Summertime is teasing triple-digits and we’re starting to wonder if Texas is trying to kill us for real. But never fear, here are our hottest top picks for the coolest events that’ll keep ya made in the shade.
THURSDAY, JULY 20th
Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School | Patterson-Appleton Arts Center | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
For only $5 you can chill in the A/C sipping a cold one while drawing glamorous underground performers in a friendly BYOB environment. Ask QuickDraw Joe for tips on drawing dinosaurs.
David Bowie Laser Light Show | Andy’s Bar | 8:00 PM - 2:00 AM
DJ Party McFly and Company will be playing all our favorite 1980's hits all night long for $5 but OMG did you grasp there will be a David Bowie Laser Light Show?!!? You should go dressed as your favorite Bowie incarnation, but you gotta buy shots for whomever comes dressed as the same character. WDDI rules.
FRIDAY, JULY 21st
GDAC Presents ALL-STAR KARAOKE | | Dan’s Silverleaf | 8:00 PM - 12:00 AM
This 3rd annual FUNdraiser for the Greater Denton Arts Council is hosted by rocker Jessie Frye and boasts an A-list roster with the guarantee of D-list shenanigans. Tickets are $10 at the door and after the all-star performances, the mic spotlight is wide open to your squad from 10-midnight for just $5 per song. Become legend.
TWU <3 DCFOF | Harvest House | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
TWU Social Work Students are raising money to support women and children in the Denton County Friends of the Family Shelter with a silent auction. Show up and do some good.
Raised Right Men | Jack’s Tavern | 9:00 PM - 1:00 AM
If’n you’re in the mood for some toe-tapping Texas twang, then you can hardly do much better’n these local favorites.
SATURDAY, JULY 22nd
KUZU Blastoff Launch Party | Harvest House | 7:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Come celebrate with Denton’s new local radio station as they start sending a broadcast of community produced radio waves all over Denton 24/7! They're off the ground and on the air, so meet the DJs and enjoy two stages of live performances!
Independent Horror Film Night | The Parker House | 6:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Featuring 13 independent horror films made by some of the best talent in the DFW area, this special evening of terror supports our local DFW film scene while helping Heroes of Denton County raise money for a new fire suppression system. $10 admission and $10 per BYOB cooler, more details at the Parker House Haunted Attraction website.
SUNDAY, JULY 23rd
Lolly Hopwood Kids Show | BackYard On Bell | 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Singing a mix of original and classic kids songs and using props like scarves, puppets and parachutes, Lolly promises to take the audience on a fun filled adventure that will engage the kids and entertain grown-ups, too. You had us at pizza and puppets.
Sundown Cinema: JAWS | Andy’s Bar | 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Their weekly Sunday Nite feature celebrates #SharkWeek with this classic flick and costume prizes, so sip a few PBR and discuss which sequel was most outlandish.
TUESDAY, JULY 25th
Denton Nerd Nite | Bearded Monk | 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
The nerds return with another set of entertaining talks on Denton bicycles, a zany rare skateboard, and the Best Comics you’ve never read! Go enjoy “Hell On Wheels” while sampling a tasty selection of craft brewskis!
Denton has plenty of other indoor stops to keep you cool when you ain’t enjoying that new Water Works Park Wave Pool or chilling in City Pool. You also still have time to catch our WDDI top picks for “Denton Summertime Fun” or “Kid Camps” and maybe these “Denton Podcasts” to pass time in your cubicle or that dang long drive down the apocalyptic heckscape that is I-35.
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.