Photo by Evan Zimmerman for MurphyMade.

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.

Payton Reilly and Drew Becker in national tour of Tootsie
Photo by Evan Zimmerman for MurphyMade.

The musical Tootsie will play at Bass Performance Hall through May 14.

Photo courtesy of PBR Global Cup

PBR World Finals: Unleash the Beast

PBR World Finals: Unleash the Beast

The 2023 PBR World Finals: Unleash the Beast comes to Fort Worth, as the biggest event in bull riding crowns the PBR's next champion rider and bull.

Photo courtesy of Bandera CVB

Spring into summer with concerts, cowboys, and more in Bandera


If you're looking for a getaway that's not too far from home, take a look at the Cowboy Capital of the World: Bandera.

Located about four hours west of Houston, just northwest of San Antonio, Bandera is loaded with Texas’ signature charm and has something for everyone in the family.

This Hill Country town is also your live music destination for spring. Here's a look at what’s coming up over the next few months to help plan your future trip.

Music for all
The can’t-miss headlining acts at the 11th Street Cowboy Bar have Charlie Robison of "My Home Town" fame performing on April 14, and a full line-up every weekend thereafter:

  • April 21 – Wade Bowen
  • April 28 – Josh Ward
  • April 29 – Neal McCoy
  • May 12 – Diamond Rio
  • May 13 – Michael Martin Murphey
  • May 19 – Joshua Ray Walker
  • May 20 – Marty Haggard
  • June 9 – Lorrie Morgan
  • June 10 – Junior Brown
On Memorial Day weekend, help Arkey celebrate the 55th anniversary of his Arkey Blue's Silver Dollar Bar.

25th Annual Riverfest
Join in on the family fun April 29 for the 25th anniversary of Bandera Riverfest, happening from 10 am-6 pm.

The International Barbecue Cookers Association (IBCA) will be there hosting its top-tier barbecue cook-off, plus there will be a “land yacht” golf cart competition, plenty of live music, arts and crafts, kids' activities, and more.

Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children.

Enjoy nature's wonders
If you’re looking for a way to tire out the kids, head to the nearby Hill Country State Natural Area for 5,400 acres of camping, horseback riding, backpacking, fishing, and more.

Gaze at dreamy, starlit skies and open spaces with miles upon miles of trails for cycling and hiking. The park is the perfect place to escape from the stress of modern living and relax into the arms of Mother Nature.

Local events
Other fun events around town include the weekly Cowboys on Main on Saturdays from 10 am-2 pm. Visitors and locals can hop aboard wagon rides and take photos with Redneck the longhorn, and also watch 1800 reenactment gun shows at 11 am and 1 pm.

Fiesta Market Days at the Pipe Creek Dancehall on April 15-16 feature live music, offerings from local vendors, food, and fun for the whole family.

And don't forget about the Bandera Pro Rodeo on Memorial Day weekend, May 26-28. Stake out a good spot for the parade, which begins at 11 am on March 27.

Cowboys on Main

Photo courtesy of Bandera CVB

Cowboys on Main happens on Saturdays.

Tickets for the Rodeo are $12 for adults, $6 for children ages 6-12, and free for children aged 5 and under.

To start planning your getaway, visit banderacowboycapital.com.

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Fort Worth Stockyards presents Cowtown Goes Green

Fort Worth Stockyards presents Cowtown Goes Green

Fort Worth's largest and most family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day celebration will feature an entire day of Irish-Western fun. The event includes festive food & drink, live music, armadillo races, lawn games, pony rides, Old West gunfight shows, cloggers & dance troops, cattle drives, a special matinee Stockyards Championship Rodeo at 1:30 pm, and an Irish-Western parade at 4 pm.

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Texas Rattlers presents PBR Rattlers Days

The Texas Rattlers will present their annual homestand, PBR Rattlers Days. The Rattlers are Dallas-Fort Worth’s first-ever professional bull riding team, competing in the PBR Team Series, which transforms bull riding from an individual to team-formatted competition.

