Today’s side deal gets you a night's worth of boozy bourbon, finely fermented ales, and barbecued piggies: for $35, you get a VIP admission ticket to the Whole Hog Friday Night Pig Pickin' at the Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ Festival (a $55 value). The Whole Hog Friday Night Pig Pickin' is being held on Aug. 6 from 6 p.m.–10 p.m. at the Koka Booth Amphitheatre at Regency Park. Your ticket gets you unlimited samples of more than 60 beers and 40 bourbons with your own souvenir tasting glass, as well as access to live music, a screening of the comedy Beerfest, and a barbecue dinner.
Mosey into any tasting tent for samples from the massive drink menu, which you're free to taste all night. Selections may include 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 Eagle Rare 10 Year. The evening will also include pitmasters from all over the country showing off some of their latest barbecue tricks. Pick up your barbecue dinner with pulled pork and all the fixins to pad your stomach for the next round of tasting, then sit back and listen to live music, or check out the main stage schedule for some aural amusement.
You must have a valid ID to gain entry into the festival. Drink menu is subject to change.
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.