Sunsets arrive a little earlier this time of year, which means the end of festival season is near. Take advantage of diminishing daylight by attending one of this week’s outdoor festivals — one celebrating barbecue and the other, Greek cuisine. There’s also a sunset supper with a skyline view. Indoor festivities include an anniversary dinner with throwback pricing and a wine dinner that’s sure to sell out. Finally, grab a drink at one of Fort Worth’s hottest bars for entertainment of the operatic variety.
Monday, October 8
20th Anniversary Throwback Pricing at Texas de Brazil
It was 1998 when the Brazilian-inspired churrascaria opened its first location in Addison. Now the meat-centric restaurant is the largest churrasco brand in the world. Visit the downtown Fort Worth location Monday and Tuesday for throwback pricing — $28.50 — on the entire rodizio-style menu. (The regular price is $45.99.) The special is valid only for dinner from 4-10 pm. Texas de Brazil on Saturday will release a new red blend from its private label collection in honor of the anniversary. Bottled by Chilean winemaker Santiago Margozzini, the limited edition MontGras XX Celebration Series combines Cabernet, Syrah, and Carmenere and will be $69 per bottle while it lasts.
Wednesday, October 10
Switchback Ridge Wine Dinner at Ellerbe Fine Foods
While the menu is still in the works, seats are still sure to go quickly for this five-course dinner from chef Molly McCook, who’s cooked at the James Beard House in New York City and draws regulars for her elegant dishes. Switchback Ridge owner Kelly Peterson will be on site to showcase five of her Napa Valley wines. Reservations are $155 per person (plus tax and gratuity) and dinner begins at 6:30 pm.
Opera Shots at Shipping & Receiving Bar
The first round of this season’s Opera Shots — the Fort Worth Opera’s pop-up concert event — kicks off at one of South Fort Worth’s hottest bars. Eight artists will perform a selection of famous opera arias, duets, and musical theater hits. Grab a drink — or a shot — and enjoy the complimentary performances starting at 6 pm.
Friday, October 12
Mid-Cities Greek Fest 2018
It’s the 27th year for the annual food and music festival, which takes place at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Euless. Go for spanakopita, flaming Greek cheese, moussaka (ground beef casserole with eggplant, potatoes and a rich cream sauce), and a smorgasbord of Greek sweets. There’ll be Greek beer and wine, too. The festival will run Friday through Sunday and admission is free.
Saturday, October 13
Smoked Fort Worth
Featuring pitmasters from Lockhart to Lubbock and Austin to Amarillo, the Texas-sized barbecue festival will take place in the Fort Worth Stockyards. Guests pay $50 for a general admission ticket and receive complimentary samples from 18 Texas barbecue joints, including Black’s BBQ in Lockhart, A Bar N Ranch in Celina, and Heim Barbecue in Fort Worth. There’ll be live music, too. The event runs from 2-6 pm (tastings end at 5 pm). A $96 VIP ticket allows for early entry at 1 pm and comes with two drink tickets, a private bar, and indoor restrooms. Tickets are $10 for children ages 6-12.
Sunset Supper Club at Brand & Bird
Formerly called Perch, Branch & Bird offers two opportunities to dine downtown with a birds-eye view. Located on the 12th floor of the Frost Tower, the bar and restaurant will offer a pre-fixe, five-course, beer-themed dinner Saturday night for $68 per person (plus tax and gratuity). Menu highlights include beer cheese soup with bacon and chives, and beef roulade with warm German potato salad. Seating times are 6 pm and 8 pm. Or make plans to visit Sunday for Branch & Bird’s “second Sunday brunch” from 10 am-2 pm for chicken and waffle sliders, shrimp and smoked gouda grits, and cheddar biscuits and gravy. Reservations are recommended for both dining events.