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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Hershey Theatre, conceived in 1933 by noted philanthropist and chocolatier Milton S. Hershey, stands as an opulent tribute to the performing arts. Taking architectural cues from Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice, the foyer’s towering arches gleam with golden paint and crystal chandeliers. The blue-and-gold mosaic that leads to the main seating area is the masterwork of two German artists who spent two years on its construction. Once inside the theater, audiences might think they’ve stepped onto the streets of Venice thanks to the atmospheric ceiling, stonework facades, and gondoliers paddling them to their seats. ####Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Music has permeated the 800 manicured acres where the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts has stood since 1969, when farmer Max Yasgur agreed to let love, peace, and harmony grow wild at the very first Woodstock festival. These days, the renowned outdoor venue and cultural center continues to attract the biggest acts in music to its pavilion stage. The open-air design ensures ample ventilation on the natural sloping lawn, and a roof protects up to 15,000 fans from inclement weather and the prying eyes of Cessna pilots.