North Texas Events & Texas Chili Cook Offs
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PLANO: September 22-24 Plano Balloon Festival
Terrell: September 23 Flights of Our Fathers Air Show & Fly-In
MESQUITE: Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Mesquite Championship Rodeo The toughest cowboys around the world compete with the strongest horses, steers, and bulls in the country. This PRCA-certified rodeo has been thrilling visitors since 1958. Enjoy all the traditional rodeo events including calf-roping, barrel racing, bronc busting,and bull riding in air-conditioned comfort. Mesquite Arena, 1818 Rodeo Dr. mesquiterodeo.com 972-285-8777
MESQUITE: Sept. 5-29 Texas Area Artists Art Exhibition Enjoy an exhibit of art by Texas artists. Galleries are open Monday through Friday and during events. Mesquite Arts Center Main Gallery, 1527 N. Galloway. mesquiteartscenter.org 972-216-6444
MESQUITE: Sept. 9 Florence Ranch Homestead Tours Tour an early settler's homestead. Florence Ranch Homestead, 1424 Barnes Bridge Road. historicmesquite.org 972-216-6468
MESQUITE: Sept. 16-17 Dallas-Fort Worth Toy Dog Show Hosted by the Dallas-Fort Worth Toy Dog Club. Mesquite Convention Center and Exhibit Hall, 1750 Rodeo Dr. 972-204-4925
MESQUITE: Sept. 16 Just for Kids: Peeler and Rose Marionnette Show Enjoy a free lively marionette show. Mesquite Arts Center Black Box Theatre, 1527 N. Galloway. mesquiteartscenter.org 972-216-6444
MESQUITE: Sept. 16 Mesquite Symphony Orchestra Concert The orchestra begins its 31st concert season. Mesquite Arts Center Concert Hall, 1527 N. Galloway. mesquitesymphony.org 972-216-8127
MESQUITE: Sept. 17 & 24 "Parenting is Heart Work" Small Group Study Keystone Church Sunday, Sept. 17 & 24 5:30pm-7:00pm. No charge for this event. Childcare provided. REGISTER TODAY! http://www.ourkeystonechurch.com/phw-parenting-training/
MESQUITE: Sept. 23 Opal Lawrence Historical Park Tours Visit the historic Lawrence family homestead and its unique painted ceilings. Tours also available by appointment. Opal Lawrence Historical Park, 701 E. Kearney St. historicmesquite.org 972-216-6468
GARLAND: Sept. 2, 16 The Marketplace Downtown Square An outdoor market with fresh local produce, culinary items, and artisan/craftsman vendors. Downtown Garland, 150 N. Sixth St. themarketplacedfw.com
GARLAND: Sept. 4 Labor Day Parade The 72nd annual parade will feature local bands, sports groups, and floats. Downtown Garland, 150 N. Sixth St. garlandlabordayevent.com
GARLAND: Sept. 9 Urban Flea This outdoor market features vintage and homemade vendors, live music, and food trucks—joining forces with Intrinsic Smokehouse & Brewery. Downtown Garland, 150 N. Sixth St. intrinsicbrewing.com or theurbanfleatx.com
DALLAS: Through Nov. 12 "Shaken, Stirred, Styled: The Art of the Cocktail" The Dallas Museum of Art dipped into its design collection to create a visual history of the cocktail, from 19th-century punch bowls to James Bond–worthy shakers. Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood St. dma.org 214-922-1200
DALLAS: Feb. 11-Sep. 4 "Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed" This exhibition brings together more than 200 authentic artifacts and immersive environments to explore the astonishing accomplishments of one of the most powerful indigenous Mesoamerican civilizations, that still has millions of living descendants today. Perot Museum, 2201 N. Field St. perotmuseum.org
DALLAS: Sept. 3, 10, 17, 24 Bishop Arts District Tours Sample the fun and fare of this unique neighborhood during walking tours of the eclectic and amazing Bishop Arts District. Slip into colorful galleries and shops, and stop at great eateries including one that is the pitmaster's choice for Best Barbecue in Dallas—and a place where you can make your own tableside s'mores. Veracruz Cafe, 400 N. Bishop Ave. dallasbychocolate.com 972-814-5997
