Never cuss a summer rain in Texas, the saying goes, so the cooler if wet weather has been welcome. This week is back-to-school for DISD, and move-in weekend at UNT and TWU, so watch your speed on the daily commute. This week in #DENTONING adventures also features our annual North Texas Fair & Rodeo, but there is plenty more happening in our top #DEN10 weekly events!
THURSDAY, August 16th
Armadillo Comedy Night | Armadillo Ale Works | 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM
We’ve been bragging on Denton’s comedy scene, and Team Armadillo is getting in on the action with this evening of laughs from a top-notch line-up of talent! You can pre-game at the August LGBTQIA+ Adult Social over at Harvest House, or go on a bike ride at Eastside, catch live jazz at Steve’s Wine Bar, or maybe gnoshes at Wine2 if’n you aren’t gonna Drink & Draw at GDAC. Plenty of options, always.
FRIDAY, August 17th
North Texas Fair & Rodeo| NTX Fairgrounds | Aug 17-25
Saddle up, padnuhs, its fair season again with nine days and nights full of midway rides, live concerts, horse & livestock shows, contests, cook-offs, food, games, arts & crafts, and lots more all-ages family fun. Big name musical artists are performing each night, including Josh Abbott, Mighty Merle’s son Ben Haggard, our beloved Eli Young Band and Clay Walker. Grab your tix in advance at the Discover Denton Welcome Center!
Old Alton Amber Ale Launch Party | Armadillo Ales | 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
The Armadillo Brewmeisters debuted their extra-hoppy double IPA Cosmic Yacht a couple weeks back, but this time they’re delivering a classic Amber named after the Old Alton Bridge that connects Denton to Copper Canyon… and just maybe haunted by The Goatman!! You’ll be haunted if you miss this.
The Red Death| Andy’s Bar | 9:00 PM - 1:59 AM
A night of rock’n’roll ragin’ with The Red Death, The Worst Intentions, and West Oxking & The One Night Crusade for just $5.
SATURDAY, August 18th
Denton Community Market | Denton County Historic Park | 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
The beloved Denton Community Market is the best way to ring in Saturdays, with all kinds of nifty crafty swag, produce, veggies, food, tours of the Bayless-Selby House, and live music! Browsing always pairs nicely with Saturday Jazz Brunch at The Chestnut Tree after some Yoga On The Square.
Waffles & Ice Cream Breakfast| Beth Marie’s | 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
OMG is your soul ready for waffles and ice cream for breakfast?!?? With bacon and syrup and fresh fruit?!? SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!
BBQ, Beats & Brews 3| The Bearded Monk| 3:00 PM - 12:30 AM
The Bens are again hosting their annual Barbeque challenge to see whose ‘que reigns supreme in the Lil’ D, all in this savory fundraiser for Serve Denton! You can sample the impressive list of BBQ Pitmasters for just $10, but best get in on it early.
Slobberbone/The Cicada Killers| Dan’s SilverLeaf | 7:00 PM - 1:00 AM
They’re a favorite of horror author Stephen King and definitely local legends for darn good reasons you can judge for yourself in this evening of twangy tunes.
SUNDAY, August 19th
Drag Story Time |Q’s Cafe| 11:59 AM – 1:30 PM
Reading can be such a drag, but in the best way possible! Entertain your squad with this amazing weekly storytelling session while you Sunday Brunch thru Q’s menu. Also, looks like Q’s Spoopy Saturday Amateur Night with Enchanté LeFay could be a fun weekend addition! And is Horny Toad Café hosting a new classic car club Strip Cruise on Sunday nights?
PINT Services Grand Opening | The Suites at Oak Street | 1:00 PM - 9:00 PM
You’ve seen their work all around town and likely own some of their custom pint glasses, but go check out their new retail store and custom stickers, tshirts, etched glassware, vinyl decals, and so much more they can customize for your group! Music, food and beer provided on-site, next door to OSDH&CP!
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!