Monday, July 28, 2014

Six Awesome Events You Won't Want to Miss in August 2014

Where has Summer gone? It seems like school was out just yesterday and now... there are just a few short weeks left before the lazy days of summer are gone. So take advantage of the time left to get out there and enjoy those sunny Dallas days.  From wine to food, art to gardening, picnics to movies August still has lots to offer. Enjoy!

love, Cynthia

TEXSOM, the most prominent and influential wine education conference in the United States, is celebrating its tenth year, and returns to Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas, August 9-11, 2014.

TEXOM 2014 includes presentations by 39 Master Sommeliers, six Masters of Wine, and eight Certified Wine Educators. Seminars include regional spotlights, variety intensives, sales instruction, and industry/sommelier roundtable discussions.

TEXSOM 2014 will offer participants a chance to attend 23 different seminars, each featuring up to eight beverages. In addition, attendees have the opportunity to taste more than 200 wines for evaluation at the Grand Tasting and Awards Reception, which is sponsored by the Wine and Food Foundation of Texas. For more information on conference registration and Grand Tasting tickets, visit

As part of the 17th annual DFW Restaurant Week, presented by Central Market, more than 125 of the finest local restaurants will offer a prix-fixe dinner menu for $35-$45 (beverage, tax and gratuity not included). 20% of each meal will be donated to the North Texas Food Bank (Fort Worth restaurants will donate to the Lena Pope Home).

Select restaurants will also offer a $25 lunch option (beverage, tax, and gratuity not included), with $5 going to NTFB or the Lena Pope Home. Make your reservations today! Click here to find participating restaurants. For all the details, visit

Restaurant Week Dates:
DFW Restaurant Week "First Course" Kick-Off Party - August 7
DFW Restaurant Week Preview Aug 8-10
DFW Restaurant Week Aug 11-17
DFW Restaurant Week Extensions Aug 18-31

Find designer deals up to 75% off retail from top stores and designers at the FIG Finale sale August 21-23.  Held at Fashion Industry Gallery (FIG) in Downtown Dallas, FIG Finale features women’s, men’s and children’s clothing, shoes and accessories.

My best advice for this event, is wear comfortable shoes! You might look cute in stilettos but you do not want to be trekking all over fig's concrete floors for hours in them. Take it from one who learned the hard way!

Be the first one through the door at the FIG Finale VIP Shopping Party (Aug 21) and grab the best stuff. VIP tickets are available for $50, and permit early shopping as well as admission to the entire sale. Tickets can be purchased online at as well as at the door during the sale. FIG Finale is held at the Fashion Industry Gallery at 1807 Ross Ave., Dallas, 75201.

Dates & Times for the August 2014 FIG Finale:
Thursday, August 21: VIP Shopping Party, 6pm - 9pm
Friday, August 22: 10am - 8pm
Saturday, August 23: 10am - 4pm

Tickets & Pricing:
VIP Ticket $50 (online, pre-purchased) - this admits you to the VIP Shopping Party and ALL days of the sale. Day Pass $5 (online, pre-purchased) - this will admit you to EITHER Friday or Saturday of the sale. Online tickets will be available to purchase beginning July 1, 2014. Discounts available for groups of 10+, please email for more information.

Head for the Design District Market at the Dallas Contemporary on Saturday, August 23. The Design District Market is a unique indoor and outdoor summer experience. The event not only celebrates the Design District’s community of local businesses, artists, and artisans, but it also highlights shops from all around the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

FREE to the public, the Design District Market, a collaboration with Jim Lake Companies, features local artists, photographers, fashion and jewelry designers, vintage shops, and more. A variety of food trucks provide guests with tasty treats and refreshments. Local singers and bands provide chill summer tunes throughout the day. Guests can also cool off from the Texas summer heat in the Progressive Waste Solutions customized “Dumpster Pool.” Visit for more details.

Enjoy August Dollar Days at the Dallas Arboretum and take advantage of $1 general garden admission and $1 Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden admission to all visitors for the entire month of August.  There will also be $1 food items, including hot dogs, small drinks and smoothies. For those looking to spend a few hours or a day at the Arboretum, guests can visit the newly opened Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden, an 8-acre interactive and scientific garden for all ages.

As always, members receive free general admission and free parking." Guests can also enjoy the Bird House Exhibit, which features fourlife-size playhouses designed by local architects. These architectural interpretations of birdhouses are located in the Lakeside Exhibit Area. Children can play in the birdhouses while learning about bird predators, bird adaptations, how they find their prey, how they camouflage themselves and survive, how they migrate, how they create nests, lay eggs and more. For more information on August Dollar Days and other events, visit

Pack up your family, friends, and a blanket and enjoy some of your favorite adventure flicks under the Addison night sky! Cinema in the Circle offers free outdoor movies on a big screen every Saturday in August, right in the middle of Beckert Park! 

August 2: Night at the Museum
August 9: X-Men (look for a special treat with Chobani Greek Greek Yogurt)
August 16: Journey to the Center of the Earth
August 23: Batman (1966)
August 30: Fantastic 4

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