What to Do This Weekend in Fort Worth

Water Lantern Festival

Dance with a big band, explore the local art scene or bar crawl West Seventh Street — these are just a few of the things on Fort Worth’s packed agenda this weekend. Here are our picks for things to do.

Pictured: Water Lantern Festival. Photo from Water Lantern Festival website.

by Adaline Haynes

Dance with a big band, explore the local art scene or bar crawl West Seventh Street — these are just a few of the things on Fort Worth’s packed agenda this weekend. Here are our picks for things to do.

Saturday, Oct. 20

Bar Crawl Nation, 4–10 p.m.
For all you party animals out there, this weekend is your chance to go crazy down at West Seventh Street, with costume contests, spooky specials and lots of boos (er, booze). The crawl will begin at Landmark Bar & Kitchen and travel to other stops like Bar 2909 and Texas Republic, each toting free gear for participants. Just remember to take Uber.

Ranch Bash, 1–11 p.m.
Travel down to The Shack at Panther Island for a celebration of 95.9 The Ranch and its sister station 106.9. The party will have live music featuring big-name artists such as Koe Wetzel, Shooter Jennings, Sam Riggs and more. This is the largest single day music festival in all of North Texas and will include two stages with continuous live entertainment from 10 different bands, VIP options, good food and fun activities.

ArtsGoggle, noon–10 p.m.
One of the biggest art festivals in the city returns to the Near Southside, with live music, food, drinks, activities and art as far as the eye can see. The event will celebrate over 900 artists and 50 bands on 18 blocks along Magnolia Avenue. And, it’s all free.

Water Lantern Festival, 4–9 p.m.
Light a lantern for someone you love at Mark Holtz Lake at Globe Life Park. An adult admission ticket ($29 with refund protection or $25 without) gets you a water lantern and a marker to write a special message.

Step Up for Down Syndrome, 2–4 p.m.
Sundance Square will host DJ Astronaut and the Down Syndrome Partnership of North Texas for the Step Up for Down Syndrome fundraiser. Walk — or dance — along to a beat as you raise awareness and funds for the organization. 

Annual Texas Cigar and Spirits Tasting, 5:30–9:30 p.m.
If you're a sucker for spirits or cigars, head to Shipping and Receiving Bar for tastings of some of the world’s greatest spirits. The bar is also giving out hundreds of dollars worth of premium cigars. The event will also feature food and live music. 

All About Celia Cruz, 7 p.m.—midnight
The Fort Worth Stockyards is celebrating the “Queen of Salsa” for her birthday at the Mojito Bar. This celebration of Latin culture will be filled with Cuban food, cigar rolling and a tribute performance of Cruz’s best songs. 

Wheels for Wellness, 10 a.m.—3 p.m.
Downtown Fort Worth will be hosting the annual Wheels for Wellness Car show showcasing classic cars, hot rods and custom vehicles. The show will raise money and awareness for cancer research.

28th Annual Big Band Hangar Dance, 8 p.m.—midnight
Put on your vintage attire and dance the night away at Meacham Airport for its 28th annual hangar dance and silent auction. Honor the veterans and admire the world’s only flying Douglas B-26K Counter Invader "Special Kay” as you swing dance to live music by the Dynamic Swing Machine.

Sunday, Oct. 21

The Creative Soul of Fashion, noon–4 p.m.
Spend your Sunday at the Fort Worth Convention Center as it transforms into Uptown Harlem for an afternoon of fashion, art, culture and vendors from across the country. RSVP via the event’s Eventbrite page to get in for free.

Pitbull Pride Day, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
Coyote Drive-In will celebrate the most misunderstood of the dogs — the pit bull — with an event focused on educating the public about the breed. The event will feature raffles, speakers and free spay/neuter clinics.