TRAVEL + LEISURE: You Can Enjoy a Live Concert While Floating on a River in Texas

The best seats in the house for a summer concert just might be an inner tube.

The Rockin’ the River live music series in Fort Worth, Texas, takes place on a waterfront stage by the Trinity River, where audiences can enjoy weekly shows while floating on the water. Even better? The shows are free, tube rentals are just $6, and the nights end with fireworks over the city’s skyline.

Located at the Panther Island Pavilion on Purcey Street, the Rockin’ the River concert series — which is celebrating its 10th year — is welcoming 30 bands over six weeks every Saturday through Aug. 7. Visitors can expect a variety of music genres, with upcoming headliners including country singer Chris Colston on July 24, rock musicians Cody Canada and the Departed on July 31, and country star John Baumann on Aug. 7. Supporting acts include Comanche Moon, Austin Meade, Teague Brothers Band, and Western Youth.

The exact schedules are available on the site each week, but gates typically open at 1 p.m., with music starting at 2:15 p.m., headliners at 6:45 p.m., and the fireworks show kicking off at 9:25 p.m. Parking is available onsite for $10.

Kids are technically allowed, but organizers caution that the event involves loud music and alcohol (yes, beer is allowed on the river), and that those less than 30 inches tall aren’t allowed in the water. Life jackets are also required for those 12 years old and younger and can be borrowed for free on-site. Canine friends are also allowed to join in the fun, as long as they are leashed.


Those who prefer not to get their feet wet can still enjoy the show from the shore.

If concerts from the river aren’t your thing, the Panther Island Pavilion is open seven days a week with other summer activities, including rentals of pedal boats, kayaks, canoes, paddle boards, and, of course, inner tubes.

Fort Worth’s Fourth Returns to Panther Island Pavilion

The celebration returns with a modified format on July 4th

Celebrate Independence Day with an evening of festival food, drinks, live music and the largest fireworks show in North Texas on July 4 at Fort Worth’s Fourth. We are excited to re-open the festival grounds this year to give patrons the opportunity to return, spread out and enjoy the evening and fireworks along the banks of the Trinity River at Panther Island Pavilion. Admission to the festival grounds is still FREE as Fort Worth’s Fourth continues to be a gift to the community.

Attendees are encouraged to enter the festival grounds as early as 6:00 pm for the fireworks show that includes spectacular special effects that can’t be seen from a far! Come early and claim a spot. Chairs and blankets are allowed.

The evening format includes local food and beverage vendors who will be on site with multiple stands throughout the festival grounds. No outside coolers are allowed. Ray Johnston Band will kick off the fest with live music on the Main Stage. As the sun goes down, the sounds of Party Machine Band will fill the evening air. The high-energy cover band will play dance favorites and pump up the crowd for the spectacular fireworks finale. At 9:30 pm, the Fort Worth sky will be lit up with a 29-minute fireworks show which is the largest in North Texas on July 4th.

Modified Fort Worth’s Fourth Schedule:

  • 6:00 pm Gates Open
  • 6:00 pm Ray Johnston Band on the Main Stage
  • 8:10 pm Party Machine Band on the Main Stage
  • 9:30 pm Fireworks Show

The public is allowed to bring their own tube and float from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. At 8:00 pm, the water will be cleared before dark. No tubes will be available to rent or use this year due to the reduced hours of the festival. There will also be no kids activities.

For details on the 2021 modifications go to

Fort Worth’s Fourth is made possible by our presenting sponsors Tarrant Regional Water District, Coors Light, Andrews Distributing, Lockheed Martin and Gopuff. Special thanks to our media sponsors KDFW FOX 4, 95.9 The Ranch and 92.1 Hank FM.

River & Blues Festival to Offer Fully Immersive Live Music Experiences

River & Blues Festival Gears Up for a Weekend of Live Music in Fort Worth


Fort Worth, Texas (November 3, 2020) – With less than two weeks to go, River & Blues Festival is gearing up for the live music festival experience of the year. The festival is offering multiple safe and fun experiences for its attendees, including Platinum and VIP opportunities.


