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Rockin’ the River (photo courtesy Trinity Vision River Authority)

How do locals beat the blistering heat of Texas’ late summer months? On the water, of course. And every Saturday from July 7 to Aug. 11, you can escape the swelter on a tube in Fort Worth at the annual Rockin’ the River music series. Each night, five different bands serenade tubers on the Trinity River, with the final band finishing out the evening ashore. Tubes and watersport gear are available for rent—and there are plenty of food and beverage options for purchase. This summer’s lineup includes the likes of Cody Canada and The Departed, The Dirty River Boys, Jackie Venson, The Peterson Brothers, and local favorites Grady Spencer & The Work. Just as in years past, each fest ends with a fireworks show on the banks of the river. And don’t worry about summer showers—the party goes on rain or shine. Gates open at 1 p.m., with the first band kicking off around 2:15 p.m.; the event closes out a little after 9 p.m.

The June 2023 cover of Texas Highways Magazine

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