Thursday, October 3, 2013
7 ways to enjoy walkable Denton while you’re there for Canned festival
Whether you need a koozie, coffee or want to do some tipsy shopping, we've got you covered.
DENTON Craft suds will flow freely in Denton this Saturday, October 5 when the inaugural Canned festival takes over the college town.
The beer lineup boasts a healthy mix of local and national offerings that range from wheats and IPAs to stouts and even some fruit-based beers. (See full list here.) The indie sounds of headliners Menomena, The Helio Sequence and Joe Pug accompany the heady brews all afternoon long. Music kicks off at 3:30 p.m. with local bands A.M. Ramblers, Hares on the Mountain, Pageantry and Chambers leading the lineup. Check out our specified playlist below for a preview.
Canned takes place at William Square, which is a block off Denton’s main square, and better known as “the parking lot behind the Wells Fargo building.”
One of the greatest things about Denton is its size — big enough to cultivate diversity yet small enough to walk or bike everywhere. From downtown, nearly everything a festivalgoer could need is within a half-mile radius. That’s why we’ve consolidated a brief guide to Denton’s amenities, aside from beer and music. Festival in-and-outs are permitted, so feel free to roam and take in all the Denton you can.
Check out the following hot spots if you …
… are looking for local goods: Get to Little D early and check out the Denton Community Market. Every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., local entrepreneurs, farmers and craftsmen post up in a parking lot at 317 West Mulberry Street for a grassroots farmers market. Don’t forget to bring your appetite because there are plenty of local eats, too.
… need a koozie: Canned will be selling these must-haves on-site for $3. The Midway Mart, locally acclaimed for its extensive selection of craft beers, also carries koozies, beer salt and T-shirts.
… need a caffeine boost: There are three coffee shops located directly on the Square. Jupiter House is a longtime favorite of Dentonites, Banter boasts mini-food plates and, often, live music, and Shift Coffee is the newest, which has a slow coffee bar.
… need to carb up: Food trucks The Pickled Carrot, Bombay Street Food and Holy Smokes BBQ will be at Canned to help patrons soak up the suds. If none of those tickle your fancy, there are numerous restaurants, sandwich shops and taco places. Our favorites include Weinberger’s Deli, Mellow Mushroom, Sweetwater Grill & Tavern and Beth Marie’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream.
… are in the mood for tipsy shopping: The Denton Square is an eclectic consumers’ haven. Start at the Downtown Mini Mall where you’ll find an array of vintage collectibles, antiques, clothes, instruments and other brown bag items. Music lovers should hit up Mad World Records and Recycled Books, which boast vinyl and CDs. There is also More Fun Comics and Games for your inner child. Local businesses The Dime Store and Hari Mari will be at Canned for your perusing pleasure.
… want to pimp your two-wheel ride: Check out Bullseye Bike Shop. No doubt, Canned will be full of bikes.
… need a cocktail: Hops and grain got you feeling heavy? Denton has a few esteemed cocktail lounges for a pick-me-up. Paschall Bar, located above Andy’s, specializes in pre-Prohibition cocktails, the fancy ones with nine ingredients. And Hickory Street Lounge serves up classic mixed drinks and martinis.
Both venues Hickory Street Lounge is non-smoking.
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