Ongoing: The Backyard Unplugged
Every Friday and Saturday night, guests and locals alike are welcome to gather ’round and tune into the Backyard Unplugged! Experience Texas-inspired live music performances and sip on seasonal signature libations in an upbeat social atmosphere at Hotel Drover. 7-10 p.m. 200 Mule Alley Dr. 817-755-5557, www.hoteldrover.com.
Ongoing: Bike and BBQ
is a fun, three-hour guided Pedego electric bike tour of Fort Worth that includes sightseeing downtown and stops at the Fort Worth Water Gardens, JFK Tribute, Sundance Square Plaza, and more. Then, ride to Panther Island and take the Trinity Trails to arrive in the historic Stockyards for the Herd Cattle Drive and lunch at Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que. Wed.-Sat. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $125, lunch included. bit.ly/3hYjwip.
Ongoing: Bureau of Engraving & Printing Western Currency Facility
There are only two mints in the country, and the Bureau of Engraving & Printing’s Western Currency Facility is right here in Fort Worth. It produces more than half of the nation’s currency order, and visitors can see where billions of dollars are printed from an enclosed walkway, which is suspended above the production floor. The experience includes a self-guided tour and informative theater film, and visitors have the opportunity to walk through two floors of interactive exhibits and displays showcasing currency history and the intricate art of currency manufacturing. Tues.-Fri. 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Last tour at 4:30 p.m. 9100 Blue Mound Rd. 817-231-4000, bit.ly/45vubUU.
Ongoing: Carriage and Stagecoach Rides
Harkening back to the Old West, carriages and stagecoaches are once again preferred forms of transportation in the Stockyards, making for a perfect family excursion or date-night getaway. 10:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. daily. Ages 10+ $10, 5-9 $5, under five free. 131 E. Exchange Ave. To book: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ongoing: Farmers Market of Grapevine
Shop locally-grown produce and products! The market features a variety of vendors of home decor, collectibles, and more. Mon.-Sat. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Sun. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. 520 S. Main St. #203, Grapevine, TX 76051, 817-527-7446, www.farmersmarketofgrapevine.com.
Ongoing: First Fridays at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
The Modern and Café Modern team up to bring you live music from the First Friday House Band and drink specials and tasty light bites in the museum’s Grand Lobby. Enjoy a unique opportunity to experience the Modern in the evening. Gallery admission is free, and a complimentary, docent-led, 20-minute tour is available at 6:30 p.m. The ongoing film series, Magnolia at the Modern, also offers critically acclaimed films every Friday night. First Fri. of every month, 5-8 p.m. Free. 3200 Darnell St. 817-738-9215, www.themodern.org/program/first-fridays-1.
Ongoing: Fort Worth Botanic Garden
The main gardens are open daily from 8 a.m.-6 p.m., with the last admission sold at 3:15 p.m. to allow adequate time in the Garden. The Trellis Gift Shop located inside the Garden Center and The Treasure Tree Gift Shop located in the Japanese Garden are open daily from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The Rock Springs Café is open daily from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission prices: Ages 16-64 $12, 6-15 $6, seniors 65+ $10. 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd. 817-366-1100 (Café), 817-463-4160, www.fwbg.org.
Ongoing: Fort Worth Herd Cattle Drive
Twice a day, herders dressed in 19th-century cowboy gear drive 15-17 head of cattle down Exchange Ave. The best viewing areas for the drives are the front lawn of the Livestock Exchange Building or across the street near RFD-TV’s store. Cattle meet-and-greet behind the Livestock Exchange Building at 2 p.m. daily. No cattle drives on major holidays. Weather permitting. Free. Along E. Exchange Ave. 817-336-4373, www.fortworthherd.com.
Ongoing: Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
The museum is excited to unveil the biggest changes since the building opened more than a decade ago. Discover tweaks, updates, and overhauls in every gallery, from a new play area in the Children’s Museum to the latest paleontology information in DinoLabs. Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. 12-5 p.m. Closed Mon. 1600 Gendy St. 817-255-9300, www.fwmuseum.org.
Ongoing: Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge
This 3,621-acre refuge is one of the largest city-owned nature centers in the United States. It was designated as a National Natural Landmark in 1980 and offers special events, educational programs, and naturalist-led hikes. Admission prices: Ages 13-64 $6, 65+ $3, 3-12 $2, under three free, dogs $1. Active/Retired Military with ID get $1 off. 9601 Fossil Ridge Rd. 817-392-7410, www.fwnaturecenter.org.
