You know what time of year it is — when Shakespeare blooms and outdoor performances are more frequent, even in August, which is truly the cruelest month.
This summer, enjoy alfresco performances at the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s Concerts in the Garden, Hip Pocket Theatre, Ballet Concerto’s Summer Dance Concert and Shakespeare Dallas.
But don’t worry, you can get your music, dance, theater and Shakespeare indoors, too — the last of those, notably, with Trinity Shakespeare Festival. And that’s not the only festival at Texas Christian University. There are the annual PianoTexas and Mimir Chamber Music festivals.
In local dance, there’s Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth’s annual Modern Dance Festival at the Modern and, over in Dallas, the first Dallas Dance Festival happens (indoors!) in late August, which should be a big deal.
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And remember, even if the show is inside, nothing’s holding you back from picnicking on the lawn. Just make sure your venue has one. Crack open a bottle of wine, wipe the forehead free of sweat, and take it all in. (Don’t forget the value of a hand fan.)
Here’s a look at what’s on local stages this summer. As always, this list doesn’t contain everything. Check your favorite local venue for more information.
Through July 13: Summer Concerts at Levitt Pavilion kick up this weekend, and run for much of the summer. Acts include Dawn & Hawkes (May 30), Deryl Dodd (May 31), Rick Treviño (June 14), Cas Haley (June 27) and Telegraph Canyon (June 29). Levitt Pavilion, 100 W. Abram St., Arlington. Most concerts are free. For complete lineup, visit www.levittpa vilionarlington.org or call 817-543-4301.
Through Aug. 30: Panther Island Pavilion has concerts in the “Rockin’ the River” series, in which you can float on an inner tube and listen to music. Acts include Thieving Birds (June 5), Eleven Hundred Springs (July 3), Brandon Rhyder (Aug. 7) and the Clearfork Music Festival (Aug. 30, but not part of the series.) Panther Island Pavilion, 395 Purcey St., Fort Worth. Free. For a complete lineup, visit www.pantherislandpavilion .com.
May 30-June 8: Casa Mañana closes its season with a revival of Always … Patsy Cline. Casa Mañana Theatre, 3101 W. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth. $41-$76 ($75 for the after-party May 30). 817-332-2272; www.casamanana.org.
May 30-June 15: The Stolen Shakespeare Guild does Jason Robert Brown’s musical The Last Five Years. Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Basement Theatre, 1300 Gendy St., Fort Worth. $15-$18. 866-811-4111; www.stolenshake speareguild.org.
May 30-June 1: Texas Ballet Theater closes its season with Swan Lake, featuring accompaniment by the Fort Worth Symphony, the first time TBT has had live music in more than five years. Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $15-$190. 877-828-9200; www.texasballettheater.org.
June 2: Pianist Andre Watts closes out the first ATTPAC Recital Series. AT&T Performing Arts Center, Winspear Opera House, Dallas. $20-$70. 214-880-0202; http://www.attpac.org.
June 3-15: Performing Arts Fort Worth presents the Tarrant County debut of the Tony-winning musical Jersey Boys, about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $38.50-$121. 817-212-4280; www.basshall.com.
June 3-15: Dallas Summer Musicals brings back the tour of Mamma Mia! Music Hall at Fair Park, 909 First Ave., Dallas. $40-$85. 800-745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com.
June 4-25: Sundance Square continues its annual movie series Movies in the Plaza with screenings of Frozen (June 4), Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (June 11), Enchanted (June 18) and Father of the Bride (June 25) , each starting at dusk, around 8:30 p.m. Free. 817-255-5700, www.sundancesquare.com.
June 5-29: Texas Christian University hosts the annual PianoTexas International Academy and Festival. Along with the classes for those enrolled in the institute, there’ll be several public performances, including one with Joyce Yang and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Texas Christian University’s PepsiCo Recital Hall, Fort Worth. Tickets are $20-$35. 817-257-7456; www.pianotexas.org.
June 6: The 2014 Lone Star Music Series continues with a concert by the Randy Rogers Band. Music begins after the last race of the day. Admission is $5 before 8 p.m. and $20 after. 972-263-7223; www.lonestarpark.com.
June 6-29: Hip Pocket Theatre’s 38th season opens with a Johnny Simons favorite, Pinnochio Commedia. Silver Creek Amphitheatre, 1950 Silver Creek Road, Fort Worth. $15-$20. 817-246-9775; www.hippocket.org.
June 6-15: DVA Productions performs the favorite 84 Charing Cross Road. Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Sanders Theatre, 1300 Gendy St., Fort Worth. $15-$25. www.dvaproductions.org.
June 6-July 5: The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents its annual Concerts in the Garden, with events at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth. Acts include Texas Tenors (June 6), Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue (June 13), Green River Ordinance (June 21) and Old-Fashioned Family Fireworks Picnic (July 2-4). Every concert ends with fireworks. Each concert, $21-$26 for lawn tickets; $26-$46 for tables. Parking is $10 for shuttle from Farrington Field, $15 in North or South lots, or $20-$25 for VIP/valet. 817-665-6000; For a complete lineup, visit www.fwsymphony.org.
