Our fall schedule might not look the same as before, but we still have plenty of events that you can participate in virtually and in person! Check back for new event additions to our schedule in the coming weeks. Find a nonprofit to support and register for an event today! Let’s all continue to do our part so we can continue to reopen Fort Worth safely and responsibly. See you soon!



  • Panther Island Pavilion Beach venue rentals and concessions (including background music) are closed on Mondays, but the beach is open to the public. No lifeguards on duty.  BYOB and BYOP (picnic). Outside coolers and food are allowed on weekdays.
  • Backwoods Paddlesports will be offering kayak, paddleboard, and canoe rentals 10:00 am – 7:00 pm.


  • Panther Island Pavilion Beach venue will be open at 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm.  Pedal boat rentals and concessions (background music, soft drinks, snacks, and ice cream) will be offered. However, in accordance with the recent guidance from the Governor, tube rentals are not allowed at this time.  Loaner life vests are available. The venue has a public beach, so feel free to bring your own tube or raft and enjoy the river within the roped perimeter. No lifeguard on duty.  Credit/Debit Cards only.  BYOB and BYOP (picnic) Outside coolers and food are allowed on weekdays.
  • Backwoods Paddlesports will be offering kayak, paddleboard, and canoe rentals 10:00 am – 7:00 pm.


  • Don’t forget the entire venue, Backwoods, and the river, will be closed Saturday, July 4th in preparation for the largest fireworks show in North Texas that night at 9:20 p.m.


  • Pavilion Island Pavilion Beach Venue will be open 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm with a live acoustic music experience.  Concessions will be expanded to include a local food vendor and beer and wine options. Live music will begin at 2:00 pm. Pedal boat rentals and loaner tubes and life vests will be available. Feel free to bring your own tube or raft to enjoy the river within the roped off swimming area. Lifeguards will be on duty. Credit/Debit cards only. On weekends, outside alcohol and food are NOT ALLOWED within the venue.
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  • Backwoods returns Sunday offering kayak, paddleboard, and canoe rentals. 10:00 am – 7:00 pm.


Tubing Returns to Panther Island Pavilion –   Expanding to 6 days a week

UPDATE 6/26:

Unfortunately, due to recent heavy rain events, Sunday Funday will not take place this Sunday, 6/28.  The river is currently moving at roughly 3,000 CFS and is expected to stay at a level that triggers a red flag for water activity. It could potentially be dangerous to enter the river due to the swift flow of the water and potential for debris. We will be evaluating all circumstances and evolving guidance in regards to tubing. Follow the event website and social media accounts for future updates.


Tubing returns to Panther Island Pavilion and is expanded to 6 days a week! Live music is now all weekend long.  Rockin’ the River presented by Coors Light, returns for the 10th year on Saturdays with five bands and a fireworks show.  Sunday Funday, the more laid back-floating event, continues on Sundays but now with live acoustic music acts. New this year, the public can rent tubes and pedal boats Tuesday – Friday.  Panther Island Pavilion offers a lazy lake- like float right in the heart of Fort Worth. You can enter and exit the river at the public beach and enjoy a relaxing day on the Trinity River. Feel free to bring your own tube or you can rent one from us, either way Panther Island Pavilion is your go-to summer destination. Those looking to venture further upstream can rent a kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard from Backwoods Paddlesports.




Weekday Tube and Pedal Boat Rentals – June 30 – September 4

Tuesday – Friday

12pm – 6pm

Bring a picnic, chair, or blanket and enjoy the public beach and the beautiful park space at Panther Island Pavilion.

Tube and pedal boat rentals available.

Non-alcoholic drinks and ice cream for sale.

Credit Card only.  No Cash Accepted


Sunday Funday Returns –  June 28 – September 6, 2020

Simply put, Sunday Funday is a day of relaxation and fun in the sun at Panther Island Pavilion. This laid back and family-friendly series takes place every Sunday in the summer. In addition to tube and boat rentals, patrons can enjoy acoustic live music shows, yoga classes, dog adoptions, and more.

Every Sunday

12pm – 6pm

Tube and pedal boat rentals available.

Food, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages available for purchase.

Credit Card Only.  No Cash Accepted.

Free Admission.  Free Parking

No outside food or beverages allowed.



Rockin’ the River, Presented by Coors Light Returns – July 11 – August 8

The summer turns up a notch when Rockin’ the River returns.  The original social-distanced event is back with five of your favorite bands playing from the Coors Light Waterfront Stage each Saturday. From a tube or from the shore, concertgoers can spread out and enjoy plenty of open space, fresh air, and their favorite Texas/Red Dirt artists with a little rock and soul. The night is capped off with a Texas-Sized fireworks show.  This event is generously sponsored by Coors Light, 95.9 the Ranch, and North Texas Marine.

Every Saturday

1pm – 9:30pm

Tube and pedal boat rentals available.

Food, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages available for purchase.

Credit Card Only.  No Cash Accepted.

Free Admission.  $10 Parking

No outside food or beverages allowed.


Proceeds from the Panther Island tube rentals benefit river recreation and programming on Panther Island brought to you by the Tarrant Regional Water District.



