Stock up on Christmas tamales at this weekend's Tamalada Holiday Festival.EXPAND
Stock up on Christmas tamales at this weekend's Tamalada Holiday Festival.
courtesy La Popular

This Weekend In Dallas: Tamalada Holiday Festival and a Jingle Bell Pub Run

A cheesy four-day showcase is going on in Deep Ellum, spotlighting the best macaroni and cheese the neighborhood has to offer. No tickets are needed; just pay as you go around to various restaurants. You’ll find some mac and cheese at AllGood Cafe, BrainDead Brewing, Brick and Bones, Bucky Moonshine’s Southern Eats Bar, Central Mac and Mama Tried.

What: Deep Ellum Mac-N-Cheese Crawl

When: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Dec. 13-14

Where: Deep Ellum


The Christmas edition of a popular local pub run is winding its way through Bishop Arts this weekend. The monthly pub run is a three-mile run/walk at an easy pace, landing at AJ Vagabonds and Oddfellows this time. First beer is free, too.

What: December Jingle Bell Pub Run

When: 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13

Where: AJ Vagabonds, 336 W. Eighth St. (Bishop Arts)

Tickets: $10


Want to educate yourself about the distinctive tastes of cheeses? At Cheese 101, Scardello staff will cover the basics on how cheese is made and answer questions about cheese-pairing fundamentals.

What: Cheese 101

When: 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13

Where: Scardello Artisan Cheese, 3511 Oak Lawn Ave. (Oak Lawn)

Tickets: $40 per person


Chef Anastacia Quinones is bringing tacos to Haute Sweet this weekend, where you can find gingerbread, beignets and breakfast tacos. A limited number of gingerbread beignets will be filled with chocolate ganache, and regular staples will also be available.

What: Haute Sweets’ December Beignets with AQ Pop-Up

When: 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Dec. 15

Where: Haute Sweets Patisserie, 10230 E. Northwest Highway (Northeast Dallas)


La Popular Tamale House hosts its first Tamalada Holiday Festival this weekend, celebrating the season with this free pop-up shop. You’ll find churros, popcorn, cotton candy, hot chocolate, Mexican coffee, pictures with Santa Claus, holiday shopping and live music. And tamales, of course.

What: Tamalada Holiday Festival 

When: Noon-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15

Where: La Ranchera Super Market No. 2, 4823 Bryan St. (Old East Dallas)

Registration: Free


Pirate Cookies is doing a pop-up in The Cedars on Sunday. They’ll have their most popular cookies and buns, which can be eaten that day or taken home for the holidays. (Because yes, Christmas really is that soon.)

What: Pirate Cookies Pop-Up 

When: Noon Sunday, Dec. 16

Where: Sandwich Hag, 1902 S. Lamar St. (The Cedars)

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