October Happenings


Denton in October 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!

Permanence and Impermanence

When: Throughout October 2015

Where: 1201 W. Mulberry Street, Denton

So What? UNT’s art department begins a free art series with a free exhibit open to the public.

Cosmic Visions: Works by John Calabrese

When: Until October 13 2015

Where: Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts, 400 East Hickory Street, Denton, TX

So What? The Greater Denton Arts Council invites you to explore Cosmic Visions, an exhibition of over thirty original graphite works by John Calabrese. Beneath their classically calm beauty and romantic atmosphere, Calabrese’s drawings depict figures in surroundings that are realistic and appealing to basic human instincts.

Dr. John Calabrese received his PhD in Comparative Arts from Ohio University and a MFA in Painting and Art History from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. He is currently Professor of Art History at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas.

Still: Art Exhibition by Maria K Steinsson

When: Until October 28, 2015

Where: tAd Gallery, 901 Avenue C, #101

So What? Icelandic artist Maria K Steinsson photographs everyday people, places, and events using long exposure. This captures entire events and actions in one shot. The exhibition begins a project called Outskirts: Bodies, Places, and Identities. It is a multi-exhibition project for and about women.

Day of the Dead

When: Throughout October 2015

Where: Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts, 400 East Hickory Street, Denton, TX

So What? In partnership with Denton’s Day of the Dead Festival, the Greater Denton Arts Council presents an exhibition of traditional and contemporary ofrendas honoring departed loved ones and ancestors. Altars will be presented by the Tri County Regional Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, students of the Hispanic Honor Society and Denton Independent School District, Denton Public Library, Ghosts of Denton and more. Throughout the exhibition, visitors are encouraged to bring a personal item of remembrance to add to our community altar.

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.

Open Mic Night

When: Tuesdays in October

Where: Muddy Jake’s, 222 West Hickory St., Denton

So What? Every Tuesday at Muddy Jake’s is open mic starting at 9 PM.

Wednesday Night Social Run

When: Wednesday evenings in October 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! 

DentonRadio.com at LSA Burger

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

Where: 113 West Hickory Street

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

Jazz at the Whitehouse

When: Wednesdays in October 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.

Open Mic at Audacity

When: Thursdays in October from 7 to 10 PM

Where: Audacity Brew House, 1012 shady Oaks Dr., Denton TX

So What? Join us at Audacity for a musical Open Mic night! Always free to play, never a cover charge. Sign up starts at 6:45, music runs from 7 to 10pm.

Mariachi Quetzal

When: Friday evenings in October 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!

Karaoke at Muddy Jake’s

When: Fridays in October at 8 PM

Where: Muddy Jake’s, 222 West Hickory St., Denton TX

So What? Every Friday night at Muddy Jake’s is karaoke night.

Denton Community Market

When: Saturdays in October 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 dentonmarket.org

Saturday Arts and Crafts Fair

When: Second Saturdays in October 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 October 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 October, 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. 

Family Night at Hispanic Heritage Month

When: Evening of October 1

Where: Denton Courthouse on the Square

So What? Join us on October 1 for a Family Cultural Evening with games, face painting, piñatas, health screening, voter registration, music, and more.

During National Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15-October 15, 2015, the Denton Courthouse-on-the-Square will host weekly activities that celebrate this rich heritage and culture. This month-long celebration recognizes the valuable contributions made by our Denton County residents of Hispanic and Latino descent to all aspects of American life, including leadership in public service, business, the arts, education, and civil rights.


Guitar Center Grand Opening

When: October 1 at 7 PM

Where: 2610 W University Drive #1210

So What? Guitar Center, the world’s largest instrument retailer, is proud to announce the grand opening of its newest retail location, a state-of-the-art musical instrument and technology center covering more than 10,000 square feet in Denton, TX. The grand opening will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 1st at 2610 West University Drive, Suite 1210, Denton, TX 76201. To commemorate this occasion, Guitar Center will host a special Grand Opening Weekend celebration featuring exclusive savings, gear giveaways and a free live performance on October 1st by Loyal Sally.

