade is the annual salute to North Texas veterans, hosted by the City of Fort Worth and organized by the Tarrant County Veterans Council. The parade forms up at Panther Island Pavilion, marches down North Forest Park Boulevard along the Clear Fork of the Trinity River, and returns to the starting point. (For a long list of local places offering Veterans Day discounts, go here.)
Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Glow Party
Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Glow Party brings audiences an opportunity to watch favorite Hot Wheels Monster Trucks light up the floor in outrageous monster trucks competitions and battles. The performance will also feature a dance party, laser light shows, and Hot Wheels toy giveaways, plus a special appearance from the car-eating, fire-breathing transforming robot MegaSaurus, and the high-flying Freestyle Motocross. There will be three performances through Sunday at Dickies Arena.
Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth presents "Evolution"
The latest performance by the Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth, "Evolution," will feature pianist Angela Cheng, violinist Gary Levinson, and cellist Bion Tsang. The program includes Beethoven's Violin Sonata No. 1 in D major, Op.12; Beethoven's Cello Sonata No. 3 in A major, Op. 69; and Dvořák's Piano Trio No. 4 in E minor, Op. 90, B. 166 “Dumky.” The concert will be at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Water Lantern Festival
The Water Lantern Festival is a floating lantern event that is all about connections. The night includes food, games, activities, vendors, music, and the beauty of thousands of lanterns adorned with letters of love, hope and dreams reflected upon the water. Visitors can also watch their unique lantern drift out into the water as it joins other lanterns carrying hope, love, happiness, healing, peace, and connection. The event takes place at Panther Island Pavilion.
David Spade: "Catch Me Inside"
David Spade became a household favorite during his five-year stint as a cast member on NBC’s Saturday Night Live and his Emmy-nominated run on Just Shoot Me. Spade recently starred in the Netflix original comedy The Wrong Missy, co-hosted The Netflix Afterparty, a weekly comedy panel with London Hughes and Fortune Feimster, and hosts the new Fox game show, Snake Oil. He'll perform at Will Rogers Auditorium.
Aaron Watson in concert
Country singer Aaron Watson has been recording music for over 20 years, but it wasn't until 2012 that he hit it big with his 11th album, appropriately titled The Underdog, which went to No. 1 on the country charts. He's been near the top of the charts ever since. He'll play at Billy Bob's Texas in support of his new album, Cover Girl.
Sunday, November 12
Texas Country Music Awards
The 2023 Texas Country Music Awards will feature performances by headliner Cody Canada and the Departed, as well as Coffey Anderson, Brandon Rhyder, Rachel Stacy, and Ken Holloway. The Honky Tonk Stage / Emerging Artist’s Stage will feature acoustic performances by Case Hardin, Jaret Ray Reddick , Payton Howie, and Ryder Grimes. The event takes place at Billy Bob's Texas.