Under the leadership of Head Coach and PBR co-founder Cody Lambert, the team features a talent-packed roster including Texans Joao Ricardo Vieira (Decatur), Daniel Keeping (Montague), Brady Oleson (Bowie) and Braidy Randolph (Stephenville).

During the 2023 regular season, each of the eight founding teams will compete in 28 head-to-head, five-on-five bull riding games¸ held across 10 events. The team with the highest aggregate score will be the game winner.

PBR Rattler Days will mark the final regular season event of the 2023 PBR Team Series season.

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These are the 10 best things to do in Fort Worth this weekend

Weekend Event Planner

Two very different kinds of sports headline this weekend across Fort Worth, with talented athletes hoping to claim a title. Other choices include two comedians, screenings of an Oscar-nominated movie, a quartet of concerts, and the openings of two new art exhibitions.

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, March 9

American Athletic Conference Basketball Championships
It's March Madness time and Dickies Arena is once again playing host to the championship tournaments for the American Athletic Conference. The women's tournament has been going on all week and will crown a champion on Thursday night, following day one of the men's tournament. The men's tournament will then have multiple games on Friday and Saturday before crowning a champion on Sunday.

The American Western Weekend
The American Western Weekend is a one-of kind celebration of the sports and spirit of the American West, featuring rodeo's greatest athletes in the ultimate high-stakes showdown. The event, taking place through Saturday at Globe Life Field in Arlington, will also feature post-event concerts by big-name artists, including Maren Morris, Sheryl Crow, Darius Rucker, and Cody Johnson.

Amphibian Stage Productions presents Baron Vaughn
Baron Vaughn is known for an act as energetic as it is intelligent, with finely-crafted ramblings that shoot off into pop culture references. He was a series regular on Netflix’s Grace & Frankie and was also the voice of "Tom Servo" in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return. He's also made a documentary called Fatherless for the Fusion network. He'll perform three times through Saturday at Amphibian Stage.

Friday, March 10

Magnolia at the Modern: Close
Leo and Remi are two 13-year-old best friends whose seemingly unbreakable bond is suddenly, tragically torn apart. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Lukas Dhont's second film is an emotionally transformative and unforgettable portrait of the intersection of friendship and love, identity and independence, and heartbreak and healing. There will be seven screenings through Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents "Gil Shaham Plays Tchaikovsky: Mahler and Tchaikovsky"
The Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto remains one of the finest gems in the repertoire, and there is perhaps no better interpreter of this work than superstar violinist Gil Shaham. Audiences will thrill to the sweeping lyricism of the first two movements and the reckless abandon of the finale before the orchestra confronts Mahler’s epic Symphony No. 1. There will be three performances through Sunday at Bass Performance Hall.

Improv Arlington presents Donnell Rawlings
Donnell Rawlings got his big break on Chappelle’s Show, with both Dave Chappelle and Neal Brennan leaning on his comedic skills. He's gone on to become a force both on and off the stage as a comedian, actor, and podcaster, recently co-starring in the HBO series, Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty. He'll perform five times through Sunday at Improv Arlington.

Hayes Carll in concert
Texas musician Hayes Carll has been plugging away on the country music circuit for over 20 years. His debut album, Flowers & Liquor, came out in 2002, and he reached his heights with his 2011 album, KMAG YOYO, which reached No. 12 on the Billboard Country charts. He'll play at Billy Bob's Texas in support of his latest album, 2021's You Get It All.

Giovannie and the Hired Guns in concert
Giovannie and the Hired Guns is a rock band out of Stephenville, led by frontman Giovannie Yanez, and has been impressing fans and critics since 2017 with a hard-hitting sound and emotionally raw storytelling. They'll play at Billy Bob's Texas in support of their 2022 album, Tejano Punk Boyz.

