Photo by Melanie Maganias Nashan

This weekend in and around Fort Worth will feature country musicians from different generations — one near the start of his career, one in the middle, and one coming to an end. Other choices include screenings of a new film, an arty dog celebration, a stand-up comedian, nature set to classical music, theater from across the pond, and a theatrical tribute to a local media legend.

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, August 25

Robert Earl Keen in concert
After 41 years of touring, Texas music legend Robert Earl Keen is calling it a day with one final concert in Fort Worth. Keen has recorded 19 full-length albums in his career, most recently 2015's Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions. A member of the Texas Heritage Songwriters Hall of Fame, he has written songs for music superstars like George Strait, The Chicks, The Highwaymen, and Nanci Griffith. He'll play at Billy Bob's Texas.

Friday, August 26

Magnolia at the Modern: My Old School
In 1993, 16-year-old Brandon Lee enrolled at Bearsden Academy, a secondary school in a well-to-do suburb of Glasgow, Scotland. What followed over the next two years would become the stuff of legend. The preternaturally bright student surprised teachers by blazing toward his goal of entering medical school, displaying a wealth of knowledge beyond his years. Brandon found friends despite his initial awkwardness, taking bullied students under his wing, introducing classmates to seminal retro bands, and even starring in the school's production of South Pacific. The film will screen seven times through Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

Kimbell Art Museum presents Kimbell Dog Day
In honor of its newest acquisition, Dog Guarding a Basket of Grapes by Austrian artist Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller, the Kimbell Art Museum will present the “Kimbell Dog Day” celebration event. Coinciding with National Dog Day, art lovers and their four-legged friends can participate in dog-friendly activities on the Kimbell lawn. There will be an outdoor architecture tour, a dog show, and more.

Hyena's presents Jon Reep
As an actor, Jon Reep played the pot smoking farmer Raymus from the hit movie Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, and the dim-witted cop Gerald Bob from the ABC sitcom Rodney. But you probably know him from Dodge Truck's popular ad campaign who leans out of a beat-up car and utters the now famous line: "That thing gotta Hemi?" He'll perform four times through Saturday at Hyena's in downtown Fort Worth.

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents National Geographic: Symphony for Our World
The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra gets back to playing with Symphony for Our World, which combines National Geographic’s intimate portraits of wildlife with an original score by Bleeding Fingers Music. The experience takes audiences on a breathtaking journey from the depths of our mysterious seas to the great heights of our majestic skies in a powerful tribute to the beauty and wonders of our world. There will be three performances through Sunday at Bass Performance Hall.

Kyle Nix in concert with RC and the Ambers
Singer Kyle Nix has spent most of his career as a member of Turnpike Troubadours, the Oklahoma country band that was rising up the charts in the late 2010s before taking a hiatus. Although the band reunited in 2021, Nix used their time apart to pursue a solo career, resulting in his debut solo album, Lightning on the Mountain & Other Short Stories. He'll play at Billy Bob's Texas along with RC and the Ambers.

Saturday, August 27

National Theatre Live: Cyrano
James McAvoy stars in this inventive adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac, screening at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Fierce with a pen and notorious in combat, Cyrano almost has it all — if only he could win the heart of his true love, Roxane. There’s just one big problem: He has a nose as huge as his heart. Will a society engulfed by narcissism get the better of Cyrano, or can his mastery of language set Roxane’s world alight? Presented by Amphibian Stage, this is a screening of a previously recorded live production; it is not a live performance.

Artisan Center Theater presents Amon! The Ultimate Texan
Amon! The Ultimate Texan is the story of one of the most amazing Texans who ever lived. Born in a log cabin and with only an eighth grade education, Amon G. Carter, Sr. became Texas’ most powerful media overlord. Presidents put up with him because he owned the largest newspaper, radio, and television station in Texas. Mr. Carter had a big heart, but a bigger sense for business and for the future. He was one of a kind, and this play and its companion book by popular newspaper columnist Dave Lieber bring the story of this remarkable Texan back to life. The production will play twice every Saturday through September 10 at Artisan Center Theater in Hurst.

