D-FW Weekend Round Up

Your D-FW Weekend Round UpThere’s so much going on in D-FW this weekend, we had to roll out the Weekend Round Up post a little early this week. From the Final Four games to a six-block arts festival and a bull run to the farmer’s market, there’s something for everyone to get excited for this weekend!


Dining Out in Dallas: Battle of the Chefs is back for another year. Wednesday, April 2, meet over a dozen chefs from Dallas’ finest restaurants and sample their “house” specialities. Also enjoy music, featured wine, spirits, beer, and find out who will win the 2014 Best Chef Award.


Deep Ellum Arts Festival: The annual festival, which celebrates its 20th year this year, is back Friday, April 4, through Sunday, April 6. 200 top-notch artists will show off their work along six blocks of Main Street while 100 original bands and singer-songwriters perform on four stages. There’s a pet parade on Sunday, there will be copious food and drink, and admission is free!


March Madness Music Fest: From Friday, April 4, to Sunday, April 6, enjoy three days of free live music at the outdoor music festival at Reunion Park in downtown Dallas. The exciting, star-studded lineup includes Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, The Killers, Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw, fun., the Eli Young Band, Pat Green, The Wild Feathers, and Jack Ingram. If you don’t mind crowds and you love live music, you’ve got to check this out.


NCAA Men’s Final Four: If you were lucky enough to get tickets, or if you’d like to catch the big games on a TV around town, Florida takes on UConn April 5 at 5:09 p.m. and Wisconsin takes on Kentucky April 5 at 7:49 p.m.


The Great Bull Run: Ever want to participate in a bull run? Saturday, April 5, at Texas Motorplex you can grab life by the horns and experience the rush of a lifetime as you sprint down a quarter-mile track with up to twenty-four 1,500-pound bulls hot on your heels. You can also join as a spectator or partake in the Tomato Royale food fight.


“It’s in the Sauce” Competition: Chefs Dean Fearing, Dexter Samuel, Kent Rathbun, and Tre Wilcox will each create a one-of-a-kind barbecue dish using Sonny Bryan’s signature barbecue sauce live during the event at South Side on Lamar from 11:30 am to 1 pm on Saturday, April 5. This flavorful fundraiser benefits four local non-profit organizations.


Big Texas Beer Fest: Head to the Fair Park Automobile Building for this year’s festival that celebrates great beer, small businesses, and supports local charities. Tickets are $35 for general admission, which begins Saturday, April 5, at 2 p.m.


White Rock Local Market: Find the best of local produce, meats and cheese, breads and pastries, pickles, jams, tamales and more at this wonderful farmer’s market. On the 1st and 2nd Saturdays you will also find hand made furniture, toys, clothes, soaps and more, all made by North Texans. For all the fabulous markets in D-FW, click here.


Photo via ncaa.com/marchmadness

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in D-FW

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in D-FW


Since St. Patrick’s Day is on a Monday this year, next Monday, March 17, to be specific, many D-FW restaurants and venues have decided to celebrate early. We’ve found a few links that will lead you to the best food, best drinks, best events, and the best of all things St. Patrick’s Day all over D-FW.


Article: 12 Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Dallas

Highlight: Cook Hall‘s traditional five-course Irish Dinner on Friday, March 14


Article: Where to Party for St. Patrick’s Day in Dallas

Highlight: St. Patrick’s Parade on Greenville Avenue on Saturday, March 15


Article: Where to Drink for St. Patrick’s Day in Dallas: A Neighborhood Guide

Highlights: Black Friar Pub and The Idle Rich Pub two-day party


Article: St Patrick’s Day Dining Specials

Highlight: Old Monk’s St. Patrick’s Day Weekend, which includes traditional corned beef & cabbage, fish & chips, shepherd’s pie, and corned beef reubens


St. Patrick’s Day Triathlon: The official kick-off to D-FW’s triathlon season begins in Keller on Sunday, March 16.


J. Gilligan’s 35th Annual Block Party: Taking place in Arlington, the event includes tons of live music and green beer


Dallas Observer’s St. Patrick’s Day Concert: This year’s concert features Ludacris and will take place after the Dallas St. Patrick’s Day Parade at Energy Square on the corner of Greenville Ave. & University Blvd.


Photo via dmagazine.com

D-FW Weekend Round Up: Mar. 6-9

Weekend Round Up: Sarah Jessica Parker

We’ve got the scoop on the best events in food, music, and entertainment for D-FW’s first weekend in March. If you’re fresh out of ideas for what to do with your weekend, check out this list!


We Will Rock You: The Music Hall at Fair Park and Dallas Summer Musicals present We Will Rock You, a production of songs by the band Queen that goes until March 16.


