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Take a look back on 2019 at Panther Island Pavilion

Posted Jan. 6, 2020

a concert at Panther Island
Live music attracted 14,000 revelers to Rockin' the River last summer.

It was a year for the record books at Panther Island Pavilion. In 2019, the venue hosted 47 events that attracted more than 228,000 people. Some fun highlights from the past year:

  • Raising funds and awareness for worthy causes were the shining stars of 2019. Panther Island Pavilion served as host venue for 12 walks, runs and rides. Nearly $2 million were raised and more than 200 miles of the Trinity Trails were used for fundraising events.
  • Disco Donnie’s inaugural festival, Ubbi Dubbi, was a new addition at Panther Island Pavilion in April. The sold-out event hosted 45,000 attendees over two days.
  • Another new event that made its debut at Panther Island Pavilion was the nationwide Water Lantern Festival. Visitors were able to create their own personalized rice lanterns. Once released, the lanterns gathered and floated down the Trinity River in harmony.
  • The Cody Johnson Throwdown returned to Panther Island Pavilion for its fourth year, and it was a sellout.
  • A signature Panther Island Pavilion event, Fort Worth’s Fourth, returned for its 12th year. The night ended with the largest fireworks show in North Texas on July Fourth.
  • Summer brought more music, tubing and sunshine. Rockin’ the River, the all-day Saturday event, brought in about 14,000 people over six weeks. The summer tubing and music series showcased 30 Texas country, rock and blues bands and firework shows to end each night.
  • The 2019 Oktoberfest Fort Worth was full of authentic German food, bier, entertainment and vendors. It was the biggest yet, recording a record attendance of 18,000.
  • Recreation on the river was bigger than ever thanks to Backwoods Paddlesports. The retailer operated March through November and rented more than 5,600 kayak, canoe and stand-up paddleboards on the Trinity River at Panther Island Pavilion.
  • Fort Worth residents and visitors were able to experience a part of the Trinity River most have never seen. Panther Island Boat Tours opened at Panther Island Pavilion in July. Spectators chose from several types of tours that included the rich history of the river and how it shaped Fort Worth. They served 2,100 sailors.
  • Bike-sharing on Panther Island Pavilion has made it easier than ever to hop on and off at the venue and enjoy the Trinity Trails for an outdoor, emission-free adventure. Averaging more than 7.46 trips per day, more than 2,350 bikes were checked out at the Taylor Circle station, ranking it as the seventh best-performing location out of 46 stations.

Panther Island Pavilion is at 395 Purcey St.

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