June 6-8: The Dallas Symphony Orchestra presents “Hollywood Hits,” an evening of John Williams’ music. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St., Dallas. $26-$123. 214-692-0203; www.dallassymphony.com.
June 8-9: Amphibian Stage Productions does a staged reading of Isreal Horovitz’s Lebensraum. Amphibian Stage Productions, 120 S. Main St., Fort Worth. $7-$15. 817-923-3012; www.amphibianproductions.org.
June 10-29: Trinity Shakespeare Festival’s sixth season features The Comedy of Errors and The Tempest in rotating repertory. Texas Christian University, 2800 S. University Drive, Fort Worth. $10-$25 per show. 817-257-8080; www.trinityshakes.org.
June 11-July 19: The Shakespeare Dallas summer season features Moliere’s Tartuffe and Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing in rotating repertory. Samuell-Grand Amphitheater at Tenison Park, 1500 Tenison Parkway, Dallas. $10 (free some nights, donations requested). 214-559-2778; www.shakespearedallas.org.
June 12-13: Bruce Wood Dance Project presents the premiere of Wood’s Touch, plus a revival of his Home. Dallas City Performance Hall, 2520 Flora St., Dallas. $30-$100. 214-428-2263; http://www.brucewoodance.org/
June 13-22: Lyric Stage presents the Maury Yeston musical Titanic, with a 35-piece orchestra. Irving Arts Center, Carpenter Hall, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving. $25-$53. 972-272-2787; www.lyricstage.org.
June 14: The Dallas Symphony Orchestra performs Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St., Dallas. $26-$123. 214-692-0203; www.dallassymphony.com.
June 15: The Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie welcomes Grammy Award-winner James Taylor for a concert at 8 p.m. $69.75-$89.75. 972-854-5111 and 972-854-5076; www.verizontheatre.com.
June 15-Aug. 17: City of Keller Concerts in the Park presents a summer concert series at Bear Creek Park, 400 Bear Creek Park Road, Keller. Concerts include Ricki Derek (June 15), Me and My Monkey (July 20) and Josh Weathers Band (Aug. 17). Free. www.kellerparksandrec.com.
June 19: Jimmy Buffet and the Coral Reefer Band bring their summer drive-in movie tour to the Coyote Drive-In. Doors open at 2 p.m. 223 N.E. Fourth St., Fort Worth. Sold out. www.coyotedrive-in.com.
June 19-July 19: Circle Theatre presents Michael Hollinger’s Hope and Gravity. Circle Theatre, 230 W. Fourth St., Fort Worth. $20-$35. 817-877-3040; www.circletheatre.com.
June 19: The TITAS season closes with Shen Wei Dance Arts. AT&T Performing Arts Center, Winspear Opera House, Dallas. $12-$135. 214-880-0202; www.attpac.org.
June 19-July 13: Theatre Three closes its season with the area premiere of Lynn Nottage’s By the Way, Meet Vera Stark. Theatre Three, 2800 Routh St., Suite 168, Dallas. $10-$40. 214-871-3300; http://theatre3dallas.com/.
June 21: “Matsuri: A Samurai Festival,” 1-10 p.m. at the Kimbell Art Museum, features films, demonstrations and more, plus music by Sarah Jaffe and Air Review. Food trucks, too. 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. Free. 817-332-8451; www.kimbellart.org.
June 21: Historic Fort Worth presents a sing-along screening of the 1978 film Grease, based on the Broadway musical. Costumes encouraged. 2, 7 and 10 p.m. at Ridglea Theater, 6025 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. $10. www.historicfortworth.org.
June 26-29: Kids Who Care presents Shrek the Musical. Scott Theatre, Fort Worth Community Arts Center, 300 Gendy St., Fort Worth. $12-$20. 817-737-5437; www.kidswhocare.org.
June 26-29: It’s Ballet Concerto’s annual Summer Dance Concert. Trinity Park Pavilion, 2300 W. Seventh St., Fort Worth. Free for lawn seating, $30 for reserved table seating. 817-738-7915; www.balletconcerto.com.
June 27-Aug. 17: Dallas Theater Center closes its season with the professional, locally produced premiere of Les Misérables. AT&T Performing Arts Center, Wyly Theatre, 2400 Flora St., Dallas. $15-$130. 214-880-0202; www.dallastheatercenter.org.
July 3-11: The annual Mimir Chamber Music Festival features performances by renowned musicians. Texas Christian University, PepsiCo Recital Hall and Ed Landreth Auditorium, Fort Worth. $25 per performance. 817-257-5443; www.mimirfestival.org.
July 4: Willie Nelson brings back his annual 4th of July Picnic. Acts include Dierks Bentley, Ryan Bingham and the Josh Abbott Band. $40-$250. Fort Worth Stockyards; www.williespicnic.com.
July 5-Aug. 3: Jubilee Theatre closes its season with the musical Little Shop of Horrors. Jubilee Theatre, 506 Main St., Fort Worth. $20-$30. 817-338-4411; www.jubileetheatre.org.
