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Weekend Happenings 8/31 – 9/3: Labor Day Weekend

Dallas Zoo presents Brew at the Zoo

8/31 at 6:00 P.M.

Dallas Zoo

Brew at the Zoo tickets include event entry, parking, a Brew at the Zoo souvenir beer sampling mug, and Beer Card for six 4-oz. sample pours (additional Beer Cards can be purchased at the event). Guests will also enjoy after-hours fun at the Zoo, including live music and animal encounters. Designated Driver tickets include unlimited soda & water and access to stroll the event to enjoy live music and animal encounters. Tickets can be purchased here.

Photo courtesy Dallas Zoological Society/Cathy Burkey

Dallas Symphony Orchestra presents Jurassic Park

8/31 – 9/2 at 7:30 P.M.

Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, see Steven Spielberg’s thrilling dinosaur adventure in HD with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra performing the celebrated score by John Williams. The DSO will be conducted by Constantine Kitsopoulos. Tickets can be purchased here.

Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures

Oak Cliff Brewing Co. Official Grand Opening

9/1 from 11:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M.

Oak Cliff Brewing Co.

Located directly off of the Tyler/Vernon DART stop at Tyler Station–a historic manufacturing building that now serves as the home of Oak Cliff Brewing Co. They will be serving up their Core Beers, including The Oak Cliff Black Lager, The Oak Cliff IPA, The Oak Cliff Export Lager, and the Oak Cliff Farmhouse Beer. They will also be offering tastings of a few limited-time only brewers’ specialty beers, such as the Sombre Imperial Stout, brewed specifically to celebrate our launch–all of which are produced on premises right next door. Local food trucks will also be onsite, so arrive hungry and ready to enjoy great food, beer, and company.

Photo courtesy of Oak Cliff Brewing Co.


Dumpling Pop-Up at Four Corners Brewery

9/1 from 12:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.

Four Corners Brewery

Hao from @haoislostinthesauce & Dixya from Food, Pleasure & Health will be at Four Corners on September 1st starting noon with dumplings! They will be set up inside the brewery (all the way in the back next to the kitchen). For more information, click here.

Via Dallas Observer


Free Day of Yoga

9/3 from 8:30 A.M. to 2:30 P.M.

BKS Iyengar of Dallas

Experience a full day of classes for FREE! NEW Students eligible to buy 4 class coupon for $20. Existing students bring a NEW student , if they buy the 4 class coupon, you are eligible for the 4 class coupon for $20. For a full schedule, click here.

Photo courtesy of BKS Iyengar


Jam & Toast Brunch/903 Day

9/3 from 10:00 A.M. to 2:30 P.M.

The Rustic

On Labor Day, The Rustic will be serving up its popular Jam & Toast Brunch – a real treat as it is typically only served on the weekend. In addition to being Labor Day, Monday is also 903 Day – and The Rustic is continuing the celebration with Texas-based brewery, 903 Brewers. After an unbeatable brunch, stick around and enjoy some beer samples, yard games and live music After an unbeatable brunch, stick around and enjoy some beer samples, yard games and live music – with acts scheduled throughout the day.

Photo courtesy of The Rustic


All You Can Eat BBQ for $25

9/3 from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 A.M.

Ferris Wheelers Backyard & BBQ

Make your way over to Ferris Wheelers this Monday for All You Can Eat BBQ! $25 gets you 3 Meats, 2 Sides, 1 Drink & 1 Dessert to start! Dine in only – No Togos – Arrive Early!

Photo by Alex Gonzalez
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Tight Quarters is Now Open in Legacy Hall

From the man behind Dallas barbeque staple Smoke comes a brand new Asian-inspired concept. Having become a household name in the realm of meats, Chef Tim Byres makes a 180 degree turn with new, nutritious and filling options. At Tight Quarters, Legacy Hall’s newest food booth, guests can choose from a variety of Asian Inspired power bowls, filled with flavorful meats, fresh veggies, and an abundance of spices.

The Steak Pad Thai noodle bowl is one of the many great bowls available for purchase at Tight Quarters. The noodles-to-fillings ratio is just right, and the customer certainly gets their money’s worth on meat and fresh vegetables.

