Parties in Deep Ellum and at Three Breweries This Weekend, So Stop Whining

If you're bemoaning the fact that there are no good parties to crash this weekend, we've got your new revised plan. Craft beer events (What did we do before craft brewers? Nothing but sadness?) and a big party in Deep Ellum should keep you on your toes. And, listen, we're still riding this "coolish wave," so with temps not breaking 100, let's get out a little bit, because they'll be baaaaaaack next week.

Being a Belgian-inspired brewery, Lakewood Brewing Co. is celebrating Belgian Independence Day this Saturday with merriment and few special kegs -- a Lost Oak Winery Syrah barrel holding within it aged Till & Toil. Plus, a few "surprise casks." Oink N Moo BBQ will be there serving up nourishment and D. Anson Brody will provide tunes. The party is from noon to 3 p.m. Pay ($10) at the door.

Saturday is the third anniversary of the Deep Ellum Outdoor Market and there are some crazy things happening. You guess which one is true:

1. The outdoor market is actually indoors this year. 2. Founder Brandon Castillo will parachute in from a hot-air balloon and will be caught by the crowds who will then carry him around in hero fashion. 3. Petting zoo. 4. Beer garden. 5. Live local music.

Good news. They are ALL true. The party at 2633 Main St. (next to Lula B's) is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

After that shuts down, head over to Four Corners Brewing just west of the fancy-pants bridge for a Local Flavor Showcase from 6 to 9 p.m. The chef-driven Crazy Pig food truck will be there along with tunes from by Ted Levin. Tickets are $10, which include a brewery glass and three samples.

And if you though parachutes and petting zoos were crazy for Deep Ellum, well, how about a cakewalk? At a brewery? Here's the skinny on: The Fourth Annual Deep Ellum Community Association (DECA) BBQ and Cakewalk is a chance to meet your neighbors (not sure if DE residency is preferred or not) while you dance in a circle to win cake. They need some nice folks to bring cakes though. See here. I'm sure even if you live in an apartment in Plano they'll welcome you if you bring cake. Tickets are $10 and you get a free glass and three drink tickets from DEBC.

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