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Arlington Texas Rangers Parade Celebrates Historic World Series Championship

Fort Worth's annual film festival is just one of the many exciting events happening this weekend, including a lights display, music celebration, and more.

This weekend in Fort Worth is packed with exciting events to keep you entertained. While the city's annual film festival takes center stage, there are plenty of other options to choose from. Whether you're in the mood for international films, dazzling lights, live music, theater productions, classical music, country concerts, a Japanese festival, or an art exhibition, there's something for everyone.

Starting on Thursday, November 2, the Lone Star Film Festival kicks off with a lineup of 15 feature films and nearly 50 short films spread over four days. Don't miss the opening night film, "Wildfire: The Legend of the Cherokee Ghost Horse," along with other exciting screenings like the sneak peek of the new Taylor Sheridan series "Lawmen: Bass Reeves" and the documentary "Into the Spotlight." The festival takes place at Downtown Cowtown at the Isis and even has a bonus screening on Monday.

If you're in the mood for a thought-provoking film, head to the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth for "Anatomy of a Fall." This English and French film with English subtitles tells the story of Sandra, Samuel, and their son Daniel, who live a secluded life in the French Alps. When Samuel is found dead, the police question whether it was murder or suicide, leading to a psychological journey into their complex relationship. You can catch this film at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth through Sunday.

For those ready to get into the holiday spirit, The Light Park is the perfect destination. Despite it only being November, you can experience a mile-long drive-thru light show synchronized to music by DJ Polar Ice. The Light Park at Hurricane Harbor in Arlington is priced per vehicle, making it a great option for friends and families to enjoy the longest light tunnel in the world and celebrate the holiday season. This event runs daily through January 1.

On Friday, Near Southside Inc. presents Friday on the Green, a free monthly concert series that combines live music, food, and drinks from local eateries. It's the perfect opportunity to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of a neighborhood picnic while listening to performances by The Dangits, Royal Sons, Grant Morrison, Sleepy Atlantis, and DJ Woodywood. Head to Magnolia Green Park and make the most of the final event of 2023.

If you're looking for family-friendly entertainment, Theatre Arlington presents "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang JR." This all-youth cast production tells the story of an eccentric inventor, Caractacus Potts, and his children Jeremy and Jemima, who discover that their old race car has magical abilities. Together with Truly Scrumptious and Grandpa Potts, they must outwit the evil Baron Bomburst and his henchman, the Child Catcher. Don't miss this enchanting show running through November 12 at Theatre Arlington.

Music lovers can enjoy the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra's performance of "The FWSO's DJ Cheek: Bartók and Rachmaninoff." Principal Violist DJ Cheek takes the spotlight for Bartók's Viola Concerto, accompanied by Russian conductor Anna Skryleva. The program also includes Bartók's Hungarian Sketches and Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances. You have three chances to catch this incredible performance at Bass Performance Hall through Sunday.

For country music enthusiasts, there are two concerts to choose from this weekend. Doug Stone, known for his string of top 10 hits in the 1990s, will take the stage at Tannahill's Tavern & Music Hall. Get ready to sing along to classics like "I'd Be Better Off (In a Pine Box)" and "Little Houses." Alternatively, you can catch the Bellamy Brothers at Billy Bob's Texas, where they'll be performing their biggest hits from the 1980s, including "If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me" and "Do You Love as Good as You Look."

On Saturday, head to the Fort Worth Botanic Garden for the Fall Japanese Festival. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Japanese Garden, this festival offers a chance to immerse yourself in Japanese arts and culture. Enjoy performances by Taiko Drummers, Japanese Swordsmanship with GK Sugai, traditional Tea Ceremony demonstrations, food trucks, and demonstrations of origami and calligraphy. This event takes place on Saturday and Sunday, so you have two days to experience the beauty of fall in the Japanese Garden.

Finally, art enthusiasts won't want to miss the Kimbell Art Museum's exhibition, "Bonnard's Worlds." This exhibition showcases approximately 70 of French painter Pierre Bonnard's finest works, including his Landscape at Le Cannet. Bringing together celebrated works from museums in Europe and the United States, as well as lesser-known pieces from private collections worldwide, "Bonnard's Worlds" offers a unique opportunity to explore the artist's career. You have until January 28, 2024, to visit this extraordinary exhibition.

With so many incredible events happening this weekend, there's no shortage of ways to spend your free time in Fort Worth. Whether you're a film lover, music enthusiast, art connoisseur, or simply looking for a fun outing with family and friends, this city has something for everyone. Don't miss out on these fantastic opportunities to create lasting memories and make the most of your weekend.

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