August Happenings

Denton in August is a busy time! The month comes with a host of activities to enjoy with your family. We’ve compiled a list of ones that are completely FREE. So check them out and let us know which ones you plan to attend!

Watercolors by Dorothy Bertine

When: Throughout August 2015

Where: Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum, 110 West Hickory Street

So What? Dorothy Bertine, a native of Southern Oklahoma, is an artist known for her works in watercolor. Her art follows the California Watercolor School of painting developed in the first half of the 20th Century. Her studies in watercolor include nature scenes and historic houses. Dorothy Bertine received her Master’s Degree in Fine Arts from Texas Woman’s University and she resides in Denton. Her work is inspired by the architecture of the historic homes in Denton, and many of these artworks will be featured in this exhibit.

The American Dream

When: Until August 6, 2015

Where: tAd Gallery, 901 Avenue C, Denton

So What? tAd is pleased to introduce The American Dream, a solo exhibition that features the cinematic photography of artist Bin Feng. His work has already won numerous nation-wide competitions and awards since its completion earlier this year.

Boxcar Bandits at Mulberry St. Cantina

When: Monday nights from 11 PM to 1 AM

Where: Mulberry St. Cantina, 110 Mulberry St., Denton

So What? Boxcar Bandits play every Monday night at Mulberry Street Cantina! Come out to enjoy a drink and great local music.

Denton Farmer’s Market

When: Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 7 AM until sellout

Where: 420 West Sycamore St.

So What? Local farmers sell fresh produce, including tomatoes, honeydew melon, peppers, potatoes, green beans, peaches, strawberries, and more.

Wednesday Night Social Run

When: Wednesday evenings in August at 7 PM

Where: Oak St. Drafthouse, 308 East Oak Street

So What? A free 5k group run through Denton. Runners of all levels and abilities are welcome. The group meets at Oak Street Draft House every Wednesday night at 6:45, and the run starts at 7:00. Join in on the fun! at LSA Burger

When: Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays in August from 7-10 PM

Where: 113 West Hickory Street

So What? Local musicians perform at LSA Burger courtesy of every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. Acts like Ellie Meyer, Ed Vargas, and more take the stage.

Jazz at the Whitehouse

When: Wednesdays in August from 8-10:30 PM

Where: 424 Bryan Street, Denton TX

So What? A different jazz artist performs every Wednesday evening at the Whitehouse. There is no cover charge for enjoying the great music.

Mariachi Quetzal

When: Friday evenings in August at 8 PM

Where: La Milpa, 820 S Interstate East

So What? A mariachi band performs every Friday night. There’s no cover charge. Enjoy the live music!

Denton Community Market

When: Saturdays in August from 9 AM-1 PM

Where: Denton County Historical Park, West Mulberry Street

So What? This weekly community market hosts local produce and art vendors as well as on-site food and music. Community groups and local businesses will also be present. More information is at

Saturday Arts and Crafts Fair

When: Second Saturdays in August from 2-6 PM

Where: Mulberry St. Cantina, 110 Mulberry St. Denton

So What? Mulberry Street Cantina hosts an indoor community market every Saturday at 2:00 P.M. It’s a wonderful way to meet and greet your local vendors, crafters and artists. Stop by and shop for some unique gifts or items for the house. It’s a kid and family friendly environment. Shop local while having a tasty margarita or craft beer.

 Karma Yoga

 When: Sundays in August at 10 AM

Where: Audacity Brew House, 1012 Shady Oaks Drive

So What? Yoga fans of all levels are welcome to enjoy free yoga taught by teacher trainees and bring a canned good to benefit the Denton Community Food Center.

Trivia Night

When: Thursdays in August, 7:30 PM

Where: Mulberry St. Cantina

So What? Join us for a fun night of trivia game play. Create a team and win prizes. 

Twilight Tunes

When: Thursdays in August, 6:30-8 PM

Where: Downtown Denton Courthouse on the Square

So What? Bring your friends and family, get a meal-to-go from one of the many downtown eateries, bring a blanket or chairs, and enjoy an evening of great live music as the sun sets over downtown Denton.  The 2015 series offers an eclectic assortment of music for all listeners.  Thursday Twilight Tunes is the perfect way to kick off the weekend early and listen to some of the best local bands in the Denton area.

Creative Women’s Conference

When: August 1, 2015 11 AM-5 PM

Where: Denton Public Library North Branch, 3020 Locust St.

So What? The Creative Women’s Conference is an event to celebrate and promote women in their creative endeavors. The event will be 11am-5pm on Saturday, Aug 1st, at the Denton Library North Branch in Denton, TX. We are putting out a call for presenters to take part in our ongoing series of events on the arts and society.

In addition to an exhibitor room, where female creators will be displaying and selling their wares, there will also be a speaker’s room, where there will be various discussions on women in the artistic fields. These presenters will look at not only the various ways in which female creators have already been successful in the arts world, but what that success has meant for society as a whole.

You’re invited to join and examine various women’s takes on the artistic creative process and its place in the larger world.

The goal of the CWC is to support not only current creators in the field, but also educate and assist new, up and coming female creators. We encourage artists and art scholars at all levels to take part in our free event. Not only supplying networking opportunities and moral support, we hope the CWC will provide these young creators with the tools and encouragement they need to succeed in the sometimes-difficult creative fields. CWC will try to focus on as many media formats as possible from comics, to fine arts, to film making, to acting, and so on.

August First Friday

When: August 7, 2015

Where: Downtown Denton Square

So What? First Friday is a monthly art walk that happens in downtown Denton. Many businesses are open late and host gallery openings, music, sales, and other family friendly fun.

Learn to Make a Video Time Capsule

When: August 20, 7-8:30 PM

Where: Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland St. Denton

So What? Learn how to shoot and edit your own video history. Class is taught by documentary filmmaker Chris Schulmpf. Registration is required. For more information, contact Laura Douglas at 940-349-8749

North Texas Fair and Rodeo Parade

When: August 22, 10 AM- 12 PM

Where: Downtown Denton

So What? 2015

Starts at Denton High School and goes to The Downtown Denton Square

Saturday, August 22, 2015

  • Contestants may begin lining up at 8:30 a.m. on day of parade on a first-come-first- served basis with the parade beginning at 10 a.m.
  • The parade route will be as follows:Leave from Denton High School and go east on Crescent, south on Carroll, east on Parkway to Elm.  Turn right or south on Elm and circle the downtown square, north on Locust to Congress, west on Congress to Carroll, north on Carroll to Crescent, west on Crescent to Denton High School.
  • Anyone may enter a float, trailer, wagon, or horse in the parade and there is no charge.
  • Upon arrival at the parade site, contestants will be asked to fill out a participation form with information about the person, business, and/or club represented.
  • Cash prizes will be awarded for first ($100) and second ($50) places in five categories:
    • Riding Club
    • Commercial
    • Youth
    • Western Wagon
    • Classic Car


One place for Best Overall ($250)

  • A contestant may only win once.
  • Have fun!


With this many things going on in Denton this month, your schedule is going to be full. However, we can’t think of a better time to take a moment and enjoy all that our beautiful city has to offer.