Panther Island Pavilion

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Panther Island Pavilion Activities & Fun

Panther Island Pavilion has quickly become a staple in Fort Worth. Summer might be coming to an end, but that does not mean the fun has to stop. If you are looking for fun things to do all year round and you find yourself in the Dallas Fort Worth area, look no further. Panther Island Pavilion is the right place for you.

The Panther Island Pavilion is an outdoor venue on the Trinity River near Downtown Fort Worth. This scenic venue has multiple stages, including a waterfront stage and an indoor stage where events take place like live music concerts, festivals, runs, and more. There is also a 10,000 square foot building and a beach onsite.

The Panther Island Pavilion is a hot spot for many festivals, concerts, among other performance events. This is also a hot spot for many outdoor activities due to its wonderful trails such as running, bike riding, and much more. The Island Beach is a great spot for river activities or just a simple day at the beach.

Summer Beach Schedule

In Fort Worth, Texas, there is no way you will ever be bored with the wide variety of activities and events that Panther Island Pavilion offers at Pavilion Beach. For instance, over the entire summer, tons of activities are organized daily. Most activities are free or at a very low cost so the whole family can enjoy them. Everyone is guaranteed to find something they like and have fun. You may choose from water activities, festivals, fitness events, concerts, and more.

Panther Island Beach

At Panther Island Beach, one may enjoy a long day of tanning, playing with the sand, doing a variety of water activities, sand sports, swimming in the river, and more. Food trucks can be found, as well as concession stands, ice cream carts, and more in case you are in need of something refreshing or a snack. The best part about this beach is its waterfront stage, which is the only waterfront stage in Texas. Panther Island Beach is the closest beach to downtown Fort Worth, and it is a local favorite to many families in the area.

Backwoods Paddlesports

Backwoods Paddlesports allows visitors to do a wide variety of paddling activities on the Trinity River. They provide many rentals like kayaks, tandem kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddleboards. Their rentals run from March through November. Backwoods Paddlesports also offers paddleboard and kayak classes for those first-timers. In addition, visitors may also rent life jackets, lockers, drybags, and even purchase concession items. Their hours are Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. through 8 p.m., and Saturday through Sunday from 9 a.m. through 8 p.m.

Main Panther Island Pavillion Events

The Panther Island Pavilion is the perfect spot for the most popular events in town. Here are some of the most popular events of 2021.

Sunday Funday

At Sunday Funday, people can enjoy a day full of fun activities like yoga classes, food trucks, water activity rentals by Backwoods Paddlesports, beer, and more. The best part is that admissions and parking are completely free. This event takes place every Sunday, starting on the 11th of July and ending on September 5th.

Rivers and Blues Fest

The Rivers and Blues Fest is a two-day music event taking place on November 12 and 13. Performances consist of national country and blues artists with amazing talent. Tickets are available at an affordable price so the whole family can tag along.


This is a three-day festival from September 23 through 25. At Oktoberfest, you can find authentic German food, music, performances, fun games, vendors to do local shopping, and biergardens with tap beer. There is no better way to celebrate the Fall season than at Oktoberfest. If you are more into fitness, there is also an Oktoberfest Run und Ride race that anyone can sign up for.

Rocking the River

Rocking the River showcases over 30 Texas country, rock, and soul bands who perform live on the waterfront stage on the Trinity River. This event takes place every Saturday from July 3 through August 7. But, do not leave early because the event ends with a firework show each night.

Fitness Events

If you are looking for fun ways to exercise, tons of marathons, along with other fitness events constantly take place at the Panther Island Pavilion. Some fitness events coming up include…

  • Justice Run
  • Fort Worth Marathon
  • Pumpkin Spice 5K/10K and half marathon
  • Fitcon

Major Ripley Arnold Statue

Within Panther Island, one can find a monument of Fort Worth’s founder, Major Ripley Allen Arnold, which is the city’s largest bronze monument in his honor.

The statue was established in 2014, created by sculptor Archie St. Clair, and donated to the Tarrant Regional Water District by the Arfin family in honor of their late father, John V. McMillan.

This monument is within the John V. McMillan Plaza, to clarify, located at 480 N Taylor St, Fort Worth, TX 76102.

Trinity Trails

Within Panther Island, one can find the TRWD’s Trinity Tails System, which runs through Fort Worth, Texas. These trails are very popular among the locals and have an excellent view of the Trinity River. This trail is more than 100 miles, and people are welcome to ride their bikes, take a walk, run, or even ride horses.

Venue Rentals at Panther Island Pavilion

Panther Island Pavilion not only provides entertainment but will host your events as well. This pavilion is also known as the best venue in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. With the venue rental, one obtains perks including their choice of licensed vendors and concessionaires, multiple site configurations, beach and river access, a great location near downtown, and more.

To reserve a venue rental, simply go on their website. They provide the best value for their clients.

The Shack

The Shack is a 10,000 square foot building within the Panther Island Pavilion. This building has two outdoor beer gardens. Here one can enjoy a cold beer while listening to music, and viewing one of the many events happening almost daily.


Panther Island Pavilion is located at 395 Purcey St, Fort Worth, TX 76102.

For more information, social media handles, and email, visit their website at

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Story by Campus Live intern Fernanda Tronco

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