Denton First Friday

When: October 2 from 6-9 PM

Where: Downtown Denton Square

So What? Most activities begin at 6 p.m. and some will end at 9 p.m. and others will end at 10 p.m., but please check hours listed below for each participating location on Friday, September 4th.

5:30 to 8:30 p.m. – UNT Gallery on the Square, 109 Elm St., is hostings public opening reception for the exhibition “Fulfillment Center” featuring UNT faculty artist Susan Cheal.

6 p.m. to 9 p.m. – DIME Store, 510 S. Locust St., will hold a “Make & Take” craft activity. Make a hand sewn cactus. Complimentary beverage.

Mellow Mushroom, 217 E. Hickory, will have a prize wheel. Stop in for spin and maybe you will win a prize.

Harvest House, 331 E. Hickory, is the last stop on the Velo Republic/ New Belgium Brewing Co. Bike Ride starting at Velo Republic Bike Shop on Fort Worth Dr. at 7 p.m., ending at Harvest House at 9 p.m. with cool bike stuff giveaways. Check out FREE live music at Harvest House at 8:30 p.m. featuring Robert Cody Maxwell and Jack Kerowax

Oktoberfest on Walnut

When: October 2nd from 5 PM to 12 AM

Where: 115 W Walnut St., Denton

So What? As the North Texas autumn cools, Walnut Street is being readied for the 2015 Oktoberfest on Walnut, scheduled for Friday, Oct. 2 from 5 to 11 pm.

The free-entry event sports an expanded and improved street layout, and the new beer-tent concept will add more enjoyment to the ultimate block party, sponsored by Ben E. KeithFrenchy’sEd Steele Photography, and many downtown businesses sharing this part of Historic Downtown Denton.

Look for the fun Nagel Shlagen (nail hammering), stein hoisting, children and adult costume contests, and eclectic, live music featuring headliner High School Caesar. Opening ceremony is at 6 pm, with tapping of the firkin soon after. More than a dozen booths will offer merchandise, including the Pan Ector T-Shirt Shop, and
Tranquility Artisans, along with face painting by Nora Susko. All the best festival food Denton has to offer will be there including brats, pretzels, apple strudel, and food truck cuisine, such as the Waffle Wagon.

Riding Unlimited Celebrates 25 Years

When: October 4, 1-4 PM

Where: 9168 T N Skiles Rd., Ponder TX

So What? Riding Unlimited is celebrating 25 years of teaching horsemanship to the disabled with an open house and fundraiser. The event is free to the public. There will be $10 All-You-Can-Eat BBQ, live music by The Red Wine Band, therapy horse riding demonstrations, children’s activities, raffle and silent auction.

Science Adventures: Inventions!

When: October 8, 4:30 PM

Where: Emily Fowler Library

So What? In a land of drought and hunger, one young man dreams of building a windmill to make electricity for his family. Can he build a working windmill with leftover machine parts and trash? Find out in the true story The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba. Ages 6-10.

Twilight Toddler Time

When: October 8, 6:30 PM

Where: Emily Fowler Library

So What? Stories, songs, and activities in this evening StoryTime for toddlers ages 1-3 and their caregivers.

Art Show/Yard Sale/ Art Mixer

When: October 9 from 10 AM to 4 PM

Where: 1314 E Windsor Drive

So What? Come hang out with local Artists while they sell their artwork and other miscellaneous cool stuff!
Friday 10AM-4PM
Saturday 10AM-PM

Mobile Food Pantry

When: October 10 9-11 AM

Where: SERVE Denton 1980 E University Dr.

The Tarrant Area Food Bank is partnering with the Denton Hunger Coalition, a group of agencies and organizations throughout Denton County committed to ending hunger, to send a mobile food pantry to the Serve Denton parking lot with free fresh or frozen food for families in need.

Make sure to arrive early and bring plenty of bags to take home your food!

