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The Skiff Orientation Edition: Welcome, Class of 28!
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By Georgie London, Staff Writer
Published May 13, 2024
Advice from your fellow Frogs, explore Fort Worth, pizza reviews and more. 

Seven things to do in Fort Worth during family weekend

With family weekend on the horizon, here are seven things to do on and off TCU’s campus.
TCU wide receiver Derius Davis (11) runs past an SMU defender during the 2022 edition of the Battle for the Iron Skillet. (AP Photo/Gareth Patterson)

TCU vs. SMU football game

The main event of the weekend will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23, when the Horned Frogs take on the SMU Mustangs for the 102nd “Battle for the Iron Skillet.” The yearly tradition will pause after the 2025 season. 

“Packing the stadium is absolutely essential for a successful family weekend,” said junior Dutchmen Andrew Meier. “The players really feed off of our energy so it is our duty and privilege to pack the Carter.”

Don’t forget to attend the pre-game party in Frog Alley sponsored by TCU. The event begins at 8 a.m. on Stadium Drive. 

Catch live music or a cattle drive at the Fort Worth Stockyards

The Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District is always buzzing with activities.

“The Stockyards are a great place to experience Texas culture you can’t find anywhere else. They are a big part of what makes Fort Worth, Fort Worth,” senior nursing major Hollan Borowitz said.

At 10 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 22, Southall Band will take the stage at Billy Bob’s Texas. The doors will open at 6 p.m., with Keith Mitchell Band opening at 8 p.m. Tickets for the pit cost $30 and general admission tickets are $20.

The Stockyards also host a cattle drive twice daily at 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. According to the Stockyards website, the best place to view the drive is from the sidewalks in front of the Livestock Exchange Building located at 131 E. Exchange Ave.

Longhorns walk the street during a cattle drive demonstration at the Fort Worth Stockyards on Thursday, March 11, 2021. (AP Photo/LM Otero) (AP)

Places to eat

There are an abundance of restaurants and places to eat in Fort Worth. Here are a few of our favorites. 

If you are heading to the Stockyards, visit Joe T. Garcias, a Fort Worth staple that has been open since 1935. The restaurant serves Mexican food and their famous margaritas. There is a large garden patio area as well as indoor seating. 

For brunch, Yogi’s deli and grill is a less pricey, casual yet delicious spot. Yogi’s was voted best bagels in Fort Worth by Fort Worth Foodie. 

If you are looking for an on-campus classic and one of the best burgers in town, visit Dutch’s Hamburgers located on TCU’s campus.

Visit the Fort Worth Water Gardens

The Fort Worth Water Gardens are located in the Sundance Square and downtown region of Fort Worth. The gardens include three major water attractions: the Quiet Pool, Aerated Pool and Active Pool.

The sound of water makes for a peaceful outdoor adventure, not to mention the great photo opportunities.

The attraction that is closest to the entrance of the water gardens is the reflective Quiet Pool, surrounded by 22-foot-high walls that water flows down. (Caroline Kellam/Staff Writer)

TCU-sponsored family weekend events

In addition to the off-campus activities that Fort Worth has to offer, there are many TCU-sponsored events taking place. Just a few examples include free Rec Center guest access on Friday and Sunday, an official welcome center and reception from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday in the Brown-Lupton University Union, and a multitude of open house and tailgate events hosted by different programs.

For a full list of TCU-sponsored family weekend events, visit https://familyweekend.tcu.edu/2023-schedule-of-events/

Courtside Kitchen

Get active with your family at Courtside Kitchen, the go-to spot in Fort Worth for pickleball, food and drinks. 

“My family and I frequently visit this location, it is one of my favorites. The food there is great as well, I would 100% recommend it,” said Ally Ramsey, junior musical theatre major.

Courts can be reserved ahead of time.

courtside kitchen pickle ball
The pickleball courts at Courtside Kitchen. (Frances Wetherbee/TCU 360)

Live music in Sundance Square

If you are looking to explore downtown Fort Worth, attend live music performances from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Sundance Square Plaza.

On Thursday, Davy Mooney will perform. Friday features the Herald Huertas, and Sundance Square Cars and Culture will take the stage on Saturday. Tony Palos Latin Jazz Trio will close the weekend on Sunday.

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