Sports bar are traditionally spaces where adults gather over pints to enjoy the day's biggest games. That's certainly the case at Varsity Roadhouse, where domestic and imported drafts pair perfectly with sports and coin-toss bloopers shown on the bar's 15 HD TVs. But the eatery also appeals to youngsters by serving free children's meals every Monday–Wednesday, as well as hosting kid's karaoke each Wednesday.
Entertainment isn't the only thing that entices all ages to visit Varsity Roadhouse. Cooks also tempt palates with bar food classics such as wings and shrimp tossed in a choice of 11 sauces, including lemon pepper and spicy honey barbecue. Slow-cookers simmer succulent ribs and brisket, while housemade batches of chips, salsa, and queso cater to nacho enthusiasts and vegetarians alike.
Lined with scenic crape myrtle trees and pampas grass, Stonebriar Polo Club's regulation-size polo field stretches an expansive 48,000 square yards to host the fast-paced and challenging sport atop trained steeds. Equestrian instructors inaugurate students to the basics of polo in both private and group lessons, creating an intimate social setting to better learn the rules of the game and to reduce horses’ stage fright. Tailoring lessons to the level of comfort riders have in the saddle, instructors prepare students for the game with lessons on the rules of polo, mallet work, horse commands, and scoring. The club spans 60 scenic acres, augmenting the playing field with a Spanish-style pavilion ideal for watching games, socializing, and taking bets on which horses are two undercover journalists in costume.
How fast can you get across the muddy terrain at the Denton Hog Wild Mud Run? That depends on a few things. The race challenges single participants as well as two- and four-person teams to walk, sprint, or crawl across five kilometers filled with more than 20 obstacles—and, of course, mud. At the end of the day, timing isn't really the point either: the race is only unofficially timed, letting teams aim for a personal best if they so choose and with awards given for different categories instead of speed. The finish line also brings a bit of celebration with music and drinks in addition to other activities, such as analyzing the shape of the muddy face blot left in your towel.
For more than a decade, The Varsity Roadhouse has kept appetites at bay with burgers, sandwiches, and of course, wings. The restaurant's signature wings arrive at tables hot and slathered with 10 different sauces, including smokey barbecue and garlic parmesan. While chowing down and composing a list of reasons why wing-eating should be an Olympic event, guests can lose themselves in the 160-inch HD projector screens beaming the day's sports games. Meanwhile, kids have it made at Varsity, too: they can win prizes in the game room, and they eat for free Monday–Wednesday.
Husband and wife duo Tabora and Toy Laster, owners of Choice Training Group Fitness, electrify the studio with their characteristic energy. Whether they're dressing up in hokey hula shirts to promote Zumba fitness parties or bringing in guest instructors to host self-defense sessions, the two aim to create a gym that feels like an inclusive club.
Newbies and old hats jump into a diverse set of classes, ranging from group fitness and boot camp, to pole-dancing sessions in the Kandy & Krome room, a mirror-lined, pole-bestrewn sanctuary for flirty fitness. Alongside high-energy cardio classes such as Belly Dance Fusion, Absolute Abs, or Zumba, the studio hosts bachelorette parties, couples massage sessions, and workshops on effective methods for releasing stress.
The Liberty by the Lake Festival is back for another round of family-style Independence Day fun. The party kicks off with a trio of races designed to jump-start the patriotism. A parade follows, complete with patriotic music and floats dedicated to America’s famous landmarks and star-spangled airspace.
Stunt riders wow the crowd on BMX bikes throughout the day. From opening to 8 p.m., attendees can check out the business expo and learn more about local companies. Those with a competitive spirit can test their mettle in salsa-making, wakeboarding, and watermelon speed-eating competitions. Party rockers Professor D have plans to howl at the sun until it drags the day below the horizon, priming the sky for fireworks that cast red and blue sparks over the waters of Lake Lewisville.