TWU Toastmasters Open House

When: October 10, 12-1 PM

Where: TWU Library Pioneer Center for Student Excellence

So What? Gain confidence and find your voice! Join the Pioneer Power Speakers on Thursday, September 10th from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in TWU’s Pioneer Center for Student Excellence (located on the 2nd floor of the TWU library) for our Toastmasters Open House event. We welcome all students, faculty, staff, and members of the public. This event is free of charge and light refreshments will be available.

Bilingual Story Time

When: October 12, 11 AM

Where: Emily Fowler Library

So What: Hola! Join us for a bilingual StoryTime featuring stories, songs, and puppets. This will be a great learning opportunity for English and Spanish speakers alike.

Denton Mini Maker Faire

When: October 17, 10 AM to 5 PM

Where: Denton Civic Center

So What? On October 17 from 10am-5pm at the Denton Civic Center SCRAP, UNT Libraries, Denton Public Library and other local organizations are working to produce Denton’s first ever Mini Maker Faire.  Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth.  A family friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebrations of the Maker movement.  It’s a place where people show what they are making and share what they are learning.

Denton Mini Maker Faire is seeking makers of all types (musicians, inventors, artists, leather workers, homesteaders, scientists, fashion designers, wood workers, garage tinkerers, and more) to participate as an exhibitor at this years event and demonstrate your process and showcase what you make.  Applications are open now!  Sign up now to join in and celebrate Denton’s Maker Movement!


The Planner’s Zone

When: October 22, 11 AM to 2 PM

Where: UNT Gateway Center

So What? Everyone plans an event sometime and The Planner’s Zone Showcase is the perfect place to get in The Zone! Whether planning a reunion, birthday celebration, church retreat or conference, The Planner’s Zone offers the tools needed for a successful event. This innovative trade show is an opportunity to meet face-to-face with local business owners, sample great food and see all Denton can provide that will help you plan a great event.

Glow Science

When: October 23 at 4:30 PM

Where: Emily Fowler Library

So What? What makes fireflies, jellyfish, and glow sticks glow? Learn about cold luminescence and have fun with glow-in-the-dark experiments. Registration required. Ages 6-10.


When: October 25, 1-3 PM

Where: North Lakes Park

So What? Come enjoy a carnival type atmosphere with Pet Pics, a Dog Paw Reader, cakewalks, Pet Fashion Show (dress your pet up and be in the show), Rescue Parade, Weenie Eating Contests, meet two miniature horses Bob and Bill, jugglers, magicians, etc.  There will also be the DJ with music, shopping and low cost vaccinations.

The Big Denton Playdate

When: October 26, 10:00-11:30 AM

Where: Emily Fowler Library

Engage in fun games designed to delight young children and encourage early literacy. Come to play and leave ready to turn ordinary household objects into your child’s favorite toy. Denton ISD, Denton Public Libraries, and UNT will provide hands-on examples of different engaging activities at this free come-and-go program. For children ages 0-5 and their caregivers.

Building Healthy Relationships: HIV/AIDS Testing and Workshop

When: October 26 12-3 PM

Where: 1107 E Oak St., Denton

So What? St. James A.M.E. Church teams up with the Learning Institute of Family Education (LIFE), Denton County Health Department and University of North Texas Zeta Beta Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma to present the Building Healthy Relationships: HIV/AIDS and Testing workshop. The program will be held on Saturday, September 26, 2015, from 12-3 p.m., at 1107 E. Oak in Denton.

The theme, Get Informed, Get Tested, and Get Treated, is designed to raise awareness to help fight the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The guest speakers will discuss issues facing people living with AIDS, HIV basics, relationship skills, testing and counseling.

There will be an expert panel, marketplace health care enrollment information, and free prevention materials. AIDS Arms-Dallas will conduct FREE rapid HIV testing onsite. Total Witness gospel choir will perform music. Refreshments will be served following the program.

Dia de los Muertos

When: October 30, 4:30 PM

Where: Emily Fowler Library

So What? Celebrate Día de los Muertos/ The Day of the Dead with stories and crafts. Learn more about this Latin American tradition that honors lost loved ones. Ages 4-10.

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.