Plethora of events set this weekend

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This is an exciting and fun time to be in Denton. Fall activities abound, and judging from a quick trip outside at lunchtime, the weather appears ready to cooperate.

We took a look at our calendar, and the next few weeks will bring a virtual parade of special events. Area families shouldn’t have to look too far afield to find something fun to do.

This weekend will serve as a terrific jumping off point to dive into fall, with several activities planned, starting with something totally new tonight — Friday Nite Bites, a food truck festival.

The festival was planned to celebrate the return and expansion of the A-train’s Friday night service and to promote the food truck culture in Denton. Plus, as Kim Phillips, vice president of the Denton Convention and Visitors Bureau told us, it’s an opportunity for visitors to experience Denton’s nightlife scene.

It’s been difficult to promote the nighttime entertainment to visitors because A-train service ended before the entertainment began, she said, but the return of late-night service has changed all that.

“The late-night weekend service has totally opened up our ability to sell the entertainment district as an attraction to Denton,” she said.

The city has been working on passing a food truck ordinance, but since that is currently under review, the food trucks taking part in tonight’s event will have temporary event permits, officials said.

The food truck festival will feature food, wine, beer, live music and entertainment, and you can check it out from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Downtown Denton Transit Center, 604 E. Hickory St. (corner of Railroad and Hickory streets). Visit www.escapetodenton.com/events/

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Saturday promises to be a full day of family fun, starting with the Zombie Dash, a children’s walk for health sponsored by Seniors in Motion that will be held at First United Methodist Church’s side yard at the corner of Industrial and Sycamore streets. Donations will be accepted for Denton Christian Preschool.

It’s then full steam ahead into Denton’s Day of the Dead festival along Industrial Street in the downtown area, with booths, children’s games, a costume parade, live music and more. We’re even promised coffin races. Visit http://on.fb.me/SVutP2.

Don’t plan on leaving downtown early because other Saturday events in easy walking distance from the Day of the Dead Festival will include a special night tour of the “Death and Dying in the Victorian Era” exhibit at the Bayless-Selby House Museum, 317 W. Mulberry St., and “Scare on the Square” planned by the Tejas Storytelling Association on the lawn of the Courthouse on the Square. This particular “scare” will begin with children’s stories and progress into adult fare later in the evening.

Sounds like fun, and like we said, it’s great to be in Denton this time of year. You can check out all the activities online at our website, www.dentonrc.com, and don’t lose that link — there’s plenty more coming up as the holiday season unfolds.

We hope you’ll plan on taking advantage of some of the local entertainment options, and don’t forget to give a big friendly welcome to our out-of-town visitors.

When they see how much fun it is to visit Denton, they’re sure to return again and again.

 


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