What to Do in Fort Worth This Weekend

Pictured: (PARK)ing Day Dallas

By Sheila Ellis

Friday, Sept. 21

(PARK)ing Day, 11 a.m.–9 p.m.
If you’re upset they paved paradise and put up a parking lot, this event was made for you. (PARK)ing Day is a global movement that encourages creatives in the community to terraform parking spaces for public use. Fort Worth is participating for the first time, where games, architecture and landscaping can be seen for free on Magnolia Avenue between Seventh Avenue and Henderson Street.

Grady Spencer Show, 8 p.m.
In 2014, local millennials Jamey Ice and Jimmy Williams created 6th Ave Homes with the mission of modernizing the real estate industry to include design and renovation services. The latest events to show off their distinct ideas are open houses with food, drinks and live music. Look forward to Grady Spencer at an open house this weekend. RSVP to receive the address 48 hours in advance.

Saturday, Sept. 22

Fall for Fruit Trees, 9:30–10:30 a.m.
Did you know bananas don’t grow on trees? Better sign up for this class, then. Although tropical fruits may not be the focus, it’s beneficial to brush up on your tree knowledge. Master Gardener Max will help you discover what fruit trees grow well in Texas, how to have a successful harvest, and more at Fossil Creek Tree Farm. There’s also going to be free coffee for those of you eyeing that event time with disdain.

Wheels for Wellness, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
These classic car owners gather once a year to show off their wheels and sponsor free prostate exams. While the two activities may not connect at first, Wheels for Wellness works with organizations across North Texas such as the UNT Health Science Center to promote prostate cancer awareness, prevention, treatment and research. You can help their cause by buying a t-shirt or just being a supportive attendee.

Urban Traders Market, 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
Ah, Portland. A city of hipsters, recycling, and probably too much natural deodorant. Fort Worth is doing just fine, but no one can be upset that we have the Urban Traders Market, an event inspired by local shopping experiences in Portland. The Market presents local artisans and has a rotating lineup so vendors have a fair shot at showing their wares and shoppers always find something new. Check them out this weekend at the Hulen Mall.

Remembering the Life and Legacy of Aretha Franklin, 4–6 p.m.
The Dock Bookshop has a busy weekend ahead of them. The days will be packed with events like book panels, a drum circle, children’s stories and more to celebrate their Literary Soulfest. Our top pick from the weekend’s festivities is an Aretha Franklin tribute featuring spoken word (including poetry) and music. Although this is a free event, please RSVP.

REEL Adventures: Harry Potter, 5:45–10:15 p.m.
Gone are the days of dressing up for Harry Potter midnight releases, but you can almost relive the experience at the Omnitheater’s screening of Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire. Dress up as your favorite character then create bookmarks, Tri-Wizard Tournament badges and a dragon egg. They also have a goblet of fire to put your own name into—if you’re brave enough. Tickets are $8-13.

Sunday, Sept. 23

Patio Yoga and Brunch, 9–11 a.m.
HG Sply Co. and yoga are the perfect pair to relax you before Monday. With a lovely view of the Trinity River, Corepower Yoga will be leading all levels through a flow yoga session. After that, wind down with HG Sply Co.’s brunch buffet and mimosas. Tickets are $25 and include a raffle for gift cards and merch.

Ben Folds, begins at 7:30 p.m.
Another perfect pair to end your Sunday, Ben Folds, accompanied by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, is performing at the Bass Performance Hall. You can lay to rest the internet’s disagreement over which Ben Folds song is the best, because obviously the person who’s seen him live knows. This is only one night, so try get tickets now from $77-132 if you’re trying to be the luckiest.