Top Things To Do In Fort Worth This Weekend Jan 17th-19th
1) Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo
How many times do you have to hear “This Thing is Legendary®” before you get on over to Fort Worth’s Cultural District to experience it first hand?
It’s not just a slogan. It’s why the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo is the most authentic western lifestyle experience anywhere – since 1896. It’s exciting, it’s fun, it’s 23 days of what makes Fort Worth the greatest city in Texas!
Rodeo action features the Best of the West Ranch Rodeo, Best of Mexico Celebraciõn, Cowboys of Color Rodeo, Bulls Night Out Extreme Bull Riding and Rodeo X Extreme Team Competition. The FWSSR PRORODEO Tournament tops it off in the world’s most awesome venue for rodeo – The Brand Spankin New Dickies Arena.
You can also experience livestock and horse shows, kid-friendly activities and exhibits, live music, carnival midway, shopping, great food and much more. After experiencing it all, we bet you’ll agree – This Thing IS Legendary!
2) All Western Stock Show Parade
Hoof it downtown to see more than 2,000 horses joined by marching bands, floats and dignitaries in the “One-and-Only, Horse Powered, All-Western Parade.”
The Fort Worth Stock Show’s All Western Parade is scheduled for 11 a.m. Jan. 18 in downtown Fort Worth. Nearly 100,000 spectators line the streets of downtown Cowtown to watch this spectacular annual event. Plenty of horses and other livestock can be seen — but no motorized vehicles are allowed.
The parade starts at the corner of Weatherford and Main streets, heads south on Main Street to Ninth Street, then north on Houston Street before ending at Houston and Bluff streets.
3) Ruckus Rodeo at The Modern
While you are in the RODEO FRAME OF MIND, check out Ruckus Rodeo at The Modern. Ruckus Rodeo, 1975–76, by the New York–based artist Red Grooms, is presented at the Modern to coincide with the 2020 Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show.
Ruckus Rodeo portrays the chaos, entertainment, and danger of the rodeo. Grooms’s engaging work is characterized by a grand sense of spectacle, encompassing ritual, pageantry, and disorderly commotion. The artist’s interest in folk art puppets and toys is evident, and his rich, arbitrary use of bold, unmodulated colors combined with angular contours creates a loud, brash ambience. Despite the work’s cartoonish flair, it is inflected with an urban sensibility. The characters’ outfits, for example, are more like the vibrant apparel of the urban cowboy than the typical dusty clothing of a working cowboy. Grooms has managed to balance naiveté and sophistication, parody and reality. Ruckus Rodeo celebrates the grand heritage of Fort Worth and the mythology of the American West, and it continues to be a beloved work in the Modern’s collection.
4) Hello Dolly at Bass Performance Hall
Hello Dolly is one of those “classics” that you just MUST SEE at Bass Performance Hall.
Winner of four Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, HELLO, DOLLY! is the universally acclaimed smash that NPR calls “the best show of the year!” and the Los Angeles Times says “distills the mood-elevating properties of the American musical at its giddy best.” Director Jerry Zaks’ “gorgeous” new production (Vogue) is “making people crazy happy!” (The Washington Post). After breaking box office records week after week and receiving unanimous raves on Broadway, this HELLO, DOLLY! is now touring America, paying tribute to the original work of legendary director/choreographer Gower Champion – hailed both then and now as one of the greatest stagings in musical theater history. Rolling Stone calls it “a must-see event. A musical comedy dream. If you’re lucky enough to score a ticket, you’ll be seeing something historic. Wow, wow, wow, indeed!”
5) Final Weekend: Otis Jones at William Campbell Contemporary Art
This weekend is the final showing of an exhibition of recent work by Dallas painter Otis Jones. The show will feature a selection of Jones’s tactile, depth-driven, nonrepresentational paintings that reveal and revel in the artist’s process and his relationship with the materials.
Jones’s pieces are traditional, in that they are pigment on canvas However, they also take the concept of a painting to a more sophisticated level, wherein the structural components are as much a part of the piece as its surface, which he manipulates by sanding, scraping, staining, or layering marble dust, pigment, or resin. Jones does not only leave apparent the raw edges, plywood strata, and rows of staples underneath that intricate surface-he emphasizes them. In this vein, they become building blocks as well as finished piece. “I want it to be a painting, and I want people to see how it’s made. That reinforces the beauty of the object itself,” says Jones.
6) Lindsay Ell and Wade Bowen at Billy Bob’s Texas
We never have weekends where a concert at Billy Bob’s doesn’t do the trick for us….but when the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo is in town, it’s a MUST! This weekend, choose from Lindsay Ell on Friday or Wade Bowen on Saturday.
LINDSAY ELL has been lauded as “one of the most exciting and talented young artists in country music” by Forbes. She is a triple threat: accomplished musician, unique vocalist, and songwriter. The Calgary native learned to play guitar while traveling with her father to country-bluegrass camps as a young girl. The multi-instrumentalist honed her craft as a musical stylist and songwriter and was soon touring alongside the likes of Luke Bryan, Buddy Guy, and Keith Urban. She wowed audiences as Carrie Underwood’s guitar player live on the “50th Annual CMA Awards” and held her own alongside icon Melissa Etheridge on Skyville Live. This will be her debut performance at Billy Bob’s Texas.
WADE BOWEN is an American Texas Country/Red Dirt singer from Waco, Texas. He released his first album in 2002, Try Not To Listen, which became a regional hit in Texas. On November 21, 2009, Wade Bowen recorded his second live album at Billy Bob’s Texas.
You cannot go wrong either night, or you can really get it right by heading to Billy Bob’s on Friday AND Saturday nights!
Disclaimer: What’s Up Fort Worth features many events in other cities (including Dallas) when our staff feels that the event has DFW market-wide interest and that fans in Fort Worth and Tarrant County will make the trek to Dallas for the event.