October is Arts Month in Fort Worth! As part of a nod to the culture found abundantly throughout Funkytown, here’s a shortlist of some of the arts programming occurring in Fort Worth, courtesy of our friends at The Arts Council of Fort Worth

Catch Cliburn at the Kimbell October 10-11 featuring The Cliburn’s 2001 gold medalist Olga Kern playing Beethoven, Gershwin, Rachmaninov and more in the Kimbell’s Renzo Piano Pavillion.

Stage West hosts a playwriting symposium October 11, where a panel of playwrights will discuss their processes and how to get started on your great opus (or maybe finish what you’ve started)!


Chris Kelly’s Modern Cinema Festival returns to the Modern Art Museum October 11-13 – it’s your opportunity to see critically acclaimed films before they hit a box office near you. Zombies, dueling popes, a report about the events after 9/11, and Benedict Cumberbatch as Thomas Edison –– plainly, this is a modern festival.

Running through October 13, First Date at Stage West is the story of two opposites on a blind date, complete with singing, dancing and shenanigans. Author Austin Winsberg may be familiar to you – as a writer and producer, he’s responsible for the restaging of “The Sound of Music” with Carrie Underwood and had a hand in the seminal “Gossip Girl.”


On October 17, Fort Worth Opera’s pop-up Opera Shots hits Shipping and Receiving for a free event. The Opera maintains that opera is accessible and fun, and when you hear opera singers working their magic in a bar, you’re likely to agree.

Texas Ballet Theatre dazzles at Bass Performance Hall with The Sleeping Beauty October 18-20. You’re probably better-acquainted with composer Tchaikovsky’s other work, The Nutcracker, which appears next month at Bass Hall. The story of Princess Aurora is every bit as beautiful and glamorous.


Visit ArtsGoggle on October 19, the day-long, free, family-friendly event in the Near Southside stretching from 8th Ave to South Main Street.

Through October 27, Jubilee Theatre presents “Single Black Female,” a play that examines two African American women as they search for love, clothes and dignity. Upon discovering that there were no stories for women like herself, playwright Lisa B. Thompson crafted two spectacular female characters who don’t fit into convenient stereotypical boxes.


Bass Performance Hall goes into Spooktacular mode October 25-27. Enjoy a movie night with Peter Bernstein conducting the score to the original Ghostbusters, which will be screened live as the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra performs. On October 26, you can delight in a family-friendly concert featuring the Symphony Orchestra performing music from Harry Potter, Star Wars during the day (costumes encouraged)!