Stockyards National Historic District
Experience authentic Texas cowboy history at the Stockyards National Historic District. Visit the world’s largest honky tonk, explore historic saloons and museums, grab some boots at a western wear outfitter, and catch a train ride or a shootout show. This is the place to be for all things cowboy. The most famous attraction here is the world’s only twice daily cattle drive, where a team of drovers—clad in authentic 19th century clothing—drive 16 majestic Texas Longhorns down Exchange Avenue.
Panther Island Pavilion
This beautiful venue along the Trinity River is a hub for outdoor concerts and festivals, as well as kayaking, paddle boarding, and other water sports. Grab a tube and float on the water, or relax on the beach, which is open to the public seven days a week. With the only waterfront stage in Texas, it’s a popular spot to catch a live show…or catch a live fish if that’s more your speed.
Bureau of Engraving and Printing
One of only two locations where United States paper currency is printed (the other is in Washington, DC), this facility teaches visitors exactly what goes into the creation of the money we use every day. Along with currency, the BEP is the largest producer of government security documents in the US. Free self-guided tours take visitors above the production floor to watch billions of dollars of currency being printed. Two floors of interactive exhibits showcase the history of American currency, and the incredibly intricate art of both designing and manufacturing currency.
Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo
Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival
National Day of the American Cowboy
Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering and Western Swing Fest
Lone Star Film Festival
Bell Fort Worth Alliance Air Show
Fort Worth Food and Wine Festival
Fort Worth Opera Festival
Kelly Clarkson: Singer
Leighton Meester: Actress
Kate Capshaw: Actress
Patricia Highsmith: Author
Kirk Franklin: Singer
Bill Paxton: Actor
Claim to Fame
Fort Worth is “Where the West Begins,” and prides itself on its cowboy history. It was the last major stop for rest and supplies for drovers herding their cattle up the Chisholm Trail in the Civil War era.
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