Ongoing: Fort Worth Trinity Park
The Log Cabin Village living history museum depicts the lifestyle of pioneers who settled this area in the mid-to-late 1800s. Admission prices: Ages 18+ $7, 4-17 & 60+ $6, under four free. Tues.-Sat. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Closed Sun.-Mon. 2100 Log Cabin Village Ln. 817-392-5881, www.logcabinvillage.org.
Ongoing: Fort Worth Zoo
The nationally acclaimed Fort Worth Zoo has been ranked the No. 1 Zoo in North America by USA Today, the Best Zoo in Texas by Yahoo Travel, the No. 5 Zoo in the Nation by USA Travel Guide, the No. 1 Family Attraction in DFW by Zagat survey, and a Top 10 Zoo or Aquarium by FamilyFun magazine. Home to more than 7,000 animals, the zoo is in the midst of a four-phase, $100 million master plan. The institution’s focus on education and conservation is second to none, enhancing the lives of more than one million visitors a year. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Admission prices: Ages 13-64 $18, 65+ & 3-12 $14, under three free. Parking $5/vehicle. 1989 Colonial Parkway. 817-759-7555, www.fortworthzoo.org.
Ongoing: Four Day Weekend
This multi-member comedy troupe in downtown Fort Worth weaves audience participation, videos, and music into their improvisational skills. The talented cast has created the longest-running live show in the Southwest. Shows every Fri. & Sat. at 7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. 18+. Ticket price: $25. 312 Houston St. 817-226-4329, www.fourdayweekend.com.
Ongoing: Gabriel Dawe: Plexus no. 34
Gabriel Dawe: Plexus no. 34 is at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. The Carter has commissioned a large-scale, site-specific installation of more than eighty miles of multicolored thread by internationally celebrated, Mexican-born, and Dallas-based artist Gabriel Dawe. It looks like frozen light and Technicolor vaporous mist, drawing attention to the majestic architecture and natural light of the museum’s atrium. Tues.-Wed. & Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thurs. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sun. 12-5 p.m., closed Mon. Free. 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd. 817-738-1933, www.cartermuseum.org/exhibitions.
Ongoing: The Ghosts of Fort Worth Tour
Combining history with hauntings, this tour is Fort Worth’s #1 All-Ages/Family-Friendly Ghost Tour. Your spooky adventure will begin with an introduction to Fort Worth’s haunted past, and then you’ll head off to visit some of the most haunted locations in the city. Tours start at 8 p.m. daily. Admission prices: Ages 12+ $25, 6-11 $10, under six free. Adults-only tours are also available. 109 W. Exchange Ave. 855-999-9026, bit.ly/3UjMmbq.
Ongoing: Go Ape!
Looking for 40-foot high tree-to-tree crossings, super long ziplines over the Trinity River, and heart-stopping Tarzan swings? Search no more. Navigate suspended bridges, obstacles, and ziplines as you immerse yourself in nature and inspire a love for the outdoors. Don’t worry; ax throwing is available for those who like to keep their feet firmly on the ground! Ticket prices range from $20 to $65. Location: 1601 NE Green Oaks Blvd. Arlington, TX 76006, www.goape.com/location/texas-arlington.
Ongoing: Grapevine Vintage Railroad
“Puffy,” the 1896 steam locomotive, is the oldest continuously operating steam engine in the South, and “Vinny” is a 1953 GP-7 diesel locomotive. The Cotton Belt Route Excursion is a 21-mile trip that rolls at a leisurely pace and is perfect for the entire family. Keep an eye out for greedy outlaws onboard the Cotton Belt Route Excursion and join in on the fun by helping railroad detectives solve the mystery of who robbed the Grapevine Vintage Railroad. The Grapevine to Stockyards run departs at 12:50 p.m. and arrives in the Stockyards around 2:30 p.m. The return trip departs the Stockyards at 4:15 p.m. and arrives back in Grapevine about 5:45 p.m. Ticket prices range from $18 to $26. Grapevine Station: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at 705 S. Main St., Grapevine, TX 76051. Stockyards Station: 12-4:30 p.m. at 140 E. Exchange Ave. Visit bit.ly/3vUkzlv for more information.
Ongoing: James Surls, Seven and Seven Flower (1998)
is at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. The acclaimed Texas artist transformed pine and steel into writhing blossoms suspended in space to evoke a dynamic relationship between the earthly and the spiritual. Tues.-Wed. & Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thurs. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sun. 12-5 p.m. Closed Mon. Free. 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd. 817-989-5064, www.cartermuseum.org/exhibitions/jamessurls-seven-and-seven-flower.
