What to Do This Weekend in Fort Worth

Summer officially ends in September, but let’s be real —  for all intents and purposes, it’s wrapping up. Enjoy the last few days of it with some tiny horses, cocktails and girl power.

Pictured: MELT

by Sheila Ellis

Summer officially ends in September, but let’s be real —  for all intents and purposes, it’s wrapping up. Enjoy the last few days of it with some tiny horses, cocktails and girl power.

Friday, Aug. 24

For the Funk: August, 10 p.m.-2 a.m.
There’s more to supporting your city than eating at a local restaurant once or twice a week — that’s where For the Funk comes in. A monthly show at the Fort Worth Blackhouse, For the Funk showcases local DJs that you might be missing out on. This month DJ and musician extraordinaire Sterling Blk takes the stage, along with the boss of Dolfin Records, Ben Hixon. The entry fee is $10.

Miniature Horse World Championship, various times
It’s a scientific fact that tiny things are three times more endearing than their full-size counterparts. Look it up, or attend the Miniature Horse Championship at the Will Rogers Memorial Center for a dose of empirical evidence. There will be a full week of competitions, including awards for spunkiest horse on Friday and best obstacle driving on Sunday. The entire week is free and open to the public.

Bernstein Centennial Festival, begins at 7:30 p.m.
It’s shorter to list the ways in which Leonard Bernstein didn’t influence theater instead of listing how he did, which is why the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra is spending an entire weekend paying homage to his compositions. With three shows at Bass Hall incorporating pieces from West Side Story, Candide, and more, any theater fan should find it in their schedule to attend. Tickets are $22-90.

Saturday, Aug. 25

G.I.R.L. Rally, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
This rally is an official Girl Scouts of America event, but women of any age can come experience the thrill of southern girl power at Sundance Square. Enjoy demonstrations, activities and speakers (including Sylvia Acevedo, the CEO of Girl Scouts). Local faces from the Botanical Research Institute of Texas, TCU Athletics and more will attend to support girls and encourage their distinct passions.

Fort Worth Cocktail Festival, noon-6 p.m.
You have the power at Fort Worth’s funky hangout, the Yard. Spend the day sampling over 15 cocktails from local establishments, and then make someone’s dreams come true by voting for your favorite. If drinking isn’t your thing, you’re a designated driver, or want to save money on your ticket, there’s also an adult playground, street vendors and food trucks. Tickets are $10-35.

Stockyards Vendor Blender Sip & Shop, 1-7 p.m.
Over 45 local businesses are setting up shop at the Fort Worth Stockyards Station, which means an indoor, cool way to spend the day. Expect handmade games from D&E Afterthoughts, eclectic handmade goods from Bug and Mowl and more. As for the sip, you get unlimited margaritas with a $7 ticket. Although you don’t need the ticket to shop, you also get easy parking and five raffle tickets with it.

Funkytown Git Down, 6 p.m.-1 a.m.
Maybe Fort Worth isn’t the premier party destination of the world, but it’s getting there one funky festival at a time. Case in point, the Funkytown Git Down at Shipping and Receiving. Peter More, Chris Watson and Michael Lee will provide the tunes to which one will git down, and art from Don Sheppard, Christopher Knowles, Grace Darden and others will be around to browse. Tickets are $10 and help local students study abroad.

Sunday, Aug. 26

Bounce HIIT Bubble and Brews, 11 a.m.-noon
More than its strenuous nature, working out can be hard because, well, it’s pretty boring. D Method’s Bounce class breaks the mold, though. Spend an hour bouncing on its mini trampolines, and you won’t notice the time passing or sweat dripping. Afterward, enjoy champagne and Wild Acres Brewing Company’s beers. Tickets are $10.

National Dog Day at MELT, noon-10 p.m.
It can be overwhelming planning for all of the holidays during which gifts, cards and heartfelt time are expected. On National Dog Day, the pressure’s off. Spend it at MELT with your furry bestie, who never expects more than table scraps and belly rubs. People ice cream, dog ice cream, and portraits of your pooch from 4-6 p.m. are on the agenda. Although the event is free, donations to the Humane Society of North Texas are welcome.