Shake off the final cold of winter and feel renewed by spring in Fort Worth. With weather this nice, we know you’ll want to get out and experience everything the Unexpected City has to offer.  

 

In the Cultural District 

This spring at theModern Art Museum of Fort Worth, see over 50 works of paintings, sculptures, drawings, videos and installations in the exhibition Surrealism and Us: Caribbean and African Diasporic Artists since 1940. This exhibition begins March 10 and goes through the end of July.  

Over at the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, learn about Escaramuzas Charras in Soldaderas to Amazonas. Escaramuza charra is the only female equestrian event in the Mexican charreria and features women in elaborate outfits competing in complex riding events. The multi-gallery exhibition will explore Escaramuza traditions, its rodeo roots and the role it played in shaping the West. 

The Sid Richardson Museum, located in historic Sundance Square, features permanent and special exhibitions by premier western artists Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell. This is your chance to see the exhibit Charles M. Russell: Storyteller Across Media, before it closes in April. 

The Amon Carter Museum of American Art will reopen Trespassers: James Prosek and the Texas Prairie on March 4. The exhibit features a new large-scale silhouette painting, watercolor portraits of plants collected during the artist’s travels throughout Texas. Re/Framed, through March 31, gives visitors a new way to look at the Carter’s collection. Several times a year, artwork will be rotated to allow visitors to see works through a different lens. 

A visit to the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is a fun time for all ages! In addition to the permanent Noble Planetarium, Projection Niche, Children’s Museum Exhibit and dinosaur skeleton, the museum also features Cowtown Takes Flight, a look at Fort Worth’s aviation history, and Black Cowboys: An American Story, which explores the lives and work of the Black men, women and children. It tells their stories from cattle drives before the Civil War through the turn of the twentieth century. 

The Kimbell Art Museum’s permanent collection contains works ranging from the third millennium B.C. to the mid-20th century. It’s home to Michaelangelo’s first known painting as well as major works by Fra Angelico, Velazquez, Bernini, Monet, Matisse, Picasso and so many more. 

 

In Large-Scale Venues 

Dickies Arena, Billboard Magazine’s number 1 ranked venue of its kind in the world, has tons of events and concerts this spring. See their full lineup of shows here. Some highlights include: 

  • Fall Out Boy – March 7 ​
  • Dan + Shay – March 8 
  • AAC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship. Women’s Tournament – March 9-13. Men’s Tournament – March 13-17. 
  • Panther City Lacrosse – March 22 
  • Disney on Ice – March 28-31 
  • Tim McGraw – April 12  
  • Jordan B. Peterson – April 15  
  • NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships – April 18 & 20. 
  • 2024 Xfinity U.S. Gymnastics Championships – May 30-June 2.  
  • Justin Timberlake – June 4 

Rodeo is year-round in Fort Worth! Cowtown Coliseum will host events in the PBR World Finals in the week leading up to the finals on May 17th. Cowtown also hosts weekly rodeos and the PBR Stockyards Showcase. Click here to see all events. 

Will Rogers Memorial Center will host the Fort Worth Gem and Mineral Show, Dance Competitions, the Fort Worth Kennel Club Dog Show and many more

Billy Bob’s Texas is the world’s largest honky tonk. Dust off your boots and cowboy hat for western fun and dance. Their spring lineup consists of country artists, events and activities all in the heart of the Fort Worth Stockyards. Click here to see what’s coming. 

April is a big month at Texas Motor Speedway. Head out for their Triple Header Weekend on April 12-14. Events include SpeedyCash.com 250, Andy’s Frozen Custard 300 and Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 400. Check out their website for all the events and races at TMS this spring. 

 

On the Festival Grounds 

Trinity River Water District Flyfest, on Saturday March 9, is the area’s annual celebration of urban fishing. This year’s festivities include a Big Trout Contest, open fishing, a fly tying area, expert presentations, food trucks, kids’ activities and cooking demos. 

The Fourth Annual Cowtown Crawfish Boil, March 16, offers all-you-can-eat crawfish and live music all day from local artists. Draft beer and other food options are also available. For seafood lovers and everyone looking for a fun time! 

Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival is one of the most celebrated cuisine and beverage festivals in North Texas. The table will be set April 4-7 with some of the best chefs in the area. Featured events include Tacos + Tequila, Burgers, Brews + Blues, Rise + Dine, Ring of Fire and, of course, The Main Event, bringing the culinary community’s best to the table. 

