Scientists built the Large Hadron Collider to prove the theory that parties can exist without beer, but it broke down when somebody spilled a bourbon on it. Conduct your own research with today's Groupon: for $30, you get VIP admission to the Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival on Saturday, May 7 from noon–6 p.m. at Symphony Park at SouthPark Mall (a $45 value). Your ticket gets you unlimited samples of 60 beers and 40 bourbons with your own souvenir tasting glass and lanyard, as well as access to live music.
The massive drink menu from which fest attendees get free tastes all day long includes smooth and full-bodied bourbons such as the popular Knob Creek and Basil Hayden, as well as a variety of single-barrel batches and rarer brands such as the Evan Williams Single Barrel and 10-year-old Eagle Rare.
For the malt-and-hop lover, the fest also boasts an array of satisfyingly sophisticated beers, such as Sweetwater Brewing Co.'s 420 Extra Pale Ale, Oskar Blues Old Chub, and Carolina Strawberry Blonde. Pick up some barbecue to pad your stomach for the next round of tasting, sit back and listen to live music, or drop by one of the festival’s fun contests to participate or spectate. Mosey into the tasting theater for an educational romp through the fascinating world of beer and bourbon tasting, making, and more. Check out the schedule to plan out an entire day.
Tysons Fall Harvest
It may be the inaugural year of Tysons Fall Harvest, but it already has the docket to rival any well-established fall festival. This family-friendly event will keep kids entertained with plenty of activities, from pony rides and petting zoos to a hay maze and pumpkin carving. Those who need to brush up on their carving skills can sit in on demonstrations from master pumpkin carvers or head to the craft corner to paint or just hug a gourd that escaped.
Even without kids in tow, adults will have plenty to do, including visiting the wine and beer garden for unlimited samples when they purchase a tasting glass, as well as shopping a marketplace with pumpkins and fall decor. They might even consider dropping by Rocknoceros's set at the live-music stage; they might be a kids' band, but their acclaim has landed them gigs at Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, and the Kennedy Center. A portion of the Harvest's proceeds will benefit the Spirit of Hope Children's Foundation.