Funkytown is about to get funkier with the addition of an augmented reality experience + a new virtual reality concept. Leap into the next dimension with these sci-fi-like experiences opening this weekend in Fort Worth.
🖥️ Virtual reality vs. augmented reality
Before we dive into these new worlds, let’s get a better understanding of what these “realities” are. Augmented reality (AR) adds digital elements to a live view — usually using a camera on a smartphone. Virtual reality (VR) is an immersive experience that replaces a real-life environment with a simulated one using a headset.
A preview of how some of the artwork will appear using the Neighborhood Leap app. | Video via Vimeo
🎨 Augmented reality art walk
Familiar art in the South Main (SoMa) neighborhood will soon transform into 3D images with the help of local nonprofit theater Amphibian Stage and the Blue Zones Project Fort Worth. The organizations partnered to create a community-led art walk highlighting newly commissioned works of visual art, music, movements + storytelling.
The art comes alive using a free app called Neighborhood Leap and takes guests on a 30-minute journey around the South Main Village to experience the work of 50+ artists, restaurants, and community green spaces. Some of the featured artists include:
The app launches onSat., June 25 + will be active throughout the summer.
A 45-minute experience is $50 per person, with a two-guest minimum. | Photo provided
🎮 Sandbox VR
Step into your own video game at Crockett Row’s new immersive virtual reality experience. Sandbox VR is a 10,000-sqft futuristic space that features movie-quality motion capture technology and six VR experiences. Teams can explore and physically interact with one another while playing the games using full-size “Holodecks.”
Sandbox VR opens Fri., June 24 at 2956 Crockett St.
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Honig Family Wine Dinner | Thurs., June 23 | 6:30 p.m. | Thirty Eight and Vine, 212 Carroll St. | $150 | Treat yourself to a four-course dinner paired with Napa Valley wine. 🍇
Family Puzzle Night | Thurs., June 23 | 6:30-7:30 p.m | Fort Worth Public Library – Wedgwood, 3816 Kimberly Ln. | Free | Bring the family for a piece of the puzzle action. 🧩
Classical Mystery Tour | Thurs., June 23 | 8:30 p.m. | Fort Worth Botanic Garden | $25+ | Travel through time as four musicians perform renditions of two dozen tunes by The Beatles. 🎵
Guitar Basics | Fri., June 24 | 4-5 p.m. | Fort Worth Public Library – Meadowbrook, 2800 Stark St. | Free | Bring a guitar + begin your musical journey by learning basic chords. 🎶
Kimbell Kids Drop-In | Sat., June 25 | 1-1:45 p.m. | Kimbell Art Museum, Khan Building | Free | Bring your kids (12 and under) to explore art galleries + studio art projects.
Trinity Pride Fest 2022 | Sat., June 25 | 3-10 p.m. | Magnolia Green Park, 1201 Lipscomb St. | Cost of purchase | Celebrate pride month with the return of the one-day festival featuring food trucks, artisan vendors + live music. 🏳️🌈
We have amonthly guide filled with events + activities you can plan for in advance. Click the button below to bookmark ideas for upcoming date nights, family outings, and time with friends.
Two brothers have opened a new wine bar on South Main. Brian and Amit Virk opened Soma Winery (201 S. Main St.) last month after taking a hiatus during the pandemic. The lounge serves wine from local wineries as well as options for wine experts and amateurs. 🍷 (Fort Worth Magazine)
Steel processing company Andes Coil Processors is expanding to Sylvania Industrial Park in north Fort Worth — the previous home of the American Manufacturing of Texas plant. The move is expected to bring 30-50 new jobs to the area and a $5 million capital investment to the city.
Burnett Park is hosting a family-friendly Summer Market this weekend for some fun in the sun. There will be 25+ vendors, live music, and photo ops to capture the memories. The free event will be Sun., June 26 from 12-5 p.m.
Seafood restaurant La Onda is hosting a ceviche pop-up on Sun., June 26. Indulge in a coastal cuisine prepared a la carte by Grandma’s in the Near Southside. Head to Grandma’s at 715 W. Magnolia Ave. at 5:30 p.m. (but we recommend getting there early). 🦐
A local chef was featured on the Today Show earlier this week. Chef Scotty Scott taught co-hosts Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager how to make dredge + fry steak from his newest cookbook Fix Me A Plate. Learn the recipes. 🍽️
A local jewelry company is becoming a style icon among celebrity country artists. Last week, Carrie Underwood wore custom-made jewelry from Mud Lowery as she talked about her new album during CMA Fest. And just last month, Miranda Lambert and Elle King were also seen wearingsome bling. 💍
The Forest Park Pool is celebrating its 100th birthday. The pool was constructed in 1922 and featured a large two-story bathhouse estimated to cost $18,000. ICYMI: In May, voters approved an $11 million renovation for the pool in the 2022 Bond Program. Take a look back. 🌊
DFW Airport is leading the country in passenger flights for June. Data shows that DFW Airport has 252 non-stop passenger destinations this month. Los Angeles is the most popular destination followed by New York’s LaGuardia, Las Vegas, and Denver. ✈️ (Simple Flying)
Yesterday we highlighted WalletHub’s list of 2022’s Best- and Worst-Run Cities. Fort Worth did rank No. 49, but was fourth in Texas, behind Arlington, El Paso, and Corpus Christi.
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You’ll soon be able to grab your favorite menu items to-go from Fort Brewery and Pizza. The brewery (2737 Tillar St.) added an out-of-this-worldmural with a drive-up window so you can enjoy pizza, Panther bones, and beer while on the go. The restaurant told us they expect to have it up and running in a couple of months.
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