Thursday is the official first day of fall, and two events celebrating the fall holidays will help spread that sentiment through the air. Other picks include a new Cirque du Soleil production, NASCAR races, a trio of country concerts (including a great new local voice), a well-known comedian, and art exhibits starting and ending.
Below are the best ways to spend your precious free time this weekend. Want more options? Lucky for you, we have a much longer list of the best events in town.
Thursday September 22
Fort Worth Oktoberfest
Fort Worth Oktoberfest is a three-day, Munich-style celebration of German culture where guests can enjoy traditional German food, beer, live music, dancing, vendors, and more. The festival, which takes place in Trinity Park until Saturday, features carnival rides, dachshund races, beer barrel rolling, mug-lifting competitions, the Oktoberfest Run and Ride, and more.
Howell Farms Presents Pumpkin Nights
The Halloween season kicks off with Pumpkin Nights at Howell Family Farms in Arlington. Guests can venture along a half-mile walking path, where they will discover the Forbidden City, a pirate cove and other fantasy lands built using over 5,000 real pumpkins and hand carved artificial. The party continues with entertainment and games in The Village, the festival area. The event runs until October 30.
Darryl Worley in concert
Country singer Darryl Worley began his career in 2000, but his career peaked with his second release, 2002 I miss my friend, which contained the title track and the 9/11 anthem “Have You Forgotten?”, both of which went to No. 1 on the country charts. Although his last official album dates from 2009 sounds like life, he continued to release the occasional song in the years that followed. He will play Downtown Cowtown at the Isis.
Circus of the Sun: OVO
More than two years after it was supposed to make its regional debut in Fort Worth, the Cirque du Soleil show OVO will finally come to Dickies Arena. When a mysterious egg appears in their midst, the insects are amazed and intensely curious about this iconic object that represents the enigma and the cycles of their life. It’s love at first sight when a clumsy, eccentric insect arrives in this bustling community and a fabulous ladybug catches its eye – and the feeling is mutual. Comprised of 50 performing artists from 12 countries specializing in numerous acrobatic acts, the event runs until Sunday.
friday september 23
Improv Arlington Presents Paul Rodriguez
Longtime comedian Paul Rodriguez has been making audiences around the world laugh (in Spanish and English) for nearly three decades with his unique humor that’s a perfect blend of his Latin heritage, the American dream, and his undeniable universal appeal. . As an actor and comedian, Rodriguez’s multi-faceted career includes starring roles and guest appearances in over 45 films and countless television series and comedy specials. He will perform five times through Sunday at Improv Arlington.
Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 NASCAR Cup Series Race Weekend
The final 12 drivers from the NASCAR Cup playoffs will battle it out in the Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500, which takes place at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday. Race weekend includes events on Friday and Saturday leading up to Sunday’s showcase race, including C. Bell Micro Mania Heat races, practice, qualifying and the Andy’s Frozen Custard 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series race . Daughtry will perform a pre-race concert ahead of Sunday’s race.
Drake Milligan in concert
Viewers of the final season of America’s Got Talent are already intimately familiar with country singer Drake Milligan, as he came in third place after being dubbed “country’s new Elvis” by judge Howie Mandel. Her audition song, “Sounds like something I would do” released his first album, Dallas/Fort Worth, showing that the Arlington native hasn’t forgotten where he came from. He will play at Billy Bob’s Texas.
Saturday September 24
The Sid Richardson Museum Presents “Night & Day: Frederic Remington’s Final Decade”
The new exhibition at the Sid Richardson Museum, “Night & Day: Frederic Remington’s Final Decade”, explores works made during the last decade of Remington’s life, when the artist alternated his canvases between the dominant color palettes of blue-green and yellow-orange. In recent years, Remington struggled to break away from his long-established reputation as an illustrator, to be accepted by the New York art world as a fine artist, as he embraced the painting style of the American Impressionists. The exhibition will remain on view until April 23, 2023.
Cole Swindell in concert
Rising country music star Cole Swindell is just beginning his own career after years of writing for fellow singers like Luke Bryan, Thomas Rhett and Scotty McCreery. Swindell’s first three albums were very well received, peaking in 2018 All landing at No. 1 on the Billboard Country charts. He will play at Billy Bob’s Texas to support his new album, Stereotype.
Sunday September 25
Fort Worth Museum of Modern Art presents “Women Painting Women”
Sunday is the last day to see “Women Painting Women” at the Fort Worth Museum of Modern Art. The thematic exhibition presents more than 30 female artists who choose women as the subject in their works. This presentation is the first of its kind and includes approximately 50 evocative portraits from the 1940s to the present day of artists such as Frida Kahlo, Alice Neel, Emma Amos, Jordan Casteel, Jennifer Packer and Apolonia Sokol.
Photo courtesy of Cirque du Soleil