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30+ summer events happening around Fort Worth

Make the most of (or just survive) the warm weather with this list of the best local events and activities happening this summer in Cowtown.

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There’s nothing quite like summer in Cowtown.

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Summer’s almost here and Cowtown is so ready. From live music and Memorial Day celebrations to hiking and festivals, summer is when Fort Worth comes alive.

Get ready to get outside with this guide featuring 30 summer events — including ideas for the Fourth of July — happening between May and August.

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Memorial Day remembers and honors those died while serving in the US military.

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Memorial Day

95th Annual Memorial Day Service | Monday, May 27 | Mount Olivet Cemetery
Join local leaders and veterans at one of the nation’s oldest Memorial Day services.

Summer Up! Memorial Weekend | Friday May 24-Monday, May 27 | Fort Worth Stockyards
commemorate Memorial Day with rodeos, lawn games, giveaways, and live music from the Jeff Smithart Band, Monty Dawson, the Cowtown Opry + more.

Memorial Day 5K | Sunday, May 27 | Trinity Park
Join the Fort Worth Runners Club for the 14th annual “Lest We Forget” run in memory of service members who gave their lives.

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President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act on June 17, 2021 with Opal Lee standing by his side. | Photo courtesy of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

Juneteenth

Juneteenth Art, Food & Music Festival | Saturday, June 15 | Mayor Vera Calvin Plaza, Burleson
Celebrate Juneteenth with cultural education opportunities + sample food, art, and live entertainment.

Taste of Juneteenth | Saturday, June 15 | Sycamore Park
Satisfy your tastebuds with everything from barbecue to soul food in celebration of cuisines from the African Diaspora.

Juneteenth Celebration | Saturday, June 15 | Levitt Pavilion, Arlington
Jam out to the musical stylings of Freakwency, Reggie T and the Boneheadz, and The Sensational Barnes Brothers.

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So bright you’ll need sunglasses at night. | Photo by @fortworthsfourth

Fourth of July

Fort Worth’s Fourth | Thursday, July 4 | Panther Island Pavilion
The Tarrant Regional Water District’s annual holiday festival will return with Texas-sized fireworks, vendors, live music + more for the Fourth of July. Stay tuned for details.

Arlington Independence Day Parade | Thursday, July 4 | Downtown Arlington
Celebrate freedom with the largest Fourth of July parade in Texas — and one of the biggest in the country — during Arlington’s longest running annual event.

Red, White, and BTX | Thursday, July 4 | Chisenhall Fields, Burleson
Watch a Lions Club Parade in the morning, jam out of live music throughout the day + watch fireworks to end the night.

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Panther Island Pavilion will welcome back the Ubbi Dubbi EDM festival. | Photo provided by Disco Donnie Presents

Concerts and music festivals

“Amped-Up Music Tour” | Thursday, May 2-Saturday, Aug. 17 | Multiple locations
Hear the city up close and personal with the Fort Worth Public Library’s new, free summer music tour with three concerts and the Amplify 817 Showcase.

“Sounds of the Summer” | Friday, May 17-Sunday, June 30 | Multiple locations
Rather than the usual Concerts in the Garden series, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra will perform a variety of concerts across town.

Kenny Chesney | Saturday, May 11 | AT&T Stadium
The “Sun Goes Down Tour” will feature GRAMMY-winning Zac Brown Band and 2023 CMA Song of the Year and New Artist nominee Megan Moroney.

Kid Rock’s Rock N Rodeo | Friday, May 17 | AT&T Stadium
The Rock-and-roll legend will perform in part of the three-day PBR World Series bracket-style competition.

Ubbi Dubbi Festival | Saturday, May 25-Sunday, May 26 | Panther Island Pavilion
The electronic music festival returns to Cowtown for two days of top-notch visuals and live DJs.

So What?! Music Festival | Saturday, June 1-Sunday, June 2 | Panther Island Pavilion
See some of the most popular rock bands of the 2010s during this two-day music festival including Boys Like Girls, 3oh3!, Mayday Parade, and Reliant K.

Justin Timberlake | Tuesday, June 4 | Dickies Arena
Fans can expect to hear songs from his sixth studio album “Everything I Thought It Was” in JT’s “The Forget Tomorrow World Tour.”

Blink-182 | Tuesday, June 25 | Dickies Arena
The American rock band will hit the stage with special guest Pierce The Veil during the “One More Time 2024 Tour.”

Morgan Wallen | Thursday, July 25 + Friday, July 26 | AT&T Stadium
The country singer is extending his “One Night At A Time Tour” with a two-night show in Arlington with special guests Jelly Roll, Nate Smith, and Bryan Martin.

Janet Jackson | Thursday, July 25 | Dickies Arena
In honor of her 50th anniversary in entertainment, Ms. Jackson will perform songs from three albums with special guest Nelly in her “Together Again Summer 2024 Tour.”

Zach Bryan | Saturday, Aug. 17 | AT&T Stadium
The “Quittin’ Time Tour” show will be supported by Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit and Levi Turner.

Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire | Friday, Aug. 23 | Dickies Arena
The celebrated “Heart & Soul Tour” brings together the timeless music of Chicago and the iconic catalog of Earth, Wind & Fire for one unforgettable night of music.

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Mark your calendars for Mayfest. | Photo by Mayfest

Outdoors

Mayfest | Thursday, May 2-Sunday, May 5 | Trinity Park
Kick off summer with the biggest party of the year. Kids will love the rides, performances, and treats along the Trinity River.

Charles Schwab Challenge | Monday, May 20-Sunday, May 26 | Colonial Country Club
Watch the top names in golf vy for the plaid jacket at this annual PGA tournament.

Water Lantern Festival | Saturday, June 8 | Panther Island Pavilion
Celebrate loved ones, messages of hope, and happy memories with thousands of commemorative lanterns floating down the Trinity River.

Trinity Pride Fest | Saturday, June 15 | Magnolia Green
Details will be released soon about the sixth annual festival celebrating the local LGBTQ+ community on the Near Southside.

Rockin’ the River | Thursdays, July + August | Panther Island Beach
Kick your weekend off early by enjoying a concert from the comfort of an inner tube on the Trinity River. Stay tuned for the 2024 lineup.

Dog Days | May 4-5, June 8-9, July 13-14 + Aug. 10-11 | Fort Worth Botanic Garden
Enjoy the beauty of the Garden with your furry friend on select weekends throughout the summer.

Beastro at the Fort Worth Zoo

Channel your inner carnivore at Beastro.

Food-focused

Fort Worth Veg Fest | Sunday, May 5 | Bluebonnet Circle
Stuff your face with plant-based cuisine during the all-vegan food festival and market.

Beastro | Friday, May 17 | Fort Worth Zoo
Feast away at the zoo/s 16th annual foodie fundraiser with samples from the finest chefs in the area, open bars spread throughout the park, and after-hour animal viewing.

Tacos and Tequila Festival | Saturday, May 18 | Panther Island Pavilion
Chow down at the third-annual food festival with the area’s best chefs, Lucha Libre wrestling, an exotic car showcase, Chihuahua beauty pageant + performances from Ludacris, Ashanti, and more.

ZestFest 2024 | Friday, May 24-Sunday, May 26 | Will Rogers Memorial Center
Get ready to ignite your taste buds with the ultimate spicy food and barbecue festival over Memorial Day weekend.

Seasonal essentials

  • Tired of losing your sunglasses in the water? These floating sunglasses provide optimal clarity and comfort for all your summer adventures.
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