North Texas Halloween Weekend Roundup 2017

Two bulldogs dressed-up for Halloween.
Make your Halloween memorable this year with one of these Halloween-themed events in North Texas. 

Day of the Dead Festival
Celebrate the fall season and pay homage to the goodness of the harvest, Dia de los Muertos, and all things Halloween at a Day of the Dead Festival on Saturday, Oct. 28. This free, family-friendly event in Denton offers trick-or-treating, a pumpkin patch, games, local food and art, and activities for all ages including a salsa cook-off, street performers, coffin races, and a lantern-lit parade. The festival starts at 11 a.m. and offers events all day.
Glow Yoga Class
Put on your best ’80s and ’90s workout costume and head to this 45-minute, glow-inspired yoga class on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Hosted by the Arlington Yoga Center and taking place at the legal Draft Beer Co., enjoy an afternoon of stretching and fun music, followed by a pint of beer. Admission is $15.

Halloween Nights at the Dallas Zoo

Head to the Dallas Zoo each night until Oct. 29 to enjoy a family friendly Halloween event in a “wild” setting. Children can dress up in costume and trick-or-treat at stations situated throughout the zoo. You’ll also find bounce houses, games, frequent animal encounters, food trucks, a beer garden, and more. Admission is $10 and includes six candy coupons; parking is $7.
Halloween Skate
Get into the spirit and head to the Allen Community Ice Rink on Saturday, Oct. 28 for a Halloween-themed skate event. From 11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m., skate your heart out and enjoy candy, raffles, and more. If you wear your Halloween costume, you receive a free skate rental, or you can pay a $5 entry fee plus $3 to rent skates. All donations will benefit the Allen Community Outreach Program.
Howl-O-Ween Pup Social & Doggie Costume Party
Let your pup strut his or her stuff during a mini parade and costume contest at the first-ever Howl-O-Ween Pup Social in Watauga. Head over to Chef Point Cafe and enjoy live music, local rescue organizations, and pet-focused local businesses. Your pooch can enjoy “doggie beer” and a selection off of the doggie menu, while you can enjoy a refreshing Halloween cocktail or draft beer. Admission is free.
Poe in the ‘Hood
Head to Wild Detectives in Oak Cliff on Saturday, Oct. 28, for the highly anticipated return of Poe in the ‘Hood. This fun, scary literary event features the works of Edgar Allen Poe told by storytellers while guests enjoy food and drinks.
Six Flags Fright Fest
It’s the time of the year when zombies and ghouls take over Six Flags Over Texas. Taking place until Oct. 31, enjoy thrills and activities for the whole family throughout the park during the day, and extra frightening events at night, including haunted houses and scare zones. Tickets range from $61.99 to $86.99.
Sticker Treating at the Dallas Arboretum
Enjoy a twist on traditional trick-or-treating with “sticker treating.” Wear costumes and discover the spooky side of nature while exploring the gardens and collecting stickers along the way. This event takes place all day Saturday, Oct. 28, and Sunday, Oct. 29, at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden.
Stranger Things Halloween Bash
Deep Ellum’s Quixotic World Magical Event Space is hosting a Stranger Things-themed Halloween party tonight from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. This 21+ event features a photo booth, a gourmet waffle bar, a costume contest, and a midnight showing of the recently released season of popular television show, “Stranger Things.”
Trick or Treat the Square
Frisco Square will host its seventh-annual Halloween event on Sunday, Oct. 29, from 1 to 4 p.m. Presented by the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, this family and pet-friendly event presents children under 12 the opportunity to wear their best costumes and trick or treat at popular restaurants, shops, and businesses in Frisco Square. Enjoy a petting zoo, face painters, balloon artists, horse-drawn wagon rides, a pooch parade/costume contest, and a dog adoption event. Admission is free.

This Week in Food & Beverage News



This Week in Food and Beverage News

Here’s what to expect in DFW this Memorial Day week: beer and cheese pairings, five-course meals, Thai culture, margaritas and more!



Tuesday, May 19:

Food Truck Schedule: Check out where your favorite meals are this week in Dallas!


