Every Thursday the Dallas Farmers Market stays open late. For vegetable lovers, these extended hours represent a rare opportunity to get their late-night-produce-groove on, while others see the combination of artisan vendors, live music and beer and wine from Green Door Public House as prime "milling" territory. So whether you need some fresh tomatoes for your sauce or you just want to get saucy with some tomatoes, Evening in the Shed may be just the event for you.
What it be: Evening in the Shed
When it do: Thursday, July 2, 4-9 p.m.
Where dat is: 1010 South Pearl Expressway
Do you know the saying, “where free sliders go so go people without plans”? No? Well, that’s because it’s not a real saying. Not yet. But my social media guru has informed me that all I need to do is get 1.5 million people to use the hashtag #wherefreeslidersgo and then it will be a thing. In the meantime, the Dallas Chop House will be combining American’s favorite miniature food – sliders — with their favorite word – free – this Friday as part of happy hour.
What it be: Fourth of July Free Slider Happy Hour
When it do: Friday, July 3, 4-7 p.m.
Where dat is: 1717 Main St.
As fun as getting smoke in your eyes while you pretend to know the difference between hickory and mesquite wood sounds, why not give the ol’ CharMaster 3000 a rest this holiday and head over to Rahr & Sons Brewery instead? In celebration of the 4th, the brewery tour and tasting will include treats from Heim Barbecue & Catering, Lee’s Grilled Cheese and Steel City Pops. This event benefits Apollo Support & Rescue for Abandoned Dogs.
What it be: 4th of July Tour and Tasting
When it do: Saturday, July 4, 1-3 p.m.
Where dat is: 701 Galveston Ave.
For freedom! For country! For multi-step mashing, resulting in superior craft beers! The Texas Ale Project is also getting in on the Independence Day action with fun for the whole family. Entertainment includes indie blues band The Barron Brothers, a photo booth, caricature artist and brewery tours. Food truck Eat Jo Dawgs will be on site to help soak up all that expertly fashioned booze.
What it be: Blues and Brews
When it do: Saturday, July 4, 1-9 p.m.
Where dat is: 1001 N. Riverfront Blvd
Watching fireworks, grilling and attending the neighborhood parade: these are the canonical ways to celebrate America’s independence. Then there are the, shall we say, less conventional ways to mark the day. One of these ways is to participate in or simply observe the Libertine Bar's annual Brass Knuckle Corn Dog Beatdown. Every year, men and women compete to see who can scarf down the most dogs in 15 minutes. Last year, the winner inhaled a whopping 19 dogs. Now if that doesn’t make you want to weep with patriotism I don’t know what will.
What it be: Brass Knuckle Corn Dog Beatdown
When it do: Saturday, July 4. Contestants must confirm registration (which is free) by 5 p.m. on the day of the event. Competition begins at 7 p.m. For more information, call 214-824-7900.
Where dat is: 2101 Greenville Ave.
BrainDead brewing, the place where fraternity bros and hipsters can at last peacefully co-drink, is hosting brunch. The menu sounds big, bold and scrumptious: candied chicken fried bacon, chorizo tacos, pickled cherry salad, huevos rancheros, rolled leg of lamb with mint and beignets with passion fruit syrup. The accompanying libations are also sure to be interesting as they will feature Avery Brewing Company’s barrel aged brews. The cost is $70 per person.
What it be: Avery Brewing Co. Beer Brunch
When it do: Sunday, July 5 at 10:30 a.m.
Where dat is: 2625 Main St.
You don’t have to hold out until your family reunion, where your uncle will once again try to redeem himself by roasting a pig, to get your meat sweats on. LUCK will be roasting a whole hog this Sunday with all the fixin's, plenty of beer and live music. Just try not to think about Babe.
What it be: Pig Roast Extravaganza
When it do: Sunday, July 5 from 2 p.m. until gone
Where dat is: 3011 Gulden Lane, Suite #112