Events and activities
1-3Fort Worth’s own Delbert McClinton and six-time Grammy winner Buddy Guy will headline the 2017 Bedford Blues & BBQ Festival. The blues legends lead an impressive showcase that includes Ronnie Earl, Marcia Ball and a host of local talent. While these blues artists sizzle on stage, pitmasters from around the world will be cooking in a Kansas City Barbecue Society competition. Guests can sample the best these pros have to offer at the People’s Choice Event and Battle of the BBQ 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free general admission and parking Friday night, which features several local bands. Also on Friday night is a tasting event and Pork Steak Competition, with three opportunities to taste samples from award-winning grillmasters. Entry is $5 and will include five samples and one vote in the People’s Choice Competition. On Saturday, there will be a special Celebrity Cooking Class 10 a.m. to noon.
Gates are open 6 to 10 p.m. Friday and 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the outdoor venue across from the Bedford City Hall Complex. . General admission as well as reserved tickets are available at the gates; cash only. Come for the BBQ, stay for the Blues! 1951 L Don Dodson Bedford, 817-952-2128, www.bedfordbluesfest.com
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7-24Dr. Seuss is a favorite for children everywhere and The Firehouse Theatre is bringing the classics to life with “Suessical the Musical.” The “fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza” features favorites like “The Cat in the Hat” and “Horton Hears a Who.” It’s a wonderful story the whole family can enjoy weekends in September. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. matinees on Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are $10 to $20, depending on the time and day. 2535 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch, 972-620-3747, www.thefirehousetheatre.com/event/02b94b8c66c3f732d8a4b6051ebfb148
9Nothing beats the heat like a cool dip in a pool, and dogs feel the same way! That’s why Keller Pointe is hosting its annual Doggie Dunk, complete with swimsuit and retrieving contests for all four weight groups. Dogs under 25 pounds swim 9 to 10 a.m.; dogs 26-45 pounds swim 10:15 to 11:15 a.m.; dogs 46-60 pounds swim 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; and dogs over 60 pounds swim12:45 to 1:45 p.m. Register in advance for $10, same day $15 (depending on the open spots available). 405 Rufe Snow Drive, 817-743-4386, https://issuu.com/kpard/docs/poi_spring_summer_2017
14-17The 31st annual GrapeFest: A Texas Wine Experience, in historic downtown Grapevine, showcases the best wines from all over Texas and across the United States. Events include the People’s Choice Wine Tasting Classic, the largest consumer-judged wine competition in the country, as well as GrapeStomp, the Champagne Terrace and Palate Pleasers at the Palace. Live entertainment, golf and tennis classics and an Italian CarFest are in store. Kids will have a blast with the interactive fun at KidsWorld featuring LegoLand Discovery Center’s Fun Builds, Sea Life from the Grapevine Aquarium, games and rides at the midway and carnival. Local vendors will sell handmade jewelry and other unique items. Taste over 100 wines in a complimentary GrapeFest glass for $20. Free admission Thursday as well as Friday before 5 p.m. Admission: 5 p.m. Friday through 6 p.m. Sunday, $8/adults, $5/seniors and kids over 5 years. Historic Downtown Grapevine, 800-457-6338,
15-16The heart of the beautiful Irving Heritage District will be the host of the annual street festival with entertainment for the whole family. There will be live music, the Manifolds on Main Street Car Show, shopping, food vendors and free rides and activities for the kids. Open 6 to 10 p.m. Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday with free admission and free parking open to the public. 217 S. Main St., Irving, 972-721-2600, http://cityofirving.org/1301/Irving-Main-Street-Event
17For the first time, the Keller Farmers Market Farm to Table Dinner will be held at the new Bowden Event Center off Keller Parkway. Over 200 tickets to the fundraiser are available, with the goal to celebrate everyone involved in the local food system, including farmers and ranchers, and to increase awareness of the value of farm-to-market meals. The event lasts 6 to 9 p.m. with dinner at 7. Tickets: $100. Check the KFM website at www.kellerfarmersmarket.com for more information. 1745 Keller Parkway, 682-593-3507, https://www.prekindle.com/event/61118-kfms-3rd-annual-farm-to-table-dinner-keller
19The Greater Keller Chamber of Commerce is proud to sponsor the 2017 Charity Golf Classic presented by the Texas Health Ben Hogan Sports Medicine team. Check-in begins at 11 a.m. with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Proceeds benefit the North Texas Warrior Golf Association, which provides rehabilitative golfing experiences for injured service members in North Texas or recovering from injuries at one of the area’s Veteran Affairs facilities. The second annual event will be played at Champion’s Circle in Fort Worth, 3300 Championship Parkway, 817-497-2582. Register online http://chamberwarriorgolf.dojiggy.com/ng/index.cfm/ab1da6c/regPages/pages/?p=164006
22The Arts Council Northeast is hosting its 20th annual Shining Stars Luncheon at the Hurst Conference Center to honor volunteers from civic and charitable organizations around the area. Emceed by celebrity Deborah Ferguson, the event features art donated by local artists will be available for purchase by the highest bidder. There will also be unique items from artists and retailers from the community offered by a small, exclusive silent auction. The reception begins at 10:30 a.m. followed by the luncheon at 11:30. 1601 Campus Drive, Hurst, 817-283-3406, http://www.shiningstarsartscouncil.org/event-details.aspx
23The Community Storehouse’s annual Run in Dark supports children’s programs and local children in need. Registration prior to Sept. 10, adults/$33 and children under 18/$26. After Sept. 10, adults/$35 and children under 18/$28. You may also purchase just a T-shirt for $20. Onsite registration begins at 4:30 p.m. One-mile Fun Run begins at 7 p.m.; 5K begins at 7:45 p.m. All funds support the Community Storehouse Children’s Programs. Any team that registers with 10 or more participants will receive a discounted price for both adults and youth. The team with the most participants will win the Community Team Cup. 9800 Hillwood Parkway, Fort Worth, 817-431-3340, http://www.runinthedarkdfw.com
23-24Both alpaca farms in Keller are opening their barn doors for National Alpaca Farm Days. The public is welcome to attend this free event to learn the specifics of raising, breeding and caring for alpacas as well as live demonstrations. Visitors can tour the farm, take photos and even touch alpacas to feel their amazingly soft fleece fur. Fiber artists will demonstrate how fleece is processed into yarn. Both farms have onsite stores and other vendors will be present, offering various products such as socks, blankets and hats made from hypoallergenic alpaca fleece, as well as lots of other wonderful gifts. McPaca Ranch- 8908 Clay Hibbins Road, 817-454-7448, http://www.mcpacaranch.com. DJ’s Classic Alpacas- 8608 Indian Knoll Trail, 817-271-4202, www.djsclassicalpacas.com
SAVE THE DATE
Oct. 19 Join the Greater Keller Chamber of Commerce for Wine & Jazz at the Bowden Event Center. The event, which lasts 6:30 to 10 p.m., includes wine, food, raffle and auction items and jazz, of course. Check the Chamber’s website for more information as the event gets closer. 1807 Keller Parkway, Keller, 817-431-2169, http://business.kellerchamber.com/events/details/wine-jazz-the-bowden-5615