DALLAS: Sept. 3, 9, 23 The Hidden Dallas Tour Cruise to some secret places in Dallas and check out extraordinary scenic, cultural, and architectural treasures—from giant teddy bears to hidden rooms. Discover some great neighborhoods and historic landmarks, stopping along the way for delicious snacks at "insider" culinary gems. Krispy Kreme, 5118 Greenville Ave. dallasbychocolate.com 972-814-5997
DALLAS: Sept. 6 Sammons Jazz Showcasing the many styles of jazz performed by top local musicians in a historic setting. Every concert consists of two sets performed by two bands. Admission includes valet parking, a light dinner, and beverages. Sammons Center for the Arts, 3630 Harry Hines Blvd. sammonsjazz.com 214-520-7788
DALLAS: Sept 9 through Nov 11. Bonnie & Clyde: The End. Bonnie & Clyde died as they lived, by the gun. PDNB Gallery will be exhibiting for the first time, photographs of the infamous Texas criminals. This exhibition highlights the deadly aftermath of a two-year manhunt for America's most romanticized criminal couple. Featured in the exhibition are photographs of the ambush aftermath: the get away car, Texas Ranger Captain, Frank Hamer, and a post mortem of the couple. Opening reception will take place, Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 5 – 8 pm. Event is free and open to the public. 5 – 8 PM www.pdnbgallery.com 214-969-1852
DALLAS: Sept. 8-10 Chocolate Festival Chocolate enthusiasts will convene for the eighth annual celebration of chocolate makers and chocolatiers. Guests are invited to meet the artisans, watch live demonstrations of the chocolate making process, and sample and shop from more than 40 vendor participants. The festival showcases nationally recognized chocolate makers as well as local talents from across Texas. Fashion Industry Gallery, 1807 Ross Ave. dallaschocolate.org 214-669-3355
DALLAS: Sept. 8 Custom Auction Gala A grand 50th celebration for TACA with cocktails, dinner, entertainment, and more. Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, 2821 Turtle Creek Blvd. taca-arts.org 214-520-3930
DALLAS: Sept. 14 Arts and Letters Live: Ken Follett The award-winning author of historic masterpieces "The Pillars of the Earth" and "World Without End" will join the Dallas Museum of Art's fall performing arts series to discuss a new novel in his epic saga, "A Column of Fire." First United Methodist Church, 1928 Ross Ave. dma.org/all 214-922-1818
DALLAS: Sept. 20-Nov. 1 Night Fever: Fashions from Funk to Disco An exhibition of fashion from the 1970s, featuring more than 75 authentic garments and accessories from this iconic decade. Curated by Ken Weber of Vintage Martini, the exhibit will feature a diverse collection of American, French, Italian, and Japanese couture designers, including work by Oscar de la Renta, Hanae Mori, Yves Saint Laurent, and Roberto Cavalli. Galleria Dallas, 13350 Dallas Pkwy. galleriadallas.com
DALLAS: Sept. 28 Tall Tales Enjoy story time on the GeO-Deck every month. Children's librarians from the Dallas Public Library will present fun for ages 2-5 who love to jump around, hear a story, and sing a song. Seating is lounge inspired and will fill quickly. Reunion Tower, 300 Reunion Blvd. reuniontower.com 214-712-7040
DALLAS: Sept. 29-Oct. 22 State Fair of Texas Celebrates all things Texan by promoting agriculture, education, and community involvement through quality entertainment in a family-friendly environment. With 24 consecutive days, the State Fair of Texas is the longest-running fair in the nation, as well as one of the largest—featuring unlimited shows, live music, exhibits, food, games, and rides. Fair Park, 3921 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. bigtex.com 214-565-9931
MESQUITE: Oct 9 - Sounds in the Square is a FREE concert series in Heritage Square, 223 West Davis Street from 6 – 7:30 p.m. Featuring Lara Latin Group.