With your health and safety our primary concern, we will be adhering to the State of Texas executive orders regarding social gatherings of our size and will work to provide the best possible experience for all. Some, but not all, safety precautions include hand sanitizing stations throughout the Panther Island Pavilion beach area; cleaning and sanitizing recreational water equipment after use; disinfecting hard surfaces such as porta-potties, picnic tables, and chairs; social distancing observed in seating and food and beverage lines; posters reminding everyone to follow social distancing; contactless payment options; and all bartenders and event staff wearing PPE if in close contact with customers.


Protocols are subject to change based on evolving guidance from the State of Texas as it relates to COVID-19. 

2020 Fort Worth’s Fourth — Fireworks Only

Fort Worth’s Fourth Modified

Festival Cancelled |Fireworks show set for July 4, 2020, at 9:20 pm on Panther Island



For the health and safety of our community, we have modified this year’s annual Fort Worth’s Fourth celebration.  Fort Worth will still be home to the largest fireworks show in North Texas; however, the festival portion of the event will not take place.  To limit public gathering, Panther Island Pavilion will be closed and there will be no activities.


Thanks to generous contributions from Lockheed Martin and the Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD), we will still celebrate our nation’s birthday with our largest fireworks show ever.  This year we celebrate those who fought for our freedom and honor our first responders, healthcare workers, and everyone on the front line.


The community is asked to watch the fireworks from the comfort of their home, backyard, or balcony.  The show will be larger and taller this year so it can be seen from a distance.


This year, you will be able to watch the show from anywhere, as it will be live-streamed on


You can also tune into 95.9FM The Ranch to listen to the music choreographed to the fireworks show.


For all details on the show, you can visit


The attached map shows the shaded area that will be closed and barricaded to discourage gathering and minimize traffic congestion. Individuals are asked to keep their family at or near their homes for viewing of the show.  There will not be vehicular access to areas near the venue.

Cody Johnson Throwdown Postponed

Message from the event producer:


“COJONation! Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 mass gathering restrictions, we are postponing our show at Panther Island Pavilion in Ft Worth, scheduled for Sat, June 27th. We are working closely with the city officials to do our best to find a new date for this show. Stay tuned to [Cody Johnson’s] social media for any further info about this show.”

2020 Spring Events Update

Here’s a little good news for your day — Panther Island Pavilion spring events have rescheduled to another date. We have a jam-packed summer and fall schedule!

Below is the most up to date information on events that have had to make changes to their schedule based on recent restrictions on special events:

March for Babies will be launching a virtual event. Check on their event listing here for more info! April 18
Cowtown Cook-off and Music Festival rescheduled to August 28-29, 2020
Water Lantern Festival rescheduled to November 7, 2020
Syndicate Smokedown rescheduled to October 3, 2020
GOTEXAN Wine, Food & Art Festival rescheduled to October 30-31, 2020
River and Blues Festival rescheduled to November 13-14, 2020
Great Strides rescheduled to September 13, 2020

To find the full summer and fall event schedule click on the events tab above.

We are thankful that these spring events were able to reschedule and still take place this year. From everyone at Panther Island Pavilion – our thoughts are with the artists, vendors, production companies and everyone involved in the music and event industry that has been impacted by COVID-19.

Mark your calendars to come out and enjoy one or more of these great events and support those that are bringing great entertainment and recreation to our community!

Thank you for your support.

Note: Events in March, April, and May of 2020 were rescheduled due to the state and local restrictions on special events and the recommendations by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) on preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Pick a Cause & Get Active at Panther Island Pavilion!

Check out the list of the walks/runs coming to Fort Worth! Register, create a team and/or donate to a cause today.

  • April 18 March for Babies – Join them for a three-mile, family-friendly walk as an opportunity to support March of Dimes as it continues to fight for the health of all moms and babies.
  • May 17 Great Strides – Great Strides provides a fantastic opportunity for family, friends, students, and colleagues to come together and make a difference for those with Cystic Fibrosis. Registration is free, but walkers are encouraged to raise funds.
  • June 13 Juneteenth Community 5K & Festival – Join the community as they celebrate with the 5K Walk/Run, Parade, Family-friendly entertainment including music concerts, and more!
  • June 20 Tour De Cure: North Texas – Join the movement to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes at Tour De Cure! Choose to ride, run or walk and enjoy a lunch and finish line party afterward.
  • September 19 St. Jude Walk/ Run to End Childhood Cancer – Join supporters in communities across the nation during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month for this family-friendly event that raises funds to support the lifesaving mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, where families never receive a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food.
  • September 26 Oktoberfest Run Und Ride – Oktoberfest Run Und Ride is a celebration in the heart of Fort Worth featuring 2 cycling and 2 running events. Riders will enjoy scenic views of Cowtown and celebrate at the Oktoberfest Fort Worth a German festival so authentic you almost forget you’re in Fort Worth.
  • October 17 Step Up For Down Syndrome 5K & Walk–  The Step Up for Down Syndrome 5K and Family Walk is the biggest fundraising event for The Down Syndrome Partnership of North Texas. This event supports individuals with Down Syndrome and their caregivers through education, outreach, support, engagement, the exchange of ideas and experiences, and social opportunities.
  • October 31 Walk to End Alzheimer’s – The world’s largest event that raises awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support, and research. This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions.
  • November 14 JDRF One Walk – When you join one of the hundreds of JDRF One Walks across the country, the money you raise will support JDRF, the leading global organization funding T1D research.
  • November 21 Pumpkin Spice 5K, 10K, & Half Marathon – Join Run Project for the most festive fall 5k, 10k & Half Marathon of the season. Their swag is sweet and the afterparty is spicy.

