2020 has been a year for the history books. Panther Island Pavilion was a popular place for outdoor activities this year providing a park space to escape from the challenges that the pandemic brought on. Be it in a tube, on a bike or in a virtual format the community found ways to support causes and create fun while staying safe.
Read below a few highlights
- The annual Fort Worth’s Fourth fireworks show returned to the skies over Panther Island Pavilion even larger than ever this year. In-person activities were canceled but the show went on offering kids and adults alike the opportunity to safely celebrate our Independence Day from afar. Event staff coordinated a complete shutdown of the festival site and surrounding arterials, encouraging the community to watch from afar or by livestream from their home to maintain social distancing. KDFW Fox 4 provided a live stream and 95.9 The Ranch broadcasted the music. The fireworks show was made possible by generous contributions from Lockheed Martin and TRWD and celebrated those that fought for our freedom and honored first responders, healthcare workers, and everyone on the front line.
- New this year, the Panther Island Beach concessions expanded to 6 days a week. A concession stand served trail users and beachgoers with drinks and snacks available to purchase. On weekends, a food truck, waterfront yoga classes, and acoustic performers were added. Rental options were expanded to include more pedal boats to keep up with the demand. The Panther Island Pavilion Beach provided an option for people to bring their families and enjoy the Trinity River. With white squares painted across the lawn, the set up worked perfectly for families to choose a spot and safely social distance.
- Waterfront Yoga Sundays started during the summer months and due to popularity, the sessions were extended through the end of the year thanks to yoga instructor Jordan Palmer of Fort Worth Community Yoga.
- Oktoberfest Fort Worth was canceled this year, but that did not stop fans from celebrating in their own way! The festival still sold their classic hat pins and steins with proceeds benefitting TRWD’s Trinity River recreation & programming initiatives. Fans tuned into Facebook for a virtual prost with Alex Meixner who sang Ein Prosit in honor of the festival.
- The inaugural River and Blues Festival brought live music back to the Main Stage on November 13 and 14. The diverse line up featured performers such as Maddie & Tae, Samantha Fish, Bart Crow, Casey James, Courtney Patton & Jason Eady, Kirk House, Charley Crockett, Kody West, Southern Avenue, Johnathan Tyler & The Northern Lights, and Alaina Kay. Festival-goers had a choice between VIP tables or general admission tickets which offered a white painted square for attendees to put their chairs and properly social distance on the lawn.
- Backwoods Paddlesports opened up for their 8th season offering canoe, kayak, and stand-up paddleboard rentals on the Trinity River at Panther Island Pavilion. More than 12,500 individuals paddled with them this season, an 88% increase from 2019. Customers also had the opportunity to help clean the Trinity and collect around 200 bags of trash during their time out on the river. With the growing popularity of the river recreation, Backwoods hosted five on Sunset and Night paddles for the second year in a row, which accommodated 42 people.
- Fort Worth Bike Sharing B-cycle station located at Taylor Circle has made it easier than ever to hop on and off at the venue and enjoy the Trinity Trails. The station is the best overall performing downtown station and the 7th best overall performing station. Over 5,069 bikes were checked out at the Taylor Circle to date in 2020 which is a 140% increase from 2019.
- Operation Airdrop was a tribute that occurred on Memorial Day to honor healthcare workers and first responders on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, and as always for our military heroes who have given the ultimate sacrifice. Due to the rainfall happening during the early afternoon in Fort Worth, the scheduled parachute was unable to happen, but veteran parachuters met at the top of the hill at PIP for a smoke and ground show.
- The Veterans Day Parade mobilized in the parking lot of Panther Island Pavilion on November 11. There was a brief opening ceremony followed by a Marine Corps Flyover at 11am. Shortly after the flyover, the motorcade began their route down Forest Park Boulevard where watchers stood and cheered, then circled back to Panther Island Pavilion.
- Step Up For Down Syndrome, Fort Worth Marathon, Pumpkin Spice, and Thanksgiving Day Run offered an in-person opportunity to hop on the Trinity trails for a walk or run. The events were modified to reduce gathering and provided a fun and safe way to exercise.
- Jude Walk, Walk to End Alzheimer’s and Great Strides all continued to raise money and host their events virtually, encouraging participants to get out and walk for a cause in their own neighborhood.
Pumpkin Spice 5K, 10K & Half Marathon returned to Panther Island Pavilion on Saturday, November 21 for another great event produced by Run Project.
The participants had the option this year to sign-up for the in-person race or to participate virtually, while still being able to earn the great swag that comes with the Pumpkin Spice Run. Even though the event was slightly different from the past, there was still a lot of fun had at Panther Island Pavilion that Saturday! See y’all next year.
Check out the list of the walks/runs coming to Fort Worth and happening virtually! Register, create a team, and/or donate to a cause today.
- September 1- October 31 Oktoberfest Run Und Ride – Let Run Project help you make your “stuck at home” Oktoberfest this virtual self-guided race. Run or ride the routes, stop into local restaurants, and make your own Oktoberfest experience in Fort Worth. The race benefits aa nonprofit of your choice DKMS, Bruce Wood Dance, SPCA of Texas, Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Animal Rescue Crusaders of North Texas, or Leukemia of Texas
- October 17 Step Up For Down Syndrome 5K – The Step Up for Down Syndrome 5K is an annual 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 24 Virtual 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 at home! This event benefits the American Diabetes Association.
