The summer heat is debuting early as the end of the semester rushes on us, but Teacher Appreciation Week and upcoming Mother’s Day reminds us to be thankful! Don’t forget this is also Graduation Weekend for both UNT and TWU, so you can bank on the streets and eateries being plenty busy. We help navigate your bountiful #DENTONING options this week and weekend with these top #DEN10 events.
THURSDAY, May 10th
Twilight Tunes | Denton County Courthouse On The Square | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
The Denton Main Street Association proudly presents their award-winning FREE concert series in downtown Denton on Thursdays, this week featuring the UNT Steel Drum Band! Admission for every event is always FREE, so there is no reason you shouldn’t come out every week with your lawn chair or picnic blanket! Thursdays are also always hoppin’ downtown with Glitterbomb at Andy’s, a bicycle social ride at Eastside, live jazz at Steve’s Wine Bar, trivia at Mulberry St. Cantina, and gnoshes at Wine2, so plenty of good choices around the Square.
FRIDAY, May 11th
Star Wars: The Last Jedi | Patterson-Appleton Arts Center | 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM
If you sense a disturbance in the Force, its probably because last week’s May The Fourth coincided with a licensing blackout, but lite your lightsaber for this movie night. Soft drinks, popcorn and candy will be available for sale, and they’re raffling off a Force X lightsaber ($138 value) as well as other Star Wars items. Cosplay is welcomed and indeed encouraged!
MEMPHIS | Campus Theater | 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
From the underground dance clubs of 1950’s Memphis, Tennessee, comes the Tony and Olivier Award-winning musical that bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love. Inspired by actual events, Memphis is about a white radio DJ who wants to change the world and a black club singer who is ready for her big break. Come along on their incredible journey to the ends of the airwaves – filled with laughter, soaring emotion and roof-raising rock ‘n’ roll. Winner of four 2010 Tony Awards including Best Musical and two 2015 Olivier Awards, Memphis features a Tony-winning book by Joe DiPietro and a Tony-winning original score with music by Bon Jovi founding member David Bryan.
SATURDAY, May 12th
Dia de Madres Community Market | Denton County Historic Park | 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
The beloved Denton Community Market is back, and this weekend you can find all kinds of nifty Mother’s Day gifts that are sure to pamper tu madre! Browsing always pairs nicely with Saturday Jazz Brunch at The Chestnut Tree after some Yoga On The Square.
Sprayground Grand Opening | 327 W Wood St. | 11:59 AM - 1:00 PM
The eagerly anticipated playground/sprayground makes its debut at Carl Gene Young Sr. Park just in time for summer!!
DCMG Garden Tour | Southern Denton County | 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
The Denton County Master Gardener Association hosts their annual Spring Garden Tour, giving you a self-guided glimpse of five unique gardens with Master Gardeners on-site to answer questions and offer tips for boosting your gardening game! Tickets are just $10, more info at their website.
Drag & Burlesque Workshops | 101 S Locust St, Suite B02 | 12:00 PM - 5:30 PM
If you’re hankering for something a bit different, Denton Academy of Drag & Burlesque offers workshops and a makeover that’ll spice things up over MOMovers and MOMosas!
Slobberbone 25th Anniversary Show | Dan’s SilverLeaf | 7:00 PM - 11:59 PM
The show is already sold out, of course, but in case a pal has an extra ticket you need to know these local heroes are throwing a Saturday shindig with Dim Locator! You can always savor Funk At The Monk after Monk’s Monthly Market as a solid consolation prize, regardless.
SUNDAY, May 13th
PamFood Mother’s Day Brunch | Dan’s SilverLeaf | 11:59 AM - 3:00 PM
Savor some of Dan’s gazpacho and a Smoked Gouda Soufflé with dill hollandaise, maple bacon, new potatoes with peas and mint, and a slice of Boston Cream Pie for the bargain price of $20! Sunday Brunch with Kind Beats at BYOB is a viable back-up plan, tho.
The Luzecky Trio | Paschal Bar | 9:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Cap off your Mother’s Day with a delicious cocktail and the tasty tunes of this jazz ensemble, ‘cuz Mom deserves it.
Sound off in the comments if you have other fave events to add, and be sure to tag your pretty Instagram pics with #WDDI so maybe you make the cut on Monday’s glorious “What We Did” review!