Kip Moore in concert
It may have taken country singer Kip Moore a while to get into the business — he released his debut album in 2012 when he was 32 — but the wait was worth it, as each of his four albums, including 2020's Wild World, have made the top 5 on the Billboard Country charts. He's probably best known for his 2011 No. 1 hit "Somethin' 'Bout a Truck," but his record shows he isn't going anywhere anytime soon. He'll play at Billy Bob's Texas.

Robert Earl Keen's final concert in Fort Worth will be at Billy Bob's Texas on August 25.

Robert Earl Keen
Photo by Melanie Maganias Nashan
Robert Earl Keen's final concert in Fort Worth will be at Billy Bob's Texas on August 25.

Drought uncovers ancient dinosaur tracks at park in Glen Rose, Texas

Dinosaur News

Ancient dinosaur tracks were uncovered in a famous Texas park: The tracks, dating back approximately 113 million years, were discovered in a dried-out riverbed at Dinosaur Valley State Park, 54 miles southwest of Fort Worth, on August 18.

The tracks were revealed due to the drought. Under normal weather conditions, they would have remained hidden underwater, as they have for these many decades. But thanks to climate change, patches of the Paluxy River, which runs through the park, dried out completely. According to park officials, it brought the tracks to light.

Sadly for dino fans, it's fleeting: With the rains crossing Texas this week, the tracks are anticipated to soon (maybe already) be buried again.

"While these newer dinosaur tracks were visible for a brief amount of time, it brought about the wonder and excitement about finding new dinosaur tracks at the park," said a park spokesperson in a statement. "Dinosaur Valley State Park will continue to protect these 113-million year-old tracks not only for present, but future generations."

The tracks are believed to belong to the Acrocanthosaurus, a dinosaur that would stand about 15 feet tall and weigh nearly seven tons. The other species found at the park is the Sauroposeidon, a much larger dinosaur at 60 feet tall and weighing about 44 tons.

Park rangers at Dinosaur Valley State Park caution that the visibility of any dinosaur tracks depends on how much rain the area receives. If you go there, you may not see these tracks. You probably won't see these tracks.

The tracks have made international news, after a group called the Friends of Dinosaur Valley State Park posted photos showing a clean-up of the space. The discovery has been covered by CNN, the BBC, and major networks. Everyone loves dinosaurs.


Apartment community opens in Grapevine with extra love for the dogs

Animal News

A new residential option in Dallas-Fort Worth is strictly for the dogs: Called Fidus Pet Concierge Communities, it's a garden-style apartment community with amenities specifically designed to meet the needs of dog owners.

Fidus acquires existing low-density, garden-style apartment communities of 300-600 units, and renovates the property with features and services, transforming them into luxury Class A apartment communities with canine-focused elements, on-site pet services, and social events.

Fidus founder and principal Steve Bardack says in a release that the need for such a residential option increased during the pandemic.

"Seventy percent of U.S. households now own a pet, a trend that accelerated during the pandemic when people were spending more time at home," Bardack says. "Now, as employees return to the office, their animals are being left behind, creating separation anxiety for both the owners and their pets. Recognizing the need for hands-on pet care in apartment buildings, Fidus Pet Concierge Communities addresses the pain points associated with pet ownership and can also be a solution for companies looking to relocate new talent with dogs in tow."

There are currently two Fidus communities in DFW:

  • Cross Creek at Grapevine Ranch in Grapevine
  • Equinox on the Park in Garland

Unit sizes range from 750 to 1163 square feet, and the rent ranges from $1550 to $2500 per month.

Fidus properties incorporate dog-focused features and technology within each apartment, such as a doggy door that leads directly to either a private fenced yard or a dog-safe balcony/patio with a porch relief system.

On-demand dog nanny services allow residents to ensure their pet is looked after when they can't be at home, either under planned or unexpected circumstances. Other offerings include:

  • keyless entry for residents and the Fidus Pet Concierge
  • Furbo treat dispensers with artificial intelligence capabilities that will alert residents via text if their dog is barking or in distress
  • Nest thermostats for remote temperature management
  • three cameras in each apartment so residents can monitor their pet both indoors and outdoors.

