Who doesn’t like being in, on, or around water? After a recent trip to Austin (and that city’s gorgeous Lake Travis), I returned to Fort Worth feeling a little, well, water-deprived. Fortunately my drought didn’t last long after I heard about a summer event held every Thursday called Rockin’ the River and decided to check it out.
I’ve been a big fan of the Panther Island Pavilion since seeing the Fort Worth Music Festival last May. Panther Island, now its own district just north of downtown Fort Worth, stretches along the Trinity River and the view of the skyline, just blocks away from the Pavilion, is unbeatable.
This evening was mercifully cool and lots of folks were out running or biking along the river. Actually, there were more people in the water than around it. The folks at Kayak Fort Worth have a booth set up where you can rent every kind of boat/flotation device imaginable. Parking and admission to the event is free, and beer starts at $3 a bottle. Not bad.
The “Rockin’” part of the evenings are not to be missed. This Thursday make sure to check out Uncle Lucius, an Austin-based rock group whose music is steeped in the blues, and country singer Brandon Rhyder on August 7. The stage leads right up to and faces into the river, so the only way to get a good “seat” is to get wet. Once the sun goes down, the party moves to shore with more live music and a fireworks show at 9:30pm.
There’s only two weeks left to catch this great outdoor event, so watch the video below and mark your calendar for this Thursday or next to get outside in Fort Worth for Rockin' the River. Panther Island will be sprawling with people again August 31 for the Clearfork Music Festival, and there’s nothing stopping you from checking out this great scenic enclave any day of the week.