What to Do This Weekend in Fort Worth

Pictured: A-Kon

by Sheila Ellis

Thursday, June 7

A-Kon, All Day
Cosplay, gaming, guest panels, concerts, vendors, screenings — and that’s just the beginning. A-Kon is back at the Fort Worth Convention Center this weekend to celebrate all things anime. Weekend-long passes are still available for $79, while single-day passes are $45-55.

Melissa Villaseñor Comedy Residency, 8 p.m.
Melissa Villaseñor, of Saturday Night Live fame, is performing this Thursday and Friday at Amphibian Stage Productions. Each show will bring something new as Villaseñor is on break between seasons at SNL and looking to try out new material. Tickets are $25.

Thursday on the Rocks, 8-10 p.m.
The first in a series of rock-n-roll-themed events takes place at The Foundry District on Thursday night. Rock out to Beach Boys- and Beatles-inspired band, The Hendersons, as well as a soulful acoustic set from blues-rock opener, Matt Tedder. Art vendors, craft beer, wine and picnic tables filled with art projects will also be on-site. Tickets will be $7 at the door.

Friday, June 8

Concerts in the Garden, 8:15-10:30 p.m.
This Friday marks the second week of Concerts in the Garden — that is, the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra will be accompanied by vocalist James Delisco to bring back the songs that defined Michael Jackson’s career. Tickets are $25.

Saturday, June 9

Sip and Shop, 1-4 p.m.
Panther Island Brewing has taken the initiative to combine craft brews and shopping so that you don’t have to. Stroll through local vendors such as Kiiing Creations, Origami Owl and Perfectly Polished Butterfly with an icy beer to keep cool.

Roast and Toast, 2-10 p.m.
If you can’t make it to Hawaii this summer, head over to the Collective Brewing Project instead. The brewery will be celebrating the release of its Pineapple Thai Basil PGS with a luau, including a 130-pound roast pig, poi, curried macaroni salad and more for $25. Rumor has it there will be prizes for those who dress best for the occasion too.

Rosé Birthday, noon-1 a.m.
Local wine bar Kent & Co. is celebrating its fourth birthday, which also happens to be National Rosé Day in a lucky stroke of fate. It’ll be serving glasses of wine from a 15L bottle of AIX Rosé, hosting giveaways, and featuring a set from DJ Databass.