It’s summertime, and that means you’ll have plenty of chances for outdoor performing-arts-going to escape the madness of the presidential race.
For plein air options, consider Ballet Concerto’s annual Summer Dance Concert, Hip Pocket Theatre’s season in the cozy, rustic Silver Creek Amphitheatre and Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s monthlong Concerts in the Garden.
If escaping to air-conditioned buildings is your thing, we hear ya. There are three upcoming festivals at Texas Christian University: PianoTexas, Trinity Shakespeare Festival and Mimir Chamber Music Festival. And the Cliburn presents its seventh annual Amateur Competition at the Van Cliburn Recital Hall and Bass Hall.
Just don’t say there’s nothing to do, because anyone in the local arts world will respond with, “Oh, really? …”
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June 17-18: Bruce Wood Dance Project celebrates its sixth year in Dallas with Wood’s Anything Goes, Joy Atkins Bollinger’s Carved in Stone and Andy Noble’s Skin. Dallas City Performance Hall. $25-$100. 214-428-2263; www.brucewooddance.org.
June 23-26: Ballet Concerto presents its annual Summer Dance Concert, featuring a new work by Luis Montero based on Shakespeare’s Othello, at Trinity Park Pavilion, Fort Worth. Free admission; table seating $50. 817-738-7915; www.balletconcerto.com.
July 23-31: Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth presents its 13th Annual Modern Dance Festival at the Modern, featuring work by Gus Solomons, Jeff Slayton and others, with works based on the Frank Stella exhibit and dance films. Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Free. 817-922-0944.
Outdoor music series
Through June 30: The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden’s evening “Cool Thursdays Concert Series” includes tributes to Johnny Cash, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and more. (Series skips July and August and picks up again Sept. 1-Oct. 27.) $10-$27. 214-515-6615; www.dallasarboretum.org.
Through July 17: Levitt Pavilion’s free summer concerts take place each Thursday through Sunday night. Performers include Dale Watson, Ruthie Foster, Rick Trevino and Radney Foster. Free. 817-543-4301; http://levittpavilionarlington.org.
June 2-30: Keller Summer Nights takes place Thursday nights on the grounds of Keller Town Hall. Each week the event features a concert followed by a movie. Musical acts are Lucas Jack, Vaudeville, Me & My Monkey, the Inspiration Band and Michael Hix & the Holla. Free. 817-743-4000; www.cityofkeller.com.
June 3-July 4: The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents its annual Concerts in the Garden at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. The series opens with New Orleans’ legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band on June 3 and concludes with the traditional “Old-Fashioned Family Fireworks Picnic,” July 2-4. Tickets, $15-$55, include lawn and table seating. 817-665-6000; www.fwsymphony.org.
June 16-Aug. 13: Panther Island Pavilion’s Rockin’ the River concerts return for another season with the Damn Quails, Prophets & Outlaws and Eleven Hundred Springs at the first three events. Free. 817-698-0700; http://pantherislandpavilion.com.
June 17-July 16: Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie continues its annual Lone Star Music Series with concerts by Josh Abbott Band, Gary Allan, Chris Young and Pat Green. $5 before 8:30 p.m., $20 after. 972-263-7223; www.lonestarpark.com/Concerts.
June 2-26: The PianoTexas International Festival features 2005 Cliburn finalist Davide Cabassi and 2013 Cliburn winner Vadym Kholodenko, plus renowned pianists Barry Douglas, Joaquin Achucarro and Joseph Kalichstein and chamber concerts with the Adkins Quartet and more. TCU’s PepsiCo Recital Hall, Fort Worth. $15-$30 each performance. www.pianotexas.org.
June 10: Joined by the winner of the 2016 Lynn Harrell Concerto Competition, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra performs “Orchestral Fantasy & Magic” at Meyerson Symphony Center. $19-$69. 214-849-4376; www.mydso.com.
June 11: Arts Council Northeast presents a MasterWorks concert featuring country, rock and blues artist Matt Ingram in The Marq Southlake Aria Amphitheater. Free. 817-748-8900; www.themarqsouthlake.com.
June 19-25: The Cliburn presents the Seventh International Amateur Piano Competition, featuring 72 pianists from around the world at Van Cliburn Recital Hall and Bass Hall. Recital Hall subscriptions are $140; finals tickets are $10-$60. 817-212-4280; www.cliburn.org.
June 30-July 8: The 19th annual Mimir Chamber Music Festival features top chamber musicians at TCU’s PepsiCo Recital Hall and at the Kimbell Art Museum’s Renzo Piano Pavilion, Fort Worth. $10-$30 per performance. 817-984-9299; www.mimirfestival.org.
Aug. 26-28: The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s Classical Masters Festival features the music of Beethoven, Haydn and Mozart. Bass Hall, Fort Worth. Single tickets not on sale at press time. 817-665-6000; www.fwsymphony.org.
Through June 26: Stage West presents Jeffrey Hatcher’s adaptation of Frederick Knott’s Wait Until Dark. $17-$35. 817-784-9378; www.stagewest.org.
Through June 26: Jubilee Theatre presents Judi Ann Mason’s Livin’ Fat. Jubilee Theatre, Fort Worth. $18-$28. 817-338-4411; www.jubileetheatre.org.
