What to Do This Weekend in Fort Worth

Get in touch with your inner cowboy, artist and jazz aficionado with our event picks this weekend.

Pictured: National Day of the American Cowboy

by Sheila Ellis

Get in touch with your inner cowboy, artist and jazz aficionado with our event picks this weekend.

Friday, July 27

Cooking with the Cowboy, the Young'un and "Oh My God!", 5:30–8:30 p.m.
Try creating your own gourmet meal before turning the TV on to berate Chef Whatshername for a botched julienne. MasterChef contestants Gabriel Lewis and Jason Wang are joining Cowboy Chef Newton to teach you how to cook like the pros at the Kitchen Source on West Sixth Street. One $125 ticket grants you access to either a steak or pasta class. If you’re feeling extra confident, upgrade to a $200 ticket and try both classes.

Black Tie Dinner: On Stage, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Black Tie Dinner, a charity event for LGBTQ visibility and support, is held in Dallas. This year, the organization is upgrading to Fort Worth for an event before the annual dinner. This Black Tie Dinner is partnering with Performing Arts Fort Worth to feature performances, food, drinks and the chance to stand on stage like the star you are at Bass Performance Hall. Tickets are $25 and include the opportunity to win prizes.

Artistry and Ambition, 7 p.m.–midnight
This event is a big evening of art and mingling in Suite 101 on 2801 Race St. Part exhibit, part auction, you get to explore a cultivated experience of the music, art and ambition that Fort Worth has to offer. Cocktails and food are available. Tickets are $10 at the door.

Magic and Mystery at the Secret Chambers, 9–10 p.m.
We want to meet Gandalf just as much as you do, but who can afford a trip to Middle Earth in this economy? Instead, take a jaunt to Secret Chambers on 513 Alta Mere Drive and catch Braden Daniel’s magic show. Sleight of hand tricks, psychological illusions, comedy and audience participation are on the agenda.

Saturday, July 28

National Day of the American Cowboy, 10 a.m.–8 p.m.
Dust off your Stetson and ignore the fact that you traded in your truck for a fuel-efficient car, because National Day of the American Cowboy is upon us. The Fort Worth Stockyards is the place to be for a full day of Western music, food, drinks, contests, cattle drives and more. The celebration was named the “Best Cowboy Tribute” by Western lifestyle magazine American Cowboy.

Riscky’s Rib-Eating Contest, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Take time to stop by Riscky’s on 140 East Exchange Ave. during National Day of the American Cowboy — the restaurant is having a rib-eating contest. Thirty contestants will participate in a preliminary 60-second round of rib eating. However, only the top eaters will move on to the finals, where prizes are worth up to $500. While the slow and steady may not win this race, everyone will receive a free T-shirt (your grandmother can probably help you get those barbecue stains out of it). Tickets are $5 now or $10 at the door.

Freddie Jones Band, 10 p.m.–1 a.m.
Freddie Jones and his band are setting up at the Twilite Lounge for a smooth evening of jazz. If you’ve ever heard the National Anthem at a Cowboy’s home game, you’ve listened to Jones’s trumpeting skills. He also tours a few international destinations and regularly showcases his riffs across the Southwest.

Sunday, July 29

Blazing the Runway, 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Blazing the Runway is partnering with Genesis Women’s Shelter to bring the public a fashion show with a purpose at Harrison Ballroom. Expect to learn about domestic violence against women and how to recognize it. Phalon Deshun Clothing, Terry Costa and other local designers are bringing the looks. Other local vendors will have booths to peruse. Tickets are $20.

Double Album Release Show, 8 p.m.–1 a.m.
Main at South Side is showcasing two artists from Dallas record label Palo Santo. Texan native Sleepy Zuhoski is promoting his first album, “Better Haze.” Zuhoski describes it as "a folk record with space sounds in it." Sammy Strittmatter is promoting his fourth album, “Get Out of the City,” which reflects his move from Texas to California. Also on the schedule are Nylon Otters and Filthy Gorgeous. Pre-order your tickets for $5, or pay $8 at the door.