by Adaline Haynes
The fall season is finally here, even though the Texas weather may not agree. Here are a few things to do this first weekend of October.
Saturday, Oct. 6
Beerfeast 2018, 1:00–5:00 p.m.
When some think of October, Halloween might come to mind; for others, it’s beer. Get your hop fix when Fort Worth’s Flying Saucer takes over Sundance Square to host their 11th annual Beerfeast, which will feature over 50 breweries and 80 craft beers. While sipping on your favorite brew from over 120 world class beers, you can also dabble in plenty of eats and activities. To attend, you must purchase a ticket and be 21 or older.
Amigo International Guitar Trade Show, 10:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m.
If guitars are your jam, this is the event for you. Will Rogers Memorial Center will host this year’s Amigo International Guitar Trade Show, which formerly took place in neighboring Arlington and was known as Guitarlington. Grab your old guitars and other musical items to sell or trade at one of the largest annual consumer events of its kind. The event lasts all weekend. Admission is $20 and children get in for free.
Mariposa Market, 10:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m.
For the first time, Fort Worth’s Botanical Garden is welcoming the Mariposa Market. You can learn all about Monarch butterflies, get your face painted, enjoy some food from different food trucks and participate in a plethora of activities and games. In addition, the Ballet Folklorico troupe will be present and performing a traditional Mexican dance. Tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for children over four.
The Wonderful World of Chocolate, 1:00 p.m.—3:00 p.m.
What is better than a world filled with Chocolate? Absolutely nothing. Discover the history of chocolate through a class hosted by the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. The class will teach you a Mayan hot chocolate recipe, the differences, between white, dark and milk chocolate and show you a chocolate tree. Tickets are $20 for members and $25 for non-members.
Saturday, Oct. 7
Barktoberfest,10:30 a.m—6:00 p.m.
Friends of Hopeless Animals is throwing their annual Barktoberfest at Loudoun County Fairgrounds. Bring your fur baby and if you don’t have one, there will be adoption agencies on hand ensure you leave with a best friend. A fall photo booth, pumpkin margaritas and a vendor market are sure to make this event a paw-some time. Every purchase will go toward helping homeless animals find a forever home.
BFFW Fall Bike Swap, 12:00 p.m—5:00 p.m.
Martin House Brewing Company is showing off their new taproom and inviting Bike Friendly Fort Worth to come throw their Fall Bike Swap. All you need is a bike to swap or just a taste for beer. There will also be raffle prizes and giveaways.
JWC Annual Chili Cook Off, 2:00—5:00 p.m.
If you enjoy beer, bingo and good chili (and, let’s be real, who doesn’t?) come join the Junior Woman’s Club at Wild Acre Brewing Company and enter the chili cook off competition. Or, if you’re just hungry, you can relax and enjoy the festivities with a fresh bowl of homemade chili in hand. Get together your best recipes, a big appetite and head down to Wild Acre for some fun, games and friendly competition. Tickets are $40.