Families can travel to Fort Worth, Texas (www.FortWorth.com) during spring and summer to experience special western-themed and cultural offerings at popular city attractions. The “City of Cowboys and Culture” will feature a full roster of events from cow camps with the famed Fort Worth Herd, western-themed offerings on National Day of the American Cowboy, and a performance of Roger + Hammerstein’s Cinderella at the Bass Performance Hall. A sampling of upcoming family travel events and activities are below:
Stockyards National Historic District: May 25 – September 7, 2015
Cow Camp, presented by the Fort Worth Herd, allows children and adults to have hands-on, interactive experiences with the equipment used during the Cattle Drive Era. Activities include roping, sorting, saddling, cattle drive demonstrations and chuck wagon stories. Cow Camp is offered Saturdays and Sundays from Memorial Weekend through Labor Day Weekend from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Admission is free for all guests. For more information, please visitwww.fortworth.com/the-herd.
Stockyard Station: May 8 – May 9, 2015
The Frontier Forts Days heritage event taking place May 8-9 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. will transform the Stockyards National Historic District into an authentic representation of Texas frontier life. This two-day event will include fort camps, artillery demonstrations, military parades, Native American exhibitions, live music and more. Admission is free for all guests.
For more information, please visit www.stockyardsstation.com.
Fort Worth Museum of Science and History: April 26, 2015
“What’s Up, Doc?” is a new traveling exhibition that reveals the creative genius behind some of the most enduringly popular cartoons and animated films of all time. Open for visitors through April 26, the exhibit examines Jones’ development as a filmmaker and visual artist and showcases many of his most significant films, which come to life on screens throughout the exhibition. The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults and $11 for children. For more information, please visit www.fwmuseum.org.
Stockyards National Historic District: July 25, 2015
Voted best cowboy tribute event by various national outlets, National Day of the American Cowboy will be held on July 25th in the heart of the historical Fort Worth Stockyards. This annual event gives guests the opportunity to experience and appreciate the role cowboys and cowgirls of all ethnicities have played and continue to play in everyday life. The day is filled with activities and contests including watermelon eating, seed-spitting, cow chip throwing, buckaroo coloring and more. Created by the National Day of the American Cowboy nonprofit organization, the event seeks to contribute to the preservation of Cowboy heritage through education, the arts, celebrations, gatherings, rodeos, and community activities.
For more information, please visit www.stockyardsstation.com/event/detail.php?id=27.
Bass Performance Hall: June 23 – June 28, 2015.
Be enchanted by the Broadway musical performance of CINDERELLA at the Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall June 23-28. Performances will be held Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Bass Performance Hall is nationally recognized as one of the “Top 10 Opera Houses in the World” and is located in heart of downtown’s Sundance Square district. Public tours are offered as well and held every Saturday at 10:30 a.m.
For more information, please visit www.basshall.com.
The Trinity River: June 11 – August 13, 2015
This free weekly summer concert series offers a unique twist with the stage located on the banks of the Trinity River in the shadow of downtown Fort Worth. Rockin’ The River takes place every Thursday night from June 11 through August 13, with gates opening at 4:30 p.m. Visitors can enjoy the show from a tube with brew in hand or landlubbers can bring a chair or blanket and enjoy from the shore. Each evening concludes with fireworks show over the river. Guests are offered tubes to rent, food from Salsa Limon and cold beer to boot. For more information, please visit www.rockintheriverfw.com.
National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame: May 2015
In May 2015, the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame will unveil the results of renovations of the downstairs level. The museum currently includes interactive exhibit galleries that feature artifacts of the permanent collection, two theaters and the archives house more than 4,000 artifacts and information about more than 750 remarkable women. The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame is the only museum in the world dedicated to honoring women of the American West who have displayed extraordinary courage and pioneer spirit in their trailblazing efforts. For more information, please visit www.cowgirl.net.