Fort Worth Oktoberfest at Trinity Park!

Fort Worth Oktoberfest at Trinity Park!

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Tickets go on Sale for the Fort Worth Oktoberfest Authentic German festival to be held at Trinity Park September 22-24, 2022.

Tickets are on sale now for Fort Worth Oktoberfest – a three-day Munich-style celebration of German culture. Early online ticket purchases are guaranteed a free 2022 commemorative Oktoberfest stein.

Fort Worth Oktoberfest guests enjoy traditional German food, bier, live music, dancing, shopping vendors and much more. The festival kicks off with Thursday’s ceremonial ‘Tapping of the Kegs’ and the fun continues through Saturday with carnival rides, dachshund races, bier barrel rolling, stein hoist competitions, the Oktoberfest Run und Ride and more.

Entertainment will include German polka and party bands, on multiple stages. This year’s lineup includes Grammy nominated Alex Meixner, Alpenmusikanten, Chardon Polka Band, Das Ist Lustig, Ginny Mac, Mike and the Middletones, Walburg Boys, Nick Ballarini and Keine Kunst Folk Dance Troupe.

Spaten will be on tap, along with other Fall and Oktoberfest craft beers. Traditional German food offerings such as bratwursts, pretzels, strudel, schnitzel and German potato pancakes will also be available. Festival goers can enjoy the air-conditioned Spaten Hall as well as multiple outdoor and tented biergartens. Shopping vendors will be on hand with traditional German Lederhosen and Dirndls and a variety of other German accessories.

Festival tickets range from $10-$20 and are available for purchase online through September 24. Advance tickets are guaranteed a free 2022 commemorative Oktoberfest stein. While supplies last, a limited number of steins will be available for tickets purchased at the gate. Admission is free for children under 12 years of age with a paying adult.

Visit www.fortworthoktoberfest.com for festival information and to purchase tickets. Fort Worth Oktoberfest is presented by Spaten and benefits Fort Worth Park and Recreation. Supporting sponsors are KDFW Fox 4, 95.9 The Ranch and 92.1 Hank FM.

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Fred’s Texas Café CEO: From Dishrags to Carrying the Moneybags

Article written by John Henry and originally published here by Fort Worth, Inc.

As it concerns life-changing events, taking over Fred’s Texas Café as CEO or even moving from the sacred ground of the original location are down Quincy Wallace’s list of those kinds of big things.

Pondering a future with a multiple sclerosis diagnosis, no feeling on his left side, and an inability to walk were not only life changing but a gut puncher.

It all started like a “hangover that wouldn’t go away,” he recalls.

Image Credit: Crystal Wise

Twelve years after that diagnosis, Quincy is leading a full life — let’s call it his best life — fully mobile and functioning, and, yes, the CEO of Fred’s Texas Café, which he is leading into a new era of a glorious Fred’s history in Fort Worth.

How he scaled to the mountaintop of the Fred’s institution is a story all its own. Fred’s, which has earned prestige for its unconventionality, is among the few places it could have happened. Everybody has a tale about Fred’s.

This one happens to be true.

Since the unfortunate advent of the five-day workweek, people have gotten out of bed in the morning, washed their face, brushed their teeth, and headed out for a job with some kind of ambition. For some, it was to earn money to pay the bills, put a roof over a family’s head, or eat. For others, it was to rule the world. Or try to.

Quincy’s hopes and dreams when he took a job at Fred’s, not quite 25 years ago, was far simpler but not uncommon for a guy who was then in his 20s with a wolfish appetite for a good time.

“I needed beer money,” he says. “I owned a head shop and was broke and needed beer money. And Terry needed a dishwasher on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday nights.”

Meet Quincy Wallace, age 47, a Fort Worth and Fred’s native.

From the head up, you could mistake him for Teddy Roosevelt, with the pronounced mustache out of the lawless Wild West, with a cowboy hat seemingly permanently affixed to his head. A distinguished chortle will turn a mood ring at-ease blue in mere seconds.

And he is a fantastic feller — that’s the way Will Rogers would have said it — who would give the shirt off his back for you. An Oklahoman remembers recently those dark days in 2013 when an F5 tornado again found room to operate in Moore, Oklahoma, killing 24 during a destructive, unwelcome visit. Up from Texas drove Quincy and his wife Melynda with tanks of gas for welders to cut up twisted and defeated steel.