June 3-26: Hip Pocket Theatre’s 40th season opens with Johnny Simons’ Mr. Weaver’s Backyard Circus Presents: A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. Silver Creek Amphitheatre, Fort Worth. $5-$20. 817-246-9775; www.hippocket.org.
June 4-12: Casa Mañana presents Spamalot, the musical partially based on Monty Python and the Holy Grail, directed by Tony-nominated Broadway actor Hunter Foster and featuring Jeff McCarthy and Julia Murney. Casa Mañana Theatre, Fort Worth. $41-$76. 817-332-2272; www.casamanana.org.
June 7-12: Performing Arts Fort Worth presents The Wizard of Oz. Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $55-$115.50. 817-212-4280; www.basshall.com.
June 7-19: The AT&T Performing Arts Center’s Broadway Series presents Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Winspear Opera House, Dallas. $30-$180. 214-880-0202; www.attpac.org.
June 7-26: Trinity Shakespeare Festival’s eighth season features A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Winter’s Tale at TCU’s Hays Theatre. $15-$25 per show. 817-257-8080; www.trinityshakes.org.
June 10-19: DVA Productions presents Jordan E. Cooper’s Masked. Fort Worth Community Arts Center’s Sanders Theatre, Fort Worth. $20-$30. 817-313-3052; www.dvaproductions.org.
June 16-July 16: Circle Theatre presents Tom Dudzick’s Don’t Talk to the Actors. Circle Theatre, Fort Worth. $15-$38. 817-877-3040; www.circletheatre.com.
June 22-26: The AT&T Performing Arts Center’s Broadway Series presents Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Winspear Opera House, Dallas. $25-$150. 214-880-0202; www.attpac.org.
July 1-17: Theatre Arlington presents Anthony DeLauder’s Gracefully Ending. $18.50-$25. 817-275-7661; www.theatrearlington.org.
July 8-24: Stolen Shakespeare Guild presents Rodgers and Hammerstein’s State Fair. Fort Worth Community Arts Center’s Sanders Theatre, Fort Worth. $15-$22. 866-811-4111; www.stolenshakespeareguild.org.
July 8-31: Hip Pocket Theatre presents Johnny Simons’ The Distant Echo of Ancient Youth, adapted from Sogyal Rinpoche. Silver Creek Amphitheatre, Fort Worth. $5-$20. 817-246-9775; www.hippocket.org.
July 8-31: Onstage in Bedford presents Jekyll & Hyde, conceived for the stage by Steve Cuden and Frank Wildhorn. Bedford Boys Ranch. $14.99-$19.99. 817-354-6444; www.onstageinbedford.com.
July 12-17: Performing Arts Fort Worth presents 42nd Street. Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $55-$115.50. 817-212-4280; www.basshall.com.
July 14-Aug. 7: Amphibian Stage Productions presents Kieran Lynn’s Crossing the Line. $18-$33. 817-923-3012; www.amphibianproductions.org.
July 22-Aug. 7: Artes de la Rosa presents the musical version of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. Rose Marine Theater, Fort Worth. $12-$16. 817-624-8333; www.artesdelarosa.org.
July 27-31: Performing Arts Fort Worth presents Robert Dubac’s The Book of Moron. McDavid Studio, Fort Worth. $30-$40. 817-212-4280; www.basshall.com.
July 29-Aug. 7: DVA Productions presents The Campaign Trail, an original musical by Sheran Keyton and Joe Rogers. Fort Worth Community Arts Center’s Sanders Theatre, Fort Worth. $20-$30. 817-313-3052; www.dvaproductions.org.
July 29-Aug. 28: Jubilee Theatre presents Smokey Joe’s Café. Jubilee Theatre, Fort Worth. $18-$26. 817-338-4411; www.jubileetheatre.org.
Aug. 5-21: Theatre Arlington presents Tim Firth’s Calendar Girls. $20-$25. 817-275-7661; www.theatrearlington.org.
Aug. 11-Sept. 11: Stage West presents the area premiere of Robert O’Hara’s Bootycandy. $17-$35. 817-784-9378; www.stagewest.org.
Aug. 12-28: Stolen Shakespeare Guild presents Singin’ in the Rain. Fort Worth Community Arts Center’s Sanders Theatre, Fort Worth. $15-$22. 866-811-4111; www.stolenshakespeareguild.org.
Aug. 12-Sept. 4: Hip Pocket Theatre presents Lake Simons’ adaptation of Don Quixote. Silver Creek Amphitheatre, Fort Worth. $5-$20. 817-246-9775; www.hippocket.org.
Aug. 16-28: The AT&T Performing Arts Center’s Broadway Series presents A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. Winspear Opera House, Dallas. $25-$150. 214-880-0202; www.attpac.org.
Aug. 17-21: Performing Arts Fort Worth presents The Sound of Music. Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $44-$115.50. 817-212-4280; www.basshall.com.
Aug. 18-Sept. 17: Lauren Gunderson’s The Taming at Circle Theatre, Fort Worth. $25-$45. 817-877-3040; www.circletheatre.com.
Aug. 25-Sept. 11: Stage West’s Studio Series presents Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare’s An Iliad, based on Homer. $17-$35. 817-784-9378; www.stagewest.org.
Staff writer Courtney Ortega contributed to this report.