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Last Minute Summer Fun

Fort Worth Blog  -  Posted on 8/02/22

As we near the end of summer, there are still so many opportunities for last-minute summer family fun! Escape to the Water Gardens and enjoy the serene architectural marvel in the heart of Downtown. Load the kids up and head to the Central Library for a family game hour or early readers book club.

Water Gardens

It’s no secret that this summer has been a hot one! Cool off at the refreshing oasis that is the Water Gardens in Downtown Fort Worth. Designed by Phillip Johnson, the same designer as The Amon Carter Museum of American Art, the Water Gardens is fun to visit no matter the time of year, especially when the mercury is rising with no end in sight.

Find parking options here

Make Pasta at il Modo

Looking for something to do that is unique and indoors? Take part in il Modo’s hands-on pasta-making classes! Learn the history of pasta, make your own to try, and leave with a recipe card to continue the fun at home! Light bites will be offered during your class. Wine and additional beverages are available for purchase.

Classes are offered on the second Sunday of each month from 1 PM-3 PM. Space is limited, so be sure to reserve your space early! Learn more here.

Sid Richardson Museum

If you’re local to Fort Worth and you’ve never visited the Sid Richardson Museum, you’re missing out on one of the city’s gems! Their exhibit, “Picturing the American West,” has works from Remington and Russell, to name a few.

View hours of operation and plan your visit.

Dine in Downtown

If you haven’t been to Downtown Fort Worth recently, there are many dining options to explore. The newest to the scene is Pacos’ Mexican Cuisine featuring authentic Mexican dishes. Try one of their tortas! View the menu and hours here.

Central Library

The Fort Worth Central Library hosts a plethora of activities for kids and families. From the Early Readers Book Club on the first Tuesday of every month to Family Game Hour every Wednesday evening, there is something for the whole family at the Central Library.

Parking is available on 3rd street (meter), or in The Tower Garage. View events, hours and more here.

Free Movie Nights in Burnett Park

Pop some popcorn, grab a blanket and a chair, and head to Burnett Park on September 16 at 8 PM for a free showing of Grease in the park!

“It doesn’t matter if you win or lose, it’s what you do with your dancin’ shoes.” – Vince Fontaine

But, if you want to win, come dressed as a Pink Lady, T-Bird, or your favorite character for a chance to win Downtown Fort Worth restaurant gift cards! (props and photo ops will be available)

Light bites, beer, and wine will be available for purchase from Neighbor’s House Grocery. Items will be sold in the park and in their store located at 500 W 7th Street, Suite 175 (across from the park).  

Complimentary parking provided by Red Oak Realty is available in the First on 7th Garage on the upper floors (ground floor excluded). 

Movie nights are free and open to the public. No tickets are required. Learn more here.

Salsa in September

Prepare for free Salsa dance lessons in Burnett Park every Thursday night from 5:30-6:30 PM in September. Salsa in September is free to the public. Please wear comfortable shoes. Learn more here.


Enjoy live music throughout Downtown all summer long. Visit the Sundance Square Plaza at 6 PM every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening. Follow @sundancesquaremusic on Instagram to view the upcoming line-up. Play music bingo at Cowtown Brewing Co on Thursday nights at 7 PM, grab a beer and listen to live music on the patio at the Flying Saucer Draught Emporium on Friday nights, or get Jazzy at Scat Jazz Lounge