Thursday, May 21:

Community Beer Company: How does beer and cheese sound for a Thursday night? Community Beer is teaming up with Rare Edibles to offer cheese pairings with select craft brews. For $30, you get four beers and eight cheeses. The pairing begins at 6 p.m.


Urban Acres Farmstead: Bring your appetite and indulge in a local and organic five-course meal, celebrating local farmers. This BYOB meal costs $65/person. The kitchen starts warming up at 6:30 p.m.


SER Steak + Spirits: Napa meets Dallas in this Raymond Vineyards Wine Dinner. Enjoy a five-course dinner with select wines, plus a special visit from Raymond Vineyard’s winemaker Stephanie Putnam. $149/person. Reception begins at 6:30 p.m. For reservations, call 214.761.7479


Deep Ellum Wine Walk: Combine wine and shopping this Thursday. Purchase your passport at the Kettle Art Gallery and prepare to sip and shop all throughout Deep Ellum. $10 for wine passport. Walk is 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.


Friday, May 22:

Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters: Coffee lovers are invited to sip coffee — or beer — and see stunning espresso machines on display. Event is from 6-9 p.m. Although this event is free to attend, you must register here.


Saturday, May 23-24:

Thai Culture and Food Festival: Travel to Thailand this weekend and experience culture and authentic Thai cuisine. Presented by the Thai Community Center of North Texas, Thai products and arts will be on display, as well as live performances, dances and music. Free admission and parking. Saturday: 11 a.m – 9 p.m.; Sunday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. at the Buddhist Center of Dallas.


Sunday, May 24:

Dallas Margarita Meltdown: Visit the Bishop Arts District in Oak Cliff for this popular event on Sunday. Sample 20+ margaritas from Dallas-area restaurants and watch as competitors create their finest drinks to win $1,000. 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. Tickets begin at $30.


Deep Ellum Brewing Co: It’s time for the annual BREW-B-Q! Enjoy live music, seasonal and limited release beers and a plate of Rudy’s BBQ. Attendees will also get to take home a commemorative BREW-B-Q glass. Event begins at 5 p.m. Online: $30; Door: $40



Uchi: Austin-based, Japanese restaurant Uchi is set to open in Dallas on June 1. Here are just a few things you’ll want to know about it, courtesy of GuideLive: 6 things to know about Uchi


Saint Ann’s: Last Thursday, actress Drew Barrymore visited the beloved Harwood District restaurant to celebrate the release of her new wine, Barrymore by Carmel Road Pinot Grigio.


Patina Green: The Mckinney business will now be serving dinner Friday and Saturday.


Dallas Farmers Market: More restaurants are signing up to be permanently placed in the renovated and reconstructed Farmer’s Market. Newly added Mudhen will offer vegetarian and Paleo eats starting later this fall.


Steel City Pops: The popular popsicle shop is expanding to Garland this summer, with plans on opening their new location at Firewheel Town Center in June.


Image courtesy of Dallas Margarita Meltdown.


This Week in Food & Beverage News

This Week in Food & Beverage News

Tastings are the name of the game this weekend. Take a bus tour with a brewery and go on sampling walks through Deep Ellum, Trinity Groves, and Bishop Arts plus much more.


Tuesday, Feb. 17:

Henry’s Majestic for Lunch: The bar on McKinney Ave. begins lunch service today. The menu includes al pastor tacos, a chicken salad, a beer-braised corned beef ruben, a pork belly salad and more.


Tequila Appreciation Society Social: Casa Herradura’s global tequila ambassador Ruben Aceves will be at 3015 at Trinity Groves sharing his love for and knowledge of Herradura tequila from 6 to 8pm. Stop by for tastings of Herradura and food by 3015. Proceeds benefit Cafe Momentum.


ZaLat: Owner Khanh Nguyen of DaLat, the Vietnamese comfort food restaurant on Fitzhugh, is opening a late night pizza spot right next door today at 5pm.


Wednesday, Feb. 18:

Women and Wine: Grace invites ladies to “Tour of Spain” with Brian Smith, Fine Wine Specialist with Republic National Distributing Company. It includes three wines paired with three light bites from Chef Blain Staniford.


Thursday, Feb. 19:

Deep Ellum Wine Walk: It’s the third Thursday of the month again. The Deep Ellum Community Association and local merchants invite you for a night of wine, shopping and fun. You’ll take a Sip & Shop tour through the neighborhood and each destination on the tour will feature wine samplings.