“This is set to be a fantastic event,” said Jennifer Ellison, festival co-founder. “Not only are we bringing some of the best country and blues artists to Fort Worth, but we are excited to be working with some of Fort Worth’s best chefs to create a unique and fun festival experience for our guests.”


Along with a fantastic lineup of food trucks that will be available for all festival attendees, River & Blues Festival has enlisted Magdalena’s, Heim Barbecue, and Vestals for unique menus and chef experiences for VIP and Platinum ticket holders. In addition to this partnership, VIP and Platinum ticket holders will be treated to reserved stage-front seating, premium bar, exclusive parking, private restrooms, and more. For more information on Platinum and VIP tickets for River & Blues Festival, please visit

The river will ramble with artists like Charley Crockett, Bart Crow, Casey James, Southern Avenue and more, November 13 & 14, 2020. Get the latest updates by following the River & Blues Festival on social at @riverandbluesfest along with information about the festival schedule, event sponsors, chef experiences, and additional vendors will be can be located at

River & Blues, LLC, was founded in 2019 by partners Jennifer Ellison of Ellison Event
Productions, and Omar Ortiz of 83 Entertainment . Ellison and Ortiz have produced
events such as the Key City Rhythm & Blues Festival and other concerts featuring artists
including NEEDTOBREATHE, Aaron Watson, Josh Abbott Band, Wade Bowen, Judah
and the Lion, Ben Rector and more. Along with live music for the whole family, the
weekend will include local fares, alcohol for purchase and specialized experiences in an
engaging environment. For more details, visit .

New Fort Worth music festival gets official okay for November dates – Culturemap Fort Worth

“The River & Blues Festival, which had its inaugural event postponed from May 15-16 to November 13-14 due to the coronavirus pandemic, has gotten the official go-ahead from Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price’s office to proceed as scheduled, festival organizers announced on October 16.

Like all in-person events these days, it will be a socially-distanced experience, featuring viewing pods, cashless transactions, a face mask requirement, and other safety precautions. Seating will be limited to 40 percent of Panther Island Pavilion’s capacity.

Performers for the two-day festival will include Charley Crockett, Maddie & Tae, Kody West, Bart Crow, Grady Spencer & the Work, Samantha Fish, Casey James, Courtney Patton & Jason Eady, Elaina Kay, Kirk House, and more.

“For the last few months, we have stepped back and evaluated all of the options presented to us,” festival co-founder Omar Ortiz said in a statement. “With our experience and input provided by the city, we are sure that we can provide festival-goers with a great opportunity to enjoy an awesome festival experience all while maintaining safety.”

The general admission area will be divided into 10’x10’ pods, each having a limited capacity of 10 people, that will be filled daily on a first-come, first-served basis. Pods will not be shared between groups, which means some pods could have as few as two people. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs to place in their pods.

There will also be a VIP area close to the stage, with tables and chairs provided for ticketholders. Tables will be set in groups of two to 10 people, and will be spaced properly following social distancing guidelines. These are also available on a first-come, first-served basis. Anyone who purchases a platinum level ticket can arrange for a reserved table.

The festival will also include food available for purchase from a number of local establishments and food trucks, including Heim Barbecue, Cousins Maine Lobster, Kono Pizza, Melt Ice Creams, Big Kat Burgers, and The Beignet Bus.

Tickets for the festival range from $55-$300 for single day tickets, and $90-$450 for two-day passes.”


For more information visit

Rockin’ the River, Weekday Tubing Among Summer Events at Panther Island Pavilion – Fort Worth Magazine

Fort Worthians looking to escape the summer heat can now cool off at Panther Island Pavilion six days a week.

Starting June 30, weekday tube and pedal boat rentals are available Tuesday through Friday from noon to 6 p.m. with live music performances all weekend long.

