Beat the Heat: Cool Dentoning Activities for Your Summer “To Do” List

Published on: Thu, Jun 13, 2019

I’m a terrible Texan. My family jokes that I was separated from a Coloradan family at birth, and it’s not hard to see why: I don’t own any boots, I won’t be caught dead at the State Fair of Texas (but you can bring me some funnel cake) and I shy away from the heat as much as possible. As you can probably guess, summer is my least favorite season. While my fellow Texans may embrace the sun, the sangrias and the time by the lake, you can find me escaping all of that at a local movie theater or brewery.

That’s why I felt compelled to write this guide to beat the heat for people like me: Lovers of the cold, the great indoors, and all things air conditioned. Heat haters unite!

Here is just a sampling of the Dentoning activities you can enjoy while you beat the heat this summer.

Catch a Show

Alamo Drafthouse, 3220 Town Center Trail

These crafty folk always have something up their sleeve. Their Rocky Horror shadowcasts are quickly becoming the stuff of local legend, they’re showing the John Wayne flick Stagecoach for Father’s Day, and the summer season of special screenings includes a slate of classics like Ghostbusters, She’s the Man and Conan the Barbarian. Okay, so maybe I’m being a bit liberal with the word “classic.” Nevertheless, the creative programming minds at Alamo Drafthouse know what we movie nerds love, and they plan accordingly. So choose the cinema over the sun, and join me at a show.

Campus Theatre, 214 W. Hickory St.

In the mood for something a bit more theatrical? If my forthcoming one-man show (entitled “Why is it so hot?”) does not interest you, look no further than Denton Community Theatre’s summer programming, where Jason Lee (sorry, not THAT Jason Lee, Denton Record-Chronicle artist extraordinaire Jason Lee) leads a talented cast in a production of Lend Me a Tenor this weekend. The theatre will also play host for a production of the musical comedy The Marvelous Wonderettes from June 28-30, and Cats will take the stage August 9-11 and 15-18. Down the road at the Black Box Theatre, you can check out Next to Normal July 12-14 and 19-21.


Catch some Culture

Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum, 110 W. Hickory St.

You pass it most days, and you’ve probably had it on your “to do” list for quite some time. This museum is the centerpiece of our town, the crown jewel of the square, and it helps that it’s a stone throw from some quality coffee and several top tier restaurants. After a history lesson, Denton style, hop on over to any one of the square’s fine establishments for a cold brew — or just an old fashioned brew.

Firefighters Museum, 332 E. Hickory St.

Is there a better way to beat the heat than to honor the firefighters who beat it for well over a century? This gem is unlike any other museum you’ll find in all of DFW, replete with relics of Denton’s heroic history.


Arts and Crafts

Jazz Nights at Wine Squared, 110 W. Oak St.

You can never trust the Texas weather; it may stay up well past its bedtime to torment you with nighttime heat. For that reason (and because, you know, wine) I recommend Tuesday night jazz at Wine Squared: the perfect venue for catching a local performer, avoiding that nighttime blaze and sipping fine wine all at once.

Classes at A Creative Art Studio, 227 W. Oak St.

(Photo by Wendy Haun)

I may not be wearing my Love Guru hat at the moment but…okay, who am I kidding? I’m always wearing that hat. There’s nothing sweeter than picking up a new skill with or for your beloved, which you can do at A Creative Art Studio. The studio offers classes in acrylics, painting and more, so get crafty this summer — or, at the very least, come watch me paint stick figures.

Exhibitions at Greater Denton Arts Council, 400 E. Hickory St.

Thinking you’ll leave the art to others? I’m right there with you, and by “there” I mean GDAC. The council is playing host to a handful of must-see exhibitions this summer, so spend some time basking in others’ creativity instead of baking in the sun.

Check out the Merging Visions exhibition, Play Hard or Go Home or Opulent: the Fiber Works of Ginger Cochran at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center!


Beating the heat is never easy, but Denton has enough fun activities to fill your calendar with cool (literally) events. It may seem impossible to best the Texas summer, but if it can happen anywhere, it’s here.

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