Don't believe the balmy Texas temperatures, Fall is in fact here and ready to party. The great music in our local juke joints is pretty much a given, so this week's DEN10 is a sampler to remind y'all of the variety of fun adventures available, like community theater, comedy, lectures, crazy cars, Oktoberfest shenanigans and vintage markets! Go explore!

THURSDAY, September 28th

AIDS Quilt: Threads of Remembrance | UNT Special Collections | 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the inaugural display of the AIDS Memorial Quilt in 1987, this exhibit explores the history of the AIDS Memorial Quilt and the Dallas-Fort Worth community's response to the AIDS epidemic. Dr. Beins, Associate Professor in the Department of Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies at Texas Woman’s University, will be discussing the AIDS Memorial Quilt and the role of art as activism for LGBT and feminist activists. The lecture take place in the Willis Library Forum (Room 140) from 4–5pm, and then immediately followed by a public reception.

Taste of Industrial Street | Dan’s SilverLeaf | 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
A fun night of amazing live music, cold drinks, prize raffles, and of course GREAT EATS from our favorite Industrial Street restaurants. All proceeds support the work of United Way of Denton County, and presented by Medical City Denton.

Funny Car Chaos | Horny Toad Cafe | 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Horny Toad Cafe hosts the Official Funny Car Chaos pre-race party, with crazy Funny Cars on display during a driver meet and greet! You can get an up-close-and-personal look at the cars before they unleash their fury at North Star Dragway on Friday and Saturday.

FRIDAY, September 29th

Smart Pretty Funny | Black Box Theatre | 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM thru Oct. 1st
People say there’s someone for everyone, but when fate sends a letter to everyone on Earth revealing their true love, Meg is left alone without a match. Confused and hurt while her boyfriend flies across the world to meet his new love, she turns to her family and finds that she may just be better off without a soul mate. A provocative comedy about love, loneliness, motherhood, and the idea that life never turns out the way you planned. All tickets are $15.


Free Movie SPACE JAM | Denton County Courthouse Lawn | 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Few things can beat a FREE movie on the Courthouse lawn, so bring your blanket or chair and grab cold beverages from Wine2 or Bearded Monk to leisurely enjoy with the fam courtesy of CTC! If you’d rather see live comedy, head to Killer Tacos for Comics of Old.

SATURDAY, September 30th


North Texas Trade Days | North Texas Fairgrounds | 9:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Folksy pickers paradise with funky junk, craft jewelry, and boutique clothes & trinkets.

DCBC Cornhole Tournament | Denton County Brewing Co. | 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
As if the Denton Community Market ain’t enough to fill your Saturday, there’s a daytime challenge to sort the top cornholer in Denton as champions gather to cornhole for a cause.

Fry Street Oktoberfest & 5K | Fry & Hickory St. | 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Join Denton’s 11th Annual beer-fueled romp around Fry Street with Lucky Lou’s, Cool Beans, Riprocks & Caskey’s as they jam the day full of events, entertainments, and hooch! Kick-off with the charity 5K race then stick around for the costume contest, it always gets kooky!

The Dark Path Haunt | Old Alton Road | 8:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Halloween season is here!! Denton loves its Goatman’s Bridge legends, and these lunatics of Dark Path Haunt lead you on a trail walk of the haunted woods on opening night! Also be sure to venture down to check out Dan’s Haunted House in Lake Dallas if you can’t get enough of the heebie-jeebies!

SUNDAY, October 1st

Fall Twilight Tunes: NM Jazztet | Downtown Denton | 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
C’mon down to the courthouse lawn to enjoy live local music as you lounge on a blanket or lawn chair before chowing a meal at any one of our downtown eateries! Enjoy a great evening to cap off your weekend after a Beer & Cheese Pairing at Eastside! Of course, a fun way to kick-off your Sunday is Breakfast & Beats at BYOB in case you want to make a day of it.

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.