At Panther Island Pavilion, folks can relax on the public beach in the heart of Fort Worth or venture further up the Trinity River with canoe, kayak, and stand-up paddleboard rentals from Backwoods Paddlesports.

Combat Bummer Summer 2020 (thanks, COVID) with weekends at Panther Island. The self-proclaimed “original social-distanced event,” Rockin’ the River, is a Saturday concert series where music lovers can enjoy a variety of performances from a tube or in the sand. The concerts run every Saturday starting July 11 to Aug. 8 from 1 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. with fireworks to cap off the evening.

For family-friendly relaxation, Sunday Fundays return June 28 to Sept. 6. The laid-back event offers activities for all ages like yoga, acoustic music, and pet adoptions weekly.

The pavilion is taking extra precautions to ensure the health and safety of its patrons which include PPE for event staff, hand sanitizer stations, and increased sanitation.

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.

United Way of Tarrant County, Hear Fort Worth and Film Fort Worth Extend Creative Industry Relief Fund

United Way of Tarrant County, Hear Fort Worth and Film Fort Worth Extend Creative Industry Relief Fund

Musician’s Initiative Expanded to Include Filmmakers and Visual Artists


FORT WORTH, TEXAS (March 25, 2019) – Today, Hear Fort Worth and Film Fort Worth with assistance from United Way of Tarrant County announced expansion of a creative industry relief fund to help support musicians, visual artists and filmmakers who have lost work due to COVID-19.


The initiative spearheaded by Hear Fort Worth is an extension of Fort Worth musician Rachel Gollay’s Artist & Service Worker Relief Fund, which raised $10,000 and provided support of $200 per qualified applicant.


Visit Fort Worth, parent organization of Hear Fort Worth and Film Fort Worth, will manage the application process and United Way of Tarrant County will spearhead collection of donations and fund distribution.


“Members of the creative community have been ambassadors for our city and we need to support them in this crisis,” said Mitch Whitten, executive vice president of marketing and strategy at Visit Fort Worth. “We want to support musicians, artists and filmmakers who have lost so much work and income. We’re grateful to Rachel Gollay for starting this initiative and to the United Way for helping us expand it.”


United Way of Tarrant County will host the donation and application page on their website The goal is to reach a total of $20,000, however, the fund will stay open as long as donations continue to come in. Gifts to the fund will be 100% tax-deductible, with tax acknowledgements provided by United Way of Tarrant County for any individual donations of $250 or more.


Fort Worth Weekly, the local music resource featuring local musicians is the first promotional partner for the effort, helping spread the word through its publication, website and network.


“United Way of Tarrant County is honored to partner with Visit Fort Worth to assist the creative community who have been impacted by COVID-19,” said Leah King, president and CEO of United Way of Tarrant County.  “With so many artists relying on hourly or one-time income from large social gatherings in establishments now closed, this population has been hit hard by the virus.  We encourage the community to support this initiative.”


The fund is open to Fort Worth musicians, filmmakers and visual artists. Qualified applicants will be eligible for a one-time grant of $300.


For more information or to donate, please visit



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Visit Fort Worth is the official destination marketing organization of the 13th-largest city in the United States, dedicated to promoting Fort Worth as a premier business and leisure destination with thriving centers of creativity, culture and commerce. Visit Fort Worth is the parent organization of The Fort Worth Herd, the Fort Worth Film Commission, Fort Worth Sports Commission and music initiative Hear Fort Worth.


About United Way of Tarrant County

United Way of Tarrant County has worked to improve the lives of those in our communities since 1922. As a nonprofit leader, we bring together individuals, groups, donors and service providers to help solve some of the toughest social issues affecting Tarrant County. Each year, United Way of Tarrant County helps more than 300,000 people through its resources. United Way of Tarrant County has no fees on donor designations, with 100 percent of the donations going to the selected agency or cause.



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!