Fort Worth is equal parts country and class.
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra
Fort Worth is often lumped in with the Dallas metroplex, but this city has its own distinctive history and personality. Don’t get lost in the Big D — keep driving till you reach wild Fort Worth.
1. Esperanza’s Restaurant and Bakery
Before a day of sightseeing, you’re going to need a great breakfast. Eat your fill at Esperanza’s. An extension of Joe T. Garcia’s — a family-owned Mexican restaurant established in 1935 — Esperanza’s has its own impressive menu with everything from chilaquiles verdes (scrambled eggs with fried corn tortilla strips, tomatillo sauce and cheese) to licuados (fresh fruit smoothies). It also serves lunch and dinner.
2201 N. Commerce St., Fort Worth; 816-626-4356; www.joets.com
2. H3 Ranch
It’s actually not a ranch. It’s a steakhouse — and a popular one. Located in the Stockyards District, H3 Ranch is the place to go if you want to eat spit-roasted pig, devour ribs or drink a one-of-a-kind margarita in a place called Booger Red’s Saloon while staring down a taxidermied buffalo butt. Clearly, while H3 Ranch and Booger Red’s take their eats and drinks seriously, they’re served with a sense of humor.
105 E. Exchange Ave., Fort Worth; 817-624-1245; www.h3ranch.com
3. Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Show/Year-round Rodeo
Sandwich your dinner at H3 Ranch between two fun events at the Cowtown Coliseum: Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Show and the Stockyards Rodeo, the world’s only year-round
rodeo. Pawnee Bill’s is the re-creation of a show that toured 90 years ago and entertains guests with rope tricks, trick riding, cowboy tunes and more. The Stockyards Rodeo includes all of the classics: bull riding, barrel racing, roping. Both events are family friendly. The rodeo starts at 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday, and the Pawnee Bill show is Saturdays at 2:30 and 4:30 p.m.
121 E. Exchange Ave., Fort Worth; 800-269-8696; www.stockyardsrodeo.com
4. National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame
Fort Worth’s Cultural District is home to several museums, including the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame. The National Cowgirl Museum shares the stories of the women who helped shape the American West, including Annie Oakley and Laura Ingalls Wilder. Visitors to the museum can view historical artifacts such as Oakley’s gun, thousands of photographs documenting the lives of these courageous women and the museum’s library collection.
1720 Gendy St., Fort Worth; 817-336-4475; www.cowgirl.net
5. Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra
The FWSO is committed to presenting “engaging music education programs for young people to … inspire lifelong enjoyment of music.” Whether you are young or old, the FWSO’s September schedule promises to engage its audience. The first weekend’s program on Sept. 2-4 is especially fun: “E.T. The Extra Terrestrial” will play on a big screen while the orchestra provides the score. The following weekend (Sept. 9-11) will feature more traditional works by Dvorak and Shostakovich. Saturday, Sept. 24, features a special tribute concert to David Bowie, while the program for the weekend of Sept. 30 includes the performance of “Anthology of Fantastic Zoology,” a contemporary work by Mason Bates, who will be in town for the concert.
330 E. Fourth St., Suite 200, Fort Worth; 817-665-6000; www.fwsymphony.org