They're also adding an on-site pet concierge open daily with onsite doggy daycare, boarding, grooming, dog walking, and in-unit feeding, all of which can be requested via a mobile app.

Other features include dog parks and group activities such as morning dog walks and training classes. Oh this is good: DNA-based testing is used to identify pet waste offenders, who are then subject to lease violation fines, in order to help maintain a healthy living environment.

One huge plus: Fidus Pet Concierge Communities do not have any blanket breed or weight restrictions. A new resident's application process includes in-person temperament tests for each dog, ensuring that every pet resident is friendly. But aggressive dogs are not permitted, regardless of breed or size.

To help local shelters, Fidus maintains partnerships with local rescues, shelters, and foster networks. Every confirmed lease that results from a partner referral gets the resident $50 off their registration fee and $200 for the participating shelter or rescue.

A new Fidus Foster Program works with rescues and shelters to help their dogs find temporary foster care with Fidus residents. The program also offers discounts and complimentary services from Fidus facilities to further encourage more residents to foster dogs.

Fidus plans to open a third Dallas-area property in 2022, and to acquire and renovate four to six more properties in the Dallas area over the next two years, part of a larger rollout across the South.

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Walk on the wild side with 750+ species at San Antonio Zoo

On the Road

Get in touch with your wilder side at San Antonio Zoo, which is home to more than 750 species — some of which are endangered or extinct in the wild.

When you visit, don’t miss these top 10 things to do.

1. Ride the Zoo Train
The zoo's two miles of track run through Brackenridge Park, where you can also hop on and hop off near the Japanese Tea Garden, Sunken Gardens, and the Witte Museum, which explores South Texas history, culture, and natural science.

In 2021, the zoo unveiled a new train experience called the C.W.T. Express, which reintroduces a historic, diesel-style engine to the fleet.

2. Visit the Reptile House
Even if snakes are not your thing, the Reptile House is still a fascinating stop thanks to its wide array of species from all over the world, including turtles and lizards.

3. Watch jaguars walk overhead
The Pantera Walk presented by Texas A&M San Antonio is a literal catwalk in the sky for jaguars. Gaze up and watch the giant cats wander between habitats at this special feature.

4. Visit Timothy the hippo inside Africa Live!
You can get up close and personal with one of nature’s largest mammals — and even feed the famous Timothy — during the zoo’s unique, behind-the-scenes interaction.

5. See the rhino trio in the Savanna
Another one of nature’s largest mammals is the rhino, and there’s a trio of them in the Savanna area. You can sign up to go behind-the-scenes here, too.

6. Feed flamingos at Flamingo Mingle
Meet and greet a flock of Caribbean flamingos during this immersive experience, where you’ll learn that they are filter feeders, which is more like whales and oysters than most birds!

7. Take a spin on the carousel
With 60 stunning, hand-painted animals, the custom-designed carousel is fun — and a work of art. Texas favorites like the endangered whooping crane, the white-tailed deer, the Texas horned lizard, and the jackalope are joined by a menagerie of real and imaginary animals, including the white ostrich, a sea dragon, the hummingbird, a tiger shark, and a polar bear.

8. Feed the world’s tallest animal
One of the most beloved zoo experiences is the giraffe feeding, where you can gaze eye-to-eye with the world’s tallest land mammal. Grab some lettuce and get set to be impressed by these majestic creatures.

9. Get face time with baby kangaroos
Cue all the "awwwws." At the Kangaroo Krossing, you’ll see red ’roos of all ages in this extension of the zoo’s Wild Australia realm. There’s more to love in the Snack-A-Roos snack stand and upgraded experiences, where you can get up close with the cute creatures.

10. Stop by the country’s oldest children’s amusement park
Established in 1925 and renovated in 2009, Kiddie Park is the oldest children’s amusement park in the country. And while modern updates have been made, the nostalgic style has been preserved with the park’s old-fashioned Ferris Wheel, famous hand-carved Herschell Spillman carousel, flying saucers, and more.

Find more to do at the San Antonio Zoo here.