Wine Dinner at Grace: Chef Blaine Staniford and Grace present the Old and New World Small Production Wine Dinner beginning at 6:30pm. The menu indues Dungeness crab, saffron risotto, lacquered duck and egg, ribeye cap, and brioche pain perdu paired with new and old world small production wines.


Saturday, Feb. 21:

Community Beer Co. Goes on Tour: The craft brew company is loading up a bus to visit Cold Beer Company, Nickel & Rye, Scotch & Sausage, and Rodeo Goat– all of which serve Community libations. Each stop includes a beer sampling and a food pairing. A $45 ticket also includes a t-shirt and a commemorative glass.


Discovering the Beauty of Washington Wines: Join the Dallas Chapter of the International Wine and Food Society as they taste and discuss five expertly selected fine wines from Washington. There will be heavy hors d’oeuvres to accompany the tasting and live jazz music will follow the event.


Taste of Trinity Groves Walking Tour: Taste your way through one of the hottest food spots in Dallas. From 11:30am to 3:15pm, get a group together to try samples from Chino Chinatown, Four Corners Brewery, Kate Weiser Chocolate, Luck, and Souk.


Sunday, Feb. 22:

Sunday Supper with Urban Acres Farmstead: Urban Acres begins a monthly series of casual Sunday Night Suppers. Join them for a hearty meal of local, organic, sustainable cuisine served family style. This month’s menu features a turkey and sweet potato pot pie.


Taste of Bishop Arts Walking Tour: The tasting continues through another of the up-and-coming neighborhoods in the Dallas area from 1 to 4:30pm. Dude, Sweet Chocolate, Eno’s, Lockhart Smokehouse, and Veracruz invite you to sample their creations.



Kin Kin Urban Thai: The Thai restaurant plans to open three DFW locations, on W. 7th in Fort Worth and on Oak Lawn and Preston/Forest in Dallas. The Fort Worth branch is set to open on February 27. The Dallas locations are expected to open in April and the summer, respectively.


The Mitchell: A new cocktail lounge in downtown Dallas had its soft opening last Thursday. The menu includes oysters, caviar, charcuterie, fried duck rilletes, a cheeseburger and more.


Spice in the City: Downtown Dallas has a new option for healthy Indian takeout and delivery.


Tiff’s Treats Fort Worth: Your favorite warm cookie delivery shop will open a Fort Worth location in April located on W. 7th.

This Week in Food & Beverage News

This Week in Food & Beverage News

With the holidays upon us, food and drink-centric events are dwindling but there are still a few very exciting opportunities for fun this week. Check them out as well as our latest update on openings and closings in DFW.


Tuesday, Dec. 16:

Francophile Wine Dinner at Bolsa: Enjoy four French wines paired with four courses. The menu includes a brussel leaves salad with pork belly, little neck clams, truffled potatoes, a poudine chameour and more.


Wednesday, Dec. 17:

Sparkling Wine Class at Whole Foods: The Preston Center Whole Foods is hosting a Break Out the Bubbly tasting of the market’s finest sparking wines. This free class will teach you how to perfectly pair your popped bottles at your upcoming holiday parties.


Thursday, Dec. 18:

Deep Ellum Wine Walk: The Deep Ellum Community Association and local merchants invite you for a night of wine, shopping and fun. You’ll take a Sip & Shop tour through the neighborhood and have the opportunity to win several grand prizes. Each destination on the tour will feature wine samplings.


Saturday, Dec. 20:

Sandwiches for SoupMobile:Bring at least one loaf of bread, a package of sliced cheese, and a package of bologna along with food prep gloves, baggies and mustard and spend your morning making some sandwiches for the hungry. This wonderful cause takes place every third Saturday of every month at 10am in Deep Ellum at 2803 Taylor Street.


Treats of Christmas at NorthPark: The ultimate holiday bake sale, presented by the Texas Chefs Association, will be held from 10am to 7pm. Local chefs will present an assortment of gourmet cakes, sweets, pies and cookies for sale benefitting the North Texas Food Bank‘s Cooking Matters.



