Weekend Update: 5/4–5/7

Well, Denton, this was what seemed like the first time it didn’t rain during Arts & Jazz Fest, and more of this wonderful weather is said to continue this weekend. Prepare yourself for even more delight and diversion by taking a brief moment to scope out our list of a few events happening in the Denton community Thursday–Sunday. Let’s get movin’, Dentonites.

Thursday, May 4

Books for a Better Education Benefit Show


Midway Craft House, 8 PM

Join Midway Craft House as they host a Books for a Better Education Benefit Show. Their goal is to keep a running library of donated books, which are free to borrow as long as one book remains in their possession at the end of each week. This remaining book will be sent to the office of Betsy Devos in an effort to prove the power of public education. Have books to spare? Postage to donate? Bring them to the Craft House on Thursday around 8 PM, and enjoy a brew or two while you’re there. For more information, you can email: books4betterED@gmail.com.


Star Wars Trivia


Mulberry Street Cantina, 8 PM

The force is strong at Mulberry Street Cantina as they host Star Wars Trivia. Grab your fellow Jedis (or Rebels!), have a few cocktails, and put your knowledge of the Star Wars galaxy to the test. Do you know how many languages C-3P0 speaks? Do you know which species stole the plans to the Death Star? No? Well, maybe you’ll find out. Ready are you? This battle of fandom begins at 8 PM.


Family Tree, John Sturino Vibes Group, Dallas Horns


BackYard On Bell, 9 PM

Thursdays are for getting jazzy in the backyard—at BackYard On Bell, that is. Join the folks at BYOB for a night of live jazz provided by Family Tree, the John Sturino Vibes Group, and powerhouse trio Dallas Horns. Things start to swing around 8 PM. Free!


Friday, May 5

Cinco at Cantina!


Mulberry Street Cantina, 12 PM

Celebrate the 5th of May at Mulberry Street Cantina. This margarita mecca will have plenty of tequila-filled beverages on special and plenty of Mexican beers to quench your thirst. The Milpa food truck will be parked out front, providing delicious grub to complement those cocktails. This Cinco de Mayo celebration kicks off at the Cantina around noon. ¡Fiesta!


Siamese, Mountain Song


Taps & Caps, 5 PM

Fridays are for treating yourself, right? Do so at Lone Star Taps & Caps with Dallas glam-rock band Siamese. These four theatrically-inclined friends showcase their unique songwriting skills through ominous art-pop and their delightfully disturbing alter egos. Joining the bill is the exploratory project of five Dentonites, Mountain Song. There is a $3 cover for those 18–20 and $1 cover for 21+. Cold craft brews and good tunes? See you there, Denton.


Nina Diaz


LSA Rooftop, 8 PM

Nina Diaz—singer and guitarist for the indie rock band Girl in a Coma—has embarked on a solo project. Hailed by NPR as one of the “...most exciting, scary-good vocalist in rock today,” Nina brings her powerful vocals and dreamy rock melodies to the LSA rooftop stage. Check out her first DFW performance in support of her first solo album, The Beat Is Dead. Free! Music starts at 8 PM.


5 on 5


BackYard On Bell, 8 PM

Join BackYard On Bell as they bring you 5 on 5—five bands on May 5th. Featuring stacked lineup, there will be live performances by Nakamara, The American Heartthrob, Barbara Black, Gift Shop Tunes, and Lustful Imps. This all-ages event is just $5 and kicks off at 8:30 PM.


Saturday, May 6

Mayor’s Day of Concern Food Drive at the Market!


Denton Community Market, 9 AM

The Denton Community Market is hosting a Food Drive during market hours on Saturday for the Mayor’s Day of Concern for the Hungry—an annual community event—which runs May 6–12. There will be a designated location near the info booth where you can drop off non-perishable packaged food items, which will be donated to Denton Food Pantries. If you miss this event, there will be several other designated drop-off locations available through the 12th. See event page for further details.


21st Annual Denton Mudbug Boil


1207 W. Hickory, 11 AM

‘Tis the season for mudbug boilin’! Join the 21st Annual Denton Mud Bug Boil for a day of delicious food and brews, live music, and good company. Plus, a Gumbo Cook-off is in order. Just $25.00 gets you all-you-can-eat crawfish, sausage, potatoes, corn, fried fish, and more! All beers are only four bucks. All proceeds will benefit Cumberland Children’s Home, Denton County Friends of the Family, Denton GOAL Program, Michael’s Memories, Friends with Benefits, and Knights of Columbus—a lot of nonprofits to benefit, y’all. Feasting begins around 11 AM.

A Night Under the Stars


UNT Rafes Urban Astronomy Center, 7 PM

Joi Explorium Denton Children’s Museum at the UNT Rafes Urban Astronomy Center for a night of space activities and star talks. In an effort to raise funds for the museum there will be raffle tickets to purchase for prizes and other goodies, along with some serious stargazing. If you work up an appetite from dancing to the live music, you can grab some grub from a food truck that’ll be on-site. This stellar event is $5—cash only!


The Walters, Summer Salt


Andy’s Bar, 7 PM

Join Andy’s Bar for a night of rock and pop (and perhaps a few cocktails to boot!). Chicago band The Walters make the trek down south to showcase their indie-pop sounds, along with Austin beach-rockers Summer Salt. Jumping on the bill are Dallas bands Delmer Dennis (Texas-style surf rock) and Acid Carousel (1960s-inspired psych rock). Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door. This all-ages event kicks off around 7 PM.


Sunday, May 7

CycloDia: A Bike|Walk Denton Open-Streets Event


City of Denton, 1 PM

Lace-up your sneakers and join Bike|Walk Denton’s first open-streets event, CycloDia. They’ll be closing sections of McKinney, Austin, and Hickory, so you can bike, walk, or skateboard to your heart’s desire. At this family-friendly event you will find a helmet giveaway for kids, an adaptive bike rodeo, and free fitness classes. This event is FREE and runs until 5 PM.


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