Panther Island Pavilion (PIP) is taking Fort Worth by storm and we’re proud to say we are the only outdoor entertainment venue in Funkytown. PIP caters to a wide variety of uses such as concerts,festivals, adventure runs and events. PIP is a scenic outdoor venue on the Trinity River with the Downtown Fort Worth skyline as a backdrop. A sand beach provides public access to the river seven days a week for paddling, tubing, fishing, and swimming.
PIP has the only waterfront stage in Texas, a main stage for year-round events and two additional band shells for multi-act festivals. In addition to hosting events, PIP has you covered with the hottest watersports around. Backwoods Paddlesports at Panther Island Rentals is located on site and rents stand up paddle boards, kayaks, canoes and pedal boats. You won’t find a better place to paddle than Panther Island Pavilion.
The name “Panther Island Pavilion” is a tribute to Fort Worth’s longtime nickname, “Panther City”. Back in 1875, the Dallas Daily Herald had mocked that the Trinity River had overflowed and driven a panther up the bluff into Downtown to wander “at his own sweet will through the streets” – a stab at the lack of economic activity in the city at the time. In response, city leaders embraced the panther as a symbol of strength, nicknaming Fort Worth “Panther City” and soon regaining the economic vitality of the city. Throughout the years panthers have still been embraced by Fort Worth. The Fort Worth Cats baseball team, the mascot for Paschal High School, carvings on Downtown buildings, and Fort Worth police badges and fire trucks just to name a few.