Ongoing: John Wayne: An American Experience
Sprawling over 10,000 square feet, the John Wayne: An American Experience exhibit is structured to give an intimate tour of the life of John Wayne. Starting with his early childhood and career, each room highlights an aspect of The Duke’s legacy. For film aficionados, an extensive gallery called “Life on Screen” highlights the most iconic film props and costumes. All patrons have exclusive access to never-before-seen family photos and correspondences, which have been thoughtfully curated by the Wayne family in order to give guests a holistic view of the icon, whose values translate both on the silver screen and off. Open daily from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (closes at 7 p.m. in summer). Location: 2501 Rodeo Plz. Visit www.johnwayne.com for more details.
Ongoing: Happy Hour at the Kimbell Café
Enjoy live music and a selection of beverages and snacks available for purchase. Members receive a 10% discount on beverages during happy hours. Every Fri. from 5-7 p.m. Location: 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd. 817-332-8451, www.kimbellart.org.
Ongoing: Kimbell Art Museum
The Kimbell Art Museum’s renowned European masterpieces, paintings, and sculptures dating from antiquity through the 18th century include Michelangelo’s Torment of Saint Anthony and Caravaggio’s Cardsharps. Visitors will also see antiquities from Greece, Italy, and Egypt. Late 18th-century through mid-20th-century works are on view in the north galleries. Impressionist and post-Impressionist favorites Cézanne, Monet, Picasso, Matisse, and Mondrian are also on display to admire. Tues.-Thurs. & Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri. 12-8 p.m. Sun. 12-5 p.m. Closed Mon. Permanent exhibition is free. Location: 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd. 817-332-8451, www.kimbellart.org.
Ongoing: LEGOLAND Discovery Center
Surround yourself with millions of LEGO Bricks and build epic LEGO creations alongside master builders! Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Please note that adults must be accompanied by at least one child under 18 to visit. Location: 3000 Grapevine Mills Pkwy., Grapevine, Texas 76051. Visit www.legolanddiscoverycenter.com/dallas-fw for more information.
Ongoing: Live music at Scat Jazz Lounge
Scat is a live music venue showcasing some of the best local, regional, and national talent with a primary focus on straight-ahead jazz. Set in the basement of the historic Woolworth building, Scat carries on the New York tradition of the coolest clubs being underground and off the beaten path. The idea was to create a club where you can enjoy a great cocktail while listening to some of the best music ever written. Shows every Thurs.-Sat. Showtimes and ticket prices vary. Location: 111 W. 4th, Ste. 11. Contact: 817-870-9100, www.scatjazzlounge.com.
Ongoing: The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame
The grand, new gallery space tells the story of the relationship between women and horses through interactive exhibits, beautifully displayed artifacts, and a breathtaking, dramatic media production that encompasses the space and allows visitors to feel like they are standing in a herd of magnificent horses. Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. 12-5 p.m. Closed Mon. Admission prices: Ages 13-64 $12; 65+, military, and first responders $9; 4-12 $6; under four free. Location: 1720 Gendy St. Contact: 817-336-4475, 800-476-3263, www.cowgirl.net.
Ongoing: Old West Comedy Gunfight
When in the Stockyards, go see The Legends of Texas, the “Premier Comedy Gun Fighting Group in the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards.” Shows every Sat. & Sun. at 11:45 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. Free. Location: 131 E. Exchange Ave.
Ongoing: Public Tours at Kimbell Art Museum
Join docents for regularly scheduled tours focusing on both the permanent collection and special exhibitions. Permanent exhibition and architecture tours are available during museum hours for free. Special exhibitions tours take place on Wed.-Fri. at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Admission prices for special exhibitions tours: Ages 18+ $18, 60+ and students with ID $16, 6-11 $14, under six free. Location: 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd. Contact: 817-332-8451, www.kimbellart.org/content/tours.
Ongoing: Texas Live!
is a unique attraction that combines entertainment, restaurants, and accommodations into one exciting destination. Perfect for sports fans, the complex is nestled between three legendary arenas: AT&T Stadium, Globe Life Field, and Choctaw Stadium. Texas Live! is the place you’ll want to be before, after, or during a game. Location: 1650 E. Randol Mill Rd., Arlington, TX 76011. Contact: 817-852-6688, www.texas-live.com.