Apart from bowls, Tight Quarters will soon be offering homemade kombucha and Mother of Vinegar Shrub Drinks.

Tight Quarters is now open in Legacy Hall in Plano. For more information on hours and menu options, visit

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Weekend Happenings 8/24 – 8/26: 80’s VS 90’s, Camp Gladiator, and more

Toasting to Touchdowns

8/24 at 6:30 P.M.

Omni Frisco at The Star

Omni Frisco Hotel at The Star will present the newest tradition of toasting to the upcoming 2018 football season. The evening will allow guest to take advantage of the elevated pool deck and bar, The Edge. The event will feature music from DJ SC, signature cocktails, and tailgate-inspired culinary dishes. Tickets can be purchased here.


Photo courtesy of The Edge at Omni Frisco Hotel


Camp Gladiator Stadium Takeover

8/25 at 6:30 A.M.

Globe Life Park in Arlington

Camp Gladiator will host a once-in-a-decade, free stadium dashes across the nation. Camp Gladiator Stadium Takeover is programmed around a free, CG trainer-led group workout in famous stadiums across the nation. The event will feature workout challenges, amazing local vendors, music, food, gear, and giveaways. Attendees can sign up as a spectator or a competitor, and all ages and all fitness levels are welcome.


Photo courtesy of Camp Gladiator

Texas Live presents ’80s vs ’90s

8/25 at 8:00 P.M.

Texas Live

Texas Live will present Live 80 and Time Machine featuring music inspired by the ’80s and ’90s. The event will be hosted by Chris Kirkpatrick of N’Sync. Tickets can be purchased here.

Photo courtesy of Live 80

Dallas Cotillion Club presents SUNday Pool Party

8/26 at 1:00 P.M.

Le Méridien Dallas, The Stoneleigh

Dallas Cotillion Club will present SUNday Pool Party. The event will feature imported Italian beer provided by Peroni + Peroni Signature Orange Crush Cocktails, music stylings by DJ Souljah and DJ JC, SPF Bar provided by COOLA SunCare Products, a photo booth, and more. Tickets can be purchased here.

Photo courtesy of The Stoneleigh


Majestic Theatre presents The Wizard of Oz

8/26 at 5:00 P.M.

Majestic Theatre

Majestic Theatre will present the classic The Wizard of Oz. The magical world from the imagination of Frank Baum comes to the Majestic Theatre stage. Dorothy and the unique characters she encounters have adventures in the land over the rainbow. Tickets can be purchased here.

Photo courtesy of IMAX
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Weekend Happenings 8/17 – 8/19: Big 3, Clear the Shelters, and more

Women Texas Film Festival

8/17 – 8/19

AC Hotel by Marriott

The Women Texas Film Festival is a Dallas-based film festival which focuses solely on the work of female filmmakers. WTxFF will present the world premiere of Amanda Kramer’s mind-bending film, Paris Window, as their Opening Night selection, with Jenn Wexler’s SXSW hit, The Ranger serving as the Closing Night selection. This year’s edition of WTxFF will showcase 10 feature-length films and 25 short films. For a full schedule of events, go to

Paris Window is the opening night film of the 2018 Women Texas Film Festival. Photo courtesy of Studio Movie Grill

Dallas Summer Musicals presents School of Rock

8/17 -8/26

Music Hall at Fair Park

Based on the hit film, School of Rock is a hilarious musical that follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. The high-octane smash features 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber, all the original songs from the movie and musical theater’s first-ever kids rock band playing their instruments live on stage. For tickets and showtimes, click here.

Photo by Tristram Kenton

Big3: 3-on-3 Basketball League Playoffs

8/17 at 6:00 p.m.

American Airlines Center

Dallas will host the first round of playoffs for Big3, the American 3-on-3 professional basketball league. Created in part by rapper/actor Ice Cube, the league combines superstar players and fan interaction before and after the games to make for an exciting live experience. The entire league is operated and managed by the players, bringing highly competitive basketball played as it’s meant to be. The games feature half-court play and rules designed for competition and intensity. Instead of a tip-off, each game starts with a half-court do-or-die shootout. Tickets can be purchased here.

