Hear that? It’s the scintillating sound of Fort Worth’s live music venues beckoning you to a performance you’ll never forget.
The concert scene is truly unmatched — from riverfront music venues to massive stadiums, there’s a stage for any type of tune. To get to know them all, you must do three things.
Put your hands in the air, wave ‘em like you just don’t care, then lay your eyes (and ears) on our guide.
Dickies Arena | 1911 Montgomery St.
Named one of the best venues in the world by Billboard, the multi-purpose arena opened in 2019 and has welcomed some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry. Later this year, the arena will see George Strait, Shania Twain, and KISS.
Fort Worth Convention Center | 1201 Houston St.
Constructed in 1868, the convention center has undergone several renovations including the most recent in 2005. The downtown arena holds thousands of major events including sports, concerts, conventions, and trade shows. Plans are in the works for a $95 million renovation project that includes demolishing the saucer-shaped arena.
Will Rogers Auditorium | 3401 W. Lancaster Ave.
Featured in the iconic film “Pure Country” with Texas legend George Strait, the venue features an Art Deco design and ample seating for world-class performances like the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Upcoming events include the 817 Celebration with Fort Worth artist Abraham Alexander, Chicago, and David Spade.
AT&T Stadium | 1 AT&T Way, Arlington
Home to the Dallas Cowboys, the stadium features a retractable roof that can open or close depending on the season — a must in the ever-changing Texas weather. The stadium is host to major events including the Cotton Bowl Classic, Big 12 Championship Game, and 2026 World Cup.
American Airlines Center | 2500 Victory Ave., Dallas
The Dallas Mavericks, Dallas Stars, and Dallas Wings call this arena home. Since opening in 2001, a variety of big-name artists have performed including Garth Brooks, Madonna, Bruno Mars, and Justin Timberlake. The arena ranks as one of the busiest in the world.
Bass Performance Hall | 525 Commerce St.
The multi-purpose facility stands out in Sundance Square with its majestic angel sculptures made with Texas limestone quarried near Austin. The venue has hosted hit Broadway shows like “CATS,” “Dear Evan Hansen,” and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma.” This year, guests can look forward to the Tony-nominated Best Musical “Frozen” along with Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird.”
Billy Bob’s Texas | 2520 Rodeo Plaza
Known as the world’s largest honky-tonk, the concert hall was named “Country Music Club of the Year” 12 times by the Academy of Country Music and Best Honky-Tonk in Fort Worth by FTWtoday readers. The venue has welcomed some of the biggest names in the industry + even has a Wall of Fame with autographs and hand prints from Willie Nelson, Johny Cash, and Garth Brooks.
Tannahill’s Tavern & Music Hall | 122 E. Exchange Ave.
The Mule Alley music hall opened in 2022 by chef and local entrepreneur Tim Love. The spaces feature VIP suites, full concert concessions + space to hold private events like weddings and corporate gatherings. This past year it held the inaugural Fort Worth Stockyards Music Festival with keynote speakers and nightly entertainment.
Panther Island Pavilion | 395 Purcey St.
It’s the ultimate riverfront venue with a stage overlooking the Trinity River and the downtown skyline lit up behind. Some of the biggest festivals in the city are held here including Fort Worth’s Fourth, Rockin’ the River, and the inaugural Shaq’s Bass All-Stars Festival happening Saturday, Sept. 16.
Flying Saucer Draught Emporium | 111 E. 3rd St.
The Sundance Square restaurant features one of the biggest covered outdoor patios in town with shade from trees and picnic tables for the entire family. Dine at the restaurant to enjoy 80 craft beers on top + enjoy live music on the outdoor stage, weather permitting, on Friday and Saturday nights.
Truck Yard | 3101 Prairie Vista Dr.
Bring the entire family to this outdoor hangout spot with rotating food trucks, a 38-ft. Ferris wheel, live music, and indoor + outdoor patios. Kick back and enjoy live music every evening from local musicians like Cory Brooks and Bobby Duncan.
Restaurants + bars
The Post at River East | 2925 Race St.
Don’t miss out on delicious food, brews, and live music — aka the perfect place for a weekend hangout. Located in a former Post Office building, the venue opened in 2019 and is home to an open-air patio providing live music every week with a menu featuring black-eyed pea hummus + jalapeno bacon brie and pulled pork nachos.
Lola’s Fort Worth | 2000 W. Berry St.
Located near TCU, the music venue with indoor and outdoor seating welcomes nationally known bands and musicians like The Toadies, Leon Bridges, Ra Ra Riot, and The Unlikely Candidates.
White Elephant Saloon | 106 E. Exchange Ave.
Originally opened in Hell’s Half Acre, the venue moved to the Stockyards in the 1970s. The venue doubled as Pearl’s Dance Hall in the series “1883,” featuring Tim McGraw and Billy Bob Thornton. It was also used as the CD Bar in the series “Walker, Texas Ranger” starring Chuck Norris.
Magnolia Motor Lounge | 3803 Southwest Blvd.
The nightlife music venue has been a staple in Cowtown for a decade with its quirky bar, nightly live music, and light bites menu. Music fans of all kinds are welcome with artists from a variety of genres including country, rock, and alternative.
Tulips FTW | 112 St. Louis Ave.
The Near Southside venue features a varied roster of acts from genres like Texas country, Latin funk, hip-hop, and Indie. Aside from a live music stage, the restaurant has a full bar and outdoor patio, food trucks, and 18 beers on tap.