This weekend across Fort Worth features an eclectic series of events, the biggest of which will be the national tour of a Broadway musical and a major bull riding competition. Other choices include a local monthly outdoor concert series, a tour of an historic neighborhood, intimate performances from local arts groups, a taco festival, 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 a restaurant to treat Mom for Mother's Day? Find that list here.
Thursday, May 11
Broadway at the Bass: Tootsie
Tootsie is a laugh-out-loud love letter to the theater, based on the Oscar-nominated film. It tells the story of Michael Dorsey, a talented but difficult actor who struggles to find work until one show-stopping act of desperation lands him the role of a lifetime. The national tour of the Tony-winning musical runs through Sunday at Bass Performance Hall.
Friday, May 12
Magnolia at the Modern: Carmen
In the new film Carmen - directed by dancer/choreographer Benjamin Millepied in his feature directorial debut - a woman (Melissa Barrera) on a quest to find freedom embarks upon a dramatic and life-altering journey from Mexico to Los Angeles. Co-starring Paul Mescal, the film will screen seven times through Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Near Southside Inc. presents Friday on the Green
Friday on the Green is a free monthly concert series that features live music, food and drinks from Near Southside eateries, and the fun and relaxed atmosphere of a big neighborhood picnic. Performers this month at Magnolia Green Park include Jake Paleschic, Cool Jackets, Jaybirds, and Ginny Mac, as well as DJ Woodywood.
PBR World Finals: Unleash the Beast
The sport of bull riding will be taking over Fort Worth for the next 10 days as the 2023 PBR World Finals: Unleash the Beast comes to Dickies Arena through May 21. The biggest event in the sport will crown the PBR's next champion rider and bull. There will also be a series of post-event concerts at Tannahill's Tavern & Music Hall to go along with the competitions, starting with Kenny Feidler & The Cowboy Killers on Friday and Red Shahan on Saturday.
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 reflected on his 30 years in the business with his last three albums, each of which started with the appropriate title Hindsight 2020. He'll play at Billy Bob's Texas.
Saturday, May 13
Amon Carter Museum of American Art presents Arthur Dove: "Miniature Laboratories"
Drawn primarily from the Carter’s collection, Arthur Dove: "Miniature Laboratories" examines for a selection of work from the last years of Dove’s life (1940-46). During this time, he created hundreds of works on paper, most measuring three-by-four-inches, experimenting with various mediums and techniques. An in-depth examination and analysis of these works by the Carter’s conservation team reveals new insight into Dove’s creative process. The exhibition will be on display through August 27.
Fairmount 40th Anniversary Tour of Historic Homes
The Fairmount National Historic District and the Fairmount Neighborhood Association will present Fairmount’s 40th Anniversary Tour of Historic Homes, featuring six historic properties. (Preview them here.) On Saturday, there will be a a neighborhood parade at 10 am, after which visitors can head over to Fairmount Park to browse vendors and artists, and enjoy a bite from one of the food trucks. Arts Fifth Avenue will also be hosting several artists during a one-day special show on Saturday only. Tickets for the two-day event can be purchased at SiNaCa Studios.
Fort Worth Opera presents Love Quarrels
Fort Worth Opera will conclude their 2023 season with Love Quarrels, in which resident artists will showcase their talent in scenes from opera classics and new works, like La Bohéme, Les pêcheurs des perles,and The Crucible. Featured performers include soprano Adia Evans, tenor Nathaniel Catasca, and baritone Malcolm Payne Jr. The performance takes place at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Dallas Cowboys Tacos & Tunes Festival
The Dallas Cowboys Tacos & Tunes Festival at Miller Lite House at AT&T Stadium will feature a variety of tacos and food truck options, cold drinks, and live music. Performers include Squeezebox Bandits, Western Rewind Band, Don Stalling & The Divided, and DJ Elusive.
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents "Three American Tenors"
Three of the most sought-after tenors of the 21st century - Michael Fabiano, Bryan Hymel, and Matthew Polenzani - will perform an exciting and varied program of classic opera arias, Broadway favorites, and American standards. The concert, taking place at Will Rogers Auditorium, will be conducted by Robert Spano.
Dustin Lynch in concert
Country singer Dustin Lynch has been big since his debut in 2012, going straight to No. 1 with his self-titled album. Each of his four subsequent albums, including 2022's Blue in the Sky, reached the top 10 and he's had a string of top 10 hits to go along with them. He'll play at Billy Bob's Texas.
Sunday, May 14
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents "Three Chamber Music Masters: Mozart, Poulenc, and Lutosławski"
This intimate Kimbell Chamber Series concert will feature pianist Robert Spano, FWSO musicians, and guests performing a variety of selections, including Mozart's "Kegelstatt" trio for clarinet, viola, and piano, Poulenc's Sextet for Piano and Wind Quintet, and a selection of chamber works by the 20th-century master Lutosławski. The concert will be at Kimbell Art Museum.
Photo by Evan Zimmerman for MurphyMade.