Thursday, September 13, 2012

Say goodbye to summer with a dog-themed pool party and Barkfest - Dallas Morning News


FREE The inaugural neighborhood party for pooches and their owners benefits Paws in the City no-kill animal rescue, and Bark Park Central, the 1.2-acre off-leash dog park where the celebration will take place. There’ll be live music, raffle prizes, food trucks, beer and nonalcoholic beverages. Looking to add a furry friend to your family? Meet some adoptable dogs from Paws in the City, and take advantage of the low-cost vaccinations and microchipping services offered by Community Pet Outreach. Also, a pillar featuring dog portraits by Deep Ellum artists will be unveiled during the event.

Sept. 15 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Deep Ellum Bark Park, 2530 Commerce St., Dallas. Free.


Take your BFF (best four-legged friend) to this fourth annual end-of-summer pool party, where there’ll be pet costume and trick contests, agility and retrieving demonstrations, a rescue parade, vendors, food and live music provided by the Big Guns. Goody bags and event T-shirts will be available while supplies last. This event benefits the Metroplex Animal Coalition and several of its member animal welfare organizations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at NRH20 Family Water Park, 9001 Boulevard 26, North Richland Hills. $20 per person, includes two dogs; free for children 2 and under. Dogs must be spayed or neutered and have complete, up-to-date vaccinations and current rabies shots. For information, email wagsandwavesinfo@ or call 972-669-5000.


Partake of the grape at this wine celebration, billed as the largest of its kind in the Southwest. The schedule includes the People’s Choice Wine Tasting Classic; the Vintners’ Auction Classic; a Texas Wine Tribute; a grape-stomping competition; wine pavilions; cooking demos and wine pairings at the Culinary Pavilion; ice-carving demonstrations; craft beers; six stages of live music and entertainment; the Grapefest Tennis Classic; and Grapevine winery tours. There’ll also be a Kidzone, shopping, carnival rides and midway games, and more.

Sept. 14-15 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., Sept. 16 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 636 S. Main St. in historic downtown Grapevine. General admission is free Sept. 14 until 5 p.m. After that, it’s $8 for adults, $5 for seniors and children 6-12; $18 for a weekend pass; $23 for a souvenir pass. 817-410-8136.


Hey, beer lovers: This one’s for you. Get your fill at this festival, where more than 150 kinds of beer will be available to sample from around the world. Cody Canada & the Departed with Kirby Brown will perform their brand of red dirt-Texas country rock, and Hooters and Hacienda on Henderson will provide eats for purchase. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Dallas Arts District.

Sept. 15 from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Dallas Arts District on Harwood Street between Woodall Rodgers and Ross, and on Flora Street between Olive and Harwood streets, Dallas. General admission of $30 includes 12 2-ounce beer samples; additional sampling cards available for $2; VIP admission $60, includes 6 p.m. admission for sampling before the general public and in-and-out access to the VIP area throughout the event, which includes liquor samples and catered food. For ages 21 and older only; valid ID required at the door.


Feel like yodeling? Do you crave sausage and strudel and hear tubas in your head? Sounds like you’re due for an authentic German festival, and fortunately, there’s one just an oompah away. The town of Addison is hosting four days filled with polka music, Bavarian folk dancing, singalongs, a German Idol yodeling contest, traditional costumes, a German spelling bee, dachshund races, beer-barrel bowling, German food, and lots and lots of beer. For a full-service Bavarian dining experience, make your reservation at the festival’s Brau Haus for a three-course, fixed-price meal ($45 per person, includes Oktoberfest admission). Children’s activities include carnival rides, midway games and entertainment geared for them. A 5K run and 1-mile Fun Run benefit for Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer.

Sept. 20 from 6 to 11 p.m., Sept. 21 from 6 p.m. to midnight, Sept. 22 from noon to midnight, Sept. 23 from noon to 5 p.m. at 4970 Addison Circle Drive, Addison. Free admission Sept. 20, $10 on Sept. 21, $5 on Sept. 22 before 5 p.m. and on Sept. 23, $10 on Sept. 22 from 5 p.m. to midnight. Free parking at Dallas Parkway and Arapaho Road.


Challenge yourself through mud and muck during this 18-obstacle noncompetitive race set on 365 acres. The course, designed by two former U.S. Marines, requires participants of all levels to push themselves to do what appears impossible through natural and engineered tests of strength and endurance. The event kicks off with the national anthem, and there’ll be patriotic festivities that include music, munchies and beer.

Sept. 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Patriot Games Field, 4500 E.Clear Creek Road, Sanger. $35 online registration through Sept. 17; $50 late registration Sept. 18-20; $50 walk-up registration. 940-535-4999.

Compiled by Ellen Ritscher Sackett

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