Another summer, another endless feed of your friends' fabulous summer vacation photos. And while it might not be the whirlwind trip of your dreams, you can still eat and drink your way around the world via Trinity Groves. A $15 wristband will get you access to drink and food specials at restaurants like Tapas Castile, Souk, Luck, Chino Chinatown, Beta & Son, Sushi Bayashi and more. Each restaurant's food and drink specials will be centered on a theme inspired by a particular country, and visitors are encouraged to dress up in their worldliest (re: most culturally appropriating) attire.
What it be: Around the World at Trinity Groves
When it do: 6-10 p.m. Friday, August 17
Where dat is: Singleton Boulevard and Gulden Lane
Join CocoAndré Chocolatier, Electric Kitchen and Plant Based Grocery for a vegan-inspired pop-up. Channel your inner Caroline Clairmont at a CocoAndré-led vegan chocolate-making class. There will be one class for adults and one for kids, ensuring that all age groups have the opportunity to make cacao bend to their vegan desires. Meanwhile, Electric Kitchen will host a vegan brunch that's said to make up for the lack of eggs with heaping helpings of deliciousness.
What it be: Pop Up Shop with CocoAndré Chocolatier
When it do: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, August 18
Where dat is: 508 W. 7th St.
Barbecue, beer and live music — that's what you'll get at the Bearded Monk's third annual BBQ, Beats & Brews festival. A $10 ticket gives you the ability to taste (and judge) barbecue from the likes of Bet the House, Rack Attack, Game of Bones, Soap Creek Saloon Cookers and more. Denton County Brewing Company will be on site with plenty of summer beers to ensure you stay well-hydrated throughout your afternoon of listening to live music and eating barbecue.
What it be: BBQ, Beats and Brews
When it do: 3 p.m. Saturday, August 18
Where dat is: 122 E. McKinney St., Denton
A gentle breeze wafts through the trees, catching the scent of suntan lotion and roast pig. Are you:
A) in Hawaii
B) in a tanning bed that caught on fire
C) at the Fraternal Order of Eagles' luau
This Saturday, the F.O.E. will throw a luau fit for a tourist with a whole roast pig, sides, salads and dessert. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door, with proceeds benefiting the Jimmy Durante Children's Fund in conjunction with the Dallas Children's Advocacy Center.
What it be: 19th Annual F.O.E. Summer Luau
When it do: 6-9 p.m. Saturday, August 18
Where dat is: 8500 Arturo Drive
Four Corners is launching their latest limited edition beer in conjunction with the Dallas Zoo. If a zoo and a brewery seem an unlikely pair, we encourage you to think back to the last time you visited the gorilla enclosure, and to compare that with an average day-drinking session. For what is a trip to the zoo or the local brewery if you do not bear witness to a healthy dose of malaise, tempered with short outbursts of violence?
As part of Four Corners' partnership with the Dallas Zoo, there will be a launch party to debut the new limited edition conservation brew. $1 from each sale of this new brew will go to the zoo's wildlife conservation efforts. You drink, the animals win.
When it do: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, August 16
Where dat is: 1311 S. Ervay St.
Deep Ellum venues will open their doors and pop some corks for a fruity, highly drinkable edition of the Deep Ellum Wine Walk. The Sangria Soiree is perfect for the shopper whose resveratrol levels could use a little pick-me-up. For $10, you get a collectible glass to be topped off with sangria as you meander through the entertainment district.
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What it be: Deep Ellum Wine Walk - Sangria Soiree
When it do: 6-9 p.m Thursday, August 16
Where dat is: Main Street and South Malcolm X Boulevard