Al’s Italian Beef: In January 2015, this Chicago restaurant known for their delicious sandwiches will open its first Texas location in Addison, with at least 5 more expected to open throughout the year.


Balls Hamburgers: The second and final location of Balls Hamburgers at Northwest Highway has closed after losing its lease.


Driftwood: The Oak Cliff restaurant has officially closed its doors.


Messina Hof Winery: One of the first full wineries on tap in Texas opened Friday, Dec. 12 in Grapevine.


Paul Martin’s American Grill: The Turtle Creek neighborhood will get Texas’ first location of Paul Fleming’s restaurant at the corner of Oak Lawn and Blackburn. The menu features a rotation of American classics based solely on peak-of-season ingredients. You can also expect an extensive wine selection when the location opens in 2015.


Image via NorthPark website

Fresh Listing Friday: Craftsman Crush


Happy Friday, everyone! We have a major house crush on this week’s Fresh Listing Friday. The listing at 5007 Victor St. is the ideal Craftsman-style home, filled with character and details that immediately make you feel as if you’ve found the one. You may recognize it from our recent Feature We Love and FB House of The Day posts, but this time we’re going to give you a few more important details.

Fresh Listing Friday: Craftsman CrushLocated in the Munger Place Historic District, perfectly situated between Uptown, Downtown, Lower Greenville, and Deep Ellum, this four-bedroom, 2 1/2-bath home has 3,520 square feet of living space and is listed for $569,000. This place is all about the details, and you’ll find timeless touches throughout starting with the front porch.


Fresh Listing Friday: Craftsman CrushIf this isn’t the most picturesque front porch, we don’t know what is. Complete with a porch swing, a red painted floor, ceiling fans, and of course the Texas and American flags, this space defines the charm and style you’ll find inside the fabulous front door.


Fresh Listing Friday: Craftsman CrushIt’s Craftsman-style through and through once you come in, with thick white moldings, beautiful hardwoods, and large, paned windows.


Fresh Listing Friday: Craftsman CrushThe room above is the first of two living spaces. It’s situated to the right of the front door and has those gorgeous windows, a fireplace, and is connected to the dining room.


Fresh Listing Friday: Craftsman CrushThe second living room is towards the back of the house off the kitchen and the breakfast/sunroom. This room maximizes space with wonderful built-ins, natural light, and an open flow to the connecting rooms.


Fresh Listing Friday: Craftsman CrushThe kitchen has been updated to include granite countertops and stainless-steel appliances. White cabinetry, a walk-in, pantry, and a window perfectly situated over the sink all make this space exactly what you’d expect from this exceptional listing.


Fresh Listing Friday: Craftsman CrushWe’re calling the room at the back of the house the breakfast room/sunroom, but really it could be anything you want it to be. With a wonderful windows and French doors, this space is perfect for informal meals, a third living room, and indoor/outdoor entertaining all year long. Not pictured are the dining room and half bath, which finish out the first floor.


Fresh Listing Friday: Craftsman CrushThe second story is home two all four bedrooms and the two full baths. The master suite is spacious with a bay window, a sitting area, a walk-in closet, and, one of our favorites, a claw-footed tub.


Fresh Listing Friday: Craftsman CrushAn office, with gorgeous character windows, and a laundry room finish out this floor.


Fresh Listing Friday: Craftsman CrushThe greatness continues in the backyard, of course, which is accessed from the aforementioned French doors in the breakfast/sunroom. There’s a semi-circle patio, a fenced-in yard, and access to the garage.


This listing is truly special. It’s location, style, and layout make it ideal for almost any homeowner. Translation: it’s going to sell quickly! Click any of the images above to get more information.


To see all the homes that were new to the market this week, click here.

Photos via & Shoot2Sell

D-FW Weekend Round Up

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We’ve got another gorgeous weekend ahead of us in D-FW. If you’re looking for a way to take advantage of the warm temperatures and celebrate the weekend the way it was meant to be celebrated, check out the list below. From the Mavs’ Playoff game and Mayfest 2014 to dog-friendly fun and Cinco de Mayo parties, we’ve got events for everyone!