New Events Coming to Panther Island Pavilion in 2020

Every year Panther Island Pavilion hosts various events such as walks, concerts, festivals and more! Each year PIP welcomes back events as well as adds on new events to our schedule. Check out some of the new events coming to PIP this year. Be sure to check back often to keep up with event announcements throughout the year.


Syndicate Smokedown is Cowtown’s premier large-scale nonprofit BBQ competition, with live music (headliner and opening acts will be announced soon), beer and other beverages, and of course, BBQ ready for you to eat. Line-up announced soon!


Over 30 local wineries with a selection of over 250 different wines made from Texas Grown Grapes. Sip a glass of wine while you shop over 50 local artists and vendors. Try craft beer from a local brewery and excite your taste buds with Texas-style eats, while listening to live music from local talent


The soundtrack of summer is here. Combining country and blues music over two days, this not-to-be-missed music event of the year invites you to roll with the rhythm. Hear the unique sounds of: Charley Crockett, Maddie and Tae, Kody West, Bart Crow, Samantha Fish, Ruthie Foster, Grady Spencer & the Work, Brandy Clark, Jonah Tolchin, Courtney Patton & Jason Eady, Elaina Kay, and Kirk House Band


Join the community as we celebrate with the 5K Walk/Run, Parade, Family-friendly entertainment including music concerts, Kids Zone, Food Vendors, Outdoor Marketplace, car show, water rides and much more.


For more information and a full list of our event click on the events tab above!




Cody Johnson Returns to Panther Island Pavilion!

Cody Johnson returns to Panther Island Pavilion in Fort Worth on June 27!


This will be Cody Johnson’s 5th year performing at our venue and he sure knows how to throw a party. Year after year, COJO brings sold-out shows to PIP and a great line up for concert-goers to experience. Stay tuned for his full line up announcement coming soon by visiting his website!

Panther Island Pavilions’ 2020 schedule is packed!

Fort Worth’s favorite outdoor venue welcomes new events and brings back old favorites!


FORT WORTH, TX – Get out your calendar and make sure Panther Island Pavilion is all over it! An eclectic bunch of events are coming to Fort Worth’s favorite outdoor event venue. The schedule is packed with old favorites and some exciting new events that will keep you coming back all year long.


New This Year

Syndicate Smokedown (April 25) – Cowtown’s premier BBQ competition hosted by the Fort Worth Stock Show Syndicate. Featuring cold beer, live music and of course, BBQ! You will not want to miss this showdown.


Go Texan Food, Wine & Art Festival (May 8 & 9) – Spend your weekend keeping it local. This event is bringing over 30 local wineries with a selection of over 250 different wines, over 50 local artists and vendors, craft beer from local breweries and live music from local talent.


River and Blues Festival (May 15 & 16) – This two-day summer festival cannot be missed. Picture two days of country and blues featuring a mix of old favorites and new talents such as Maddie & Tae, Charley Crockett Grady Spencer & The Work, Bart Crow and so many more amazing acts!


New Year, New Website

The PIP website got a facelift! Visit and check out this hub for outdoor activity right on the Trinity River. Whether you are looking for an event, looking for a new way to experience the Trinity River or you are looking to bring the next event to Fort Worth, this website has it all!

Panther Island Pavilion Schedule:

Cowtown Cook-Off & Music Festival– Mar 27 & 28                 Sunday Funday – Sundays June 28-Sept 6

Water Lantern Festival – April 4                                                    Fort Worth’s Fourth – July 4

March for Babies – April 18                                                             Rockin’ the River – Saturdays July 11 – Aug 8

Syndicate Smokedown – April 25                                                 St. Jude Walk/Run – Sept 19

El Fuerte FW Taco Fest – May 2                                                     Fort Wurst Corporate Night – Sept 23

Go Texan Food, Wine & Art Festival – May 8 & 9                     Oktoberfest Fort Worth – Sept 24 – 26

River and Blues Festival – May 15 & 16                                       Oktoberfest Fort Worth Run Und Ride – Sept 26

Great Strides – May 17                                                                     Texas Cigar & Spirits Tasting – Oct 10

3rd Annual Whatever Floats Your Boat Regatta – June 12      Step Up for Down Syndrome 5K & Walk – Oct 17

FW Juneteenth 5K & Festival – June 13                                       Walk to End Alzheimers – Oct 31

Tour de Cure: North Texas – June 20                                           JDRF One Walk – Nov 14

Cody Johnson Throwdown – June 27                                          Pumpkin Spice 5K, 10K & Half – Nov 21



Check out for the full lineup and event announcements throughout the year.