These are the 11 best things to do in Fort Worth this weekend
While many events in and around Fort Worth have been postponed or canceled during the coronavirus pandemic, organizations have adapted to the new world to host a variety of in-person and virtual events. With Thanksgiving around the corner, this weekend will be the unofficial prelude to the holiday season, with the start of some major holiday-themed events.
Below are the best ways to spend your free time this weekend. While not all of them are outside the home, they all promise to provide a nice distraction from everyday life.
Thursday November 12th
Sound Unseen Film + Music Festival
For the first time in the history of the film festival, the Sound Unseen Film + Music Festival will present its films virtually in two states – Minnesota and Texas. The film program for the 21st annual film festival will feature Darius Marder’s Sound of Metal as an opening selection. Frank Marshall’s highly anticipated documentary The Bee Gees: How to Heal a Broken Heart? and Alex Winters Zappa as a Closing Night selection. The festival takes place until Sunday.
Shine! A Christmas light show
Held at the Parker County Sheriff’s Posse in Weatherford, this new holiday event is over a mile long and takes about 20 to 30 minutes to cover the entire experience. A special charisma! The radio station frequency is provided so guests can enjoy iconic vacation music while experiencing the wonder that includes 160 feet of animated RGB light tunnels. Food and drinks, as well as special items like hot chocolate, cookies, unique holiday treats, LED balloons, glow stick candy floss and more are available for purchase. The event runs until January 3, 2021.
PBR World Finals: Unleash the Beast
With Nevada currently not allowing spectators to attend sporting events, the 2020 PBR World Finals: Unleash the Beast have only moved from Las Vegas to Arlington for one year. The biggest bull riding event, crowning the next PBR champion rider and bull, will take place at the AT&T Stadium until Sunday.
Friday November 13th
Gaylord Texan presents Lone Star Christmas
Gaylord Texan will once again present the annual Lone Star Christmas with I Love Christmas Movies, allowing guests to experience popular vacation films like the Polar Express, a Christmas story, Elf, the National Lampoon Christmas Vacation and the year without Santa Claus, in a whole new way and way. This also includes an outdoor holiday lantern attraction, an event to build your own snowman, ice skating, snow tubing, gingerbread decorations and much more. The event lasts until January 3, 2021.
River & Blues Festival
Top country and blues artists will take to the stage at the first two-day River & Blues music festival. Festival artists taking place on Friday and Saturday at the Panther Island Pavilion include Charley Crockett, Maddie & Tae, Kody West, Bart Crow, Grady Spencer & the Work, Samantha Fish, Casey James, Southern Avenue, Courtney Patton & Jason Eady, Elaina Kay and Kirk House. You can buy foods from Heim Barbecue, Cousins Maine Lobster, Magdalena’s, Kono Pizza, Melt Ice Cream, Big Kat Burgers, and The Beignet Bus.
Magnolia in the modern age: the rise
Kyle and Mike are best friends who are closely related – until Mike sleeps with Kyle’s fiancé. The Ascension is about a tumultuous but enduring relationship between two men over many years of laughter, heartache, and anger. It’s also the story of real best friends in real life who turn their deep connection into a rich, humane, and often exciting movie about the limits (or lack of them) in all close friendships. The film will be shown five times through Sunday at the Fort Worth Modern Art Museum.
The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents Copland’s Appalachian Spring and Stravinsky’s Pulcinella Suite
This Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra concert includes Stravinsky’s suite from Pulcinella based on the one-act ballet of the same name, Aaron Copland’s suite from Appalachian Spring, based on the pioneering spirit of America, and Copland’s lyrical and jazz-influenced clarinet concerto performed by FWSO chief clarinetist Stanislav Chernyshev. The concert will be played four times in the Will Rogers Memorial Auditorium through Sunday.
Josh Ward in concert
Country singer Josh Ward has had a strong presence in the Texan country music world for the past 12 years. During that time, he released five albums (including Live at Billy Bob’s from 2019) and released nine consecutive No. 1 songs in the state. He’ll be returning to one of his favorite spots, Billy Bob’s Texas, to entertain the crowds.
Saturday November 14th
National Theater Live: All my sons
Oscar-winning actress Sally Field and Bill Pullman star in Arthur Miller’s drama All My Sons in this screening of a pre-recorded live production. Despite tough decisions and even harder blows, Joe and Kate Keller are a success story. They built a house, raised two sons, and started a thriving business. But nothing lasts forever and her contented life, already shadowed by the loss of her eldest boy to the war, is about to shatter. The screening will take place at the Fort Worth Museum of Modern Art.
Sunday 15th November
The Cliburn presents Cliburn at home
Cliburn at Home this Sunday will unveil the Cliburn Masterpiece range, which explores who, what, when, where, and how the greatest piano works. Host Buddy Bray will guide viewers through the story of Carl Wines Sonata No. 1 – the composer, the background, the narrative, the characters, the technical difficulties and much more. Bray will also speak to the composer himself as well as 2013 Cliburn Jury Prize winner Steven Lin, whose outstanding competitive performance of the work concludes this episode.
Texas Country Music Awards
The Texas Country Music Association, Inc. will present the annual Texas Country Music Awards, which include 26 awards based on fan-nominated and chosen categories. The ceremony, which will be held in Billy Bobs Texas, will include performances by nominees such as Brandon Rhyder, Zane Williams and The Wild Blue, Curtis Grimes, Holly Tucker, Scotty Alexander, Will Carter and Saints Eleven.