Tuesday, May 21, 2013
5 ways to make the most of Memorial Day Weekend 2013
We live by the three B's: baseball, beer, body of water.
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On Memorial Day, Americans put aside their cultural differences and pay respect to those loved and lost in the fight for our freedoms. Said freedoms we indulge in on this day — namely barbecues, swimming pools, cases of cheap beer, and lake escapades — wouldn’t be possible without their sacrifice. Memorial Day also gives us workaholics a free Monday, and we think you should enjoy it to the fullest.
We’ve rounded up the five best spots to celebrate the holiday weekend. Don't forget to wear red, white, and blue -- patriotism is totally in style.
DEBC Brew-B-Q: Hopheads rejoice! There really is a beer fest for every weekend. This 3rd annual event marries all the Memorial Day essentials for one righteous party on Sunday, May 26. From 5-10 p.m., enjoy award-winning BBQ from Pecan Lodge washed down with limited release beers from Deep Ellum Brewing Company, Martin House Brewing Company, Rabbit Hole Brewing, and Armadillo Ale Works. For $40, you get all this, a commemorative glass, and day’s worth of live music. VIP tickets ($60) are also available for early access to the kegs.
Backwoods grand opening party: Backwoods is a new outdoor adventure store located on the Trinity River next to the buzzy Panther Island Pavilion in Fort Worth. To celebrate their official entry to the neighborhood, the store is offering great deals on rental equipment, such as kayaks and canoes, to peruse the river, as well as outdoor games and live music on Sunday, May 26. A $25 ticket guarantees entry, food catered by Flying Saucer, two drink tickets for some craft beer, and one voucher for a free hour-long rental. Now that’s what I call fun in the sun.
Catch some local baseball: Though the Texas Rangers will be out of town Memorial Day weekend, the Fort Worth Cats will be playing at home. See them battle the Edinburg Roadrunners Sunday, May 26 at LaGrave Field for just $5. The Rangers will also be playing a doubleheader against the Arizona Diamondbacks Monday, so drop into one of the area’s most popular sports bars to grab a pitcher.
Horse races at Lone Star Park: If you’ve been itching to get to the track, Monday, May 27 may be your best bet. Aside from the usual horse races, Memorial Day is full of family fun like a food truck festival in the parking lot, bounce houses, and a petting zoo. Two attendees will also play for the chance to win $1 million, courtesy of WinStar World Casino. And Dallas’ alt-rock cover band Incognito will perform in the Courtyard of Champions from 12-4 p.m. Military personnel receive free admission with a valid ID.
Soak up the sun at FOE: If you’re more the type to take a honest-to-God break on your day off, consider catching some rays at the Fraternal Order of Eagles pool. Nestled in East Dallas, this city oasis provides food, drinks, sand volleyball, and a guaranteed chill Memorial Day. The FOE does tend to get crowded, so you may want to get there early. The morning rays are better for your soon-to-be tan anyway.
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