Texas Independence Day activities
1 A big state demands a big celebration — or a whole bunch of little ones. The holiday is Friday, but two beer-centric events happen Saturday. First there's the Rahr & Sons 5K Texas Independence Day Social Run. It has an 8 a.m. sign-in with the "3-ish" mile run/walk beginning at 9. Get details at rahrbrewing.com and tickets, $20, online at runsignup.com. The brewery is at 701 Galveston Ave., Fort Worth. MillerCoors is throwing its own Texas Independence Day party, beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday. There will be live music from the likes of Pat Green and Wade Bowen, free beer, free food and more. It's first come, first served at the brewery, at 7001 South Freeway, Fort Worth. Details: www.995thewolf.com
Third annual Celebrity Chef Chili Cookoff
2 Will it be chili weather on Sunday? Who knows? But if you're a fan of a fine bowl of red, consider going to the Celebrity Chef Chili Cook-off, beginning at "high noon" Sunday at The Tin Panther, 937 Woodward St., Fort Worth. Twenty of the city's best-known chefs will be competing in this benefit for Cook Children's, and your vote counts. Last year's winner was Jordan Rogers of Reservoir Bar, Patio & Kitchen. Also on tap: live music, prizes and cooking demonstrations. General admission tickets are $20 ($10 for kids) at ticketfly.com. For more information, call 817-720-6868.
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BRIT First Saturday and GROW activities
3 Kids and dirt go together like peanut butter and jelly. This weekend, BRIT rolls out the welcome mat for spring a little early with its kickoff "First Saturday" event of 2018. That includes story time, plant ID help for gardeners and tours of the building, collection and grounds, all from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Then, from 1 to 4 p.m., there will be a wheelbarrow's load of kid-friendly GROW activities that include seed planting, composting, botanical art and more. It's all free and come-and-go. BRIT is at 1700 University Drive, Fort Worth. 817-332-4441; brit.org
'Henry VIII' and 'Seven Sonatas'
4 You have four chances to see Texas Ballet Theater perform the world premiere of dancer Carl Coomer’s tale of the oft-married monarch along with "Seven Sonatas," a collaboration with the Cliburn featuring 2013 bronze medalist Sean Chen. The first performance is at 8 p.m. Friday, then a 2 p.m. Saturday matinee and an 8 p.m. Saturday "gala" performance with a dinner beforehand and an after-party. The final performance will be 2 p.m. Sunday. All performances are at Bass Hall, Fourth and Calhoun streets, Fort Worth. Tickets are $20-$110; gala tickets are $550 (after-party only, $150). texasballettheater.org; 817-828-9200
55th Fort Worth Show of Antiques and Art
5 Antiques authorities and junkers alike wait for this annual show, which the Star-Telegram once described as "an antique show that lets its hair down." It will open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday (with a happy hour party, 3-6 p.m.) and run 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. It promises 150 exhibitors, cash bars and prizes. Admission, $8, is good all three days, and those age 15 and younger are free. It will be at Will Rogers Memorial Center, 3400 Burnett-Tandy Drive, Fort Worth, so you know parking will be $10 in the Will Rogers lots. For more information, call 817-291-3952 or visit www.fortworthshow.com.
10th annual Funky Finds Spring Fling
6 This show is the antiques event's much sassier younger sister (motto: "Stay funky!"). It's packed with 100 makers of the "shop local"/Etsy hand-crafted school of goods including accessories, art, home goods and decor, candles, pottery, plants and lots more. There are benefit raffles and HSNT pet adoptions, too. It's 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday in the Cattle Barn 2 of the Will Rogers Memorial Center, 3337 Burnett-Tandy Drive. Admission is free and leashed pets are welcome; parking is $10. Get more details at funkyfinds.com.
'From the Lands of Asia'
7 True collectors will understand the passion of Sam and Myrna Myers who, over more than 50 years, obsessively collected 5,000 artistic objects from China, Japan, Tibet and Korea. Some 400 of those objects, from textiles to porcelain and jade, make up this exhibit opening Sunday at the Piano Pavilion of the Kimbell Art Museum. They've never been exhibited publicly in the U.S. before now. Admission is $14, $12 for age 60 and older and students with ID, $10 ages 6-11 and free for kids younger than 6. (Admission is half-price Tuesdays and 5-8 p.m. Fridays.) The show runs through Aug. 19. The Kimbell is at 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. 817-332-8451; kimbell.org
'Jekyll & Hyde'
8 It's one the classic battles of good and evil, love and murder, all set to music. The Robert Louis Stevenson classic is a pop-rock musical in this adaptation by Frank Wildhorn and Leslie Bricusse starring Broadway veteran Bradley Dean in the title role — roles? — of the doctor turned killer. It's at Casa Mañana and for mature audiences only. The run will start with two shows Saturday, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and a matinee at 2 p.m. Sunday. It continues Tuesday through March 11. Ticket prices are $39-$79. Get tickets by calling 817-745-3000, online at www.casamanana.org or at the Casa ticket office, 3101 W. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth.
Turnpike Troubadours, Son Volt and Slobberbone
9 Where do you even start with this slate of bands? You don't — you just show up early and stay till the very last song. The headlining Troubadours are touring behind their new album, "A Long Way From Your Heart," which topped the independent and folk charts and performed none too shabbily on Billboard's country albums chart. The concert is 7:30 p.m. Friday (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) at Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie, 1001 Performance Place, Grand Prairie. Tickets are $29.75-$55. 972-854-5050; axs.com
12th annual Seuss Festival
10 Fans of quick-witted rhyme will certainly have a good time at this celebration of the iconic author, books and, because of its location, public libraries. You don't have to be a kid to want take a photo with the Cat in the Hat or Thing One and Thing Two. The Bedford Public Library will have celebrity readers, a petting zoo, crafts and cake and lemonade. If you wear a Seuss-inspired costume, you might just win a prize. The event is 1-4 p.m. Sunday. The library is at 2424 Forest Ridge Drive, Bedford. 817-952-2350; bedfordlibrary.org