Saturday, March 11

The Damn Quails in concert
In the early-to-mid 2010s, the Damn Quails were a rising Red Dirt country group. But a fight with their record label and other issues led them to go on an indefinite hiatus in 2016. Against the odds, the group - led by Gabe Marshall and Bryon White - made a comeback in 2022 with a new album, Clouding Up Your City. They'll play at Billy Bob's Texas

Sunday, March 12

Amon Carter Museum of American Art openings
The Amon Carter Museum of American Art will open two new exhibitions on Sunday."Emancipation: The Unfinished Project of Liberation" visualizes Black freedom, agency, and the legacy of the Civil War in 2023 and beyond, featuring newly commissioned and recent works by Sadie Barnette, Alfred Conteh, Maya Freelon, Hugh Hayden, Letitia Huckaby, Jeffrey Meris, and Sable Elyse Smith. Christina Fernandez: "Multiple Exposures"is the first extensive survey of work by the Los Angeles-based artist who has spent decades in a rich exploration of migration, labor, gender, her Mexican-American identity, and the unique capacities of the photographic medium itself. Both exhibitions will remain on display through July 9.

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The American Western Weekend will take place at Globe Life Field in Arlington through March 11.

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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.

Get free pet food, vaccines, and spay/neuter at Fort Worth animal event

Animal News

Animal shelters across North Texas are overcrowded right now, due to an increase in owner surrenders, and a group of animal rescues are coming to the rescue.

Several Texas-based animal welfare organizations are coming together on Saturday June 3, to offer a day of free pet food, vaccines, microchips, and spay/neuter vouchers to pet owners in Fort Worth.

The owner surrenders are a symptom of economic pressures and related issues such as food insecurity, which are up in Texas and across the U.S.

According to a release, in Fort Worth alone, the North Texas Food Bank estimates that 30 percent of the population faces challenges accessing nutritious food. These issues affect not only people, but pets as well - often resulting in families surrendering their pets to a shelter or to an animal rescue.

Fort Worth Animal Care and Control (FWACC), which receives animals from the area, has seen an increase in animals—more than 1,000 additional animals coming through its doors so far this fiscal year—with many exhibiting signs of illness easily prevented by vaccinations.

The significant increase in animals has stressed resources that are already maxed out. FWACC for example, has faced a difficult crease in its "live release rate" - the percentage of animals that leave their care alive. Last year, its live release rate was at 96 percent and a year later, it has decreased to 87 percent.

Keeping pets at home where they have families who love them is a key component to preventing shelter crowding and the impact felt by the organizations who are faced with it.

The event is Saturday June 3, from 8 am-12 pm, rain or shine, and will take place at 1678 Rockwood Ln., across from Rockwood Park.

Organizations stepping up to help include Cowtown Friends of Fort Worth Animal Control; Spay Neuter Network; Dallas Pets Alive; The Love Pit; and SPCA of Texas.Partners: Fort Worth Animal Care and Control; Don’t Forget to Feed Me Pet Food Bank; Saving Hope Animal Rescue; and Rahr to the Rescue.

The event is supported by CUDDLY, a mission-driven company centered around the needs of rescued animals and the community focused programs that sustain them.

3 Dallas-Fort Worth entrepreneurs rank among Forbes' richest self-made women for 2023

Elite entrepreneurs

Twelve of the country's 100 most successful female entrepreneurs live in Texas this year, and three of them call Dallas-Fort Worth home. So says Forbes in its 2023 list of America's Richest Self-Made Women, released June 1.

"Bolstered in part by a rebound in the stock market, [the richest 100 female entrepreneurs] are cumulatively worth a record $124 billion, up nearly 12% from a year ago," says Forbes.

To make the Forbes list, women had to garner wealth on their own, rather than by inheriting or winning it.

Texas' wealthiest women have made their fortunes in fields ranging from home health care, insurance, and aviation logistics to jewelry design, dating apps, and running the show at SpaceX.

The three female entrepreneurs from North Texas who appear in the elite club of America’s richest self-made women (and their national rankings) are:

  • Robyn Jones, No. 29, of Fort Worth. Her net worth is estimated at $830 million. Jones is founder of Westlake-based Goosehead Insurance Agency LLC. She started the property and casualty insurance agency in 2003 after being frustrated with her truck-driver husband's "road warrior lifestyle," Forbes says. He joined her in 2004 and they took the company public in 2018. It has nearly 1,000 franchised offices.
  • April Anthony, No. 34, of Dallas. Forbes puts her net worth at $740 million. She founded the Dallas-based home health and hospice division of Encompass Health Corp and sold it for $750 million to HealthSouth. In 2022, she was named CEO of VitalCaring, a home health and hospice care firm.
  • Kathleen Hildreth, No. 44, of Aubrey. Her net worth is estimated at $590 million. Hildreth is co-founder of M1 Support Services LP, an aviation logistics company based in Denton. A service-disabled Army veteran, she graduated from West Point in 1983 and was deployed all around the world as a helicopter pilot.