At San Antonio Zoo, you can feed the giraffes.

Family feeding giraffes
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At San Antonio Zoo, you can feed the giraffes.
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Stunning new wildlife film narrated by Matthew McConaughey inspires Texans to keep Texas beautiful

McConaughey in the wild

Move over, David Attenborough and Barack Obama, there’s a new wildlife narrator on the job, and he’s here to both celebrate and conserve what makes Texas unique. Narrated by Matthew McConaughey, Deep in the Heartis a visually stunning celebration of diverse landscapes and remarkable wildlife behavior that cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

North Texans got a sneak peek of the film when it premiered at the EarthX Film Festival in Dallas in mid-May. It hits Texas theaters on Friday, June 3.

Featuring state-of-the-art cinematography, the film journeys from the highest peaks in West Texas, through our aquifers, rivers, and bays, and deep into the Gulf of Mexico. The story is told through the eyes of wildlife species like the elusive mountain lion, and showcases our ability to destroy, conserve, and recover wildlife and the habitat we mutually depend on.

With a masters in wildlife biology from Texas A&M University, the film’s director, Ben Masters, hopes the film will inspire audiences to conserve our remaining wild places, to show the connectivity of water and wildlife, and to recognize Texas’ conservation importance on a continental scale. Best known for directing the award-winning feature-length documentary The River and the Wall, Masters also founded Fin and Fur Films, a production company specializing in short films featuring wildlife research, conservation, and activism. We connected with Masters for a few questions about his soon-to-be released new film.

CultureMap: What was the inspiration behind Deep in the Heart?
Ben Masters: Growing up, I was always fascinated with the BBC and National Geographic shows of wildlife in Africa or Antarctica. It wasn’t until I studied wildlife biology at Texas A&M did I realize that Texas also has incredible wildlife spectacles and diversity. I started making movies ten years ago with this film as a dream, and four years ago decided to go for it. It’s been an amazing experience and a huge challenge to make Texas’ first wildlife movie. Lots of pressure to make it as good as possible and really show off our state.

CM: Why tell the story through the eyes of wildlife?
BM: Many of the animals and behaviors are super fascinating and have never been filmed. Take ocelots for example: They’re our most beautiful cat and there’s never been quality videos ever taken of them in the wild in Texas. Or alligator gar and their fascinating life strategy of spawning during floods: Texans love Texas, and we have amazing wildlife that a lot of folks care about — so it made sense to produce a film like this.

CM: When did you first start production on this story?
BM: We began filming in 2018 and finished the edit in 2022. It took hundreds of days in the field and some sequences, like the mountain lion, took nearly a year to capture.

CM: What was the hardest part about putting a film like this together?
BM: The most difficult part was filming rare animals that are hard to find and getting quality footage of them. It was also incredibly satisfying when we did pull it off though.

CM: What was a standout memory from the process?
BM: A big standout memory was getting the news that Matthew McConaughey would narrate. He has such a unique voice that fits perfectly for the film, which will definitely help launch the conservation messaging for the general public.

CM: The trailer touts the film as a call to action: What are you hoping audiences will be inspired to do after watching the film?
BM: You’ve got to watch it to find out!!! We also have a take action page on our website to get involved with organizations doing great work across the state.

DEEP IN THE HEART | OFFICIAL TRAILER from Fin & Fur Films on Vimeo.


Deep in the Heart will play in theaters throughout Texas starting Friday, June 3. Head to the film's website for more information.

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Fort Worth Easter peeps, please don't buy rabbits, chicks, and ducklings

Animal News

Easter is looming and the SPCA of Texas is here to remind us that buying baby rabbits, ducklings, and chicks is not a good idea. Don't do it.

SPCA marketing & communications VP Maura Davies says that, unfortunately, most of those bought during the Easter holiday end up getting dumped at shelters.

"Although the idea of furry, fuzzy, fluff balls hopping through the fresh, spring grass may seem appealing, rabbits, chicks, and ducklings are not 'low-maintenance' pets and are not the best choice for small children, who like pets they can hold and snuggle with," Davies says.

