The Stockyards National Historic District is the heart of cowboy culture in Fort Worth, filled with rodeos, cattle drives, and museums designed celebrate the city’s Western roots. So it’s only fitting that the Stockyards is the setting for the Cowtown Opry, a group of musicians and performers that play Western music as a way to preserve and promote Fort Worth’s cowboy heritage. Contrary to what you might think, members of the Opry don’t play country; they perform cowboy ballads, Texas music, and Western swing.
The Cowboy Opry performs nearly every Sunday at 2 pm on the steps of the Livestock Exchange Building. Because the group doesn’t have a formal venue, there are no cushy seats or concessions awaiting onlookers, but those minor inconveniences are made up for with good atmosphere and great music.