George Thorogood & The Destroyers: Tonight, Thursday March 6, the band will play live at the House of Blues Dallas. Trying to think of why you recognize the name? They’re hit single in 1982 was “Bad To The Bone.”


Dallas Stars: Tonight, Thurs. March 7, the Stars play the Vancouver Canucks at 7:30. Friday, March 8, they’ll face off against the Minnesota Wild, also at 7:30.


Dallas Mavericks: Cheer on the Mavs as they take on the Portland Trail Blazers Friday night, March 7, at 7:30. And again on Sunday, March 9, against the Indiana Pacers at 6:30.


Out of the Loop Fringe Festival: The WaterTower Theatre and Addison Conference Centre will host this year’s Out of the Loop Fringe Festival, which goes until March 16 and showcases local theater and dance companies.


Untapped Music & Beer Festival: We mentioned this event last week, which takes place this Saturday, March 8. Held in Fort Worth at the Panther Island Pavilion, there will be more than 200 beers from 65 breweries as well as nine national and local musical performances.


Dallas Blooms: The beauty of spring flowers continues this weekend at the Dallas Arboretum.


Sarah Jessica Parker: The star and fashion personality will be at Nordstrom NorthPark on Sunday, March 9, to sign autographs and publicize the release of her SJP Collection.


A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Sunday, March 9, and Monday, March 10, Shakespeare Dallas will present what is arguably one of the best plays Shakespeare wrote in his lifetime. It’s part of a series of by the group, and will be held in Hamon Hall at Winspear Opera House. You can also go to a “Lunch and Learn” to discuss the play at Klyde Warren Park.


Sunday Chef Mix: Don’t forget about this event on Sunday that we mentioned earlier this week. You can eat great food from North Texas chefs and give to a great cause to help a neighbor in need.

This Weekend’s Top Events

Need plans this weekend? Whether you’re looking to eat well, drink well, or be entertained by the arts and music, we’ve got an event for you! Check out what’s going on this weekend in D-FW from Wednesday, Feb. 19, to Sunday, Feb. 23.

Cirque du Soleil: Varekai

Cirque du Soleil: The Varekai version of this fabulous series will be at Dr. Pepper Arena starting tonight, Feb. 19, and going until Feb. 23. It’s a circus of an entirely different kind that will leave you in awe.


Beer-Paried Dinner at The Grape: Community Beer and The Grape come together tonight, Feb. 19, for a four-course dinner with beer parings. Munch on scallops, pork tenderloin, and more as you sip great local beer.


Wine-Paired Dinner at Abacus: Siduri Winery and Abacus will collaborate on Friday, Feb. 21, to bring you four courses of delicious food paired with decadent wine. Enjoy polenta, pheasant, and more.


Beer Dinner at Bread Winners: The uptown branch of this restaurant and Abita brewmaster Leo Basille will offer a paired, five-course diner on Friday, Feb. 21, as well. Here you’ll enjoy great beer along with fresh salad, shrimp and grits, and beer-infused chocolate bundt cake.

Imagine Dragons: American Airlines Center

Imagine Dragons: There’s no doubting this band’s rise to stardom over the last year. Hear them live at American Airlines Center this Friday, Feb. 21!


The Little Mermaid: This broadway musical began shows in Dallas on Feb. 13, and will continue to dazzle and delight guests through Mar. 2 at the Music Hall at Fair Park.


Dallas Blooms

Dallas Blooms: Starting Saturday, Feb. 22, and going until Apr. 6, experience the beauty of spring in Dallas at the Dallas Arboretum. Based on this year’s theme “Birds of Paradise,” you can explore the new life-size bird house and take in the 500,000 seasonal blooms.


Sea Breeze’s Cooking Class: This Sunday, Feb. 23, begins the first of three classes in this series. You’ll learn 3-4 recipes and wine pairings in each 1 1/2-hour session.


Feature photo from dallasarboretum.org

What To Do in D-FW

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When you find time away from celebrating Valentine’s, or if you’re not a fan in the first place, take advantage of the great weather that’s forecasted and check out one or a few of these great events in D-FW this weekend!


Try a new Italian restaurant: Live in Addison and love Italian? Head to Arezzo. It’s casual, healthy, build-your-own, and quite tasty!


Go to an open house: Corelogic has reported that Dallas-Plano-Irving single-family housing price growth ranks No. 7 among the 100 largest metropolitan areas in the country, at 9.8%! Go take advantage of this thriving market by checking out some of the fabulous homes hosting open houses this weekend.


Buy tickets for Edgefest 2014: Tickets go on sale for Frisco’s annual music festival this Friday, Feb. 14. (hint, hint Valentine’s gift). This year’s line up will include the Avett Brothers, Bastille, Beck, and more.