Consider this:

  • The average lifespan for a rabbit is 7-10 years
  • The average chicken or duck lives to be about 8-12 years old. In some cases, chickens can live to be up to 25 years old.
  • These animals are neither passive and cuddly. They are ground-loving creatures who feel frightened and insecure when held or restrained.
  • They are fragile. Their legs and spine can easily break if dropped or handled roughly.

Rabbits require as much or even more care as a dog or cat, Davies says.

"They need to live indoors as part of the family, they need their hutches cleaned daily, and they should be spayed or neutered," she says.

Chickens and ducks also require specialized diets, habitats, and care.

To end the cycle of Easter rabbits, chicks, and ducklings getting dumped a month after Easter, Davies suggests buying a chocolate bunny or a stuffed animal instead.

Also, and it feels like this is obvious but don't feed Easter candy to your pets. Chocolate can be fatal.

"To adopt a pet is to bring home joy," Davies says. "It is also important to remember that pet ownership is a commitment for the lifetime of the pet and that it is important that the entire family make the decision to commit to caring for that pet."

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'Yellowstone' stars to greet fans at Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo

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Yellowstone fans, get your comfy shoes ready - there'll be a long line for this one. Cole Hauser a.k.a. "Rip Wheeler" on Yellowstone, and Taylor Sheridan, the show's co-creator, executive producer, and director of the series, will meet fans and sign autographs at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo.

The event will take place from 4:30-6:30 pm only on Friday, February 3. Location is the 6666 Ranch booth near the south end of Aisle 700 in the Amon G. Carter, Jr. Exhibits Hall.

According to a February 2 announcement from FWSSR, "fans will have the opportunity to snag an autograph as well as purchase some distinctive Yellowstone and 6666 Ranch merchandise while also enjoying all the features the Stock Show offers."

The event is free to attend (with paid Stock Show admission) and open to the public.

It's the second year in a row for Hauser to appear at FWSSR; in 2022, he and fellow cast mates drew huge crowds.

Sheridan, a Paschal High School graduate, is no stranger to Fort Worth; he lives in a ranch near Weatherford and filmed 1883, the prequel to Yellowstone, in and around Fort Worth. Currently, another spinoff, 1883: The Bass Reeves Story, is filming in North Texas.

The Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo is winding up its 2023 run on Saturday, February 4.

These are the 11 best things to do in Fort Worth this weekend

Weekend Event Planner

Music will be the dominant force in and around Fort Worth this weekend. Leading the way are the final four Concerts in the Garden, as well as another local concert series, a charity concert with '80s singers, a rising star, and two country musicians. There will also be a visit from a great comedian and screenings of a new art film.

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, June 8

Improv Arlington presents Tommy Davidson
Tommy Davidson’s exceptional range, from stand-up comedy and acting to versatile music accomplishments, have earned him a reputation as an extraordinary performer. Best known as one of the stars of the hit television show In Living Color, his visibility has allowed him to become a household name known for his innovative talent. He'll perform five times through Saturday at Improv Arlington.

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents Concerts in the Garden: The Music of Led Zeppelin
The Music of Led Zeppelin lets audiences experience the music of one of the greatest rock bands of all time, Led Zeppelin, with a full band and symphony orchestra, who will play hits such as "Immigrant Song," "Kashmir" "Stairway to Heaven," "Whole Lotta Love," and more. The concert will be at Fort Worth Botanic Garden and will be followed, per tradition this year, by a drone show.

Friday, June 9

Magnolia at the Modern: Dalíland
Dalíland tells the story of the later years of the strange and fascinating marriage between the genius Salvador Dalí (Ben Kingsley) and his tyrannical wife, Gala, as their seemingly unshakable bond begins to stress and fracture. Set in New York and Spain in 1973, the story is told through the eyes of James, a young assistant keen to make his name in the art world, who helps the eccentric and mercurial Dalí prepare for a big gallery show. The film will screen six 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 Holy Moly, Son of Stan, Celestial L'Amour, Mike Graham, and DJ Woodywood.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center presents Legends Concert Series: Christopher Cross and Air Supply
'80s soft rock icons Christopher Cross and Air Supply will be the featured artists for the 2023 Legends Concert Series, presented by The University of North Texas Health Science Center at their signature fundraising event. The concert at Bass Performance Hall will benefit HSC students and the establishment of HSC’s new College of Nursing.