Mavs Playoff Game: Tonight, Friday, May 2, the Mavs play game 6 against the Spurs at 7 p.m. This is a big one, since the Spurs currently lead the Mavs 3-2 in the series. There will be no shortage of places to watch the game around D-FW, so, wherever you are, tune-in. Go Mavs!


Dallas Guitar Festival: Three days of music and shopping will commence Friday, May 2, at Fair Park in celebration of one of music’s most famous instruments, the guitar. Going on until Sunday, May 4, there will be three different buildings dedicated to showcasing 800 booths and 60 performers.


Texas Scottish Festival & Highland Games: From Friday, May 2, to Sunday, May 4, you can enjoy “the skirl of the pipes, the cheers of encouragement for the athletic events, and the swirling of the Highland Dancers” at Mavericks Stadium.


Deep Ellum Urban Race & Block Party: Think “Amazing Race,” but Deep Ellum-style. This scavenger hunt will lead you around Deep Ellum following clues and solving puzzles about everything from pop-culture to local history. After a day of competition, you’ll be rewarded with cold drinks, music, and games at a killer block party.


Mayfest 2014: Going on until Sunday, May 4, check out live music, art, great food, and a market featuring local artisans at Trinity Park in Fort Worth.


Cottonwood Art Festival: Richardson is hosting the 45th-annual festival at Cottonwood Park on Saturday, May 3, and Sunday, May 4. There will be more than 240 artists, live music from top local bands, and a chance to make art of your own.


Kentucky Derby Day: Head to Lone Star Park on Saturday, May 3, to celebrate the Louisville, KY event in D-FW. There will be live horse races and you can place a bet on the actual Derby while watching it on the big screen. Other Kentucky Derby Day events include Polo on the Lawn at Prestonwood Polo & Country Club, Hats & Horses at Southfork Ranch in Parker, and Lee Park Junior Conservancy’s A Day at the Races at Arlington Hall.


Cinco de Mutto: Saturday, May 3, join dogs and dog lovers at Mutts Canine Cantina for a fiesta celebrating National Pet Month. There will be dog available for adoption, $20 microchipping, pet-friendly games, free Petmate toys, and more.


Cinco de Mayo Events: Click here for an extensive list of the many ways to celebrate Cinco de Mayo all weekend, all over D-FW.


Suburbia Music Festival: In it’s inaugural year, this event will showcase acts like Alabama Shakes, Third Eye Blind, and David Guetta. Multiple acts will take place on three separate stages in Oak Point Park in Plano on Saturday, May 3, and Sunday, May 4.


Dog Bowl: Sunday, May 4, Fair Park welcomes dog lovers and their furry friends to Cotton Bowl Stadium for a day spent at the world’s largest dog park. If you’ve got a pooch, this may just be the perfect opportunity to take in this weekend’s weather, plus you can participate in a dog/owner look-a-like contest!


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Dallas Continues to Add Art

We’ve got two exciting new things to tell you about the art scene in Dallas today!

Rachel Nash Gallery Opening- Deep Ellum

1. On February 8, Deep Ellum steps it up by adding a brand new art gallery to its scene. The Rachel Nash Gallery will host its grand opening party from 8-10 p.m. at its location at 2646 Main St. in Deep Ellum. This space will be “dedicated to connecting emerging artists with the local Dallas community.” Deep Ellum, probably due to it’s dedicated support of local breweries and business owners, has seen major growth over the past few years. We feel it’s safe to assume that the addition of an art gallery will only further this positive growth. To learn more about the Rachel Nash Gallery, click here.


self_portrait_winter_webDavid Bates, Self Portrait, Winter

manwithsnake_webDavid Bates, Man With Snake

2. The Nasher Sculpture Center has 18 new works of art! We talked recently about the Eye, and we’re sure everyone’s heard about the Nasher’s big Xchange program. These were two big ventures for the center in 2013, but they’re not the only newsworthy things that happened last year. The Nasher was also the recipient of 18 pieces of art by various artists that are now part of the permanent collection. We feel that it’s a true gift to live in a city with such a love for art, and we can’t wait to see what the center has  planned for these recent acquisitions. We know for certain that two of the new pieces will be included at an overview of David Bates’ career at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth that begins next week.


Have you heard any other art news or experienced some of our art scene for yourself recently? We’d love to hear your comments!