Blitz Weekender: April 4-6

The Big Texas Beer Fest is a Dallas original and must be attended. Doctor's orders. Photo Courtesy: Paul Gibson
The Big Texas Beer Fest is a Dallas original and must be attended. Doctor’s orders. Photo Courtesy: Paul Gibson

By Tommy Kennicot

The Final Four is here and perhaps we’ll avoid any weather tragedies that the “Man Upstairs” can throw our way. If it ices or a tornado rolls through then we should all take it as a sign that He has a score to settle with Jerry Jones. Apocalypse be damned it’s the weekend and we should get out and have some fun…even if you aren’t a part of the 80,000+ at JerryWorld.

Friday, April 4
Bracket Town: This is the ultimate Final Four fan fest. Get in the spirit before the games begin on Saturday. It’s indoors at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. Meet some legendary coaches, get autographs from former college stars (probably not Michael Jordan), and participate in some fun filled activities. Adults expect to shell out a $10 bill and for the kiddos it’s $5.00

It’s Going Viral: For their spring offering, Dark Hour Haunted House has made some significant changes to what patrons may have already experienced on their other visits to DFW’s newest haunt experience.  According to artistic director, Allen Hopps, “This takes a different turn from most Dark Hour shows in that we are straying from our 1890’s time period and going more modern. Guests will be dropped into an area ravaged by zombies and need to get out. They will be aided by suspicious survivors and attacked by ravenous zombies.” So yeah, leave your guns at home for this one.

Crawfish Friday: Starting at 4pm, The Men’s Club of Dallas serves up spicy crawfish and sexy ladies. Enjoy both poolside (the only club in DFW to have one). Pay the admission and partake in the all-u-can-eat crawfish. Drinks are $1.75 until 9pm. They’ll also have a live band to entertain you. Get your singles ready folks!

Saturday, April 5
Deep Ellum Arts Festival: This fest is in its 20th year and truly represents all that is awesome in Deep Ellum. An adult-oriented festival with dozens of street vendors, food from local Deep Ellum hotspots, 200 fine artists displaying and selling their works of art, and more than 100 musicians rocking out simultaneously on five open stages, it sure is a party. If anything, the fest proves that Deep Ellum is far from dead; it’s a massive community block party. Oh and it’s free.

Big Texas Beer Fest: This is their third-annual festival and each year it gets better. The event will feature around 100 breweries and 400+ beers in the Automotive Building at Fair Park. Many breweries in attendance are those from out of the area, debuting in DFW for the first time. In addition to very unique beers, the festival will also feature ten local food trucks, artisan food samples, and music from local bands The Beef, Bravo Max! and more. Tickets are only $35 and a  portion of the proceeds goes to the North Texas Food Bank. Sampling brews for a good cause never tasted so good.

The Great Bull Run: Can’t make the trip to Pamplona but still would like to have the experience of running with the bulls? Make the trip out to the Texas Motorplex in Ennis. Additionally they’ll have a tomato fight similar to the one in Europe. The organizers are hoping to make this an annual event here in the Metroplex so support them! There are various admission prices for the bull run, Tomato Royale and being a spectator. Time to man-up, show-up and party-up.

Sunday, April 6
Duck Commander 500: Sandwiched between the Final Four games and the national title game is a NASCAR race out at Texas Motor Speedway. The current points leader is Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kurt Busch won last week’s race at Martinsville. Free parking and you can bring your own eats and drinks (no glass). To top things off, Big Hoss will be making its debut. Green flag drops at 3:15pm.

Dallas International Film Festival: You know you like movies and you’re probably tired of the garbage that Hollywood keeps churning out and that alone is why you should attend the Dallas International Film Festival. They’ll be showing films at different venues in the Dallas area and you’ll be able to check out some non-mainstream greatness. Get your hipster outfit together and turn off your damn cellphone.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band: Free concert! The chance for you and 40,000 other fans to enjoy his greatness is at the old Reunion Arena site. You can thank the NCAA’s March Madness Music Festival for making this happen. I recommend taking DART and getting there by early afternoon for a decent spot in the crowd. Enjoy the pride of New Jersey and know that you were Born to Run (gotta stop with these bad jokes).

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