Photo by Benjamin Slavich


Sons of Hermann Hall presents SonsStock

8/18 at 12:00 p.m.

Sons of Hermann Hall

SonsStock is an entertaining, family-friendly event where musicians and artisans join efforts to raise funds for Sons of Hermann Lodge 66. In addition to its fundraising efforts, it is also a celebration of Woodstock which coincides with the anniversary weekend 49 years ago. The hall is filled with Love, Peace and Music, as well as vendors selling their wares throughout the day. Items of interest to be sold in the “Hippie Market” are rare vinyl records, rare posters, vintage band concert t-shirts (covering bands from the ’60s to present day), as well as, tie-dye goods, vintage clothing, woodwork, pottery, paintings, prints, jewelry, and more. Everyone who attends is encouraged to dress up like a Hippie and enter the Grooviest Hippie Costume Contest. A raffle will be held throughout the day to win various gifts and goodies and food will be sold on the premises. The bar always offers sodas for the kids, drink specials and a large selection of cold beer. Music performances around the Electric Campfires will be happening all day long. Acts will be supported by a full sound system as they play around the Electric Campfires. Music acts include The Hammerknockers (special reunion), The Tuxedos, Elegant Solution, Twist of Fate, Zen Bubba, Peace Cowboy and more. Tickets can be purchased here.

Photo by Nicholas McWhirter


Clear the Shelters

8/18 all day

Various locations

Animal shelters across the country are teaming up with NBC and Telemundo stations to find loving homes for pets in need. The fourth annual Clear the Shelters event, a nationwide pet adoption initiative, will be held Aug. 18, 2018. Hundreds of participating shelters will waive or discount fees as part of the one-day adoption drive. The goal is to #ClearTheShelters by finding ‘furever’ homes for as many animals as possible. More than 80,000 pets were adopted during last year’s event, but millions more remain homeless. Every year, 6.5 million animals end up in shelters nationwide — and only 3.2 million are adopted, according to the ASPCA. For a list of participating shelters, click here.

Photo via Getty Images


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Ferris Wheelers Backyard & BBQ is the Epitome of Southern Hospitality

As older Dallas neighborhoods continue to see the effects of modernization in once traditional neighborhoods, good old-fashioned barbecue joints are seemingly hard to come by. At Ferris Wheelers Backyard & BBQ, guests get the feel of a southern barbecue house complete with a spacious, dog-friendly yard, a stage for country/rock performances, and a giant ferris wheel. Frequently acclaimed as the best barbecue in DFW, Ferris Wheelers offers all of the elements that make southern hospitality, and more.



Ferris Wheelers offers a variety of cocktails, many of which are traditional, but with a unique spin. One of these cocktails is the Blood Orange Mule, which consists of Stoli vodka, blood orange puree, lime juice, goslings, and ginger beer. It is a fruity, satisfying drink; not too strong on alcohol flavor, but sweet and tangy, like an Italian soda.

The Blood Orange Mule is a sweet, refreshing drink (Photo credit: Alex Gonzalez)

Another refreshing beverage is the Midway Margarita, which consists of Lunazul Tequila, lime, triple sec, and simple syrup. I highly recommend ordering the Midway Margarita with an additional pomegranate swirl for a sweet and sour punch of flavor.

The Midway Margarita tastes great with a pomegranate swirl (Photo credit: Alex Gonzalez)




When crafting a good barbecue, side dishes are just as important as entrees. The crew at Ferris Wheelers understands this and puts a great amount of care into their sides.

While coleslaw is never really anyone’s first choice as a side dish, Ferris Wheelers’s Jalapeño Bacon Coleslaw is surprisingly delicious. Apart from cabbage and carrots, the Jalapeño Bacon Coleslaw comes packed with meaty chunks of jalapeño sausage and bits of sweet, crispy bacon.

