So much awesome Dentoning going on this week as we barrel into December, so here’s our top #DEN10 picks for you to check out. Leave your favorite holiday bonus in our comments section, which is unique on the internet because it is totally okay to read.
WEDNESDAY, November 29th
Comedy Show 4: The Reckoning | Harvest House | 10:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Get your bellylaughs with some of DFW’s funniest comedians in this midweek spectacular at one of the best outdoor venues in town. Local faves Brad and Taylor will slay.
THURSDAY, November 30th
Festival of Lights | Texas Woman’s University | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Join TWU as they light up the campus for their Festival of Lights, starting in the Pioneer Circle then followed by holiday music performances, dance, tasty goodies to gnosh and of course pictures with SANTA CLAUS!!
World AIDS Day | GDAC | 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Honor World AIDS Day and help raise awareness for people living with HIV/AIDS with this event from OUTreach Denton and Denton Feminist & Queer Collective. The evening includes refreshments, live music, personal testimonies about living with HIV/AIDS, free testing, safer sex resources, and an exhibition of the AIDS Memorial Quilt.
FRIDAY, December 1st
Denton Holiday Lighting Festival | Denton Courthouse On The Square | 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Get excited for one of our town’s biggest events on the Downtown Denton Square, with plenty of live local music, food, family fun and joyful holiday spirit for this one-of-a-kind community event! Do please bring a toy for their toy drive benefitting Elves Shelves, and get a jump on Wassail Weekend.
Brave Combo X-Mas | Andy’s Bar | 9:00 PM - 2:00 AM
Go see Denton’s Polka Punk legends at this high-energy, dance-crazed ho-ho-hodown after the Holiday Lighting Festival… Just don’t do anything to wake up with coal in your stocking come Christmas morning, yo.
SATURDAY, December 2nd
Barbeque Cook-Off | NTX Fairgrounds | 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Denton Community Market is on hiatus, but NTX State Fair & Rodeo is hosting this epic cook-off on Friday and Saturday that’s sure to tickle your tastebuds!!
Save Denton Music History | Emily Fowler Library | 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Dentonites UNITE for this local music initiative of the UNT Music Library, partnering with the Denton Public Library to host a LIMIT scanning day to preserve and provide access to Denton’s extensive but disappearing musical heritage. Music fans and Denton collectors can bring in photos, handbills, programs, and other flat two-dimensional music memorabilia 8.5” x 11” in size or smaller to be digitized for FREE. This event is free and open to the public, and later film nerds should totally check out the UNT Short Film Club 2017 Revue at the Lyceum Theater.
Wassail Weekend | Downtown Denton | 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Friday just ain’t big enough to satisfy this Denton holiday tradition, and the trash-talk between Downtown Denton Main Street merchants has reached a fever-pitch. Saturday features more Wassail stops, strolling musicians, and there will be some other activities that day with the Historic Homes Tour from 1-5pm and some morning fun for the family at the Holiday Express Train, a train-ride trip to the Denton County branch of Santa’s workshop held by Denton County Friends of the Family and DCTA A-Train from 9am-1pm.
Chill’n-N-Denton Music Festival | Parker’s Plantation | 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Another heckuva fun way to spend the day is this new all-day event brought to you by the same crew who puts on the Parker Haunted House attraction on Halloween! They’re touting live music with food trucks and some special video appearance by Snoop Dog, so observe and report ‘cuz IDK WTH??
SUNDAY, December 3rd
Kurt Elling with The Swingles | Murchison Performing Arts Center | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Go hear Grammy-winning jazz vocalist Kurt Elling join forces with a cappella group, The Swingles, in this special evening from the UNT College of Music. Revered as one of the world’s foremost jazz vocalists, Elling will be accompanied by The Swingles' seven young singers who have been featured on numerous soundtracks including Glee, Grey’s Anatomy and Wedding Crashers!!
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.