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Chili Cook Offs
August to November 2017
||Our Sunflower Friends Of Ellis County Family Festival Chili Cookoff
||2300 US 287
||We will have Red Beans (Pinto Beans and Chili Beans), and a Brisket cook offs. There is also a category for open chili and red beans if you like. Turn in times: Red Beans - 1:00 p.m., Brisket 2:00 p.m. Camping Available for self contained units starting Friday, October 13th and can stay through Sunday. Come early and get your special spot. Live music Friday night. Saturdays events will start at 8:00 a.m. with the 5K walk/run, followed by car show, bike show, balloon release, live and silent auctions, tons of kids activities and raffle for a 2017 Jeep or $25,000 cash. Raffle tickets are $100 each with only 500 tickets to be sold. Children Sponsored this year are 2 little boys, Adam and Parker. Both 2, both battle a form of childhood cancer. Please feel free to check out our website at oursunflowerfriends.org for more information. 100% of all proceeds will go to the families. Raffle tickets will be available starting May 1st through our webpage.
||Bloomin' Bluegrass Festival - Farmers Branch
||2540 Farmers Branch Lane
||Bloomin' Bluegrass Festival - Farmers Branch Event # 2179 Farmers Branch TX 75234 Auto Qualifier No Qualifier Type Address 2540 Farmers Branch Lane Contact: Kristen Nowak Phone: 972-919-2622 Email: email@example.com Turn in time: 2:00 pm Meat Requirement: Chili Grind Additional Information: Bloomin' Bluegrass Festival with live music, large crowds and People's Choice Chili with great prizes. Pre-registration available at w.bloominbluegrass.com. Onsite registration will start at 9:30 am. Cooks can enter starting at 8:30 am and MUST be parked by 10:00 am. Located at Farmers Branch Historical Park, 2540 Farmers Branch Lane, Farmers Branch, TX. People's Choice - Free with CASI Chili or $20 ~Serving 12:00 Noon until we run out ~Bring 200 samples for People's Choice (space will be limited to 200 tasters). ~Awards: People's Choice 1-3 is $250/$200/$150 Gift Card Beans - $5 ~Turn in 1:00 pm.~Awards: Pay out 50/30/20 ~Awards: Show 1-3 is $100/$75/$50 Gift Card. Chili is 1-3 $100/$75/$50 Gift Card, 4-10 is $25 Gift Card. Announcements around 3:30 pm. Fire Extinguisher required. Farmers Branch is a no smoking/drinking in city park. No RV parking. Plenty of cooking areas. Directions for cooks: From I-35 take the Valley View exit and go east. Turn south on Denton Drive and turn east on Farmers Branch Lane. Enter Park just after the train tracks.
||8500 Arturo Dr
||Dallas FOE 3108 Event # 2180 Dallas TX 75228 Auto Qualifier No Qualifier Type Address 8500 Arturo Dr Contact: Ben Stewart Phone: 214-674-0582 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Turn in time: 2:00 pm Meat Requirement: Chili Grind Additional Information: Come help us as we continue our 18 years of supporting the DCAC. Bean entry fee is $5.00, with 50-30-20 split. Bean turn in is Noon. We will also have a Locals Chili (must be a member of the FOE to enter) division-turn in at 1pm. Grounds will open at 8:00 am. There will be a 50/50 raffle as well as silent auction. There is plenty of room on tennis court for pop ups as well as under the trees. RV parking available. No hook ups. Come Friday night for dinner. Be aware that if it's rainy the week before, our grounds can get quite muddy and limit RV parking. Call beforehand if you have any questions. For more info Dave Hewlett at email@example.com or call FOE 3108 at (214) 327-9563.
||DAM Pod CCO
||8500 Arturo Dr
||DAM Pod CCO Event # 2191 Dallas TX 75228 Auto Qualifier No Qualifier Type Address 8500 Arturo Dr 75228 Contact: Dave Hewlett Phone: 214-695-3806 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Turn in time: 12:00 pm Meat Requirement: Chili Grind Additional Information: Grounds will open at 8:00 am. There will be a 50/50 raffle. There is plenty of room on tennis court for pop ups as well as under the trees. RV parking available. No hook ups.
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