By: Brian Kendall
#1 Chalk Art Festival
This festival is the deluxe version of drawing stick figures on your hometown street with the neighborhood kids. Three professional chalk artists will cover Crockett Row in intricate designs beginning at 10 a.m., but amateur artists and kids are welcome to doodle during the day, as well. Local music, games, children’s yoga, a photo booth and the people’s choice award ceremony are all on the agenda for this creative outlet.
Crockett Row at West 7th. crockettrow.com. 817.810.9076.
#2 PARK(ing) Day
For one day, small parks (or “parklets”) are lining Near Southside’s Magnolia Avenue. Creators will diligently work to transform bland, gray parking spaces between Seventh Avenue and Henderson Street into petite areas for the community. Expect some serious landscaping, architecture and parking spots reimagined in community-driven ways.
Magnolia Avenue between Seventh Avenue and Henderson Street. nearsouthsidefw.org. 817.923.1649.
3 Film + Music Conference
Sept. 28 – 29
Filmsupply and Musicbed are following up last year’s Film + Music Conference success with a second year of keynote speakers, live performances and workshops. Movers and shakers of the film and music industry will educate attendees on the latest ideas and methods in the industry. Speakers include VFX supervisor Robert Legato (“Titanic,” “Apollo 13”), writer/director Minhal Baig (“HALA,” “PRETEXT”) and more. Johnny Stimson, Gungor and three more artists will perform live music. It’s one step closer to your inevitable movie-making stardom.
Fort Worth Community Arts Center. 1300 Gendy St. filmandmusic.com. 800.380.8154.
#4 Superhero Soundtrack
Sept. 7 – 9
Playing for truth and justice, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra is bringing the city a night of classy superhero indulgence. The orchestra has many themes in the lineup, including music from “Spider-Man,” “Superman,” “Batman,” “Supergirl” and more. Plus, you finally have a reason to buy a muscle suit, because the dress code is your favorite hero’s costume. If you’ve lived long enough to dress up as the villain, that’s fine, too.
Bass Performance Hall. 330 E. Fourth St., Ste. 200. fwsymphony.org. 817.665.6500.
#5 Guerrilla Girls’ “Battle Cry”
When you think girl groups, an anonymous band of feminist activist artists may not be the first thing that comes to mind. After seeing the Guerrilla Girls’ latest gallery, that just might change. Using intense, subversive methods that transcend what we’ve come to think of as “performance,” the Guerrilla Girls hope to reflect on their past galleries and give an aesthetic view on gender warfare.
Cydonia. 1300 Gendy St. artandseek.org. 214.296.4848.
6 Rahr & Sons Oktoberfest 5K
What better way to celebrate Oktoberfest than with Fort Worth’s famous brewery? Rahr & Sons is hosting its annual Oktoberfest 5K with a course that circles Near Southside. If it doesn’t sound like the Oktoberfest for you, you should stick around for the free T-shirt, medal, bratwurst, pint glass, three brews, and midrace whiskey shot. We’ll prost to that.
Rahr & Sons Brewery. 701 Galveston Ave. rahroktoberfest5k.com. 817.810.9266.
7 Fort Worth Fringe
Sept. 7 – 9
The Fringe Festival began 71 years ago in Scotland to make the performing arts world more accessible and celebrate its outliers. Luckily, this concept made its way to Fort Worth, so you don’t have to book a flight anytime soon. Fringe shows are generally short and vary in content with monologues one moment and puppetry the next. Passes for individual shows, show groups or the entire weekend are available.
Fort Worth Community Arts Center. 1300 Gendy St. texastheatres.org. 817.731.2238.
8 Shakespeare in the Parking Lot
Sept. 28 – 29
Parking spaces are big this month. Brush up on Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” performed by Arts Fifth Avenue’s troupe in the parking lot. If sonnets and iambic pentameter give you horrific high school flashbacks, don’t worry — this play shows off Shakespeare’s prose. Although, with all of the deception and gossip happening onstage (or rather, in the parking lot), you may not escape those high school flashbacks after all.
Arts Fifth Avenue. 1628 Fifth Ave. artsfifthavenue.org. 817.923.9500.
9 Brewing Arts Festival
Sept. 13 – 15
Venture forth from the haven of Fort Worth to experience Arlington’s newest art festival. Over 100 professional and emerging artists are attending with commissions and completed art available for purchase. Violet Kirk, James Zamora and Heather Campo are just a few names to look out for. Interactive art, live performers, brews and food trucks like the Dapper Doughnut and Holy Frijole make it a full-fledged festival.
Downtown Arlington. brewingarts.org. 817.303.2800.
10. Gallery Night Party Bus
If you’ve been searching for an event that mixes partying and sophistication as well, check out this year’s Fall Gallery Night Party Bus. Its first stop is the Kimbell Art Museum, where a midcentury couture pre-party fashioned after its upcoming exhibit is starting the night off. Champagne cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and live music from Tatiana Mayfield are on the schedule. Next, the bus will tour five more participating galleries across Fort Worth before ending at the Fort Worth Blackhouse for an after-party.
Fort Worth Blackhouse. 1105 E. Peach St. arttooth.com. 682.233.2483.
By: Brian Kendall