Enjoy a crawfish boil as part of Pakpao Thai's New Year celebrations.EXPAND
Enjoy a crawfish boil as part of Pakpao Thai's New Year celebrations.
courtesy Pakpao Thai

What to Do This Weekend: Thai New Year, PizzaFest and a Chocolate Walk

Sushi + burritos = sushitos. Or burrushi, depending on your portmanteau style. Whatever you call them, Sushimo Burritos will be available for purchase at BAD Bazaar, the artists and makers collective. The last Sushimo Burrito pop-up sold out, so don't delay.

What it be: Sushimo Burrito Pop-Up

When it do: 6-9 p.m. Thursday

Where dat is: 424 W. Davis St.

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Scissor-tails & Cocktails is like an episode of "Nature," only in real life and with more alcohol and less carnage. Enjoy cocktails and bites from 12 local (and notable) chefs. While sipping and noshing the night away, you can take in the tranquil scenery. Tranquil, that is, until the birds of prey come out. Don't worry, though, you're quite safe (as long as you don't make any Big Bird jokes — they hate that). Tickets are $80, with all proceeds benefiting the Trinity River Audubon Center.

What it be: Scissor-tails & Cocktails

When it do: 7-10 p.m. Thursday

Where dat is: 6500 Great Trinity Forest Way

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You may be more used to eating steaming hot bowls of hoppin' john with a side of collards to bring in the new year, but in celebration of Thai New Year, you can enjoy some tiny, spicy crustaceans and a special cocktail of chularita and Mango Smash IPA. Both of Pakpao Thai's locations will host crawfish boils all weekend. The cost is $15 per person.

What it be: Thai New Year Crawfish Boil

When it do: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday through Sunday

Where dat is: 1628 Oak Lawn Ave. and 7859 Walnut Hill Lane

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Wine walks. Beer crawls. Mimosa strolls. Usually when there's an event with a mission to organize and then systematically disperse people around central shopping districts, there's alcohol involved. But Carrollton's downtown square has something a little different. Enjoy free chocolate treats at participating shops while you wander through Carrollton's quaint downtown. It's sure to be a little less nervous-system depressing and a lot sweeter.

What it be: Chocolate Walk

When it do: 5-8 p.m. Friday

Where dat is: 1106 S. Broadway St., Carrollton

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Things that get blessed: people, animals and because we are a species that really appreciates a good glass of cab, grapevines. Join dignitaries and other guests for a centuries-old European blessing of Texan grapevines at Grapevine's Town Square Gazebo. A Texas priest will perform the ceremony, ensuring that whatever god controls alcohol production gets the message: Texans want their wine, damn it. The blessing takes place at 10 a.m, is free to attend, and will be followed by a complimentary wine, cheese and bread tasting. The first 150 families in attendance will also receive a 1-year-old Champanel grapevine to take home.

Starting at 11 a.m., guests can taste wines and peruse artwork throughout the city as part of the New Vintage Wine and Gallery Trail. Tickets, $45, are required for this portion of the day's events; they include a souvenir wine glass, three 1-ounce. wine samples and one light bite per participating winery. Participants must be 21 or older to attend.

What it be: Blessing of the Vines and New Vintage Wine and Gallery Trail

When it do: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday

Where dat is: 431 S. Main St., Grapevine

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Bitter sisters usually aren't cause for celebration, but when hops are involved, things have a way of becoming festive. Bitter Sisters Brewery is celebrating its third anniversary with a big ol' party. That means special tappings of over 15 beers, live music and food from Pit Commander BBQ and Texapolitan Pizza. VIP tickets ($25.28) include four full beers or eight samples and a commemorative pint glass.

What it be: Bitter Sisters Third Anniversary Party

When it do: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday

Where dat is: 15103 Surveyor Blvd., Addison

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Break out the washboard: It's Big Mamou time. Traders Village is expanding its annual crawfish and Cajun music festival to cover two weekends this year, this Saturday and Sunday and April 21-22. Delicious Louisiana cuisine will be available for purchase, including boiled crawfish, shrimp gumbo and etouffee. Cajun music will begin at noon each day to help put you in that cajun state of mind. Admission is free; parking is $4.

What it be: Big Mamou Cajun Festival

When it do: Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Where dat is: 2602 Mayfield Road, Grand Prairie

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The seventh annual Frisco StrEATS Food Truck and Music Festival is Saturday. This event is perfect for the whole family, with food trucks that cover a variety of cuisines, live music to drown out the kids' crying and a beer garden for the big people who are in charge of the smaller people.

What it be: Frisco StrEATs Gourmet Food Truck and Music Festival

When it do: Noon to 7 p.m. Saturday

Where dat is: 8800 Fourth St., Frisco

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Typically, the best thing about home tours is that they provide a rare glimpse into the intimate lives of strangers — a glimpse that otherwise can only be attained by either home invasion or reality television. But the Munger Place Historic District Association's home tour is no ordinary tour. Instead, it couples the tour of five homes with a selection of curated wines and light bites from East Dallas businesses. The best thing about this home tour is the fact that you can indulge your inner creeper while eating and drinking. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.

What it be: Munger Place Wine Walk and Historic Home Tour

When it do: 4:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday

Where dat is: 4900 Tremont St.

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Presented by the Winnetka Heights Neighborhood Association, Bites in the Heights will feature food prepared by local chefs and home cooks, as well as a selection of custom cocktails, beer and wine at the historic Turner House. Tickets are $60 and include a good, old fashioned piano singalong.

What it be: Bites in the Heights

When it do: 6:30-10 p.m. Saturday

Where dat is: 401 N. Rosemont Ave.

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PizzaFest: An event so compelling, the tickets practically buy themselves. For how often do you get the chance to sample all of the pizzas? Or at least a lot of them. Pizza from over 20 local and national pizza parlors will be available Deep Ellum Art Co., as will a wine and beer garden and pizza eating contest. Tickets start at $10 and include a slice of your choice.

What it be: Dallas PizzaFest

When it do: Noon to 9 p.m. Sunday

Where dat is: 3200 Commerce St.

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El Centro College is holding its 10th annual Bits & Bites fundraiser, which benefits the college's culinary arts program. The event at the Dallas Arboretum will feature bites curated from over 30 top chefs, as well as wine pairings. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $65.

What it be: Bits & Bites

When it do: 5-8 p.m. Sunday

Where dat is: 8525 Garland Road

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