Things to Do

The top 10 list: Let the weekend begin ... please

The Cleburne Railroaders open their season at the Depot in Cleburne.
The Cleburne Railroaders open their season at the Depot in Cleburne.

1. Main Street Festival

There are festivals and there are festivals that are older than many of its participants. This Grapevine gathering will celebrate its 34th year this weekend. It will open at 10 a.m. Friday with free admission till 5 p.m. After that, daily admission is $7 adults, $5 seniors and kids ages 6-12, and free for 5 and younger. It runs till 6 p.m. Sunday. In addition to the wine Grapevine's famous for, there will be craft beer, food, games, art, even a tennis tournament. Let's hope the weather's fine. Get details at

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The Depot stadium in Cleburne is super kid-friendly. Cleburne Railroaders

2. Cleburne Railroaders

When this minor league baseball team says it's family-friendly, it backs it up with its lineup, which this season will include former Texas Rangers great Rafael Palmeiro, 53, and his 28-year-old son, Patrick. The Railroaders will open their second season at 7:06 p.m. Friday against the Winnipeg Goldeyes at the 4,200-seat The Depot, but come early for the pre-game fun. The series continues Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. Get more details and tickets, $6-$12, by calling 817-945-8705 or at The Depot is at 1906 Brazzle Blvd., Cleburne.

3. Levitt Concert Series kickoff weekend

It's one of the greatest little secrets in the Metroplex, this series of free outdoor concerts in downtown Arlington that runs Friday through July 22. The 10th season opens this weekend with Texas legend Ray Wylie Hubbard on Friday, folk rockers Pure Prairie League on Saturday and singer-songwriter Ruthie Foster on Sunday. The concerts start each night at 8. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, a picnic and bug spray — don't forget that last item. Come a little early for a good spot. The Levitt Pavilion is at 100 W. Abram St., Arlington. 817-543-4301;

The cast of "Hir," opening at Stage West Theatre Michael Evan Woods

4. 'Hir'

This play, directed by Garret Storms, presents a typical American family re-imagined for our increasingly gender-fluid times. Playwright Taylor Mac's comedy is described as "subversive and outrageous." It also puts the patriarchy in a pink wig and, as you might imagine, features strong language and adult situations, so call the babysitter. There's a $17 preview Friday, an opening-night reception Saturday and a pay-what-you-can performance Sunday. It runs through June 17. Get details and ticket prices at or call the box office at 817-784-9378. The theater is at 823 W. Vickery Blvd., Fort Worth.

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Alden Ehrenreich and Joonas Suotamo appear in a scene from "Solo: A Star Wars Story." Jonathan Olley/Lucasfilm via AP

5. 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' party

In a galaxy not so far away, it turns out, there are beer nerds who are also "Star Wars" fanatics. And what better place to celebrate the newest entry into the "Star Wars" movie series universe than at a cantina? The party will be 5-8 p.m. May 24 — that's a Thursday evening — at Wild Acre Brewing Co. in Fort Worth. There will be a costume contest and limited-edition pint glasses. The movie will debut the next day, May 25. Wild Acre is at 1734 E. El Paso St., No. 190, Fort Worth. 817-882-9453;

6. 'Scheherazade'

Conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya, who recently announced his plans to step down as music director in 2020, and the Fort Worth Symphony end their season with "Scheherazade," Rimsky-Korsakov’s musical take on the legendary storyteller who entertained for her very own life. Get to your seats early, though, for composer Mason Bates’ "Anthology of Fantastic Zoology." The concerts are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Bass Hall. Tickets are $17-$88. Bass Hall is at 525 Commerce St., Fort Worth. 817-665-6000;

A stop on the Hidden Gardens Tour Courtesy of Historic Fort Worth

7. Hidden Gardens Tour

Gardeners have flocked to this tour for 15 years now. Most come for inspiration, but there's always the thrill of seeing how the other half gardens at these six homes in Fort Worth's Tanglewood and Colonial Country Club neighborhoods. The tour will be noon-6 p.m. Sunday. One of the tours coolest features are local artists who paint serenely while visitors gawk at plants and plantings. Tickets are $25 each. You can get them at Archie's Gardenland, 6700 Camp Bowie Blvd.; Calloway's, 2651 S. Hulen St.; C.C.'s Touch of Nature, 3912 W. Vickery Blvd.; or Historic Fort Worth, 817-336-2344 or Tour locations are disclosed to ticket holders only.

8. Herbfest 2018

This event, which is in its 32nd year and organized by the Greater Fort Worth Herb Society, is part plant sale, part educational event with vendors and expert speakers. Perfect for the gardener who can't tell his lemon grass from his lemon balm. You can shop for herbal pet products, household products, locally made cheeses, soaps and much more garden-related stuff. It's 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Deborah Beggs Moncrief Garden Center at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth. Admission is $4, cash only; children 12 and younger are free. 817-392-5510;

9. 'Music for Enchanted Rock'

This multimedia performance will treat the eye to stunning Texas landscape photography and the ear to the "ambient classical" music of Austin-based Montopolis, whose sound is described by Texas Monthly as "the great long-lost collaboration between Ennio Morricone and Philip Glass that we didn't know we were missing." The group performs the works of composer Justin Sherburn, who has toured with indie group Okkervil River. He is working on a suite inspired by the Big Bend area of Texas. This performance will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St. Tickets are $15. 817-738-9215;

A scene from "Music for Enchanted Rock" Courtesy Rip Shaub and Montopolis

10. 'Cut! Costume and the Cinema'

The Arlington Museum of Art doesn't promise you'll see Johnny Depp, but its new exhibit does have his costume from "Pirates of the Caribbean," along with others from Academy Award-winning films such as "The Duchess" and "The Phantom of the Opera." In all, it features 43 costumes from 27 period films. The exhibit opens Saturday and runs through Aug. 12. The museum is at 201 W. Main St., Arlington. Admission is $10 adults, $5 seniors and students and free for kids 12 and younger. 817-275-4600;

Sandy Guerra-Cline, 817-390-7545, @GuerraCline