There’s a whole lotta fun to be had out there, Weekend Warriors, so let’s get right to the current agenda for things to do right now in Arlington:
One: A&M vs. Arkansas at AT&T Stadium
The thrills, spills, and drama of a legendary college football matchup return once again to Arlington when the Aggies face off with Arkansas in the Southwest Classic. When: Saturday at 8 p.m. See the website for ticket info.
Two: Fright Fest
Six Flags Over Texas turns spooky at the opening weekend of the biggest Halloween party in North Texas. Be afraid, be very afraid —and be there. When: Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to midnight; Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. See the website for Fright Fest ticket info.
Three: Food Truck Fridays
Why is food so much more fun when it comes from a truck? We don’t know, but we love revisiting the subject every spring and fall when Food Truck Fridays roll into Arlington. This year’s kickoff event will celebrate our sister German city, Bad Königshofen, with a festive lineup of German-themed food, beverages, and music. When: Friday, 5-10 p.m. Admission: Free (does not include food purchase). More.
A steak cook-off, kids’ zone, craft beer, and tons of live entertainment are the main attractions at this hometown favorite festival celebrating one of Arlington’s oldest and most charming suburbs. When: Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Admission: No charge to show up and walk around, but tickets are required for the steak dinner, evening concert, and other attractions.
Five: Front Street Festival
Take a time machine back to Arlington’s pioneer days at the Front Street Festival, where you can check out vendors, artists and historical reenactments, tour log cabins, and a one-room schoolhouse, and witness some honest-to-goodness blacksmithing. When: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission: $3.00 (except for kids 13 and under, who can join the fun for free).
Six: “Ulterior Motifs” at Arlington Museum Art
Conceived in 1999 as a celebratory exhibition of Lubbock art and music, this semi-regular show has gradually evolved into a wider presentation of prominent contemporary artists who live in or maintain strong ties to Texas. It’s called a “must-see” for anyone who digs contemporary art. When: Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 pm. to 5 p.m. Admission: $8 (discounts for seniors and kids). More.
Seven: “Guys and Dolls” at Theatre Arlington
This colorful portrait of a loveable group of Damon Runyan-esuqe underworld figures will have you talking like a 30s-era gangster, joining the Salvation Army, and singing the classic, catchy tunes for weeks to come. When: Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets: $25 (with discounts for students and seniors).
Eight: Concerts by starlight at the Levitt Pavilion
Does it get any better than music on the lawn on a lovely autumn evening? Head to the Levitt this weekend to catch the likes of The Killdares, Shel, and Jimmy Cobb and the UTA Jazz Orchestra; or: Want to kick off your weekend a little early? Check out the special Thursday night concert featuring Luke Wade of “The Voice” fame. It’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser. When: Thursday-Sunday at 8 p.m. Cost: Free (Restaurant vendors on-site, or you can BYO food and beverage). More.
Nine: Flight 12 Improv
Full of oh-no-you-didn’t moments and steeped in fun, Maverick Theatre Company’s “Flight 12 Improv” has a style that’s always outrageous and never stale. When: Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets: $5.00.
Ten: Namaste and IPA at Legal Draft
Performance Experience and Legal Draft Brewing Company have teamed up to bring you a unique Sunday morning experience that pairs low-impact, meditative yoga with beer flights. Now, why didn’t we think of that? When: Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Bring your own mat and gear.