The Main Street Arts Festivalreturns to Downtown Fort Worth on April 18-21. Enjoy four days of incredible art, fabulous food, a wine pavilion and live music featuring local entertainers from southern rock bands and jazz keyboardists to R&B groups and Tejano vocalists. 

The Fort Worth Botanic Garden's Japanese Festival, April 20-21, is your preeminent chance to enjoy the cherry blossoms and koi while exploring Japanese arts and culture. 

The Hops and Props Craft Beer Festival, April 27, will feature local brewers, airplane rides, live music and family-friendly games and vendors. The annual event celebrates all things aviation and proceeds benefit the Fort Worth Aviation Museum

Mayfest, May 2-5, returns to take over the banks of the Trinity River with fun activities for the whole family. Hurry on down for turkey legs or funnel cake and enjoy 40 bands playing over four days, a bounce house, face painting and a Ferris Wheel. 

 

Pub Crawls 

Lucky’s St. Patrick’s Day Bar Crawl, on Saturday, March 16, will crawl between 5 venues, with 2-3 drinks included, additional drink and food specials, waived cover at all venues and a fun after party. The crawl starts at Junk Punch and journeys through the West 7th area including Koe Wetzel’s Riot Room, Kung Fu Saloon and Whiskey Garden. 

If one day isn’t enough, join the St. Patrick’s Day Crawl on Sunday March 17. Beginning at Bar 2909 and going throughout different venues in West 7th, they offer 2-3 included drinks, free koozies and shot glasses, St. Paddy’s drink specials, food specials, DJs and live music. 

Food crawl meets bar crawl at the Fourth Annual Tacos and Tequila Crawl on April 1. The West 7th area will provide the backdrop as you sample tacos and tequila cocktails from 5+ restaurants and bars. 

Join the Cowboy Bar Crawl for a fun way to experience the Stockyards! Visit the best bars in the Stockyards as you hear exciting tales of Texas’ role in the American West, learn how beer has shaped cowboy life and enjoy beverages made with local ingredients. 

 

All Around the City 

The Fort Worth Stockyards have a lot blooming this spring. From rodeos and shopping to the world-famous cattle drive,  The Fort Worth Herd, where longhorn cattle are driven down E. Exchange Avenue by real-life cowboys and cowgirls. 

The weekend streets of Sundance Square come alive with melodies. Every Thursday through Sunday evening, Sundance Square Plaza transforms into a stage for live music, showcasing a myriad of talents and genres. Performer calendars are posted each Thursday. Venture to nearby Scat Jazz Lounge for incredible live jazz performances or take in theater and music at the beautiful Bass Performance Hall. 

Funky Finds, March 16-17, hosts handmade and vintage markets at Will Rogers Memorial Center. Since 2006, this free event has showcased independent artists, crafters, designers, authors, food makers and pickers. All charity proceeds benefit Saving Hope Animal Rescue and CASA of Tarrant County. Shop small, shop local and find something funky at this year’s spring event. 

Explore the beauty of the visual arts and the cultural offerings of Fort Worth’s art community. Twice a year, the Fort Worth Art Dealers Association hosts Gallery Night, where visitors can stroll through participating galleries, museums, retail businesses and restaurants. The FREE event takes you on a tour through some of Fort Worth’s most creative spaces, a wonderful night of art-y fun. Learn more. 

Step into a blooming paradise at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden this spring. With over 2,500 species of plants and flowers bursting with color and fragrance, you'll feel like you're in a fairy tale. Take a stroll through the peaceful Japanese Garden or explore the vibrant Rose Garden. 

Visit the Fort Worth Zoo and discover a wild world of fun and adventure. With the arrival of spring, the animals are more active and lively. And if that's not enough, The 25th Annual Fort Worth Zoo Run, April 6, invites you to run, hop, or crawl the 5K and 1K Fun Run. 

The Fort Worth Botanic Garden's Annual Plant Sale, April 4-6, is a great opportunity to talk with experts about how to make your plants (and garden) grow. 

The Fort Worth Opera will perform La Boheme, the beloved operatic masterpiece by Puccini. It’s a story of a group of Bohemian artists set in romantic 19th century Paris and inspired the hit-broadway show Rent. Whether you’re an opera lover or new to the art, La Boheme is a classic love story that resonates across generations.