Big Tex will be saying “Buh-bye” at the State Fair of Texas on Sunday night, so if you’re interested in Peanut Butter Paradise or a corny dog, better make plans now. And by plans, we mean whatever you do, don’t go on a Saturday or Sunday and try to ride the TRE and the DART. Unless you prefer a two and a half hour one way journey (lesson learned).
Below are some fun and unique events to keep you busy over the next few days.
Riscky BBQ is 95 years old
Fort Worth Stockyards, 140 E. Exchange Ave.
5 pm – 7 pm Thursday, October 20
Riscky’s Barbeque is a longtime institution in downtown Fort Worth. For its 95th birthday, enjoy 95-cent specials at each location, including chopped beef and pulled pork sandwiches, beef ribs, pork ribs, brisket tacos, fried pickles and more (dine-in only). From 5 pm to 7 pm at the Stockyards location, there’s a party with free BBQ samples, craft beer and a live radio broadcast from 95.9 The Ranch.
’90s – 9th Birthday Theme Party
Community Beer Co., 3110 Commonwealth Drive
Saturday, October 22
Community Beer Co. is one of the original craft breweries in the still local beer scene in Dallas. It’s actually about 10 years old now, but after failing to throw a proper party due to construction delays for the ninth time, the brewery is calling for a makeover. The theme is the 90s, so spray your hair out and head over for an all day party where all the over 40s tapes will be flowing. Live music and food from the new kitchen will help the brew taste even better. Tickets are on sale now and range from $30 to $65; depending on which tier of ticket you get, the party will start at noon, 1:30pm or 3pm
MUTTS Dallas, 2889 Cityplace W. Blvd.
Noon – 8pm Saturday, October 22
MUTTS Dallas is partnering with Dallas Doggrr, a local rescue organization, for a dog-friendly music festival. All good dogs and their people can enjoy goods from local vendors and music by Mitchell Ford at 12:30 pm, followed by the Squeezebox Bandits at 3 pm and The Cash Byers trio at 5:30 pm
3 Nation Brewing, 1033 Vandergriff Drive, Carrollton
Noon – 11pm Saturday, October 22
3 Nations Brewing is hosting its first all-day Suckerfest on Saturday, where you can try nine variations of Sucker Punch tart beer. The original Sour Watermelon Sucker Punch is a Berliner Weisse made with real candy. Variations include sour cherry, tiger’s blood, lemon meringue and dill pickle. Each ticket includes a punch card and cup. Cane Rosso Rescue will be on site and Delimac Pack will provide the live music starting at 7 pm
Jaxon Beer Garden
4 pm Saturday, October 22
Bar Ilegal is a temporary immersive tour of Café No Sé, a famous Guatemalan watering hole and the birthplace of Ilegal Mezcal. On Saturday, he appears at the Jaxon Beer Garden in the AT&T Discovery District. Enjoy specially curated drinks, tattoo artists and live music from SUSU, a female-led rock band from New York, at 8 pm We think mezcals go great with tattoos. It should be fun. Reservations are encouraged.
Plano Food and Wine Festival
Legacy West, 5908 Headquarters Drive, Plano
Noon – 6pm Saturday, October 22
HEB and Central Market are behind this wine and food festival in Plano. Tickets are $45 for a wine ticket and $55 for a food ticket, or $80 for both. You’ll get more than 20 wine tasting tickets and bites from 15 restaurants and more from the store’s cooking tents. See the Eventbrite page for a list of restaurants.
Halloween Candy and Beer Pairing
TUPPS Brewery, 721 Anderson St., McKinney
Noon – 6pm Sunday, October 23
Bring your goats and yoga mat, then shimmy into your naughty nurse outfit at TUPPS Brewery this Sunday. After starting the day with goat yoga (goats will be provided), McKinney’s craft brewery is hosting its third annual Halloween and beer candy pairing. What a day. Pairings vary throughout the afternoon at noon, 2 pm and 4 pm You get a 5 oz pour with five candies. Tupps IPA pairs well with Rice Krispie Treats. Get tickets online in advance for $20.
Mad Hatters Tea Party
Terilli’s, 2815 Greenville Ave.
7 o’clock on Monday evening, October 24th
Terilli’s on Lower Greenville is celebrating 37 years of fine Italian dining with a party on Monday. There is a casino party with barbecue, free wine and Champagne. Tickets are $10 at the door, and costumes are encouraged – come as your favorite storybook character.
Pumpkin Carving Party
Odd Muse Brewing, 4488 Spring Valley Road, Farmers Branch
6 pm – 10 pm Tuesday, October 25
Miss carving pumpkins? Odd Muse have you covered. A $35 ticket gets you two full draft beers, a carving kit AND a gutted pumpkin. That’s the deal right there — they do the dirty work for you. Since this drops on Tuesdays, that means lagers are $4 all day. That’s just in case you need more hydration after your two free beers and all that carving.