We’ve parsed through the lineups and cut through the noise to bring you a monthly roundup of the best live shows in Fort Worth. 

June 8

Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition Simulcast at the Modern

Fort Worth’s venerable Cliburn Foundation is best known for its quadrennial international piano competition. One of the newer additions to the Cliburn’s lineup is a contest geared toward young virtuosos ages 13 to 17. The Junior Piano Competition is in Dallas this year, but locals of all ages are invited to view the live competition for free at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth from 2-6:30 p.m.


June 7-30

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s Concerts in the Garden

One of Fort Worth’s most popular outdoor music events returns this June to the Botanic Gardens. The family-friendly event is one of my favorite Fort Worth summer activities. If you have never been, the FWSO invites guest cover bands to recreate iconic performances. This year’s lineup includes The Music of Harry Potter, Mozart selections, The Music of Led Zeppelin, Asleep at the Wheel, a Beatles tribute band and more. Remember to bring folding chairs and a cooler. Food and drinks will be available for sale too.


June 8

A MASSive Anniversary Party

South Main Village is starting to come into form, and Main at South Side has been an important part of that growth. The music venue regularly hosts a slew of fun (and often funny) free events. On June 8, Bitch Bricks member Schuyler Stapleton, Austin-based The Sideshow Tragedy, dream pop duo The Cush, roots/reggae band PABLO AND THE HEMPHILL 7 and roots rockers Polydogs headline MASS’ 2nd anniversary.  


June 22

Kirk Thurmond & The Millennials

Flying Saucer Fort Worth is a top-notch outdoor music venue. Name any beer off the top of your head, and it’s probably on draft or at least in cans nearby. The massive pub doesn’t skimp on great food either. On Saturday, June 22, R&B/Soul singer Kirk Thurmond and the Millennials take the outdoor stage. A glance at his music videos reveals Thurmond to be a masterful guitarist and colorful vocalist. Flying saucer also has a weekly Wednesday music series starting at 5 p.m.


June 25-30

Les Misérables at Bass Performance Hall

Just the mention of the song titles “On My Own” and “I Dreamed a Dream” conjures sonically delicious memories for many of us. The musical phenomenon Les Mis takes the stage at Bass Performance Hall later this month. Fans are raving about the new staging and scenery, which are inspired by Victor Hugo’s paintings.


June 29

Cody Johnson at Panther Island Pavilion

Cody Johnson has topped the Billboard Top 10 country albums list, sold out NRG Stadium and garnered a reputation for putting on electrifying live shows. The Sebastopol, TX native will bring popular hits like “Ain’t Nothing To It” and “Doubt Me Now” to Panther Island Pavilion later this June.


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