What to Do This Weekend in Fort Worth

by Sheila Ellis

From exclusive drinks to funky festivals, we’ve got your weekend plans covered.

Thursday, May 17

Big Tastes of Texas
Central Market hosts cooking classes where you can try your hand at Texas treats such as kolaches and chicken fried steak. If you want to skip cooking and go straight to eating, you can sample food and drinks from local farmers, ranchers, and chefs. Locally grown produce like fresh honeydew and ripe tomatoes will be available, along with new cheeses, wines, seafood, and more.

Mayahuel Launch, 6-10 p.m.
Martin House Brewery is opening its doors Thursday to feature its new brew: Mayahuel, a 5.5 percent ABV Tequila Barrel-Aged Salty Lady. The cost is $15 to reserve a spot, receive a limited edition 12-ounce Mayahuel Estate glass (complete with a full pour of the brew), and two additional pours of Martin House’s year-round offerings. You may also pay $10 at the door to receive a Martin House pint glass, a half pour of Mayahuel, and two full pours of their year-round offerings. A food truck will be on-site.

Friday, May 18

Bottle Giant In-Store Tasting, 5-8 p.m.
Head over to Bottle Giant to sample the bourbon from Garrison Brothers Distillery, which boasts two wins for “American Whiskey of the Year.” Taylor Bailey, the professed “bourbon evangelist of Fort Worth,” will be giving a guided tasting.

Beastro, 8 p.m.-midnight
The Fort Worth Zoo hosts its popular inaugural event to support wildlife education and conservation with a night full of entertainment, food, drinks and live music. While you walk through the zoo with food and drinks, zookeepers will be hanging out to talk about the animals on display. Tickets are $110, with a $10 discount for zoo members. Must be 21 or older.

Saturday, May 19

Noche de Cine Latino, 4-7 p.m.
Kick back and enjoy some award winning Latino films at this pop-up festival, while learning about independent filmmaking and the Latino film industry. Admission is free.

Spring Watercolor Workshop, noon-2 p.m.
Can’t tell a watercolor from an acrylic paint? Head to the Fort Worth Blackhouse, where local artist Brie Milam will walk you through basic watercolor skills as you create a beautiful floral piece to take home, all while sipping mimosas and enjoying brunch bites. Tickets are $45 each, with a $10 discount if you buy two.

Cliburn Cocktail Competition, 7-10 p.m.
Get dressed up Saturday evening to judge who will become the first winner of the Cliburn Cocktail gold medal. Teams will be competing with their best cocktail recipes, and you decide who wins. Live music and bites will be available. Tickets are $45, with proceeds benefiting the 2021 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

Funky Town Happening, 7 p.m.-1 a.m.
Spend a night out in Fairmount with poetry, music, art, and storytelling. Daphne Moon and the Goddesses of Light will be there for card readings and “energy explorations.” Admission is $5 at the door and covers entry, snacks, and Rahr beer.

Sunday, May 20

Soul Sundays, 11 a.m.-noon
Relax at the Kimbell Museum by practicing mindful yoga. The class is free and open to all levels — you only need to bring yourself and a yoga mat. After the yoga session, discounted admission to “From the Lands of Asia,” along with a slow, guided tour of three to five artworks, will be available.

Hightower at Flying Saucer, 5-8 p.m.
Jam out to some sultry rock/country/surf vibes, courtesy of Hightower. This local band will be performing at Flying Saucer.