Quincy is the new face of Fred’s, taking over the role from Terry Chandler, the famed outlaw chef who is still cooking — and fishing and surfing — but in another part of the world after having decided to retire from Fred’s and the continental U.S. generally.

“He has come a long way from cramming toothpicks in the cigarette machine to relocating the whole restaurant,” Chandler says of the precocious Quincy he knew as a toddler. They both grew up, Quincy eventually joining Chandler, 10 years or so his senior, cooking on chuckwagons and “just being wild asses.”

If you know Fred’s, you know Fred’s, which made 10 o’clock closing time at one point on Friday and Saturday nights because “we liked to go drinking, too. How the hell do you get to a bar if you close at midnight?” (They’re back open on Friday and Saturday until midnight, by the way.)

The criticism of Fred’s in recent years was that it had lost some of its identity. Though Fred’s North and the original Fred’s were the same, they weren’t. Quincy owned the north location and Chandler the original. They were partners, but the two stores were solely independent of one another. The store on Bluebonnet Circle marked a third opening.

They tried to create an umbrella with a kind of corporate-type makeover that caused more issues than it solved.

Quincy is now The Guy, currently up to his elbows in alligators opening the new Fred’s Texas Café, which is set to unfurl the welcome mat to guests later this month. This newest and perhaps most anticipated incarnation of the property at 7101 Camp Bowie West Blvd., best known to West Siders as the site of Steak and Ale, the noted casual dining chain of restaurateur Norman Brinker.

He has hired Fabian Alvarado as head chef, carrying on what Chandler built in the kitchen and ensuring consistency of the brand. This new Fred’s Texas Café won’t be the last, either. Quincy says he has expansion plans.

He and his contractors last month were in the midst of “taking the Steak and Ale out of” the building. The only thing remaining will be the fireplaces.

“They’re everywhere,” he says.

He declined an expert in the field and designed the layout of the new store all himself. It cost him a lot of sleep. “I wouldn’t do that again,” he says.

One room will be a shrine of sorts to the original Fred’s, Texas, on Currie Street. The announcement that Fred’s on Currie was closing was comparable to a spokesman on the moon announcing that the moon was going away.

It was hard for Quincy, too. He grew up at the original Fred’s.

Carter Wallace, his father, owned a cabinetry shop next door and was a regular at Fred’s, as well as its predecessor, Ken’s.

“I predate the Chandler family at the Currie Street shop,” he says. “My mom would let me out of the house on Saturdays with my dad, who would take me to Ken’s. Fred’s original cook, Gracie, she worked at Ken’s, too. She would make me pancakes with a smiley face drawn with syrup. I’ve been in that building my whole life.”

Quincy really did merely plan to make some beer money when he went to work at Fred’s as a dishwasher, but circumstances being as finicky as they are, it turned out far differently. Like the new building on Camp Bowie, Quincy’s need of beer money turned into his dream job.

“My path is wild because … I hate to say this isn’t my dream job because it is. I just never knew it was my dream job,” says Quincy, whose first job when he left Arlington Heights at age 17 was at a construction site where he operated a broom. “It just turned out to be.”

He had always been friends with Chandler, so there was an inherent trust the two had. When a bartender quit or was fired — he doesn’t remember — Quincy, by then in real estate, picked up those shifts. Before long, he was working the bar every night.

Then Chandler wanted Saturdays off. Quincy became the manager on Saturday nights. Eventually he added the title of general manager after Chandler’s parents, JD and Gari, who bought the restaurant in 1978, retired in 2004.

“In real estate, it’s feast or famine,” he says, recalling picking up a shift behind the bar. “It was probably a famine week, and I needed some cash. So, I’m a bartender now. Eventually, I was real estate in the daytime and a bartender at night. That’s cool. I’m putting back some money.”

Quincy gave up alcohol with his MS diagnosis. Changed everything, he says, including his diet. He’s healthier now than he was 12 years ago, he says. He also participates in the annual MS 150 bicycle ride, which raises money to combat the disease as well as awareness.

However, there’s no mistaking the moral of this story: It’s amazing what happens when you need a little beer money.

Article written by John Henry and originally published here by Fort Worth, Inc.

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Your Father’s Day Activity Guide!

Let’s Hang with Dad This Weekend!

