If it was possible to marry a car, most Volkswagen owners would renew their vows regularly. There's just something about the German vehicle that breeds rabid enthusiasm and inspires "I Love My VW" bumper stickers. For those who've appointed their Volkswagen as sole inheritor in their will, or those who just want to camp out by the water while enjoying live music, food, drinks, and celebrity appearances, the first annual Volk Swaggin on the Lake festival brings a weekend of joy and relaxation to Sycamore Bend Park. Once campers pitch their tents on Friday, they're ready to feast upon Saturday and Sunday's buffet of entertainment. Saturday features a Q&A with former Dallas Cowboy Cory Procter, who tackles questions about his NFL days and his love of heavy metal music. The rest of the day is filled with a variety of acts, including Cathy & Co's belly dancing, fiddle champion Aaron Mingus, classic rockers Dusty Vinyl, and the Led Zeppelin cover band Swan Song. Sunday brings the VW-only car show, in which aficionados gander at various Volkswagen makes and models before a panel of judges awards the prime picks of the lot.
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.
The Heart of Texas Arts and Crafts Show unites thrifty makers and buyers for two days full of antiques, gifts, collectibles, and home décor. A jury screens all vendors before letting them set up shop, ensuring an eclectic medley of quality crafts, baubles, and long tables. Procure a unique present in time for Father's Day or well in advance of Illegitimate Clone's Day, or simply relish in the handiwork of local hands. Visitors can hitch their wagons in their wagon in the free parking lot, before ambling in and entering a drawing to win a 44-inch wide burned metal art piece from Hawley-based LB Enterprises. A portion of proceeds from the event will benefit the U.S. Military K-9 Fund, which sends care packages to dogs working with U.S. soldiers fighting overseas.
Susan G. Komen North Texas is one of more than 120 local affiliate offices connected to Susan G. Komen, a global leader in the fight against breast cancer. As part of the countrywide network, the North Texas affiliate has poured more than $10 million into local organizations providing breast health education, screenings, and treatments. Up to 75% of the North Texas affiliate's net income remains right in North Texas, and gets invested into surrounding counties. To raise such impactful amounts, the North Texas team organizes special fundraising and awareness events throughout the year, including the Plano Race for the Cure, Denton Race for the Cure, and Ride for the Cure..