The nine other Texans who appear on the list are from Austin and Central Texas. With an estimated net worth at $4.8 billion, Thai Lee, of Austin, remains at the top of the list in Texas, and ranks No. 5 nationally.

She falls behind only No. 1 Diane Hendricks of Wisconsin (co-founder of ABC Supply, $15 billion net worth); No. 2 Judy Loveof Oklahoma (chairman and CEO, Love's Travel Stops And Country Stores, $10.2 billion); No. 3 Judy Faulkner of Wisconsin (founder and CEO, Epic Systems, $7.4 billion); and No. 4 Lynda Resnick of California (co-founder and co-owner of Wonderful Company, $5.3 billion) among America's richest self-made women.

For some additional perspective, Oprah Winfrey lands at No. 13 on the list for 2023. The TV titan (and most famous woman on the planet) has an estimated net worth of $2.5 billion, Forbes says.

Austin's Lee, a native of Bangkok who holds an MBA from Harvard University, is founder, president, and CEO of SHI International Corp., a provider of IT products and services with a projected revenue of $14 billion in 2023. Fun fact: "Lee majored in both biology and economics," Forbes says, "in part because her English was less than perfect and she wanted to avoid writing and speaking in class."

The remaining eight Texas women on the list are:
  • Gwynne Shotwell, No. 27, of Jonesboro (Coryell-Hamilton counties). Her net worth is estimated at $860 million. Shotwell is president and COO of Elon Musk's SpaceX. She manages the operations of the commercial space exploration company and owns an estimated stake of 1 percent, Forbes says.
  • Lisa Su, No. 34, Austin. Forbes pegs Su’s net worth at $740 million, tying her with April Anthony of Dallas. The native of Taiwan is president and CEO of Santa Clara, California-based semiconductor company Advanced Micro Devices.
  • Kendra Scott, No. 47, of Austin.Forbes says she has amassed a net worth of $550 million as founder of Kendra Scott LLC, which designs and sells jewelry in more than 100 stores (and is worth $360 million). The celebrity entrepreneur is also a judge on TV's Shark Tank.
  • Whitney Wolfe Herd, No. 52, of Austin. She is worth an estimated $510 million. Herd is co-founder and CEO of Bumble Inc., which operates two online dating apps: Bumble and Badoo. She owns a 17% stake in Bumble and became the youngest self-made woman billionaire after it went public in February 2021.
  • Paige Mycoskie, No. 73, of Austin. She is worth an estimated $380 million. Mycoskie created founded her 1970s-inspired California lifestyle brand, Aviator Nation, which took off during the pandemic and now has 16 retail locations across the U.S. If the name sounds familiar, that's because she'sl the sister of TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie, with whom she competed on TV's The Amazing Race.
  • Imam Abuzeid, No. 77, of Austin. Her net worth is estimated at $350 million. Abuzeid is the co-founder and CEO of Incredible Health, which she started in 2017 to help alleviate America's nursing shortage. Forbes describes it as "a souped-up version of LinkedIn for nurses." Abuzeid is one of only a handful of Black female founders to run a company valued at more than $1 billion, Forbes notes.
  • Julia Cheek, No. 92, of Austin. Her net worth is estimated at $260 million. Cheek founded at-home testing company Everly Health in 2015 "out of frustration at having to pay thousands for lab testing to diagnose issues related to vitamin imbalance," Forbes says. It got a Shark Tank deal with Lori Greiner and is now worth roughly $1.8 billion.
  • Belinda Johnson, No. 96, of Austin. She is worth an estimated $250 million. Johnson was Airbnb's first chief operating officer and led many of its legal disputes. She stepped down from that role in March 2020, Forbes says, and left the company's board in June 2023.