Here we go, Denton’s Fall Festival season is upon us even if Texas summer ain’t quite done with us yet. One of our favorite annual events is this weekend, the Denton Blues Festival, but there is no shortage of fun stuff to see, hear, and do around the vicinity of our jumpin’ town. Post a favorite we missed in the comments, because we can’t be everywhere at once. Not always.
THURSDAY, September 14th
Creepy Clown Costume Contest | Denton County Brewing Company | 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
No, we haven’t seen the new ‘IT’ flick yet because we’re still having nightmares from the 90’s TV miniseries. But if you enjoy having the bejeepers spooked out of you, then Creepy Clown Night at the DCBC with Clown Shoes Beer has prizes for costumed beersnobs. Meanwhile, across the alley at Bearded Monk is some Cupcake Execution lunacy. Tag those pics #WDDI ‘cuz sounds like Halloween is hitting early.
Gough Gallery Opening Reception | Greater Denton Arts Council | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
The GDAC welcomes two very talented Mali artists to town with this FREE reception showcasing Components of the Dogon World, Recent Works by Amahiguere Dolo, and also The Dogon Universe: The Foundation, Recent Works by Souleymane Ouologuem. It also happens to be North Texas Giving Day, so amplify your generous donation to favorite local charities!
FRIDAY, September 15th
Denton Blues Festival | Denton Quakertown Park | Friday-Sunday
The 19th annual Denton Blues Festival is BACK and ready to jam! This year the Denton Black Chamber of Commerce welcomes such noted musical artists as Redd Velvet , Walter "Wolfman" Washington, Dana Fuchs, the Funk Monsters, and many more! On-site vendors will have a ton of interesting one-of-a-kind art, and we always love the food selections to light-up our nights. You can read about last year’s big to-do here, but you can’t skip this one. Mandatory.
Holophonics/Fun Button Rainbow Show | Abbey Underground | 9:00 PM - 2:00 AM
This eclectic rainbow of acts brings the ska punk & rock garage tunes to the Underground, all for a big finale by Maestro Maya and James Dolly.
SATURDAY, September 16th
Sesquicentennial Parade | Aubrey TX | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sure, Denton has the always amazing Denton Community Market and the Blues Fest going full-throttle on Saturday, but our good neighbors up north are celebrating 150 years of Texas history with a parade and shenanigans. Go see how they party in Horse Country.
Mexican Independence Day | Cool Beans Bar & Grill | 7:00 PM - 2:00 AM
¡Viva México! ¡Viva 16 De Septiembre! Celebrate the essence, the beauty, and the South-of-the-border holiday with art, taco trucks, and of course plenty of drinks on Fry Street.
Pegi Young & The Survivors | Dan’s Silverleaf | 7:00 PM - 12:30 AM
Pegi Young, formerly of The Pinkettes and back-up singer for Neil Young, is on tour with her band The Survivors in support of her albums "Bracing for Impact," and "Foul Deeds." Marshall Ruffin and Kelly Upshaw kick of an evening of boot-scootin’ electricity for just $20.
Animal Farm | Harvest House | 9:00 PM - 12:00 PM
Go howl at the Dark Side of the Moon with this Pink Floyd tribute, and discuss why all animals are equal but some animals more than others.
SUNDAY, September 17th
Backyard Market | East Side | 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Enjoy a mimosa, bloody mary, or a moscow mule while you shop from local folks who make cool stuff! Special bonus: pet-friendly and the Cowboys are playing on TV.
Elk River Sessions Revisited | Dan’s SilverLeaf | 6:30 PM - 11:00 PM
The stories from Catfish’s cabin in the Ozarks are still fresh, as is the amazing music made that this ensemble brought back to Denton. Savor the tunes and hear the tales at this very special evening.
As always, holla in the comments if you have a fave to add, but be sure to tag your pretty Instagram pics with #WDDI so maybe you make the cut on Monday’s glorious “What We Did” review.