Festivals in Valley Ranch

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Sudsy brews slosh in clink-ready cups at the third annual North Texas Beer and Wine Festival, which takes up residence at the new Irving Convention Center on Saturday, May 12. Once the doors open to the general public at 2 p.m., imbibers can snack on high-end eats from the likes of Velvet Taco and The Ranch in Las Colinas, and sample the wares of local and international brewers from Imperial and Franconia. These brewmasters sling samples of hundreds of different beers, from classic signature brews to new, experimental creations. Just one of several enriching presentations on the schedule, Kelly Harris of Homebrew Headquarters edifies entrepreneurs and enthusiasts at 2:45 p.m. with an introductory course to home brewing. In a sprawling beer garden, live music from The Superkings and Dallas All Stars Blues Jam serenades sippers in the afternoon hours, easing eardrums into the VIP-only event featuring Band of Brothers and Zionaura.

500 West Las Colinas Boulevard
Irving,
TX
US

An estimated 575 vendors plan to attend the Baltimore Summer Antiques Show, a four-day exposition held at the Baltimore Convention Center. On display will be more than 200,000 treasures from the last several thousand years, including furniture, major works of art, Asian antiquities, porcelain, rare manuscripts and books, and antique and estate jewelry.

500 West Las Colinas Boulevard
Irving,
TX
US

Every fall, the traffic around a certain corner in Dallas starts to look a little strange. Where there are usually only parked cars, an assembly of gourmet food trucks takes over. Their assortment of pizza, sushi, sliders, desserts, and many other treats are the stars at Food Truck Palooza, but there's lots to do once you're full. Vendors overtake sidewalks and grass with booths of jewelry, crafts, and art. An outdoor stage features a constant rotation of musical acts, and kids have an entertainment sphere of their own where they won't be forced to encounter unfamiliar vegetables. Proceeds go to benefit the North Texas Food Bank.

6930 Alpha Rd
Dallas,
TX
US

Established: 2014

Staff Size: 2?10 people

Parking: Parking lot and street parking

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Recommended Age Group: All ages

Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Food trucks, live music, beer garden

The Great Texas Food Truck Rally assembles a menagerie of mobile eateries in Reverchon Park on Sunday, September 21. There, guests can make the rounds, sampling the best items off of each of the twelve trucks' menus. Easy Slider offers an ideal snack in the form of mini burgers made with certified Angus beef on freshly baked buns; the truck's cooks recommend the Sweet n' Lowdown Angus burger. Ruthie's Rolling Cafe, on the other hand, specializes in grilled cheeses, such as the brisket-enriched sandwich called The Boss because its sharp cheddar cheese is as bold as any power tie. What's Da Scoop brings a little sweetness into the mix with its Black Magic cone, a waffle cone lined with Nutella and then filled with Zanzibar ice cream, dulce de leche, sea salt, and a dollop of whipped cream.

Food isn't the only form of entertainment that the festival offers, however; sports bar The Nodding Donkey will pour cold brews in the beer garden. A day full of music includes performances from cover bands The Spazmatics, who will play hits from the '80s, and A Hard Night's Day, a band inspired by the Beatles' sound and ability to play their guitars with their mop-top hairstyles. Proceeds will benefit Executives In Action, a nonprofit organization that helps other local charities.

7550 Maple Avenue
Dallas,
TX
US

About sixty exhibitors showcase their selections of fine art, antiques, jewelry, and heirlooms from around the world over a long weekend at the Dallas International Art, Antique, and Jewelry Show. Highlights at the 2013 show include an Art Deco diamond bow brooch once owned by Jacqueline Kennedy, 16th–19th century brass and copper from Eve Stone Antiques, Francois Brunery's oil painting A Question of Theology, and a vintage exhibition hall built more than 50 years ago.

2200 Stemmons Freeway
Dallas,
TX
US

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..

6130 W Parker Road Suite 312 MOB 1
Plano,
TX
US