Koe Wetzel in concert
There aren't many well-known people to come out of the East Texas small town of Pittsburg, but singer (and Fort Worth bar owner) Koe Wetzel is one of them. With a blend of music that mixes together country and rock, he's experienced a leap in popularity the last few years, with his latest album, 2022's Hell Paso, making his biggest impact yet, going to No. 3 on the Billboard Country charts. He'll play at Dickies Arena.

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents Concerts in the Garden - Rewind: Music of the '80s
As part of their Concerts in the Garden series at Fort Worth Botanic Garden, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra will present Rewind, which celebrates the music of the '80s. The show will include some of the greatest '80s songs, including ones from George Michael, Mister Mister, Kool & The Gang, Joan Jett, The Cure, and more.

Brent Cobb in concert
Country singer Brent Cobb, originally out of Ellaville, Georgia, has taken the long road to success, releasing his major label debut record, 2016's Shine On Rainy Day, at the age of 30. He has subsequently released three more albums, including 2022's And Now, Let's Turn To Page..., and has written songs for the likes of Luke Bryan, Kellie Pickler, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, and more. He'll play at Billy Bob's Texas.

Saturday, June 10

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents Concerts in the Garden: Star Wars
As part of its Concerts in the Garden series at Fort Worth Botanic Garden, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra will present Star Wars, featuring music from some of the greatest sci-fi films and television shows. Once the sun sets, visitors can get their lightsaber ready for a laser show set to the out-of-this-world music from the Star Wars universe.

Sammy Kershaw in concert
Country singer Sammy Kershaw had his heyday in the mid-1990s thanks to a series of top 10 albums and hits like "She Don't Know She's Beautiful," "I Can't Reach Her Anymore," and "National Working Women's Holiday." He's released 17 albums in his career, most recently 2016's The Blues Got Me. He'll play at Billy Bob's Texas.

Sunday, June 11

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Koe Wetzel plays at Dickies Arena on June 9.

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents Concerts in the Garden: Pat Green
The final event in the Concerts in the Garden series at Fort Worth Botanic Garden will feature a solo performance by Pat Green without the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Credited as one of Texas country’s modern-era founding fathers, Green has traveled many roads in the 28 years since his debut album, Dancehall Dreamer. A Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter with a restless creative spirit, his career has gone beyond the bounds of a “country star” to include the work of a painter, sculptor, philanthropist, family man and more.

Best ways to celebrate your Pride throughout June in Dallas-Fort Worth

Have Some Pride

The month of June is designated as Pride Month to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community, and various groups and businesses around Dallas-Fort Worth are showing their support in a multitude of ways.

Here are some of the best ways we've found for members of the community and allies to participate in Pride Month in style. While some are specific events, other celebrations will occur all month long. Find even more events here.

Monthlong celebrations

Pride Month screenings at Rooftop Cinema Club
Rooftop Cinema Club on top of the Worthington Renaissance Hotel in downtown Fort Worth will screen a variety of films with LGBTQ+ themes or characters throughout the month of June, including Mamma Mia!, Everything Everywhere All at Once, The Birdcage, Moulin Rouge!, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and The Devil Wears Prada.

Special Pride drink from Gong cha
Gong cha, which has seven stores in the DFW area, will donate a portion of every purchase of their special Lemon Ai Love Yu bubble tea to the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) in name of #Equalitea. The special Pride drink is a sweet and tart Lemon Ai Love Yu bubble tea with white pearls and (edible) glitter for some extra festive sparkle. The limited time promotion will run through June 30.

Luckys Pride Celebration
A Dallas institution off Oak Lawn Avenue for more than 35 years, Luckys has long been a supporter of the LGBTQ community. They'll celebrate Pride Month throughout June with a special commemorative T-shirt and a celebratory cocktail, the Pride ’Rita, featuring El Jimador Blanco tequila blended with Chambord, lime juice, and agave nectar.

