Weekend Update: 9/29 - 10/2

If you didn’t party enough this weekend, here’s your chance for a take-two. With everything from symphonic sounds filling the Murchison Performing Arts Center to shopping for the perfect period piece to ghost hunting to Oaktoberfest, Denton has a conglomeration of events to suit your style and fancify your fun. There are even kid-friendly events, so the entire fam can enjoy. Do it to it, Denton! 

Thursday, September 29th

Wind Symphony
Murchison Performing Arts Center, 7:30 PM
Suit up in your Thursday best and head over to the Murchison Performing Arts Center for a Wind Symphony. Hosted by the UNT College of Music, this symphony will be performing the Three Bones Concerto composed by Jim Stephenson. This beautifully arranged and harmonious event will take place in Winspear Hall. Tickets are $10/$8. If you can’t physically attend the event, you can stream it live via a link on the event page. 

i, the Ghost / Cargo / Solpier / Puddin’ Taine
Andy’s Bar, 8 PM
Denton, where the music is plentiful and the (enter drink of choice here) is ever flowing. Get your fill of both at Andy’s Bar for a night of funk/folk/rock with Puddin’ Taine, Solpier, and Cargo. i, the Ghost will headline the show. Tickets are $7. 21+. 

Friday, September 30th

Vintage Market Days of Denton Area
The New Diamond T Arena, 10 AM
Stop by Vintage Market Days and shop your antique-loving heart out. This upscale vintage-inspired market will feature art, clothing, jewelry, home decor, and more! Taking place at The New Diamond T Arena—just east of Loop 288 on Hwy 380—items from your favorite era will be available both indoors and out. Get your fill of this antiquated-revival event Friday—doors are at 10 AM.

Spoopy Show
The Bearded Monk, 8 PM
Get in the sinister spirit and start the haunting season off early with a Halloween themed show. Featuring a mixture of poetry, music, and performances by Courtney Marie, Walker Smart, our own Bess Whitby, and more! This event takes place at The Bearded Monk and promises to be both funny and spooky. A little creepy-coolness and a lot of craft beers? Count us in. 

Eric Daino / Monkeysphere / The Deluxe / Kiel Grove
Andy’s Bar, 8 PM
Put on your brothel creepers and step into the upstroke beats for a night of ska, post-ska, and grease folk at Andy’s. This high-energy bill will feature music from The Deluxe, Kiel Grove, and Monkeysphere. Eric Daino of The Holophonics headlines. A rocksteady show for sure—doors are at 8 PM. 

Free Movies in the Park
Quakertown Park, 8 PM
Bring the kiddos out for marshmallows, a movie, and more! Hosted by Denton Parks and Rec, this fun-for-the-whole-family event will be held at Quakertown Park—adjacent to the Civic Center. They’ll be showing Inside Out around dusk (9 PM-ish), so make sure you bring blankets or chairs. Low-cost concessions and kid-friendly crafts will be available. If you miss this event, plan for the next—Hotel Transylvania 2 on October 21. 

Saturday, October 1st

PolaCon2016: An Instant Film Convention
Denton, Saturday & Sunday
Point and shoot yourself into the direction of PolaCon2016—a three-day instant film convention, conference, and meet up in Dallas and Denton. Hosted by Instant Film Society, along with partnering companies Film Photographic and Denton Camera Exchange this event will feature an instant film exhibition, pop-up galleries, guest speakers, panels, photo booths, and so much more! For more than just a snapshot of what will be taking place, check out the event page where there is a detailed list. Most of this event is free, but a select few functions may cost. Register ahead online. 

Opening Night
The Dark Path Haunt, 8 PM
The Dark Path Haunt kicks off the month of fright and fear in creepy, crawly fashion as they walk through the dense woods—with one lantern per group—surrounding Goatman’s Bridge off Old Alton Rd. If you haven’t heard the legend of Goatman’s Bridge and you’re into spooky stuff, this paranormal adventure is right up your alley. Admission is $20 per person; there is a $5 discount for groups of 10+ or with a military ID. Cash only, but an ATM will be on sight. Find a specter or two at this sinister and spine-tingling event. 

Brave Combo at Dan’s Oktoberfest
Dan’s Silver Leaf, 9 PM
Long-time Denton band Brave Combo will be showcasing their Bohemian skills at this year’s Dan’s Oktoberfest (though the website refers to this event as Dan’s Shocktoberfest—either way, this show is a must-see event). With an accordion as a centerpiece and polka as a cornerstone, Brave Combo incorporates cosmic elements that make this one of the most unique (and beloved) Denton bands. They even won over the heart of The Simpsons creator, Matt Groening, and appeared on an episode in 2004. So, fade into fall with an earful of expressive culture and a fist full of beer—just don’t forget to put your dancing shoes on! This all-ages show begins at 9 PM and is $10 a ticket. 

Sunday, October 2nd

Oaktoberfest on East Oak St.
Oak St. Drafthouse, 11 AM
Get into the fall spirit and join Oak St. Drafthouse and East Side for their 5th Annual Oaktoberfest. They’ll be offering 35+ Oktoberfest and pumpkin beers between the two locations. Plus, there will be an abundance of authentic German food served by some of the local food trucks, a stein hoisting competition, German music, and a best-Oktoberfest-dressed contest. A stein and a t-shirt will be available for $10. Festivities begin at 11 AM. 

Make a Stained Glass Suncatcher
A Creative Art Studio, 2:30 PM
If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to make a stained glass suncatcher, here’s your chance. This crafty class will offer you a chance to make a stained glass leaf using the Tiffany Method—a copper foil technique. You’ll learn how to cut glass and solder a simple wire hanger. All supplies will be included with a cost of only $35. Call the Creative Arts Studio to sign-up: 940.442.1251. 

She & Bee Dessert & Beer Pairing
The Bearded Monk, 4 PM
Join The Bearded Monk for their next pairing event, featuring locally-made treats from She & Bee Confectionery right here in Denton. China Starr Darley is the mastermind and dessert artisan behind She & Bee, and spent hours drinking beer and eating dessert (how do we get signed up for this gig?) to find the perfect combinations. A salted caramel brownie with Lakewood Brewing Company’s Temptress, or a sweet cream sauce and homemade whip with Bishop Cider Co.’s Crackberry? YUM! Tickets are $15 and are only available online ahead of time. See event page for details. 

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