These are the 12 best things to do in Fort Worth this weekend

While many events in and around Fort Worth have either been postponed or canceled during the coronavirus pandemic, organizations have focused on virtual or socially distant events to keep the masses entertained when we need it most.

Below are the best ways to spend your free time this weekend. Although not every event takes place outside the home, they all promise a nice distraction from everyday life. And for great things to do during spring holiday week, check out this story.

Thursday March 11th

American Athletic Conference basketball championships

The American Athletic Conference, which also includes the SMU Mustangs and Houston Cougars, will bring their basketball championships for both men and women to the Dickies Arena. The women’s tournament takes place from March 8th to 11th, while the men’s tournament takes place from March 11th to 14th. All session passes give ticket holders access to all games for men and women. The women’s games are seats with general admission, while seats are allocated for the men’s games.

Performing Arts Fort Worth presents Dixie’s Happy Hour

Performing Arts Fort Worth presents Dixie’s Happy Hour, a brand new digital streaming show from the creators of Dixie’s Tupperware Party. Almost everyone loves a cocktail and who better to share it with than America’s most popular bar-hopper. She will mix drinks with the four staple food groups – rum, gin, vodka and tequila – while telling new stories that prove that happiness cannot only be found at the bottom of a margarita glass. Virtual performances will take place on various dates through March 28th.

Friday March 12th

Sundance Head in concert

A native of the small town of Porter, Texas, country singer Sundance Head is a veteran of not one but two singing competitions. He made it to the semi-finals of American Idol’s sixth season in 2007 but was eliminated before the live shows. He released two albums before performing on NBC’s The Voice in 2016, where he won the whole thing. He will be performing at Downtown Cowtown at the Isis to support his 2019 album Stained Glass and Neon.

The Wesleyan Theater presents Bibliophilia or The Orature Festival

In Bibliophilia, a book club comes together for their annual Orature Festival, where they tell stories for each other. The production is a Senior BFA Project production for Lauren Garza (stage manager), Darin Martin (director) and Ryan Simón (composter / copywriter / writer). The production, which lasts 90 minutes without a break, will have three shows through Sunday at the Thad Smotherman Theater on the Wesleyan campus, Texas. The actors wear masks during the performance.

Amphibian Stage Productions presents Packrat

Set deep in the Sagebrush Desert, Packrat is a visually stunning puppet show that looks at humanity’s relationship to the natural world. Puppetry, projections and an original score elegantly combine to create many levels of meaning and emotion. The Concrete Temple Theater production is a poignant account of Bud’s journey to find his place in the world and his ultimate realization that the interconnectedness of life rules the day. This is a demonstration of a pre-recorded live production. It’s not a live event. There will be demonstrations on both Friday and Saturday.

Aaron Lewis in concert

It was quite a career transition for Aaron Lewis. Lewis used to be the lead singer of the rock band Staind. In 2012 he switched to country music and stayed there during the band’s longer hiatus. Country fans have welcomed him with open arms as all three of his albums hit the top 10 on the Billboard country charts, including the # 1 Sinner. Lewis will join Billy Bobs Texas to support his 2019 album The State I’m In.

Saturday March 13th

St. Paddy’s Day Dash

Usually held in Dallas, the St. Paddy’s Day Dash 5K run tradition continues in Fort Worth. Runners in kilts and tutus, goblins, DJ lady, music in the square, a run on Forest Park Boulevard and Trinity Trails, a donut-eating tutu competition, Sam Adams beer, lots of space to spread out and safety measures to keep it safe and keep it entertaining. The event begins and ends in the Panther Island Pavilion.

Fort Worth Stockyards presents Cowtown Goes Green

Fort Worth’s largest, most family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day celebration takes place in the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District. This annual event serves as a community-wide celebration of Irish culture with a western twist. At the end of the program, there will be an authentic Western Parade along historic Exchange Avenue, which will serve as the grand finale. Visitors are encouraged to dress in green.

TRWD Flyfest

The trout stocking season in the Tarrant Regional Water District ends with the TRWD Flyfest, a celebration of urban fishing in and along the Clear Fork of the Trinity River in Fort Worth. The festival will be a family friendly day with fishing, expert presentations, competitions, casting classes, food trucks, wine and craft beer, live music, activities for kids and much more. The event takes place at the River Park Trailhead.

Funky finds Spring Fling

The 13th annual Funky Finds Spring Fling is a family and pet friendly market where the area’s funniest makers and pickers sell the best of handcrafted, repurposed, upcycled and vintage finds. The event, held on Saturday and Sunday at the Will Rogers Memorial Center, also features pouch bags, charity raffles, pet adoptions, fundraisers for the Humane Society in North Texas and CASA in Tarrant County, and more.

Fort Worth African American Roots Music Festival

The Fort Worth African American Roots Music Festival was created to deepen history and expand the local arts scene by sowing the seeds of a new music community and raising awareness of an often forgotten piece of American music history. The virtual festival will feature performances by Phil Wiggins, Benjamin Hunter, Jake Blount and Briar feat. Joe Seamons, Brandi Waller-Pace, Justin Golden, Seemore Love, Junious Brickhouse, Behavior, Brian Farrow and Piedmont Bluz.

Sunday March 14th

The Kimbell Art Museum presents “Queen Nefertaris Egypt”

After three months the Kimbell Art Museum will close the shop for the special exhibition “Queen Nefertari’s Egypt”. The exhibition celebrates the wives of the pharaohs of the New Kingdom period (1550-1070 BC), when Egyptian civilization was at its height. Nefertari, whose name means “the most beautiful of all”, was the beloved royal wife of Pharaoh Ramses II. Nefertari and other women are brought to life through around 230 extraordinary items, including statues, jewelry, vases, papyrus, steles, mummies, wooden coffins and stone sarcophagi as well as various objects of daily life.

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