CultureMap Fort Worth


Sink your teeth into legendary barbecue in film-famous Taylor

The quintessential small Texas town of Taylor doesn’t just have stunning sunsets, fields of cotton, a historic downtown with local shops, and even some horseback-riding cowboys in the mix — it has also been the site for scenes from a whole host of movies and shows, including Transformers: Age of Extinction, The Rookie, Varsity Blues, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and AMC’s Fear The Walking Dead, among others.

Fort Worth skyrockets to No. 1 in ranking of cities with clear 4th of July skies

Fort Worth is pretty explosive when it comes to the ability to clearly see Fourth of July fireworks displays. A study from Australian price-shopping platform Compare The Market shows Fort Worth ranks first among 30 major U.S. cities for the least amount of light pollution. Fort Worth had the lowest light pollution factor (47.15) in 2021 among the 30 cities.

Go on an artsy adventure in history-rich Mansfield

Seeking an easy getaway for a nearby day-cation? Head to Mansfield, which is just south of Dallas-Fort Worth and packed full of activities. Even easier is that the city has already programmed the trip for you, with a cool set of customized itineraries that are perfect for a few hours of exploring whether you're the outdoorsy type, the history buff, or the epicurean adventurer.

Feel the sand in your toes at beachy, beautiful South Padre Island

From sun worshippers to sandcastle builders, kite boarders to windsurfers, birdwatchers to beachcombers, South Padre Island (or SPI, as the locals say) attracts them all. Island life is available anytime here, where you can get coastal and chill out by the water, have a break from the beach at South Padre Island Golf Club, or take the family to splash around at one of South Padre Island’s biggest attractions: Beach Park at Isla Blanca.

Minions: The Rise of Gru finds the fun again by going back in time

The goals of animated properties can be very different. For instance, anything coming from Disney and/or Pixar tends to have relatable emotional stakes, even if the stories are fantastical. But from the start, the Despicable Me franchise has been about pure comedy, whether involving the dastardly adventures of Gru (Steve Carell) or the bumblings of his loyal yellow henchmen, the Minions.

These are the 11 best things to do in Fort Worth this 4th of July weekend

Although Fourth of July fireworks and events naturally take centerstage this weekend (and in one of the events on this list), there are plenty of other things to do in and around Fort Worth. The lineup includes movies new and old, a theatrical interpretation of an acting legend, a classical music festival, a music legend finally coming to town, three more outdoor symphony concerts, and more.

Spiderhead crawls with intrigue, but winds up caught in its own web

One of the oddities of the delays the pandemic created in Hollywood is actors and filmmakers having multiple projects come out close together. Director Joseph Kosinski just released the mega-blockbuster Top Gun: Maverick, which finished principal photography in 2019, and he’s back a mere three weeks later with the Netflix movie Spiderhead, starring one of Maverick’s lead actors, Miles Teller.

Texas-based H-E-B donates $10 million to rebuild Uvalde's Robb Elementary School

After the school shooting in Uvalde last month, H-E-B did what it's become known for: stepping up to help Texans in need. Beyond giving $500,000 to victims and their families, the San-Antonio based grocery chain deployed its disaster relief trucks to the South Texas town to provide meals, supplies, and further recovery resources in partnership with local nonprofits for the people of Uvalde.

2 North Texas universities rank among state's 10 best bang-for-your-buck colleges

By one measure, earning a degree at the University of Texas at Dallas or University of North Texas is one of the smartest moves in the Lone Star State. In its eighth annual ranking of colleges and university that give students the best return on their educational investment, personal finance website SmartAsset places UT Dallas (in Richardson) at No. 3 in Texas and No. 71 in the U.S. It ranks University of North Texas (in Denton) at No. 9 in Texas and No. 164 in the U.S.

10,000-acre ranch once owned by Texas politician hits market for $29.75 million

A massive South Texas ranch once owned by the family of the late Texas politician Lloyd Bentsen can now be yours for $29.75 million. The 9,780-acre Arrowhead Ranch, about 30 miles northwest of Edinburg, regularly hosts hunters in search of quail, white-tailed deer, turkeys, wild pigs, and other wildlife. Some of those hunters arrive by private jet, as the ranch features a 5,000-foot landing strip and a hangar.