Bedford Blues & BBQ, a two-day festival held on the grounds adjacent to Bedford’s City Hall, enthralls attendees with performances from blues masters, barbecue-style edibles from local grill gurus, and purchasable crafts from artisans. Headlining act Buddy Guy, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee whose electric-blues playing style influenced guitar legends such as Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan, entrances audiences with soulful guitar riffs and a spinning hypnosis wheel. Grammy-winning musician Jonny Lang also takes the stage, proving to skeptics that the child prodigy, with age, has matured in lyric-writing and beard-growing abilities. While vendor fare sates the appetites of concertgoers, a barbecue cookoff competition held on Saturday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. (admission not included with Groupon) challenges local meat smokers to concoct culinary masterpieces, impressing ticketholders with small samples of brisket, burnt ends, and other grill-marked cuisine.
Resolana is a nonprofit group that provides holistic, gender-sensitive, rehabilitative programming for incarcerated women in Dallas. The Westside Music Festival is a charity event benefiting Resolana's mission to educate and empower the women in the Dallas County Jail working to improve their lives.
Unlike many of its brethren, the Arlington Museum of Art does not maintain a permanent collection. Instead, it celebrates the ever-changing nature of art by featuring local artists in traveling exhibitions and curated shows. Also, since opening in 1952, the museum has been a headquarters for promoting artistic expression throughout the community. Gallery talks and artist lectures give visitors the chance to interactively learn, and summer art camps get kids motivated to create masterpieces.
Rolling from the shore of Mountain Creek Lake, Prairie Lakes treats golfers to three picturesque, nine-hole courses featuring wide-open landing areas and terrain as tricky as it is tranquil. The golf course was honored for its renovations by avidgolfer in 2006. The golf course's website suggests tactics for avoiding the water traps on its White course, navigating the doglegs of its Blue course, and eluding the spiky turtles dropped by the Rolling Red course's Lakitu. You'll also find photos of the course's terrain and suggestions for hole-in-one exclamations. After the last putt has plunked, head to Eddlemon's, located on the premises, and waft whiffs of its signature barbecue brisket, sausage, and smoked meats perfected over half a century. This Groupon also includes a free small bucket of balls if redeemed after 11 a.m. Monday–Friday.
An autumn harvest fair. A Memorial Day celebration, punctuated by a 21-gun salute. A kids' summer camp complete with archery, swimming, and a meet-and-greet with a friendly raccoon mascot. These are just a few of the events hosted by Grand Prairie Parks & Rec, a department that has garnered a Gold Medal from the National Recreation and Parks Association. Its recreational facilities––including a pool with an aquatic climbing wall––and frequent social events bring the city together year round. Under the bright sun or starry skies, visitors can dance at a concert in the park, rather than just dancing to the rhythmic creak of a swing set. For longer excursions, the 791 lakeside acres of Loyd Park feature 221 campsites replete with cabins, picnic areas, and trails. There, visitors can paddle out on the water in a rented kayak, play a game of volleyball, or sleep overnight under the stars.