When you live in a community like Fort Worth, Texas, you’ll find plenty of places to go and things to do. Throughout the year, Fort Worth offers dynamic forms of entertainment that will delight and inspire you. Whether you love listening to music, watching live rodeo action, or witnessing the thrills of the racetrack, you’ll find these offerings and more in the Fort Worth community. Explore the following top picks for entertainment in Fort Worth below.
When you have the opportunity to attend a live music performance in Fort Worth, you’ll appreciate the city’s diverse venues that lend the perfect ambiance to any musical event you choose.
The Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall is a state-of-the-art facility for entertainment of all types. Built in 1998 in Fort Worth’s Sundance Square, the hall plays host to performances by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Opera, Texas Ballet Theater, and the Cliburn.
The 2021-2022 Broadway at the Bass season brings some of Broadway’s hits to Fort Worth. The 2021-2022 season of Broadway at the Bass features “Dear Evan Hansen,” “Mean Girls,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” and “Oklahoma!”
Location: 525 Commerce St.
Telephone: 817-212-4300 (administrative office), 817-212-4325 (concierge), 817-212-4280 (patron services), 817-212-4450 (season tickets)
What was once a garage is now one of Fort Worth’s most recognizable live music venues. From alternative rock hits to Americana classics, the Magnolia Motor Lounge brings local, regional, and national performing artists to the stage for performances that pack the house.
When you come for the music, be sure to bring your appetite with you. Magnolia Motor Lounge offers various tacos, burgers, fries, and sides. Menu specialties include the El Camino burger with grilled jalapeno peppers and onions and a slathering of spicy Magnolia sauce.
Location: 3005 Morton St.
Panther Island Pavilion offers the only waterfront stage venue in Texas. Covering an area of about 40 acres, Panther Island Pavilion is the place to be for music and parties in Fort Worth.
Panther Island Pavilion’s Rockin’ the River presents free public concerts featuring established and up-and-coming artists from the Fort Worth area and beyond during the summer months. Reserve a paddleboard, kayak, or canoe and go out onto the water to listen to the music.
Location: 395 Purcey St.
Even if you’re not from Fort Worth, you likely are familiar with the name Texas Motor Speedway. With 1.5 miles of track and 24-degree turns, Texas Motor Speedway offers spectators plenty of chills and thrills as they witness pure adrenaline on wheels.
Texas Motor Speedway hosts the AA Texas 500 and the Duck Commander 500, two NASCAR Sprint Cup race experiences. The 2022 racing season will feature three prominent race weekends:
Fans may purchase season tickets or create a custom ticket package based on the events they’d like to attend. VIP club benefits, infield access, and premium camping and parking are among the upgrades guests can request upon purchasing their tickets.
Location: 3545 Lone Star Circle
You can’t visit Fort Worth and leave without going for a ride on the Cowtown Cycle Party. You and a group of friends can pedal your way to the attractions in downtown Fort Worth on this foot-powered tour wagon that you’ve likely not seen anywhere else but in Fort Worth.
The tour on the Cowtown Cycle Party lasts about two hours, but riders determine the tour routes. The tour wagon can accommodate up to 16 guests, and a driver helps direct every excursion. Full bike tours are available Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 9:30 p.m. Reserve your tour date and time on the Cowtown Cycle Party website.
All passengers must be ages 18 or older. Individuals 21 and older may bring alcohol with them (no glass bottles or hard liquor).
Location: 129 W. Leuda (near Southside of Fort Worth, one block west of South Main Street, and across the street from the Rahr & Sons Brewery)
You haven’t experienced Fort Worth at its finest until you’ve experienced a rodeo. The Cowtown Coliseum is your place to go to witness rodeo action each Friday and Saturday evening with the Stockyards Championship Rodeo. Bronco riding, calf roping, barrel racing, bull riding, and more provide heart-pounding entertainment for rodeo fans young and old. Watch as amateur and professional cowboys and cowgirls compete in some of the fiercest competition on four legs that you’ll experience, with competitors from Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, and beyond.
In addition to the weekly Stockyards Championship Rodeo, Cowtown Coliseum also hosts Bullfest, the six-day, two-weekend 2021 Ultimate Bullfighting (UBF) World Finals. Witness some of the world’s top freestyle bullfighters compete for cash prizes and the title UBF World Champion.
Purchase tickets online or by telephone. Ticket options include VIP and three tiers of reserved seating options with various amenities provided with purchase.
Fun fact: Did you know that Cowtown Coliseum was the first North American indoor rodeo arena to be built in the early part of the 20th century? The coliseum cost approximately $250,000 to construct in 1908. Today’s equivalent costs would be approximately $6.2 million, plus labor.