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Bits & Bites: Things to Do and Chew in Dallas, Oct. 11-13

Pat Green will be playing at The Rustic on Saturday (via
Pat Green will be playing at The Rustic on Saturday (via

This weekend’s events definitely have a Fort Worth vibe around them. There’s plenty of stuff around town, too, so don’t feel pressured to travel to have a good time. It is, however, highly recommended. Fingers are crossed that the weather doesn’t throw a kink in your plans. Check out everything that’s happening below.


Panther Club is putting on their first annual chili cook-off, a hot and spicy chili competition music, dancing, and an auction. After the heat kicks in, you can cool off with beer, wine, or margaritas. Maybe all three? Proceeds are going to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth. Tickets are $75. It’s at the River Ranch at the Stockyards.

It’s that time of year when the dead rise to roam North Texas in search of booze and gore-filled selfies. The Fort Worth Zombie Crawl starts at 8 p.m. at the Flying Saucer. End up at T&P Tavern around 11 p.m. They’ll have a Rahr pint special where you can collect a different Zombie Crawl glass with each beer. Just be sure not to drip blood on the furniture.

The fishing duo Sisters on the Fly will be at the National Cowgirl Museum from 6-8:00 p.m. You’ll get to try food from their new cookbook Cast-Iron Cooking With Sisters prepared by Reata Restaurant. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 walk-up.

I couldn’t care less who wins the Red River Rivalry, but the Burnt Orange Bash at FIG makes me want to raise my horns in support. Food, beer, wine and spirits from several restaurants like Urban Taco and the Social House will be available, as well as live music. It’ll be from 6:30 to 2 p.m. Tickets are $70 for adults and $45 for kids.


Still need a place to hangout and watch the TX-OU game?  Raya has a whole list of them here, and we definitely recommend the Pat Green concert/game-watching party that’s happening at The Rustic. The party starts at 11 a.m.

Chasquis Group and Espumoso are teaming up to bring a Latin American festival to Oak Cliff. The Tierra Sur festival will be at Cafe Madrid starting at 11 a.m., and will feature music, dancing, and of course, delicious cultural cuisine. Tickets are $10.

The Dallas City Hall will be surrounded by Monsanto-dissenters who are protesting the company’s seemingly iron grip on worldwide agriculture. If you feel just as passionate, you can join your fellow freedom fighters at 1 p.m. It’s part of a global day of protest going on in several countries and 47 states. Bring your biggest poster board and your fattest marker.

The BeerFeast at Flying Saucer is shaping up to be a whammy of an afternoon. From 1 to 7 p.m., you can try over 40 breweries and 60 different beers, plus a selection of food trucks close by. Beer and food is a combo that’s hard to turn down, and for $30 you won’t have to. Sorry, kiddos, this event is 21 and up.

Traders Village is hosting the 29th Annual International Bar-B-Que Cookers Association Cookoff. “Bar-b-que,” huh? Well alright. The event is free and the parking is super cheap ($3 bucks!) and you get to judge meat. What could possibly be a better use of your time? Over 100 cooks will be showing their stuff in a fight for money and fame. Check it out on either Saturday or Sunday from 8-6 p.m.


From 5 to7 p.m., you’re invited to attend Raw Food 101, a class created to instruct students about the benefits of a raw food diet, including tips on cooking and recipes to use at home. If you’re concerned about weight or ailed by illness, this night might be for you. The class is $40 and will be held at Be Raw. A light dinner will also be included.

Jake Austin Medina is a D Magazine intern and a journalism major at the University of North Texas.