Take the time this long weekend to explore new cultures and appreciate some good ol’ classic American grub. Here is your guide.
Amsterdam Falafelshop Anniversary Party
Want a taste of that European get-away? Head over to Amsterdam Falafelshop in Deep Ellum between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to celebrate their one-year anniversary in Dallas. Chow down on $1 falafel bowls and sandwiches and discounted Shawarma bowls, and then wash it all down with $1 pint beers. Open to all, there will be live music on the patio and a raffle.
Saturday (and Sunday)
2017 Thai Food and Culture Festival
Expand your palate and dive into the culture of Thailand this weekend at the Buddhist Center of Dallas. The annual festival features a marketplace, a tour of the temple and traditional Thai dancing and boxing. Wander through a bazaar of booths from local Thai restaurants and breathe in the sights and smells of food representing every region of Thailand. Don’t forget to check out the cooking demonstrations offered on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and on Sunday at 11:00 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Event runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Drink. Judge. Drink some more. Judge some more. Come out to the West End, try margaritas from more than 20 vendors and vote your pick for the best in Dallas. Sampling begins at 4 p.m. and a winner will be announced at 8 p.m. Tickets are $45 and sales close Friday night. Tickets for designated drivers are $15. Buy your tickets here.
Memorial Weekend Late Night Vegan Karaoke Pajama Breakfast
Throw on your pajamas and rock out to “Don’t Stop Believing” because V-Eats Modern Vegan at Trinity Groves rescheduled their late-night karaoke for this Sunday from 8 p.m. to midnight. Partake in some breakfast off the special vegan menu or one of the drink specials and jam on.
Like giant beer pong? Like sumo wrestling? Deep Ellum Brewing Company is hosting its seventh annual Brew-BQ from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. There is entertainment for all ages with live music, carnival games, barbecue, and, of course, beer. Although VIP tickets are sold out, you can still snag a general admission ticket for $35. If you’re under 21, that price drops down to $15 (no alcohol, y’all), and kids under 12 are free ($6 for a barbecue plate). Bring your dog to hang out in the field. Doors for general admission open at 6 p.m. Buy your tickets here.
Brunchfest at Mudhen Meat and Greens
Listen to music; eat a pancake; pet a pig. Spend your Memorial Day at Mudhen Meat and Greens’ Brunchfest. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., enjoy a $20 buffet of pancakes, bacon, eggs, pastries, etc., a $6 build-your-own Bloody Mary and Double Mimosa bar, and a petting zoo from noon to 3 p.m.
Memorial Day Workout & Brunch
Do a crunch. Get some brunch. After working up a sweat at OakFit’s Memorial Day workout, reward yourself with brunch following the session. This kid-friendly event is free for members and only $20 for everyone else.
Memorial Day in the Backyard
Sit back and enjoy Chelsea Corner’s new patio for Memorial Day. Starting at noon, there will be $5 drink specials as well as DJs, and food specials all day.
Catherine Wendlandt is a D Magazine intern.