There’s lots of stuff to do this weekend. More importantly—there’s lots of stuff to EAT this weekend. Whether you’re a sausage freak or a veg-head, there’s a place for you. Gather up the family (yes, even Fido), and enjoy a festival or two. There are more than plenty to choose from.
The Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival & Chili Cook-Off promises to be a solid day of food and music. From 4:30 to 10 p.m., check out all of the concessions and try as many chilis as you can fit in your gut, while the kids entertain themselves with arts and crafts and other fun activities. It’ll be at Farmers Branch Historical Park.
Head over to Mansfield’s Main Street all this weekend for their Music & Arts Festival. Today from 5 to 10 p.m., you’ll be treated to Wurst Fest, a day filled with hot sausages and music. Among the 20+ vendors, Knights of Columbus and MaryLou’s will bring their tasty links, while the Buster Brown Band brings the funk.
Lazaranda Modern Kitchen & Tequila has put together a tequila dinner tonight at 7 p.m. It includes a six course meal featuring rib eye and duck barbacoa, all of which is paired with Loz Azulejos tequila. It’s $39 per person. If you’re interested, call 972-866-8900 to set up a reservation.
People always sound disgusted with me when I tell them that I’ve never carved a pumpkin. Is it really that big of a deal? Did I miss out on a staple childhood memory? If you’re like me and your life has been a terrible sham up to this point, you can change that with a trip to Turtle Creek Association’s Pumpkins in the Park from 11 to 2 p.m., where besides the kid-friendly activities( such as face painting and the balloon artists), you can purchase your very own homegrown pumpkin to excavate. The tickets are free but you have to have them to get in. May your childhood be fulfilled.
The Lamar Street Festival is celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the famed South Side on Lamar with a big ol’ party. It will be going on from 12-10 p.m., plenty of time to get the kids out of their soccer jerseys and over to the gig. It’s $5 but children under 12 get in free. Try a bit of everything: the artwork, the film, the music, and especially the food. Musical performances include Carolyn Wonderland, Home by Hovercraft, and the lovely Erykah Badu. Seriously, don’t miss out!
The Mercury is hosting a cooking class with Chef Chris Ward from 2 to 5 p.m., to benefit the Greyhound Adoption League of Texas. Your ticket will include a cooking demonstration by Chef Ward, a chance to enjoy a variety of samplings, and a cool little goody bag. The evening also includes a silent auction with a wide range of prizes from artwork to dog services to custom jewelry and more. It’s $60 per person and $100 for VIP.
Lakewood Brewing Company is teaming up with the North Texas Food Bank and White Rock Running Co-op for a special brewery tour intended to give back to the local community. From 12 to 3 p.m., if you bring at least five non-perishable food items, you’ll receive half off of the LBC tour fee. Admission includes your own souvenir glass and plenty of beer to sample. Make a family happy and have a beer, too. Doesn’t get much better than that.
The Texas State Veggie Fair sounded so fun that I couldn’t wait to tell everyone about it. Now the ACTUAL weekend has arrived, and I’m ecstatic. Along with lots of vegetarian and vegan cuisine, there’s going to be a beer garden, a farmer’s market to shop in, lots of music, and plenty of stuff for kids to do. Not convinced? Erykah Badu will be speaking at the event. Still not convinced? Two words: PETS ALLOWED. Even if you’re not the broccoli type, come out from 11 to 6 p.m. at Reverchon Park and find a veggie you do enjoy. Your mom will be proud.
The Gypsy Wagon is hosting an event called Swap and Flea, where you can find all manner of knick-knacks, trinkets, gizmos and gadgets to decorate your home. From 10-4 p.m., check out all of the vendors selling their unique items. Be sure to stop by Ruthie’s Rolling Cafe and Trailercakes, who will be on deck and selling grill cheeses and cupcakes, respectively. It’s free to show up, so go!
Jake Austin Medina is a D Magazine intern and a journalism major at the University of North Texas.