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These are the 8 best things to do in Fort Worth this weekend

July 13,2023

See full CultureMap article by Alex Bentley here.

A limited number of new events is happening around Fort Worth this weekend, but there will still be a big one courtesy of the opening of an art experience unlike anything in the area. Other choices include the start of a weekly outdoor concert series, two comedians, and a quartet of concerts, including one raising money for a great cause.

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, July 13

Panther Island Pavilion presents Rockin' the River
Rockin' the River is a weekly event that features live music, food & drinks and more at the Panther Island Pavilion beach. Guests can enjoy top Texas Country acts and a little rock & soul while tubing up to the waterfront stage or chilling on the shore with a brew. The first event in the five-week series will feature headliner Shinyribs with Scattered & Shattered and Mike Mancy.

Friday, July 14

Meow Wolf: The Real Unreal
Friday is the long-anticipated grand opening of Meow Wolf: The Real Unreal, where visitors embark on a journey through a technicolor wonderland that blends storytelling, technology, and immersive art. The experience encourages visitors to explore different dimensions of perspective and creativity through more than 30 rooms of multidimensional art. Visitors can choose to engage with a story about a family who has unknowingly unlocked portals to a different existence, or they can just enjoy the fun and weird art all on its own. Meow Wolf will be a permanent entertainment experience at Grapevine Mills.

Improv Arlington presents Red Grant
Red Grant is an American comedian, actor, writer, and producer. Known for his infectious laugh and his unrelenting work ethic, Red spends a solid 48 weeks a year on the road doing standup. He'll perform five times through Sunday at Improv Arlington.

Hyena's presents Nick Guerra
Nick Guerra is an audience favorite from NBC’s Last Comic Standing. He made his TV debut on Comedy Central with Gabriel Iglesias’ Stand Up Revolution, made his late night debut on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and can be seen on HBO’s Entre Nos series. With his cool and energetic attitude, he skewers relationships, family, and everyday life. He'll perform four times through Saturday at Hyena's in downtown Fort Worth.

Randall King in concert
A throwback to classic country, Randall King formed an Americana group in college called the Randall King Band, which released an album called Old Dirt Road before splitting. He then debuted as a solo artist in 2016 with the EP Another Bullet before releasing his first self-titled album in 2018. He comes back to Fort Worth to play at Billy Bob's Texas in support of his 2022 album, Shot Glass.

Saturday, July 15

Masonic Children & Family Services of Texas presents 3rd Annual Banding Together for Kids Benefit Concert
Austin rock band The Band of Heathens will headline the Masonic Children & Family Services of Texas' 3rd Annual Banding Together for Kids benefit concert. Andrew Sevener, 4th place winner of The Voice Season 16, will be the opening act. All proceeds from the event at Tannahill's Tavern & Music Hall will benefit Texas children and families in need.

Peso Pluma in concert
Mexican rapper/singer Peso Pluma has been on a steep upward trajectory since his 2020 debut album, Ah y Qué? His first two albums got him noticed, and then a series of hit collaborations with other notable Latin artists put him firmly on the map. With his just-released third album, Génesis, going all the way to No. 3 on the Billboard 200 charts, Peso Pluma looks like he'll be a force for years to come. He'll play at Dickies Arena.

David Nail in concert
Country singer David Nail had such success in the early days of his career that it's a wonder why he hasn't gotten even bigger. His 2009 debut album, I'm About to Come Alive, made the top 20 on the Billboard Country charts, and each of his subsequent three albums went even higher, culminating with 2016's Fighter going to No. 3. He has put out a couple of EPs since then, but has yet to release a fifth album. He'll play at Billy Bob's Texas.

Locations Mentioned: Hyena's Comedy Nightclub, Panther Island Pavilion