The Best Guide to Father’s Day Activities in Fort Worth

 

Be sure to check the websites below regularly for any updates to hours of operation and/or specific policies and guidelines.

 

Whiskey or Beer…Never Fear!

Make it easy on yourself and on Dad.  Year In, Year Out, it’s never a bad idea to take Dad to one of the great local breweries on the Fort Worth Ale Trail.  If you think he needs something a little stronger, there is no shortage of distilleries in and around Fort Worth.

And if he absolutely has to do something with a little more activity to it, we have some ideas for that too!

Brewery Ideas For Dad

NEAR SOUTHSIDE

Rahr & Sons Brewery

https://rahrbrewing.com/

 

Hop Fusion Ale Works

http://hopfusionaleworks.com/

 

Wild Acre Brewing

https://www.wildacrebrewing.com/

 

PANTHER ISLAND

Panther Island Brewing

http://pantherislandbrewing.com/

 

DOWNTOWN

Cowtown Brewery

https://www.cowtownbrewco.com/

 

MANSFIELD

Dirty Job Brewing

https://www.dirtyjobbrewing.com/

 

ARLINGTON

Division Brewing

https://divisionbrewing.com/

 

Legal Draft

http://www.legaldraftbeer.com/

 

KELLER

Shannon Brewing Company

https://shannonbrewing.com/

 

Distillery Ideas For Dad

Trinity River Distillery

http://trinityriverdistillery.com/home/

 

Firestone & Robertson Distillery aka Whiskey Ranch

https://www.frdistilling.com/whiskey-ranch/ 

 

Acre Distilling

http://acredistilling.com/

 

Blackland Distilling

https://blacklandfw.com/home

 

Blackeyed Vodka

https://www.blackeyed.vodka/

 

Experience the Fort Worth’s Live Music Scene with Dad

Check out all the opportunities to enjoy the best Live Music that the FORT has to offer. 

https://whatsupfortworth.com/live-music/

 

Rodeo Time For Dad

The Fort Worth Stockyards offers 3 days of Rodeo action this Father’s Day Weekend at Cowtown Coliseum.  Get there early and stroll through Mule Alley!

 

Friday-Stockyards Championship Rodeo:  https://calendar.time.ly/8y8ii8v6/event/71968896/20220617193000?r=https://whatsupfortworth.com/rodeo/#event=71968896;instance=20220617193000&popup=1

Saturday-Bill Pickett Rodeo:  https://calendar.time.ly/8y8ii8v6/event/71968900/20220618133000?r=https://whatsupfortworth.com/rodeo/#event=71968900;instance=20220618133000&popup=1

Sunday-PBR Challenger Tour Series:

https://calendar.time.ly/8y8ii8v6/event/71968587/20220619140000?r=https://whatsupfortworth.com/rodeo/#event=71968587;instance=20220619140000&popup=1 

 

Want to do More than just Sit Around with Dad?

Plan a fun family event for the whole crew.  Golf or Bowling works for everyone, especially with Topgolf.  The best part—you do not have to worry about the weather.  Topgolf, Pinstripes, and Alley Cats all offer great options for a fun time with Dad.

https://topgolf.com/us/fort-worth/

https://www.alleycatsbowl.com/

https://pinstripes.com/fort-worth-texas

 

Take Dad for a Bike Ride Along the Trinity Trails

If you missed this opportunity with Mom, The Trinity Trails is always a great family outing.  Extending through Fort Worth for over 70 miles along the Trinity River, The Trinity Trails is a wonderful trek for hikers, bikers, runners, and horseback riders and a great way to spend time with Dad.

https://www.fortworth.com/things-to-do/outdoor-recreation/trinity-trails/

 

Wanna Give Dad a Scare???

Stockyard Ghost Tours Happen Every Thursday and Saturday

The Paranormal Activity in the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards is one of the most active and written about in the United States.

The Stockyard Ghost Tour takes you on a 90 minute walking tour through the Fort Worth Stockyards, where you will hear stories of paranormal activity as well as detailed history of the Stockyards.  The Bordello’s, the shoot outs, the hangings and much more!

Treat Dad to a memorable, fun and entertaining tour!  

https://www.cowtownwinery.com/ghost-tours-index#ghost-tours-2

For the Bold & The Brave

How about getting Dad and the gang together for a Cycle and a BYOB Party with the Cowtown Cycle Party!  You’ve seen it!  This is your chance to experience it…and with Dad there, you won’t get in too much trouble…or will you?

https://cowtowncycleparty.com/

However you decide to celebrate, Happy Father’s Day y’all!

