August 11 2022
Juneteenth is on Sun., June 19 commemorating the day slavery was finally abolished in the US, nearly two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation. This week marks one year since Juneteenth was officially announced as a federal holiday — the first national holiday to be signed into law since MLK Day in 1983.
None of this would have been possible without Forth Worth native Opal Lee, the Grandmother of Juneteenth, who worked tirelessly to bring national recognition to the historical event. Inspired by her impact, 33 members of Congress have signed a letter nominating Opal for the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize, potentially adding “Nobel laureate” to her impressive resume.
In a few years, everyone will be able to explore the National Juneteenth Museum — another one of Opal’s missions — and learn more about the holiday, but until then, we’ve pulled 12 ways you can commemorate Juneteenth. From individual crafts to community celebrations, here’s what is happening in Fort Worth this weekend.
Sat., June 18
- Opal Lee’s Walk for Freedom | 10 a.m. | Evans Plaza, 1050 Evans Ave. | $25+ | Walk with Opal Lee during her annual 2.5-mile walk, recognizing the 2.5 years it took for freedom to reach all enslaved people in the US.
I am Juneteenth Festival | 4 p.m. | Panther Island Pavilion | $25+ | Enjoy live music, fireworks + food from international and local artists as the festival honors the history of Juneteenth.
Sun., June 19
Juneteenth Jubilee | 11 a.m.-8 p.m. | Texas Wesleyan University | Free | Listen to live speakers, participate in Black art auctions + treat yourself to some tasty eats.
Soul of Sycamore Arts in the Park | 1-9 p.m. | Sycamore Park Dr. | Free | It’s a Sunday-funday with activities like paint + sip, battle art, and a BBQ cookoff.
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- Young Builders Club | Thurs., June 16 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. | Fort Worth Public Library - Central, 500 W. 3rd St. | Free | Let your kids (K-5th grade) get creative with gears that make building a creative challenge. ⚙️
- Morningbuzz | Fri., June 17 | 7 p.m. | Tulips FTW, 112 St. Louis Ave. | $25+ | Kick off the weekend at the New Skies Mixtape Release Party.
Jackopierce | Fri., June 17 | 8:15 p.m. | Fort Worth Botanic Garden | $25+ | After 30+ years of making music together, the duo has become pros at delivering high-energy show + iconic harmonies. 🎶
- Bakery Fresh Danishes | Sat., June 18 | 9 a.m. | Sur La Table, 1151 E. Southlake Blvd., Ste. 340, Southlake | $79 | Channel your “Great British Baking Show” skills and learn to make four delicious Danish pastries. 🥐
LGBTQ SAVES Youth Pride Picnic 2022 | Sat., June 18 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Trinity Park, 2401 University Dr. | Free | Picnic in the park as you connect with other local LGBTQ youth members. 🌈
Father’s Day Cookout | Sat., June 18 | 6-8:30 p.m. | Fort Worth Zoo | $30+ | Treat your dad to a wild night out with giraffe feeding and an animal meet + greet. 🦒
Sir Mix-A-Lot | Sun., June 19 | 8 p.m. | Fort Brewery & Pizza, 2737 Tillar St. | $150+ | Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the iconic single “Baby Got Back” with the legend himself. 💿
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Raise your glasses. This toast is dedicated to Fort Worth’s beverage industry, from morning iced lattes to afternoon power smoothies and evening specialty cocktails. We appreciate what makes our local drink scene unique.
National Drink Up Week is July 25-31. | Photo by @FTWtoday
And to kick off our National Drink Up Week, July 25-31, we want to partner with local coffee shops, wineries, bars, restaurants, distilleries + more to shine a spotlight on our local beverage tastemakers. Find out more below.
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The city plans to revisit the development plans for Panther Island this summer. Spearheaded by Bennett Partners Architecture, the partners will meet to discuss the future needs of the project — particularly office spaces — in light of the changing commercial real estate market due to the pandemic. (Fort Worth Report)
We reported yesterday that 2,000 new homes could be built near Eagle Mountain Lake. The city council has unanimously approved the rezoning that will make this development possible. However, residents are frustrated with the results, citing the area’s traffic problems that will be exacerbated by the new development. 🏘️ (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
Paco’s Mexican Cuisine (156 W. Fourth St.) and 3rd Street Market (425 W. Third St.) both plan to open in Sundance Square this summer. Despite recent high tenant turnover downtown — including Reata — Flying Saucer Draught Emporium and Riscky’s Bar-B-Q have both renewed their leases. (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
A park is being renamed in the Worth Heights neighborhood to honor a local hero. Echo Lake Park will become Ciquio Vasquez Park — named after a Korean War veteran + community member, Ciquio Vasquez. Once complete, a future ballfield complex will honor Patrick Zamarripa — a local officer and little league player. (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
The Tarrant County Commissioners Court approved $25 million to support small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The federal funds will help businesses with fewer than 50 employees with workforce recovery, retention, recruitment, training + development. Applications open Mon., July 11 and close Wed., Aug. 31.
This is music to our ears. The Fort Worth Public Library’s 3rd Thursday Jazz Series kicks off today after a two-year hiatus. Hosting a variety of styles + performers, the series starts with a performance by Carlos Averhoff Jr. & iQba from 6:30-7:30 p.m. 🎵
Stage West Theatre has a stacked lineup of regional premieres in its 2022-2023 season. The theater on W. Vickery Boulevard will be mounting six shows starting in October including Guards at the Taj, Handle With Care, and The Play That Goes Wrong. Season tickets are available now. 🎭
A botanist from the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) is documenting Columbian fern species before they go extinct. Alejandra Vasco led a team collecting ferns in the Andes Mountains to understand how many species there might be, where they grow and how climate change will affect them. 🌿 (Forbes)
Karl’s Fishing & Outdoors opened its first brick-and-mortar store at the WestBend shopping center this week. The shop offers interactive store features to test fishing bait + technology. The new addition is hosting several opening events on Sat., June 18 + Sun., June 19 at its new home, 1621 River Run. 🎣
Mike Smith, the former owner of Paris Coffee Shop, died on Monday at 78 years old. He ran the iconic Magnolia Avenue eatery for 55 years before selling it in 2021. Before the restaurant relaunched last month, Mike passed down pie recipes to the new owners and staff. (NBC DFW)
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