You're going to drink anyway — might as well do it for the kids. This Friday, Community Beer Co. will host a Medical City Dallas fundraiser benefiting the Dallas Children's Advocacy Center. Every $20 ticket includes three beers, a brewery tour and access to a silent auction.
When it do: 6-10 p.m. Friday, October 23
Where dat is: 1530 Inspiration Drive, Suite 200
Eleventh anniversaries are weird. They tend to ride the coattails of 10-year anniversaries. Rahr and Sons' 11th anniversary sounds a bit more promising, however. The two-day celebration features the debut of a new anniversary beer: Russian imperial stout with toasted coconut. VIP tickets include a beer tasting, an obligatory commemorative pint glass and live music. Food trucks will also be on site.
What it be: Rahr and Sons 11th Anniversary Celebration
When it do: 7-10 p.m. Friday, October 23, and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, October 24
Where dat is: 701 Galveston Ave., Fort Worth
Hide your cows, the Steak Cookoff Association is in town. The association, in conjunction with Billy Bob's Texas, is bringing the World Steak Championship to the Fort Worth Stockyards. Over 60 teams will compete to see whose boeuf is the best — and to win up to $7,500. This event is free and open to the public, but steak sampling tickets are $40 per person.
When it do: Noon Saturday, October 24
Where dat is: 2520 Rodeo Plaza, Fort Worth
Do you like coffee or tea? Do you like cats? Do you like the idea of being able to play with cats while drinking one of the aforementioned beverages? Do you not mind having to potentially pluck cat hair from your beverage of choice after having underestimated both the need for a lid and the degree to which tabbies shed? If so, we have an event for you. The Muffinmeow Pop-Up Cat Cafe will feature coffee, tea and several adoptable cats. The first day of this two-day event is sold out, but the second day is free and walk-ins are welcome.
What it be: Muffinmeow Pop-up Cat Cafe
When it do: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, October 25
Where dat is: 411 West Arapaho Road (in the Richardson Civic Center)
Finally, a barbecue competition even Miss Piggy can get behind. Dallas Kosher and the Kansas City Barbeque Society are pairing up for this kosher beef, chicken and turkey barbecue cook-off. This event is free and open to the public.
What it be: Dallas Kosher BBQ Championship
When it do: 10 a.m. Sunday, October 25
Where dat is: 7879 Spring Valley Road
October is almost over, yah? Which means you need to fill your belly with German beer while the getting is good, yah? Plano hosts its first-ever Oktoberfest this Sunday. This being Plano, though, they aren't calling it Oktoberfest. Instead, it's been given the rather glassware-centric title of "Steinfest." The only thing they've changed is the name, though, for there will still be all the accordion music, German food and beer you've come to know and love. The event is free and open to the public.
What it be: Steinfest 2015
When it do: 2-10 p.m. Sunday, October 25
Where dat is: 15th Street and K Avenue, Plano
This weekend, Chefs for Farmers features two fun events. First up is the Chefs for Farmers Butcher Block Party. Held at The Joule, this event is all about the meat. Over a dozen chefs will exhibit their mea-tastic dishes. In addition to all of the butcher-inspired offerings, participants can enjoy local beer, wine and cocktails. Tickets start at $125.
The second event on our Chefs for Farmers radar is the Culinary Village Main Event on Sunday afternoon. This all-you-can-eat fest includes a beer garden, biscuit bar and a Champagne and oyster station, and 2,500 people are expected at Buffet of the Gods. Tickets start at $75 per person.
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When it do: 7 p.m. Saturday, October 24; 2 p.m. Sunday, October 25
Where dat is: 1530 Main St.; 3400 Turtle Creek Blvd.