 

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Cinco De Mayo | 2022

As you plan your Cinco de Mayo festivities in the Fort, you might want to know the special significance that Fort Worth had in Mexico’s victory over the French Empire in the Battle of Puebla on Cinco de Mayo in 1862. FORT WORTH HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH MEXICO’S VICTORY– ZIP, NADA!

We could reach and find a significance or a degree of separation between Fort Worth and the Battle of Puebla, but why?  Aren’t we all just looking for another reason to shut it down early on Cinco de Mayo and grab our favorite margarita?

What’s Up Fort Worth invites you to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with your favorite margarita in your hand.. Maybe it will be at one of these great Fort Worth restaurants or bars. 

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GEORGE STRAIT ANNOUNCES TWO NIGHTS IN FORT WORTH

The King of Country Headlines Dickies Arena on November 18 & 19 // Tickets On Sale Friday, May 13 at 10:00AM
Tenille Townes Joins as Special Guest

Texas’s own George Strait has announced a two-nights-only event in his home state, with back-to-back concerts set for Friday, November 18 and Saturday, November 19, 2022 at Fort Worth’s Dickies Arena. The King of Country Music will be joined by special guest Tenille Townes for both dates.

Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, May 13 at 10 a.m. CT via Ticketmaster.com. American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Wednesday, May 4 at 10 a.m. CT through Thursday, May 12 at 10 p.m. CT.

As previously announced, Strait will also perform back-to-back nights at Austin’s Moody Center grand opening celebration tonight, April 29, and tomorrow, April 30, in addition to a headlining date at Kansas City’s GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium on July 30.

Since his record-breaking Cowboy Rides Away Tour in 2014, Strait has performed for limited engagements, including appearances in 2021 headlining both weekends of the Austin City Limits Music Festival as well as Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium and Minneapolis’ U.S. Bank Stadium. He also extended his Strait to Vegas series at T-Mobile Arena earlier this year and recently performed a one-night Strait to the Natural State show at Little Rock’s Simmons Bank Arena before returning to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo for his 31st performance at the event.

With an unmatched 60 singles hitting the top of the charts—more than any other artist in any genre—during the span of his 30+ year career, Strait has collected 33 Platinum or multi-Platinum-selling albums, more than any other Country artist and ranking third across all genres behind The Beatles and Elvis Presley. The Texas troubadour is the only artist or act in history to have a Top 10 hit every year for over three decades and recently earned his 100th entry on the Billboard Country Airplay chart with his latest single, “The Weight of the Badge.” He has sold nearly 70 million albums and earned more than 60 major entertainment industry awards, including induction in the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2006.

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Mother’s Day Brunch 2022

Mother’s Day Brunch 2022

Treat Mom to a Special Brunch this Weekend!

Say NO to social distancing this Mother’s Day and give MOM as many hugs as you can.  Fort Worth offers a ton of brunch opportunities and outdoor family fun, or you can plan your own special day for your special MOM.  

Here’s the list the What’s Up staff came up with.  BRUNCH…and other fun things to do with Mom!

1. Mother’s Day Brunch at….Home

It’s time to step up Guys and Kiddos—

Here’s a fun twist on Mother’s Day Brunch

Make all of Mom’s favorite brunch goodies, turn off the television, phones, Everything!  Make mimosas, order flowers, what else does Mom like?

Then when you think you have done enough, turn on her favorite movie and either 1) Enjoy it with her, or 2) Get lost and let her enjoy it alone.  Let Mom decide whether #1 or #2 work better for her.

2. Pick Your Favorite Mother’s Day Brunch Spot in Fort Worth 

If you are not so adventurous to create your own Brunch for Mom, Fort Worth Foodies offers this list……..

