What to Do This Weekend in Fort Worth

Pictured: Rockin' the River 

by Sheila Ellis

Go on, face the summer like a real Texan. Step out of the house and into the sun this weekend with our favorite events — or stay inside. Either way, we have you covered.

Thursday, July 12

Hand Lettering/Brush Lettering Class, 6-7 p.m.
If your mother still notices your bad handwriting before the loving message you’ve written in her card, do yourself a favor and spend an hour with Angela Lendzioszek, the artist behind Familiar Paper, at Waterside. This course costs $15 and will teach you the anatomy of type, freeform lettering, composition and more.

Dog Days of Summer, 6-10 p.m.
Do you feel a crushing guilt when you close the door in your furry friend’s face while you enjoy summer in Fort Worth? Take them out for some bonding time at Amon Carter Museum of American Art’s free Dog Days of Summer event. Treats for both you and the pooch will be available, as well as activities like a Western-themed photo shoot and a screening of Homeward Bound. Vendors such as La Barkeria and Dharma and Frank are also setting up shop during the event.

Movie Night: The Meaning of Life, 8 p.m.-midnight
If musicals, British humor (or humour, for the purists) or existentialism pique your interest, head over to the Flying Saucer. It's showing Monty Python’s “The Meaning of Life,” because nobody is more prepared to answer deep questions than the surreal satirists from across the pond. The movie is free, but come prepared to buy food and choose from a wide variety of draft or bottled beers.

Friday, July 13

Art and Margaritas, 5-8 p.m.
Feel like a Texan sophisticate with a margarita in hand while you peruse Art on the Boulevard’s newest gallery from Bruce Love. In case the conversation hits a lull, take it from us: A small sip of margarita and thoughtful look while commenting on the cubist influences on Love’s art goes a long way.

Texas White House Bed & Breakfast Chef Dinner, 6:45-9 p.m.
D.C. might not be on your agenda this summer, but a trip to the Texas White House’s Bed and Breakfast on 8th Avenue should be. Get the most out of your stop by reserving a $65 spot for a four-course dinner crafted by Jen Williams, the resident chef from Collective Brewing Project and owner of JayCee Hospitality. She’s bringing local and Oaxacan flavors to the dinner, while you should bring your own beer.

Saturday, July 14

Ice Cream Social, noon-3 p.m.
Hang out with the cool kids at SiNaCa Studios on Magnolia Avenue. For $40, you can take home a personalized sand casting (a metal piece cast in a sand mold). Handmade glass bowls will also be on display and ready for purchase. If you’re worried about the heat, don’t be — SiNaCa Studios is partnering with MELT Ice Creams to bring you $5 ice cream bowls with all of the toppings you can manage to fit.

Rockin’ the River, 1-10 p.m.
Rockin’ the River is back for another round this summer at Panther Island Pavilion. Kody West will feature as this week’s headliner for live music, while tubing and Panther Island’s quintessential fireworks show over the Trinity complete the night. The event is free, and beer and food will be available for purchase. Dogs and children are welcome.

Head of the Class Opening Reception, 7-9 p.m.
Support the teachers who are guiding little Picassos and Matisses by making an appearance at the free opening reception for Art7’s newest gallery, “Head of the Class.” This gallery features artwork from Fort Worth’s art teachers who work with students from kindergarten to 12th grade. Beer, wine, and DJ Contiga will be there to make it a party, and any donations go to supplying classrooms in the Fort Worth Independent School District.