Denton Dates: Ring in the Fall with Food, Football & a Must-See Festival

Published on: Wed, Sep 26, 2018

There’s something in the air around these parts. Is it love? UNT football hype? Or just a calming fall breeze? As it turns out, it’s all three! I usually reserve my enthusiasm and energy for wise, Denton-inspired dating advice, but Cupid has pierced me straight through the heart with a green-tinged, football-shaped arrow. Besides — who says sports and romance can’t go hand in hand?

The 4-0 Mean Green football machine has me ready to get a mega-sized tattoo of Mean Joe Greene, Seth Littrell and Scrappy hanging out on Fry Street. Coincidentally, that’s where you should be this Saturday, as our titans of football take on LA Tech and our titans of beer throw one of the most fun events of the fall. The Fry Street Oktoberfest & 5K is the perfect way to show your better half that you have excellent taste in beverages, costumes and sports teams, all while benefiting a couple killer causes.

Oktoberfest begins with the 5K and costume contest. Admission to the race is just $22 — or $30 the day of — and all proceeds benefit Stop the Stigma, Denton Animal Support Foundation’s Safe Haven Program, and G.O.A.L. The fun continues after the race, as vendors line West Hickory Street, for a day of music, food, weiner dog races and copious amounts of crisp and delicious brews.

General admission to Oktoberfest is just $10, and each Lucky Lou’s, Cool Beans, Shots & Crafts and Caskey’s has their own Oktoberfest package. That means the day is up to you and your date to create! You can join the race, don ridiculous costumes, enjoy the Oktoberfest festivities or do all of the above. But stay close: the shuttle to Apogee Stadium from Lucky Lou’s will start running every 20 minutes, starting at 3:30 p.m., for the 6:30 p.m. takedown of LA Tech, and you won’t want to miss your Mean Green prevail yet again in what could very well be an undefeated season. If you ask me — as you always should — there’s nothing more romantic that watching top-tier athletes display their mastery after a fun day of Oktoberfestin’ with the coolest partner around. 

If all of that didn’t convince you that this is a can’t-miss date, ask yourself this: Have you ever had a bad date that included weiner dog races? I rest my case — and I’ll see you there.