Have a boozy coffee: Try out what CultureMap describes as an official trend, collaborations between local beer and coffee breweries resulting in coffee beer. It’s now offered by Rahr & Sons Brewing Company/Avoca Coffee, Deep Ellum Brewing Company/Oak Cliff Coffee, and Community Beer/Ascension.


Do a food truck taste test: D Magazine has produced a list of food truck vendors that will be at Truck Yard, in Lower Greenville, this week and weekend. On Friday, there will be an event promoting the new Pompeii Movie during which free movie passes will be given out and you can buy food from the Pompeii DFW Food Truck.


Snoop Dogg at HOB: Tonight, Wednesday, Feb. 12, “Snoop Dogg aka Snoop Lion” (aka Snoop Doggy Dog aka Snoop, etc.) is playing a show at the House Of Blues. Doors open at 8, the show starts at 9, and tickets are still available.


Death and the Powers: Showing at AT&T Performing Arts Center’s Winspear Opera House from Feb. 12-16, this original Dallas opera is a combination of science fiction and family drama. The sunday performance with be simulcast to locations around the world!


Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike: See the winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play at Kalita Humphreys Theater, beginning Feb. 14 and going until Mar. 9, 2014. For tickets, click here.


Shop LAFCO and support a great cause: Sunday, Feb. 16, 15% of sales from LAFCO will go to support The Family Place. Treat yourself to some new stuff and give back to your community!

Weekend Round Up: Music, Art & Bacon

Weekend Round Up: Music, Art, and Bacon

-Tony Award-winning vocalist Bernadette Peters joins the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in a celebration of American song


-Check out these meatiest of the meaty restaurant suggestions from CultureMap. Sample all things extremely meaty and bacon wrapped.


-Eat the new buttery cornbread sandwiches at Dickeys and vote for your favorite- sweet or spicy. They’re only around for a limited time.


-Make reservations for Valentine’s at one of these nationally rated Dallas hotels. The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas, the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, and the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas all recently made U.S. News & World Report‘s best luxury hotels in the USA.


-Treat yourself to one of our most fabulous local getaway.  D Magazine produced a line up of The Most Fashionable Dallas Getaways, so you can find a getaway right in your own backyard.


-See Picasso and Matisse at the Kimbell Art Mesuem in Fort Worth. It’s the largest loan of its kind, with nearly 100 modern masterpieces, which have travel from the art Institute of Chicago. Additional artists include Salvador Dalí, Joan Miró, Man Ray, and Constantin Brancusi.


-Experience one of the concerts coming to the area this weekend,  including Paul Simon and Sting, Deep Shade, Yuck, and more.


-Dine at one of Dallas’ downtown restaurants. Savor is getting a lot of hype, CBD is written up weekly by one Dallas publication or another, and Mot Hai Ba has gotten rave reviews.


-The Dallas Black Dance Theater Presents: Cultural Awareness Series, three new works that you’ll love.


Photos from Dallas News and D Magazine

Of The Day: Where to Watch the Super Bowl in D-FW


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If you’re not hosting a Super Bowl party or going to one, but, instead, choosing to go somewhere in D-FW to watch the game, look no further than this OTD. We’ve compiled a list of great places to watch this year’s big game!


Christie’s in Uptown: “Come join us for another AWESOME Super Bowl Party!! Drinks Specials All Day. Great Food. LOTS OF TVS.”


The Rustic in Uptown: “Come watch the big game at The Rustic! We will have the sound on for the game, as well as a screen on the stage inside & outside. LIVE MUSIC before the game Chicken & Duck Wings by the bucket. Door prizes.”


Bowl and Barrel in Park Lanes: $100 tailgate for 8 from 4 to 11 p.m. includes shoes and a lane. Unlimited chicken wings special and door prizes.


Granada Theater “No Cover! $1 Pizza & Sliders! Watch the big game on the biggest screen in Dallas!”


Gas Monkey off Stemmons: “For $25 you get a ticket to the best place to watch the superbowl with big screens and TV’s throught the location, a buffet of all the best football foods, a raffle ticket for prizes AND a portion of your ticket goes to the kids at Dallas and Fort Worth Can!”


Pour House in Fort Worth: “LG 3DTV Raffle. All you can eat buffet. Special Super Bowl tailgate menu. Play to win cash prizes during the game.”


Humperdinks in Arlington or Addison: “Super party.”Drink specials and wing specials all day.


Bobby V’s in Arlington: Wing specials including a deal on a “100-wing party pack” of wings to-go!


Music Factory in Arlington: “DFW Madden Tournament and Super Bowl XLVIII Watch Party.”