2022 was a year full of fan-favorite events ranging from concerts, festivals, runs and bike rides! We had a wide variety of returning events as well as exciting new events that brought hundreds of thousands of attendees to Panther Island Pavilion. Check out our highlights below:
We had an action-packed selection of NEW events for people to enjoy this year at the Pavilion! Attendees ate their hearts out at the Fried Chicken Festival, Syndicate Smokedown and Tacos & Tequila Festival. Then, concertgoers gathered to enjoy SLANDER for the first time at the Pavilion.
Several nationwide festivals found their home here this year. Ubbi Dubbi, Texas’s premiere electronic dance music festival, returned in April. FitCon hosted its premiere fitness expo in June. Also, Water Lantern Festival had a spring and fall event that was filled with live music, vendors and a magical lantern launch.
This year we got our steps in during our bike, walk and run events. The Blast, March for Babies, Tour de Cure, Bike MS Round Up, Justice Run, Fort Worth Marathon and Pumpkin Spice were all events that brought the need for speed to the venue.
Cody Johnson & Friends performed another SOLD OUT show in October. This live performance featured Cody Johnson with special guests Randy Houser and Hailey Whitters. Over 13,000 attendees were able to enjoy food, drinks, merchandise and amazing live country music with a gorgeous backdrop of Downtown Fort Worth.
We rocked out to our favorite summer tradition, Rockin’ the River, for five straight weeks throughout July and August. The 11th Annual free weekly concert series was moved to Thursdays for attendees to enjoy their happy hour on the water. Throughout the series, hundreds of people jammed out to awesome live music on Texas’ only waterfront stage, ate delicious food and floated on the Trinity River.
On July 4th, Panther Island Pavilion celebrated Independence Day at Fort Worth’s Fourth. Over 93,000 attendees came out to enjoy the festivities with their loved ones. Patrons got to enjoy live music, vendors, the free TRWD water stations, a cardboard slide, fireworks and more.
The 103rd Veterans Day Parade assembled at Panther Island Pavilion on November 11, 2022. The gloomy weather did not stop people from coming out to celebrate this historic day. Spectators enjoyed watching the bands, ROTC units, floats and more.
Backwoods Paddlesports, located at Panther Island Pavilion, increased recreation activities on the water by providing watercraft rentals for the 10th season this year. Renters were able to choose between canoes, kayaks or stand-up paddleboards to view and explore the Trinity River.
The Fort Worth Bike Sharing B-cycle station offered individuals a chance to explore the Trinity Trails, Panther Island Pavilion, Panther Island and more. This activity increased the use of the Trinity Trails and brought more traffic to the area.
The 2022 Tour de Cure: Texas on October 15th, was a morning full of great bikers and great weather. The Tour de Cure is the American Diabetes Association’s largest fundraising and engagement event and this Texas event raised over $160,000 dollars. There was a 65-mile, 37-mile, 20-mile and 10-mile race for the participants to choose from.
There was a great turnout at the 4th Annual Texas Cigar & Spirits Tasting on October 8th. This year’s festivities included artisan vendors, beer & wine garden, food trucks as well as cigar & spirit sampling! Attendees got to take home their favorite spirits and premium cigars from around the world while experiencing live music by Super Kilo, giveaways, amazing food and friendly atmosphere. VIP guests got to enjoy a Meet and Greet and Bourbon Seminar with celebrity sponsors: Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley.
There was such a great turnout at FitCon 2022 on Saturday, June 11!! This nationwide fitness expo returned to the pavilion for the second year in a row for a day of fun and fitness! Thousands of attendees enjoyed vendors, competitions, knight fighting, guest speakers, exhibitors, live music, food trucks and bounce houses for the kids! This event was full of family fun under the sun!
Fort Worth Cops for Kids hosted the Car Seats for Cowtown at The Shack at Panther Island Pavilion last Saturday, August 14th.
The day kicked off with a fantastic 5k/Walk starting and ending at Panther Island Pavilion. After that guests enjoyed food trucks, drinks and kids activities. At 1 pm music kicked off with Steve Hamende on The Shack stage.
The goal of the event was to collect 200 car seats through donated car seats and cash donations and make sure every child has the right car seat for their age and size and is properly installed in their vehicle.
Fort Worth Cops 4 Kids – Since 2003, Fort Worth Cops for Kids has served more than 5,000 disadvantaged children in Fort Worth by providing scholarship opportunities, school supplies, direct financial assistance, and social opportunities.
FitCon brought its two-day fitness expo outside of Utah and to Texas for the first time this past weekend, April 23 and 24, 2021.
The weather in Texas during the springtime can be unpredictable and called for severe storms on Friday, but FitCon did not let that stop them and their close to 2500 event-goers from having a good time. They moved the festival inside The Shack with a revised schedule. There were many vendors onsite as well as a full list of special guests that were available for meet and greets. The night ended with a show by Tommy Vext!
The second day of the fitness expo was full of sunshine and moved back outside! Nearly 3,500 people listen to panel discussions and participated in meet and greets throughout the day along with FREE axe throwing. Spectators were also able to witness armored combat fighting, Fort Worth Wrestling, Pole & Aerial Fitness, and multiple fitness competitions that took place right one site.
Thanks to all that attended and helped make this event a great success!
The St. Paddy’s Day Dash 5K brought the shenanigans to Fort Worth this year. Run Project’s 5K run was held on this past Saturday, March 13, at Panther Island Pavilion.
Nearly 1,200 participants gathered from all over the DFW Metroplex, sporting their most festive St. Patrick’s Day attire along with 300 virtual participants. After the run, the fun continued with vendor booths, awards, a tutu contest, and more! Thanks to those that made this event a success and hope to see y’all next year.
Too Cold to Hold 5K, 10K & Half Marathon moved to Panther Island Pavilion on Saturday, February 27 for another great event produced by Run Project. It was nearly a sellout race!
The participants had the option 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 Too Cold to Hold race. Close to 1,100 chose to run in-person along with 192 chose to virtually run. This year’s race had new race routes right through Panther Island.
Not only were participants able to run local but they were able to give local. They helped Run Project support the Neighborhood Pantry and the Tarrant Area Food Bank! There was an onsite collection of various dry goods.
Thanks to all that showed up! See you at the next race.
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! There were close to 550 runners that’s decided to run in-peron. See y’all next year.
Tubing down at our public beach was extended to 6 days a week this summer! A new concession stand provided snacks and beverages to trail users and beachgoers. Patrons enjoyed live acoustic music from Deric Merrill and Carlos Ramos, food trucks, yoga classes, dog adoptions from Saving Hope Animal Rescue, and more. Pedal boats were a popular rental and some chose to just grab a tube and spread out and enjoy the summer sun in our swimming area. We would like to thank all that stopped by our beach for fun in the sun this summer. We can’t wait to tube the Trinity River again with y’all until then stay safe and see you next year!
Check out the photo album below from our Facebook page recapping our great season.
Operation Airdrop was a tribute that occurred on Memorial Day at Panther Island Pavilion to honor our 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.