Electric Shuffle Pride Brunches
Every Sunday in June starting at 12 pm, Electric Shuffle in Deep Ellum will host a Drag Brunch and donate 10 percent of those brunch sales to DIFFA. There will be big-name performers, a Drag Race Royalty special guest, high-tech shuffleboard, live DJs, and more. Additionally, $1 of each purchase of their new summer cocktail, the Prickly Pear Margarita, will be donated to DIFFA.

Pride events

Weird Wednesday Night Market + Secret Movie Screening
June 7, 5-10:30 pm: Fort Worth Community Cinema hosts a special Pride Month Weird Wednesday event at Southside Preservation Hall. The event will feature more than 35 food vendors (but it's BYOB), along with art, collectors, "retro preshow," and a screening of a secret Pride Month comedy at 8 pm. Admission is free, but they request “pay what you can” donations for entry into the movie. Register here.

Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum presents “Voices of LGBTQ+ Dallas”
June 7, 7 pm. The Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum is hosting “Voices of LGBTQ+ Dallas,” a special exhibition program for Pride Month highlighting trailblazers in the Dallas area LGBTQ+ community. The program featuring speakers such as Chris Luna and Naomi Green is already sold out, but the Museum’s current special exhibition, Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement, is on display through June 18.

Arttitude presents OutLoud: A Night of Pride
June 8, 6 pm: OutLoud: A Night of Pride is an inclusive event where artists and performers can fearlessly share their stories and experiences. The event will include poetry, burlesque, and a music performance by special guest Gina Chavez. At the Latino Cultural Center.

Dallas Wings Pride Night
June 9, 7 pm: Pride Night for the Dallas Wings of the WNBA. They'll be taking on the Phoenix Mercury, who feature Brittney Griner as their star player. All attendees at College Park Center in Arlington will receive a special rally towel for the occasion.

Arlington Pride Celebration
June 10, 5-11 pm: Arlington's Pride Celebration takes place at Levitt Pavilion, which will fill with vendors and performers including RuPaul's Drag Race Queens, Symone, Angeria Paris VanMichaels, Kennedy Davenport, and Lady Bunny will DJ. The event is family-friendly and (well-behaved) dog-friendly. Admission is free, but tickets are required for entrance.

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden presents Pride in Bloom
June 10-11: Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden will highlight Pride Month with its second Pride in Bloom celebration, featuring a full weekend of LGBTQ+ artisans, entertainers, chefs, and small businesses. Visitors can shop items at the vendor market, pack or purchase a picnic, listen to live entertainment, and enjoy Gary Lee Price’s Great Contributors’ bronze exhibition. Admission to the Children’s Adventure Garden will also be free.

Dallas Arts District presents Pride Block Party
June 16, 6 pm: The Pride Block Party in the Dallas Arts District features a variety of activities at the Dallas Museum of Art, Nasher Sculpture Center, and Crow Museum of Asian Art, and throughout the district. Activities include gallery tours, drag performers, comedy, dancing, and a fashion show.

LGBTQ SAVES Youth Pride Picnic 2023
June 17, 10 am-2 pm: Designed as a youth-centered Pride event for LGBTQ individuals 24 and younger, the festivities include a free picnic lunch and activities in Trinity Park. Participants are invited to invite their family or chosen family, but tickets are required. Ticket priority will be given to LGBT+ youth. Volunteers are needed, too. Register here.

Dallas Comedy Club presents "Stand-Up for Hope"
June 17, 5 pm: Stand-Up for Hope is a stand-up comedy show featuring all-LGBTQ performers and benefiting Dallas Hope Charities, which helps provide food, shelter, and services that instill dignity, stability, and Hope For All. Hosted by Stefan Newman, host of Queer Factor, the event will feature performances by Kim Wadsworth,Kerry Day, Charlotte Parker, Lucia Hardaway, and Jamie Zeske.

Ride for Pride
June 24, 9 am: Ride for Pride is a four-mile bike ride down the Katy Trail and back, starting at Reverchon Recreation Center. There will also be Health and Safety fair from 10 am-2 pm.