Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo
It's always the first big event of the year, and 2011 marks the 115th outing. So pull on your boots, tuck the camera in your pocket and remember: There's a celebrity goat-milking contest!
When: Jan. 14-Feb. 5
Where: 3400 Burnett-Tandy Drive, Fort Worth
Cost: $10 for adults; $5 for children 6-16; free for under 5. Rodeo tickets are $16-$22 and include admission to the fairgrounds.
Super Bowl XLV
Perhaps you've heard something about a little sports match being played in Arlington this year? The party will be running for weeks, all over the Metroplex. If you're lucky enough to be going, and you have a spare ticket floating around, we'll be your BFF.
When: Feb. 6
Where: Dallas Cowboys Stadium, Arlington
Cost: Tickets are $2,000 and up; free to watch on Fox; cover charges may apply at your favorite sports bar
DFW.com Oscars party
Surely you know us better than to assume we'd pass up the chance to tout our own fun-filled event. Red-carpet schmoozing, fabulous prizes, the Academy Awards telecast on the big screen at the Modern, and the sparkling repartee from emcee Christopher Kelly -- what's not to love? Come join us at our third annual Oscars bash.
When: Feb. 27
Where: Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
Cost: free (but if you want to guarantee a seat in the auditorium, you'll need to reserve a ticket through The Modern when they become available)
Info: Read about it at DFW.com later this month.
It has a lot to live up to. Last year's four-day music festival -- formerly known as North by 35 -- set the bar high, with local and national acts like the Flaming Lips and the Walkmen playing in clubs, bars and coffeehouses throughout Denton. This year's fest -- now officially retitled "35 Conferette" -- will feature everyone from Mavis Staples and Big Boi to Local Natives and Big Freedia.
When: March 10-13
Where: 110 W. Hickory St., Denton
Cost: Wristbands are $85.
She's worn meat, she's had an entire Glee episode devoted to her, and she already played Dallas last July. And yet we are still gaga for Gaga. This go-round is still called Monster Ball, but she says to expect less concert and more of a musical, with a New York-themed story. Whatever, Gaga. Just play the hits, light something on fire, and we're ever your happy acolytes.
When: 8 p.m. March 14
Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas
Rangers home opener
It's only January, but we're still giddy over the Texas Rangers' first World Series trip. So our anticipation-o-meter will be off the charts for the team's opening game against the Boston Red Sox. Claw and antlers? Just waiting to spring out in April.
When: 3:05 p.m. April 1
Where: Rangers Ballpark, 1000 Ballpark Way, Arlington; or broadcast on ESPN
Cost: $8-$425 per ticket
Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival
We are Main St. maniacs. Of course, the funky art is always the main attraction, but not far behind are the music (already slated for this year are Rosanne Cash and the nuclear polka of Brave Combo) and the food. (A Bahama Mama from Schmidt's Sausage Haus, anyone?) This will be the 26th edition of the mammoth arts festival.
When: April 14-17
Where: Main Street, between the Tarrant County Courthouse and the Fort Worth Convention Center, in downtown Fort Worth.
Cost: free admission; food and beverage coupons for purchase
Info: 817-336-2787; www.mainstreetartsfest.org
Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial
We like to think of it as Fort Worth's best outdoor party/golf tournament. The tournament is rich with tradition, but Colonial is anything but stuffy. Grab a margarita (or three), bet on the caddy races and stroll the fairways to enjoy some of the best golf and people-watching you're gonna find in Fort Worth.
When: May 19-22
Where: Colonial Country Club, 3735 Country Club Circle, Fort Worth
Cost: $40 daily admission; $90 for the week
Info: www.crowneplazainvitational.com; 817-927-4280
Picasso and Braque exhibit
These two artists fragmented our world so beautifully that their work still excites today. This highly anticipated Kimbell exhibit, "Picasso and Braque: The Cubist Experiment, 1910-1912," is intimate: just 15 paintings and 20 works on paper. But it showcases the work of two masters at a time when they were quite literally deconstructing art and inventing a revolutionary form now known as Analytic Cubism.
When: May 22-Aug. 21
Where: Kimbell Art Museum
'Billy Elliot' and '9 to 5: The Musical'
DFW is no stranger to great touring shows, but these are the year's biggest. First up is the huge Tony-winner Billy Elliot (Time magazine's "Best Show of the Decade"), the buoyant story of a young British boy who moves from boxing to ballet. With a score by Elton John, that musical pirouettes over to the Winspear in June. Then it's the stage version of the classic comedy 9 to 5, which stops first in Dallas in May, then hits Fort Worth's Bass Hall in July.
When and where: Billy Elliot, June 8-July 3 at the Winspear Opera House, Dallas; 9 to 5: The Musical, May 18-29 at Music Hall at Fair Park, Dallas, then July 26-31 at Fort Worth's Bass Hall.
Cost: Billy Elliot, $30-$150; 9 to 5: The Musical at Bass Hall, $33-$73
Jazz By the Boulevard
This past September's Fort Worth jazz celebration was a sigh of dry relief: the previous year's festival was all but rained out. But September brought things trumpeting back to life, with headliners like legendary jazzman Stanley Clarke and upstart Trombone Shorty, and a host of local musical talent, including Telegraph Canyon, the Orbans, Rabbit's Got the Gun and Josh Weathers and the True+Endeavors, just to name a few. No bookings yet for this year's lineup, but we're betting on some cool cats.
When: Sept. 23-24
Where: Will Rogers Memorial Center lawn, Fort Worth
Cost: ticket prices not yet announced
Lone Star International Film Festival
Based on this November's installment, we can't wait to see next year's fest in Sundance Square. The 2010 edition brought interesting new films to town (a U.S. premiere of the latest Will Ferrell movie, Everything Must Go, produced by Fort Worth native Marty Bowen, plus splashy guest stars and their performances across town (Jeff Bridges, T Bone Burnett and legendary director Peter Bogdanovich). It just made Cowtown seem über-cool.
When: Nov. 9-13
Where: various locations in Sundance Square and the Cultural District
Cost: ticket prices not released yet