Ferris Wheelers’s Jalapeño Bacon Cole slaw is worth a try (Photo credit: Alex Gonzalez)


Other great sides include the BBQ Mac N Cheese, which is served topped with crispy barbecue-flavored potato chips, and the Fried Okra.



All of the meats at Ferris Wheelers are flavorful, savory, and satisfying, but perhaps my favorite was the brisket. The USDA Prime Brisket is smoked to perfection, cuts like butter, and partners well with Ferris Wheelers’s signature Texas Gold sauce.

Brisket, sausage, and okra (Photo credit: Alex Gonzalez)

The Hot Link, which is a brisket/pork shoulder blend stuffed with jalapeño and cheddar cheese, is a meaty treat one is hard-pressed to find anywhere else, and a must-try for first-timers at Ferris Wheelers.

Another great choice is the apple cider/honey brined turkey breast, which pairs well with Ferris Wheelers’s mustard-based Carolina Gold sauce.

Ribs, brisket, and southern fixins (Photo credit: Alex Gonzalez)

Ferris Wheelers Backyard & BBQ is located at 1950 Market Center Blvd in Dallas. For information on hours, menu items, and events, visit their official website.

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Weekend Happenings 8/10 – 8/12: Margarita Festival, Water Balloon Wars, and more

NorthPark Auto Show

8/10 – 8/22 all day

NorthPark Center

NorthPark Center will present more than 40 top-of-the-line vehicles for the third NorthPark AutoShow. Premier 2018 and 2019 models from respected brands like Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lexus, McLaren, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Rolls Royce, and more will line NorthPark’s corridors for the three-week event. Shoppers will learn about vehicles from Dallas’ top dealerships while experiencing NorthPark’s best-in-class collection of 230 stores and restaurants.

Photo courtesy of NorthPark Center


Checkered Past Winery presents Wine and Magic

8/10 & 8/11 at 7:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on both nights

Checkered Past Winery

Checkered Past Winery will host award-winning magician Trigg Watson for Wine and Magic. Signature wines, pizza, charcuterie, desserts, and more will be available for purchase during the intimate show. Watson first fell in love with magic in his native Australia and later honed his craft while living in New Orleans. Watson has called Dallas home ever since attending and graduating from Southern Methodist University. He has since performed on several national television shows and won multiple awards. Tickets can be purchased here.

Photo courtesy of Trigg Watson


Dallas Margarita Festival

8/11 at 12:00 p.m.

Ferris Wheelers Backyard & BBQ

Join 2000 of other Margarita lovers and vote for the best margarita in Dallas. Tickets can be purchased here.

Photo courtesy of Ferris Wheelers Backyard & BBQ

Low & Slow North Texas BBQ & Music Festival

8/11 at 3:00 p.m.

Longhorn Ballroom

The inaugural Low & Slow North Texas BBQ & Music Festival will feature barbecue vendors, brewmasters, and bands from across Dallas-Fort Worth. Barbecue vendors include 407 BBQ, Bone Daddy’s, Cousin’s, Lakewood Smokehouse, One 90 Smoked Meats, Panther City BBQ, Smoke Rose, Winner’s BBQ, and a dozen others. Guests will also have the opportunity to sip on a wide array of tasty offerings from eight different local brewers including 3 Nations, 903 Brewing, Bitter Sisters, Hop Fusion Ale Works, Noble Rey, Rabbit Hole Brewing, Texas Ale Project, WoodCreek Brewing, and more. The event will also feature a star-studded lineup of local artists, including Bryce Bangs, Simon Flory Trio, Zane Williams, Bri Bagwell, The King Bucks and more. Tickets can be purchased here.

Photo courtesy of Longhorn Ballroom


Foundation 45 presents Deep Ellum’s Water Balloon Wars

8/12 at 12:00 p.m.

Deep Ellum District

Foundation 45 will present a water balloon wars for a good cause. Get wet and wild with water slides, music, food, libations, and more in the heart of Deep Ellum. This adults-only event supports the efforts of Deep Ellum Community Association and Foundation 45. These non-profit organizations work to improve our local community through a variety of services. Tickets can be purchased here.

Photo courtesy of Foundation 45