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Bits & Bites

Bits & Bites: Things to Do and Chew in Dallas This Labor Day Weekend

Your guide to food and drink events.
By Jillian Selzer |
Bret Redman

Labor Day is your last chance to squeeze in some summer fun before fall officially hits. This weekend, boozy brunches and family fun are on the agenda for the last holiday of the season.

All Weekend 

Bedford Blues and BBQ Festival

If you’re willing to make the trek, get your blues and barbecue on in the mid-cities this weekend. The City of Bedford will host the festival off Highways 183 and 121. Buy general admission advance tickets for $7; they’ll be $10 at the gate. A weekend pass is $15. There will be a selection of food and art vendors for viewing as well as tasting events and barbecue cook-off competitions. The Blues lineup includes Tommy Castro & The Pain Killers, Janiva Magness, and Dr. John. The festival is open 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Friday, and 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Labor Day Reunion Tower 

The Reunion Tower’s Cloud Nine Café will serve food, drinks, wine, and beer to the public throughout the weekend. The Tower will be open 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday through Sunday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday.

Shake Shack Opening Weekend

The burger empire expanded its reach to Uptown this week with a new location at The Crescent. The menu boasts Dallas-original items such as the Link Burger (which is topped with a Pecan Lodge jalapeño sausage link) and an array of local beers. Hit the new location from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday and Monday.

Saturday, September 3

No Pants Party at Truck Yard 

No pants, no problem. Lowest Greenville’s Truck Yard is giving beer drinkers the opportunity to ditch their bottoms for a good cause. From 9 p.m. to midnight, guests can earn free drinks by donating their clothes to those affected by the flooding in South Louisiana. For one free drink, donate any form of wearable clothing to the cause. For two free drinks, donate your pants at the door along with another piece of wearable clothing.

Sunday, September 4

Brass Brunch Sunday 

Add a little extra class to your typical Sunday brunch at Cook Hall in West Dallas. Mimosa carafes, draft beer, and Bloody Marys are all $5 coupled with a live jazz. This weekend’s lineup features Dallas-based pianist Keith Schmorr as the in-brunch entertainment. An RSVP doesn’t guarantee a spot, so be sure to make reservations beforehand.

Deep Ellum Mimosa Walk 

It’s not Sunday without mimosas, and Deep Ellum agrees. The neighborhood shops will collectively host a Sip & Shop tour from noon to 3 p.m. with special in-store promotions and events. Tickets are $15 for pre-sale and $20 the day of the walk.

Labor of Love Homebrew Festival 

Deep Ellum Brewing Company is hosting its fifth annual Homebrew Festival on site with live music from the Casey Daniels Band and unlimited homebrew sampling from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Tickets, better known as “LOL Memberships,” are $30 and valid through July 2017. Festivalgoers must be at least 21 years old to attend. Food trucks will be on site in addition to the company’s open kitchen.

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