Its back-to-school time, which means longer lines at all our favorite watering holes and wrong-way cars hurtling down one-way streets. But it also means Fall is around the corner and lots of cool things to do around town! This week in #DENTONING adventures includes our annual North Texas Fair & Rodeo, but lots more happening in our top #DEN10 weekly events!


THURSDAY, August 23rd

The Carl Finch Sound | BackYard On Bell | 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM  
Brave Combo’s energetic frontman is experimenting with some iconoclastic electro-pop sonics and you probably want to hear what the buzz is about. Otherwise, its also the Final Big Band Night at the soon-to-close Abbey Underground, so go pour one out.

FRIDAY, August 24th

North Texas Fair & Rodeo| NTX Fairgrounds | Aug 17-25  
Saddle up, padnuhs, its fair season again with the last weekend 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, like the Eli Young Band on Friday night, so grab your tix in advance at the Discover Denton Welcome Center!

7th Annual Sundown Short Works Festival| Black Box Theatre | 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM  
Sundown Collaborative Theatre presents 6 nights of performances with 16 works in one quirky experimental festival. Ranging from the scripted and linear to the devised and abstract, each evening of performances this weekend offers its own twists and delights.

Waffle Eating Contest | Andy’s Bar | 7:00 PM - 1:59 AM  
Sure, its #NationalWaffleDay and they’re passing the hat for North Texas Food Bank, but really its an excuse to put on your stretchy eatin’ pants for a shot at getting crowned Denton Waffle Champion.


SATURDAY, August 25th

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, but also check out the new UNT On The Square exhibit on O’Neil Ford.

Throwback B4 U Go Back | Q’s Café| 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM  
It’s bye-bye summer and back-to-school time, so the Q’s gang is hosting an eclectic evening of dance, performance, crafts, fortune-telling, Twister, a 90s Dance Off and much more.

Petty Theft | Dan’s SilverLeaf | 9:00 PM - 1:00 AM
The songs of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers are performed live on stage in this evening of twangy tunes.  


SUNDAY, August 26th

Denton Animal Shelter Benefit Brunch| Andy’s Bar| 11:59 AM – 1:30 PM  
National Dog Day is marked with this charity brunch that also serves up a silent auction, raffle drawings, pooch treats, and other fun games. You can also check out Denton’s comedy scene at one of the cool Sunday spots like Bearded Monk.

Fall Organic Gardening Workshop | Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM  
Time to get those plants in the ground for a fall garden, and Rachel Weaver guides this FREE hands-on tutorial for a fall organic garden that kicks grass!  

TUESDAY, August 28th

Nerd Nite Denton Bikeapalooza| The Bearded Monk| 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM  
Bike nerds UNITE as the city’s assembled bicycle powers fill a night of informative talks on bicycle plans, tips, and resources around town! Meet the City of Denton’s new bicycle & pedestrian coordinator Marc Oliphant as you savor a tasty craft beer.

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!