It’s summer, which means that grocery store shelves are brimming with peaches. Sweet, juicy peaches with tender skins and firm flesh that gushes like a river with the first bite. Well, not really. Most peaches you pick up in the grocery store fall short of the stone fruit of our dreams. Which is why the drive to Weatherford for the annual peach festival can be fully justified. Just think of the tarts, the salads and the salsas you can make with the delicious peaches you buy here. Or you can pick up some of the ready-made treats, such as peach pies and peach ice cream. There will also be arts and crafts, produce and food vendors lining the historic streets of downtown, not to mention the Peach Pedal Bike Ride, which will bring more than 2,200 cyclists to the festival. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children 12 and younger.
What it be: Parker County Peach Festival
When it do: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 14
Where dat is: Houston and West Church streets, Weatherford
While a patisserie might not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of places to commemorate National Ice Cream Day, Bisous Bisous Pâtisserie on McKinney Avenue is doing its part to change that. For one day, it will bring back its "summer sammies." These ice cream sandwiches comprise housemade ice cream sandwiched between two croissant waffles — croiffles, if you will. Get a sammie while the getting is good.
What it be: Summer Sammie Pop Up
When it do: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 15
Where dat is: 3700 McKinney Ave.
You could buy a plane ticket to Spain and run with the bulls, or you could just head to Cafe Madrid in Uptown for its annual Running of the Bulls festival. While some might argue that finding a place to park in uptown involves its fair share of risk, we're willing to bet it won't end with a bull's horn where it doesn't belong. And once you're safely inside Cafe Madrid, you will enjoy the sights and sounds of classical guitarists and flamenco dancers as you sip sangria. Sangria specials will abound, and a portion of sales will be donated to Brother Bill's Helping Hand.
What it be: Running of the Bulls at Cafe Madrid
When it do: 6-9 p.m. Saturday, July 14
Where dat is: 4501 Travis St.
Break out the mime outfit because it's time to impersonate French stereotypes in the name of Bastille Day. Don your finest beret and striped shirt and head to Bishop Avenue, which will be transformed into a market with French wine, food and music. Event admission is free, but those who wish to drink the nectar of the gods will need to purchase a wine glass ahead of time. Twenty-five dollars begets the glass and two tokens good for food or wine. Additional wine can — and will, with great enthusiasm — be purchased onsite.
What it be: Bastille Day Dallas: Bishop Arts District
When it do: 6 - 10 p.m. Saturday, July 14
Where dat is: West Davis Street and North Bishop Avenue
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In the infamous of words of one Tom Haverford: treat yo'self. Specifically, treat yo'self to an evening of cocktails and flowers at Jettison. Dallas-based Zephyr Gin and Zephyr Floral will host a collaborative event featuring floral installations and flower-inspired gin cocktails. There will also be floral jewelry to peruse and light bites available.
What it be: Gin & Flowers
When it do: 5-10 p.m. Sunday, July 15
Where dat is: 1878 Sylvan Ave., Suite E150