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Fort Worth, TX, Arts and Culture Attractions

Sundance Square in Fort Worth, TX

With the title of “the Museum Capital of the Southwest,” it's no surprise Fort Worth artsy types feel at home among the city's many cultural attractions, which include not only museums but also theaters, live music and lots of fun festivals.

Museums

A visit to Fort Worth's Cultural District gives several options for exploring galleries and exhibits, including those at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, the Fort Worth Community Arts Center and the Kimbell Art Museum. The Kimbell's $125 million expansion opened Thanksgiving 2013, welcoming visitors to enjoy the architectural splendor of the expansion.

Other interesting arts and cultural attractions beyond the Cultural District include the National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum in the West Meadowbrook neighborhood, the Sid Richardson Museum downtown and the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame in the Stockyards District.

Bass Performance Hall

One of Fort Worth’s most impressive music venues, Bass Performance Hall spans a full city block in historic Sundance Square. The venue seats 2,065 people and is home to several performing arts organizations such as the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, the Texas Ballet Theater and the Fort Worth Opera.

A popular annual draw to Bass Performance Hall, the three-week-long Van Cliburn International Piano Competition began in Fort Worth in 1962 to celebrate and discover the world's best pianists after Van Cliburn's victory at the first Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow in 1958. The Cliburn, a not-for-profit organization, not only conducts the annual competition, but gives three years' career management to competition finalists, organizes another major competition for outstanding amateurs, produces an annual concert series and conducts music education and outreach programs in local schools. 

Theater & Film

Several organizations and venues stage everything from Broadway shows to children’s performances, including Jubilee Theatre, Casa Mañana, Hip Pocket Theatre, Four Day Weekend and Amphibian Stage Productions. Cinema fans enjoy the annual Lone Star International Film Festival.

Live Music

Live music fans can float the Trinity River while taking in shows at Panther Island Pavilion, one of the city's newest venues for concerts, festivals and other community events.

In the historic Stockyards district, visit Billy Bob’s Texas, which proudly claims the title of the world’s largest honky-tonk, or check out one of the city's smaller must-hear venues such as Lola’s Saloon, Magnolia Motor Lounge, The Wild Rooster, Capital Bar, Fred’s Texas Cafe, Basement Bar and White Elephant Saloon. Other favorite nightlife hangouts include The Aardvark, Rockstar Sports Bar, 1919 Hemphill, J&J Blues Bar and Scat Jazz Lounge.

Festivals

Every April, music and arts fans from around the country converge on Main Street for the highly anticipated Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival. The free, four-day event's schedule includes live concerts, street performers, a juried arts fair, food and family fun, and has been a local tradition for nearly three decades. It is the Southwest’s largest arts and entertainment festival, and has been rated the No. 1 arts festival in Texas and the third-largest arts festival in the country.

Fort Worth residents enjoy other arts-focused festivals, too. They include MusicArte on the River, ArtsGoggle and Modern ’til Midnight (held at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth).

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