Bits & Bites: Things to Do and Chew in Dallas This Weekend, April 5-7

Breckenridge Vanilla Porter (photo by Matthew Shelley)
Breckenridge Vanilla Porter (photo by Matthew Shelley)

Yeah, don’t come crawling to me with nothing to do. There are plenty of events, activities, and tummy rubs available this weekend. I say this with love: get off your lazy bum and hop to it. Shoo, fly, shoo!

Friday, April 5

Eh, nothing really going on (that I can find). Get some beauty rest before you head out on Saturday. Wait, never mind, I forgot about the Deep Ellum Arts Festival from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Food from Buzzbrews, Fuzzy’s, and Mama Fayes will be there.

Saturday, April 6

I know, I know. Where did March go? That’s the same question I’ve been asking myself every day. April’s here, and that means the 2nd annual Big Texas Beer Fest is happening inside the Fair Park Automobile Building. There’ll be food trucks, food, free cheese samples, and – of course – beer. Lots of it. Buy tickets here.

Chef Jim “Sevy” Severson (of Sevy’s Grill) is leading a cooking class from 11:30 to 1 p.m. at the Dallas Farmers Market Resource Center. Seriously, you should go. He’s been doing these classes since 1993. I’m sure it’ll be funtertainment. To buy a $25 ticket, go here.

Promise of Peace Garden is having its 4th annual EcoFest from 10 to 2 p.m. “with live music by the Ackermans and friends on a solar powered stage.” It’s completely free, and you get to learn about gardening.

Sunday, April 7

Belly & Trumpet, the Oak owners’ newest food baby, is starting brunch service on Sundays, starting with this one. It’ll last from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Expect  to find some delicious sharable plates, like the pork belly, Homestead Heritage grits, mustard greens, and egg dish that I’ve been thinking about for the last half hour.

Lounge 31 is also starting something called “Pop at Top” brunch this weekend. Imagine half-priced bubbly and the best music of the 80’s, combined with

There should still be some tickets left to Dishcrawl Dallas’ Uptown tour. For $40, explore Uptown with a walking tour that’ll take you through eight different dining destinations from 2 to 5 p.m. Some of the restaurants include JoJo, BBC, Pop’s Diner, Meso Maya, and Trailercakes. A portion of the sales also goes to the North Texas Food Bank.


And since we’re already on the topic of benefits, Barking Hound Village is hosting a “Kibble and Bits” event on Tuesday, April 9, from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $100. Before you sweat about the price, rest assured: that money is going towards DFW Rescue Me, an organization that saves dogs from getting euthanized. There’ll be plenty of good food and drinks to make your Tuesday night the highlight of your week. To purchase a seat or two, click here.