- October 29 Great Strides: Virtual Concert – Join the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for an evening of live music, an online silent auction, and more at the Virtual CF Concert Series presented by Swingle Collins & Associates and Quorum Software. Thursday, October 29th at 7:30 pm featuring Rhett Miller and friends.
- October 31 Virtual Walk to End Alzheimer’s – The world’s largest event that raises awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support, and research, has gone virtual. This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions.
- November 14 Virtual JDRF One Walk – This fall, the Greater Fort Worth JDRF One Walk will take place! Although we will not be able to gather together in person, Walk will NOT change the commitment to finding a cure. From walking in your neighborhood park to virtually walking with friends and family around the world, your ability to “reimagine” One Walk this year is limitless. Register to participate in the first-ever JDRF National Walk Day to be held on November 1, 2020!
- November 8 Fort Worth Marathon – Mark your calendars now for the 14th Annual Fort Worth Marathon. Pick from the Marathon, 20 Mile, or Half Marathon race to participate in. The Marathon is an annual running event that raises funds to fight childhood obesity in the Tarrant County area and in the school systems.
For a full list of our events click here.
Panther Island Pavilion is getting ready to kick off our 2020 event season at the end of this month! We have a full line-up of a variety of events to offer Fort Worthians and out of town visitors.
March 27 & 28 Cowtown Cook-off and Music Festival
Whether you participate in the BBQ cook-off, take part in the fun at the kid zone or listen to the free concerts from local acts such as Austin Allsup, this two-day event is one not to miss! This event benefits Cops for Kids, Brotherhood for the Fallen, Assist the Officer, and the PAL program and is hosted by the Forth Worth Police Officer Association.
April 4 Water Lanter Festival
Voted #1 festival by USA Today, Water Lantern Festival is returning to Fort Worth! Water Lantern Festival is an amazing experience where you’ll witness the magic of lanterns as they light up the Trinity River. Buy tickets before this event sells out!
April 18 March for Babies
Join March for Dimes as they participate in a three-mile, family-friendly walk on Saturday, April 18. March for Babies is the opportunity to support March of Dimes as it continues to fight for the health of all moms and babies. Register today!
April 25 Syndicate Smokedown
Syndicate Smokedown is Cowtown’s premier large-scale nonprofit BBQ competition hosted by the Fort Worth Stock Show Syndicate. Enjoy live music (headliner and opening acts will be announced soon), beer and other beverages, and of course, BBQ ready for you to eat.
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.
Many started off their holiday and attended the COX Thanksgiving Day Run at Panther Island Pavilion on November 28, 2019.
Runners arrived at the venue with rainy, cold weather, but were thankful by the start of the race, the rain had stopped once the race kicked off. Participants had the option to enter into the 1-mile walk, 5K, 10K, or half-marathon. With great company and Santa Clause present, the Thanksgiving Day Run was a successful event!
Pumpkin Spice 5K, 10K & Half Marathon returned to Panther Island Pavilion on Saturday, November 23 for another great run!
With over 2,400 participants, the event helped raise money for Leukemia Texas. The participants had a great time before and after running enjoying treats such as Avoca Coffee, pumpkin spiced hot chocolate, and watching a pie-eating contest and much more!
JDRF One Walk was hosted out at Panther Island Pavilion on November 16 – Fort Worth, TX
JDRF Greater Fort Worth/Arlington hosted a big celebration! The walk was a fun, family-friendly event where dedicated walkers, volunteers, and sponsors raise money to make living with T1D safer and healthier until it is no longer a threat.
Thanks to the Fort Worth community, JDRF raised over $357,600, surpassing their online goal of $400,000!
Fort Worth at Panther Island Pavilion – November 11, 2019
Congratulations to all that participated in this year’s Fort Worth Marathon! The Fort Worth Marathon is a non-profit organization. The Marathon is an annual running event that raises funds to fight childhood obesity in the Tarrant County area and in the school systems. This year’s race had nearly 950 runners.
Congrats again to all that participated and to the lucky couple that got engaged at the end of the race. See you in 2020.
Panther Island Pavilion was excited to host Walk to End Alzheimer’s on October 26.
Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s helped raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. This inspiring event had participants of all ages and abilities that helped reclaim the future for millions. They raised $370,212 at this year’s walk!
If you did not attend the walk and would still like to donate click here and help them reach their online goal of $465,000.
Step Up For Down Syndrome was held at Panther Island Pavilion on October 19—Fort Worth, TX.
Participants joined together to walk in either the family or run in the newly added 5K! The walk supports individuals with Down Syndrome and their families through education, outreach, support, and social engagement, as well as, the exchange of ideas and experiences.
Fort Worth St. Jude Walk/ Run to End Childhood Cancer was hosted out at Panther Island Pavilion on September 21. The event was put on by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – Texas.
September is Child Cancer Awareness Month and what better what to celebrate this month than walk for a cause! Every dollar raised helps support the lifesaving mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, where families never receive a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.
What a celebration it was and thanks to the Fort Worth community, they were able to raise over $60,000 for the kids of St. Jude!