Country Music's Party of the Year® is upon North Texas - the 50th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. The biggest names and emerging acts in the genre are headed to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, located just 15 minutes from downtown Fort Worth, on April 19. With the event kicking off Sunday, you have the whole weekend to get "countrified" in the City of Cowboys and Culture. We've crafted a guide on the best in Western nightlife, cuisine, shopping and more:
Dress the part: From Stetsons to rhinestones, Fort Worth has it all. Shop for your #ACMAwards getup at the Justin Boot Outlet Store or Fincher's White Front Western Wear in the Stockyards National Historic District, then head down Exchange Avenue to Maverick's Fine Western Wear and M. L. Leddy's for one-of-a-kind belts, pearl snaps and fine jewelry. Teskey's Uptown in the West 7th Street District is where rock'n roll meets cowboy soul - the perfect place to find a look suitable for the new era of country.
Cowboy Cuisine: Good people, cold beer and a great steak. What more do you need? Reata Restaurant in Sundance Square is a Fort Worth staple known for cowboy cooking, serving popular items such as Tenderloin Tamales, Blackened Buffalo Ribeye and Pan Seared Pepper Crusted Tenderloin. Lonesome Dove Western Bistro and Woodshed Smokehouse specialize in Chef Tim Love's passion for wild game with guests dining on Rabbit-Rattlesnake Sausage, Rocky Mountain Elk Loin, Beef Tenderloin and much more.
Western Attractions: Known as "Where the West Begins," visitors from all over the world travel to the historic Fort Worth Stockyards to experience one of the last embodiments of true American cowboy culture. Watch the world's only twice-daily cattle drive at 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. presented by the Fort Worth Herd, a team of drovers and 16 longhorn cattle. Experience the world's only year-round rodeo every Friday and Saturday night at Cowtown Coliseum for the Stockyards Championship Rodeo. Saddle up at Stockyards Stables and ride the trail to downtown once traveled by the cowboys of the Chisholm Trail.
Nightlife: Country Music greats have all graced the stage of Billy Bob's Texas - the world's largest honky-tonk. Last year's "Song of the Year" winner, Lee Brice, will return to perform Friday, April 17, at 10:30 p.m. Before you go, grab a brew at White Elephant Saloon, the site of the last great gunfight, or settle into a saddle barstool at Booger Red's Saloon next to H3 Ranch.
Hotel accommodations, transportation options and attraction information is available throughout FortWorth.com. Don't forget to follow @VisitFortWorth on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for updates throughout the #ACMAwards50.