B&B Butchers Clearfork,  https://www.bbbutchers.com/

Beacon Cafe 287 Northside  https://beaconcafe.hrpos.heartland.us/

Del Frisco’s Downtown Fort Worth, https://delfriscos.com/locations-search/?my_location=fort+worth 

Ellerbe Fine Foods Near Southside http://ellerbefinefoods.com/

Pinstripes Clearfork https://pinstripes.com/fort-worth/

Sky Creek Kitchen Southlake http://www.skycreekkitchen.com/

Taste Community Project Near Southside http://www.tasteproject.org/

Trulucks Southlake https://trulucks.com/locations/southlake-texas/

Waters Sundance Square http://www.waterstexas.com/

Wicked Butcher Downtown Fort Worth http://www.wickedbutcher.com//                                                                                       

Joe T Garcias Northside https://joetgarcias.com/ 

If you consider yourself a Foodie or you just like to see What’s Up in the Fort Worth culinary scene, you need to check out Fort Worth Foodies.  Click here for the 

Fort Worth Foodies website, or Facebook page.

3. Enjoy a Stroll or Bike Ride Along the Trinity Trails

The Trinity Trails is always a great family outing.  Extending through Fort Worth for over 70 miles along the Trinity River, The Trinity Trails is a wonderful trek for hikers, bikers, runners, and horseback riders and a special outing with Mom.

https://www.fortworth.com/things-to-do/outdoor-recreation/trinity-trails/

4. Every Mom loves flowers!

Here’s an idea that doesn’t take any social distancing thought to it.  Order Mom flowers or a beautiful spring flower arrangement.  What’s Up staffers use Gordon Boswell Florist.  

https://www.gordonboswell.com/occasions/mothers-day-flower-delivery-fort-worth/ 

5.  Enjoy a Winery Tour and a Glass of Wine with Mom

Cowtown Winery, located on Mule Alley in the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards,  offers a  sneak peek behind the scenes at Cowtown Winery! See how it all happens and let the wine maker walk you through a journey of turning juice from the grape into your favorite wine! You will see all the equipment, learn the different processes it takes, discuss the vineyards and of course sample a couple of wines. With the tour you will receive a souvenir wine glass and two glasses of wine. Cowtown Winery offers tours on select Saturdays at 3:00 pm

https://www.cowtownwinery.com/winery-tours-index#winery-tours 

6. Indulge in Some Retail Therapy with Mom

Every mom has “a thing” or favorite store.  Treat your mom to an afternoon of safe, social distanced shopping and buy her something nice, something she would not have bought for herself.   Be safe and Buy Local.  That makes Mom happy and keeps the Fort retail wheels turning.  #Support Our Fort.  We love supporting Fort Worth businesses so that’s always a Bonus.  A good day of shopping is always followed by a good glass of wine at your favorite spot.   See #5!

7. Host Your Own SIP and PAINT Class

Bring some creative fun home by buying some art supplies and opening a bottle of your finest Cab. Pick a subject (like the fruit bowl on your kitchen counter or Dad lounging on the sofa) and start painting. Just don’t expect  Mom to hang your work of art in the living room?  Don’t like the PAINT part of this idea, no problem…..Host Your Own Sip and Sit with Mom.  How’s that?

8. Give Mom a Mani-Pedi

Treat Mom to a little pampering to encourage mother-daughter bonding. You’re out with Mom and  pampering her (and yourself).  Doesn’t that feel good?

9. GARDEN TOGETHER

Stop by your favorite garden center, back to #Support the Fort, and plan a day of gardening with Mom.  It can be as intense or light as you want.  It might end up with a nice Sip and Sit with Mom on the back porch…and that’s always a good thing!

10. Adopt an African Penguin for Mom

Celebrate Mom all year long with an African penguin adoption from the Fort Worth Zoo. This adoption includes an African penguin plush, a personalized adoption certificate, an animal fact sheet, a coloring kit and a zoo publication all packaged inside of an animal carrier box! This unique gift is the perfect way to show your appreciation for Mom while supporting the care and feeding of the animals at the Fort Worth Zoo.

https://www.fortworthzoo.org/mothers-day-adoption-package 

11.  Plan a Game Night for Mom

You know what games Mom likes to play—card games, board games, charades, or any other party game.  If Mom likes it, let’s play it!

12.  No Work Pass

OK this should be a given.  Moms do not work on Mother’s Day.  If your mom tries to participate in work activities,  present her with a “No Work Pass” for the day.  Sit her down and take over.

13. Custom Coupons for Mom

Put  a coupon book together for things that you  and Mom can do together, for her day and for the next few months.  Can you ever spend enough time with Mom?   Ideas are easy—lunch and a movie, a wine outing or Happy Hour, a spa day.  The list is endless and it gives Mom lots more things to look forward to.

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