July 10-Aug. 10: Stage West does the area premiere of Gerald Sibleyras’ Heroes, in a translation by Tom Stoppard. Stage West, 821 W. Vickery Blvd., Fort Worth. $25-$32. 817-784-9378; www.stagewest.org.
July 10-Aug. 10: Amphibian Stage Productions does the area premiere of Nick Jones and Rachel Shukert’s The Nosemaker’s Apprentice: Chronicles of a Medieval Plastic Surgeon. Amphibian Stage Productions, 120 S. Main St., Fort Worth. $18-$33. 817-923-3012; www.amphibianproductions.org.
July 11-25: Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth presents its 11th annual Modern Dance Festival at the Modern. Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St. Free. www.cdfw.org.
July 11-Aug. 3: Hip Pocket Theatre presents Lake Simons and John Dyer’s Rose Nose Rhapsody. Silver Creek Amphitheatre, 1950 Silver Creek Road, Fort Worth. $5-$20. 817-246-9775; www.hippocket.org.
July 11-20: Theatre Arlington’s youth program performs The Three Musketeers: All Swash and No Buckle. 305 W. Main St., Arlington. $10. 817-275-7661; www.theatrearlington.org.
July 25-Aug. 10: Artes de la Rosa revives the family hit Dora the Explorer Live! Dora’s Pirate Adventure. Rose Marine Theater, 1440 N. Main St., Fort Worth. $10-$25. 817-624-8333; www.artesdelarosa.org.
July 25-27: Casa Mañana’s Apprentice Program presents the musical Jekyll & Hyde. Casa Mañana Theatre, 3101 W. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth. $41-$76. 817-332-2272; www.casamanana.org.
July 25-Aug. 10: Uptown Players present the area premiere of the musical The Boy From Oz. Kalita Humphreys Theater, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd., Dallas. $10-$50. 214-219-2718; www.uptownplayers.org.
July 31-Aug. 3: Kids Who Care presents its original musical District XI: Believe in Me. Scott Theatre at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, 1300 Gendy St. $17-$30. 817-737-5437; www.kidswhocare.org.
Aug. 1-17: The Stolen Shakespeare Guild closes its season with the musical Gypsy. Fort Worth Community Arts Center’s Sanders Theatre, 1300 Gendy St., Fort Worth. $15-$19. 866-811-4111; www.stolenshakespeareguild.org.
Aug. 6-24: The tour of The Phantom of the Opera opens the ATTPAC Broadway Series’ new season. Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St., Dallas. $30-$150. 214-880-0202; www.attpac.org.
Aug. 8-24: Theatre Arlington’s 41st season closes with Larry Shue’s comedy The Nerd. 305 W. Main St., Arlington. $5-$22. 817-275-7661; www.theatrearlington.org.
Aug. 9: Country great Loretta Lynn performs in the Country Legends package series at Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $33-$88. 817-212-4280; www.basshall.com.
Aug. 15-Sept. 7: Hip Pocket Theatre does Johnny Simons’ Nekkid With the Cats, A Wisepecker Conundrum. Silver Creek Amphitheatre, 1950 Silver Creek Road, Fort Worth. $5-$20. 817-246-9775; www.hippocket.org.
Aug. 16: Performing Arts Fort Worth presents the annual tour of 1964: The Tribute. Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $49.50-$60.50. 817-212-4280; www.basshall.com.
Aug. 21-Sept. 28: Stage West closes its season with a Christopher Durang classic, Beyond Therapy. 821 W. Vickery Blvd., Fort Worth. $16-$32. 817-784-9378; www.stagewest.org.
Aug. 21-Sept. 20: Circle Theatre presents Bruce Graham’s Stella & Lou. 230 W. Fourth St., Fort Worth. $20-$35. 817-877-3040; www.circletheatre.com.
Aug. 22-31: DVA Productions performs the original revue It’s a Man’s World, featuring songs by the Temptations, Michael Jackson, the Beatles, Elton John and more. Fort Worth Community Arts Center’s Sanders Theatre, 1300 Gendy St., Fort Worth. $15-$25. www.dvaproductions.org.
Aug. 22-24: Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s annual Great Performances Festival is “Brahms and Dvořák: Two Old Friends.” Guest artists are violinist Augustin Hadelich (Aug. 22 and 24) and mezzo-soprano Zandra McMaster (Aug. 23). Bass Hall, Fort Worth. Festival tickets $36-$144; individual ticket prices TBA. 817-665-6000; www.fwsymphony.org.
Aug. 29: Drummer Terry Bozzio performs at McDavid Studio, 301 E. Fifth St., Fort Worth. $33. 817-212-4280; www.basshall.com.
Aug. 29-31: The Dance Council of North Texas presents the first Dallas DanceFest, featuring local and regional dance groups. Dallas City Performance Hall, 2520 Flora St. Tickets TBA, on sale Aug. 1. www.dallasdancefest.org.
Aug. 29-31: Bedford Blues & BBQ Festival spreads across two stages. Shemekia Copeland and Robert Cray headline. Day tickets start at $7-$10; festival packages $15. 1900 L. Don Dodson Drive, Bedford. bedfordbluesbbq.com.