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It's Sip and Shop in Deep Ellum Friday then the Big Beer Fest Saturday, plus so many other fun little things around town. Let's get our spring pants out!
While you're at Deep Ellum's Sip & Shop this weekend, take a cocktail break at Brick & Bones. Yes! Do it!
While you're at Deep Ellum's Sip & Shop this weekend, take a cocktail break at Brick & Bones. Yes! Do it! Mike Brooks
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Each week we dig around and find unique, boozy and indulgent things to get into around Dallas. It could be an event, a special release at a bar, a seasonal pastry or just a weekly menu special we can't stop thinking about. Here's what we've got our eyes on this week.

We updated our inventory of hottest new restaurants in Dallas for April, if you're looking for a new spot to try. Or an old spot that's been reborn — there are those too.

There are lots of big doings this weekend. Deep Ellum's first Friday Sip and Shop will get your weekend started, Ramadan Street celebrates the last few days of Ramadan in Richardson, and Saturday is the Big Texas Beer Fest. Oh, what to do, what to do.

Plus, scroll all the way down to plan ahead for a wine walk through the Munger Place neighborhood. You can peek through people's houses and it's not even creepy.

Deep Ellum First Friday Sip & Shop

The Plaza, 2647 Main St.
5–8 p.m., Friday, April 5
Celebrate the culture and history of Deep Ellum this Friday with the monthly sip and shop. Have some complimentary sips in a collectible glass created by a local artist wine while perusing 15 to 20 spots. There will be in-store events and promos, food and drink discounts, live music and more than 400 artists and performers from the Deep Ellum Community Arts Fair. Tickets are $20, plus taxes and fees.

Ramadan Street

Raindrop of Dallas, 1416 E. Collins Blvd., Richardson
6:30–11:49 p.m., Friday, April 5
For the last three Fridays and Saturdays of Ramadan, celebrate community with a traditional Ramadan iftar dinner. There will be doner kebabs, kofta, Turkish tea and coffee, baklava, desserts and fun activities to break the fast. It’s free, but organizers request you RSVP so they can prepare.

2024 Spring Kick-Off

McKinney Farmers Market, 315 S. Chestnut t., McKinney
8 a.m. – noon, Saturday, April 6
The McKinney Farmers Market has a full house this weekend with over 80 vendors on site. There will be a springtime photo-op, face paintings, pony rides, live farm animals, live music, games and the chance to win an artisan basket.

Spring Fling

Blind Bishop, 310 Sunset Ave.
6–9 p.m., Saturday, April 6
Stop into Blind Bishop on Saturday to enjoy 30% off wine (in-house only). A bunch of different wines are on the menu and can be enjoyed in 1-ounce, 3-ounce, 5-ounce tastings or by the bottle. Reservations are encouraged.

Food Truck Fest

Oak Street Drafthouse, 308 E Oak St., Denton
1 p.m., Saturday, April 6
Downtown Denton is setting up for a food truck fest this Saturday. Five trucks will be there: Fetas Lonestar Greek, Fletcher's Original Corn Dogs, Chubbies, Easy Slider and Render Texas Delicatessen. Come by to grub or grab a drink special.

Big Texas Beer Fest

Fair Park, 3809 Grand Ave.
3 p.m., Saturday, April 6
Dallas’ original and Texas’ BIGGEST beer festival is going down this weekend at the fairgrounds. Sample 350+ beers from 80+ brewers as you enjoy live music and perfect patio weather. General admission tickets start at $45 and VIP goes for $80. Admission covers your first 12 2-ounce samples; another 12 will set you back $5 once you get there. A VIP ticket gets you in 90 minutes early, plus other goodies. And don’t you worry, the DART can be your DD this weekend with drop-off at the front door.

Rosé Wine Pairing Dinner

Uchibā, 2817 Maple Ave., Second Floor
6:30 p.m., Monday, April 8
Uchibā celebrates spring with a rosé 3-course wine pairing dinner. Menu highlights are pork dumplings, seared scallops and hirame usuzukuri (flounder). Rosé pairings are from around the world and are guided by the restaurant's beverage manager, Max Walther. Dinner tickets are $340 per couple, plus tax and gratuity. The ticket price includes the beverage pairing.

2000s Trivia Night

Oak Cliff Brewing Co., 1300 S. Polk St., No. 222
7 p.m., Tuesday, April 9
Dust off your hot pink Motorola razrs and get ready to celebrate the emo anthems and epic movie franchises at this 2000s trivia night. As you crush the competition Three Smiths Pizza will cook pies to enjoy what's on tap at the brewery. Reserve your spot to test just how much you kept up with the Kardashians or how big a Potterhead you really are.

Make Best-Ever Bolognese

Deep Ellum Brewing Co., 2823 St. Louis St.
7–9 p.m., Wednesday, April 10
Deep Ellum Brewing is hosting a Classpop where you'll master a classic pasta dish and sharpen your culinary skills. You’ll make pasta by hand before learning a hearty Bolognese recipe using beef and Burgundy wine. Tickets are $55, all-inclusive.

Jewels of the New World Wine Dinner

Del Frisco’s, 2323 Olive St.
7 p.m., Thursday, April 11
Join Del Frisco’s next week to explore the unique terroir of Chile. This one-of-a-kind, five-course dinner features Peruvian sashimi, sous vide pork tenderloin, dry-aged prime ribeye and Chilean sea bass, culminating with the iconic Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon. Dinner is $225, all-inclusive.

National Grilled Cheese Day

Community Beer Co., 3110 Commonwealth Dr.
11 a.m. – 11 p.m., Friday, April 12
Gooey cheese and bread. Do you really need any more convincing? Head to Community Beer Co. to celebrate this well-deserved national holiday. They'll be serving unforgettable grilled cheese with custom add-ons. There’s plenty of seating, but reservations are encouraged.

Coffee Tasting Experience

WRC Brew Lab, 10109 E. Northwest Highway
1:30–3:30 p.m., Saturday, April 20
Getting your hands on a ticket to one of White Rock Coffee’s classes is like getting an appointment at the DMV. You won’t need to worry about forgetting your birth certificate, but you do need to book two months out. This coffee-tasting experience is $75, plus fees. You’ll discover the origins of the beloved beverage, hone the tasting skills used by professionals and sample coffees from seven different countries.

Munger Place Historic District Wine Walk

Studio, 4939 Tremont St.
2–6 p.m., Saturday, April 20
Established in 1905, Munger Place has the largest collection of prairie-style homes in Texas. The homes serve as a shining example of historic preservation and beauty. This tour allows you to take in five homes while enjoying a glass of wine at each, hand-selected by Jimmy’s Food Store and The Wine Therapist. Standard Wine Walk tickets are $40 prior to April 13 and $55 after that. Premium Wine Walk tickets are $70 before April 13, then bump up to $85.
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